"Blue sky, white sand, crystal waters. Where
else in all the world does such beauty grapple for the eye's favor."
- Illarius Sark, Vaullian Ambassador.
|Proper Name||The Tribes of the Eshtar|
|Population Density||9 people per square kilometer
(23 people per square mile)
|Demographics||Eshtari 95%, Other 5%|
|Languages||Eshtari 95%, Other 5%|
|Year Founded||821 CY|
|Currency||Trade and barter.|
|Natural Resources and Manufactured Goods||Upine trees, upine fruit, white sandstone, copper, seafood, various tropical fruit, lumber.|
|Enemies||Sybren Imperium, Chaddamar Theocracy|
|Total Land Area||590,000 square kilometers
(227,800 square miles)
|Terrain||Coastal Forest and Hills|
Eshtar is an idyllic, tropical paradise of white sand beaches, broad grasslands and breathtaking sandstone cliffs. It has been described as "a land of gleaming copper and white stone where eshtari sing songs beneath the endless upine". It is home to a primitive society of farmers and fishermen that live in harmony with nature and each other.
The coastal cliffs of Eshtar are rich with white sandstone. The eshtari mine this stone in great quantities. This stone is used in some eshtari architecture. Their land has very little iron. The only metal mined from this area is copper.
Metal weapons are rare and highly sought after in Eshtar. Noble eshtari often show off their wealthy be wearing copper jewelry, copper weapons and even copper breast plates.
Esthar is on the south western coast of Aggradar. Eshtar is mostly coastal grasslands and rolling hills. Eshtari is swept by seasonal storms each spring. It has warm, dry summers and autumns and cool rainy winters. Eshtar is bordered on the east by the forest of Mael Ix Drablin (the "storming forest") and the Daemyr Mountains. There are several volcanoes in the mountainous areas to the east and west of Eshtar.
Due to the tropical climate, Eshtar is blessed with a wide variety of tropical fruits and plants. Oranges, bananas, mangos, coconuts, pineapples, bamboo, palm trees, upine trees and fig trees are found in abundance. Notable fauna of this region includes the dreaded dragon eel which hunts along the coast, the eshtarin monkey and the tulari parrot hawk. Parrots, orangutans, gibbons, vine snakes, lions, wild boar and wild dogs are all common here. Elephants are native to this region and are used as beasts of burden and steeds.
The eshtarin jaguar is a lean feline about 20 inches tall at the shoulder and 45 pounds. These slim, muscular cats have tan coats. They are highly intelligent and trainable. Eshtarin jaguars are a common site in any eshtari village and will often accompany eshtari hunters when they go out. Some are even trained to herd game animals to the hunters. Eshtarin jaguars are favored by Aukarian nobles.
Eshtar has a fairly uneventful history. In the years when the Kytohan Empire ruled, it was a region of sleepy fishing tribal villages of the indigenous population with little contact with the rest of the Empire beyond taxes. Over the last 2000 years, since the collapse of the Empire, it has reverted to its old ways... a peaceful primitive tribal society.
Each town is the political center of that region. The entire nation is divided up into provinces. Each town is ruled by a council of elders.
Legal system is steeped in tradition. All disputes are brought before the council of elders. The elders decision is carried out/enforced by the paladin warriors.
Elite paladin warriors of the eshtari. They wear precious metal armor, wield bladed staves and use martial arts. They are virtuous, noble, honorable and brave. They are somewhat related to the faith as they often pray, attend religious gatherings, serve the priests and more. The rojin are excellent warriors. They have special duties - guard the High Council, etc.
The Esthari are frequently raided by tribes from the Fire Isles who come in long boats dressed in war paint and led by fierce shamans who wear masks.
Limited economy based on local needs and local products. They do trade a little with Magrakia.
Eshtaria's largest city is Saralla and it sits at the mouth of the Kalyanee River. Eshtaria has a street party/parade once each year. The Journey of Valadahaj. Based heavily around the religion. This celebration travels around to all the towns in the course of one month.
The eshtari are not particularly adept at magic. Most eshtari lack the discipline needed for the scholarly pursuit of magic. Although there are a few skilled sorcerers among the eshtari, most magic is passed down from master to apprentice. There are no great magical academies in Eshtar and no laws pertaining to magic.
The eshtari do not generally produce great wizards. But Ubatli is a well known sorcerer who lives alone high on the cliffs above the town of Abadan.
|Saralla||18,500||Although Estharia has no official capital city, Saralla is the largest town and serves as an unofficial cultural center.|
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