Jalan: Mysteries of the Haunted World
The Shorekeeper superculture initially formed along the foggy shorelines beneath the Starwall mountain range where they subsisted off of the bounty of the sea and the rivers that came to join it. As their societies thrived, they ascended the mountains and carved out fiefdoms where the most powerful lived above the fog, and their followers lived further below, with the masses left at their ancestral shores. Others spread along the river banks, piercing the mountains to move further inland into lush valleys and, even further, barren deserts and harsh scrublands.
The Shorekeepers are experts at harvesting from the sea, from fish to whales to kelp and coral, and have created a wide variety of harpoons, nets, traps, and even diving equipment. From the mountains, they find shelter from storms, waves, and floods, as well as precious minerals, building materials, and herd animals. The wet forests are filled with small game, but also a wide variety of felines which the Shorekeepers have domesticated and bred as guardians, companions, and even steeds, though the latter are rare and precious – and cost a prodigious amount of whale meat to keep. Some clans have gone so far as to tame large seals and even walruses as aquatic steeds. In more arid inland areas, they keep domesticated herd animals. Due to relatively poor soil, they rely on gathering fungi and wild plants on land, and harvesting vast fields of seaweed from the water to fill out their diets.
Most Shorekeepers wear scarves, decorative and functional pieces which show their family, clan, or personal history. This tradition stems from generations of carrying nets, scarves, and shawls to deal with the different environments they have spread to, and eventually evolved beyond simple utility. They are known for their favored weapons, a polearm adapted from both a harpoon and a shepherd’s crook, which is useful for tripping, pinning, and dragging targets from a distance, and a bladed pick-axe, useful for climbing, cutting meat, and chopping wood and plants. The Shorekeeper’s tend toward a duality in behavior and dress, sticking to muted, functional clothing and quiet focus when out in the elements, but being loud, flashy, and cheerful when indoors or otherwise away from the working environment. Their hair is usually straight and black or very dark brown, and their skin is usually fair from lack of sun, but can adopt a reddish or coppery tone when they live beyond the mists. Their eyes are a bright green, light brown, or ice blue, and tend to change based on stress or diet.
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