Cultures and Peoples

1.0 Arvandra

1.1 History

The Arvan people ("arvanir" in their own tongue) settled this region over 600 years ago. The country has since become known as Arvandra ("land of the arvanir").

House banner of Riversgate City

At settlement, the current dynasty established their seat of power at Riverguard castle. In the more than six hundred years since then, the capital city of Riversgate has been established around Riverguard. The house banner of the current dynasty is shown at right.

1.2 Language

The current tongue spoken in this country is designated as Modern Arvandran. Dialects of Modern Arvandran are also in wide use within the neighboring territories to the north.

"Old Arvandran" is the designation given to a language which was the precursor to Modern Arvandran. Old Arvandran was in use for as long back as records of the Aravan people are known.

1.3 Religion and Mythology

1.4 Geography

1.5 Arts and Crafts

1.6 Customs

1.6.1 Clothing

Figure 1 shows three women of Riversgate City, dressed for daytime wear. This is clothing for the in-between seasons which do not suffer from summer's heat nor winter's cold.

Left: The woman wears a lace lanqrii, knit of fine wool. It is worn about the shoulders, fastened with a decorative troupik (brooch). The troupik would, by itself, be too heavy for the fine lace, but the woman has secured it through the heavier seifanii (over gown), which is sturdy enough to support it. The seifanii is made of lightweight woven wool, and the liifanii (under gown) is lightweight linen.

Middle: She wears a seifanii of lightweight wool, over an undershirt and loose trousers of lightweight linen. This woman is a member of the royal household, who can afford richer ornaments. Her belt is made of braided silk cords, with ivory fobs containing the cord ends. Her shoes are cloth with light leather soles, for indoor wear.

Three women of Riversgate, 639 R.E.
Figure 1

Right: This woman wears a seifanii of heavy cotton. It is bordered along the neckline, open sleeves, and bottom edges with applied wide patterned ribbon. Her liifanii is lightweight linen. If a person is shorter than average, it is not uncommon for the length of body and sleeves of the liifanii to not be shortened according to the height of the wearer. Rather, the body is hiked up at the waist and belted (hidden under the seifanii) and the sleeves are secured at the wrist or elbow so as to not get in the way. This woman wears heavy copper bracelets to control the sleeves.

For winter wear, lanqriisir are knit in solid, non-lace stitches. They are made to have an outside and an inside, so stranded colorwork and other non-reversable decorative stitches are often used. A knit lace edging may still be added to a winter lanqrii, normally using a color from the body of the work. A lanqrii is knit flat, from one end to the other.

The albrii is larger, knit as a tube to wear up over the head and drape over the shoulders. Similar stitches and color patterns are used as for the lanqrii. A lace or lightweight albrii is frequently worn under a crown or coronet, where the crown secures the albrii, and the albrii provides some comfort, especially if the woman does not wear her hair braided up. If a crown is not worn, the woman may wear the albrii free, or might secure it with a ribbon tied about the head.

1.6.2 Cuisine

1.6.3 Education

1.6.4 Magery

1.6.5 Heraldry

1.7 Individuals

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2.0 Northern Empire

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3.0 Desert Tribes

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4.0 Lizard Folk

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Last updated 2001/10/01 -- L. Gerholz