Ornis was made up of disparate tribesmen that primarily lived along its coastal regions during The Scattering. These tribesmen established powerful trading cities at the ports that later became Kalimsport and Crownport. Once established, the sailors grew in power and prestige, laying claims to more interior lands with mercenary armies backed by coastal coins. As the Acheran Empire rose, so did Ornis, declaring itself a nation under its own king shortly before the Acherans arrived.
The Imperial Period
Ornis was actually a young nation-state of its own when conquered by the Acheran Empire. Though known as great sailors and tradesmen, their land forces fell easily to the Imperial legions. Kalimsport was already a rich and prosperous city at this time and its capture was a real boon to the rapidly expanding empire.
The Ornish royals-in-exile later attempted to take advantage of Kalimsport’s importance by laying siege to the city and organizing a sea embargo of the port. The Empire countered by kidnapping and holding for ransom their young king, Gorlas Rowyn. The siege and embargo ended until the King’s release, some twenty years later as the Empire withdrew from Ornis forever.
Ornis was one of the last provinces released by the Acheran Empire, the riches of Kalimsport were simply too plentiful to unhand. Legions occupied that city until the bitter end, leaving once King Gorlas Rowyn was released from his captivity. The King’s first act was to secure the ports along his coast (both Kalimsport and Crownport) so that he could properly fund the rebuilding of his country. Ornis prospered grew rich once again off of its powerful ports.
Ornis maintains binding trade agreements with all of its neighbors that help protect it despite its lack of military prowess. They are known to be shrewd traders and not easily fooled.
Ornis lacks much in natural resources—with the exception of the large port that is maintained by the city of Kalimsport. This, the most prosperous city in the known world, powers the nation’s economy. The rest of the country is very rural and covered in feudal subsistence farming.
*CP = Copper Piece, SP = Silver Piece, GP = Gold Piece, and PP = Platinum Piece
Ornis has a very diverse population, housing the single-most successful trade city in the world in Kalimsport. Further, there is a great deal of Southron influence in the otherwise Midron land due to the long arm of Acheran influences.
Ornish men and women tend to have Midron features, though with darker hair and eyes than their northern brethren.
Common languages spoken in Ornis are Tradespeak, Ornish, Acheran, Yulani, and Kuskar
Most Ornishmen have a given name and a surname (or family name). Some common surnames are: Chenwyth, Grybbin, Lanyon, Pynwarden, Rosewall, Skewes, Trevarrow, Venton, Wyndle, Yew
- Noble houses : Pynrose (royal), Berriman, Gynn, Morcym, Polmyr, Uryen, Voss, Withiel, Cranbarrow
- Male : Alun, Branek, Cador, Caswyn, Colyn, Daveth, Ervyn, Gerens, Jory, Melor, Perryn, Ruan, Seleven, Talyk, Trystan, Uther
- Female : Angelet, Baerlayne, Esyld, Gwynfer, Kerra, Lowenna, Meliora, Nelwyn, Tamsyn
While most of the country worship the Midron pantheon, Mazranism is especially popular in the southern portions of Ornis.
Ornish music is bombastic and pipe heavy, though lively. It is not very popular among non-Ornishmen.
Ornish cuisine is heavily influenced by its proximity to Yulania and Achera, being very savory and relying heavily on spices.
Ornish clothing for men is very practical—breeches, tunics, jerkins, etc. Women tend to wear bodices, blouses, and skirts—if not full dresses. In marked contrast with their Yulanian neighbors, Ornish women do not wear low necklines and backless clothing.