From the ancient island of Amu-ton east of the Hesperan sea, the Alturan are the most recent settlers of Skantos. When the future Conqueror of Yultan, Vulmarr the Tenacious, set sail to carve out his kingdom the High Priests of Amu-ton received a vision from the spirit of Bruuvah, guiding them towards the holy mission of settling the new world. Continuing the Igosi legacy of settlement and exploration the Alturan would spread across Skantos in only two generations. The Ay-Ratan--an Alturan phrase most aptly translated into the Common tongue as ‘Priest-King’--Rokan would personally lead this expansion. Of all the great explorers past none had travelled as far and wide as he, his holy fleets sailing from Bru-Al’s Hearth south to Mount Mirith, west beyond Mermaid Bay, and even north to Feyr’s Teeth. Champions of the dual faith, Bru-Al, the Alturans quickly became the spiritual leaders of the new continent. Compared to the first settlers of Skantos, the Igosi, they would prove to be more open and accepting to outsiders of different cultures, and as a result their trading ports are some of the largest and most diverse anywhere in the known world. The Alturan believe themselves to be as noble shepherds, guiding rather than conquering, and their piety has certainly not waned with the passing of time.
The Alturan are dark of skin and hair, and are taller and more lithe than the Igosi and their descendant cultures. Priests can be identified in their shaved heads, and most Alturan men shave their beards. It is common for all Alturan, from warriors to priests to merchants to paint holy designs on their face, especially during religious feast days.
Traditions, Customs, Attire and Cuisine
A pious people above all, many Alturan customs are religious in nature. Compared to the bloodsport of the Yultani or the racing of the Igosi, their pastimes are decidedly less physically competitive. Philosophical and theological debate are common activities, and many Aran-ko--literally translated to common as thought-say, but more aptly translated as thought schools or schools of knowledge--have formed across their settlements. Indeed, just as one would not want to duel a Yultani, amateur philosophers fear debating an Alturan.
However, this has given way to a misconception among the common people of Skantos, that the Alturan are strong of mind but weak of sword. Any who believe this have surely never encountered a Bo-Katan--Justice Bringer. These holy warriors have received visions from Bruuvah, and set out to adventure across Skantos to protect those in need. Scholar Eridel in “Histories of the West” describes them as mage-warriors, using magic and weapons in conjunction to gain an edge in battle. But, like the philosophers of the Aran-ko, the Bo-Kotan prefer to settle a fight with words, as protection is their main drive.
Alturan attire is typically bright and loose fitting, reflecting the warm nature of their homeland, with the men wearing flowing tunics and robes and the women more elaborate dresses known as Su-ka. Even Alturan settlers in the far north will dye their fur cloaks and padded jackets with bright colors, staying true to their tradition. Wealthier men and women will have more elaborate robes and dresses with more expensive dye, the most coveted of which is Lirian gold, imported from across the Hesperan sea.
Their cuisine is considered foreign by the Igosi peoples, and it is known for its liberal use of spices. Kaankaan is a famous dish, which is a variety of spiced fruits and meat served atop kume, a type of rice brought to Skantos by the original Alturan settlers.
The Alturans are most certainly one of the most respected peoples of the new world, as champions of knowledge and faith. Many Karvish nobles employ Alturan philosophers for their counsel, and Alturans are the patrons of the Order of Scholars across Skantos. However, their affinity for and acceptance of holy magic means the Igosi are naturally wary of them, and it is known that Alturan merchants often describe the people of Bru-Al’s Hearth as hostile. Nonetheless, in the short time since their arrival on Skantos, the Alturans have already made a lasting impact on the continent.