The Ralani (Southlanders)
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First appearing in the Third age, scattered tribes of coastal peoples began to form communities along the southern regions of Corwyn. These tribal people were the Ralani, and soon they founded the great Kingdom of Ralas. The Ralani became known as "Southlanders," and soon achieved a well-deserved reputation as seafarers and sailors, for their prowess at sea. Their alignment is predominantly lawful, and their civilizations and populations are today primarily located in the realms of Serathyr, Rennsfar, and the Reach. The men and women of this ethnic group can also be commonly found in the neighboring coastal regions of southern Cyrendar, western Elyria, and western Eldara.

APPEARANCE


Iskari are usually tall and slender, with sharp angular features. Iskari men and women have predominantly black hair, rich olive skin and bright eyes of green, hazel, or grey.

OUTLOOK


Most Ralani are either sailors, merchants, or simple farmers. Ralani folk disdain learning and education, preferring strength and skill in their chosen profession. Iskari believe their culture is the generally superior to all others, and that they brought "civilization to the barbarians of distant lands." This belief chiefly derives from the fact that the Ralani civilization is thousands of years old, the fact that the ancient Ralani explorers made first contact with the peoples of Avokhar. Ralani arrogance is widespread in their society, and takes the from of bravado and machismo. Ralani people regard themselves as superior to other races, not by military prowess, but by having "conquered" their rivals through trade and clever business dealings. Ralani, show little outward arrogance, except for a deep pride in their culture and traditions.

There are strongly held class and gender divisions set up in Ralani society, with a person's station at birth playing a crucial role in how he or she is measured by Ralani society. Although few Ralani speak openly about a strict class based system in their society; most Ralani live out their lives according to their station, risking social expulsion or even imprisonment if they do not adhere to societal norms. Iskari dwelling in the lands of Serathyr view themselves as superior to all other other humans races and even to those Ralani who dwell outside the kingdoms' borders.

Another aspect of Ralani culture is maintaining family honor and pride. Most Ralani view others and define other's worth by their achievements and her accumulated wealth.
The social classes of Iskari society are in order from highest to lowest; The Ruling Class, the Advisers, the Military, the Clergy, the Merchants, the Artisans, the Laborers, the Farmers, and lowest, the Servant class. Only women are are allowed to marry above their social class and all such arrangements are strictly scrutinized within the Iskari culture.

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RALANI CHARACTERS


Many Ralani are drawn to adventuring in hopes of finding quick wealth that will allow them to return to a life of luxury, and simply for the thrill of visiting exciting new lands and distant exotic locales. Other human races view Ralani as carefree, risk-takers, pushy, and often rude. In truth most Ralani can be pushy and full of bravado, but they are devoted to their family and extremely loyal to their friends and colleagues. Ralani men and women can easily become characters of any player class, but most prefer to become rogues, swashbucklers, and fighters

LANGUAGES


The Ralani people speak Ralani as well as common, and there are only three dialects. Ralani is one of the seven original dialects of western men, and the language of the Ralani people of the Southlands region of Corwyn. This language is most commonly spoken throughout the realm of Serathyr, Rennsfar, eastern Cyrendar, and western Elyria, as well as the Reach. Ralani is the one of the most widespread languages in common usage on the continent of Corwyn, and is commonly heard in every seaport in the known world.

In addition to Ralani, educated and noble Ralani people may speak Elvish, as well as Dundaic.

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NAMES


Common male Ralani names include: Alaron, Alexian, Ardolan, Argilan, Athrenar, Avner, Benthar, Byron, Dareon, Damron, Doran, Durendil, Ferenthar, Malenvar, Ronan, Saris, and Teldar.

Common female Ralani names include: Arianna, Azonia, Brianna, Dagmar, Ilvanna, Iskara, Lorelei, and Renora.