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Kokaria, the Land of Dragons as many call it. This rancid land of danger is home to a people calling themselves the Ieeren-Draconis. This barren land is covered in blankets of ash and filled with beasts the like that some have never seen before. Despite all of it's short comings on the surface, the riches buried under Kokaria's volcanic landscape are well worth the trip if one is an aspiring miner, just don't dig too deep lest you mine straight into one of the Ieeren's cities!
Climate, Weather and Terrain
The province is very cold in the north near the mountains where snow fall is common as it is close to the Empirias boarder. Snow is never deep and not a bother for the local wildlife whom have grown accustomed to freak weather and attacks from the local peoples. The west of the province suffers from high winds as it is home to wide open rolling moorland and hills. Despite the harsh winds and erratic temperatures, the west of Kokaria hardly ever sees rain nor snow. To the east there are more mountains and beyond those are the true ash lands. In the eastern expanse of the province, things couldn't be more different than the enclosed west and central areas. The sky is eternally overcast and ash rains down near constantly upon the volcanic plains. Temperatures here are usually high due to the active volcanoes and various other dangers. Rain fall is uncommon but does happen from time to time. The ash clouds and scorching heat dies off as you approach the coastal areas where the wind picks back up again and may blow you from one of the many jagged high cliff. The far east is very similar to the far south except for the ash clouds and active volcanoes. The south is the only place in all of Kokaria where you can find trees due to it being home to a very small jungle. As it is a jungle, expect heavy rainfall and high temperatures. This jungle leads out to sandy beaches below high cliffs and an almost tropical climate.
The north of Kokaria is home to some of the greatest peaks in the world. This mountain chain has long been the dividing line between Empirias and her closest neighbour. These mountains begin somewhere in the Great Forest and stretch all the way along the northern boarder of Kokaria then down to the west. Though many treat the northern mountains and western mountains as separate chains, they are in fact the same chain. The north is also home to some of the world's most ( )eath taking waterfalls. The east is home to open grassy moors and tumbling hills. This is where most of the travelling Ieeren make their home when they are not on the road selling their wares. It is also home to many permanent settlements some of the travellers have set up. These people are much more welcoming to visitors as they ( )ing in money and new goods for the peoples which in turn has a positive effect on the economy. The largest of these settlements is called Scrarferge and is well worth taking a visit to if one is in need of exotic goods and rare materials. The west however is much different. Covered in ash and rocky outcrops, this place is the most dangerous place in all of Kokaria. With pools of scalding water and toxic substances and even deep valleys to fall into, travellers here must be careful. This place is mountainous much like the north but contains many more active volcanoes. The far west is only a little different. Ash still coats many things but not as much as the central ash plains or western mountains. The beaches here are made up of large pebbles and the cliffs are high and nigh un-climbable. The southern beaches however are much different. These are sandy and often sport sand dunes. The rest of the south is made up of jungle and boggy landscape.
Skin colours can be just about anything, from green to orange, from pale white to purple. Hair can be any natural colour. White and silver are very rare among their people and are seen as a bad thing as the Ieeren associate those colours with the moon elves. Most Ieeren with white or silver hair will be killed or left out in the ash lands when they are deemed old enough. Eyes are all typically reptile like and come in orange, red, yellow, green and blue. They have scales up their arms and neck and may have them on their legs and torso. They have claws as well but most cut the ones on their hands as it makes dealing with daily tasks difficult. They don't usually cut the claws on their feet so therefore either wear sandals or go bare footed. Shoes are overall difficult for the Ieeren and they tend to just not use them. The only ones who wear shoes would be those who need to protect their feet from harsh environments. They all have horns, the older the person the bigger the horns. All Ieeren have tails that vary of all shapes and sizes but are always reptile like and covered in scales. Some Ieeren have sharp teeth and forked tongues.
The men of this species often go without shirts. When they do wear clothes, they usually have short or no sleeves as fa( )ic often irritates the scales on their arms. Dye isn't readily available so clothes for most of the peoples come in ( )owns and neutral colours. Traders can usually afford a ( )oarder range of colours for their clothes as they are able to buy better fa( )ics. The richer Ieeren, mainly those who live in the underground cities usually decorate their clothes with jewels and rich patterns. Women typically wear loose skirts and cropped tops in order to avoid damage to their scales. A lot of the hairstyles of the Ieeren often involve intricate ( )aids and are usually decorated with ornate metal or jewelled accessories. Decoration of the horns is also popular. The richer Ieeren will often drape themselves is jewellery to showcase their wealth. Many Ieeren, both men and women, like to have clothes entirely made from beads of all kinds. They use all materials from wood to crystals. All the beads are placed on to long strings and draped over the body or sewn onto clothes.
The first names of these people seems to follow no known pattern nor modern language. Last names are usually words and a combination of the clan's names. When the Ieeren is born into a clan (let's say clan Ash) their last name will be ash. If they marry someone from another clan or tribe (clan River) they will add that name on to their last and become Ash-River and their husband, wife etc. would be in this place be called River-Ash.
Most of the Ieeren don't have an actual currency but will repay debts to others with favours or more supplies. In the cities this kind of currency comes in the form of gems and stones. Depending on the merchant you will need a vast assortment of stones as every person has their own preference. Most Ieeren like gold though so that is always handy to have. This is because Ieeren like to horde shiny items and the more they have the higher status they have. Some like green stones, some like silver coins and so on. You may find a lot of moon elven money in the hordes of the soldiers as during the war many of them stole it off the bodies of their enemies.
Many Ieeren live on the surface and many live below it. The jobs that they may have can vary vastly as can be expected.
Hunters, as the name suggests, hunt for food and such. Despite what some people may think when hearing their name they don't just hunt animals and beasts. They also collect other food sources such as fruits and berries however, Kokaria is sparse in the way of such things. What Kokaria can offer to these hunters is many root vegetables of many varieties. Hunters also collect items that may be useful to their clan or their travelling group. Hunters are usually younger members of the clan who know how to defend themselves.
These people protect the clans and cities much like guards. Clan protectors oft carry crude weaponry of their own making yet are those who face more danger than any other person in the Aslands. The protectors of the cities, much like the guards of other countries, protect the peoples against crime. They are fitted with the finest armour and weapons money can buy. However, the common thief that underestimates these Protectors as mere guardsmen will find themselves in jail before they know as these men and women are some of the best soldiers the world has to offer.
These Ieeren are much like bankers and landlords. They control the cities wealth and land and often are the richest people you'll find in these lands. The Hoard-Masters can only be found in the few underground cities. They are typically upper class and each one collects different things. One master may only collect gemstones where one may collect weapons. Some of these people also become shopkeepers as well.
Gods and Worship a Brief Overview
Ieeren don't typically worship their Gods in a traditional sense. They hold Veridia, the Planet-Mother, Spiris God of Wind, Hydris God of the Seas and above all, Ignis, the Dragon-King, highly sacred. They do not give up offerings to the gods nor do they say prayers. Instead, they make little charms from whatever bits and bobs they have around their homes and wear them. The surface living Ieeren are much more religious than city dwellers and may have a small shrine set up in their camps to Ignis simply to appease his wrath.
List of Cities and Location
Korgan- This is one of their smaller cities and located in the mountains south of Empirias. This city is partially built on the surface as well as the inside. Due to it's small size, it is only home to soldiers and their families. It's main use is as a look out for invading Moon Elf forces.
Salaman- The second largest of Kokaria's underground cities. It is located in the western mountains nearing the south of the country. This beautiful city is built from sandstone, white marble and granite. It also boasts several large crystal mines and large underground lakes making this place mostly self sufficient.
Skaalingar- The capital city of Kokaria. This city is built within a long dead volcano. There are several gem mines in the lower parts of this city. This city has a connection to the old tunnels linking the cities. There were more cities long ago but those have been lost. Skaalingar is a city of trade and the most wealthy place in the entire country. This city is gilded in gold and jewels. It is also heated by lava.
Love and Marriage
Ieeren tend to be a free loving race of people but, are bound by strict caste systems. By law they must stay with one partner for life unless the partner is proved to be cheating or otherwise a criminal of any kind. Ieeren are not allowed to marry out of their castes or have children out of wedlock.
Weddings are usually small traditional affairs for only family and close friends. Clothes of red and pink are usually worn and decorated in gold. For the poorer people, they may simply wear the nicest clothing they have if they are unable to afford the traditional garb. A small ceremony known as the Fire Binding is performed. This ceremony involves the lovers gaining matching scars on their hands to symbolise their love. The scars are made using fire magic.
Death and Funerals
Death is a very touchy subject for the Ieeren as they have seen much of it in the recent years. They do not believe in souls or an afterlife. One of the main beliefs of the race is that they were born on this world and that they must return to it some way upon death. Depending on which city the Ieeren lives in, the funeral may be different.
Funerals in Korgan as short and silent. The body is burnt and the ashes are allowed to scatter in the wind. A wooden stake is driven into the mountainside in honour of their life. In Salaman, bodies are loaded onto boats and allowed to sail freely in one of the lakes. The boat will be lit with a flaming arrow to burn the body. In Skaalingar bodies are simply tossed into the lava. Richer families may host a small event to honour the fallen.