Magnificent were their great sculptures and temples, but what fascinated me were the people themselves. While their creations were boastful and spoke of heroism and romance, they themselves were quite humble and friendly. I went there expecting utter asses, but upon encountering them, I was quite pleasantly surprised.
The Ambrelians (Ambrelic: elaterienati) are a Sottalta
people who inhabit the tip of the Tellaiti
subcontinent and the lands around lake Amber
. The majority of them live within the borders of the Empire of Pallernia
, but there are also a fair few of them who've moved to Athe
. Ambrelians are most known for being the people of Abrea
, a young woman who ascended to divinity and gave birth to Abreanism
Devout and patriotic are two traits that perfectly describe the average Ambrelian. Their deep connection with the holy lake and Abreanism has them to take religious matters with utmost importance. The rest of the world has recognised their importance and adopted their language as the official sacred tongue of all Abrea worshippers. Because of its use as a religious language, Ambrelic
also became used as a common tongue used by secular leaders, diplomats and merchants.
As the people responsible for the creation of the original form of Abreanism (now known as Orthodox Abreanism
), the Ambrelians have stayed faithful to their older branch of the faith. Those who have converted have preferred to go over to Hillenism
instead of the newer Baglamism
. They have said that they prefer the faith devoted to following the teaching of a fellow Ambrelian such as Gilei Hillen
instead of a mysterious foreigner like Baglam
The Symbol of Orthodox Abreanism by Mihkel Rand
Those who have resisted the winds of change in favour of what they believe to be Abrea's original teachings, dismiss Hillenism as the corrupted interpretation of a devout Abreanist's lessons. In their hearts, they trust in the purity of Hillen, claiming that if he were still alive, he would consider himself an Orthodox Abreanist.
Little is known of what the Ambrelias believed in before the ascension of their goddess. There's evidence that suggests that a few of the older Kirevassati
were first used for the worship of something or someone else, but those could have also just been nondescript buildings that were repurposed as temples.
Following the rise of the Baglamist Kingdom of Enlitica, thousands of Orthodox Abreanists of Ambrelian origin made the journey to the new country in the hope that they could live free of persecution. They went there with the hope of a peaceful and tolerant future where they wouldn't have to worry about the government nor the rest of society ridiculing them for their beliefs.
To the disappointment of them all, the reality of the situation hadn't lived up to the hype. The Baglamists were at times even more hateful towards them, and no one particularly cared about the Ambrelians' excellent reputation and renown for being the people of the goddess. By moving abroad, they had lost most of their old privileges that they hadn't even realised that they had.
Over the passage of years, many of those who had moved to Enlitica embraced the state religion and assimilated into the greater society as best they could. However, the stubborn resilience of the Ambrelians has yet to be broken in its entirety and thousands still speak their mother tongue and practice the Orthodox ways in the Baglamist state.
Before their incorporation into the Kingdom of Pallernia, the Ambrelians were the masters of their own destiny as the leaders of a powerful realm known as the United Provinces of the Tellaiti
. Their nation formed after the Kireseria
refused the Hillenists ultimatum to become their Alstiseria
, resulting in the Abreanist schism. The different Orthodox Ambrelian tribes united to defend their religion from the growing threat of heresy.
Other than uniting the tip of their subcontinent and all of their people under the same flag, the United Provinces didn't do much else. They were content to stay in their corner of the world and to trade with others, but that may have led to their downfall in the end. As they lived peaceful lives, their neighbouring tribes were forming into powerful feudal states. Ultimately one such country, the Kingdom of Pallernia under the guidance of House Pentiwichen
, had set their sights on the Tellaiti lands.