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« on: 14 June 2002, 13:18:00 »

Daran

Overview
Daran was originally an insult for those gnomes who had gone to live with humans and meant something on the lines of servant/pet, but now has come to mean any Gnome who lives among humans. Obviously there is great variation between the Daran depending on which humans they live among.

Their is no really difference between a traditional Daran and a Gnorian apart from in where they live. Both the Gnorians and the Daran come from the sameoriginal tribe which was simmply called Gnomes but the Daran were assimilated by humans into their cities while the Gnorians live independently.

Appearance
Daran look like any normal gnomes.

Coat of Arms
Daran take the coat of arms of the people they live among whenever they need one.

Territory
A small number of Daran can be found in most of the cities of Santharia though some contain larger gnomish populations than others an example being Cavthan which has a huge Daran population.

People
There are three different outlooks that the Daran can take.

In many cities the Daran form there own areas of the city and live in a very similair way to the Gnorians, most of them following the edicts of the Arch-Chemist and containing Merchant Guild buildings. This often causes problems with the local population as the Daran tend to ignore humands and always deal inside their own community apart from for things the gnomes don't make..

Some Daran like those in Cavthan behave in a very similair way to the Gnorians but accept all the humans in the city as honourary Gnomes and treat everyone equally. This is probably the best way for humans and gnomes to co-exist.

The final extreme that gnomes can go to is to try and act as much like the people they are living among. They normally still have alchemy as a major part of there occupation but apart from that try to live like humans. The success of this varies with the attitudes of the humans whose city they share..

Normally there position will lie somewhere between the three and occasionly there will be two different Daran populations in the city one acting like Gnorians and one trying to act like the humans they are among. Normally the ones who try to act like humans are a lot younger.

There is often a great deal of tension between the humans and Gnomes, especially if the Gnomes are isolating themselves. The Humans tend to dislike the fact that the Daran make so much money and live so well through their chemical expertise especially as the gnomes are notoriously secret about their techniques and will not teach them to anyone. These coupled with the natural human dislike of all things different can lead to huge amounts of racism and there are many reports of gnomes being attacked on the street in some parts of Santharia.

Housing
Again this varies on the type of Daran. Those trying to be like humans will live in human style housing, while the other types of Daran have housing more like the traditional Gnorians.

Clothing
Those gnomes trying to be like humans where human style clothes, but even some who are acting more like “normal” gnomes are known to where these types of clothes to fit in on the streets. Those who don’t often give a spark of colour to dull human streets in there bright Gnorian clothing.

Food
The Daran normally get there food from humans so their location will greatly effect what foods they eat, for example in a fishing village they will eat large amounts of fish. Drinks are different as the gnomish skill at fermenting and distilling alcohol means that they drink more traditional gnomish drinks even if they try to integrate themselves into the community. These drinks often tend to be in high demand among the humans as well.

Weapons
The Gnomes who dwell among men, although not  normally involved in fighting themselves have used their chemical knowledge to create weapons of great power. One of these weapons would be the Atch-loch, which sprays burning chemicals straight in front of it for a limited distance but causing huge destruction. Another example would be Gnomish fire, that is thought of as magical by most, in which a ball of burning chemicals is lobbed at the enemy (normally by a catapult but any other method would do) which is not put out by water but instead burns more fiercely. These inventions have been instrumental in certain sieges like (Insert name of siege here)


Occupations
Gnomes living among humans will either choose a traditional chemists job like producing glass, making chemical weapons or creating medicine. The gnomish chemists work are always highly prized and the Daran can be very rich. Those acting like humans, if they feel they cannot do a chemical job will occasionally  do any job they can which a human normally does in the settlement in which they live.

Government
Obviously Gnomes who live among humans are subject to their Government, although seldom allowed a say in it even if there are democratic institutions. Although under the humans government control most gnomes will sort things out between themselves and listen to the best chemist in the city.
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Production/Trade
The Daran produce many chemical things for the people among whom they live. They make medicines, cement, dyes, cloth, magical reagents (especially among the Daran who livve on the Ximaxian peninsula), salt (mainly in Cavthan), and many alcholic drinks to name just a few of their many products. There is virtually always a large amount of trade going on between the Daran and the humans as the Gnomes chemical products are highly prized and the Daran need food and housing to live.

One of their major money earners is the creation of glass vessels, mirrors and stained glass windows. They had used coloured glass in replace of gems, and this had done very well as a cheap, novelty decoration however the dwarves made it quite clear that no-one was going to push there way into the gem market and destroyed most of the Gnomish workshops that produced fake gems. At the time the Gnomes were in a very weak position as general Gnomish hatred was growing as the doctors gave preferential treatment to Gnomes during (insert name of suitable plague here) so they gave up the decoration business. Although at first no humans knew how to make glass now some are cottoning on and this is a further cause for bad gnomish-human relations.

Natural Resources
This all depends on which humans they live among, for example in Cavthan they have access to a large amount of sea water from which they make their salt.

Holidays, Festivals and Observances
The traditional gnomes have the same festivals as the Gnorians, but the gnomes acting human normally follow the same religious festivals as the humans. Of course many Gnomes celebrate both sets of festivals as it gives them an excuse to have fun.


History
The history of the Daran is always tied up with the humans among who they live.

Edited by: Avis at: 6/15/02 10:14:51 am
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« Reply #1 on: 15 June 2002, 00:47:00 »

A pretty precise piece, but I ask that it be a little more clarified. Some parts are hard to read over; From what I gather, the Daran are Gnomes that live among Humans, and take many of their habits from them.

I noticed that you said their history entwines around Human history. But surely this tribe departed from the main Gnome tribe? When was that, and why?

I guess I'm just asking to have this cleaned up so that it's easier to understand; then I'll be able to read it through and pick up any mistakes.

Anyone else have any suggestions?

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« Reply #2 on: 15 June 2002, 00:52:00 »

Yes i find it slightly hard to read also, mabey you could describe how they became to be with te humans in the first place...and describe why?..i mean Humans and Gnomes from my RPG experence dont get along well atall.


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« Reply #3 on: 15 June 2002, 02:37:00 »

The Daran are not really a tribe in the sense of a group with different ethnic origins to other gnomes. At first there were just Gnomes, but as human influence grew many gnomes began to be assimilated by humans and put to work especially as they were fragmented and didn't enjoy fighting. There is no real difference between Gnorians and traditional Daran in any way.

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« Reply #4 on: 15 June 2002, 04:53:00 »

Agreed


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« Reply #5 on: 15 June 2002, 13:21:00 »

just be sure to include that in the entry, or else people may get confused.

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