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Founding of Ludunor
The first realm the Liméstæn dwelt in was Lùdunor; and it was the fairest land in all the world. Many things grew there: in the West, a great Inland Sea and many rivers irrigated the roots of the mountains, wearing away ancient paths that none should forget, nurturing hidden forests that long ago the Liméstæn walked within. For many years they were prosperous: but then came the great Invasion, and thus was the Downfall of Naktur realized, and the Inland Sea and the other waters of the world rose up in Fyrulosor's Anger and drowned the ancient land of Naktur. Thus was the Great Inland Sea spent.
The Wyvernlords came upon them, and said unto them "Let there be many trees and flowers amongst thy midst; and thou, Fatalithe, and thou also, Tuskurai, shall be sundered from the Midst of the Wyvernlords, and shall be Wyvernlords no longer; and your power shall be that of evil, and it shall be thy place to be beaten and sealed within the lands of Men and Wyverns." And thus were the great forests of Numenrui and the ancient Hillarnge Forest grown and made true; and the ancient spring-place of the Great Inland Sea became the Swamp of Oraduiel.
The First culture to live here was the Wyverns and Wyverians; and from them were sprung the Liméstæn. It is a story told about on The Liméstaen wiki.
For an overview on the culture, see: this section.
Modern Culture/Previous Culture
Their modern culture
The Language is an ancient tongue known only to those who share some blood of them or who have befriended one who does. It is known as Wyvernian. It is a High language, and as such has few grammar rules that differentiate from the Ruling Tongue. It is also very fair, but also very simple and many words are similar: however, because the Limestaen are oriented around what is, and was, and will be, the names of things are typically long, and those names which belong to things of the same classification sound similar.
Wyverns themselves, also known as half-dragons to some, are native to here. There are none left, to any knowledge, save for the Wyvernian Changelings.
The Wyverians also dwelt here once; they removed themselves sometime after the Age of the Warriors. It is presumed that they lead somewhat normal lives, working as merchants and in the smithies of Men.
Humans, too, dwelt with the Liméstaen at one point, and they too removed themselves after the Age of the Warriors. They are the only race to still be very much alive and well across the World.
Their culture is one that could be called a spiritual, rather than a warrior, culture; they are wise, accounted so by many peoples, and they write many books and sing many songs, having indeed a great memory of latter days ere the fouling of the world. For this reason, their culture reveres the elders and the children; adults are held in respect, but only the wisest among them are held in Highest Regard, while the rest are judged by their peers on a case-by-case basis.
They have a polytheistic religion, believing in (but not truly worshipping) 6 gods, 6 goddesses, and 1 Over-Lord; this makes for a total of thirteen. All folk of Wyvernome (but especially The Liméstaen) hold Fyrulosor, the Over-Lord, in the highest regard, for they regard him as the greatest Creator and a lord of all races.
Due to their geography, there are three main divisions of the species in Wyvernhome, and each has a slightly different culture: Stone, Forest, and High. The High Liméstaen are regarded as the wisest, strongest, and most willful Liméstaen folk; for they are the descendants of the First Liméstaen that walked in the World Before.
The High Liméstaen believe in respecting Elders and any folk who display extreme wisdom of any age; and for this reason, once any of the High reach the age of five hundred, they are given a set of roads known as Karadadi in their language; and if any elder of another species is in their care, they dress them in Karadadi-Niur, which is the exact same thing as Karadadi, save for a hood above with a crown of gold.
They are wonderful cooks, having great skill with tastes of all sorts; however, they prefer lighter, less rich tastes, and are great consumers of red wine.
Most High Liméstaen wear robes with a rather close fitting suit of breathable Kurora leather under them; the warriors have a slightly different raiment.
The Liméstaen believe in earning your right to do some things, like participating in the High Court, teaching in schools, or being a leader; however, both genders can do any of these things, and rights are shared across all groups in the Liméstaen: males, females, etc.
When a Liméstaen female is of age (over 18), she is allowed to legally have children in a Liméstaen Safe Home of the Young, where she and her children can, for a while, be cared for by the wisdom of the Elder Folk; however, if her children are had before this, she must fend for herself.
The Liméstæn are not warlike in the least, and avoid conflict except in dire situations; however, they are fierce fighters and do not forgive grudges that drag them forcibly into war for long ages. Because of this, their war history is drenched with blood, and they are not new to war or war tactics--indeed, they are just as modernized in war as we are, having tanks and artillery akin to those used in our World Wars, of which they had little to do with.
Longest and Shortest
Note: these are only listed with actual combat times. Times of simple tension and pre/post-war resentments, anger, and malcontent are not counted.
The longest Liméstæn war was fought between the High Liméstæn and the Wyverians, and was fought after Doragokuni was shut off to normal entry; no assistance could come from men or wyverns outside, and so it lasted unhindered for two hundred years.
The shortest Liméstæn war was the second, with which The Ancient Strife deals. In actual combat and war time, it lasted at most ten years, starting with Olorin's Invasion of coasts and lands near the eastern border of Wyvernhome and ending with his Banishment.
The War of the Liméstæn and Wyvernia - "The War of the Fissure"
Date: Before the First Age (The Time of the Dawn)Details: Long ago, before the First Age, there was a great Strife involving the likes of the Wyvernia (the Wyvern Lords, the Godlike equivalent to this world) and Liméstæn, the latter of which involved by perchance. It is said that the ancient folk, the Wyvernia, created the world; and in it, Evil was strewn due to the treacheries and malcontent of Fatalithe and Tuskurai, poisoning the hearts of those who were weak with dark and cold dreams and temperaments; and though they both were eventually quelled, the evil they sowed remains today. After many years of Settlement, the Wyvernia who were Dark rose up against those of the Light; and they made themselves known and forged great armories. Thereafter a war came about, and the Liméstæn were called upon by their Wyvernia kindred from afar, who beckoned them come henceforth at their need. Those folk obeyed their call, and came at once to the battle, and were called High Liméstæn; they were given the best of the lands. The few who did not come lived in Stone and in Forest, that which they loved best, and though they sent many of their own people, the folk of Rock and Forest did not get the same rewards as those that had answered the high call at once. Thus the first regrets between Liméstæn tribes formed, and thus were the Liméstæn tribes defined: Wood, Stone, and High. High Liméstæn are descended from the lines of those who went forth to that great war; some have memories and nightmares of the fierce, deadly battles. The name "The War of the Fissure" (often shortened to simply "The War of Fissures" and "The Rupture") was coined by historians who trace all possible breaks between the fated Wyveria and the Liméstæn to this event.