The Kaltish are an ethnic group living along the southern foothills of the Katash Mountains on Lerraveth. The mountains are rich in ruby and emerald veins, which are mined by the Kaltish. The people process the stones and ores into tools and everyday objects that are exported all over the world.

Often these items are considered artifacts that are not used in everyday life outside of Kaltish culture.

Gender roles

Kaltish culture is matriarchal, with each village ruled by a council of elders. Only in times of war are men involved in the government of the people. The craft of war is practised equally by both sexes, though it is usually the women who command.

Magical studies are the preserve of women, while men take on the role of priests and scribes. The major deities worshipped are Nys and Solaya, other deities are worshipped more subordinately.

Relations between the sexes are open and characterised by mutual respect, although all concerned are aware that the role of men is to serve women.

Clothing & Hairstyles

Clothing on Lerraveth, a cold continent in the subpolar climate zone, is predominantly made of fur and leather, as well as densely woven wool. They often make jewellery of leather, bone and the abundant gemstones.

In terms of colour, the women prefer light colours and earth tones, while the men usually wear dark-coloured fabrics in black, dark blue and purple.

Both sexes wear their hair long and adorned with pearls or precious stones. Women often braid their hair into small plaits, the end of which is adorned with a single pearl or gemstone. Pierced earlobes are also popular with both sexes, especially among Kaltish hunters.

Traditional weapons

When hunting or defending themselves, the Kaltish do not use firearms. They use spears, bows and swords, which often have blades made of a single, polished gemstone that is further hardened with magic.

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21 Aug, 2021 22:22

I always love reading about matriarchal cultures, particularly ones where it's not just 'men are bad'. These sound like a really fascinating people with a lot of nuance. I love how you describe their fashion.

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