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The Ardanians are the principal inhabitant of the realm of Ardadain. Descended from Kuros, these High Men are generally long-lived. They are tall and burly, and possess fair skin.

RACIAL ORIGINS

The Ardanians are descended from Kuros the Great, and are a part of the people known as the Parzifans. Originally native to distant Spartos, the original ancestors of these people battled the Death Queen in ancient legend. Alone of all men, the descendants of Kuros possess both Elven and God blood in their lineage.

POLITICAL STRUCTURE

The Ardanians live in a feudal society, like their ancient ancestors, and are ruled by a King, who has absolute power, and an advising council. The Realm of Ardadain falls under the rule of the Atlantean Empire, though the Empire rarely interferes.

SOCIAL STRUCTURE

Ardadain is a feudal society, and as such, each person has his or her own place. Society is divided into roughly four classes; Royalty, Nobility, Commoners and serfs. These classes are not rigid, and its possible to get higher via marriage, or lower via bad luck or bad deeds. Commoners generally occupy themselves with crafts, as well as farming and hunting.

MILITARY STRUCTURE

The King maintains a large standing army, known as the Royal Army. This consists of Knights at the highest level, as well as Griffon-riders. There is also another group known as the Royal Rangers (Wildhawks). These generally keep the lands safe for travellers. In addition, each duke maintains his/her own armies.

CURRENCY

Ardanian currency is worth quite a lot in the Empire, only falling beyond Malidor, and Atlantea itself. Most coins are minted in The King’s Vaults, in Angost.

Ardadain coins are round, and have the mottoes 'From his Majesty's Mint' and 'Long live the King':

APPEARANCE

Ardanians vary a lot in their appearance, though most are fair-skinned. Their hair ranges from blond to black, and even sometimes red, and their eyes are a multitude of different colours. Males tend to wear brightly coloured tunics and breeches, whilst women adorn themselves with long cotton dresses. Jewellry is popular with upper class women.

HOUSING

Most Ardanian houses are built from grey stone, with thatched or tiled roofs. Many are two story, and include at least two bedrooms, and a living room with an hearth. Noble Ardanians generally live in mansions, with dozens of rooms, and at least three floors.

DIET

The Ardanians eat large amounts of meat, particularly boar, rabbit, lamb, chicken and beef. Particularly rich people have access to duck and venison. In addition, plenty of grain products, dairy products and vegetables are available. Fish is generally restricted to the coastal dwellers, or the rich inlanders.

WORSHIP

All of the Tolton gods are respected and worshipped in Ardadain, but the main deity is Eleniel. Eleniel adopted the Ardanians, and guided them to their current home, so the legends say. There is usually at least one temple dedicated to her in every town, and sometimes even a village.

 

RURAL

STATS
ST: 5 CO: 5
QU: 0 AG: 0
PR: 5 SD: 5
IN: 0 ME: 0
EM: 5 RE: 0
LU: 0 APP: 0
ADOLESCENT SKILLS
Skill Ranks
Body Development 2
Foraging 2
Hunting 2
Fire-Starting 1
Cookery 1
Weather Watching 2
1 Craft 3
Singing 1
Horticulture 3
Skinning 1
Dancing 1
Herding 3
Region Lore 2
Language: Ardadain 7
Background Pts. 60

Special- All get 25% of original DP's to spend, in addition to the above.

 

URBAN

STATS
ST: 5 CO: 5
QU: 0 AG: 0
PR: 5 SD: 5
IN: 0 ME: 0
EM: 5 RE: 0
ADOLESCENT SKILLS
Skill Ranks
Body Development 1
Weapon 1 2
Craft 1 5
Craft 2 3
Cookery 1
Streetwise 3
Trading 1
Lore: Hometown 3
General Perception 1
Appraisal 1
Language: Ardadain 7
Language: Common 6
Background Pts. 50

Special- All get 35% of original DP's to spend, in addition to the above.

 

NOBLE

STATS
ST: 10 CO: 10
QU: -5 AG: -5
PR: 10 SD: 0
IN: 0 ME: 0
EM: 0 RE: 0
LU: 0 APP: 0
ADOLESCENT SKILLS
Skill Ranks
Body Development 3
Weapon 1 3
Weapon 2 1
Heraldry 2
Ardadain History 3
Basic Maths 1
Religion: Eleniel 3
Religion: Tolton 1
Riding 2
MIA: Chain 2
Public Speaking 1
Language: Ardadain 7
Language: Common 7
Language: Atlantean 6
Background Pts. 30

Special- All get 25% of original DP's to spend, in addition to the above.