The romans are town and city dwellers, and consider themselves culturally superior to the Vikings.. Their farms use slave labor totally, while the romans manage the workers. For their part, the Vikings see the Romans as soft, and doomed to extinction, if the ice advances to cover the southern lands. The Roman Empire once dominated the southern continent, with its city states. Decadence, hereditary madness in the Imperial family, and the destruction of the heart of Rome, the city, during the Dragon War may have put an end to the great empire. Althought really it has just shifter control to the Senate and is allowing them to try to grow new city states on the Northern continent. The Roman military is waiting to see the outcome between the imperil family and the Senate. But they too would like to get a foothold in the Northern continent. Roman mages have a Magocracy that rule the mages in all city-states. Song magic is considered backward, a throwback to less civilized times. The romans are not very pious, and individuals generally pick and choose the deity that promises the most benefit to their current endeavor. Roman fashions vary immensely by city-state. Whereas the nobles of the Magocracy favor colored robes and leather shoes, for instance, the citizens of Aspiria prefer woolen shirts, heavy linen trousers, and knee-high boots. Roman average 5’ 6” and have darker skin than the other human cultures. Their hair is dark brown or black, and their eyes are usually green or brown.
Names: (Male) Argius, Bron, Bovert, Delbaeth, Emeric, Gaidon, Garth, Howel, Patris, Rochad, Serin, Thosa; (Female) Aife, Armide, Branwen, Elianor, Emer, Liaze, Lusiane, Tangwenn Ursanne.
Traditionally, Roman surnames are formed by taking the father’s name and adding ap-, such as Gobert ap-Patris. “Ap” simply means “child of.” This practice is slowly falling out of favor, especially in the towns and cities. More folk are adopting their trade as a surname (Smith, Tailor, Weaver), or simply throwing together letters to make completely new names.
The vikings are clannish folk, primarily living in small farmsteads and villages, though a number of vikings towns exist. Most such towns are the political head of the territory with a Jarl in command, and thus house the court, or trading centers. Even before the Blizzard War, the vikings preferred this existence. Steads house entire extended families, sometimes numbering as many as 70 souls, and are protected by stout wooden fences, making them into mini-forted villages. Their culture is based on oaths of friendship and loyalty and the principal of hospitality, the latter extending even to enemies so long as they obey the age old customs and laws governing hospitality. viking mages prefer song magic above all others. Those who do study elementalism prefer earth magic, and many never advance beyond that single element. Of the many gods worshipped, Odin and Thor are most favored. Viking men favor loose woolen tunics and leather trousers. Boots are worn high, strapped to the leg with cord to provide a snug ? Women wear long wool dresses fastened at the shoulder with ornate clasps. Cloaks are common among both sexes. Vikings average just under 6 feet in height and have brown or blonde hair, blue or light green eyes, and pale skin. Men grow moustaches and beards, though unlike dwarves there is no social bias to these, and wear their hair long.
Names: (Male) Agdi, Cynric, Edwin, Gautrek, Leofric, Penda, Runolf, Seaxwulf, Skuli, Wiglaf; (Female) Aalfwynn, Eadgifu, Gytha, Isgerrd, Skjalf, Thorgerd, Wulfwynn, Yrsa. For surnames, Saxa add the suf?xes -sunu (“son”) or sdohtor (“daughter”) to their father’s name. For instance Cynric son of Odwin is known as Cynric Odwinsunu.