Tales of Legend
The term ‘smallfolk’ refers to humans that don’t live within a particular kingdom. Although they are not a true political force, they do share certain customs and beliefs despite their geographic dispersal. It’s unclear on the origins of the smallfolk, but the most commonly accepted history is that smallfolk are simply those humans in early history who rejected the society of the forming kingdoms. Recently, scholars have discovered evidence that smallfolk instead may be a group of humans from a forgotten empire dating back as far as Antiquity.
Smallfolk derive their name from their small stature. They often have dark brown or black hair with brown eyes and tanned skin. Both men and women wear their hair long and men normally don’t shave. However, smallfolk closer to a human kingdom tend to look more like whichever group of people they’re closest to. Smallfolk wear whatever is most available and easiest to make with both men and women wearing pants and tunics. The materials and colors they use varies greatly depending on the location.
While the geographic distribution of smallfolk makes it difficult to define a particular culture, they all do share similar features. Smallfolk worship Yough and claim that he hasn’t left the plane, but exists in other ways. They normally do make small offerings to other human gods, but only along with a prayer to Yough. They believe that magic is a blessing from Yough to be used only for creation, not harming, protection or even healing. Despite any other group organization, smallfolk settlements have a historian who not only retells the history of the smallfolk, but also legends with specific figures. Smallfolk characters include Haarl, Toulgh, and Gewhurl although which role each character plays varies from place to place. Smallfolk also speak Low Tongue, a language that has conserved the most features from Ancient Tongue. Low Tongue is seldomly written and even when it is, there is no standardization of orthography or even grammar.
Smallfolk is the name for humans that don’t belong to a nation and who aren’t refugees or exiles. Some live on the outskirts of kingdoms, like in between the Tamor Empire and the Gyallor Forest, to the north of the Suzull Kingdom, or in the marshes between the Marsh Kingdoms. Most live in far more remote areas such as the Mauihi Desert or the far side of the Kharkot Mountains. These settlements seldom reach more than 100 inhabitants and usually only some 35 actually make up a hamlet with the rest within a 3 mile radius. Most researchers estimate that there are about 15,000 smallfolk in Katholos.
Smallfolk have a given name from their parents and some smallfolk have a family name. How the family name is determined varies from village to village, but the most common is the father’s family name. Male names often start with h, r, y, f or p and have a, o, and u as common vowels. Female names normally feature m, n, or g and use a, i and e as common vowels. Family names tend to follow the same masculine patterns or they can be professions in Low Tongue.
Example male names: Hofaal, Puray, Fafurl
Example female names: Mimie, Gawe, Nenal
Example family names: Rapforl, Yuhap, Kahraf (Baker), Burokaf (Smith)