Land of Gods and Roses[/u]
They took the Golden Man, and bound him according to the prescribed methods of Shamas, and set him kneeling before the lake.
Then, Shamas took up the great curved sword of sacrafices, and raised it high above his head, to cleave in the back the Golden Man.
"Oh great God Amalias, who is venerated on high and on low, I will give you this sacrafice, as you have commanded."
But then Amalias came to them on the shores of the lake, and in the form of a great white ram, with golden horns, and upon his head, a crown of fire, and that is the shape of Feroheras, Amalias the Thunderer.
Amalias said in a voice like thunder:
"I am Amalias, your God, who upon the Earth bore thee, and in great wisdom led thee away from the Dying Land, escaping the Sea of Death. I say to thee- do not slay the Golden Man, for thou hast proven to me, Shamas, son of Tamas, that thou art faithful in me, and that thou shalt not falter in doing my deeds. For this, I name you Shamas Carmasamal, Shamas the Rose Lord, and you shall be lord over all the lands where the roses grow."
And behold, for there upon the shores of the lake grew great fields of roses, twining amongst the forest and the grass, and overgoing the marsh.
And Shamas went forth among the roses with his people, and there was rejoicing, and feasting for many days, and they proclaimed that Shamas Carmasamal was their lord.
-'The Exaltation of Shamas', from the Second Discussion of Amalias
Called the Rose People, the Sons of Shamas, and, when they aren't listening, the Goat Worshippers, the Carmanians are the pious people of Carmania, the misty and marshy land that borders the Sea of Esh-Eir. Pious to an extreme, they are devoted to their god, Amalias, and his many facets, and view the entire world through a lens of faith. Their entire society is based upon their religion.
The Rose People are descended of Shamas, the mighty Lord of Roses, blessed of Amalias, and they venerate his memory as near a minor god.
Carmanians are known to be extremely pious and industrious. Many are very charitable and good-hearted. But their piety also blinds their eyes to many things that others see clearly, and they take a dim view of worshippers of other gods.