Kartian Ethnicity in Symbols of Power | World Anvil


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Island of Karte by Naelin
Heroforge Welkinal
Welkinal by Naelin
The hardy people of Karte occupy the largest island in the Haan Archipelago ranging from the southern end of the Chalk Expanse to a few people on the southernmost end of it, limited on the east side by the massive Kartian mountain range.   Kartians are a relatively homogenous people, more independent economically and culturally from the rest of the islands than the rest of the archipelago.


The people of Karte are almost entirely conformed by scaly societarians, ranging through a large variety of phenotypes, with the highest concentration of snake, crocodilian and skink phenotypes among the scaly populations.
While the furry oligarchy call themselves Kartian, most people in Karte do not consider them part of their ethnicity or cultural heritage.

Genders and social roles

Kartians recognize women, men and neutrals as genders, as they group what other cultures would call "shifting" within the neutral spectrum.

Clothing traditions

Kartians' clothing traditions are a bit different than the standard of most islands, as they adapted clothing to the thick tails of most of their people in an inventive way.   For a traditional outfit, they will first start with a closed shirt or vest.
They will then pass through the tip of their tails to the base a sleeve ending in three sections. A broad one will cover the crotch, and two narrower ones will go around the hips. The three sections will meet and be tied or clasped behind a leather or metal plate, usually decorated with classical Kartian motifs.
Finally, the legs are covered with two sleeves that are tied above the base of the tail, generally to a loop in the tail piece.   Kartian clothing is generally tight to the body and made with elastic, absorbent fabrics.  

Bonding with Ribbons

Kartian people will gift their loved ones narrow strips of colorful special fabric to signify and remind them of the bond they share.
The ribbons are tied around extremities, sometimes several of them on each, as decoration and as an expression of their love for the people in their lives.   Ribbons of special materials or quality are sometimes gifted to give more specific messages, the most common being strips of curated, highly expensive lilac silk being used to represent a permanent bond between lovers.  

Nurturing Rivers

The Kartian believe that their rivers are sentient, and their lives are connected to the reverence of them.
They associate each of their island's rivers with certain pronouns, personalities and qualities, such as fertility, rage, prosperity, strenght, etc.   Each river in the Karte Island is also considered to be the patron of certain kinds of people, such as the Tantalej river being the patron of the merchants, travellers and widows.  

Class and Race struggles

Ararak delivers a speech by Naelin
Karte Flag
Flag of Karte by Naelin
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Naming Conventions
Kartians name their children at birth and their name remains unchanged through their lives.
Their names are usually strong-sounding, making repeated use of "G" and "K" sounds.
Kartians don't use formal surnames, though they may distinguish families or individuals with terms related to their location, such as "from the bridge" or "Red door".   Examples of Kartian Names
Kalimax, Ararak, Texakae, Colmej, Zafiaira, Sidrar, Ali, Atsy, Agni
Kingdom of Karte
Organization | Jan 1, 2023

The easternmost nation of the archipelago, trying to survive in the middle of a raging civil war.

Cover image: Banner Karte by Naelín


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