Daruna - The Londari


The Londari are the least numerous and most isolated of the major human races in the Daruna region. They are a very short race with a variety of body types. Londari typically have somewhat broad and flat features, with a negligible brow ridge, obvious epicanthic folds and broad cheek and jaw structure. Their hair is almost always straight and black. Olive to light brown skin tones dominate.

The known Londari population is likely the exposed tip of a much larger group of related peoples native to the regions south of Daruna. Though little is known of the jungles south of Lond (and the Londari's isolationist nature reinforce this lack), those few Darunite and Enkaru traders who have journeyed there report encounters with tribal groups similar in appearance to the Londari.

The Londari Religion

The Londari religion is centered on the worship of the natural spirits of the wilderness that is their home. Much like the Enkaru Religion. As with the Enarku beliefs, there are some parallels between the spirits of the Londari and the primordials of the Daru Pantheon. The general Darunite disdain for primordial worshiping primitives is the major source of tension between the various Darunite kingdoms and the Londari.

The Londari revere Shuul, the living jungle, above all others. Shuul's chief foes in the eyes of the Londari is Ravya, the burning spirit trapped within the heart of the mountain, and Eshya, the shadow that walks beneath the trees. The recent changes in the Londari way of life have also raised new spirits to new heights within Londari belief system: Hetni of the river, Dol of the herds, and the grain goddess Kep.

Shuul is both god and goddess, with the male aspect invoked to bless the hunt, protect travelers, and strengthen the warrior in battle. The female aspect is invoked to insure bountiful harvest from the jungles, find lost children, and protect home and hearth. The Londari sacrifice food, valuables, and living creatures, even slaves and enemies taken in war. Small shrines to various spirits are scattered all across their lands, each bearing an altar covered in the remains of these offerings. Stealing from an altar is one of the worst offenses in Londari culture.

The Londari afterlife is a rather grim affair. Souls of the dead are consumed by Shuul, Eshya or Ravya, becoming part of the whole. The Londari believe the world will eventually face a final apocalyptic battle between Shuul and his/her allies against the combined forces of Eshya and Ravya, with the winner remaking the world in their own image. The Londari believe resurrection is a very dangerous act, since one cannot determine exactly who is returned to life.