Intasheva Ethnicity in Valtena | World Anvil


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Though long since forgotten, the Intasheva were responsible for creating the largest empire known. Their control spanned the entire continent of Evirs, and they ruled for over a thousand years. As a people, they started rather simply as farmers and hunters. Their control over rich fertile land gave them power, and they began developing larger towns and cities. It wasn't much longer before they started expanding their influence around the area. Cities became territories became an empire. They were especially notable for being the first empire to consist of many different sapient species. They also became great proponents of the arts and knowledge. Eventually, their expansion brought them into contact with the guardian dragon Durgurath, and they learned a great deal from his wisdom. They traded with the dwarves in Akea. Their language, Intawen, became one of the foundational languages for the trade language which still persists to this day. Most words in philosophy had their origins in Intawen, and the names for the primordials are in their language, too. However, after the dragon's death, many died in the subsequent famine, and those who remained escaped to Kos. Their legacy lives on in Otorveia who believe that they are the descendents from the Intasheva. They use the imperial tiger which was originally native to Evirs and believed to be associated with the Intasheva. The people built large monuments and had a fondness for marble and stone. Their primary area of control is now The Great Expanse. Though they valued the military, civil authorities and functions were often given greater social influence. Only men could join the military, but anyone, provided they could receive a sponsor, was allowed to enter the civil service. It was seen as a sign of great intelligence. They were also great architects and artists. They cultivated learning amongst all free people. Worship of the gods was a part of daily life for them, and they were more than happy to ask questions for the sake of learning more. Speakers, when they were born, were forced into the priesthood as that's where they belonged. In daily life, there were strict roles for people in the cities. In rural areas, they were less strict as all members of a family had to pitch together in order to survive. Medicine was also widely studied and practiced. They had access to bronze weapons, but gunpowder hadn't been invented yet.
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