The Cerzi
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The Cerzi are a migratory Elven culture, without a country to call home, but wandering through many lands, building permanent structures along waypoints which they travel through according to weather, hunting, farming, a want for change, or just on whims. They speak a mutually intelligible form of Elvic called Cerzic, but generally know many other languages as well depending on where they travel (see languages)


Most "tribes" (more like travelling towns, and not all members choose to travel together indefinitely) are anarchic and independent, with various people farming, hunting, fishing or foraging as they see fit. Food and other commodities are often shared, however, and most "tribes" are something like a very large group of close friends, able to be independent, but willing and happy to help each other out. These cooperative tribes wander through swathes of Mesia, Atorra and the Southern Fiefdoms, sometimes with questionable legality, but generally helpful and peaceful.

To describe a Cerzi culture would be misleading: the most consistent element of Cerzi culture is their heterogeny. Highly favouring individual freedoms, they generally have little in the way of old traditions, and grow unique habits in each tribe, each family, and each person. However, even here, many tribes follow some degrees of old faiths and ancient elven practices. Cerzic shamans exist that are not so different from modern Mesiani priests, and most waypoint temples resemble Mesiani architecture.

Even the most common attitude of self-reliance is filtered through in many different ways. Most tribes, it could be said, hunt game to feed all of their tribe, with spear and atlatl, or hunting bow. Others hunt by family, or even per-person. Many are hunter-gatherers, taking fruit and plant with deer and fish. But others yet only forage, and eat not the flesh of animals. Some tribes even farm, and move on after the harvest.

However, with all these differences, there are overarching similarities:
A general disregard for legal code and conduct (though not necessarily a disregard for moral conduct)
A nomadic lifestyle, moving here to there and often leaving no trace of their passing
A respect for and knowledge of nature and the natural order on some level
A good sense of wilderness survival in a variety of landscapes

One other common ground to be noted: for whatever reasons, most Cerzi (with few notable exceptions) are quite open and protective of the Druidi, where most Elven civilizations shun or ignore them.


Most Cerzi wear practical clothing suited for the climates they travel in. Frills are generally left to personal taste or tribe custom. Some elements of elven tradition seem ingrained, such as the rectangular tabard or shawl with an opening for the head, worn by most traditional elven cultures. Among the cerzi they do vary more, often taking a wider base and arm coverings for shedding water.

Shoes tend to vary on environmental context as well, but many Cerzi go barefoot, or wear light sandals or wraps.

Some tribes dress in Druidi fashion, with tight clothes and plant motifs. A few tribes dress in the manner of the area they travel through.

Hairstyles vary considerably: there is no truly definitive Cerzi hairstyle. However, mohawks and braids are common, as well as practical close cropped or shaved heads. Facial hair is likewise.

Weapon styles tend to be simple and practical, or of traditional Elven or Druidi design. Some tribes take weapons of the countries they travel through. Most tribes make their own. For instance, many swords tend to be large cleaver types that can be used for a variety of tasks outside of battle, such as cutting through jungle growth or butchering meat; most bows are really made to hunt deer and birds, not men.

Armour is almost invariably light and comfortable, for the sake of travel. Cloth, wood and bamboo are used frequently. Some more traditional tribes wear masks in old Elven style, made of wood or metal with a band to secure it on the head, although as armour its use is more ornamental than practical as it does little to cushion a blow.