Ithica

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Ithacians: (Ith {rhymes with ‘if’}- A- cans)
Region: A hot, wet region with long canals, replacing the many rivers that flow into the sea. The long coastlines are rocky and have frequent sand bars, preventing many larger ships from landing directly on the coast. Ithacian ships have adapted, with wide, flat bottoms to allow for crossing from the sea into the many rivers. Rain is frequent along the coast, and the many of the canals were built to channel the heavy rain safely in order to prevent erosion. Grasslands and wheat fields cover much of the land in-between the city-states, from the Bay of Light to the southern side of the Golden Coast.
Further inland, rich soil grows heavy fat fruits and dry grapes. High mountains, capped with snow, blow cooling winds in the winter. Below them, light pine trees dot the hinterlands, becoming thick forests at the roots of the mountains. Here in the western inlands, away from the Golden Coast, the cities become fewer and less grand. Ruins from the old Empire are frequent, along with bandits and small clutches of people claiming freedom from any of the princes.

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Description: Physically very small, and speaking a heavily Greek dialect. Their hair tends to be darker in color and wavy to curly.
Language: Ithish (High Imperial) Old Ithish

Names:
Male – _ Alberto, Alfredo, Carlos, Cecillo, Dante, Emillio, Francesco, Giuseppe, Luigi, Uberto_
Female – Adriana, Bianca, Carmela, Daniela, Francesca, Isabella, Lorenza, Marella, Rosetta, Violetta

Clothing Styles: They tend to favor raised platform shoes and baggy shorts. The nobility will wear long pants and soft shoes as a distinct class distinction. Waistcoats are extremely popular among all classes.

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Notable Trade products: Oils, Olives, Figs, Mushrooms, Fish, Crustaceans (crawfish specifically), swine, octopus, and citrus fruits.

Politics: The majority of this region is not one single political entity, but rather several city-states, each one with its own internal politics, goals, and motives. Instead of a king, Ithacian cities have a prince, whom is master of that city. The various families have gained support when/where/how they can. Some have built strong ties to religious institutions, while others have fostered universities/magic colleges. In-fighting between cities is common, and were it not for the reliance on inter-city trade for continued prosperity, the nation itself may not exist.

Notable Groups:
The Vaceli (Va-Chel-lee) Family – The most powerful family on the Golden Peninsula. They have members that span nearly every key position in the city of Ithal. Dozens of other positions have been either been bought off or are sympathetic to the family.

The Great Academy of Ith – For nearly 300 years since the greatness of the Kingdom of Ith, the Great Academy has been the highest beacon of culture, art, music, and magical studies in the world. Even with the decline of the Empire, the Great Academy still attracts students and scholars from most of the major cities across the realm.

The Bloody Hand – A collective of killers, assassins and spies that make their home in Rem. Several of the minor families, as well as the Vaceli family itself, have paid massive sums to The Bloody Hand. They do operate across foreign borders and for independent merchants. They do not have any political goals, but most claim some religious affiliation with a dark god called the Father of Whispers.

The Macano Family – The major trade family that controls the city of Paloma. They are one of the wealthier families in the world, and own nearly a quarter of all the ships that sail along the Golden Coast. They have considerable influence in other cities, most notably in Sofinia’s nearest major port of Teice. One of their major sources of income has been not only owning ships, but also underwriting ship carters.

The Southern Golden Church – A papal religious order that controls the twin cities of the south. While several other cities have churches and even one or two cathedrals within their walls, the pontiff has the only sure control over the twin cities. Despite this, the church boasts thousands of followers, all of whom pay tithes to the Paci’s Basilica. The Church is centered on the belief in Zor; other members of the primary faith are accepted, but are deemed inferior.

The Paloma Counting House – These officials are commonly called the Green Men, for the green cloth that is worn as a sash over the shoulder and the matching cloth laid down on any table where business is done. The Macano family owes much to the way how the counting house does business. One of the key roles that the counting house has is minting coins. With one of the few standardized stamps for weight and measurement, a Paloma Mark is the standard in coins. This reputation has resulted chiefly from years of reliability and fair deals. The phrase “Good as a Paloma” is similarly equated to the phrase “Good as Gold”.

Ithica

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