Dark Days in Sion
Gallian men and women are usually tan-skinned, with varying hair and eye color. Men stand about 5’10”, and traditionally wear their hair short, growing bears usually only in old age. Women here dress more lavishly then other cultures, and there is less stigma towards women having independent lives. Marriages in Gallia are often more like a business arrangement then elsewhere. However, those Gallians who’ve adopted the faith of the Gallian Church of Pentos, have a less then kind opinion of those who are less concerned about the sanctity of marriage.
Gallians have long prospered through trade and victories on the battlefield. Their excellence in architecture, political infrastructure and fine arts are second to none. But ever since the Church of Pentos took root here a rift has slowly begun to form between the classical-minded senate conservatives, and the religious minded citizen reformers. The Gallian Church of Pentos fought a great holy war against the Chivalan Church of Pentos to better legitimize itself. 1,000 years later, they are nearly at the point of superseding the senate itself. Many Gallians would prefer their great republic became a theocracy.
Common; Verbal and Written. High Gallian; Verbal and Written. High Gallian is usually only used by the senate, as a symbolic and ceremonial language of their past. Many Gallians also learn Parcean as a trade language.
Ancient History – 3,500 years ago
Ancient Gallian tribes grouped together for protection establishing settlements. They were the first to build defensive walls, and the first to build with stone, earning an early reputation as master builders. The need for efficient infrastructure and communication between the Gallian settlements led to early use of coinage, a written language and a sophisticated government.
Age of the Senate – 2,500 years ago
At this time, the social and political order of many of the city states were disturbed by oligarchs turned tyrant. They set up dictatorships, raised armies and attacked other city states to expand their influence. A rising distaste for tyrants and oligarchies led to ideas about democracy. It was suggested that rather than competing with each other, the city states should cooperate as equals, each represented by a senator.
The seat of this new senate was the city of Acropolis, placed in a neutral location at the center of Gallia. By the end of this period, the power of the oligarchs was reduced and those of elected senators increased. However, the influence of the oligarchs behind the scenes did not diminish.
The spread of the Church of Pentos into Gallia was resisted by the senate, but welcomed by the people. After a few centuries, the religion was wholly adopted by the Gallians but they elected their own patriarch, creating the Gallian Church of Pentos.
Age of the Great Republic – 1,500 years ago
By this time, Gallia was known as The Great Republic controlling the largest empire on Sion, with large territories in Mgorongoro and Akhenaten. Their relationship with the Chivalan became uneasy because of increased competition for trade rights to those lands, and bad blood forming between the two patriarchs of the Church of Pentos. Tensions also rose with the Caishian over land rights.
The Holy War – 1,000 years ago
Tensions between the two sects of the Church of Pentos finally boiled over into war.