Cielothar

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Cielothar
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Race
Pronunciation See-yell-othar
Classification Nelfin
Subraces None
Common Nicknames Wind Elves
Languages Plains Elven
Naming Customs Elven
Racial Traits
Distinctions Short Nelfin with childlike features
Maximum Age 200 years
Body Types Often Lanky or Skinny, although never over Athletic
Height 4’11” - 6’
Weight 80 - 160 lbs
Eye Colors Green or blue
Hair Colors Light brown, Caramel, Chestnut brown
Skin Tones Tan and flushed
Significant Demographics

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Cielothar as a name refers to the more agrarian Elves who are also commonly called the Wind Elves. This nickname comes from the fact that central to all of their settlements stands a massive windmill that doubles as their main granary as well as their social gathering center. The Cielothar are often seen as the antithesis of the Altalar, believing in a tranquil existence in worship and respect of the forest, in harmony with nature and the land and at peace with the wildlife of the world. The Cielothar have returned to a much simpler agrarian existence, rejecting the urban and decadent lifestyle of the Altalar Elves and all war-like behaviors associated with it. Ironically enough this always causes the Cielothar to be seen as the victim Elves, their strong adherence to pacifism making them soft targets for Orc raiders or Human bandits. The Cielothar are often seen as infantile and naive by the other Nelfin denominations, though they have a natural affinity for Celestial Magic and are exceptionally skilled when dealing with animals and taking care of their needs.

Physical Characteristics

Cielothar, when compared to the other subraces of Nelfin, are often seen as much shorter and smaller. They stand at 5 to 6 feet tall on average, and small oval shaped eyebrows and young-looking large eyes. Out of all the Nelfin, the Cielothar have the longest ears and often adorn them with large copper or gemstone rings. Their appearance is often much more child-like than the other Nelfin species, causing Humans to sometimes mistake them for teenage Altalar. Cielothar are lithe, even for Elves, though look humanoid in every other way. They often have light green tattoos above their eyebrows covering their foreheads or parts of it, and have short but messy light brown/caramel color hair. Their skin is much darker than that of the other Nelfin denominations, being mostly tanned, almost as dark as the Daendroque Humans. Their eye colors are often uniformly green or blue.

Mental Characteristics

Cielothar are often seen as the victim Elves as they have a very strong moral compass for compassion, mercy and pacifism. Central to their ancient belief is that the Elven Empire collapsed because of its inner corruption, and the very idea in engaging in any behavior that the Elves showed before that point is revolting to them. Cielothar are often skittish when it comes to dealing with strangers, but are excellent drinking buddies for their friends and freely engage in poetry, literature, singing and above all, caretaking of animals. Most Cielothar have some form of favorite animal or a pet they always keep around them. Cielothar are exceptionally good at learning Celestial Magic, or any further variety of pacifistic form of Magic. Every Cielothar village has at least one Celestial Mage Elder who teaches smaller classes of students.

History

The history of the Cielothar spans back several decades before the collapse of the Elven Empire, mostly around the founding of the Cult of Ciellonia. Towards the latter centuries of the Elven Empire, there were already some calls from within the lower classes of society for Elven culture to return to its roots. These were essentially the forerunners of the Cult of Ciellonia, a group which believed in a more utopian existence in which equal was taken and given to the forest. Small communities came into existence between the period of 200 BC and 100 BC, mostly on the edges of the Empire in very desolate and infertile lands. As the Elven Empire raced towards its final years, more and more people moved away to these agrarian communities, though many purely did so out of the belief that their crude and almost tribal existence was a novelty to experience in contrast to the busy urban living at the time.

When the Cataclysm and the last Void Invasions came around, the Cielothar were surprisingly spared, mostly due to the fact that their communities were on the fringes of the densely populated lands, the areas which the Void invasion targeted most. Alongside this, the Cult of Ciellonia villages were mostly spared by the Orc invasion purely because they were small squishy targets and had no defenders, meaning the Orcs got little in terms of bloodlust satisfaction from attacking them. Through sheer luck or divine blessings, most of the communities rode out the severe times of troubles that ravaged the countryside of Daendroc for the coming decades between the Slave revolts, the resurgence of the Yanar and the Kathar plots. In a way this caused the Cielothar to become naive, they believed they had earned Estel's blessing by changing their ways, and would be kept safe if they continued down this path. Still, their lives were by no means comfortable, as the Cielothar often suffered frequent shortages of food and famine because Elves were not inherently built for heavy agricultural labor. As the centuries went by, the Cielothar became darker in skin tone and much smaller, a direct reflection of their limited diet and sustenance relying on plants and vegetables.

After around 200 AC, the Cielothar villages started thriving more, experiencing a population boom as well as several migration periods. The Cielothar believed that communities should always remain small to be in harmony with the land around it, so large parts of the population would migrate away and found new villages elsewhere. As time went by, the forests reclaimed large parts of Daendroc, giving rise to the unique relation the Cielothar have with the forests. Around this time, Cielothar villages could always be distinguished by two factors: The massive windmill at the center of the community, visible from miles away, and the “Forest Wall”, a barrier of carved wooden poles decorated with intricate patterns of flowers and ribbons strung between them. The Cielothar gave an almost divine status to the forests, believing they should bring offerings to the forest at the edge of it, and refrain from entering the forest itself as holy ground. As this became more widespread practice among the Cielothar across Daendroc, large populations of Yanar were drawn to the mirror side of the forest’s edge. This evolved the already unique relation the Cielothar had with the forest by having the Yanar act as emissaries of the forest. As the Forest Walls grew larger and wider, the Cielothar decorated them with banners and several shrines while on the other side the Yanar built intricate patterns of flowers and plants to build their own version of the Forest Wall. Now, when the Cielothar being offerings to the forest by the wall, the Yanar answer and return offerings of fruits, medicinal herbs and nuts from the forest.

Because of the inherent ignorant nature of the Cielothar and their passive neighbors, the Yanar, they became an easy target for raiders in the latter 280’s. Orc raids and more specifically Human lumber camp attacks became frequent. Humans would show up in large numbers and start cutting or burning down the Forest Wall, much to the distress of the Cielothar. As time went by however, the Avanthar took a liking of the Cielothar and saw themselves as the stalwart protectors of something so pure and innocent. The Avanthar had long since changed, becoming larger and more rugged than their Elf ancestors, so the Cielothar welcomed them as an older brother protecting a younger sibling. This created the unique tradeway relation between the Avanthar, Cielothar, and Yanar, where from the plains the Avanthar brought pelts, bones and meat, while from the forest the Yanar brought floral produce, the Cielothar acting as a middle ground. In present day, most of the Cielothar villages thrive between protection from the Avanthar and cooperation with the Yanar in the forest. The Cielothar hold true to their faith, refraining from entering the forests out of respect but guarding the edge and taking care of the animals in the plains. On the other side, the Yanar respect the Cielothar by staying out of their side of the Forest Wall, though both races can often be seen playing with each other under the colorful linens and floral petals of the Forest wall, a sort of neutral middle ground. Cielothar fields of wheat stretch out for many hundreds of yards, producing nutrient rich bread often filled with bits of meat and fruit from the land around them. Despite their peaceful existence however, they are always at risk of Orc raids and Human woodcutting activity. Even Kathar prowl on their communities as they act as gateways for them to be able to harm the Yanar directly. By far, the Cielothar have the most delicate of societies that require constant vigilance and protection from those around them.

Society

Cielothar society is often seen as the peaceful middle ground between the people of Aloria and the nature around them. They close the gap between the Avanthar and the Yanar, often act as Altalar emissaries to Humans (as they are more in tune with playing a less arrogant role) and are often hired as animal doctors due to their exceptional senses to an animal’s well being. Cielothar societies are however always intentionally kept small to minimize the impact they have on the environment around them. Every so often when a population grows too large, a caravan of sorts escorted by Avanthar is brought to a new location. It is generally assumed by scholars that the Cielothar will actually eventually outnumber all Elven subraces purely because they pollinate their societies much faster and have the largest quantity of peacefully operating colonies.

Politics

CIelothar politics is always rather in flux purely because it is never actually vested with a single important individual, but gradually slides around a few key members of Cielothar society. The most important members of Cielothar society are the Healing Elder, an expert Celestial Magic mage, the Priest, the man or woman in charge of the rituals at the Forest Wall, or the Great Mother, a midwife of sorts who is involved with the birth of all Cielothar one way or another. Whichever is more needed in the present situation is given the most authority. For example, the Great Mother will dictate clan policy if they are direly in need of more population, or the Priest will rule when religious services are desired. Sometimes the three heads work in unison, though absolute authority by one of the three is rare to begin with. Cielothar are often just content to live a very anarchic yet peaceful existence where they simply engage in self-sustenance and then provide for others around them as a secondary objective.

Culture

Cielothar culture is often described as colorful and playful. This is especially visible in their clothing, vibrant colors with beads and bells attached to make as much noise as possible when they move around. Cielothar often adorn their ears with beads and rings of copper, crafting necklaces and arm bracers as well which they often trade with the Avanthar. The Cielothar often have a strong relation with a particular animal that follows them around or that they care for. Within the Cielothar towns it is often a goat or a dog, while city dwelling Cielothar often choose a bird or rodent of sorts. Many Cielothar holidays involve “painting” the animal with a variety of colored chalk and jewelry and engaging in some sort of praising parade through whatever street many Cielothar have settled in as a means of saying thanks for the friendship given by these animals. Cielothar will often treat these animals as life companions and become distressed when they become ill or pass away. Still, Cielothar always seek happy thoughts in life and will quickly replace a lost animal. In many ways this also expresses the life views of the Cielothar, they would often simply prefer to pick instant gratification to avoid having to ponder too long over morbid or sad situations. Cielothar family life is also very fluid, where members are sometimes intentionally or arbitrarily adopted or swapped around to supplement their own happiness. Cielothar are also notoriously forgiving and welcome of outsider Elves being adopted into their own family units. It would not be uncommon for a full blood Talar baby reject to be found among Cielothar parents who simply adopted it as their own.

Religion

The Cielothar are still strict worshippers of the Faith of Estel, though their expression of faith is less a communal one and more a personal one. The priest will often lead processions of offerings to the forest towards the Forest Wall where everyone makes their offerings and prayers at their own pace and in their own way. While the priests offer social and religious guidance, in the end all families praise Estel in their own way, which makes the Cielothar very disorganized worshippers. They purely look only towards the “good” Elven deities of the lesser pantheon, and revile the “vices”. Their worship of Estel, unlike the glorification of the Altalar, is more of a personal relation of respect as they see Estel’s touch in every animal, plant and being around them. They give praise to Estel for the harmony and peace they have, for the existence of their protectors the Avanthar and for giving them bountiful harvests.

Combat and Warfare

The Cielothar are essentially peaceful and pacifist, though this does not mean they have not been part of military conflicts in the past, nor do they live an entirely peaceful existence being protected by the Avanthar. There is one foe that the Avanthar and Cielothar share which the horse lords cannot fight: the Wolond. The Wolond are forest dwelling Kathar who have a fundamentally different understanding of religion and respect of the forest than the Cielothar. Cielothar see them as sacrilegious tribes which violate the forest by living in it constantly. In many situations, the Wolond that live close to new Cielothar towns often come into conflict with the Yanar who invade their ferocious territorial Forest Hives. It is often in response to the Yanar being attacked by the Wolond that the Cielothar tread into the forest on some sort of holy mission to drive the Wolond away with stone, sling and spear. Aside from the conflicts with the Wolond however, the Cielothar rely on the Avanthar for their warfare. That being said, some prolific Cielothar mages have been known to enter military service purely to avoid their home town from being absorbed by Human settlers.

Economy and Technology

Cielothar economy is largely based on the triangle barter trade with the Yanar and the Avanthar. The Cielothar themselves produce copper jewelry and agricultural products while they acquire Avanthar pelts, hides and leather, and Yanar herbs and fruits. While this is officially seen as a barter trade however, it is actually closer to a mutual donation agreement. The value of items is not set; sometimes a drought means the Cielothar offer nothing to the Yanar and Avanthar, yet they still continue to give whatever they can spare. Among the Cielothar themselves, there is barely any currency. It is often just the act of providing for the needy that causes the Cielothar to share food with their neighbors. This makes it difficult for Cielothar to adapt to Regalia sometimes, as they expect their friends to just always do everything for free for them. While they also would do that in return, it’s quite obvious that a Cielothar may not possess great financial riches to achieve much at all in a capital so built on commerce. Technologically speaking the Cielothar are very backwards, relying mostly on local produce. One thing that the Cielothar excel at however is harnessing the power of the wind. No other race or people has the level of expertise at building windmills as the Cielothar do, and their windmills in particular have a very high productivity rate when it comes to turning wheat into very fine flour.

Trivia

  • The Cielothar don’t adhere to any monarchy system anymore. They have completely abandoned the old Elven Empire lineage, rejecting the restoration attempts of the Altalar.
  • Cielothar regularly intermingle with the Avanthar, which surprisingly enough often recreates an Altalar. It is very common for Cielothar to fall in love with Avanthar who often look more mature and rugged, an exciting alternative to the otherwise borish Cielothar.
  • Cielothar often imitate the Yanar practice of hanging offspring pods from trees by having large beams stick out of their central windmill. From these beams (at around head level), they hang suspended straw baskets with their infants in them. They are then cared for by the Great Mother and her disciples while the parents work in the farming fields or go to the Forest wall to bring offerings.

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Writers MonMarty
Processors Shayin
Last Editor Scribbe on 01/1/2019.

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