THE PEOPLE OF ANTISLAR ("ICEFOLK")

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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.


Appearance. 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 eyed.

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 features.
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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. 
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Territory. 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 dangerous land.
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People. 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, this human-orc 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.
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 Date of last edit 24th Awakening Earth 1674 a.S.

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