Citystate of the Invincible Overlord
Stories of the ancient Halgarings trace their lineages back to the mighty giants of antiquity. Whether they claim heritage of the Frost Giants, Rime Giants, Fire Giants or other, more exotic races, all clans have strong ties to the past.
Life in the Northlands is a harsh affair, but it is one which is deeply ingrained in the blood of every Halgaring. Indeed, each generation credits the one before for life, skills and material benefits to make life a bit more bearable. This naturally leads to a form of ancestor worship, which binds clans into cohesive cultural units.
The relative numbers of races among the Halgarings include:
- Goliaths (69%)
- Humans (16%)
- Half orc (11%)
- Longtooth Shifter (4%)
The Halgarings are an ancient tribal people from the Northlands. Most live in scattered, fortified villages, called steadings. These settlements are typically quite ancient, situated near some site of significance to the local clan. These sites might include burial sites, hunting grounds or standing stones.
Steadings can be thought of in rings. The innermost ring is the clan longhouse and important locations. The second include dwellings and small gardens. The third ring is the military ring, containing whatever fortifications the clan has built. Outside the military ring is the farmlands. The final ring is usually not regular or well defined, but contains various totems and grisly ornaments intended to warn off interlopers.
Halgaring culture has strong Martial and Primal elements, discussed below. There is a vague notion of the Divine, but it is nearly indistinguishable from spirit or ancestor worship.
Locations: Foothills, mountains
Diet, Dress and Faith
While Halgarings do farm, it is not actually a staple in their diet. Most Halgaring food is hunted, being a sign of prowess and bravery. Farmed food is generally poorer fare, being primarily for baking bread, brewing mead and making up for hunting shortfalls.
Since the hunt is such a vital part of society, it isn’t surprising to learn that most clothing is made of leather, pelts and furs. What might be surprising to an outsider is the disparity in clothing between young and old. Older Halgarings wear considerably more clothing than the young. Part of this is the reverence for one’s ancestors, but there is a tradition to show one’s strength while young by enduring the harsh weather of the Northlands with a minimum of clothing. This also displays the woad tattoos worn proudly.
The religious practices of the Halgaring people are largely animistic and totemistic. Apart for their reverence for their forebears, there seems to be a strong correlation between the people and their environment; indeed, almost every clan has a totem animal with which it is associated.
Halgarings are not metalsmiths per se, but the weapons they use are of exceptional quality. Most are of some antiquity, often passed from parent to child in lieu of lands or other chattels. Some of these weapons are of ancient or even Dwarven origin. Only a rare few are uniquely Halgaring.
As far as other military technologies are concerned, metal armor is practically unknown. Indeed, the strongest locally made personal defenses include hide armor and heavy shields. Palisades and hill forts represent the epitome of Halgaring military defenses.
Language and Relations
Language: Varanthari, Script: Halgaring pictographs