The Mortai

(Marsh Barbarians) The Mortai are a group of nomadic barbarians that currently live in the east in unsettled areas of Morgoth and the Khorlann Steppes.

The Mortai are an offshoot of the Hakeen race and little else is known of them. Many of their tribes live in the vast Kûrloth Marshes located in southeastern Morgoth. The Mortai are constantly in a state of hostilities with the lizard-folk of the Kûrloth Marshes and the marauding orc bands which are common to the region. Many are taken as slaves for the iron mines of Sorimmar, or sold into the great slave caravans of the Üthrari. The Mortai are similar in speech to the Adari of Morgoth, but have no love for Sorimmar or his eastern realm.


The Mortai people have a long history. Many thousands of years ago, the Mortai tribes were very different, with a devout religious culture. Early Mortai tribes built several temples to honor their Gods in the lands of what are today: Morgoth, Gwynne, and the Ravenwood. By the end of Third Age, most of these temples were abandoned or destroyed by Thannish tribes moving into the region. Legend has it that the ancient Mortai were closely allied with the Elder-Elves of Ectharë, and may have actually fought against the Dark-Elves in the War of Wrath.

Some sages have theorized that the Mortai 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.