The Attian Humans
|The Attian Humans|
|Spoken Languages||The common tongue, High-Attian,
|Average Height||1,72M to 1,83M – Adult average|
|Average Weight||75 KG to 90 KG – Adult average|
|Homeland||The Hadrian Empire|
|Stat bonusses||+1 strength
Attians, the races of Eden have not yet advanced beyond the need for men of courage. Against the foul creatures of Eden, vile sorcery, and all other evil in the world, there is no sight more striking than the thunderous charge of Attian knights from the Kingdom of Hadriana.
More so than any other nation, the Attians of Hadriana are united under the high ideals of chivalry, courage, pride, and honor. Loyalty to their king, people, and their god is everything to them.
Their history of many tragic stories, yet followed by those of heroism and sacrifice, is told throughout the world. Attians are known for their long, bloody history. But this has only brought the best out of the race, as they know what kind of horrors the world may face, they prepare themselves by rebuilding their once great empire.
Attians are nowadays known for their welcoming behavior towards all races, wanting nothing but to expand their knowledge of craftsmanship and cultures. A race full of stories of old and fairy tales, Attians are honor-bound to protect and provide for those in need.
The Attians, commonly known as the Westermen, inhabit the lands in the northwestern parts of Eden. Attians are known for their tall posture, ranging from heights of 172cm for women to 183cm for men on average.
The Hadric Attians are historically tall and fair-skinned, though they have a diverse phenotype. What makes the Attians of Hadriana stand out is their lighter skin tone compared to the humans known as the Khadan, living further south in the deserts of Al-Khadir. Eye colors are traditionally very diverse, though traditional Hadric standards of beauty hold shades of blue and green to be the preferable kind. Their hair color is also a broad spectrum thanks to centuries of admixture of various ethnic groups in the Hinterlands to form the modern Hadric people. Yet, the most common hair color to appear is different shades of blonde or brown. Hair for women was commonly tied up in different styles or falling behind their shoulders. Many Hadric men often have short hair like bowl cuts, shaved heads, or have it rested behind their ears. Short hair is the majority because many of the Attian people wish to avoid lice or for comfort in working environments. Men with long hair aren’t unusual ; they are usually tied up in ponytails or kept loose.
The Attians in Hadriana usually dressed in typical yet colorful town and working clothes, wearing what was fit for daily comfort or represented their work profession. The commoners' dress code also includes hats. Primarily short or smaller-sized hats to help with comfort and not get in the way of their work. Higher families of knights and lords, dressed in the latest types of fashion. Female fashion was often influenced by what the Queens wear; meanwhile, the Lords often dressed in clothing representing their family's history, wealth, or signature colors.
The Attian race, those residing in Hadriana, speak the common tongue more often than the ancient Attian language. After hundreds of generations, the ancient Attian language became mostly lost in speech, yet the clergy still uses its practices in its scrolls and books, being the only ones of Hadriana. Magic used by Attians, such as spells, is pronounced in the ancient Attian language. Only Attians that are part of the clergy are taught to write, speak, and read the language. Though, common tongue is preferably used in speech.
Attians in Hadriana are known for many dialects. Many tribes in the past had developed their version of ancient Attian. Those dialects are still heard in the common tongue to this day. Ancient Attian is passed on most notably in the form of the Dictus, the holy book of The Maker, the god of the Attian race. This is read by the majority of the population of Hadriana.
Some terms are well known and used in the ancient Attian language:
Imperator / Caeser - Emperor
Rex / Regina - King / Queen
Magnus Dux / Magna Ducissa - Grand Duke / Grand Duchess
Archidux / Archiducissa - Archduke / Archduchess
Dux / Ducissa - Duke / Duchess
Princeps / Principissa - Prince / Princess
Prorex / Proregina - Viceroy / Vicereine
Marchio / Marchionissa - Marquees / Marchioness
Comes / Comitissa - Earl / Countess
Vicecomes / Vicecomitissa - Viscount / Viscountess
Baro / Baronissa - Baron / Baroness
Eques - Knight / Dame
Culture and Society
The Death of the Attian Empire:
In the past, the newly united Attian tribes stood triumphant over the now humbled Denur Imperium, the citizens appointed the first leader of their freshly founded nation, home in the south of the Magna Attia. A city of culture, the use and normalization of magic, and the influence of races such as the Elves, Denur and Khadan turned the Attian empire into the pinnacle of civilization. The Attian people got used to their simple lives as they became self-reliant, not needing much to obtain what they sought. Yet, in the end, their excessive comfort and blinding arrogance brought the downfall of their Empire. It brought forth the many cults that infected the city with darkness and debauchery. Eventually ending when the entire city sank beneath the surface. The remnants of the Attian population moved south to the Heartlands to start a new life in their reformed Kingdom of Hadriana.
Attians in the Kingdom of Hadriana:
The Attians of Hadriana learned of their past, the mistakes made by their Attian ancestors. The Attians of Hadriana reside within a rebuilding Kingdom, a second chance. This new kingdom combines hard work, a military that stands firm like a rock, and relentless zealot belief into the cornerstones that keep the Attian civilization from collapsing like their Empire of days gone.
The Attians adopted a feudalistic system in the Kingdom. The monarchy ensures that the Attians do not wander towards a path of destruction once again. The highest-ranking of all; the King and Queen. Who rules over everything within the nations' borders. Underneath him is the Attian nobility: lords, ladies who rule over smaller portions of land and its citizens. These knights are a significant influence on the people. They are seen as the elite of both the Attian people and the army of Hadriana. They are the carriers of colorful banners raised high throughout the nation—showing outsiders how solid and vital these knights are to the Attians themselves.
The Attian people, the peasantry of Hadriana, fill the nation with many stories. Stories of heroes and magic of old. But they are also the key to the culture of Hadriana, a culture shaped throughout their history. The Attians in Hadriana created a culture around hard work, music, the military, and their religion. Citizens in Hadriana are taught to work hard to earn and provide for their family, king, and god. Because of this, many career options opened, bringing forth the many craftsmen, smiths, and horse breeders in the nation, the cornerstones of a thriving economy. These laborers created the buildings, tools, and armor you see today. Comfort is earned through hard work. And its city grew into a trade hub between the nations of the Denur Imperium and Al-Khadir. A place where people of many countries are welcomed to trade and work. Horse breeding became one of the many qualities of Hadriana. Horses became a key in the lives of the Attians of Hadriana. This is due to their significant presence in the military, a symbol of power and wealth, and the amount of labor the animals could perform; horses became a symbol of many knights' crests. This all brought forth the many colorful people that inhabit these lands. From the colorfully dressed citizens, the bards that sing and tell stories, to the smith that creates weapons, to the Attian knight that wields it to fight and defend in the name of their Maker.
Religion and magic go hand in hand in Hadriana. Religion is of utmost importance, to the point of fanaticism. And those showing tremendous devotion to The Maker are richly rewarded. Yet, people whose commitment to the one true faith is wanting or favoring false gods are swiftly struck down by the mighty fists of the Maker, more commonly known as His righteous followers.
Its military rules with an iron fist. The Attian knights and man-at-arms of Hadriana keep the nation in check by both protecting it and acting as the bringers of judgment and law. Because of this, joining the ranks of Hadriana is one of the most popular career choices and a patriotic act in itself. They are kept in high regard by the Attian population as even though they are, in a way, feared, they are the sole protectors of the Attian nation, the ones fighting in the name of the Maker and the king.
- Saint’s Day
- At every change of the seasons on a Saints Day, the last day of the week, requires every Hadric citizen to attend local church sessions and pray to their sentinel of choice or The Maker in general.
- Day of the squire
- The day of the squire is a day where local commoners are called up to prove themselves in a series of tests. Local farm boys, workers, citizens or others are able to freely participate in this event. Those who succeed and pass, will eventually be judged by knights. These knights will eventually choose which person will become their squire, hence the name “Day of the Squire”.
- Saint Nillias day
- Day originates from the Attian priest Saint Nillias who performed multiple miracles and pilgrimages in order to become so famous. He gifted children who behaved, presents, those who did wrong were given a piece of charcoal, symbolizing an unhealthy future and bad luck. A sign of disobedience. On this day, children are told to behave even better by their parents. A priest from the local church will visit them, judge the children and perform the same tasks as Saint Nillias. The children have to sing for the priest at home or outside in little choirs. Even visit other homes to sing in front of their doors.
- Yearly jousting tournament
-Once every four years a jousting tournament is held. All knights and warriors around the world are challenged to participate in a tournament of honour and chivalry. A festival which holds tests of strength, courage and agility. Ending in a tournament of jousting. The winner of this tournament receives a prize.
- Harvest Festival
- A day where the big harvest is done by the populace of Hadriana. To celebrate this, a big feast is held in the capital. A harvest market is set up around the main road and square, inviting many outsiders as well to participate in such a feast.
- Feast of the Ashes
- Originating from the day the Attians founded Hadriana after the great collapse of the Attian Empire, followed by the exodus.On this day Hadriana celebrates by holding a great feast in its castle and town. The king gives a speech, where afterwards all Attian knights, again, take their fow on this day to pledge loyalty to the kingdom. After this is done, the feast will continue until the next days’ sun rises.
Romance and marriage
Marriages are celebrated by Attians, typically by a small party thrown to celebrate the newly wed couple. Arranged marriages are normal in the city. It’s seen as an easy way to grow in power and the social hierarchy. As the act of marriage creates a link between two Attian families, marriage is a powerful tool. Wars and blood feuds which have lasted for centuries have been ended by the strategic union of houses through marriage. Moreover, it is customary for the suitor to ask permission for her hand in marriage from the father or warden. Lastly, in order to officiate the wedding, the couple must consummate their marriage on the night of their wedding. Also, the kingdom in which the majority of the Attian population resides only allows for monogamous marriages to be carried out, and incest is frowned upon.
A matter many Attian citizens care to improve their lives. In order to officially be wedded or divorced it must be approved by the main church of Hadriana. Marrying through romance is welcomed as well and is not seen as foolish. Those who are widows or children of honorable deceased are treated with great respect in public.
It is a tradition for the couple to receive gifts from their family members. The wedding ceremony is usually finished by dances around a decorated tree, displaying their ancient traditions from the old times.
Life & Reproduction
The Attian people are hard working, they are never idle for too long. Those who couldn’t afford luxurious meals normally ate soup and bread for their meals.
Hadriana becomes alive the most in the mornings when people head off to run errands. It’s a hustle around the central area in front of the post office; various different stories crossing paths at once. Whether it’s a long day at work or a commemorative party, the evening is the period of rest and celebration. The local tavern being a hotspot for those who need to quench their thirst. Life is comfortable, warm, and festive.
The Hadric people view birth as a gift from the maker and as a liability to them. It is not mandatory, but producing or adopting heirs is advised from the King to regrow the population after the devastating plague. The society of Hadriana expects parents or guardians to educate their child on any possible dangers as precaution. Due to the environment most citizens can live up to 60-70 years before passing away of old age.
Death & Funerals
Death in Hadric Attian Society is a bittersweet occasion. While the pain of losing a loved one is greatly felt, it is believed that if they were righteous in life and steadfast in their faith they shall return to the Maker in the afterlife, free from the woes and hardships of mortal life.
Dying in combat is seen as the greatest honour an Attian knight could receive, as he has died protecting and serving those in need, his kingdom and The Maker. It is believed in Attian culture that the body should return to the Earth from whence it came. The traditional funeral rites of Attians in Hadriana are burial or interment. Commonfolk are typically buried in a local cemetery, while the wealthy and highborn may be interred in catacombs beneath their estate should they be there.
High honoured knights or warriors are buried in burrows. This will later on be decorated in white flowers and intricate headstones by the family.
It was the cold and the white light of thick snowfall that the Attians of Eden awoke to in the north. To the Attians, the will and creation of The Maker brought them onto the world, in the far icy north, where they would be tested for survival.
Many of them were dependent on hunting and gathering with temporary settlements in the beginning of their time. Some of which moved south in the first years, never to be heard of until much later.
Even though the tribes of Magna Attia had no common tongue, religion, they did have a reoccurring tradition of seeing some individuals as enlightened or sacred. These so-called Sacrius were said to have the blessing of the different pantheons the ancient tribes worshipped. They often combined the bravery and virtues of these faiths and rose to demigod status themselves.
The other races of Eden knew of the existence of the Attians. Yet, they rarely visited as the Attians were weary and distrustful of outsiders and were still bickering and infighting amongst themselves. They offered no particular riches, and the ancient rituals, now seen as sinful, scared the other races. The first recorded account of the Attians was not done by a man but a Wood Elven explorer, Aeris'tofae in the third-century B.F.S, who was interested in the sacrificial tree rituals the old tribes carried out.
At some point in the second century before the B.F.S., the climate changed much in Magna Attia, and the desolate plains made way for the fertile ground around the river, hence called Arteriae.
War for Existence:
The Attians in the northern plains developed languages and manners of speech. Eventually, with the changing climate in the north and this civil advancement, a population boom started, making way for a rapid expansion to the north.
It was the Denur of the northern Imperium to be the first to make contact with the Attians. Not because of luck, but because the Attians now lived on the doorstep of their mountain homes. And the Denur would have none of it!
The first contacts that were made between the two races were violent. Denur soldiers would slaughter entire villages. As they believed the Attians were all but a despicable race, one that stained their home with the foul taint of heresy. And so, they launched a crusade against the Attians, hoping to eradicate them and drive them out of their homelands.
But their religion and arrogance blinded them. Because what they did not expect was for unity to form between the many tribes of Attians. And with this unity, a leader rose to power—a man known by the Attians as Auron the Great. The Denur Imperium virtually wiped out the men of the Northern Vale in 30 A.F.S. But with the command of Auron, the Attians succeeded in pushing back the Denur armies in the war that was dubbed as the 'War for Existence.' Even with their inferior weaponry.
They did not follow into sieging the Denur capital and instead focused on a new chapter in their life—the founding of their new great city, the city of Attia, in 33 A.F.S.
The city of Attia:
A city of scholars, where freedom of magic was common, and races all over Eden came by to learn from one another in this city. This city was above all else, above all, the Attians could wish for. But this power also brought arrogance. And this arrogance brought rot and bad omen: from civil wars and corrupt leaders which had to be subdued throughout the years. When this was finally over, the Attians eventually got used to their simple lives, becoming self-reliant, not needing much to obtain what they sought. Yet, in the end, their excessive comfort and blinding arrogance brought the downfall of their Empire. It brought forth the many cults that infected the city with darkness and debauchery.
This darkness brought forth creatures of shadow and death. Creatures that were created by the witch known as Cecilia, who corrupted Emperor Claudius and infected the Attian population with these creatures. At this moment, the son of the Emperor, Severan, was contacted by one of the Sentinels, the angels of The Maker. He was commanded to take the surviving Attians and migrate south to newer and greater lands. For the people in the city would be punished by the wrath of The Maker.
And so it came to pass that after the departure south, The Maker made the glaciers of the Spine of Eden melt. The rising water levels swallowed the lands of the Northern Vale, of the Magna Attia, whole. And the city eventually sank into the ground, killing everything in it. Finally, the lands were quickly frozen again, turning them into lands the Attians knew from when they were born. All that was left of the great city was a big swamp. A swamp known to the Attians as The Cursed Swamp.
The scattered Attians eventually settled in the Southern lands led by a new King named Onnodrith, who had faced multiple trials of the Maker and his Sentinels. They pointed him to the brightest star in Eden that was hovering above a fertile valley. The star was named Hadriana, and thus the New Kingdom of Hadriana was born in what's known as the Second Intervention. At this juncture of time, the message of the Maker was recorded in the holy Dictus, and the Church of the Maker was officially established by the Attians.
To their surprise, they were not the first Attians to live in these lands. Further south, closer to the border of the Anjyarr desert, the Attians had developed differently. These Attians lived in a different biome than the Attians of the north. As a result, the pigments of these Attians had changed to brown and black hair colors. And their eyes darker than blue. These lands were called the Hinterlands, and the Attians of these lands called themselves Hinterlanders.
The Attians of the north saw the lands of Hadriana as theirs, and war, known commonly as the Ninety Years War (1157-1247 A.F.S.), was quickly unleashed.
Conflict arose when the Hintish Chief Dageboud stole princess Arrabella I, daughter of Onnodrith, and married her. For their prowess in battle was matched by the others' skill. However, these wars had the opposite effect as in the turmoil of the moving frontline, the populations of the Hadrians and the Hinterlanders began to diversify and intertwine. The once iconic blond Attian hair began to pick up shades of brown and black, and the Ancient Attian language eventually disappeared entirely but in writings of the Church. The entanglement of these cultures led to the creation of a new common simply known as Hadrian.
The Ninety Years War eventually came to an end when the Hadrian King Balwdin II defeated Hintish King Egbert Lakelein of the Hinterlands in the Battle of the Stroom River. The Hinterlands from then on was officially under Hadrian control.
Growth, decay and rebuilding:
The kingdom of Hadriana slowly grew, and Attians developed new cultures and skills. The Attians had toughened up after centuries of conflict. However, the new domain could no longer rely on the ancient legionary system of Attia because of its lower population. However, the valley of Hadriana gave way for another blessing of the Maker, for it was the home of the Hadrian Horse. This rare horse breed was equally ferocious in battle as loyal to its master. This made way for a specialized army corps of mounted warriors clad in iron to serve the Kings of Hadriana. These so-called Attian ‘Knights’ were renowned for their honor in battle and loyalty. And the horse too, became a symbol in their new developed culture.
Hadriana grew over the years until, eventually, the Rotting Plague hit in 1506. This disaster, known to the world, was a new dark chapter in the Attian history books. As if history was repeating itself, dark cults and voidal magic returned to the Attian population during the chaos of the plague. Besides the capital, the outlining provinces were isolated and heavily hit by the epidemic, with almost three-thirds of the Attian population dying en masse. With the eventual infection of king Reynfrey in 1511, anarchy broke out, which sparked a fire in the capital. The capital burned down half its size, followed by a civil war between the surviving noble houses. Militarization of the nation followed, and the Attian church received more power, turning religion as a part of the state in Attian society. After this, in the years after the plague, the Attians of Hadriana started to rebuild what they had lost during the plague.
The Attians have a history filled with blood and sacrifice. But also those of heroism and renewal. Attians learned from their ancestors, learned from the countless acts of bloodshed and peace, coming face to face with the countless horrors of Eden. Attians are to this day still a constantly developing civilization. And in their new kingdom of Hadriana, they continue to rebuild and grow in power with their new current king.