One of the earliest races of
men in the north, these people were originally referred to as the "Icefolk", a
people who inhabited the area of the Icelands Coast region of
Northern Sarvonia. Brutalized
during the War of the Chosen,
they persevered and survived the extreme environments of the north. With the
coming of the Kanapans from the South, they
separated from the Ice Tribes, emigrating to the
Iol Peninsula. When the Third Sarvonian War came, these people joined the
Darkfriends and waged war against those races from the south, as well as the
Ice Tribes. The ensuing centuries have seen them
in countless wars with their main nemesis, the
Remusians, which has created a culture unique to the Icelands.
Their ruling monarchs are considered divine, but it is the temple priests that
hold the true power. Pragmatic, they do not share the
Ice Tribes convictions when it comes to isolation and actively pursue
knowledge. This includes magic, though not
the same as Ximaxian style magic, which
only adds to the Remusian animosity. They trade
with orcs and
humans alike, as well as the other races.
Power is their ultimate goal.
In truth, they are the most advanced out of the northern
human tribes. Though, whether that makes
them an ally of the Kingdom of Santharia,
and thus all the races of good, is still questionable. Many scholars, and
military leaders, still worry that they await the next coming of the shadow.
Though centuries old, the scars of the Third Sarvonian War can still be seen
across the land.
The People of Antislar are not the dark, swarthy figures of the
Ice Tribes. Having not intermarried with the
Kanapan incursion in 9000 b.S., the people of
Antislar have more or less kept their Icefolk appearance. They average nearly
two peds in height, with the majority of people blonde haired and blue or green
The above description only refers to the full blooded majority of the Antislar.
This by no means includes the many mixed peoples of orcen, or elvish decent. In
this minority of people, many different variations in skin, hair and eyes can
be found. The Ice Elf mix of Antislar typically have very light features, with
hair and skin almost white, and eyes of the coldest blue. They are tall, even
more so than the average Antislar, but lean more toward the thin side.
Half-elves are the rarest of the Antislar mixed ancestory.
The half-orc mixture on the other hand, are usually thicker in build, with a
shorter stature. Their skin is usually a light shade of greyish green. Very few
have the typical red or yellow eyes, as the
Rhom-oc who comprise most of the orc blood in the Antislar, do not have a
prominent red or yellow eye colour.
Even with the general acceptance of intermarriage and mixed races, there is a
pervasive bigotry inherent with the Antislar society. Those born with darker
features are often regarded as "Remunapans", a derogatory term that combines
Remusian and Kanapan.
They are assumed to have undesirable bloodlines, including
Remusian or Kanapan.
This does cause an inconvenience for those of mixed orcen heritage who do not
have prominent orcen features. In order to
distinguish themselves from the Remunapans, the darker half orcs will usually
wear a cosmetic greenish grey paste on their face to highlight their orcen
heritage. This allows them to largely forego the bigotry towards the darker
Coat of Arms/Sign.
The People of Antislar have a coat of Arms that is a two faced profile, the
two-faced deity known as Koraya.
Antislar is found in the extreme northern edges of the continent of
Sarvonia, at the base of the Iol
Peninsula, between the Iceland Coast in the east and Caaehl'heroth to the west.
Antislar itself is bordered on the east by the Bay of Calinth, south to the
border with Remusia at the Mantle River. From there, across the nothern reaches
of the Heaths of Wilderon, it crosses westward to the Gulf of Oh'Cant'Aewlwyn
and the delta of the Camlyn River. The gulf forms the western boundary of
Antislar. Antislar reaches as far north as the Tors of the Wind and Lofty Lake.
Most of the population of Antislar live south of Mt. Ashtvin. North, beyond
this, most of the people are in small outposts along the way to Lofty Lake.
This forms a chain for traders and hunters to stop in while making their way
north in spring or south in fall. Often poor lawless places, these settlements
can be particularly rough.
It must be noted, that in this area, along the coast of the Gulf of
Oh'Cant'Aewlwyn is an area known as the Isthmus of Doom. The Antislar people do
not claim this area, and for the most part, stay out of this hostile and
Passionate. This word can definitely be used to accurately describe the
Antislar people. They live life to the fullest and enjoy it. They put a lot of
gusto into how they live, even though most people are poor. Any chance it
seems, to hold a festival or celebration is taken where good food, good friends
and good drink can be pertaken to the sounds of musicians and singers. Even
greetings are grand displays, where each person places their faces cheek to
cheek on each side, representing the two faces of Koraya.
The People of Antislar can be described as a very industrious people.
Everything they put their collective minds to, they seem to somehow find a way
to do. Some claim this is because of their past, and the troubles they have
had. Their cities are magnificent, and have the promise of even more splendor
in the future. They put a lot of energy into the beautification of their cities
with tall sprires on many buildings and ornate architecture.
These people are also one of the closest tribes to the
orcs. They actively seek out trade with the
orcs, practice no descrimination towards
them, and in fact, intermarry quite commonly with them. It has been estimated
that fully one quarter of the population has some orc blood in them. Still,
heritage is not a seperate entity as with other people of mixed ancestory. They
are all considered "the people".
As well, there is a small percentage of people who have
elf blood in them, from trading with the
elves around Eight Winds Bay and
northern Iol. This is by far the smallest of the racial minorities in Antislar.
Most of these unions are made by traders who travel to
Arthyrón lands and bring back spouses,
though a very few are the Rangers who patrol the northern fringes of Antislar
territory and marry Ice Elves, but this is extremely rare as the Ice Elves are
notoriously reclusive. It seems that the Ice Elves have accepted into their
societies a very small number of these Rangers over the years who have shown an
affinity to nature that very few humans of
any race have achieved. They have been welcomed into the
elven society as, perhaps not equals but,
special guests afforded all the liberties of tribe members. It is this level of
fratrinization that has allowed certain unions to occur.
The children of these unions are accepted by both the elves and the Antislar,
though they are encouraged to live in the
human cities. It is not a matter of bigotry that the
elves encourage this, nor do they do so in
any verbal way. It simply comes down to the fact that these half-elves tend to
think more like humans than elf and would
feel more at home among the humans until
such time as they are old enough to choose to join elven society and learn the
elven or ranger ways.
This disparate cultural amalgamation has created a language for the Antislar
that is often hard for non natives to pick up on. Very hard to master by
non-Antislar, it is a combination of Kh'omchr'om, Ice
Tribe and the Styrásh
dialect spoken by the Arthyrón. There is
also a word or two that seems to be from the Ice Elf
Styrásh, which has developed
independently of the other
Styrásh dialects that developed from
Fá'áv'cál'âr Styrásh. To
an outsider, it sounds as though the Antislar speak to each other jumping
between the languages, combining words and phrases into a near gibberish to
those not fluent in it. Many speak not only this Antislar language, but one or
more of the base languages as well.