R'unor is a group of isles located in the north of the continent of Nybelmar. R'unor by some is called "the most wretched place in the known world" and by others it is said to have "a bizarrely enchanting beauty about it, the spires of twisted obsidian rising above the black sands and strangely colored rocks along the beaches. The iron gates and black stone are contrasting beautifully with the pale reddish haze that envelops the island."
Picture description. A tranquil scene at a woodland stream in R'unor featuring the gossiper bird. Image drawn by Seeker.
Geography. R'unor consists of a total of
over 20 islands, the largest of which has a land mass that exeds that of most of the
other islands combined. The R'unorian Isles are inhabited by plants and animals
that tend to be as strange and dangerous as they are fascinating and beautiful. The city of
R'unor is actually one giant structure originally built as a military outpost
but no longer serves this function. Directly north-east of the capital city the
Hýlph'xán'ián'krói Mountains (elvish: "gazing longingly at the method
of our destruction") are located, their stony barren slopes generally
avoided by the inhabitants of the city. To the south-east lie the
named for dark coloration of the dusty soil. This area is primarily used for
the farming of Pit Worms. South of here lie
the Grey Mountains, a scarcely inhabited but beautiful range of mountains known
for the reddish grey fog and multicolored crystalline formations, some of which
are hundreds of peds tall. To the east of the Black Plains the Forest
can be found, rumored to have a rather large Troll
population this forest is known especially for the many strange creatures
dwelling there such as Crystal Spiders, R'unorian Blood-Toads and the famous
Government. The government of R'unor is controlled by three seperate (and at times even hostile) groups, namely the Guild of Librarians, the Imperial Court, and the Guards Council.
Culture. The people of R'unor are considerably more cautious, some say even paranoid, than most people in other kingdoms. This is important to note as the few foreigners that do find their way to the island sometimes mistake the attitude of the native R'unorians for xenophobia, although this is completely untrue. In fact the suspicious attitude is considered simply normal caution.
Clothing, general notes. When studying the clothing of the people of R'unor one seems to come across a rather strange aspect of R'unor: While being famous for (among other things) the excellent quality of clothing produced there, nudity is not considered taboo, even though its not exactly a good idea, at least when journeying out of doors, except for the warmer parts of summer. Also as mentioned above the R'unorians are not only known for the quality of their clothing but also the availability of it, as well as things such as violet dye, which, while being rare and expensive in other regions, are surprisingly common in R'unor. It has been noted that an average family in R'unor is dressed as well and lives as comfortably as the wealthier sections of society in other kingdoms.
The R'unorian Coat of Arms drawn by Koldar.
The basic unit of currency in R'unor is the G'url,
iron coin with four tiny diamond fragments set around the center.
See also: the table of R'unorian
Women's Clothing. On non-formal occasions such as simple family gatherings and the like, the R'unorian woman dresses simply in normally dark colored clothing and with surprisingly little jewelry when compared with other cultures. In general such a clothing consist of an ankle length, close fitting dress of relatively heavy material and died either black or a dark violet and a simple leather belt occasionally featuring brass or iron studs along its length. Attached to this belt often hangs a small dagger. During colder times of year a heavy cloak is also worn.
On more formal occasions such as weddings, and certain holidays a woman would traditionally wear a floor length, sleeveless, and heavily embroidered dress with a low cut neckline, a pair of black elbow length gloves and a thin rope like belt upon which, as with the everyday clothing, usually hangs a small dagger. When attending a wedding as a bride the R'unorian woman is traditionally clad in a bright crimson robe and around the left ankle a simple silver anklet is worn on which the name of the person whom she is marrying is engraved.
Men's Clothing. On most non-formal occasions a R'unorian man will be found dressed in a long dark colored robe, normally either black or a dark violet, fastened with a simple leather belt, which occasionally is adorned with brass or iron studs along its length, hanging from this belt normally hangs a small dagger, sometimes tipped with some sort of toxin, in colder weather a heavy cloak is also worn.
On more formal occasions the R'unorian man is traditionally clad in a long, richly adorned robe, fastened at the neck with a large pendent, normally crafted in the shape of a turtle. Around the waist a blood red or bright violet sash, is worn too and in addition the traditional dagger, the latter is not attached to the waist but is located on the inside of the robe, where it can still be reached easily if need be.
Military Clothing. Unlike in other lands a R'unorian soldier is reluctant to wear heavy armor and is unlikely to wear any armor except some extremely light chainmail. Under normal circumstanses the R'unorian military uniform consists of a light, but extremely well made, hooded black cloak and a black mask that covers the chin mouth and nose. The typical dagger is also carried but is combined with a light thin bladed sword which is sometimes coated with some sort of toxin as is the dagger. Other weapons of choice include several different varieties of crossbows, rapiers, light scimitars, long daggers, barbed javelins, etc.
Turtles. The turtle is considered to be an
extremly important animal for those who inhabit the island of R'unor. This is
evident in the fact that the form of a turtle is a common finding in R'unorian
sculpture, painting and architecture. An image of a giant sea turtle is even
found on the R'unorian imperial banner. Although the exact reason for the R'unorian
fascination with turtles has become blured by the centuries it is important to
note that on the third week into summer, the southern beaches of the larger
islans are litteraly covered with turtles laying their eggs. A grand feast is
held in the city of R'unor the day after the last turtle has left.
Technology/Magic. Another important aspect of R'unorian life is the high level of scientific and magical knowledge which is rivaled only by the Aeolian Brownies. R'unorians are particularly well known for there fine clockwork devices and wickedly efficient weaponry. Another fine example of R'unorian ingenuity are the artificial hot-springs found in most of the larger cities. These "springs" are created by using huge iron pipes to transport sea water to large tanks located underground where the water is heated by the hot gases rising from deep underground. The hot water is then moved through a second set of pipes to the surface where it is pored into large pools providing the public with warm water in which people bath and/or socialize. R'unorian magic is also unique in the fact that it tends to be much more practical and less mystical then in other lands. It is viewed and treated much like a science and unlike at other parts of the Sarvonian continent incorporating magical components into mechanical devices is quite common. Important persons involved in R'unorian scientific and magical advancement include the founders of the Great Library, Markus Wormgrower and Lotus The Gray, as well as the famous inventor Gregory Firelance.
Orcs. Another point that one will come across when studying R'unor is that only 40% of the population of R'unor are human, 40% are orcs, and 20% are a mixture of the two. Also the orcs of R'unor are orcs by race alone, meaning that they often behave in the same way the humans do and thus are considered to possess a great deal more intellect than orcs in other regions of the world.