The Thalari (Icelanders)
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First appearing in the Third Age, scattered tribes of Thalari originating from the Northern Wastes, colonized the region of Corwyn known as the Icelands, and founded the ancient kingdom of Thalar. The men and women of this ethnicity are also commonly referred to as "Icelanders." The Thalari people are the dominant ethnicity in the kingdom of Marundi, but many can also be found in the Northern Wastes, the Thalar Islands, and northern coastal regions of Corwyn. There essentially two-sub-groups pf Thalari; the people of Marundi, and the H√ľornen tribes of the Northern Wastes.

APPEARANCE


Thalari are usually short, with round, freckled features. Thalari men and women have either black or yellow-blond hair, stark white skin and bright eyes of bright blue, grey, or even white.

OUTLOOK


Other races sometimes feel that Thalari folk are arrogant and greedy, for they see themselves as the chosen people because so many ancient cultures originated from this ethnic group. Unfortunately, this is largely true. Rynnish folk are extremely proud, quick tempered, and slow to forget even a perceived slight. Many Thalari are great merchants and traders

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

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Another aspect of Thalari culture is maintain family honor and pride. Losing face is considered the worst of cultural sins, and most Thalari would do anything to avoid such. Saving face demands that all Thalari treat others as they present themselves, regardless whether such facades bear any resemblance to the truth. One a person or family loses face, they often lose their status and can be relegated to a lower social class within Thalari society. Privacy is therefore a precious commodity, for it allows individuals to act as they wish without outside scrutiny, which could result in such social punishment. Thalari also place great importance on hospitality and manners. There are strictly defined rules and benefits for both guests and hosts. Guests cannot inflict harm on their guests, and are protected by a sacred tradition of guest right under the roof of their hosts once invited in.

The social classes of Thalari 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 Thalari culture.

THALARI CHARACTERS


Some Thalari are drawn to adventuring in hopes of finding quick wealth that will allow them to return to a life of luxury, and thereby improve their social station. Other human races view Thalari as avaricious, lazy, pampered, and arrogant. In truth most Thalari seek nothing more than a lifestyle of comfort and obedience to the Gods. Thalari men and women can easily become characters of any player class, but most prefer to become rogues, fighters, and clerics.

LANGUAGES


The Thalari people speak Thaldain as well as common, and there are five major dialects. Thaldain is one of the seven original dialects of western men, and the language of the Thalari people of the Icelands region of Corwyn. This language is most commonly spoken throughout the kingdoms of Marundi; as well as northern Ammarind, the Khorlann Steppes, and the City-State of Khorlanis. Thaldain is one of the seven original, but least common, human dialects used on the continent of Corwyn.

In addition to Thaldain, many higher-educated people of Thalari descent speak Markesh or Rynnish

NAMES

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Common male Thalari names include: Algerd, Arland, Beren, Berland, Briand, Cerland, Cyrond, Durand, Edgerd, Eldard, Kren, Kressen, Morland, Noland, Nyrond, Roland, Tymond, and Weyand.
Common female Thannish names include: Alana, Ariana, Arwyn, Elwyn, Eriadne, Maribel, Markessa, Olena, Ravenna, Ravinia, Rowyn, and Valora.

Role-Playing Guidelines: +1 constitution, -1 Dexterity, +2 bonus against cold and cold-weather effects, suffer -2 penalty in warm or hot climates on all ability\skill checks\attacks.