Location: North of Mana’Olai and Northeast of Nefazo.
Climate and Terrain: Temperate rainforest to the north (near the mountains) and subtropical jungles elsewhere.
Skin: Mulatto (lightly tanned with Caucasian attributes)
Eye Color: Blue, hazel, brown
Hair: Blonde, Sandy brown, black, platinum blonde
Avg. Height: 5’6”
Naming/Language Conventions: Varied according to the eclectic mix of founding nationalities
Religion: Yuinite, Fedi’Omana, Makua’Moi
Title of Ruler
Name of Current Ruler
Allies and Trading Partners
Nefazo, Mana’Olai, other small mountain communities in the Monahdraichean
Nefazo; Mana’Olai; the Tradic, the J’Tael and T’uni barbarian tribes; bandits
Crops/ livestock: Sheep, water buffalo, magrib (a large type of water fowl), rice, various orchard fruits, fish, cotton, tobacco
Fabric: Silk, linen
Unique Export: Madinite (resilient, yet malleable ore)
Major Exports: Magrib down, silk, madinite
Overview and History
As the youngest political power on the continent, Easlinder’s history is still unfolding. As little as 50 years ago, the only settlements on the land were a series of mountain trading posts established to aid the mining, logging, and prospecting companies that roam the mountains.
In the year 756 D.O., a group of Fedi’Omana prospectors encountered a rilk conclave, and over the course of the next seven years they solidified a positive relationship with the legendary figures. Shortly after the discovery and befriending of the rilk, the Fedi’Omana began building small communities on the slopes of a number of mountains. For every tree that they logged, three more were planted, and the ore that was taken from the earth was carefully measured. The Fedi’Omana became true conservationists, giving as much back to the land as they took. Between the year 763 and 767 D.O., word about the small communities sprouting up in the mountains north of Po’o’La’aei Pass spread among the cities and towns of the Mana’Olai. With the living conditions in their cities becoming too crowded, the elders asked for volunteers to leave the safety of their homes and move out into the countryside. Families looking for new experiences and explorers looking to uncover adventure and fame set out to lay claim to these new lands.
As more Mana’Olai settled in these territories, they were organized into townships that would better serve the growing populations. In 771 D.O. the first city, Priyati, was finished with the aid of the rilk. It was unique in that it was the first permanent rilk colony ever created. It also became a living example of the Fedi’Omana religion, allowing two races to live harmoniously: the lij above ground in their homes, and the rilk in their warrens below.
Between the years 767 and 775 D.O., the Nefazo were making their own attempts to settle the Pass, but without much success. This was mostly because of their lack of respect for the rilk and their laws and customs. By 776 D.O. the Nefazo finally gave up trying to create their own settlements and focused instead on exploiting the existing settlements of the Fedi’Omana. The Nefazo Guildsmen went north before the Pass closed for the winter and received permission to stay in Priyati for the duration of the season. Negotiations soon began for the formation of a series of warehouses that would store trade goods coming to and from the mountain settlements. The plan was accepted and construction on the buildings began immediately. The next few years held a great deal of promise for the Nefazo as they secured more and more business with the mountain settlements.
During this time of prosperity, in the late winter of 773 D.O., a number of rilk harvesters and Fedi’Omana loggers encountered another group of people – Yuinite refugees from the north. They were found half frozen and starving, and by this time there remained little more than a third of their original number. With the aid of the rilk, the Fedi’Omana, and the Nefazo they were saved and nursed back to health. This event bonded these groups together and set in motion the official founding of the nation, a conglomeration of four very distinct and unique cultures.
Many of the Yuinite refugees were eventually taken into the nations of Nefazo and Mana’Olai, but by the year 776 D.O., the Yuinites left the lands of their hosts with the intent of creating their own communities. They settled in the lowlands at the southern foot of the Po’o’La’aei Pass and built a number of small, self-sufficient communities tied to no nation in particular.
In the year 787 D.O., a formal council of all the locally represented groups was called and a proposition set forth to formally unify the small communities into something larger and more organized. The nation of Easlinder was formally founded by a council consisting of Yuinite clergy, Mana’Olai elders, Nefazo Guildsmen, and representatives from the rilk. Plans for three new cities were presented and accepted.
Since these people with such different backgrounds have come together, there have been a number of misunderstandings and miscommunications among the citizens of the new nation, but these challenges have not yet been enough to undermine the community. Unfortunately, the internal conflicts are not the only frictions that the Easlinders are facing. Greed and jealousy from the southwest are beginning to make themselves known as the Easlinders send richer ores and other valuable minerals to the markets of the Nefazo and Mana’Olai. The Nefazo have begun to send more agents to Easlinder in order to quietly subvert and gain control of these fertile opportunities.
How they are perceived by other nations
Easlinder is a young nation struggling to carve an identity for itself outside of the shadows of the Nefazo and Mana’Olai. Most of the Easlinders are opportunists or religious mendicants seeking to escape the overcrowding and oppression of their previous homes in the other southern nations. The influence of the displaced Yuinites is spreading despite their status as a small minority. Most members of the southern nations see these Yuinites as a little odd and just can’t seem to understand their culture or history and why they would give up so much for so little. There are those, however, who have become disillusioned with their own societal values – or lack thereof – and find the simple faith of the Yuinite religion a nice change.
Major Heroic Figures
Alaka’i Mei – lead the Dabattu and became the first King of the Mana’Olai
Father Mahalia Placido – Yuinite leader that broke from the northern church and lead his people south
Keohi Leiki – the shrine daughter who tamed the thunder spirit Ki’e’hiku
Father Ioennes – Prominent Yuinite priest from the Citadel of Augustine (living)
The Effumead – Interim religious leader among the Yuinites. This is an assigned post until such a time as a new Oprin is called by Yuin.
Salvato – legendary woodsman
Biagio the Tailor
Easlinder’s culture is a melting pot of customs from a number of nations. Since the country readily opens it doors to the cast-offs and refugees of other nations, the Easlinders are a culturally diverse society. There is no single set of customs that outweigh another, but the two most influential groups are religious in nature: the followers of Yuin and the practitioners of Fedi’Omana. These two groups are usually at odds with one another, and most Easlinder societies are literally divided between the two groups.
Style of Dress
The Basics: Like in Mana’Olai, clothing in Easlinder is divided into two groups based on religion. Yuinite dress tends to be very boring. The Fedi’Omana prefer light and festive clothing. Easlinders follow their religions for instruction on style.
Males: Generally all males wear the same loose fitting cotton shirts and trousers. Most men wear serviceable boots or leather sandals. The cut, pattern, and colors of the clothing are where the real differences come in.
Yuinite: Men tend to wear neutral colors (black, white, brown, and gray). They also wear a patterned silk sash of a specific design denoting their marital status.
Fedi’Omana: Men wear dark colors accented with colorful patterns embroidered on their clothing. They also wear a dyed linen head cloth (think a bandana rather than a turban) to cover their heads while they work. Most men are not seen without this head cloth.
Females: Females in the south wear light dresses, blouses, and skirts due to the heat and humidity. The style, color, and accessories are different for each religious belief.
Yuinite: Modesty is prized above comfort, and the Yuinite women dress accordingly. Full-length dresses cover the body from the neck to below the ankle and an “underdress” preserves modesty should the over-dress rip or tear. Calf high boots and stockings are worn to completely cover the legs, while a light scarf is often employed to cover the neck when the hair is worn up. Since migrating to a warmer climate, this code has relaxed a bit in the younger generations.
Fedi’Omana: Unlike the Yuinite women, freedom and comfort are prized above modesty. The women wear a sleeveless dress called an “Umola” that comes to just below the knee. These dresses are often very colorful and richly patterned. A large brimmed straw hat called a “Ruli” is worn by women that work outside in the sun. Sandals are the most common footwear, when footwear is worn at all.
Notes: Younger Yuinite women wear clothing that is more practical for the climate, such as the Umola of the Fedi’Omana women, while older Yuinite women should be completely covered.
The sash worn by Yuinite men is a prominent part of the outfit. Unmarried men wear bright blues and greens to attract potential mates, while married men wear tamer browns and whites. Men who’ve lost a wife to death wear black, and divorced men red.
As Easlinder is a melting pot of the continent’s cultures, pieces and parts of clothing from a person’s nation of ancestry should be included in their particular style of dress, particularly accessories like hats and jewelry.
Influences: The rilk, Mana’Olai
The first communities in the nation that would come to be known as Easlinder were founded around the mountainous entrances to the underground rilk colonies. Easlinder communities and the rilk share an almost symbiotic relationship seldom seen between other factions elsewhere on the continent.
Easlinder homes are built primarily from rock quarried and shaped by their rilk allies. Soft curves and tall, soaring towers dominate Easlinder styles, and interiors lack sharp corners and flat ceilings. An influx of Mana’Olai has added touches of bright colors derived from local flora to both exterior and interior walls. Large windows allow air to circulate freely, though most inhabitants have chosen to stretch thin netting across these windows to keep insects out. Fireplaces are rare except in the larger cities, as most cooking is done outside.
Easlinder is known throughout the continent as a nation of conservationists. Wood is rarely used for things other than doors. Most structures feature several tiered flower gardens built into their sides and on the roof.
See Fedi’Omana Holidays and Yuinite Holidays for more information.
See Fedi’Omana Marriage, Makua’Moi Marriage, and Yuinite Marriage for more information.