Adrakians Ethnicity in Corive | World Anvil

Adrakians ("Ay-drayk-ee-an" or "A-drayk-ee-an")

The Adrakians aren't dead. We are their descendants, even when certain groups pretend we're not. If we live on Soplas, the chances of us not being of some Adrakian heritage is none. Their Empire formed the bones of our government, cities, and lives today.

Adrakians are the people of the Adrakian Empire as a collective; however, their more regional groupings would have regional names. Through trade, culture blended and expanded to create several generalizations across the subcontinent-spanning Empire.


The Adrakian language came from the sounds and vocalizations of dragons. However, the language has a more consistent spelling pattern than verbalizations, creating a range of spoken dialects developed to accommodate non-draconic speech abilities.


Dialects and Accents include the "b" related sounds being shifted to "v" related sounds for Orcs to accommodate their tusks. However, Catfolk can more easily manage the rolling growl undertones within the language where Orcs, Elves, and Humans cannot.

Beliefs and Religion

Draconic Triad

The Adrakians worshipped a triad of draconic deities. Each deity had a priesthood that would govern the Empire based on their respective domains. The Empire also divided parts of the geography into three sections based on the original founding settlements' locations - the high mountainous region of Tormyra, the broad lands of Theydim, the trade coast of the modern Five Cities region and Goltheris.

Kotzuiyrn, the Razing

Often identified as the god of warfare, he was also the god of agriculture, to the surprise of several scholars who only knew of his depicted destructive nature. Thydians and historians believe his death came at the hands of the rebel Antral of Theydim at the end of the Empire. His skull now decorates the entrance to the Thydian Temple.

Athtica, the Unfettered Gear

She was the deity of scholars, philosophers, and record keepers. Her shrines and temples are the primary sources of most surviving Imperial records. No one has confirmed her death, but priests recorded her as reclusive even before the Empire fell.

Kaygys, the Jealous

He was the deity of commerce, diplomacy, and hospitality. However, records imply hospitality was a part of diplomacy, and the crafts were a part of commerce. Historians believe Kaygys to be dead like the other two, but no one has claimed credit nor found proof.

The Power of Three

Like many cultures presently, the Adrakians placed value on the number three and its multiples. Modern scholars and mages have debunked the old beliefs in requiring certain ingredients or rituals to be done three times or with other aspects involving the number. Some, however, believe the ancients held the number three in high regard, at least for magic, when mages of the time were less potent than their modern counterparts.



The Adrakian Calendar is a solar-lunar calendar based on the four seasons and three moons. Each Adrakain Cycle marked when the moons would repeat their rising patterns every three years. The upper classes mainly tracked cycles for religious purposes or record keeping. The modern-day still use Cycles to determine how many years a treaty or other related deal would be in effect.

Coming of Age

According to records, most coming-of-age ceremonies across the Empire involve the youth exploring their local community. They would also apprentice across several kinds of livelihood before choosing what they would do. Records also show adults could change their occupations throughout their lives. However, some professions like membership to the Priesthoods would require near life-long dedication.

Death and Memorial

Families would bury their dead in family groups. However, the Priesthood of their specific deity (based on their occupation) oversaw the particular burial practices. Presently, the Adrakian gravesites are still in use, as are the traditions of Battle Site graves used in Theydim.

Cities and Architecture

From the ruins of the Last Shrine of Kaygys, the recently uncovered Last Shrine of Kotzuiyrn, and the Last Shrine of Athtica, as well as modern settlements such as Feroian Keep, or Bastadina, stone structures were the only ones to survive to the present day. From those structures, stone was the primary construction material.

Archeologists believe the Empire would, over time, deconstruct and reconstruct settlements to bring about some form of order if they couldn't build up the town from the beginning. Scholars developed the deconstruction-reconstruction theory based on the general absence of pre-Adrakain ruins and the difficulty of determining when anything would be pre-Adrakian.


In many ways, merchants built the Adrakian Empire's internal power. The foundation of their Empire originated with a trade agreement and mutual defense. The Adrakians built the Old Road used to bring the Empire together in commerce. Their language is a significant part of the common trade language's vocabulary and structure.

The Adrakian currency was called the Triad and had three tiers of money to denote value - Gold, Silver, and Copper. The Triad coins remained in use until the Gold Flood.


Folklore and history claim Adrakian smithing to be mysterious and superior to all others. However, a modern blacksmith apprentice can surpass the average Adrakian smith with their practice works. However, some exceptions exist, such as enchanted equipment or specific pieces.


Dragon Treaty Foundation

When the Adrakian Gods were defending their territories individually, they and their subjects were under constant threat from others. It is unknown which settlement started the idea of an alliance between the regions and their respective deities. The only physical evidence is the Adrakian Treaty Site used as the modern-day Neutral Site for international meetings on Soplas.

The Fall of the Adrakian Empire

Many factors are attributed to the fall of the Empire, while some groups would like to claim sole responsibility.

Whether blinded by their ambition, unaware of the situation across Soplas, or overwhelmed by desperate need, the Dragon Gods' war of expansion beyond Soplas weakened the Empire. Every town was sending their quota for the military; over time, it was harder to meet, with little sign of victory or wealth returning.

Over the last centuries of the Empire, most Life Forged were recovering their memories and began opposing the cruelty of their "life"-long servitude as laborers. Combined with the protests, locals struggled against raiders, famine, plagues, and floods until the locals turned to banditry or refused to send their tithes or quotas to the Empire.

Records show how the loss of control was a tense topic of debate between the High Priests and their respective seconds, as each would blame the other for issues across the Empire. It is believed, from the correspondence, the Triad were also blaming priests and each other for the Empire's situation.

Myths and Legends

Among the Cycles for marking time, there are the Lunar Eclipses and the far rarer Triple Lunar Eclipse defy the Cycles measuring time by the rising order of the moons more than their exact position. In Adrakian Mythology, the lunar eclipse was the Dragon-God of that moon defeating their enemies and a cause for celebration. A triple lunar eclipse was a dreadful omen and a celebration for the Adrakian Empire - promising grim wars and eventual victory.

Solar eclipses, however, were an omen of concern for the dragon associated with that particular moon. Legends and folklore claim the last military campaign began with a triple lunar eclipse. Others claim the rebellions became an open military campaign of their own under a triple solar eclipse.


Rifts and Ravines

Across Soplas, particularly Theydim and the Contested Lands, the rifts and ravines date to the end of the Adrakian Empire when and where mages burned out to achieve victory at any cost. Burnouts caused some loss of magical knowledge as it is currently impossible to know what those mages could not pass on to their apprentices if they had any.

Most records of mage burnout come from the collapse of the Adrakian Empire. Cartographers redrew maps multiple times even after the Empire fell to accommodate the natural disasters.

Life Forged and the Forged

The process of converting criminals into Life Forged as punishment was used by the Adrakians until the Life Forged began to remember their lives centuries after their forging. The Empire ended the practice except for some individuals, such as the Former High Priest of Athtica. However, the cultural memory of the Life Forged's creation bled into concerns when the Forged became sentient in the Great Awakening of the Forged Smiths repeating the Empire's mistakes.

Culture Restoration

A rise in academic study in Pre-Adrakain history dug up records of deities who were not the Adrakian Triad of dragons. As the Empire fell, interest in those ruins took over. The Adrakian gods - powerful and long-lived but mortal - were replaced by long-forgotten deities that other mortals could not kill. The Thydian rebels dedicated themselves to restoring their lost culture based on ruins found in the northern part of the collapsing Empire's territory.

However, no amount of archeology can restore the culture of the ancients before the Empire back to life. When the Empire fell, most people lived as usual because they knew no other culture or way of life. While the Adrakian priesthoods collapsed, the people repurposed the less religiously focused structures into the present political systems of governments.


Today, most groups claiming to worship the Adrakian gods are young adults who value shocking their elders or upsetting the more extreme anti-Adrakian groups. In the ending days, only a few select and legitimate cultist individuals and their families were targeted for revenge by more than a few extremist groups.

Scholars have a long-standing feud with the "cultists" due to the frequent vandalization of ruins used for their studies.

Order of Speared Light

The Order of Speared Light is a surviving extremist group that once held expertise in Dragon Hunts until centuries ago with the extinction of Dragons. Supposedly, the Thydian Saint Antral founded them, and they still regard her more than the Thydian Gods.

Naming Traditions

Feminine names

  • Latske
  • Rylak

Masculine names

  • Coryduin
  • Davon

Unisex names

  • Tavik/Tabik

Family names

  • Skarzvard


Gender Ideals

... remaining preserved murals seem to depict a lack of specific gender roles in Adrakian culture - something we've inherited. Don't say that too loudly where the Order can hear us.

- Thydian scholar's correspondence with another

Relationship Ideals

Relationships between individuals who fell under the same god's domain were not discouraged. In general, people were more encouraged to have large families with many skills within their family by marrying people who did not follow the same deity.

- an often contested study
(citation needed)

Cover image: by Lyraine Alei, Midjourney

Adrakian Age / 1A

9000 .2A 2000 .2A

  • 1 Adrakian Era
    Founding of the Empire
    Era beginning/end

    While the official treaty is not a written document, there is a stone monument marking the event of when the Adrakian Triad met and united. the Adrakian Empire would use the date as the beginning of their recorded history, despite the written records of mortals referring to an Empire dating much later.

    According to legend and myth, the Adrakian gods had been each alone and defending themselves and a handful of mortal settlements against outsiders. At first, when each met the other, conflict would break out.

    Through the mortals, however, the dragons were able to begin making peace as mortals would trade amongst each other. The three would meet in an area that was near the middle of their borders and deem the place as acceptable for their negotiations.

    At the time, the Empire was small, and surrounded by others who were jealous of the settlements' divine protection. The Triad agreed to protect the other's territory as many were better than one.

    This would be the first recorded time in Soplas history of any major unification, and would sometime later the event would be used as the official first year of the Adrakian Era.

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  • 3001 1A

    Life Forging as Punishment (Academic Estimation)
    Criminal Activity

    While the records suggest Life Forging predates this estimated date, academics generally settled on this time as being about when the Empire began expanding the crimes they would inflict the process upon.   Most Life Forged were sentenced to the forging as punishment for the unrepentant or irredeemable. The forgers honestly believed the souls they were manipulating into objects were "blank" souls from the process.   The Life Forged had no memories of who they had been, for thousands of years until fragments start returning based on triggers. The process was eventually banned though there is no cure.

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  • 6001 1A

    Life Forging Banned (Academic Estimate)
    Civil action

    Life Forging was used to convert the irredeemable criminals of the Adrakian Empire's society into objects of use. The Life Forged would have no memory and be treated as blank slates, no matter who they were before the Forging.

    Life Forged golems were valuable sources of labor, military force, or bodyguards.

    Swords forged or engraved to house a Life Forged would inherit traits of the former person's self - a mage would grant the sword magical traits that mage had the most mastery over - while also providing an additional voice of advice or espionage.

    However, as centuries passed, the Life Forged would remember who they were, shifting the requirements for sentencing.

    Eventually the practice would be ended with specific exceptions. One of Athtica, the Unfettered Gear's High Priests would be Forged as her divine punishment when his crimes came to light - the Former High Priest had been using Life Forging as a way to remove his political rivals and anyone he deemed as "a waste to society."

    The Former High Priest is still hunted to this day by his victims and was last rumored to be in the World Spine Mountains.

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  • 6945 1A

    7001 1A

    Last War of Adrakian Expansion
    Military: War

    Lyraine is making this a placeholder date due to Cycles being a consideration   Under the victorious omen of a Triple Lunar Eclipse, the Triad began expanding the Adrakian Empire beyond Soplas and into regions of Supercontinent A, across the SoplanOsiaricNameThis Sea to Oshrar.

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  • 7000 1A

    Antral's Rebellion fights Kotzuiyrn and Coryduin
    Military: Battle

    Antral led a rebellion against the dragon gods, claiming they had usurped the power and position of the true gods of the region. As her region was mostly controlled by the Priesthood of Kotzuiyrn, she was mostly rebelling against him more than the other two.   By the final battle she had gathered a force of displeased Life Forged, disgruntled citizens, and disillusioned priests, and marched them into the twin cities of Oestopti and Estopti for her final battle against the Razing.   It is said she personally killed the dragon, supported by her mounting his skull on the wall of what would be repurposed to a temple for the Thydian gods.

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  • 7001 1A

    Finalized Collapse of the Adrakian Empire (Academic Estimate)
    Era beginning/end

    While the Empire had been collapsing for some time before this date, academics and scholars have agreed on this date being close enough to when the last fragments of the Empire collapsed on themselves, and the Empire came to an end.

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9 Sep, 2022 10:23

Well structured article and easy to read through! The end of the empire was quite interesting, especially the link with the omen of the lunar eclipses.

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9 Sep, 2022 13:03

I realized I had set myself up with the lunar eclipses for a chance with a solar eclipse to have some kind of meaning, and was like "Run with it"   I'm glad the article was easy to read through - I tend to write large challenge entries and have been trying very hard to make the readability easier and more engaging so that the reader doesn't get tired and go "Oh my gosh, there is *still* more to this article?!"

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11 Sep, 2022 19:13

1. i really love how this whole article is laid out, the formatting is beautiful and easy to track. 2. under the Draconic Triad, I would move the part about the geography being divided to either another section or its own, it seems a little confusing paired with the religion section 3. kotzuiyrn is actually very similar to my Xilios so twinning! high five 4. are the triad's deaths a major part of their worship? that bit seems a little unconnected 5. does the number three increase the magic? or is it something else that does it and three is just mildly connected? 6. ayyyyy three moons twins! 7. it looks like most of your basis for stone being the main construction material (under cities and arch) is uncovered temples. were temples and regular buildings made of the same materials? 8. the point about deconstruction-reconstruction is really interesting!! 9. again, twins! triple lunar eclipse vibes

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11 Sep, 2022 19:31

1 - Thank you!   2 - Good point, I'll need to detail that the divisions also came from the original settlements of what would become the Empire.   3- Always a fun thing to find similarities   4 - Their deaths are not a part of the religious practices, as mentioned later one in the Cultural Reconstruction section, their deaths were fuel for people looking for "real" gods. Ones who couldn't be killed by mortals. I'll edit to reference that the deaths were at the end of the Empire.   5 - Maybe? Or it gave more opportunities to get the spell cast right as modern mages are more magically powerful than the mages of the ancients.   6 - Ayyyyy, triple moon for the win!   7 - The surviving structures from that era were made of stone. It's possible from the reconstruction and deconstruction that settlements were also built from other materials, but stone was the main one used.   Hope those helped, and thank you for the questions!

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13 Sep, 2022 15:57

(citation needed) - hahahahahaha, I had flashbacks to university.   Really interesting article - I am intrigued to know whether Kaygys is really dead or not. I have my doubts. Citation needed.

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13 Sep, 2022 18:21

I really should use that line in other times I quote academic papers or scholars, but I had also just finished complaining about essay writing on the Discord. As for your doubts, well ... Enjoy them   (citation needed)

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21 Sep, 2022 02:46

It is interesting the empire essentially dissolved from within and the priest couldn't see or stop what was happening.

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21 Sep, 2022 22:37

They may have actually been part of the problem. xD   I am glad you caught that the priests couldn't stop the collapse as well!

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26 Sep, 2022 00:24

Very cool to read about the triad of gods and the culture's value of threes. The added mention of worshiping these old gods as shock value in the younger generation is also super interesting! It'd be very cool to read more about how the culture continues to change after the fall of the empire, if restoration efforts continue.

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26 Sep, 2022 03:35

I found myself listening to a podcast all about the fall of civilizations and how they came to power, so I had a lot of sources for inspiration about what happened after political ruling powers collapsed, and then I was having (far) too much fun playing with the idea of people trying to reconstruct how they had lived before the Empire, and then the Edgy Modern Teenagers (or their species equivalents) thousands of years later.

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5 Mar, 2023 16:15

A lovely insight into the culture and history of these people! Best of luck with the WAWA vote from a fellow competitor :)   P.S: How long has it been since the empire fell? Apologies if I have missed it in the text, but I would love to put this into context for my minds eye!

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5 Mar, 2023 20:58

Thank you! I didn't realize this article made it into its category.   The collapse of the Adrakian Empire is, in many ways, an inciting incident for the "story" of my setting as a whole, so I've been doing a lot of "quiet" worldbuilding and compiling notes to branch off with from this article (which is certain to someday expand because keeping to somewhere around 2500 words was a challenge in itself)   To answer the question of your post script -   The empire collapsed roughly 2000 years before the present date, and was in power for about 7000 years (give or take decades and years for me to figure out the exact number of Cycles and the like). I can see now that I should have put that into the general text instead of assuming people would read the timeline now (at the time of the challenge, timelines and/or chronicles were a part of the challenge, so people would be looking at them or reading them as well)

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28 Aug, 2023 19:08

I love the details of the article. It is thorough.

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1 Sep, 2023 00:41

Thank you! At the time of writing, the word count limit was about 1500 words, so I had to pick and choose what details I've worldbuilt and what details to include. I'm glad you felt it was thorough!

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