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« on: 20 May 2008, 22:54:56 »

First Post: Overview - Occupation
Second Post: Government - History

The Kyranian Men ("Simple-folk")

The Kyranians represent a human tribe founded by Cyroan Thromgolin, an infantry lieutnant under the command of Dietych during the fall of the legendary elven kingdom Fá'áv'cál'âr, where all races were united at the beginning of time. Cyroan led his people to the Lower Fores in Southern Sarvonia, and settled near the Steppe of Kruswik, the Ilian Plateau and the Plains of Truoor, forming the Kyranian Kingdom.

These simple (well mostly) people stayed almost unchanged over the years, living in the moment and dealing with things as they came. Rustic people to the core, they lived off the land, hunting for what game they needed, they domesticated and raised cattle, horses, and other beasts on the Steppe, the renowned warg being one of them for a time. They flourished for several millenia after having overcome the effects of the ferocious War of the Choosen, but after the eventual fall of the Kyranian Kingdom in 806 b.S. the Centoraurians moved into their territory claiming bit by bit Kyranian land as their own.

While the kingdom had fallen, it wasn't until 482 b.S. that they finally threw off their last make-shift king and joined Tharania, being one of the first tribes of the kingdom. The Kyranians ceased to be in name as Centoraurian influence reached throughout their entire territory, but in the furthest reaches, of what used to be Southern Kyrania, some of the old ways still have hold over the people that live there today. The further south someone gets from the ancient territory of the Horsemen, the more Kyranian influence is seen and in the most southern reaches of their ancient territory, it is difficult to find the Centoraurian influences.

Appearance: This general appearance is still very common among those that live in the area that had once been called, Southern Kyranian, long ago. While the Kyranians were brought under the influence of the Centoraurians, they no longer exist on their own, but many things have not changed over the years, their appeance being one of them.

Kyranians tended to be of average height and sometimes a bit taller. Most were between a ped and two fores and two peds in height with the tallest being a half a palmspan over two peds. The women of this tribe were about the same height as the men, though they rarely reached two peds. Smaller and medium sized frames were most commonly seen as the Kyranians tended more toward the lithe and swift builds with muscles to fit their life style. Broader frames were uncommon but not unseen. Those that showed signs of being larger than normal were highly prized by smiths and the military. More than one verbal battle has been waged over a promising youth throughout the years.

Around twelve and thirteen years of age, the young Kyranians' features began to show the man they would grow to be. Those that were already showing signs of wider shoulders and strength were conscripted into the King’s Service, unless they had been taken as an apprentice by a craftsman. After a year of service to their master, they would be evaluated and if they showed an aptitude for their craft they would be allowed to stay. Others were taken from their masters and forced into the King’s Service.

The hair and eye colour of these people usually leaned toward the darker shades. Various shades of brown hair were the most prominent with black running a close second. A Rusty or reddish-brown colour was most commonly seen in the Thromgolins, though outside of the bloodlines it was rather rare and blond was nonexistent. Their eyes were mostly dark shades of brown, green and grey, with the occasional black and/or purple thrown in the mix. Like blond hair, blue eyes were not seen in full blooded Kyranians and the darker colourings of these people overrode the lighter colourings in mixed blood children of the time. Thromgolins, considered the royal line, were known for their reddish-brown hair and dark green eyes. During the height of the Thromgolin families reign, many children that had the same, rust red coloured hair and green eyes were rumored to be bastards of the ruling family since that colouring was rather rare among the common folk.

Most Kyranians had richly tanned and weathered skin due to the fact that they spent a good deal of their lives outside. Working, training, trading, and participating in events, which usually took place under the sun, took up a good deal of the hours of the day. Nobles that were overly concerned with their looks and had no interest in prematurely aged skin usually kept to the castle and held events in their rooms. There were a few of those types of peoples throughout the kingdom and the years, but they were mostly shunned by all except the ones with similar contempt for the life style of their people. They formed one of the rings of power in the General Court. When they weren’t tied up in matters of state, the other half of the nobility would be out under the sun, tending to their business.

The men had a rugged look, with a strong brow, high forehead, broad jaw, and faces weathered by the elements. They usually looked older before their time, their faces and bodies commonly scarred and worn by their mid-thirties from plying their trade and enjoying the outdoors. In the early years the close cropped ‘military style’ was the most common hair style among these men, but at the height of the kingdom, a new style broke out. The youth attempted something new, keeping their hair a bit longer, between their jaw and the middle of their ears.

The flaw appeared in the length of the cut, as it hindered the efforts of men and bothersome strands of hair usually found their way into the workers' face no matter how hard they tried to keep it back. This lead to the front being cut just above the eyes so that they could see, while the rest was allowed to be longer on the sides, and even longer in the back. Past the fall of the kingdom this remained the style for the young men that called themselves Kyranians, while the close cropped cut was common among the older men.

There were two signs of manhood among these people, though one is the true sign while the other is just seen as the symbol of a boy aging. The growth of a beard would be the symbol of a boy’s youth fleeing. All males wore a thin, neatly kept beard and mustache that lightly covered their jaw and upper lip. The men took pride in the upkeeping of their hair and beards as well as their bodies. They looked down upon scruffiness and untidiness.

The sign of manhood for a youth came at the age of fourteen. On their fourteenth birthday, the men of the family would take the youth to a tattooist to have the Kyranian Coat of Arms permanently embedded into his skin. The black and white inks of the stag head and star gem were planted into the tanned back of the boy, just beneath the neck. The process was slow and painful for the youth, but after the experience the boy was no longer seen as a boy, but a strong young man among his people. All Kyranians who could claim family were taken on their fourteenth birthday, but orphans were skipped over. Other than orphans, exiles are the only among the Kyranian men that had been forbidden rights. Family, home, and a job in the Kingdom of Kyrania were taken from them. They are also denied their heritage as those that are exiled by the court were captured and their tattoo burned off before they were escorted to the borders.

Kyranian women were just as hardened as the men, but their features were somewhat softer and bodies slimmer. While they were slimmer and softer, they held the fierce determination and strength of the Kyranians. The woman were proud, not foolishly so, but even the poorest peasant woman found the strength to hold her head high when around others and fight through the tough times. This showed in the way they moved with purpose, demonstrating strength beneath their concealing builds. Among the Kyranian woman, those that were single kept their hair about shoulder length, and usually loose around their head, kept out of their faces by folded headbands of dark cloth. Married women would let their hair grow longer and would keep it pulled back or braided throughout the day. Like the men, the women were equally as proud of their appearance, if not more so.

There are five classes of people that made up the Kyranian Society: nobility, men-at-arms/soldiers, merchants, craftsmen, and peasants. Their lives and appearances were somewhat different though not much. This depended on the life style they led, but they all had the same basic form, the exception being soldiers as they had the highest numbers of men that tended to have the uncommon larger size. This was because youths that showed signs of broader frames were conscripted into the King’s Service. This made the government unpopular to some people, but most youths found it easy to adapt to the new way of life and they were allowed a day or two each week to visit with their families. Kyranian peasant men had their differences as well and were mostly distinguished by their gnarled hands, weather beaten faces, smell of cattle or sheep and leather.

Coat of Arms: The Kyranian coat of arms consists of a black stag's head on a dark green background with a gem in star-form placed between the antlers. The stag represents a central symbol in Kyranian heraldry, as the tribe interprets itself closely related to the God of the Hunt, Arvins. The gem on the other hand shows the one found by Cyroan Thromgolin at today's Lower Fores, which helped him to decide on the location of his first independent settlement of the tribe. Together the stag's head and the gem demonstrate prosperity and wealth.

Territory: In the old days the Kyranian Kingdom ranged from the west side of the High Fores to the Bay of the Sky with the Dorashi River winding its way between the two, cutting the land in half from east to west. Many historic and mysterious landmarks are found within the ancient Kyranian boundaries. The Steppe of Kruswik dominated most of their territory, the poor soil of this huge area of land causing the Kyranians to turn toward the raising of livestock.

The west side of the High Fores marks the eastern boundaries of their ancient territory, with the Lower Fores standing between that and the Steppe of Kruswik. On the west side of Lower Fores, the Ilian Plateau can be found, the beginnings of the Kingdom of Kyrania, where Cyroan Thromgolin built his fortress and empire. The Shivering Woods and the two Aerelian Lakes in the east are along the northwestern borders, stretching south to the southern end of the Lower Fores and the top of the Anaios Gap.

The capital of this ancient kingdom, Caelum, was built at the mouth of the Dorashi River and was called El'Dorash a long time ago. The name of the river came from the original name of the capital city. Another notable Kyranian city is Naios, which was founded on a hill near Wind Bay by Aprag Naios Dereswungen. When the kingdom fell in 806 b.S the other tribes began annexing the land and the Kyranians slowly became part of the Centoraurians. Now their old territory is part of the Xaramon Province.

People: Many people today still hold with the rustic image that comes to mind when thinking about the Kyranians. Even their city folk were outdoor people and their lower class was known for their cattle farming and some horse breeding. They were also hunters and worshipers of the Huntlord Arvins. Their nobility was known for their plain clothing and working class ways as they spent a good deal of their days working under the sun, whether it be weapon training or perusing a craft, such as wood working. Though the only people that didn't fit into that image were the flamboyantly dressed merchants who drew the attention of those in the marketplace by their 'out of the ordinary' styles and colours.

These people were known for their simplicity. Most of their works had a simple design to them that drew the eye of the looker without being overly flashy or showy. This reflected their lives, as they usually blended in with the crowd but were easily picked out by their slender frame, dark hair, and tanned, sometimes leathery, skin. Their lives were ruled by the little things and the simple pleasures, such as the company of good friends and a full mug of ale after a days work. They are also known for being rather direct people who don't toy around with words when they are not needed and sometimes prefer silence over all else. As said, the simple things in life catch their eye as they don't understand those that complicate things and make the days harder.

They were also proud, as were all their people, but not foolishly so. They knew how to pick their fights (though they learned the hard way as hot-headed youths) and knew what battles they could win. They were also proud when it came to their appearance and they worked each day at keeping themselves as well as their lives in order. This went for all of the classes of Kyranians.

The peasants were known for their rural nature, sound, and short-cut version of speech, as they preferred to lump words together and drop letters where they weren't needed. Their life out on the Steppe, raising cattle, horses, sheep, chickens, and other livestock was an easy one with a set daily routine that they found comforting. Each morning they would wake up, knowing exactly what needed to be done and how long it would take to do it (usually the entire day), knowing their place in the world.

Craftsmen as well enjoyed the knowledge of what the next day will bring. They knew everything within their workroom, how everything worked, what was needed for what projects, and how long it would take to complete a task. Most of the time they worked within their own realm, letting the days waste away as they did their job, seeking perfection in the smallest things, like a single stitch in a shirt or single horse shoe made out of dozens. The one thing that was different was that they couldn't fall into the same routine each day, but they worked to the requests of customers, merchants, or nobles depending on their jobs.

Soldiers, sailors, knights, guards, and pathfinders seemed the most at ease at their jobs, selected by their interests, skills, and knowledge. They had a routine set by others above them for each day, allowing them to fall into their lives with ease, be it practice sessions, drills, the running of a ship, or just sulking through the brush for game trails, they felt at home within their environment. Those that had the privilege of working with a warg during the Time of the Wargriders felt more at home than ever and for a couple hundred years the beasts became a somewhat common sight.

Nobles had a different system. They complicated small things in the ways the common folk didn’t and attempted to avoid. Pride was a big concern among these people, more so than the rest of their folk, allowing comments that would usually 'slide off the common folk' be taken as an insult to their name and family. Many duels were fought among the nobility for both reasons of pride and fun bouts among friends. Some of these battles begun from insults ended in friendship or life-long feuds that seemed pointless in the eyes of many.

Many today prefer the simple life and those even in the north, the first to be taken by their neighbors, the Centoraurians, still stick to this way of life and make things flow as smoothly as they can each day, following a set pattern. There are a few common sayings that refer to this way of life in Southern Sarvonia. One of these can often be heard when one adult is talking to the other about a practical boy that wants nothing more than to enjoy the day and life he has and never speaks of riding winged horses, battling beasts or have any childish fantasies. "He's got no more dreams than a Kyranian, only lookin' to <insert occupation here> (ex. 'plow the fields') for the rest of his life."

"As pretty as a Kyranian" is another that’s commonly used as it can have various meanings. The most common one comes from males, mostly directed toward a young male that has taken a good deal of time cleaning up and messing with his hair and facial hair. It's heard most often as a group of friends walk into their local tavern for the evening. One might turn to the other (usually the one that kept them waiting) and say, "Ain't you as pretty as a Kyranian", often drawing a round of laughter from those close enough to hear them. The second one is used in a sarcastic way when men, or women, more commonly the former, are talking about a woman or man that is considered ugly to them. "That one's (man or woman) as pretty as a Kyranian," is often said in hushed tones, but loud enough for those close by and sometimes loud enough for the target to hear. At times it has been known to be used as a joke among friends, but most of the time it is used the other way.

The final one came from the Kyranians themselves. "You been standin' behind them Longhorns (other horses or cattle) again?" It is commonly said to a youth that has a sprinkling of freckles across the bridge of his/her nose, though it could be turned around if an elder caught another youth picking on a boy/girl with freckles. "Run along now and don't go standin' behind no Longhorns yaself now boy/girl." Now it is used throughout the south, mostly in small, animal farming villages if a grandfather, uncle, or fathers that wish to tease the children of their family with freckles, though 'Longhorn' changes to reflect the animal that is kept in the village.


Kyresk - One of the most notable ways that they complicated things was the system put in, allowing the younger sons or daughters of nobility the right to claim the position of heir to their family name, lands, and coin. It was called a Kyresk among the nobility, named for the first younger son to publicly demand the right to be named heir. The General Council concluded that they should be tested on three things important to the Kyranian Nobility: the skills of a hunter, the skills of a warrior, and the skills of a scholar. The second and third weren't as important as the first in their eyes, but knowledge and weapon skills were something required by every noble and merchant family of their children as they came from fighters and knowledge was the key to survival in their eyes. Among the common folk it was called, 'The Nobles Problems'. They didn't really care about the naming of heir among the Noblity and avoided wasting anytime thinking about it unless they were stuck with a tyrant ruling their lands.

Three tests were offered to any daughter or younger child of nobility. They were used to test the strength of the challenger and the named heir, put in place to allow the others a chance they were denied by being born second or being born a daughter. The three tests were a test of weapon skills, a test of hunting skills, and a test of knowledge. The child/young adult that won two out of three of the tests was declared ‘heir’ and could claim their fathers/mothers title, lands, and coin upon his death or 'retirement' (the parent stepping back when they aged to allow a new voice to speak for their land).

If the contest ended in a 2-1 win, the winner could be challenged again at a later date, but if it was a 3-0 win, they could not be challenged again, even if a younger sibling wished a chance to win their families fortune, status, and rank within court. A tie in one event would be decided by a battle with the weapon of the Kyranians, the Sengren, to first blood. The only time the ‘heir’ could be challenged after a 3-0 win, was if the father/mother (person holding the office) requested another child as an ‘heir’ before their death. This rarely happened during the lifespan of the kingdom as it caused feuds between families that could wage for years and end in the destruction of the house. Many believed this to be against the entire lifestyle of the Kyranians, but then again, no one said the nobility of any tribe was ever sane or thought rationally when it came to honour.

Housing: In the Kyranian Kingdom castles made of stone, with some wood buildings were rather large. These buildings housed all of the nobles, knights, court officials, staff, and attendants in the area and lived in the castle with a majority of the army. This was better than spending endless days out on the Steppe of Kruswik with nothing to do and with the possibility of never meeting the noble that reigned over the next patch of ground. Many scholars believe this to be unintended, but the mass made a type of family environment. The children didn't grow up alone, lacking others to compete with in various activities and feeling isolated in their own home. This impacted every part of the family and household as bonds were forged between neighbors and less land disputes broke out. Though the down side was that certain alliances would be formed within the court and those that didn't want to pledge themselves to one side walked a thin line between friend and enemy.

While the main keeps of these castles usually were four or five stories tall, with the towers being taller, the stone mansion usually covered a good deal of land. Most landowning nobility would live at the castle in their area and use their sons or a trusted attendant to check on their tenants once every two weeks or so to make sure that things were running properly. This opened up more good land for ranching and farming and large castles could be built on land that was poorly suited for crops and cattle. The Kyranians attempted to put everything they could to good use.

Lavish courtyards usually led to the main keep. In no way were they small, but they were not overly large either. These areas were well kept, with good soil bought from different areas and brought in so that the castle would have their own supply of plants. The various types were commonly selected by the head cook and would provide spices, seasonings, vegetables, and fruits for the meals, while flower growing plants were sometimes harvested to bring a little life to rooms of the keep. The courtyards were a favorite of the castle staff and many of the noble women felt themselves drawn to the simple labours of gardening during their days, providing a task for them to work at instead of spending their days lounging around the practice field. In the later days of the kingdom, the courtyards were left to their original purpose though some of the lords of the castle had to sacrifice half or all of their gardens to erect temporary barracks.

Behind the courtyard was a large open area that consisted of tournament grounds, training grounds, and the stables, temporary barracks, and smithy/armoury. The tournament grounds a large part of any castle as there were commonly events held on the fields by the nobles within the castle, offering up a prize of their own coins or possessions in the name of good fun and sport. This was one of the outdoor events that the Kyranian nobility flocked to on a regular basis, a chance to be under the sun, being active, and competing in friendly competitions. The women of the court believed that Kyranian men never grew up, and they were somewhat right. Most nobles never seemed to grow out of their love for competition, and well into their later years, they would still be challenging their childhood friends. The massive tournament grounds and training grounds fuelled that drive for challenges and victory.

The courtyards led into a great hall that hosted an array of tapestries that depicted the lord’s greatest moments and the history of the Kingdom. Massive halls, greeting chambers, the kitchen, and servant's quarters made up most of the first floor while craftsmen dominated the second. From there on up there were guest chambers that were rather spacious depending on the family size. Though called guest chambers, certain families would inhabit the same set of rooms for many generations.

The Kyranians didn't believe in wasting anything, even things that might not be seen as waste to others. Beneath the stones of the ground floor lies a whole separate level. A staircase in the court yard leads down to the Soldier’s barracks, which are usually located under the kitchen. The barracks are carefully and solidly built beneath the keep. Each hall could hold between hundred and two hundred men in the three level bunks that take up as much room as possible, leaving barely enough walking space for the men. Wooden posts were set as the stone were put into the rooms, keeping the soldier’s beds safe. Bunk halls could be found all around beneath the castle, as they are expanded when they need to. Along with the bunk halls, a common room/mess hall is built beneath the kitchen. A gently declining ramp runs the length of the hall, allowing the kitchen staff to descend safely with food for the soldiers. Hallways throughout the underground level led to various rooms for soldiers, but they also lead to the cells that resided beneath the keep. Only the most dangerous were kept beneath the keeps.

Various towers and stone buildings surrounded the main keep, the towers standing five to six stories tall, some even reaching seven, while the buildings rarely reached four stories. The towers either had a staircase on the inside, lining the wall or on the outside with a railing that kept others from falling. Each level of the tower held a medium sized private dining/meeting room and a simple furnished room or two. The bottom of the towers had more rooms while the top floor commonly had one room. Nobles with larger families would be situated in the lower level rooms while single nobility would be assigned the top rooms. The towers levels were one set of rooms on their own while the buildings were set up similarly with more sets of rooms per level.

Merchants lived in wooden or stone (or both) two or three story structures near the castle or in a city. Most of the time the first floor of their home was turned into their store and large windows were built in the front to display the merchant's wears on days with bad weather. Buildings were often a few peds back from the street and had heavy wooden or stone tables out front where merchants could set up for a day of business. The upper levels of the house were the living quarters for the owners and their families. The wealthier merchants had homes in another section of the city that were solely for living and owned buildings or warehoused in other areas where they conducted business. The poorer or beginning merchants had two story buildings with half the first level blocked off and they lived in the back part while they rented out the top story to another familiar. It is not uncommon for new merchants to share a home with a supplier until they both get on their feet.

The craftsmen of the city usually lived in one or two story buildings, depending on their wealth. In two story buildings, a small front room would be set aside for customers with a workroom in the back and their home on the second floor. A lot of craftsmen had two separate workrooms one being indoors with all their tools and materials while the other consisted of a sturdy work area behind their home/work where they could enjoy the sun while doing simple takes that didn't need a good deal of set up and equipment. Those that lived in one story buildings had their workroom up front and open to the eyes of customers while their living quarters in the back depended on wealth.

The housing of the peasants usually consisted of a wooden one story thatched roofed structure. Those that lived within the city were often in another area of the city and worked at their craft within their homes. These houses were rather small and consisted of two or three rooms with a cooking area and a working area. The working area was often used for guests as well. Peasants that didn't have a license from the King to trade would manufacture goods in their homes and sell them to merchants who in turn would sell them to others. The peasants that lived outside of the city and made their living as ranchers or farmers, resided in slightly larger houses with another large barn or warehouse near by for animals or crops.

Clothing: Below, the different styles for the different classes of the Kyranian society can be found. The nobility are the only one who have changed their style throughout the years as most of the ancient noble houses were taken over by Centoraurians and courts these days try to keep up with the styles of the realm's nobility now. Though, the nobles in the south of the Xaramon province are Kyranian in lifestyle if not in name, and their clothing is often the most plain seen, though it's viewed as flamboyant by the common folk. On the other hand, the merchants in the south remain as colorful as they were many, many years ago, while the peasants and craftsman keep their simple, homespun clothing. The following clothes were commonly worn in the ancient Kyranian Kingdom:

     Nobility -
The Kyranian nobility rarely looked their part since those that spent most of their days outdoors preferred clothing that was more functional and rarely was it extravagantly decorated. Sleeveless or short-sleeve shirts of cotton, linen, or animal hide were most common among the men (and sometimes women) during the late spring and summer months. Loose pants of the same material and leather boots between ankle and calf high pretty much completed the look of male nobility. During the cold months, simple short or long sleeved shirts were covered by fur-lined or wool jackets and/or thick fur-trimmed cloaks. A simple leather belt or baldric with a serviceable dagger or sword was almost always seen as these people rarely stepped out of their room without some sort of protection. Those males that chose to flaunt their status and tend to be classified as ‘vain’ were constantly teased. It was commonly said that those men spent more money and time on one outfit than another man spent in a month.

The females among the nobility were a bit different, but nearly as ‘improper’ as the men in the eyes of other groups of people. Noble women could be classified in two groups – those that stood by and watched, or proper women, and those that joined the group. The latter tended to wear the same thing that the men wore as they joined in the training, games, and hunts that the men tended to busy themselves with from time to time. The ‘proper women’ were commonly present during these events as well though they stayed back from the action. The women were mostly seen in plain, long dresses of cotton or linen, often in various colours. Long skirts and shirts with various lengths of sleeves was also the normal dress during the days. The winter months found these women exchanging the lighter fabrics for thicker, fur-lined or woolen clothing. While openly carrying a weapon wasn’t very ‘lady-like', the proper woman would carry a small dagger concealed within sleeves or beneath skirts so that they weren’t completely venerable.

The more formal and sometimes flamboyant clothing of the nobility was often drawn out after the sun was set with court gatherings, social dinners, state functions, and other official settings that called for the upper class to show their status. Various layers and colours of clothing were seen and the current style was constantly changing. One month the high, still collar might mark a man of high class and money, and another it would be the symbol of those of a lower rank. A badge of office was a requirement at most functions as these patches showed the attending nobles' ranks.

     Merchants - Some merchants were mistaken for nobles when foreigners would enter a Kyranian city, as they wore colourful clothing of varying styles that ranged from the plain shirt and pants combination to multiple shirts of different sizes and colours arranged to draw attention. The gaudily clad men usually drew the most attention as they could be picked out in a crowd, but sometimes the colourful clothing had the opposite effect and potential customers would avoid that particular person. Along with that, merchants commonly wore overly long capes, even in the summer months, which could cover or expose the knife or sword that usually hung at their side. Some even had a crossbow or belt with a couple throwing knives hanging within reach and sight to ward off thiefs' nimble fingers. While some of these weapons were for show, many were taught a little of self defense and could probably wield the weapon they wore.

     Craftsmen - The craftsmen of the city commonly resembled the peasants. Even the richest craftsman in the city usually wore plain shirts in pants; either homespun or purchased from one of the seamstresses throughout the city. Most of these people found their work to be rather rough on nice clothing and preferred something comfortable and durable over the other options. Those that had somewhat cozier occupations often leaned toward nicer clothing from time to time, but practical clothing was always needed for those accustomed to long days of work. When out and about they might lose the garments and tools of their trade (such as a leather apron and work belt for a blacksmith), but within their workrooms, they were always in sight, marking the man's (or woman's) trade.

     Peasants - These people wore pretty much what ever they could. Homespun shirts and pants were the most commonly seen. While they couldn’t afford the better materials, they still had enough to keep themselves and their families well clad throughout the years. Those that lived outside the city were rather well off, but males still worked without a shirt when they could to preserve the clothes they had.

Diet: The Kyranians were considered lucky as they possessed some of the finest cattle. The Kyrattin Cattle, as this beast is now called, was more commonly known as the "Longhorn" because their horns range from two peds to two peds and two fores from the tip of one horn to the tip of the other. This was the most common animal farmed for food in that area along with chickens, pigs, and horses (though the last wasn't commonly eaten by the Kyranians). The wild herds of deer, cattle, and other animals on the Steppe of Kruswik found themselves targets of both of the most dangerous predators on the land, humans and wargs.

With the Steppe of Kruswik taking up a good deal of the territory, the land available for growing fruits, vegetables, and other such things was uncommon and those that were privileged enough to work those lands had a very busy life. Small forested areas provided a good deal of the fruit of the Kyranian kingdom and a lot of variations of common vegetables strived for a while before failing with the passing of years after attempts to adapt them to different environments. Dried and jarred fruits and vegetables brought in by merchant ships and caravans became the most commonly seen during the harsher seasons on the Steppe.

Weapons: It was fairly rare to catch one of these people without a weapon. Just because the eye couldn’t see one didn’t mean that person was unarmed. These people were fairly cautious and even the lowest members of society had something to protect them. The weapons ranged from blades to bows with slings, staves, and rocks thrown in the mix.

The pride of the Kyranian arsenal was a double bladed axe called the "Sengren". This unique weapon was crafted by the middle Thromgolin brother, Senren, in 9550 b.S. and obviously was named after him. One blade is large, thick and strong enough to hew down longs or the legs of armoured horses. The other blade is crafted in the shape of a crescent moon and has a razor sharp inside to cut the tendons of horses as they pass by. Finally, the top of the blade is hardened steel, hard enough to pierce the strongest armour. This weapon is still in use, though it is difficult to find and employ a trainer as many of the ancient arms-masters stopped training people after the fall of the kingdom and the many secret techniques of the weapons died with them. 

Among the nobility the Sengren was used, along with a variety of other weapons. Between eight and ten years of age the sons and daughters of nobility would start weapon training. It was required of both males and females, as parents were more wary than the rest of their people and they took advantage of the fact that they were able to offer their children a way to protect themselves. Some of them complained, but no amount of whining and begging could free them from the training that might be the difference between life and death for them some day. What they didn't know was that their parents were also training them for their future as well, as weapon practices and contests were a common source of entertainment for the nobility during the hours of daylight.

For the first year and a half to two years they were taught the basics of various weapons. Every couple months they were tested and were shifted into groups that worked to establish each boys or girls skill. After the child was matched with a weapon they would move into a group that worked only with that weapon. Children of lesser nobility would train with others while those of more important families had a private trainer. Once matched with a weapon they would move into other groups and spend most of their mornings in training. They would work in at least three groups. One focused on the Sengren, one focused on a ranged weapon, and the last focused on a type of sword, spear, axe, or other weapon offered at the castle, giving them two weapons to defend themselves, and the skills to hunt. Both boys and girls would be taken out by one of the hunters enlisted in the Kyranian Pathfinders, once a week. During this time they were taught how to track game and live off the land. Something deemed essential by nobles and peasants alike.

They worked with each weapon and skill until they reached fourteen years of age. At that point they could drop one or more of the weapons if they had no skill. Their trainer’s consent was needed most times, but some went to a higher authority (parents, but they were often overruled) or took it upon themselves to remove themselves from the training. Girls had the choice to drop all weapons if they wanted too when they reached fourteen, though many kept on training with one or more weapons/skills depending on their trainers opinions. If they wanted to keep working with one weapon and their trainers said they were best with the bow they would keep with that weapon. If that wanted two their trainers would suggest a second, while they could keep either, they mostly went with their weapons-masters suggestions unless they wished to keep all three.

After reaching manhood, all males (and some females, was optional for them though) had to serve two years in the Kyranian Army. The day after the yearly Manhood Ceremony, they would be roused from their beds early in the mornings (unfortunately for those that had overindulged in a new experience, alcohol) given a set of clothing to change into and a bag of trail rations and basic supplies before they were taken out on a five day drill. Once they returned, they were issued a bunk in the castle barracks (always the top bunk as older soldiers were moved down as new recruits came in) and began their time in the military. Each day they woke before dawn, had weapons training, fitness training, interior drills (within the castle walls), lunch, and then exterior drills (outside the castle walls) until nightfall.

They were run ragged with the other recruits while the experienced hands watched with joy, making bets as to who would drop first during exercises (on of the few times officers allowed betting, as they were often caught up in the bets as well). Recruits and nobles were always taken on drills and more often than not, beat to a pulp by the 'enemy', or experienced soldiers, as they were more commonly know. Many fathers, and some mothers, dreaded to think what happened to their children during those two years as they remembered it, but they also knew that their child would come back with an appreciation for the life they lead. They also adapted a military life-style, knowing when they would wake and what would face them each day as they fell into the same routine.


Those that were in the Kyranian military were trained in the weapon commonly used in their branch (army, navy, guard, knights, hunters/pathfinders, and the Royal Guard) and unit. The army pretty much matched man and weapon and put them in a unit with others that wielded the same weapon. They navy had a narrower selection of weapons. Most recruits were trained with the bow and cutlass or long knives for a time before they were assigned to a ship. They other branches had their own weapon preferences. The guard trained with the sword or crossbow mostly, though Sengrens were also seen from time to time. Knights rode with lances, swords, and bows and they were always mounted units. The pathfinders had their own weapons depending on their unit. Their weapons ranged from bows, to poisoned knives, to wargs for a time. The Royal Guard was a specialty unit, selected from the other units to guard the King and castle at the capital, Caelum. Their weapons varied, but they were the best of the kingdom with their weapons. Most branches had mandatory bow training as various groups were sometimes enlisted to help hunt for the city/castle during the month.

Most merchants kept some sort of weapon on them. Swords, knives, daggers, and crossbows were seen the most with some more exotic weapons displayed every now and then, depending one what they traded. Between fourteen and eighteen years of age the newly proclaimed adults were thrust into weapon training by their parent, in an attempt to help them, but none ever took it that way. A retired soldier or city guard was hired by the merchants most of the time. Those that didn’t train with a weapon still kept one near by, the crossbow and knives having been a favourite of the untrained. This was an attempt to intimidate those that might be brave enough to try their hand at the thieves’ life. Their colourful and flamboyant clothing seemed to help when downplaying weapon skills and of all the classes, the merchants are the least peace loving, but they weren't necessarily looking for a fight. 

Most craftsmen were untrained in the use of a weapon but those that were rarely carried something that could be considered a real weapon. Anything sharp, heavy, or malevolent looking worked for these people and more often than not they could do more damage with the tools of their trade than another weapon. A blacksmith might carry a hammer in his belt instead of a sword he crafted. On the other hand a bowyer might carry one of the weapons he made instead of the tool he used to make it. Some won’t risk doing damage to their tools while others trust in the strength of their livelihood. While they weren't looking for a fight, they preferred to be safe, and what ever was at hand worked best. Though the oddness of weapons carried by craftsman and peasants of the Kyranians was known and widely laughed at behind their back, but they knew not to say anything in front of them, peaceful people or no, they were still too proud to back down from a fight.

Untrained peasants used pretty much anything to defend themselves. Knives, staves, slings, and rope were mostly seen but if need be anything could have been turned into a weapon. Farm tools or even the leg of a wooden chair would be a better tool than nothing in times of need. However, Kyranian peasants seemed to excel with the sling and were known to be excellent shots. Of course the Kyranian youth with a rock could also cause some trouble and pain. It often brought a round of laughter from the Kyranian in a crowd when a foreigner got pelted in the back of the head with a rock for knowingly or unknowingly shoving a boy aside on the streets.

Occupations: Kyranians usually had their hands in what every type of trade or task they could, finding where their talent hid and using it to their advantage, but like every tribe they also had their preferred areas. Much of that remains true as there is a broad range of trades and skilled craftsmen in the cities of these ancient people and much of the ways of those on the Steppe of Kruswik remain the same.

     Nobility - Many peasants believe that the nobility never worked, but that was untrue. If anything these people did all that was required of them most of the time, with some slacking in certain areas. They are landowners first and foremost and are charged with keeping peace over the land, people they had authority over, and protection those people. When it came to the protection, some were rather lax, but if things got back for the people the King would send people to deal with it. For the most part this is true for many places, but from time to time generous landowners have been known to surface and surprise the world.

     The other, less liked, jobs of these people were the role as tax collector and recruiter. While the first one explains itself the second one might not. It was their job to send out soldiers once a year to those within their area that showed signs of being larger than usual. The day after the Manhood Ceremony, they were also sent to round up and take all those that wished to enlist in one of the four branches of the military (five branches for nobility) now that they were old enough. The army was stationed within any city, with the navy on the coast, the knights in the capital, the guard in any city, and the Pathfinders in the capital.

     Traders - The merchants of the cities had other business to attend to. They commonly supported and bought items like home spun and skillfully made clothing, pelts from the hunter's outings and tended by tanners, deadly weapons, both simple and extravagant, beautifully crafted wood pieces, and more from the people of the city, before spreading the items across Southern Sarvonia, and sometimes the North by adventurous traders. When they returned they would bring goods from the various places they visited to please the market of their home city. It was common for a rich merchant to buy the services of a peasant who had never had the chance at an apprenticeship, but had a knack for a certain task and unique style. That merchant paid a small fee a month plus the price they had set per item so that they could have something different to sell in their home city as well as foreign cities as well.

     Men-at-Arms - The men that enlisted into one of the branches of military had their own tasks to complete. Each branch had their own area to watch, protect, and control. The army was mainly concerned with the welfare of the entire kingdom and watching for trouble from all sides, protecting their borders from their north-western neighbors, the Centoraurians, the Eyelians to the south and the Caltharians on the other side of the mountains.

     Navy knew nothing more than the troubles at sea from the pirates that were fond of chasing down merchant ships, even into the Bay of the Sky and the Wind Bay where they knew the fleets of three kingdoms resided, provoking small skirmishes between the Centoraurians, Kyranians, and Eyelians. While their navy was small they did a fair job of protecting the coasts throughout the years.

     The guard was the main force seen by the people as they protected the cities from the murders and thieves while the hunters, scouts, and for a time, Wargriders of the Pathfinders protected the countryside. The knights on the other hand were revered but held no place in the daily lives of the people.

     Craftsmen - These men specialized in certain areas and sold their own works, often competing with the other craftsmen in the city. Among the many crafts of cities, the Kyranians had a good deal of talented smiths throughout the years and one of their trade goods were the works of these men, sold to allies during times of war. Weapons were first and foremost on this list with armor, for both humans and horses coming in second with other little things almost being requested. To this day Kyranian smiths are prized and welcomed in most villages.

     Bowyers and carpenters were also fairly skilled at what they did and there was often much competition between the workers of the crafts (bowyers competing with bowyers and carpenters competing with carpenters) within the marketplace. While wood was not widely spread, there were many that imported wood to work on bows, finely crafted furniture, statues, and other items that were once again shipped out to the nobles and merchants of neighboring kingdoms.

     Furriers and leather workers could be found on pretty much ever street corner in larger cities and smaller villages throughout the kingdom and always had a good deal of work on their hands. The lesser renown but necessary crafts included clothiers/tailors and cobblers as they weren't particularly known for their clothing, but Kanroan, the name of both the plant and fabric, was commonly in demand and easy to acquire and clothiers made more coin selling the pre-made clothing than the cloth. Of course those that went without saying among these people were brewers, weavers, and stone cutters as they were never really recognized for their work, but it was all around them.

     Peasants - This group often focused on the simple things such as herding, raising livestock, breeding the Rusik horses that lived on their land, fishing, and some hunting, making up the common image of the Kyranians. The kingdom had some of the best livestock for a time and their horses, while not commonly expensive, where well liked.

     Those working in the mines those days built a bit of a trust between them which was common throughout the other parts of the kingdom, but not as strong. Something about trusting your life to someone else in a place that could come down at any moment brought them together and to this day, those that work at mining the recourses from the mountainous terrain have built close friendships that last for generations, bringing people together through the hard, but repetitive labor. Mining villages along the mountains are largely family oriented and have turned into something of a clan system.

     The inn-keeps, tavern owners, cooks, bartenders, and waitresses of the city came from this crowd along with the make-shift storytellers and minstrels more often than not in that area. A variety of other tasks could be completed by these people and some even made a living working with what they could and selling their works to merchants that would take them.
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Government: Throughout the life of the Kyranian Kingdom, a typical monarchy was the favoured system of government. From the beginning of the Kingdom of Towers (11640 b.S.) until the fall of the Kyranian Kingdom (806 b.S.) the system held, though changes were made, which is to be expected in government. The most basic and regal of ranks were always present, while lesser titles (numerous one created at the King’s whim for little more than decoration) showing up every now and then. The most majestic and respected (though sometimes hated) persons were the monarchs themselves.

Monarch - While technically, the ruler could be a king or queen, the Kyranian’s only had a few known queens since only those that could prove themselves in the three tests were to be considered the heir. Most of the queens of the Kyranian Kingdom were the only children of their family and their father (the king) forced them to learn the skills needed to claim their rights as heir to the throne. These tests were mostly used among those beneath the king as a way to claim the rights of their family, though one such example of the test being used was to secure the succession.

Each king throughout the years worked towards appeasing the people, but more importantly the Council of Elders. This group of men and women from all rankings of the Kyranian society were selected by their people and the previous elder. These people would judge the monarch and their children, while observing other things such as: the way they deal with the different situations and different people throughout their kingdom. During times of war the monarch's leadership skills were watched and victories with minimal losses worked in the king's favour.

As a rule, within the first ten years of their rule, they must secure the title "Thromgolin", one given to each king when they fulfilled the tasks required of a king and showed they were worthy. The title, chosen in honour of the tribe's founder, Cyroan Thromgolin and his strong line (that ruled for many years), was a sign to the people of the kingdom that their King was ready and his/her line was strong. It allowed one of the monarch's children to ascend to the throne when their father passed on or stepped down. At this point the first area of the tests would come into play, as if there was only a female child, she would have to face the male relative, closest to the throne, in the three challenges to claim her rights.

The tests would also be necessary at the end of the first ten years of the monarch's rule if they failed to prove themselves worthy of the title "Thromgolin". The two closest to the throne through blood ties would be allowed to take the test (though a couple times throughout history three or four competed) and attempt to claim the right of heir, and would be groomed by the council to take the place of the king three years later. Foresight was one of the attributes that the Council of Elders acknowledged and if the King called for the tests before his ten years were up, knowing he would not gain the title in that time, he would be given the title after the tests, allowing him to rule until his death, or until he stepped down, at which time the winner of the tests would be crowned king.


When the former ruler died in times of peace, a week of mourning would be called for. During that time, no council sessions were allowed and the King’s children had time to mourn and prepare their father's funeral. After the period of inactivity, the heir or next king would prepare for his or her coronation.

When Cyroan Thromgolin stepped down from the throne in favour of his eldest son, Dyarettin, he had his son alter the tattoo of the Kyranian Coat of Arms that he had had embedded into his back at fourteen. A light, silvery grey circlet, that matched the crown of the Kyranian Kings, was inked in atop the stag head, cradling the gem. This tradition lasted many years, survived the War of the Chosen, and was honoured by each king until Jalttren Dereswungen took the throne. At that time the crown, crafted by the Cyroan’s brother was lost as well.

Noble Rankings - The princes and/or princesses of the Kingdom were directly beneath the King, but they didn’t always have the authority to get things done. Until the King’s children reached adulthood, they were tutored on every aspect of ruling, even if they were not the heirs. Once they reached their adulthood they were given tasks by the King to attend to or chosen to work with others in areas that were their strength or weakness. The King’s offspring rarely had more power than the King’s Council, a group of councilors hand picked by the King directly after his coronation, but in times of trouble they had the benefit of their status and relationship to the ruler of the kingdom.

The next in line were the greater nobility, which consisted of the Dukes and Duchesses, and Barons and Baronesses. Dukes and Duchesses were in charge of the large cities and castles spread throughout the kingdom. They were responsible for the things within their cities, collection of tax from the Barons/Baronesses that were responsible for the land around their city, execution of the King’s Justice, and more. If it happened in their city or in the areas surrounding, it was their job to see that it was taken care of. Within the capital city, there were men and women of this rank who were in charge of various areas such as relations with foreign kingdoms, ceremonies, the King’s City and more. Along with this responsibility, they were given one of the loudest voices in the General Court.

The Barons/Baronesses were responsible for a certain area of land and those that lived in their area. Most of these land-owners lived in the cities of the Duke or Duchess they served. They often had a small manor in one of the largest cities/villages on their land that they would visit once or twice a year, but for the most part their children or, in the case of a barren Baron/Baroness, a trusted lackey would see to the running of the land they owned. Within the land owned by the Barons, was land granted by the King to Lords. These Lords had tenants that answered to them, who answered to the Baron who in turn answered to the Dukes, who in turn answered to the King.

Beneath the Lords/Ladies, there were the other various ranks of people who did nothing but enjoy the King's, Duke's, Baron's, or Lord's hospitality for little reason. These were often part of the families of the various nobles, up-start peasants, merchants, and/or soldiers that were granted a title and privileges for services to the Kingdom. They usually had no land to speak of, but inhabited one of the many rooms of the spacious castles of the Kyranians.

Outside of the downward spiral of nobility were military officers. The leaders, captains, and other privileged military members served under the General of the King’s Forces who would construct a council that would approach the King in times of need. At all other times, the General of the King’s Forces, Commander of the Army, Commander of the Navy, Commander of the Guard, Commander of the Knights (armed nobility) and Commander of the Pathfinders/Hunters would be included in meetings of the King’s Council and General Council. The rest of the Knights (who were often the nobility that chose to serve the kingdom as fighters and soldiers that rose high enough in the ranks of the military) were allowed to attend the General Council.

The King's Council - The King’s selected their own councilors after their coronation, but more often than not, the son or daughter kept most of their father’s councilors. One of the few exceptions was when the previous King's children did not take the throne, the new king, selected by the tests, often created a whole new council. At that time, the new monarch was collecting trusted advisors that he believed would aid his children when/if they ruled.

The King’s Council was made up of a mix of lesser and greater nobility, allowing both to have a voice in the various discussions that were brought before the council and keeping one group from overpowering the other. The leaders of the five branches of military were also on the council. A few times, a commoner has been raised up to a position on the council, but in most recorded cases, that commoner was enlisted in the army and had become a trusted friend and advisor to the King during his two years in the army as a young man.

The council would meet as offend as was needed, usually every other week during times of peace and every week if not more during more troubled times. When the council gave sound advice (which they often did) the King would agree with them, but sometimes he would go to others that he relied on for advice before deciding.

The Council of Elders - The people that made up this council were often a mixed and slightly misleading group. First off, the name was the first thing that was off. For the most part, the council consisted of men (and some women) old and young. The very first council had been made up of a group of elders from the different branches of society (two from each of the following: nobility, merchants, soldiers, craftsmen, and peasants), leading to the name of the council. A few years after they were established, each selected their own successor and trained them in the job they were supposed to do until their death, teaching the one that would take their place how to help the kingdom to the best of their ability. Because death has rather inopportune timing for the most part, the people that sat the council ranged from as young as thirty to seventy (the oldest recorded).

The job of the Council of Elders was to aid the kingdom, not the king. They were created to look out for the good of the kingdom as a whole, and selected to pass judgment on the monarch and his line. If they did not believe he was strong enough, smart enough, crafty enough, they would withhold the title "Thromgolin" which allowed the King to select his successor. They also had another very important job and that was to ensure the strength of the line.

Each member of the Council of Elder was selected for their knowledge, wisdom, or skills. It was the duty of these members to tutor the royal children in the ways of the people. They were taught about each of the different classes of people and how they worked, thought, and lived day to day. They were introduced into things outside of the castle, hunting, and weapons training, in an attempt to train them to understand the people they might someday rule. After the current king received his title, the children would be watched closely.

On a rare occasion, the council would use its greatest and worst power. If they believed the King's heir was not fit to rule for certain reasons they could call for the tests, which pitted the closest relative against the heir. Suspicions say that at those times the tests were no normal affair, but a contest closely watched and altered by Arvins, Lord of the Hunt, so that the victor could go on to rule the kingdom and the lands could continue in peace as they were. Only once in recorded history was the victor been the current heir.


The General Council - This group was called together when needed. Some times it might be called once a week while others there might be a General Court meeting every day of a week. In this court, many different people in the capital city could have a voice in the various discussions that took place. When matters of great importance were being discussed the King would be present, but when problems the monarch decided were trivial were on the list of things to be discussed, of the King’s Head Councilor and the Duke of the King’s City would be sent to record and report the things discussed during the meeting. The rest of the King's Council would also be in attendance, and together with the Head Councilor and Duke (and/or the King) they would make up the First Voice of four.

The nobles within the city would be the ever present Second Voice, along with the nobles from other cities who would travel to the capital city every now and then to pay tribute to their King and take part in the discussions of the General Court. Noble messengers from the corners of the kingdom would attend at the bidding of their lord to discuss the troubles within their territory, or simply show up as a gesture of good faith to the King, reassuring him that they were loyal.

The Third Voice was made up of the military. The commanders of the various branches were considered part of the King's Council and would sit with the First Voice, while their delegated (an officer, just one rank beneath them) would sit with the Third Voice and bring up the issues within the military branch in which they were enlisted. Any officer, two ranks above the basic rank within that branch were allowed to sit with the others on the council. The knights were the only ones allowed full attendance, but those that didn't meet the rank requirement were grouped with the Second Voice.

The common folk themselves also found a place in this council, making up the Fourth Voice. They were allowed to present their ideas, opinions, and complaints for consideration like everyone else and allowed to participate in discussions. Though like the other groups, when the discussion lead away from things that involved them they usually remained quiet.


An issue of lesser importance might take a couple of week to a month before enough of the people on the council agreed and committed to one side of an argument, and worked toward writing a petition for the King with the signatures of all those that supported it. These petitions would end up in the King’s Council and there they would come up with results for the various things going on within the Kingdom. More important matters would take between one day to a week and the King was almost always present for these debates, bringing about a swifter conclusion.

Kyranian Military: The following listed below were the five branches of the Kyranian Military:

- Army
The Kyranian army was the only branch that did not really specialize in a certain area of weaponry, but allowed those to use a weapon other than those commonly used if they showed potential. They were essentially the guardians and protectors of the kingdom, protecting it from both internal and external threats within throughout their land. It wasn't uncommon for the army to board the navy's ships to help settle troubles with pirates or other such threats of the sea if that was what the King ordered them to do. They were also called in to break up trouble within the cities if it got to be too much for the guard to handle, even though they had control of the cities. Where the King ordered them, they went and with their variety of trainings and weapon specialties they tended to be successful.

- Navy
Having the smallest coastline of the Ancient Kingdoms, the Kingdom of Kyranian never had a very impressive navy, but they managed to keep a good watch of their port cities and coastal villages. Over the years they held their own when needed and answered the summons of the King. They were mostly called on to carry soldiers to certain destinations, defend their shores from pirates, and ward off ships carrying troops from other kingdoms, and they did a good job of it over the years. 

- Knights
In the eyes of many, the Knights of the Kyranian Kingdom were just a glorified version of the Army. Based in the capital of the kingdom, they specialized in mounted attacks and were made up only of those of noble birth. Many during the years and in this day disapproved of the 'selective membership' that was often enforced, leaving some men as squires until they were thirty and forced to give up because they didn't approve of their style, their trainer wasn't very good, or other reasons they could come up with. In the later years, many of the noble men that were serious about protecting their kingdom joined the military instead and made a difference in many areas.

- Guard
The guard was rather well liked and well organized throughout the years of the Kyranian Kingdom. They kept the people happy and feeling safe within their homes without stirring up the inevitable string of petty thieves and underhanded dealings that happened within any city. The Commanders knew they were there throughout the years, but it worked to their advantage to work around the little things and keep the heads on the bodies of the young guards. Some think it odd that the guard practically walked side by side with the criminals of the city, but letting a few thefts and smuggled goods get by helped keep people alive and the leaders of the guard through that lives were more important that a few possessions.

- Pathfinders
This group was based out of the capital city of Ancient Kyrania, Caelum. While most the other branches of military worked together, this was the odd one out in many ways. Made up of mostly loners, they were possibly the hardest of the five branches as potential Pathfinders had to go through a four or six year apprenticeship and pass the test at the end of those years to gain approval. While they were the hardest 'fair' unit, the knights still beat them in the eyes the many with their 'selective membership'. Over the years, the various sects within the Pathfinders played important roles in the improvement of the kingdom, though some also place some blame them for the downfall as they abandoned the kingdom when the descendent of Narinos, Jalttren Dereswungen, was crowned King of Kyrania.

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Religion/Belief: Still to be added.

Production/Trade: Any natural resource listed below was traded with nearby kingdoms, brining in a good deal for coin for the north-eastern part of the Kingdom. Some of the finest cattle, the Kyrattin, were raised on the Steppe of Kruswik throughout the years of the Kyranian Kingdom and is still considered to be so to this day. Weapons were another thing that was commonly traded as many talented blacksmiths were active and during times of war they helped supply allies with weaponry.

Kyranians were hunters in every aspect of the word and they gathered some of their skill from the wilderness. For years they hunted the wolf-like beasts that appeared in their realm after a time. Eventually, some grew tired with the mindless killings from both sides and attempted to domesticate the beasts. Around 1,406 b.S. the first wolf-like beast (more commonly know as "wargs") was captured and trained by a hunter in the Kyranian military, Rastaar 'Rast' Lawett. The animal was just a two of a few weeks when it was caught and he was able to be tamed. These wargs were never traded but near the fall of the wargs a new breed came up. These Rusthounds are said to have warg ancestry. Some believe they were once called Rasthounds, but they are now referred to as Rusthounds due to the coloring of their coats.

These animals are great hunting hounds and were able to track prey up trees, unlike some breeds. They were originally used as hunting hound by just the Kyranians, but visiting nobility of other kingdoms took a liking to the beasts and a few brought them back to their home with them. Throughout the years they have spread and become a very popular hunting dog. They brought in a good deal of money throughout the years as nobility bought these animals. Still to this day they are common hunting dogs in Southern Sarvonia, but they are still breed in great amounts in the ancient Kyranian territory. Those that had a warg parent during those days were faster, smarter, and better hunters, but they were part wild. After a few years it became required for the animals to the grandson or daughter of a warg before they were allowed to be sold. 

Natural Resources: What used to be the north-eastern boarders of the Kyranian Kingdom was known to have a good variety of natural resources that brought a lot of profit to that area. Granite stone and marble were and still can be found in large quantities. Both can be found used in the buildings of some northern castles, and bits of each have been found in the ruins of Sheyaur. These types of stone were also used in building some of the castle in Caelum. Aside from being used in the buildings of some of the castles in the areas, they were shipped out on huge cart or ships to various buyers throughout the south. This brought in a good deal of coin for the north, but those are just a few of the resources in that area and this the mining of these resources in those areas still bring in a lot of gold and trade.
   
The remaining resources include gold, silver, copper, coal, and several other precious and semi-precious stones. There is a fair amount of mountainous terrain in the ancient territory of the Kyranians and the harvesting of the precious resources that made the Kyranian's wealthy does the same from those in the area today. This mixed with the successful cattle, sheep, and horse farms on the Steppe of Kruswik kept the kingdom's coffers and the pockets of the people full.

Nomenclature: Kyranian names bounced around between common and uncommon, short and long, odd and original. There are those that believe there was no reasoning behind the odd names bestowed upon the children during the early generations of the kingdom. During those times, children of common birth were often given bits of the names of their family members. From two to four or five members of the family might have been honoured with a part of their names used in the naming of a newborn. After the first few generations, a true naming system came out of the 'honour system' as some researchers refer to it as.

Some found it pointless that first names were used as last names as well, but it made perfect sense to the Kyranians. A man would carry his own first name and his last name would be a full of shortened version of his father's first name. For a woman it would be the same except that she carried her mother's first name as her last name. Though last names were rarely used outside nobility and some of the lesser folk would have forgotten their last name had it not been the mother or father's first name. Among the nobility, the same last name was passed down from generations, but it was still the first name from some ancient ancestor. Most of the time the last names of nobility were forbidden for the common people to use so that there was only one family with that name.

Within first names there were a few rules and common letter combinations that were followed throughout the years. For reasons lost in history, the first rule was that vowels could not be used as the first letter in a person's first name. Many believe that this might be because the middle syllables were simply 'a', 'e', 'i', 'o', and 'u' with 'y' added as a middle syllable for women.

Another rule is the double 't' within the name. At the beginning of the name the single 't' is acceptable, but within the name, all 't's are doubled. Along with these rules a few repeated letter groupings stand out. The first being the 'ya', 'yar', and 'yr', which were most commonly used in the names of nobility until the Era of Cataclysm, and while the reasoning behind that was never recorded, many believe the War of the Chosen humbled much of the nobility. The second grouping is the 'aw' which is found more through male names than female.

The middle syllable was optional and names could work with or without it. Mostly, it was used by parents to come up with an appropriate 'middle name' or nickname for their child. They would either leave it out or add one in so that they had a reasonable, shortened name that their son/daughter would go by. Full names could be rather long and drawn out or short and simple, but no matter which, they were always shortened to make a middle name that the person might or night not go by.

Middle names seemed of little importance to these people, but when names were cataloged, three names were listed. The middle name was often a shortened version of the person's first name. Even the shortest names could be shortened and the longest names kept as they were depending on the person's preference.

     First Names/Last Name
          - Male (93 syllables - First & Last)
               First Syllable: Br, Bri, Bya, Byar, Byr
                                   Cal, Ches, Cya, Cyar, Cyr
                                   Drett, Dya, Dyar
                                   Gar, Gaw, Ger, Gil, Gor
                                   Har, Haw
                                   Jaltt, Jaw
                                   Kan, Kaw, Kurr, Kyr
                                   Law
                                   Matt, Mil, Mitt
                                   Nar, Neil, Nip, Nol, Nor
                                   Ras, Rast, Raw, Re, Ryar
                                   Saw, Sen, Syr
                                   Tal, Taw, Tyr

               Middle Syllable: a , e , i , o , u

               Last Syllable: an, ar, ash, att, awn
                                   baltt, bel, boltt
                                   dar, den, der, dett, din, dom
                                   en, er, esk, ett
                                   ian, ir, is, itt
                                   mentt, mir, mott
                                   natt, nes, nos
                                   on, oatt, ott
                                   pan, pas, pitt
                                   raan, ren, ric, ritt, ron
                                   sik, sil, son
                                   tter, ttes, ttin, tton, ttis

          - Female (88 syllables - First & Last)
               First Syllable: Bar, Be, Bri, Bya
                                   Cae, Cai, Cor
                                   Dara, Daw, De, Dya, Dyar
                                   Gail, Gil
                                   Hail, Hal, Han, Hol
                                   Jac, Jae, Jailtt, Jo
                                   Kar, Katt, Keri, Kya, Kyar
                                   Lar, Lis, Lor
                                   Mar, Mich, Mor
                                   Nae, Nel
                                   Rae, Ren, Ro, Rya
                                   Sya, Syar
                                   Ta, Tor

               Middle Syllable: a, e, i, o, u, y

               Last Syllable: ane, arn, aie, atta
                                   ca, caw, cay
                                   el, elle, ena, era, ey
                                   gen, gir
                                   ie, isa, ise
                                   ja, jan, jawn
                                   ka, kal, kell, ker
                                   la, latt, lett, lle, lyn
                                   mare, meer, mere, mor
                                   nal, natte, ne
                                   rai, ray, rie
                                   sar, se, seer
                                   tta, tte
                                   wn

Holidays, Festivals, and Observances: Throughout the year there were many reasons for the Kyranians to celebrate. To this day some of the traditions that go with these main holidays are kept the same and some have changed, but in one way or another they are still celebrated by those that hold to the old ways and those that have adopted the traditions. For many, the Manhood Ceremony and Turning Seasons festivals are just a reason to close their shop or skip work and drink and compete with their friends for a day, while it still holds some of its purpose for others. The following were holidays that were widely celebrated throughout the Kyranian Kingdom and still hold are celebrated today in the southern part of the Xaramon Province:     

- Eywing
The most important Kyranian festival is the Eywing, a festival dedicated to Arvins, God of the Hunt. It is a highly religious holiday for those that worship the lord of the hunt and help to maintain the balance between the hunters and the hunted. For four weeks before the first day of spring, common folk and nobles alike would gather and sacrifice depending on the hunter's status. If those on the hunt made a kill they would offer up the tradition fraction of the organs and those that weren't successful did not eat wild game or hunt for a month.

Those that didn't hunt, but instead practiced another trade, one that depended on Arvin's blessing or not, would craft something as an offering for the Huntlord such as: tapestries with his image, a sculpture made out of wood or other materials, metal plates, weapons, armor, and more with something resembling an aspect of Arvins, and many other such items depending on their trade. It was often recorded that criminal activity lowered during the month before spring every year. Some believe that it was because the guards were more watchful, while others believe that the fugitives that worship the Listening Lord made a pact of peace for the month before the first day of spring. The King was also known to give pardons to those running from the law for certain crimes if the accused stepped forward on the day of the feast.

On the first day of spring they would have a large feast in the castle common and all the common folk would be allowed into the courtyard to join in the feasting. At the feast those that didn't succeed would eat only the vegetables and fruits provided as all the meat at it had been hunted. After the feast they would abstain from eating meat for a week in honour of the hunted since they had been the hunters all their lives.

- Manhood Ceremony
When a Kyranian male reached the age of fourteen he would be taken to get the Coat of Arms tattooed at the nape of his neck. With the last dot of ink embedded into the youth skin, he would no longer be seen as a boy, but rather a man of the Kyranians. Many youths reached manhood throughout the year and each had their own celebration on the day they got their tattoo, but there was also a celebration that took place throughout the kingdom for those new men. On the last day of the year the whole kingdom would celebrate and welcome the new men. On that day there would be many tournaments for them to enter and prove themselves.

The festivities changed for each class of people. Within the castle's walls there was commonly a tournament with all the 'dignified' competitions that nobles learned to compete in, such as: the joust, the sword competition, the archery competition, the Sengren competition (Kyranian only), and other such events. Within the city, among the merchants, peasants, and craftsmen, similar events were held, along with the street competitions (wrestling matches, fist fights, and the other feats that drunken, and sometimes sober, young men came up with), and common barroom contests like arm wrestling, dart games, drinking competitions, and the ever so popular belching competition.

The various branches of military enjoyed their own events that were similar within their barracks/training yards. Armed and unarmed duels would be held with bests placed on certain fighters (the only time bets were allowed among these men). A mix of street competitions and barroom games were also commonly seen, along with the game, Disks, which was common among the off-duty soldiers and guards. Disks was a game made up of two squares on the ground, often a ped and a half to two peds away from each other,  marked by lengths of wood around it. A metal cup, often half a handspan deep was set into the middle of the squares with a heavy nail in the center of the cup, while sand was poured around the cup in the square. Soldiers/Guards would take turns tossing metal disks (only slightly smaller than the opening in the cup) from one square at the square, trying to get them in the metal cup for points.

Those outside the city walls had celebrations of their own that included the common wrestling match and arm wrestling competitions, but sports of a different kind were played out on the Steppe. The riding of wild Kyrattin males and wild horses was the most common of these games, testing the riders and seeing who could stay on the longest. Breaking wild horses was another of these competitions for the new young men and seasoned cattle farmers and horse breeders to compete in. There were also competitions for younger children so they didn't get bored, such as: chicken, sheep, or calf chasing and pony or calf riding. These games and competitions were also commonly found during the Turning Season celebrations and other such events.

- Turning Season
The turning of the season was a cause for celebration for the Kyranians. They were very close to the outdoors and spent a lot of time under the sun and stars. On the first day of summer, fall, and winter these people would celebrate with huge feasts and contests. These holidays would begin three days before the turning of the season and continue for three days into the new season. The level of marriages during these celebrations is exceptionally high and people often believed that it was good fortune to marry during the turn of the season.

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« Reply #2 on: 15 June 2008, 15:10:16 »

My check list is taking over this post because the first post couldn't hold the whole entry.

Check List: Finished Sections In Steel Blue
     - Overview
     - Appearance
     - Coat of Arms (No change)
     - Territory
     - People
     - Housing
     - Clothing
     - Diet
     - Weapons
     - Occupation
     - Government
     - Military
          - Army (Moved to New Thread)
          - Navy (Moved to New Thread)
          - Knights (Moved to New Thread)
          - Guard (Moved to New Thread)
          - Pathfinders (Moved to New Thread)
     - Religion/Belief
     - Production/Trade
     - Natural Resources
     - Holidays/Festivals/Observances
     - Nomenclature
     - History

More Information on the Warg bit in the Army section to come. And if that part doesn't make any since at all I'm sorry, wingin' that bit.

Another Note: More things for my to-do list - Sengren / Roan Forest / Crown of the Kyranian Kings / Kanroan (Forest Cotton) / Rast (Red) Wargs / Kyrattin (Longhorn Cattle) / Pathfinder (Group of hunters/scouts/spies that work for hire) / Stone Bears / Darts / Disks / Plenty of People Entries
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« Reply #3 on: 15 June 2008, 17:44:20 »

We won't forget this, Garret, right now with all that football championship going on and dozens of other things I'Ve promised I've got quite a bit of a list to work through. But I see you haven't been sleeping in the meantime :D But it will last a while until I can get to it, but I'm looking forward to it!  thumbup
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« Reply #4 on: 15 June 2008, 17:53:51 »

Yeah, I'm mad busy at work (not just watching bloody football, Arti! Sorry, soccer. Don't forget Garrett is American!). I will definately give this the once-over for you this week sometime, Garrett. Hopefully, between us we can get this done and dusted for the end of the month.
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« Reply #5 on: 16 June 2008, 01:56:02 »

No hurry yall, just wanted to get that out there so it wasn't fallin to the bottom shelf and outta minds. Also, makes it easier to work on it up here. I intend to add a few more sections and stuff before this is completely finished (I'll add those sections in in a minute). Anyways, doubt that I can get this finished by the end of the month with those sections and my online summer school course starting (government yuck). Plus I'm leaving between the 25th or 27th and will be without computer access for two weeks cause my other grandpa doesn't own a computer. Anyways, I'll get as much as I can before then and then after those two weeks. Intend to finish the first draft by the end of the summer at the latest. :) So no real hurry.
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« Reply #6 on: 16 June 2008, 02:09:34 »

Hhmm. I spy a Grandpa who needs someone to buy him a computer for Christmas.
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« Reply #7 on: 16 June 2008, 02:19:03 »

Eh, he's not very goot with all the tech stuff ... Before I moved out of state I always had to set up and teach him how to use his cell phone when he got a new one and my dad had to hook up all tv and dvd stuff ... Without me or my dad in the same state I think he'd be completely lost with a computer ...
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« Reply #8 on: 16 June 2008, 02:43:11 »

You should see my mom at a computer - she needs two hands for a double-click: One holding the mouse, the other doing the clicks. And once she gets in the final position to do a double-click the mouse has already moved of course, so the double-click won't work... lol So much about my mom and tech stuff!
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« Reply #9 on: 16 June 2008, 06:09:22 »

Alright, I'm a bit confused at the moment. Up until a few hours ago I believed the Kyranians were extinct, but once I opened my eyes I relaized that there was more history involving the Kyranians after the "Kyranians became 'Helcrani'" in 800 b.S. I understood that as all of them becoming Helcrani but when I reread it today I realized it was just a group of people that broke off. I also found that the only a bit of Kyranian land was taken.

I'm thinking that the kingdom came back together shortly after or something and stayed together until 482 when the Kyranians were one of the four tribes of the north that were united. Just my take on things because now I see the Kyranians as still being a tribe and staying in most of there area. I haven't seen anything that goes against this but I just wanted to check incase other plans had already been laid down. Anyways, just trying to figure out whats happening cause I'm a tad bit confused at the moment.
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« Reply #10 on: 16 June 2008, 13:00:13 »

In 482 b.S, the Kyranians overthrew their king and joined Tharania.  Before then, however, they had already been under rather great Centoraurian influence, in particular large parts of their kingdom actually being ruled by rogue Centoraurian nobles.  It's possible that they have survived to the present as a distinct tribe, but to retain the previous definition of them being an extinct tribe, I would prefer to have them slowly become assimilated into the Centoraurians after joining Tharania. 

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Kyrania on the other hand was ruled by weak monarchs that cared only about their welfare and engaged often in petty little civil wars for power. Many Helcrani noblemen with small Centoraurian armies invaded Kyrania, that was once homeland for some of them. It was easy for them to evade the Tharanian troops, that had specific orders to prevent hostilities with the neighbouring kingdoms. At first they would loot the Kyranians and return home, but as they found no resistance, they would take over Kyranians villages and stay. These invaders were recognised as legal lords of the captured villages by Kyrania as long as they pledged allegiance to the Kyranian King, Ginaddon. Kyroan's descentants had fallen into decay. The Kyranian king, who was latter called the Lustful, was interested only in his welfare neglecting state matters and spending his few money into luxuries and fiestas for himself.
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In 483 b.S. the Ximaxians sent envoys to Thar, in his capital in Milkengrad, in order to arrange a unification of their kingdom with the united crowns. When these news became known to Kyrania, the people revolted with the same demand. They killed their king and the rebels sent envoys to Thar. An interesting historical paradox is that the Helcrani invaders - who were considered outlaws for Tharania - were the first that the rebels turned to for assistance and commissioned for the task of the embassies to Tharania. The Caltharian sovereign, afraid that his doom was not far away, made the same plead to Milkengrad. He had only one term, that he would have enough estates to live a wealthy life. Thar accepted these pleas and in the 23rd day of Changing Wings 482 b.S. in the Hypheralean square of Milkengrad Tharania was officially founded.
Note that the Helcrani were also part of the Centoraurian kingdom, and the term 'Helcrani' can also be used to refer to Centoraurian nobles, in addition to the tribe. 
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« Reply #11 on: 09 July 2008, 10:33:00 »

Hey yall. More to come on this tonight hopefully. Depends on if I can sneak back down and they will let me on later. *At a computer at a hotel* Another section and some edits to sections already up (at least) will be coming when I get back to my computer if not sooner. *Shrugs and grumbles about 'vacations'*

@ about 1am here: Edits to appearance and territory section made and now I've got a weapon section.
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« Reply #12 on: 02 August 2008, 14:56:35 »

Bumping this back up so I continue to remember to work on it. Finally got half the entry writen (though when I look at what I've got already I feel like the other half has to live up to the set standard if not better) only one half left to go. buck
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« Reply #13 on: 06 August 2008, 01:42:45 »

Alright, this life consuming entry is finally done after many, many hours dutifully poured into it. Have at it grin, but do be careful and don't get lost. *kicks the massive life consuming entry once more for good measure*
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Geez... This really is a monster of an entry, Garret! Will take quite a while to read through it as well, but I hope that I can do it asap! :D
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