Liotian Culture

Liotians are known as many things, often conflicting: country folk, rebels, skilled navigators, strange provincials, and many other things besides. To the outside world, Liotians are most often assiociated with the struggle to liberate Thaliost, but the truth is more complicated, of course. Liotians have a long and colorful history that gives this community of largely half-elves a strong cultural unity.

History

Liotians come from the westernmost reaches of Aundair in the days of the Kingdom of Galifar. That region, centered on Thaliost, is now in the hands of Thrane but the people have a long memory.

Pre-Galifar

Before the conquest of King Galifar, the people of the Thaliost region were simple fisherman who were the unparalleled masters of the Scions Sound and the connected waterways. They ferried and traded with people through the Five Nations and many set up colonies along each of the five rivers that extended from the Sound. As the Liotians spread, so did their fame as expert navigators. By the time of Karrn’s conquest in the east, no voyage that took itself seriously was without a navigator.
As widely-traveled and curious people, the Liotians were some of the first to befriend and marry elves who arrived from Aerenal. The Liotian population became almost half Khorovar within a few generations and the identity of the culture became inextricably linked with half-elves.

Under Galifar

The curiosity and independence that had served Liotians so well before made them targets during the expansion of Galifar’s kingdom. With so many connections and exotic lineages, the half-elven Liotians were particularly suspected in the general’s new order. This drove a wedge through the Liotian community as humans tried to distance themselves from their half-elf cousins to avoid harassment at the hands of Galifar’s soldiers. In time, the humans took to the greater culture of Aundair, identifying themselves with one of the Five Nations for the economic and social benefits it offered. By contrast, the half-elves favored their old way of life and customs as a resistance to the treatment they received from the Galifaran soldiers. Within another generation, Liotians became disproportionately Khorovar.

The Last War

By the reign of King Jarot, Liotians were once again respected travelers. The waters of Scions Sound were no longer a mystery, but the complicated currents demanded expert navigation. When the Kingdom of Galifar broke apart, Liotians were in high demand to lead expeditions for armies despite the dangers. Though Liotian colonies could be found throughout the arms of the Sound, most still lived in Fairhaven or near Thaliost and the other nations began to grow concerned about the Aundairians’ advantage. Karrnath was the first to make a move, invading the Thaliost region across the White Arch Bridge near Rekkenmark. Aundair repelled the attack and held the city for some time until it was lost to Thrane in 926 YK.
This marked a pivotal point in Liotian history, the loss of their homeland. Ever since the Thranish occupation began, Liotian culture has become increasingly about freedom and fighting for the liberation of the city.

Geography

The largest concentration of Liotains is definitely Thaliost itself where many of the city’s rebels have Liotian blood in their veins to some degree. Half-elves, whether they are Liotian or not, are heavily suspected along the Road to the North. After that is the Whiteroof Ward in Fairhaven where many Liotian families lived before the Last War. During that conflict, many Liotians fled the more war-torn regions and came to relatively stable Aundair and causing the population of the Whiteroof Ward to swell. Though Thaliost is their homeland and most Liotians have

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