THE R'MART MEN

One of the nine human tribes inhabiting the independent Island Kingdom of R'unor.

The R'mart tribe is traditionally associated with the R'unorian Royalty. Although relatively small in number, the R'marts have always been one of the most influential tribes in R'unorian history after the unification in the Santharian year -1700 b.S. Although in recent years the R'mart's power has begun to diminish as more and more power is placed in such organizations as the Guild of Librarians and the Guards Council.

Physical Characteristics. Members of the R'marth tribe usually possess extremly dark skin, often the same color as the most finely polished Obsidian. R'marts also have a slightly rounder figure than most of the other tribes, although this could be just as much an aspect of their position in society as heridity. The R'mart's eyes seem to be predominantly green in color although hazel and blue colors are not unheard of.

Society and Culture. Although in the post-unification era there is little culturally distiction between the various tribes in everyday life, some more traditional festivals and gatherings often bring about the observance of pre-unification traditions. Like all R'unorian tribes R'marth was matriarcal in nature, and for years (both before the unification and for much of the time after) a woman's husband was considered to be owned like property. Although in the past few centuries, especially after the conquest of the surrounding orcish tribes, the status of men has risen and they are now legally considered to be equal (although there are still at times shades of previous sexist views evident, especially in small towns and villages, outside of the major cities).

One tradition that is still observed by many traditional R'marth families is the practice of wearing complex networks of tatoos over the back neck and legs, often arranged in such a way as to covey a bit of family history or R'unorian mythology.

In addition to this, many houses are still designed in the traditional manner as spherical huts mounted upon some high surface such as a tree trunk or cliff face. The huts are usually built from stone and clay and are connected to nearby huts through systems of walkways and ladders. The huts contain three rooms, two sleeping areas and a family cooking and eating room.

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