The Goltherrhim are a
now extinct tribe that once lived in the Goltherlon Forest. The High Wars
agains the Helcrani caused these
elves to dwindle in numbers, and they
eventually left their massive forests to live with the Sanhorrhim, their more
successful and peaceful brethren to the west. Few pure-blooded Goltherrhim live
to this day; their blood has mixed with the Sanhorrhim.
Appearance. The Goltherrhim were considered a beautiful tribe in their time. They shared many similar traits of the neighboring tribes; Long flowing hair in an abundance of hues (mostly blonde and black) and wide, long-lashed eyes. Their faces were exquisite to look upon, as if their features had been carved from stone or sculped from clay. Subtle brows and elegant noses, soft yet sharp lips, yet males and female were nearly indiscernable in battle armor. These elves were usually blue or brown eyed, but when under stress, their eyes turned a bit dark, as if the color was clouded by their emotion. Goltherrhim were tall and lithe, with soft skin shielded by the massive and ancient trees of the Goltherlon.
Goltherrhim seemed to be flawless in every sense of the word, until one got on their bad side. Their tempers would then flare, their movements be quick and sharp. They were a terror in anger, their beauty distorted into a mask of hatred and disgust. The Goltherrhim were a danger in their rage, they became brash and impulsive and thus was the reason for their eventual downfall. In their time, a brooding Goltherrhim was perhaps the most dangerous type of wood-elf, his fury built up until he released it, and once that happened, the elf could not be bolstered until all his anger was released.
Coat of Arms/Sign. The Coat of Arms of the ancient Goltherrhim is shrouded in history, rooted deep in the skills of the tribe. It is said to have consisted of a circular shield of gold with a knotted stylized tree in the center, with two swords wrapped within the twists and turns of the tree.
Picture description: The location of the Goltherlon, home of the Goltherrhim Elves. Map by Artimidor Federkiel.
The Goltherrhim once lived in the Goltherlon Forest, where they shed much blood
upon the forest floor in their wars against the
Helcrani. Upon losing many lives in
these wars, what was left of them sought refuge in the Vontron among the
Sanhorrhim, who had embraced a more peaceful way
of life. Since that time, the Goltherrhim began mixing their lives with their
brethren and little more than 100 pure-blooded Goltherrhim exist nowadays,
compared to little more than 400 pure-blooded Sanhorrhim.
People. The Goltherrhim were much like any other elven tribe. They had skill in weapons, and were for the most part a peaceful tribe. They lived in trees, and had a central town in which they congregated, named Ashafir. In Ashafir they traded and bartered, and this was where the Rónn resided. The Goltherrhim lived in and among the trees, the buildings of the Goltherrhim mimicked the trees. The buildings of the Goltherrhim are now either ruins or renovated by the gnomes who took up major residence once the Goltherrhim had left.
The Goltherrhim were good craftsmen, they traded secrets and metals from time to time with the nearby Thrumgolz, who bartered for wood. Their skills with making elven blades were amazing; roughly half of the blades of elven make are either Goltherrhim blades (some Sanhorrhim practiced the making of such weapons) or replicas.
Men were the ruling sex in the Goltherrhim, they were admired for their strength and intelligence. Women did not partake in things such as politics and warfare; they preferred to bring things to life. They gardened and raised animals, and were artisans to a great degree.
fury of an
angry Goltherrhim was terrifying. They could hold their
anger for some time like most elves, but their realm of tolerance is low for a
wood-elf. When they breached their level of anger, they exploded much like a
volcano and couldn't stop until their anger is expelled.
This made the Goltherrhim a deadly force of warriors.
Housing. The Goltherrhim lived in and among the trees. Their homes were of gorgeous craftsmanship; interwoven wooden carvings and trained vines and trees that knotted into massive natural tapestries around and inside the homes made the Goltherrhim villages an awe-inspiring sight. Now these homes are gnarled and unkempt, they look more like the forest is consuming itself in an attempt to rid the Goltherrhim touch from its soil. Ashafir was a paradise, the nightshimmer vines and other various luminescent plants were cultivated to keep the city glowing and alive in evening as the sun kept the town alight and alive during the day. Now Ashafir is in ruins, save for those buildings owned by the gnomes. They don't tend to the plants half as well as the Goltherrhim did, but they do so enough for the ancient beauty to shine through.
Clothing. The Goltherrhim were fond of mostly greens and yellows in their clothes. Blues and reds were usually used for accent work. Jerkins were common, flowing sleeves and elegant cuts (long or short) to flatter their thin forms. Breeches were form-fitting, they slid into plain boots of fine make. These boots ranged in length from ankle to high thing depending on the wearer. Vests were commonly worn over the jerkin, long coats and cloaks were worn as well; especially in political meetings and when the need to impress arose. Intricacy was loved by these elves, they would embroider phrases and blessings into the collars and sleeves of their clothing, as well as knots and stylized leaf art. They did not commonly use animals as a motif, if they did it was usually of animals present in the forests. Mythical animals were not usually illustrated. Women always wore dresses. Even if the Goltherrhim were fighting (which was rare) they would wear a heavy, jacket-like gown with breeches beneath. Most women were not fighters, nor did they hunt.
Diet. The Goltherrhim were omnivorous, leaning more towards herbivorous fashions. The women of the Goltherrhim had a wonderful ability with plants. They grew food well and succeeded in feeding their families. Hunting was seen as a past-time, though one of the men dabbled in nearly every day. While not every day a man brought a meal home, at least twice a week he was successful in bringing in a small animal. When a man brought home a larger source of food, he tended to keep it for himself, eating what he and his family could for the first few nights and then preserving the meat by drying it and dispersing it among his friends.
Weapons. The Goltherrhim were expert archers. Their range and aim were unsurpassed in their time, for they seemed to shoot as far as they could see. Some claim it was because of their knowledge of wood; if they could grow it in all directions, surely they could harvest the straightest shafts and bows with a perfect arch. Less adept at swords than their archery, they nevertheless were a match for a handy Helcrani.
Occupations. Male elves controlled the government and the structure of society, while the females took care of the homestead. Men were heavy into politics, they created the rules and punished those that did not follow them. Like the Quaelhoirhim, they were somewhat political. Goltherrhim did get angered easily, but they could be calmed with the proper ceremony and actions. If the procedures were followed in the proper fashion, an angered Goltherrhim could be calmed with relative ease.
While males ruled the Goltherrhim Forest, the females were honored and revered as creators. They gave birth to the children, tilled the earth, sang and played instruments, and were skilled in the arts. Men respected the women due to this, and the women respected the men for their ability to keep the forest efficient.
The men had several types of jobs. There were the judges, who held council with the Rónn and decided the rules of the tribe and the punishment of those that broke the rules. They were proud men who were usually capable of keeping their tempers in check.
Smiths and fletchers were another type of job. These people made weapons and armor, combining Goltherrhim skill and gnomish influence into works of both art and war. They seemed to be the most even-tempered; working dilligently among their fields with their hands was a good release.
Rangers and traders were less common among the Goltherrhim, those that were of these professions constantly left the Goltherlon. Some pure-blood Goltherrhim may live among the general elven populus, but their lack of a tribe as well as similarities to other tribes makes them hard to distinguish.
Few Goltherrhim were librarians, scholars or bards.
Government. The Goltherrhim government was a patriarchial hierarchy, the male is the Rónn of the tribe. There was only one Rónn at any time, and the Mantle of Rónn was handed to the next male in line, skipping women. The mantle of Ronn could be handed to relatives by marriage, cousins or even personal guards if the need arose, but never to the wife or daughter. If the elven circle required an Avá'ránn, then the eldest lady of the line could then step forward. Most ladies spent their entire lives waiting for that call.
Judges had great influence as well. As a voice of reason, the judges had the right to speak to the king at any time; with or without appointment. There were 9 judges at any time; if one passed on or relinquished his title, then the Rónn would choose another.
Production/Trade. The Goltherrhim trade was quite brisk for elves. They traded lumber with the Thrumgolz, who gave them metal for weapons, which they traded or kept, depending on the need.
Natural Resources. Wood was a major natural resource for the goltherrhim. The Goltherlon wood, which could be cultivated in amazing shapes and colors by the Ladies of the Goltherrhim were made into weapons that were also traded. Their skill alone as smiths and fletchers could be all they needed, the skills in their time were quite good.
Holidays, Festivals and Observances. None described yet.
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