Cultural Cues: None. The Outlanders are designed to be a hodgepodge of various cultures.
Costuming: No specific costuming. Outlanders hail from a dizzying variety of different cultures, and as such often have their own styles. Some outlanders dress in very drab, nondescript clothes; others favor wildly outlandish garb and outrageous accessories.
The Outlands touch most nations – north of Illumin and Bech, south of Culberon and Skjanos, west of Ruvasta. No one has yet made a full survey of all the people who live here, and any who did would soon be frustrated by the variety contained within the borders of the Outlands.
Outlanders are a mish mash of the various peoples who live around them, along with a mix of things from none of the other cultures surrounding them. Outlanders come from a wide range of barbaric territories. Some are little more than savages like the Aswahi; others come from small towns, hamlets, or independent cities that survive far from contact with other kingdoms. Outlanders showcase the wondrous variety of humanity, for every outland village has its own customs, dress, and mores.
OOC Note: The Outlands exist for players who are not content with the standard races and nationalities available. If you have an idea for a culture which is not covered in the Players’ Guide, work with Plot Staff to come up with an Outlands culture which is more to your liking.
Notable Outlands Cultures
Nestled in the rocky parts of the Outlands is the tiny hamlet of New Haven. ‘New’ is indeed an accurate description of this town – most of the buildings are obviously only a few years old. The people who live there are amiable, hospitable and curiously naive regarding human customs in the lands beyond New Haven. Their Alpha is a serious man, but as friendly as the people he leads. Werewolves are rumored to live in the mountains beyond, in the mountains surrounding a troll gold mine.
Hidden high in the mountains, the original inhabitants of Shangri-la fled the tyranny of the Black Water Dragon over Xiao. Though the Black Water Dragon has been deposed for several centuries, Shangri-la nevertheless persists as a place of peace and healing for those seeking to flee the Celestial Bureaucracy. They have managed to retain some of their Xiaoan heritage, though much of it has been slowly lost over the centuries (sometimes due to cultural shifts within Xiao itself – some customs of Shangri-la would be seen as charmingly antiquated by current Xiaoans).