Solmites, like their First Men ancestors, are testaments to Humanity's ingenuity and its eternal quest for excellence. Their dedication to the Human endeavor makes for a people comprised almost entirely of skillful experts and unrivaled masters in their chosen pursuits. Sadly, this passionate pursuit of unparalleled prowess often warps itself into religious fervor and ardent zealotry, creating societies that exalt and even revere Humanity's greatness above all else in an attitude analogous to the Peak Elves of Ravenpeak. Their deep-seated and borderline racist belief in their superiority promotes a culture rife with isolationism and distrustful xenophobia, especially when dealing with non-manfolk sophonts.
Solmite history begins centuries after the First Men arrived in the Jagged Expanse, during the years of explosive growth that saw Humanity's influence stretch across all of Haven. As the First Men spread far and wide, their iron hold over their people began to waver as deviations and divisions rose among Humanity. When Argous and Urlog Ascended and founded the blessed City of Marble, it represented an irreversible divide amongst Humanity. As new gods took root in Haven, the old guard could no longer maintain their absolute rule over Humanity and its worship. Though their Solmite progeny clung to their ancient First Men ancestry, they were no longer slaves to it and developed into a strong and independent people. Honor did not drive them, nor did their survival, but their quest for Human excellence became the cornerstone of their existence. They alone would bring back the glory of Humanity's legendary past, to rise above even the shadowed tales of Godking Awarnach. In this new land, on this strange continent, they vowed to thrive and become the greatest of all sophontic life. This greatness would not be written in myths and fables but would be carved into the very earth and etched into its many peoples' hearts.
Found predominantly in the Solemn Expanse, Solmites live in isolated groups united by a shared past and their desire for success. The resource scarcity and widespread danger present in their home expanse only further enhance the Solmites' near biological drive towards isolationism and fosters their deep distrust towards other sophonts. Their crusade for domination over Haven saw the rise of vast cities, the likes of which the continent had never seen before, which plundered the land and displaced its native peoples. The City of Marble is the greatest of these cities and houses the largest population of Solmites on the continent, as the White Flame's most devoted followers. These Solmites are praised for their ingenuity and zealotry, molded by Telia in Argous' image as his chosen people. Within the safety of the Marble City's walls, the gods foster art and philosophy among the population alongside their zealous and even fanatical faith. For centuries before The Rebirth, these Solmites needlessly slaughtered Beastfolk for sport. They were the chief cause of the Solemn Expanse's ecological collapse before the horror of the Wendigos' Attack and The Rebirth saw them put an end to their horrid traditions and centuries of isolationism.
Meanwhile, at the heart of industry in Seawatch, Solmites traded their religious fervor for a clinical pursuit of scientific progress. A philosophy rooted in an immoral form of mathematics that permits even the most heinous and foul of acts so long as it is in the name of scientific progress or a perceived greater good. This immorality has allowed magical and mundane research to thrive in the city, leading to breakthroughs that allowed for everything from the industrial-production of Blackstone Vestiges to the complex canal works that now cover the areas surrounding The Abyss. Similarly, the Solmite pioneers of Shardholm shed their faiths in favor of a greater common good, founding a city that has become home to the second-largest population of Solmites on Haven. They followed the greatest among them to salvation, holding fast to a strong sense of moral values that unified these Humans beneath their shared burdens and through the interconnected web of relations that bind the Shards as one. The Rebirth has allowed these Solmites to spread Lady Holm's influence over nearly half the Verdant Expanse, creating the sovereign Shardlands.
50 years old, reaching maturity around 16.
5 and a half to just over 6 feet tall.
Solmites traditionally steep their names in ritual and ancestral pride. They adopt or adapt their first names from their parents or grandparents to honor those who came before them. Meanwhile, a Solmite's ancestral name comes from the melding of their father's name with that of their closest First Men ancestor. They create these names by taking the first syllable of their father's name, followed by their ancestor's last syllable. Solmites who do not know their fathers or whose families have not tracked their lineage instead use personalized names starting with the nomenclature De followed by a location picked for its particular individual significance. Many have begun to abandon this archaic naming system for the more straightforward method normally used among the Verdites.