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The Trifolk Alliance was founded over 500 years ago by the three dominant species of the world of today. At the time they were all under threat from several sources and sought refuge, protection and strength in one another. They banded together against the rest of the world in order to ensure their dominance over their enemies. While history is written by the victors, it is no doubt that the Trifolk Alliance fulfilled its purpose. At least for a time.
The Trifolk Alliance
The alliance is not exactly a written document or even a law. The alliance was formed before such things were commonplace and it was more a banding together of scattered, weak tribes to stand up against the threat of the greater world.
The Trifolk Alliance ensures that the three major species of the world, in their eyes, enjoy equal value and equal say in things. There is no social difference being a kuna, illim or a vindral, aside from their unique species' quirks. Naturally, different species have differing strengths and weaknessess, making them gravitate towards certain professions or even geographical areas. But as far as social standing goes, species plays no part and the concept of "racism" between these species is almost utterly unheard of. It is seen as obvious that the three species are equal to one another, and obviously superiour to everyone else.
Nations and wars
The purpose of the Trifolk Alliance is to ensure that the species do not war with one another. But seeing as the species have spread across the world, living mixed with one another, forming tribes, clans and nations, the question of national unity came to light. The alliance does not demand utter unity between tribes or nations. All it demands is that no species raises their weapon against another for the purpose of racial wars. Local disputes are handled by each clan or nation as they see fit.
For this reason, multiple nations have formed over the centuries and several distinct cultures among the trifolk people have emerged. These nations are not united nor are the cultures homogenous. They all belong to the greater Kykr civilisation, but no peace is forced upon any nation. However, when threatened by an external foe, such the fay, the hessak or the dru'un tribes, the trifolk people will come to each other's aid if possible.
The Trifolk Alliance, as the name suggest, is a unification of three different folks, or species as we would call it. Forced together by necessity, this alliance has stood the test of time and kept the people safe in unity.
The Blood Coast settlers were illim who had settled on the Blood Coast. Primarily a sea-faring folk today, in these dark times they were living on the coast because the forests were filled with dangerous fay with whom they were at odds.
The Natukunautep nomads were roaming bands of nomads stemming of the Great Plains in the south, the area that would be come to be known as Kharamôr. The nomads were already an alliance in and of themselves, a unification of three subspecies of kuna.
The vindral were a species of fay who had been exiled from the great forest of the Winterweald in the Frigid North. Banished from the foot of Ayla's Peak, the heart of the fay lands, they had fled across the Crimson Straits and encountered the huddling Blood Coast settlers in the Dark Thicket.
The one thing that unifies the three species are the other hostile creatures of the world. For the vindral and the illim, the main threat were the forest-dwelling fay of the Winterweald. For the kuna it was the roaming bands of dru'un and also fay.
The alliance began its existance as a cooperation by necessity between the vindral exiles, who fled the fay in the north, and the blood coast settling illim, whom they encountered on the southern shores of the Crimson Straits. The illim had settled there and found that the forests were teeming with hostile and dangerous fay. Pushed to the brink, the illim were struggling to survive on the far east coast.
When they encountered the vindral exiles they rightfully believed that the vindral were fay, having come to destroy them. The vindral, in difference from other fay, were using metal weapons and armor, something the illim at that time lacked. It was only thanks to the diplomatic efforts of Æþir, the vindral spokesperson, that things did not end in bloodshed.
The kuna are a canine-like species who are playful and always enjoy a good laugh.
The Vindral are a smallfolk known for their limited emotional range and ice blue eyes.
The fay are creatures who live in the wild and are opposed to the kykr races. Magically adept, cunning and very dangerous.