Dark Days in Sion
Barossans are largely immigrants from Gallia, invited to settle here by King Barossa (himself a Gallian) after he won the territory from the Emirate of Khorassa in a wager 50 years ago establishing the Kingdom of Barossa. Lots of mixed breeding has occured since between immigrants and the local Akhenatens lending to a diverse features amongst the local populace. Gallian men and women are usually tan-skinned, (though those of true Gallian descent are lighter toned) with blue eyes innordanately common among those carrying Gallian blood. Men stand between 5’8" and 5’10”, and unlike true Gallians they wear their hair long (mostly curly), often growing beards. Women here dress more lavishly then other cultures, and there is less stigma towards women having independent lives. Women here hold positions of authority as government officials and some even serve in the army.
Barossans typically are not as concerend with being well-groomed as other socities, content to leave their hair tangled and their beards bushy. Most men wear airy tunics with their sleeves rolled up and their collars untied. Men spend more money on hauberks, fine leather boots and scabbards for their blades then fine clothes. Women conversely spend more on jewelry and fine perfumes than fine clothes. Barossans are fond of indulging themselves to excess in drink and food, so it is fairly common for Barossans to be overweight.
Barossan culture is highly anti-establishment, being that most of the Gallian immigrants who followed Borassa were far-travelled merchants, sailors and pirates like he was. Men typically dress very much like carefree swashbucklers, even if they may never actually spend any time at sea. They value their freedom and care very little about traditions beyond their own. As such they have a reputation as rowdy trouble-makers among their neighbors.
Barrosans work hard and care a great deal about buying land and establishing businesses that will keep their families prosperous long into the future. As a young kingdom opportunities abound in many enterprises. Barossans are also less aggressive towards the Demihuman and Humanoid races, whom they do not outnumber as greatly as other civilizations, often entering into partnerships with them.
Barossans are hardy warriors who favor weapons of their own design. The Barossan Broadsword is a heavy blade capable of chopping through spears, shields, and even limbs, much easier than either a Cutlass or a Gallian Spatha. They design these swords to be one-edged or two, one-handed or hand-and-a-half, with or without knuckle-guards, yet somehow they all refer to them as the same thing. These broadswords are more common amongst mercenaries and private guards than actual soldiers. (Likely becuase they prefer to have a sword well suited to fight soldiers who are typically equipped with spears and short swords.)
The Barossan army is well trained in formation tactics, similar to the Gallian Legions, but because of their hotter climate they typically outfit with armor that breathes better (usually chain). They prefer to drill in maneuvers that attack in waves which hit and draw back before they tire just as the second wave comes in. Barossans favor shields as well, though tower shields are much rarer here.
The Barossan Crownguard are the Barossan warrior-elite who serve the royal family for life, forbidden to take a wife or live outside the royal keep. Their armor is heavier than a typical soldier, and their training specializes in defensive formations and close-quarters fighting.
Some Barossans follow the Gallian Church of Pentos while others ascribe to the Faithful of Ishvar, two religions that normally do not mix well. As such, a lot of infighting occurs in Barossa regarding religion, but adherants of both faiths are also more tollerant of each other here then they are elsewhere. As a result foreigners often consider Barossans to be more watered-down in their faith.
Common; Verbal and Written. Akhenaten; Verbal and Written. Gallian; Verbal and Written. High Gallian; Verbal and Written. High Gallian is usually only used by elite members of Parliament, as a symbolic and ceremonial language of their Gallian Heritage.