The Key of Destiny
For centuries, the people of Solamnia were known for their relationship with the Knights of Solamnia. While some Solamnics would argue, most people not of Solamnia said the people of the region were just extensions of the Knighthood. In many ways, those people were right. Living with the Solamnic Knights instilled much of the knightly honor and way of life into the Solamnic people, making them generally hard working and trustworthy.
They remained as such even through the years of hardship after the Cataclysm, though a bit a cynicism crept into their psyche. Now that their country has been freed from Khellendros and they have united under Emperor Jaymes Markham, the Solamnic people can see great things on the horizon.
The average Solamnic citizen is steadfast, loyal, and hard working. Centuries of living under the rule of the Knights of Solamnia reinforced these traits in most of the population. The Cataclysm left much of the population cynical and bitter, though still good under the surface. In aftermath of the Chaos War, the Solamnic people began to change.
Those who stayed in the north after Khellendros claimed it for his own were forced to live under the rule of the Knights of Neraka. While the Dark Knights treated those who followed the laws fairly, this changed the generation born under their rule in subtle ways. No longer was the virtue of good upheld in their lives, only those of order and subservience. Young adults who grew up in this way are still proud of their nationality, and most have no love for the Dark Knights, but they also don’t automatically cling to the old ways of honor taught by the Solamnic Knights. These people welcomed Shinare into Solamnia and believe in a more practical approach to life.
The people of southern Solamnia changed little in the aftermath of the Chaos War. They clung to the Knights of Solamnia and their views of loyalty and honor. The Knighthood depend on this as they support Jaymes Markham as he drives the army of the half-giant Ankhar out of Solamnia.
Life for many Solamnics is in turmoil. There is war in the southern regions of the country, which has all of Solamnia working to support Emperor Jaymes Markham’s armies of knights. While for some life continues as always, most of Solamnia has a war mindset. Many places also see
the return of some of the families who fled Khellendros for other areas of Ansalon.
For most of Solamnia, the culture of the people and the culture of the Solamnic Knights is the same. Holidays,customs, and naming conventions are all shared between the Knighthood and the people they protect. The Solamnic Knights embody the principles and the culture of the people of Solamnia, for it is said all Knights are sons and daughters of Solamnia. Thus, the Order grows and changes as its members grow and change, sometimes for the worse but usually for the better.
Solamnics are light-skinned people of Ergothian and Kharolian stock, although they are essentially an ethnicity all their own after 1,500 years of independence. Their hair color ranges from black to light brown and occasionally blonde, with redheads more common in the western isles such as Sancrist. Although the Solamnic Knights are famous for their distinctive moustaches, few Solamnic men outside of the Orders affect one.
Associated Class: Noble.
Associated Feats:Honor-Bound, Mounted Combat, Power Attack.
Associated Skill: Diplomacy.
Automatic Languages: Common, Solamnic.
Bonus Languages:Dwarven, Ergot, Goblin, Nerakese, Ogre.
Bonus Equipment: Masterwork lance and heavy warhorse or masterwork longsword and chain shirt.