The Olman
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Of all the ancient peoples of Corwyn, none are more mysterious than the Olman, who inhabit the southwestern regions of the Sanjaara Jungle as well as several island chains in the southern expanses of the Wyn Myr. Believed to be related to the Kratheri race, the Olman have either reddish-brown or dark brown skin, and grey or brown eyes.

HISTORY


Olman legend states that their people originated on the continent of Za'har about 3,000 years ago. At that time the Olman had not begun their migration across the Wyn Myr. The Olman were a tribal people who lived peacefully in the forests and jungles on the eastern regions of the continent of Za'Har. About 500 years later, the Olman began warring with another race of demon-worshipping humans called the Deskari. The Deskari were cruel and merciless, and killed many Olman and carried off thousands more for use as human sacrifices. Finally, the Olman tribal leaders made the momentous decision to gather their remaining people and sail east across the Wyn Myr to find a new home.

Around 750/3 the Olman began what is called "the Great Migration." Their people began sailing east across the Wyn Myr, settling on several island chains and later landing on the western shores of the continent of Avokhar. Even prior to the great migration, the Olman had a long tradition of seamanship, and stories exist in many cultures of Olman traders crossing vast oceans on large outrigger canoes. So it is no surprise that whole tribal families loaded up their belongings and headed off to sea. It is likely that Olman leaders had prior knowledge of the various island destinations from those very traders who had gone before and returned.

The Olman first settled on the Saffron Isles; a small chain of islands located in the far southwestern region of the Wyn Myr. The Olman soon established a great colony there, building a large stone temple and many tall stone statues to their Gods. For unknown reasons, the Olman colony eventually withered away on those islands. But before the Saffron Isles colony died out, the Olman used the the islands as a important haven to resupply their ships with food and water, before traveling onto destinations further east.

For unknown reasons, apparently the Olman never sailed north from the Saffron Isles to the Continent of Iskandar, nor did they ever try and found a colony there as they did elsewhere. This mystery has never been explained becasue stories exist of Olman traders returning from the coastal regions of Iskandar many years before the Great Migration. In any event, the Olman next sailed northeast from their colony on the Saffron Isles to the Isle of Dread, and established a second colony there called Thanaclan. Next the Olman discovered what became known as the Olman Islands, where they established their third and largest colony of Xamaclan. Within a few decades, the Olman had explored even further east, and landed on the the eastern shores of the continent of Avokhar around the year 750 of the Third Age. For the next several decades they moved inland, establishing several settlements in the dense Sanjaara Jungle. Eventually, there were seven great Olman city-states established in the Sanjaara Jungle, and those cities became the great Olman Empire. For several hundred years the Olman Empire endured, its civilization was one of great complexity, wealth, and artistry. The mainland empire also traded with the Olman city-state of Xamaclan on the Olman Islands and the Olman city-state of Thanaclan on the Isle of Dread.

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The Olman Empire on Avokhar eventually crumbled, after decades of civil war, religious strife, and foreign invasions. The Olman Empire was ultimately destroyed by the expanding Eloysian Empire of Sanjakar, whose armies’ invaded Olman territory starting around 660/4. Making matters worse, Ralani colonists from Ralas began expanding across northern Avokhar in the Fourth Age as well. The Ralani established the five cities of Kendar on what had once been Olman territory. By the end of the Fourth Age, all that remained of the once-great Olman Empire were the ruins of several cities in the Sanjaara Jungle, including the former cities of Alocotla and Tamoachan on mainland Avokhar and the ruined city of Thanaclan on the Isle of Dread.

Presently, the only known civilization of the Olman people is the city-state of Xamaclan in the Olman Islands, although scattered Olman tribes still exist throughout the continent of Avokhar and several small islands in the Shining Sea.

See also: Olman Pantheon