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Aluvians are a fiercely individualistic and warlike people, quick to anger but with a strong love of justice and fairness. Though often suspicious of things new and strange, they are friendly and always prepared with a little help if they can spare it. They are loyal to their feudal lords, but expect to be well-treated in return.

The first people to arrive on Dereth Island were Aluvians: they have settled in the fields and hills around Lake Blessed. - Aluvian Description (Character Creation)

Aluvians are one of the Isparian Cultures. Their homeland is the kingdom of Aluvia, on Ispar. Aluvians are among the human heritage groups to find themselves displaced on Dereth, along with the Gharu'ndim, Sho, and Viamontians. Aluvians are notably the first of the human heritage groups to begin to arrive on Dereth.

History on Ispar

In olden days, the land now known as the High Kingdom of Aluvia was home to feuding clans of warriors.[1] When the Rouleans brought imperial order to most of the lands around the Ironsea, they saw no benefit in conquering the Viamontian peninsula, and the tribes that would become the nations of Viamont and Aluvia remained chaotic and disorganized.[2]

During the reign of High King Pwyll II, the Viamontian army, under the command of King Elous VI, invaded Aluvia. Pwyll II led the defending armies of Aluvia, which where defeated in the battle of the Plain of Ayrifal.[3][4] Pwyll II died in the battle, along with his sons and male cousins. The remainder of Pwyll II's bloodline was rounded up and executed by the Viamontian Royal Governor, Alfric immediately after his victory.[5]

During the rule of Queen Alfrega, granddaughter of Alfric and daughter of Theolaud, the Aluvian resistance against the Viamontian occupation became more organized. An important faction were the Orts under the leadership of Hendac Tharesun and Harlune.[3]

Only during the rule of Osric, peace was established. By the time of the rule of his son Pwyll III, the peoples of Aluvia had united as one, prospering under the High King's kind and just reign. Pwyll III banded together the kingdom's knights, forming an order of honor and chivalry, and so began a golden age.[3][1]

When Pwyll III was slain by an ambassador from Viamont on the eve of war between the two nations, Aluvia's knights and commoners alike fell upon their enemies and destroyed them. With Pwyll's death, Aluvia's glory began to wane, but it is said that, when the kingdom is at its greatest need, he and his knights will walk the land once more.[1]

Aluvia remains a strong nation, though it shines less brightly than before. King Cedraic opened up trade with nations across the sea including the Gharu'ndim and the Sho and with that trade has come prosperity.[1] After years biding their time, the Viamontians under King Varicci I started a second wave of invasions of the other Isparian countries, also invading Aluvia.[6][2] This time however, the Aluvians, having learned lessons from the past, managed to keep the Viamontians at bay, be it with heavy losses. The Aluvians put up a tenacious resistance against the superior numbers of their old foe. To this day the war in Aluvia continues, locked in a stalemate. [7][2]

Timeline

The following information has been pieced together from numerous sources, and some dates have been changed to correct continuity errors. For more information, see Continuity - Aluvian History.

Portal Year Roulean Year Event
-896 PY 687 RC Reign of Pwyll II begins. It lasts 17 years.
-869 PY 704 RC Viamont invades Aluvia, reign of Pwyll II ends.
Reign of Alfric begins. It lasts 31 years.
-824 PY 735 RC Reign of Alfric ends.
Reign of Theolaud begins. It lasts 30 years.
-779 PY 765 RC Reign of Theolaud Ends.
Reign of Alfrega begins. It lasts 14 years.
-758 PY 779 RC Reign of Alfrega ends.
Reign of Osric begins. It lasts 31 years.
-711 PY 810 RC Reign on Osric ends.
Reign of Pwyll III begins. It lasts 25 years.
-674 PY 835 RC Reign of Pwyll III ends.
Reign of Cellric II begins. It is not known how long it lasts.
-30 PY 1264 RC Reign of Cedraic III begins.
-15 PY 1274 RC The portals created by the Sundering begin to appear on Ispar in the Aluvian lands, and the first humans begin to arrive on Dereth.
Viamont invades Aluvia and Roulea.
16 PY 1295 RC The war between Aluvia and Viamont continues. Aluvia holds their western borders, and both sides have taken heavy losses, but the tides seem to be turning in favor of Viamont.

History on Dereth

When the first Aluvians came to Dereth Island, they were enslaved by the Olthoi. Two of their number, Thorsten Cragstone and Elysa Strathelar, fought to liberate their people with the help of Asheron. Though Thorsten did not live to see the end of the campaign, the Aluvians became free once more. Elysa Strathelar founded New Aluvia and became its Queen.[1]

Culture

Aluvians are a fiercely individualistic and warlike people, quick to anger but with a strong love of justice and fairness. Though often suspicious of things new and strange, they are friendly and always prepared with a little help if they can spare it. They are loyal to their feudal lords, but expect to be well-treated in return.[8][1]

In the Winter Season, the Aluvians celebrate the Solstice, that day of the year in which the night lasts longest. The Aluvians respond to the oppressive darkness and feeling of isolation by gathering together in good cheer. Illuminating their houses with colorful candles, they prepare the harvest into vast feasts. During the Solstice, all Aluvian towns are warmly lit, and the normally cagey northerners make a habit of cooking hearty food for one another, buying one another strong drink, and sharing both around the hearth, accompanied by the funniest jokes of the preceding year. The monastic orders of Tirius the Lightbringer, Solvus Mistdweller, and the Dark Lady Meerthus walk abroad in their dun robes, distributing food and the blessings of their aspect of the Triple Mother. Travelers in the Aluvian Kingdom will find themselves treated to their fill of food and drink, with no payment asked. For the Aluvians, Solstice is the time of brotherhood.[9]

The Code of Pwyll

"It not for all of the people to walk the path of high honor. For some it is enough that they follow the path of low justice. But we, as knights, shall take the high road." - High King Pwyll III[10]

One of Pwyll III's greatest achievements was introducing the notion of nobility to the ruling class. In his time and since, The Code of Pwyll has dictated the conduct of both lords and knights: the common folk of Aluvia have come to expect no less.[1]

The Code of Pwyll consists of ten rules. The first Five are the Path of Low Justice, which are usually sufficient for the commoner. The second Five are the Path of High Justice, which are to be observed by all nobility, in addition to the Five rules of Low Justice. Below is the full Code of Pwyll, along with the shorter version taught to those of low aspirations and lowly station.[10][11]

1. Work your lord's will in all things, for he must look upon the whole land and see that wrong is put right.
1. Work your lord's will in all things.
2. Guard the weak, for they cannot guard themselves.
2. Guard the weak.
3. Guard the young, for they are our future. Even the inexperienced young squire may one day become a lord.
3. Guard the young.
4. Slay no one for doing a thing unto you that you would have done unto him, for one day you might die in the same manner.
4. Slay no one for doing a thing unto you that you would have done unto him.
5. Obey and honor those above your station, for as they stand above you, so do they keep the sword from falling upon your head. All parts are necessary for the whole.
5. Obey and honor those above your station.
6. Treat not lesser persons with dishonor, for as they stand below you, they form the very ground that supports your feet. All parts are necessary for the whole.
6. Treat not lesser persons with dishonor.
7. Let your word be your bond, for when stripped of steel and cloth and youth, a knight has nothing else.
7. Let your word be your bond.
8. Grant succor where you may, for as the need of others is made less, so too the burden of the knight is made less.
8. Grant succor where you may.
9. Be fair in all judgments, for you too may you one day be judged. Justice has no mouth with which to speak and no hands with which to enforce the laws, so we must be her eyes and we must act as her hands.
9. Be fair in all judgments.
10. Let nothing stand in the way of justice: the word of the law is not always its intent. Let your judgments be tempered by circumstance, lest you punish wrongly.
10. Let nothing stand in the way of justice: the word of the law is not always its intent.

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Text Icon Scroll Letter From Home (Aluvian)Shadows of My Doubts Icon Shadows of My DoubtsText Icon Book The Code of PwyllThe Days of the Olthoi Icon The Days of the OlthoiThe D00dz Icon The D00dzThe Full Code of Pwyll Icon The Full Code of PwyllThe Journals of Change Icon The Journals of ChangeText Icon Book The Legend of LilithaThe Reign of Alfrega Icon The Reign of AlfregaThe Underground City Icon The Underground City

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Generic Sign Icon Aluvian (Town Network Sign)Generic Sign Icon Arwic (Town Network Sign)Generic Sign Icon Cragstone (Town Network Sign)Generic Sign Icon Dryreach (Town Network Sign)Generic Sign Icon Eastham (Town Network Sign)Generic Sign Icon Fort Tethana (Town Network Sign)Generic Sign Icon Glenden Wood (Town Network Sign)Generic Sign Icon Holtburg (Town Network Sign)Generic Sign Icon Lytelthorpe (Town Network Sign)Generic Sign Icon Plateau Village (Town Network Sign)Generic Sign Icon Rithwic (Town Network Sign)Generic Sign Icon Stonehold (Town Network Sign)

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King's Helm Icon King's HelmPwyll's Crown Icon Pwyll's CrownPwyll's Guard Icon Pwyll's GuardAlfric's Bull Icon Alfric's BullThe Helm of the Golden Flame Icon The Helm of the Golden FlameGuardian of Pwyll Icon Guardian of PwyllCanfield Cleaver Icon Canfield CleaverMorrigan's Vanity Icon Morrigan's Vanity

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1999/11 Release - Zogblaster Archive: Aluvian Introduction
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2004/11 The Origins and Current Disposition of Viamont
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 1999/11 Release - The Reign of Alfrega
  4. 2002/03 Stormwaltz Quotes - On Aluvian Rulers
  5. 2003/10 Reign of Terror - Alfric's Bull
  6. 2004/10 The Invasion of Ispar
  7. 2005/07 Throne of Destiny - Letter From Home (Aluvian)
  8. 2010/06 Shifting Gears - Aluvian (Town Network Sign)
  9. Winter Festivals from Ispar
  10. 10.0 10.1 1999/11 - Release The Full Code of Pwyll
  11. 1999/11 - Release The Code of Pwyll

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