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


The Ashanti people are an offshoot of the Thannish race and little is known of them, as they keep to themselves. Today, many of their tribes live in the vast Kûrloth Marshes located in southeastern Morgoth. The Ashanti 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 Ashanti use similar speech to the Adari of Morgoth, but have no love for Sorimmar or his eastern realm.

HISTORY


The Ashanti people have a long history. Many thousands of years ago, the Ashanti tribes were very different, with a devout religious culture. Early Ashanti 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 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 the ancient, Ashanti settlement of "A'Shorah". Over the ages, "A'Shorah" became the Gwynnish city of Ashara. The Temple "Myra-Kur" was destroyed and upon its ruins was built the fortress of Castle Myrkur.