The Ties that Bind
The Lands, People, and Clothing of Morinar
The Nation of Andorria
The People and Lands of Andorria
The people of Andorria originally hailed from the north – eastern portion of the old empire. They are a fairly tall and rugged people who are renowned for their blue eyes, as well as golden or auburn hair. Those who followed House Bannon into the west would have been almost exact copies had it not been for their darker hair, and fairer skin.
The lands of Andorria span all along the northern coast of Morinar. It stretches from its north western coast all the way to the West Wall Mountains, and as such Andorria boasts the longest unbroken chain of coastline. Unfortunately though, because of its northern clime, Andorria is a harsh and barren place. Arable land is rare, and is used almost entirely in the farming of food for the people. In the western most portions however, Andorria does near a more temperate clime slightly, and coniferous forests are more prevalent here which Andorria trades for the other goods that it needs to survive.
Recently, orcish and nordling raids have been stepping up in intensity. Though patrols and raids have managed to stop most of these incursions, the cost has been high. Additionally the nobles have started getting incensed from the increased tarriffs that the Galimondans have begun charging on their goods. What these events herald in the future is unknown for now.
Clothing in the north is all about comfort and utility. Due to the harsh winters, and short growing seasons, fabrics made from plants are almost never used in clothing. All arable land must be used in the north to its full ability to feed its people, and the clothing reflects this. Clothing of the nobility generally centres on leather and furs. Cloaks and other garments such as breeches and tunics are usually made of wool and are most often drab and heavy to keep out the winter chill. Ostentation is generally kept to a bare minimum.
For men, hair in the north is generally kept shaggy and free. During the period of warring states, more than one line of southerners has been broken by a shaggy northern charge. Facial hair additionally is quite a prized by the northerners. It is not uncommon to be greeted in the north by a man whose beard has been much styled by pig fat! Women’s hair is also just as free in the north, with all lengths being displayed. Styles however are kept fairly simple, with braids being the most common type of adornment.
The New Talgenori Empire
The People and Lands of the New Talgenori Empire
The people of the Empire hail from the area around the old capital. As such, they possess the blood of the original empire builders. The people of the Empire are decidedly of average height, possessing of dark curly hair, and of a strong bone structure upon their faces.
The lands of the Empire stretch from the northern end of the dwarf empire to the southern-most end of it. Due to the generally mountainous nature of these lands, there are few fields to farm, and all are used towards keeping the people fed. These mountainous regions however have also given the Imperials several untapped veins of ore that they use to both trade, and smelt into their own tools. Looking further south, they control a small stretch of coast, as well as a portion of the Blood Wood whose lumber they use extensively. The Imperials also control all passes eastward. Temperatures in the Empire range from bitterly cold in the north, to being extremely humid in the south.
Indigineous threats have traditionally ranged from orcish raids, elven warbands, and even the occasional nordling raider that somehow ends up far to the east. In recent times though, the Aesmoori have begun mustering raids in force, and skirmishes with the Galimondans are becoming more and more of a regular occurrence.
Clothing in the New Empire reflects the old style. It is composed of light but multiple layers of clothing. Naturally because they are paying homage to the old ways, they have carried over a lot of old traditions. All clothing in Morinar fastens from the front, and almost everyone wears a tabard which consists of two separate pieces of cloth that are tid at the shoulders and secured with a belt. Wide brimmed hats are also common. Heavier clothing is worn when it becomes cold, or when travel is necessary. There is also a curious differentiation that the Imperials have when it comes to travel or “outside” clothes, and clothes that are worn in the city, which are usually richer.
Colour plays a huge role in distinguishing the castes. To wear the colour of a different caste is strictly forbidden, and should it be discovered, there are severe punishments. All citizens of the empire must always display that colour upon them. The colours are purple for the royal family, red for the warriors, blue for sages, yellow for artisans, orange for merchants, and green for farmers.
In regards to accessories, the Imperials favour torques, brooches and circlets, accessories which are not in fashion amongst the rest of the nobles in Morinar. They also have a distinct dwarven influence. It isn’t unusual for the jewellery to bear a distinctive dwarven carving, or even for broaches to have an ancestor carved upon it. Ostentation is generally kept to a minimum and reserved for the upper crust.
Men’s hair in the Empire is generally kept short; with the longest being shoulder length. Facial hair is also kept to a minimum with most men being clean shaven. A short beard is the most any would grow. Women also mirror this style, with their hair generally being down to their shoulder blades at most.
The Principality of Galimond
The People and Lands of Galimond
The people of Galimond hailed from the far south of the old empire. They are of a tan complexion, and possess dark hair and eyes. They are slightly shorter than the average, and not particularly favoured to be muscular. Most nobles and merchants in Galimond tend to be on the fleshier side.
The lands of Galimond sit firmly in the central region of Morinar. This gives them quite a temperate climate, as well as letting them possess a variety of hills, plains, and forests in their domain. The main draw however is their control of the River Leithen. This control is what gives them considerable economic power over many other kingdoms.
The main threats that plague the people of these prosperous lands have mainly been bandits and hillfolk. Orcs and goblin bands do occasionally appear, but those are of a decidedly rare occurrence. The main worries though that Galimond has, is the skirmishing that is taking place with the New Empire, and the riots and raids that have been incited in their non-human quarters.
If all of Galimondan style could be summed up in one word, that word would be “ostentatious”. Throughout all of Morinar, no other nation can boast such gaudy styles or such rich fabrics. Velvet, silk, and linen were all commonly used fabrics. Lace, as well as metallic threading is also used as a decorative element. Additionally make up and perfumes are also used quite extensively. This ostentation exists on such a wide scale that foreigners would honestly be hard pressed to tell the difference between the merchants and the nobles.
In regards to hair, any amount of hair is acceptable. This is because all types of hair tended to be styled in elaborate and non conventional ways. It is often a matter of social standing that determines whether a new style is in, or if it is naught but a passing fad.
The Sovereign Realm of Aesmoor
The People and Lands of Aesmoor
The people of Aesmoor originally hail from the south western portion of the Old Empire. In generally they are of shorter than average height, and possess a swarthy complexion. They also tend to be a little hairier on average than your standard Morinaran.
Aesmoor is a land of dark shadowy forests, broken up by little patches of arable land. They share a small border with the New Empire, and the elves to the south. Unfortunately whilst they have great trade with their lumber, the forests assist many bandits hiding within their shadowy boughs, as well as small elven guerrilla bands who wish to reclaim the elven colonies. The entire southern border of Aesmoor is also the realm of the Blood wood which is the largest rainforest in all of Morinar as well as being once site of the elven colonies.
As stated previously, the major indigenous threats to Aesmoori lands come from bandits, and renegade elven warbands. The Blood wood is also known to be a prodigious nest of witches, and necromancers. Of more recent political concern though, is the heavy skirmishing that has just started to take place with the New Empire. Thus far superior Aesmoori woodcraft has given them a bloody nose when they attempted to retaliate, but it’s only a matter of time before a serious muster.
The Model of Pure Hearts
Due the hot and humid climate, clothing tends to be much lighter than what can be expected in the rest of Morinar. The clothing is as well generally tends to be much more open, with many vents to allow ventilation and to allow the wearer to cool off. The most common dress is a vest like garment that is simply worn loosely and is quite easy to shrug off when it becomes extraordinarily hot. When travelling through densely forested areas, tighter clothing is generally worn to prevent branches and such from snagging onto them.
Additionally bright colours tend not to be used. The norm here is either dull or faded colourations, simply because many dyes tend to be imported in from nations that have had extensive contact with non- humans.
Facial hair is also quite prevalent but well maintained. Hair length for both sexes tends to vary in length, but is usually bound or braided in some way.
The Nation of Kronslund
The People and Lands of Kronslund
The people of Kronslund hail from the western part of the Old Empire. They generally tend to be taller than the average person, with a lighter build. Hair colours range from blonde, to dark brown.
Kronslund is known as the breadbasket of Morinar. Nowhere else are the fields so fertile, and this is fortunate, for Kronslund’s armies and horses require much feed to keep them going. The majority of their lands naturally consist of fields, and light forest. They share a bit of the Blood wood with Aesmoor, but those are simply the outskirts if anything.
The main indigenous threats generally come from sea raiders. Fortunately Kronslund does not have any unhappy neighbours. If anything Kronslund is more concerned with the poor attitude that Andorria displays towards its conquered, as well as Galimond’s downward slide towards decadence.
Lineage and allegiance is everything in Kronslund, and the clothing here reflects it. Whilst they generally fit the norm for the cut of clothing in the rest of Morinar, badges of houses and allegiance are always sewn onto the clothing. Many folks of higher standing also favour capes with their family crests stitched upon the back.
A queer style that the Kronsmen partake in is their strange fascination with hats. Hats in Kronslund appear to be quite a significant investment, with their general complexity denoting status. These hats get so complex at occasion to the point where their owners cannot even wear them! Instead they are considered to be symbolically worn when the helm bearer walks beside the noble. The same designs on their hats also tend to be mimicked on their battle helms, though of course on a much smaller and more practical scale.
Hair for the men of Kronslund, generally tend to be shoulder length at longest, with clean shaven faces. Women tend to favour very elaborate braid-work which at times may take many hours to prepare.