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The Chalan, a fictional hill dwarven culture from a tropical river climate.

The Chal Culture

This culture is called the Chal. Its people are the Chalan, and they are a hill dwarven society.

They speak Chal. Chal is a rhythmic language. It uses an alphabet writing system, with characters composed of angular lines, sharp angles, and dots. The sample phrase "Hello! It is good to see you, friend." in Chal is said "thor! Vor si faththo sazar zhi, zhaðazhchi. "

They originally came from a tropical river region.

Common Names

Male Names

  • Kirior
  • Sathveriun
  • Zevvelayan
  • Ðalayan
  • Fafvaffariun
  • Ðasszaliun
  • Zilior
  • Vilayan
  • Ziayan
  • Kelchoiun

Female Names

  • Zeua
  • Thevalia
  • Virua
  • Ðirli
  • Viðerlia
  • Gizherua
  • Zaðchezzerua
  • Zezhchezhgeua
  • Zezeli
  • Zhilzelua

Family Names

  • Gerkal
  • Gurgil
  • Chirgil
  • Fezfarkal
  • Gergur
  • Filgur
  • Zhezhilðer
  • Tharkargur
  • Vaðfarkir
  • Chefthokir


Buildings have walls made of wattle and daub decorated with strips of metal, and roofs are flat and made of wooden shingles. Doors are made of thin wood and ornately carved. Windows are large and round. For decoration, statues stand outside doorways.


This style of music has a single rhythm with a very slow beat. It is quiet, with simple harmony. It has a complex melody with a high pitch in a minor key. Usually, it has a brilliant timbre.


As the Chalan hail originally from a tropical river region, their clothing style is appropriate for that kind of place. They often wear the following:

Male Clothing

  • long tunic
  • loose breeches
  • sandals
  • belt with a narrow clasp

Female Clothing

  • sleeveless dress
  • thigh-high boots
  • hat with ear flaps
  • layered sash

Common colors include bright blue, pastel yellow, and pastel red. Decoration tends towards knotwork.

For jewelry, some of the following are common:

  • gaudy bone anklets
  • large bone rings adorned with gems
  • brilliant bone bracelets
  • large bone necklaces adorned with gems

Food and Drink

Common main dishes for the Chalan include:

  • salty and sweet raw gibbon brains in long barley noodle soup
  • salty and savory slow-roasted monkey with salt
  • salty and bitter basted muskellunge with salt
  • savory and spicy raw elephant
  • sweet and salty raw pork on long barley noodles

Common desserts include:

  • sweetened crisp
  • sweetened
  • elderberry cake
  • sweetened yogurt

The most common alcoholic beverages are:

  • weak barley beer made with elderberry that's golden
  • weak barley ale made with salt that's foamy
  • strong elderberry wine made with salt that's dark red in color

As far as eating customs go, they have the following:

  • eat communal meals
  • eat with knife


The Chalan have a polytheistic outlook. They gather in temples.


The deities of the Chalan are as follows:


Zaðchezzerua is the goddess of mercy, the sun, and nobility. She is ringed in a firey halo. She is vicious and compassionate. Her holy item is a ring, and her holy symbol is a crown. Zaðchezzerua loves Zilior.


Thezveriun is the god of time, war, and persistence. He is bloody. He is belligerent and enduring. His holy item is a sword, and his holy symbol is a man standing resolute. Thezveriun is the father of Zeiun and is the rival of Chezhsarar.


Chezhsarar is the god of travel and balance. He is filthy. He is careful and insidious. His holy item is a scale, and his holy symbol is a road disappearing into the horizon. Chezhsarar is an ally of Chalior and fights with Thezveriun.


Zilior is the god of sky. He is stout. He is wistful and fae. His holy item is a ring, and his holy symbol is a cloud. Zilior desires Zaðchezzerua, desires Zarðachchioa, and is the rival of Vevzoar.


Ðorvarlia is the goddess of foxes, trade, and light. She is fox-headed. She is cynical and proud. Her holy item is a torch, and her holy symbol is a beams of light coming from the sky. Ðorvarlia fights with Vevzoar.


Farua is the goddess of luck, chaos, and plants. She is handsome. She is unpredictable. Her holy item is a staff, and her holy symbol is an eight-pointed star. Farua is the mother of Falayan.


Falayan is the god of thieves and justice. He is plump. He is fair and cynical. His holy item is a ring, and his holy symbol is a blind woman. Falayan is the child of Ðalayan, is the father of Ðalayan, and is a child of Farua.


Zarðachchioa is the goddess of wisdom. She is frail. She is humble and vengeful. Her holy item is a staff, and her holy symbol is a book and scroll. Zarðachchioa loves Zilior and is the daughter of Zhiszilar.


Zhiszilar is the god of harvests. He is stocky. He is hard-working and humble. His holy item is a scythe, and his holy symbol is a scythe. Zhiszilar is a parent of Zarðachchioa.


Ðalayan is the god of death. He is stout. He is sly and lecherous. His holy item is a scythe, and his holy symbol is a scythe. Ðalayan is the father of Falayan, is child of Falayan, and worries about Zeiun.


Zeiun is the god of good. He is weak. He is clever and tolerant. His holy item is an orb, and his holy symbol is a radiant sun. Zeiun is the child of Thezveriun, is chagrined by Ðalayan, and is the hated foe of Vevzoar.


Vevzoar is the god of evil. He is clean. He is vicious and boisterous. His holy item is a staff, and his holy symbol is an evil eye. Vevzoar fights with Zilior, fights with Ðorvarlia, and wars against Zeiun.


Chalior is the god of fear. He is nebulous. He is lusty. His holy item is an orb, and his holy symbol is a screaming face. Chalior is an ally of Chezhsarar and enjoys the company of Zergazchelli.


Zergazchelli is the goddess of life and darkness. She is haloed. She is lecherous and joyful. Her holy item is a cloak, and her holy symbol is a circle. Zergazchelli enjoys the company of Chalior.