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Ghol

The Ghol, who are believed to have once been the mortal caretakers of the works of the Ancients, are are tall, horned and tusked humanoids. Ranging between 210 and 240 cm in height, not counting the horns, which can sometimes add up to 30 cm to their height, and weighing in at 80 to 120 kg on average. Their skin is a greenish grey, and generally smooth like that of humans, though elderly Ghol can develop a rough, scale-like texture to the skin. Adult Ghol have coarse hair that ranges in colour from deep brown to tawny and deep red or orange, and their eyes are most often a deep sea green.   The differences between the sexes are not as marked in Ghol as they are in humans, as Ghol don't have mammaries – though they do birth live young, the babies generally subsist on various pulped seaweeds until they are able to eat solids. Due to this, clothing among the Ghol isn't as divided by gender as it is among humans. The most common garment is a simple shift or loin-cloth, though sleeveless robes and tight-fitting wraps are common, especially for ceremonial uses. One way to spot the difference however is from the horns and tusks, as females do not grow as prominent tusks.   Ghol are generally as fond of jewellery as humans, and are often seen with their hair braided with charms and beads. Both metal, crystal and various organic materials such as bone, horn and leather are used, but in general Ghol are less inclined to use materials found in Ancient sites for simple jewellery, as they often attach a deeper spiritual meaning to such findings.   The status as keeper of the Ancients’ Ways is a defining feature of Ghol culture, and through their oral tradition they still remember the songs as they were handed down, and sing to the winds, the wilds and each other. Many Ghol hold the Ancient places to be sacred, and only especially chosen individuals may enter them. The Ghol have no religion of their own, as such. Their Gods were the Ancients, and they have all left the world. That being said, the songs of the Ancients carry strong moral statements, and a certain philosophical outlook that forms something like a religious framework for their culture. Mainstream Ghol culture is mainly patriarchal, as it is a council of males who arbitrate disputes and carry the most ancient songs. It is, however, the women who own land, which gives them a measure of power.

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