The Olman

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 across the expanses of the Shining Sea.

Ethnically, the Olman are closely-related to the Kratheri race. Olman men and women have various shades of reddish-brown or dark brown skin, long jet-black hair, and bright eyes of grey, brown, or black. The Olman tongue is unique, completely unlike the various Krathic dialects found on Za'har.


According to legend, the Olman people originated from the continent of Za'har. They were a peaceful, tribal people who lived comfortably in the forests and jungles on the eastern regions of the continent of Za'har, based around their city of Ataclan.

About 500 years later, the Olman began warring with another race of demon-worshiping 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, depart their city of Ataclan, and leave the continent forever in search of a new home.

About 3,000 years ago, the Olman began their migration east across the Wyn Myr to pursuit of that quest.


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 called Tolmec. Once there, the Olman built a large stone temple and many tall stone statues to their Gods.

For unknown reasons, the Olman colony of Tolmec eventually withered away on those islands. But before the Saffron Isles colony died out, the Olman used the islands as a important haven to resupply their ships with food and fresh water, before traveling onto destinations further east.

Some sages theorize that a few Olman tribes sailed north from the Saffron Isles to the Continent of Iskandar, but what became of those tribes is unknown. This mystery has never been fully explained because Iskari stories exist of Olman traders visiting various coastal regions of Iskandar many years after the Great Migration.

In any event, the Olman next sailed east from their colony on the Saffron Isles to the Isle of Dread, and established a second, and much larger, colony there called Thanaclan. Afterward, Olman explorers 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; around the year 750 of the Third Age, landed on the the eastern shores of the continent of Avokhar. 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 together, those cities constituted 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. Legend has it; the colony of Thanaclan was the greatest city ever built by the Olman people. Tragically, Thanaclan was later destroyed in a mysterious magical cataclysm called the Savage Tide. This tragedy gave the "Isle of Dread" the ominous name it still carries today.


Even after the loss of Thanaclan, the Olman Empire on Avokhar continued for many, many years Tragically, the Olman Empire on Avokhar also eventually crumbled, after suffering decades of disease, civil war, religious strife, and foreign invasions.

The Olman Empire was ultimately destroyed by the Eloysian Empire, when Emperor Abu-Malik launched an invasion of Olman territory starting around the year AR 485. 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 and much of their republic stood 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