Dhalmanite Ethnicity in Symbols of Power | World Anvil


Dhalmain Island by Naelin
The country of Dhalmain is usually regarded as the most technologically advanced nation in the Haan Archipelago. However, there is also a lot to say about the rich and distinctive culture that permeates everything that the inhabitants of the island of Dhalmain create around them.  

The People

The Dhalmanites are compromised of a slight majority of societarians of the feathery type, with the rest of them being waterland silkies. While having a lot of differences in clothing and customs between races, they still maintain a mostly cohesive shared identity. Dhalmanites of both subspecies see each other as equals and working towards goals and technologies that benefit one of the two has not been a reason for division so far.  


Dhalmanites have a simpler gender structure than most of the archipelago, based around reproduction and body structure. People are divided between Women, Men and Neutrals (Minors being called respectively girls, boys and children).
As adoption is extremely widespread in Dhalmain, gender is tied mostly to one's actual interests than to the ability to conceive children. Children are called based on their birth sex and personality, but it is not unusual for them to change to a different set of pronouns and gender identity at some point in their lives.  
Women are usually people born female and intending on reproduction.
Dhalmanite women are expected to dress in more opaque colours and simpler clothes than others, perform better on jobs requiring strength and as teachers and be adaptable.
Men are usually people born male and intending on reproduction.
Dhalmanite men are expected to take great care of their appearance, dressing in flashy colours and accessories, perform better on artistic jobs and highly specialized professions, and be more emotional and aggressive than others.
Neutrals are any people actively intending on having a childless life.
Dhalmanite neutrals are expected to dress in a more formal way than others, and perform better at jobs based on social interaction and sciences and be diplomatic and good with finances.


Popular visual Motifs

Breifel, depicted in the classic Dhalmanite style by Naelin
One of the most characteristic features of the dhalmanite culture is the heavily stylized visual style that they use in drawings, paintings and reliefs:
Creatures and objects are divided by wavy curves and straight lines that follow their natural shapes, forming patterns inside their bodies. Paintings use colours that are either very bright primary colours or strong pastel tones without shading and are usually textured with small dots or lines.


Dhalmanite houses and structures tend to be circular, with domed roofs. They are traditionally painted white with bright blue accents.   Large cities, like Endure, usually end up abandoning the circular structures in favour of blocks of buildings, but they still preserve round shapes on the corners, roofs and any part of the buildings that can stand alone.   The buildings are usually made of stone or wood in the interiors, and covered with a thick layer of clay or hardened mud on the exterior, to keep them cool on the inside.

Common Symbols

Pre-Rust Dhalmanite flag by Naelin
The whole culture of Dhalmain is heavily centered around alzufhars. They are depicted in clothing, adornments, drawings, buildings and were depicted in the country's flag before the the High Rust.   Dhalmanite iconography also includes the Eye And Trail, a symbol of the Autonomism, that can be found in many amulets and as decoration in lots of places.

Popular colour schemes

Dhalmanite art and visual style is filled with vibrant colours.   Blue and White are the most popular and representative of the nation as a whole.
Some places make use of groups of pastel blues and pinks contrasted with pastel oranges and yellows to represent the two major gods of autonomism, Rheshnaghty and Alocardenas.
Besides autonomist representations, though, most dhalmanite art and crafts make use of bright primary colours without gradients.
Flag of Dhalmain by Naelin
Recognised Genders
Republic of Dhalmain
Organization | Jan 1, 2023

Naming Conventions

Dhalmanites name their children at birth and their name remains unchanged through their lives. They are usually composed of a first name or two on occasion, and then a family name inherited from their older parent.
  In direct contrast with their naming of things and creatures, Dhalmanite names are usually short and filled with soft sounds.   Examples of Dhalmanite names:
Lush, Florian, Hecta, Danae, Idramel, Leolaash   Examples of Dhalmanite surnames:
Enis, Ley, Cutu, Salt


The Autonomism

Symbol of Autonomism by Naelin
The dhalmanite cosmology sees the "laws of nature", such as physics or time, to be the children of the original law, the curiosity, represented by the godess Alocardenas. On their creation myth, dhalmanites reccount Alocárdenas birthing the universe through her questions and having her children exponentially create more, until their final creation, The Intention, represented by the god Rheshnaghty, that was born with the first living being, ate her and made all of the universal laws inert.
Rheshnaghty by Naelin
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Alocárdenas by Naelín

Creature Husbandry

The most well known characteristic of the dhalmanite are their incredible talent for creature husbandry.   The dhalmanite have a long and strong tradition of keeping very tight, and very complex pacts with the most important creatures, and of domesticating and selectively breeding tons of simple creatures for resources.   From these traditions were born unique creations like breeds of alzufhar specialized on things like speed, hard work or war, or the profession of hapistier, trainers of the dangerous hapist that use their bird for hunting and fighting.

Cover image: Dhalmain Banner by Naelin


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16 Jan, 2021 21:02

Really nice article - I love the part about the differences between genders, and also the bit about husbandry! :D

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
17 Jan, 2021 12:25

Thank you Emy! The gender section was supposed to be like a sentence long and ended up being that hahahaha