The Ashanti (Marsh Barbarians)
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The Ashanti are nomadic barbarians who currently live in the Kûrloth Marshes, the Khorlann Steppes, and remote, unsettled areas of Gwynne.


The Ashanti people are an offshoot of the Thannish race and, because of their reclusive nature, little is known about them.

Today, most Ashanti tribes live in the East, in the vast Kûrloth Marshes near Morgoth. Ashanti tribal homes are built entirely with moss and reeds; these small, round huts float upon the swampy waters of their swampy homeland, making them quite mobile.

Ashanti tribesmen are skilled warriors, because they must constantly guard against marauding orc bands, which conduct raids on their settlements and take their men and women as slaves for the iron mines of Sorimmar, or to be sold into the great slave caravans of the Üthrari.

For centuries, the Ashanti have also been plagued with raids from the hated lizard-folk which also inhabit the Kûrloth Marshes. Thier hatred of these creatures is bitter, and Ashanti will usually kill them on sight.

Today, the Ashanti use speech, similar to the eastern dialect of the Adari peoples of Morgoth, but they have no love for the Dark Lord Sorimmar.

HISTORY


The Ashanti people can trace their history back 3,000 thousand years, to the early Third Age. Back then, the Ashanti tribes were quite different, with a devout religious culture, centered around the worship of Lehr; the Elemental-God of Stone.

Early Ashanti tribes built several temples to honor Lehr, in the lands of present-day Gwynne, and the Ravenwood Forest. By the end of Third Age, most of these temples were either destroyed by the Thannish as they moved into the region, or were abandoned by the Ashanti as they migrated east, across the Saugreth-Muir Mountains.

Legend has it; the ancient Ashanti were closely allied with the Elder-Elves of Ectharë, and may have actually fought against the Dark-Elves in the War of Wrath.

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Some sages have theorized that the Ashanti people were so respected by the ancient elves that, as a reward for their loyalty, their priests were entrusted with one of the seven shards of Calegorax.

One of the most important Ashanti temples was called "Myra-Kur." This temple was located in the center of an ancient, Ashanti settlement called "A'Shorah"; meaning "Edge of Water."

Over the ages, "A'Shorah" became the modern-day Gwynnish city of Ashara. The Ashanti temple of "Myra-Kur" was destroyed by Lord Gareth of the Barony of Ghastonne. Upon its ruins, the Baron ordered the fortress of Castle Myrkur to be built.