The Thann (Thannish)
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First appearing in the Third Age, scattered tribes of Thanns originating from the Heartlands, carved out several early civilizations in the region. Soon after, the "Thannish," as they were commonly called, founded the great western kingdom of Valdor. Later on the Thannish people founded the Kingdom of Rhodara. Their alignment is predominantly lawful, and their civilizations and populations are today, primarily located in the kingdoms of Eldara, Gwynne, and Orel. The men and women of this ethnicity are also commonly referred to as "Thanns," or "Thannish." The Thannish people are the dominant ethnicity in the realms or Eldara, Gwynne, and Orel, but many can also be found in the neighboring regions of southern Alveron, eastern Serathyr, and to the east, across the Sea of Orel, the Thannish ethnicity is also dominant in the kingdom of Thûle. The Thanns are the most prevalent ethnicity of humanity found on Corwyn today.

APPEARANCE


Thanns are usually tall, with sharp angular features. Thannish men and women have either black or brown hair, dusky skin and bright eyes of brown, green, or grey.

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OUTLOOK


Other races sometimes feel that Thannish 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 Thanns are great merchants and traders, and it has been said by many "The Thannish love money more than life itself."

There are strongly held class and gender divisions set up in Thannish society, with a person's station at birth playing a crucial role in how he or she is measured by Rynnish society. Although few Rynnish speak openly about a strict class based system in their society; most Thannish 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 Iskari who dwell outside the kingdoms' borders.

Another aspect of Thannish culture is maintain family honor and pride. Losing face is considered the worst of cultural sins, and most Thannish would do anything to avoid such. Saving face demands that all Thannish 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 Thannish 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. Thannish 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 Thannish 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 Thannish culture.

THANN CHARACTERS


Some Thanns 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 Thannish as avaricious, lazy, pampered, and arrogant. In truth most Thanns seek nothing more than a lifestyle of comfort and obedience to the Gods. Thannish men and women can easily become characters of any player class, but most prefer to become rogues, fighters, and clerics.

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LANGUAGES


The Thannish people speak Thannish as well as common, and there are twelve major dialects. Thannish is one of the seven original dialects of western men, and the language of the Thannish people of the Heartlands region of Corwyn. This language is most commonly spoken throughout the kingdoms of Eldara, Gwynne, Orel, and Thûle; as well as southern Alveron, eastern Serathyr, the Erehui Valley, and the Kratheri Peninsula. Thannish is the most widespread language used on the continent of Corwyn.

In addition to Rynnish, many higher-educated people of Thannish descent speak Rynnish or Ralani

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NAMES


Common male Thannish names include: Aron, Alaric, Amon, Brynden, Dagon, Damion, Darien, Eldan, Garathar, Garrett, Gayorg, Gregor, Grenn, Hagar, Loris, Lorien, Morgan, Osran, Osric, Royce, Rygar, and Valden.
Common female Thannish names include: Alana, Ariana, Arwyn, Elwyn, Eriadne, Maribel, Markessa, Olena, Ravenna, Ravinia, Rowyn, and Valora.