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Razanians Description

(the state of the society, 1407)

The Razanians are a people defined by their geographical area, history, culture, and main language group. They reside on the eastern coast of Qaiyore, past the Mountains of the Rim, along what is known as the Razanian Coast. They are politically divided into the kingdoms of Bernar, Farnor, Taran, Taranta, Canor, Tesh, Narton, Karan, Minot, Sayn, Non, Sargor, and Sout. There are approximately 100,000 Independent Razanians. Aryisa also holds a large number of Razanian serfs under Asagmari rule. The Razanian kingdoms cover a land mass of about 120,000 square miles, but they lay claim to the land Aryisa as well, making a total of 210,000 square miles.

The Razanians are known for their love of independence and for their love of quarreling, to the extent that the longest reign of a unified Razan lasted only 242 years. Razanian history is filled with small-scale battles and intrigues between the kingdoms. But after the Asagmari Arrival in Q. 1305, the Razanian kingdoms halted their in-fighting and became united in their hatred of the Asagmari invaders. In the year Q. 1405, the petty kings of Bernar, Non, Sayn, Narton, Minot, and Sout created a unified political front. They formed the Century Council, dedicated to freeing the Razanian land held under Asagmari rule for 100 years. But, as always, the opinions ranged far and wide. The non-member kingdoms were as yet satisfied with fortifying their own lands, and the king of Tesh even expressed his desire to form an allegiance with the Asagmari.

Razanian technology is not terribly advanced, being mostly Early Metallurgic.

One peculiarity of the Razanian people is an incredible mastery of languages. Since there are such a large number of dialects, and because the Razanian people are involved in various trade circles, most Razanians speak a number of languages. This diversity often creates communications problems within the kingdoms, e.g., minor differences in dialects often lead to diplomatic disasters. But this diversity also enables the Razanians to communicate relatively well with many outside nations.

Another peculiarity of theirs is a fear and dislike of magic. The Razanians remember vividly their cultural history, and the ghost of their subjugation to Mir, though it ended 1400 years ago.