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Attians
Nicknames Westlanders, Westermen
Spoken Languages The common tongue, ancient Attian
Average Height/Length (Feet & Metres) 1,72M to 1,83M – Adult average
Average Weight (kg & lbs) 75 KG to 90 KG – Adult average
Capital The Kingdom Of Hadriana
Current Leader Roderick Eastone of Haelsted
Location Heartlands


Introduction

Appearance

The Attians, commonly known as the Westermen, are inhabiting 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.

Languages

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, are 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 of 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

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

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.