Return of the Long Night
Region Lore – Bodlea (Talath’s)
The rolling land if hills and valleys north of the Keyten River is home to a collection of Talath dales, a term referring to the independent valley towns and fame/pasture lands surrounding them.
Reasons why southern lords have no annexed this land are as many as the sheep which graze it. The soil is not as fertile as that in other lands, and has limited agricultural value. Because of the cold winds off the western coast, Bodlea is considerably cooler and sees more ran than the rest of Hæstra. The Talath, while disorganised, are ferocious fighters when defending their homesteads. Another reason, and perhaps the most bizarre, is the superstitious fear among southern forces that the river Keyten (or its spirit, Kellus) will rise up and defend the simple Dale-men.
Bodleans are known for their simple hospitality. Most are outgoing and friendly, ready with general information and harmless gossip. Crime and corruption are minimal. There are virtually no inns in Bodlea except in the cities, but travellers are always welcome to spend the night in a farmstead’s barn.
The most known dales in Bodlea are:
Carlsdale: located in foothills of the Blue Hills, Carlsdale is in an upland vale and is closest of the dales to Danarchis (powerful maritime kingdom that encompasses Bodlea). Largest and wealthiest of the Bodlean villages, Carlsdale has large flocks of sheep and grows corn, wheat and cotton.
Symbol: Three Stars
Millsdale: largest producer of wheat in Bodlea, Millsdale lies near the windy, rock-strewn western coast. Much of the shoreline is rocky cliffs, so the Talath of Millsdale have little to do with the sea.
Symbol: Bundle of Wheat
Highdale: Another upland valley community, Highdale is nestled in the western hills of the Choak Mountains. Somewhat isolated from other dales, Highdalers tend to have a superiority complex. They are sill friendly with other Bodleans, but affect a superior air.
Symbol: A Gryphon
Politics: Each dale is riled by a council of the seven Eldest (male or female).
Craft: Bodleans make rather fine copper and tin implements and thanks to their trade with Danarchis have little reason to pursue ironwork on their won. Their pottery is simple but attractive. There is little trade in raw wool, cotton or linen.
Currency: mostly barter
Language: revealing their Jaimani origin, the Talath of Bodlea all speak Tal, a sophisticated and beautiful language, close to the speech of the Myri of Tanara. This musical, lilting tongue is one of the most complex of the modern languages of Emer.
Worship: The Bodleans recognised the pantheon of Orhan, especially Iloura and Oriana. They are also superstitious and pay homage to a vast array of local and household spirits; for example, those near the Keyten River worship the river spirit, Kellus.