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« on: 23 April 2006, 09:38:00 »

AESTERA KREANKRA LILLIVEAR

(the Krean)


Overview
Located in the tropical forests of the southernmost peninsula of western Nybelmar the human tribe of the Krean later became an autonomous state under the Grand Empire of Krath (after 4.500 b.S.).

What is known as the Krean men was actually an elusive mixture of two tribes, the Aestera and the Lillivear, distinct but complementary to each other like the ocean is to the earth. The members of this tribe were passionate adherents of meritocracy; no public role was cast in immovable stone or preset by gender.

Originally these men are mentioned in Nybelmarian history to as "Aestera Kreankra Lillivear", which can roughly be translated as "the Aestera and the Lillivear united as one" (1). The name first appeared in historical documents after the Pact of 5.491 b.S. when the two sister tribes, the Aestera and the Lillivear, decided to unite against the invasions of the surrounding kingdoms and forged the famous Twin Kingdom. In the course of time people from the Twin Realm were simply referred to as the "Krean".

In Santharia the term “Krean” has come to connote anyone whose lineage can be traced back to the Twin Kingdom. However this usage is quite misleading and perhaps the focus of the term should be refined a little bit: Even after the two tribes merged, ethnic margins remained quite apparent – especially in the countryside. For instance, many of the villages east of River Amaris (which previously was Aesteran territory) remained mostly “Aesteran” even after the Twin Kingdom sprang into existence. Similarly the Lillivear predominantly lived within the confines of their former realm to the west. This should be attributed principally to family ties and cultural differences however – and of course the diametrically opposite sleeping cycles of the tribes (more on this can be found in the People section). So one could divide the Twin Kingdom into three ethnic groups: The Lillivear, the Aestera, and finally the “Krean” (in the true sensed of the word) where the two bloodlines mixed. Confusion results because the tribes are so similar in certain aspects due to their shared history that outsiders often did not feel the need to differentiate between the two. For most of the time the Krean (in the general sense of the word) did not bother to correct the other citizens of the Krath Empire, as they themselves, unlike Sarvonian humans, were never very intent on rigid classifications.

From keeping the rainforests under control to creating celestial flower gardens, from creating the most spectacular paintings in Krath to crafting devious plots at the imperial court, the Krean were the artists, mages, diplomats and gardeners of the Empire. From dance to music, from poetry and prose to sculpture, all art forms flourished in the breathtaking cities of these patrons of creativity.

With an endless passion for learning and improving and an amazing lifespan, both groups are extremely talented in diplomacy, rhetoric and magic - whether it comes from a divine or a more secular source.


Footnotes:
1) Since "Krea" in ancient Krath'mélar means "to link", the most up-to-date translation of "Kreank" would be "(something) that is linked", describing the state of being interconnected. This is in fact where one of the High Goddess' names originated from as well.



Appearance
Shielded by the great canopy of their rainforests the slender Krean figure complemented a soft, light skin touched with the faintest of grain tones. The Krean had an average height of eighteen palmspans to two peds for the males. The females were slightly shorter, averaging between a ped and two to three fores. Both genders had a slender appearance and soft, admirable skin. Sinewy bodies for the men and well-defined and long legs for the women were distinctive physical traits for these humans.

Most Lillivear had radiant green eyes that glowed with an eerie light under the dark cover of the Sacred Woods where the High Temple of Ankriss (the High Goddess of Earth) is located. While dark green eyes were common among the Aestera, although quite rare, piercing azure and dark blue eyes are also present. A wide range of dark hair colors, especially jet black and dark brown hues, could be seen among these humans. Among the “Krean” (term properly used to denote those of a joint lineage) brown eyes are prevalent.

Surrounded by a serene and mystical aura the Krean have close ties with the nature around them. They are quite welcoming and hospitable towards strangers, especially elves, since their guests’ safety and wellbeing are thought to be the Earth’s entrustment to their lands. The elven empathy towards nature is greatly appreciated by the Krean.

Compared to the rest of the Krath’amar (citizens of the Krath Empire), the Krean had an amazingly long lifespan – around a hundred and ten years for the average Krean (term properly used). The Lillivear oftentimes outlived the Aestera by roughly thirty years; a Lillivear commoner could dance in salutation of a hundred and twenty springs (2). The well preserved sometimes made it for another half a century (passing away at around 180) but only the priestesses of the Earth Goddess could see two whole centuries unfold before them. Scholars associate this phenomenon with the priestesses’ close relation with the High Goddess and Her rejuvenating power.

By the time a Krean witnessed her/his two hundredth birthday, which is a rare occasion; the whites in her/his hair formed the pattern of the Eye of Aniss. This was believed to mark the completion of a Krean’s task on earth. After this point, they had the choice of retreating to the solitude of a grove and return back to the essence of the High Goddess. It was a great shame if a Lillivear made it to her two hundredth year without receiving the Eye as that signified a wasted lifetime (i.e. the person had not been able to accomplish what she was here for).

The Aestera were the only people in the Grand Empire who had a hereditary attainment in water magic. Some among these talented women devoted their lives to the High Goddess of Water and Moonlight, Arléá. Aesteran ladies who served the High Goddess of Water were referred to by the rest of their tribe as the “Aestara” (note spelling). These water priestesses’ hair and eyes turned a calm and chilling silver the night they entered the Goddess’ service. Legend has it that their slithery silver eyes would change to a deep, piercing blue when casting water spells near a water source during the night. These water priestesses, however, lived a shorter life of up to ninety years maximum and never received the Eye of Aniss.

Now let us study the physical characteristics of these two tribes separately:
The Lillivear: Beautiful and elegant, the Lillivear measured approximately one and a half palmspans under two peds. Bright emerauld green eyes, which gleamed with an ethereal radiance in the Sacred Woods, harmonized a wide spectrum of dark brown hair hues. Jet black hair was rare and as such highly prized among the Lillivear.

The Aestera: If the Lillivear were the vivid, intense rays of the day, the Aestera then were the moonlight of the Krean. In classical portraits, the arresting azure or dark blue eyes distinctive of the Aestera contrast against a complexion even lighter than the Lillivear’s. As the keepers of dawn and the night, they rested when the rest of the world worked (again read more at the People section). Notwithstanding this traditional illustration dark green eyes were actually more prevalent among the Aestera. Perchance this aura of mystery and tranquillity that surrounds these humans arose from their unorthodox cycles, from sighting the secrets of Caelereth from the silence of such secluded hours. The Aestera are slightly taller than their Lillivear brethren, measuring up to nineteen palmspans. Although the Aestera also live notably longer (around eighty to ninety years) than the average human theirs is by no means close to the astounding Lillivear existence.


Footnotes:
2) This quaint phrase will probably make more sense if the reader is informed about one eccentric Krean birthday rite: A Lillivear would spend several meditative hours at dawn dancing alone in the tranquillity of a grove on their birthday as an ex-pression of his thanksgiving towards Life.

Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 4/30/06 15:19
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