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Mysia: Center of the World
« on: February 21, 2005, 02:02:58 PM »
Mysia:
Center of the World

There was a great confusion then in the halls and homes of the people of Aggheron, and many rushed away in chaos from these places, and were overtaken by demons or by warrior gods; Aggheron was slain, and his son Agera became the lord of them.
Agera led them away from that place, and their hardship was great. Many of that band were overtaken, or fled, or were lost, and some took down their houses and made boats and sailed on the Sea of Death, and were not ever again seen.
Agera took his people to the shore, where dwelt the people of Calaton, and Caraton, and Allgghethon, and Boradatha, and Casitha, and many others; these the God Atron had called to the shore.
They dwelt on the shore for seven years, and in this time, Agera died, and his son, Mysa, lifted up and became lord among them. The God Atron put his mark upon Mysa, and all the people saw him as blessed.
But when the Sea of Death came nigh, and many demons were seen in the darkness, Mysa went unto them and said:
"People, the Sea of Death is nigh. Let us take down our houses and the trees upon the people's lands and make boats."
And it was done. But when they did make to disembark from the shore, with the God Atron as their guide, the people of the other lords faltered, and drew back, and were afraid.
But the people of Mysa followed him bravely, and without hesitation. That is why they are called the Mysathoi, Those Faithful to Mysa.
-The Golden Book of Mysa


In Mysia, it is said, that long ago, before the Bloody Age and the Great Fear, and before the Assembly of Warrior Gods, the Agera came to the shore of Ageratos, fleeing across the chill Sea of Death in patched longships and lashed rafts clattering with ice, sails stiff with rime and spars creaking with rot, and at their head came Mysa and his sun-haired warriors, to lead them into a new land.
The Mysians claim that they are the descendants of these golden-haired ones, and their greatest hero is Mysa. Their name for themselves is Mysathoi, which in their tongue means "those faithful to Mysa". They are also called the People of Mysa, the People of the Center, and the Golden Folk.
Mysians are the possessors of a long tradition history, and theirs is one of the most ancient kingdoms in all of Ageratos. They are a philosophical and artistic people, and are known throughout Ageratos for their intelligence. It seems that the melancholy of the Ancients has infected their civilization as well, like an ancient king's curse- Mysians, especially those of the cities, are prone to melancholy and introspection.
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Mysia: Center of the World
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2005, 09:33:35 PM »
Phenotypes of the Mysians

Golden Mysians
Golden Mysians make up the majority of the Mysian population. Genetically, they remain, for the most part, the race that they were when Mysa led them into Ageratos.
They are tall, with men being 5'9"-6'5" (175-196 cm) and women slightly smaller at 5'2"-5'11" (157-180 cm), and their builds are slender and long-limbed. They usually are willowy rather than muscular, and most do not have wide shoulders or hips.
They have a medium-tan skin tone, with a tendency towards bronzing instead of burning.
They have dolicocephalic heads with long, straight noses, expressive lips, and fine, diamond-shaped faces.
Their hair can be anywhere from a brownish-blonde to a hot yellow-gold to a downy, whitish blonde which grows straight, though at longer lengths it curls heavily. They have green or hazel eyes.
The Tytoni and Alocimi tribesfolk of the Heartland Plains and Ballia are generally called Golden Mysians, though their faces differ at times.

Red Mysians
In the northern areas of Mysia, especially in the regions of the Sun's Path Mountains, there dwell the more ethnically-dissimilar Red Mysians.
Red Mysians have a similar stature, but they have a tendency towards more wide-hipped, wide-shouldered frames as opposed to slender ones, and their hair is typically bronze-red in color. They have more rounded noses and round faces.
The Red Mysians also include the Myso-Carmanians who dwell in the Rose Hills on the border between Mysian and Carmania.
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A Mysian War-Song
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2005, 09:43:42 PM »
It is common among Mysian soldiers to sing on the march and on the eve of battle, though in the heat of it they are deadly silent. Here is an example of a Mysian war-song, with footnotes.

When The Mysathoi Men Go To War
"When the Mysathoi men go to war
All flee before them
All flee before them
Fear causes thee to fall*
Fear compels flight

When the Mysathoi men go to war
They bind their hair in battle-braid
They bind their hair in battle-braid
No more silken robes
Instead brave naked flesh**
And skin of steel on chest

When the Mysathoi men go to war
Carry glimmering swords
Carry glimmering swords
Long hard endangering spears
Bows with arrows so bloodthirsty
Fearful-faced shields

When the Mysathoi men go to war
Enemy, feel fear
Enemy, feel fear
Mysathoi swords flash your blood
Mysathoi feet grind your land like grain
Mysathoi spears stab like serpent striking

When the Mysathoi men go to war
All flee before them
All flee before them
Fear causes thee to fall
Fear compels flight."

*The original word is tuphoisinia, meaning "to compel to fall away/off", thus, a better translation might be "Fear compels thee to collapse".
**This stanza refers to actual Mysian practices; in most cases, Mysian warriors pull their hair in a single braid behind their head, as well as going naked except for a strip of cloth containing the genitals and a breastplate.
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