The people of the coastal land of Dhara, full of free-thinkers and philosophers
DescriptionThe people of Dharan have spread from their origins along the coast of the western edge of Zheng-Kitar across much of central and south-western Zheng-Kitar. They have spread from their homeland of Dhara across the surrounding lands, founding countless smaller tribes and other nations such as The Dharan Alliance, The Qushu League of Free Cities, and even contributing to the founding of the Ustanan Concord alongside the Ustanan people.
AppearanceAs they are often found near the coasts or not far inland, Dharans tend towards tanned or fair-skin that is often weathered from extended exposure to coastal climates and the salty sea air - their hair is often darker though lighter colors such as blonde are common as well, and their eyes tend towards lighter colors. Dharans tend to favor loose fitting togas, wrappings, and other breathable garments to allow their bodies access to the cooling air in their otherwise warm and pleasant climates of their homelands. They tend to enjoy rich clothes or fanciful armor that allows them to show off their wealth and stature, but nothing so ludicrous as the fanciful garb of other peoples.
HistoryDharans have traditionally been a people defined by their simple lifestyles, and have only recently formed nations of their own founded on the ideals of allowing every citizens to have a say in their government in response to the oppressive conquests of the Narixians and the other giga-empires to the east. Their history begins as a series of simple, tribal peoples that rallied together in the face of foreign oppression and conquest, intent on preserving their free and simple ways of life, and founded alliances, city-states, and nations that allowed them to fight back against their more imperialistic oppressors.
CultureDharans as a culture put great emphasis on intellectualism, democracy, and free-thinking. They are a people of burning curiosity who enjoy the finer intellectual things in life, and have developed many of the more recent novel concepts to grace the world - democracy included. The notion of allowing each citizen to have a say in their government traces its roots back to Dhara, where the great Dharan Philosophers created the notion of elections and people-driven government. Dharans enjoy the finer luxuries of life, and are a people not well inclined towards war - their expertise instead lies with crafting, brewing, and winemaking as well as shipbuilding - Dharan Grapes and Wineries produce the finest wines to ever grace the continent, and Dharan ships are some of the most desirable in the world. Their culture, thusly, is one that prefers to work with its hands and create rather than war and destroy - and while they do maintain legions of warriors, they are not as inclined towards violence or conflict as others would be. They tend to be viewed as 'a thinking, refined people' and one not well-suited to the horrors of war, but they have endured well enough in the centuries since their founding. They instead prefer to prepare themselves for conflict and ready themselves for it rather than seek it out, and Dharans in both the Dharan Alliance and the Qushu League and beyond tend to prefer building up their defenses and navies and armies - after all, the great Dharan Philosophers first coined the phrase 'Work towards peace, but plan for war', as well as the Dharan Motto of 'One voice speaking for many is a tyranny; Many voices speaking for themselves is freedom'.