What sets Ailor, more commonly known as Humans, apart from the other races of Aloria is their cultural diversity. Ailor, through the passage of time, have greatly diversified and spread across the world. A single lifetime is said to never be enough to experience all that Human Culture has to offer. Below is a full summary of the various Ailor cultures.
Old Ceardian is the culture where all other Ailor cultures descend from. It is virtually dead in modern times due to the diversification and pollination of cultures, eventually forming into the three branches of Ceardian which can found out in the wider world, while also creating additional off-branches. Old Ceardian was brutal and crude by most scholarly accounts as little to no written records have survived the Destruction of Old Ceardia or the rapid colonization period that preceded it. It is thus commonly understood that Old Ceardian was a very tribalistic and barbaric culture that most Humans wish to forget. Traditional accounts of the Old Ceardian people said they possessed brown hair and brown eyes. The Old Ceardian language has long since died out, but some old words have survived and remained in the vocabulary of the modern Ceardian child cultures.
See: Old Ceardian
Claith is an ancient culture that formed when a series of Elven slave ships carrying Humans crashed on a remote set of islands called Ériu-Innis. They were rediscovered centuries later, but by that time, the ideas of their Elven captors, as well as their own culture, had combined together into a unique and alien blend for the wider Ailor world.
Anglian culture is often considered to be the farming culture of Regalia and is the single most homogenous culture of the similarly named Anglian region. Anglian descends from the same Uhr-culture that dominated the Regalian Archipelago once: Alt-Regalian, though diverged from New Regalian and Heartland Ceardian in a way that favored rural and simple living more than the courtly nature of New Regalian. Anglian culture remains simple in everything from their sports to their clothing, dressing more often than not as simple as they can, reserving funds and spare materials for times of need. They are a hardy people who know how to make optimal use of the land; farming, foraging and hunting for sustenance as well as population growth. Anglians also have a rich culture tied in with Dragon Folklore, largely due to the Feathered Dragons that once inhabited their lands. They possess black hair, blue eyes and speak their own Anglian language which allows them in part to understand New Regalian and Common words, though their language is too dialected to be understood by either opposite language.
Highland Ceardian culture is considered by some to be a very close second to Velheim culture but moreso the closest to Old Ceardian ideals. During the time of the Elven Empire, several slaving bases were established at the edges of the Regalian Archipelago in what is now Gallovia. Over the years, enough Ailor slaves escaped and survived to begin creating settlements inland, away from the outposts. Following the Cataclysm and the departure of the Elven presence in the region, the people rebounded in population and have grown in numbers ever since. The Highlander culture came into being after the Velheimer culture in the Regalian Archipelago civilized to a more structured society, while taking on aspects of the north Anglian traditions. As such, despite being named after the Ceardian homeland, Ceardian Highlanders actually have more culturally in common with Anglians and Velheimer than with other Ceardians, despite the fact that they do speak the Ceardian language. They are most well known outside of the scholarly community for wearing the kilt as well as their martial culture involving large weapons and their fierce cultural isolationism from the other Regalian cultures. Highlanders commonly possess blue eyes and brown hair.
See: Highland Ceardian
The Velheim culture formed before the Cataclysm and is assumed to have formed when when Old Ceardians sailed away from Old Ceardia in hopes of finding better lands in the north. What resulted instead was a widespread dispersal of Ailor into some of the harshest regions of Aloria. Made to battle the elements and wildlife, the Velheim people grew hardy and strong, favoring warfare and martial skills to the point where they are considered barbarian to the other cultures. Today, they are most well known for this apparent barbarity and their multiple religions (Oldt Fayth and Old Gods), slowly folding back due to the rampant spread of Unionism. Their culture possesses a strong element of legend, they possess a complex law system based on honor and duels to the death, and they generally form most of the military forces possessed by most Ailor states. Their hair color, skin color and build vary across the spectrum because of the different terrains they inhabit. The Velheim people speak a wide variety of languages.
Colonial culture is interesting in how it came into existence in a series of unlikely events. Following the Destruction of Old Ceardia, the refugees from the landmass flocked to New Ceardia in search of a new home. At a similar time, the stagnation of the Regalian Empire caused several Fathers of Piety to congregate in the region to preach a very earthly and “pure” form of Unionism to the people that had settled there. This influx of Ceardians blended with the already present colonists and ideas instilled by these Fathers, created the current Colonial culture. The society is marked by a religious adherence and zeal that some say rivals even the Etosians, but at the same time, a harshness that they claim helps them to survive out on the frontiers of Aloria. Colonials have a variety of hair and colors due to their varied backgrounds but the most common are black hair and brown eyes. Colonial Ceardians exclusively speak Common, given that their immigration mix necessitates a common language that is easy to learn.
By far the culture with the largest population base among the Ailor people, the Ithanian culture is a highly civilized court culture originating from the Ithanian Heartland, yet features large landmasses of Ithanian Emigres (Ithanians living away from the homeland) in every known corner of the world. The Ithanian culture in many ways influenced the court style of nearly all other cultures and continues to be a major trend-setter in the world’s haute culture, that is to say, fashion, cuisine, art, and lifestyle. It polarizes strongly with the Alt and New-Regalian culture, and is often snubbed as excessive by the others, claiming Ithanian is merely a culture in which the people seek to cause shock and offense for the sake of it. Ithanian, as a culture, however has much deeper roots than many would assume at a first glance. It should come as no surprise that Ithanian is the birthplace of most modern and liberal ideals, as freedom is one of the strongest ideals that all Ithanians fight for. Their people have an extreme value and reliance on their personal and communal freedoms. Their excess and decadence an expression of their desire to be able to live as freely as they could. The constant struggle between Ithania’s progressivism and Calemberg’s conservatism is a constant theme at the court of Regalian Empire, and will continue to cause the most flagrant internal struggle among the Ailor people.
Alt-Regalian is a culture that formed in Regalia during the early days of the Empire and the Regalian Kingdom before, largely based on Velheimer immigrants who rapidly civilized. The Alt-Regalian culture is almost extinct, only select few families have kept it alive through inbreeding and cultural rejection of changing times, and even then, their culture is but a mere imitation. Alt-Regalian is generally called the Uhr-Culture, which roughly translates to the culture of old. This refers to the fact that Anglian, Heartland Ceardian and New Regalian have all come from this one central culture that slowly disappeared over time. Alt-Regalians originally spoke a strange language called Proto-Regalian, a language that was mostly a poor imitation of Elven, used in the Regalian Court during the time of the Regalian Kingdom. Eventually it went out of use because of its lack of practicality among the Ailor, though many modern aristocratic families still claim Alt-Regalian identity and heritage to claim superiority over new noble blood or immigrants. As such, anyone claiming to be Alt-Regalian isn’t really Alt-Regalian, they just want to claim relevance in history and ancestry. Alt-Regalians were homogeneously black haired and blue eyed, which is mostly where the ancestry claim is based on.
See: Alt Regalian
New Regalian is a term often shied away from, especially by those who claim Alt-Regalian heritage, though it is the correct classification of the people that live in Calemberg, Opper Calem and Hinter Calem. New Regalian still strongly reflects the Alt-Regalian culture, in that they praise a strong aristocratic element in their society with strict male-dominated traditions and customs. They retain a very military oriented way of life, though since the New-Regalian cultural formation, have started doing so in much more extreme ways. New Regalian mostly differs from Alt-Regalian in that they speak an entirely new language, which is ironically enough called Alt-Regalian (even though Alt-Regalians never spoke this language, and spoke Proto-Regalian instead). New Regalians often also deviate from the Alt-Regalian ancestry. Commonly, New Regalians with jet or raven black hair claim Alt-Regalian ancestry, even though their eyes are brown or green, while Alt-Regalians were only blue-eyed.
The Leutz-Vixe culture is an Ithanian-New Regalian bridge culture that formed when Ithanians moving to Brissiaud adopted the more warlike mentality already present within regional Regalian cultures, specifically New Regalian. The culture combines the cultural inclination of Ithanians with regards to art, fashion, fine dining and etiquette with a more martial approach as well as pragmatism from the New Regalian culture. The Leutz-Vixe are rare, but have contributed to the Empire through Leutz-Fencing, Croisse-Baking as well as military leaders, while otherwise isolating themselves mostly to their homeland which extends off the Anglian and Dragenthaler western border. They possess ginger, brown or blond hair with blue or green eyes. They also speak the Leutz-Vixe language, which allows them to understand Ithanian, though Leutz-Vixe cannot be understood back by Ithanians.
Dressolini is one of the pollinated cultures formed between Daendroque and New Regalian. Daendroque moving to Regalia found that the Regalian culture was more sophisticated and they adapted to it, wishing not to be seen as outsiders or uncivilized immigrants. Eventually they became resentful of their Daendroque roots and are now actively rejecting any Daendroque traditions. They are well known for their work in the arts, specifically sculpture, and also create many fine tacticians, while being virtually praised by all other cultures for their musical talents and their ability to create pristine orchestras and concertos that move even the harshest of warrior. The Dressolini look identical to Daendroque but often dress more proper and behave more sophisticated, while frequently closely associating with both the Ithanians and the New Regalians. It could be said that a Dressolini is always best suited to compromise between New Regalian and Ithanian conflicts, as they understand and connect with aspects of both cultures. The Dressolini people speak the Dressolini language, a language in lieu derived from its roots.
Imperial culture was created artificially to reinforce the rule of House Kade shortly after their ascension to the throne of the Regalian Empire, though encouragements already existed before their ascension. The culture emphasizes collecting the best aspects of all good or significant cultures and making use of them in a titanic blend, so as to create a true Unionist and Regalian culture that should lord over all others. Imperial families most often are in some way related to the Kade rule and as such have very distinct rules and regulations that they follow, the way the present themselves being one of the most important factors in the culture. Imperials praise sophisticated clothing, dining as well as art that recalls the glories of ancient works of wonder. They are by far the most scientifically inclined Ailor culture, praising and funding many scholarly pursuits and raising education to a higher standard than all others. Imperial culture is also strongly tied to moralism, yet allows for greater free-thinking and less narrow-minded cultural notions, meaning it is one of the most progressive culture. Despite its liberal undertones, it still maintains very strong conservative ideals with regards to the gender roles and the importance of state loyalty. If anything, Imperial culture promises a good life in splendor and wealth, at the cost of blind loyalty and obedience to the state. Imperial culture is brand new and physical features between members vary greatly, as it is entirely possible for any culture to convert to Imperial Culture; even Non-Humans frequently convert. Imperials also do not have their own language, though Common and Anglian are frequently used as standards.
Heartland Ceardian culture formed shortly after Alt-Regalians met and made ties with Old Ceardia. From this connection, some of the first people to come to the Regalian Archipelago from the newly re-contacted continent were the upper class and large private landholders that brought wealth and manpower into the Regalian Archipelago, seeking more fertile and peaceful lands than the Ceardian homeland. They were desperate to escape the crisis of warlords their continent was facing and most ended up settling in Dragenthal. From this, Heartland Ceardian culture was born, which has since adopted a high sense of honor but also incorporated the values of empiricism into their being. This culture is still most present in Dragenthal amoung the ruling and upper classes. They mostly value gender equality, while praising independence and power of the nobility over that of royal control, often to the chagrin of the Emperor. Heartlanders often have black or brown hair and brown or green eyes, and speak Common.
See: Heartland Ceardian
The Daendroque culture formed out the Human slaves mixed in with Qadir cultural influences during the repression years under the Elven Empire. Daendroque culture was largely inspired by the lack of entertainment and color in the lives of the Elven slaves, thus creating a very vibrant and active culture that is also very cutthroat and selfish. The more civilized cultures are not very fond of the Daendroque because they have strange uncourteous traditions and mannerisms, and the strong predisposition that Daendroque have to crime. They are noteworthy for influencing several other cultures such as Dressolini and Etosian. Daendroque usually have a tan skin with brown or black hair and brown eyes. They also speak the Daendroquin language, which while similar to Ithanian, is mutually and partially understood from both sides, yet unique enough to not be easily translated.
Etosian is not an official culture that formed out of other cultures, but rather formed as a melting pot of heretics, convicted criminals and rejects were left behind on the land now called Etosil. Etosian culture is marked by religious zeal, though often only directed at their own branch of Unionism, as well as a strong sense of independence. The Etosian culture is the only Ailor culture that is exclusively theocratic. Many members of this culture look identical to Daendroque, and in many ways, their cultural traditions and norms also have a tinge of Anglian associated with them due to their very rural form of existence. Etosian life is mostly dominated by Heron worship as well as service to local monastic orders. Etosians do not have a strong military element, but are excellent at mobilizing peasants and citizens into militias, much like the Daendroque, though these mobs are often more religiously inclined, and called zeal mobs. Etosians speak their own language called Etosian which is very difficult to learn for any other language speaker.
The Vladno culture is an oddity. From a historical perspective, they formed out of the Mirnoye people that lived on the similarly named island of Mirnoye. While these people were originally Velheimer, their culture shifted for unexplained reasoned, as Mirnoye itself is shut off from the world and few if any records survived the centuries of their formation as the Mirnoye people. At some point, some Mirnoye were dissatisfied with their homeland and migrated south to Etosil, where they formed a strange and mysterious upper class, being more inclined to wealth and influence than the native Etosians who were often more concerned with simply surviving. Vladno are commonly known to be a brutish people, not in their barbaric ways, but in their strongly male-dominated customs to the point of rejecting women as anything but property, and in their male-dominated tactics both in politics as well as on the battlefield. Vladno also exclusively dress in Black and Dark Brown, while sporting strong facial hair and speaking their own unique language called Vladno.