Real World Parallels: Austrian/Bravarian sensibilities, with slight germanic and norse undertones.
One of the northern Kingdoms, Yilgarde is a densely forested land where ancient song echoes through the black forests, tinged ever so slightly by a tone of fear. It is a domain of darkened woods blanketing a region of rocky upland terrain Northeast of the Rovani Spine. The forests are dark and treacherous here, from the thorny undergrowth to the fierce wolves that stalk moss covered ridges. The wilderness is far from lonely, however, as the baritone voices of lumberjacks at work float over the hills, often at odds with the falsetto of elven insurgents. The realm’s mighty forests are slowly shrinking as the fertile land is cleared for agriculture, setting the stage for a conflict between elves and humans. Buildings in Yilgarde are massive log and plaster lodges with broad facades and towering thatch roofs. Rows of narrow windows, and bold wooden carvings adorn otherwise plain structures.
Cheerful and boistrous, Yilgardians share the woods with elves whose songs have rung throughout the ancient woods for as long as any can remember. It has escalated to guerilla warfare as many of the younger elves are fed up with human expansion.
The humans tend toward thick, stocky builds with broad shoulders and wide hips. Men grow their hair to a medium length, generally to just above the shoulder. Women wear their hair
long, with younger women frequently braiding their locks. Most men wear thick, drooping mustaches, though beards are common only among younger men.
Yilgardians settled into the dark woods centuries ago, retreating from the Laugaulan empire. Their culture is recorded in song, and their day to day work is usually accompanied by music- which is very important to them. In fact, the only thing more important than their music would be their beer, and brewing. Their seclusion has left them at odds with the rest of the world, and non humans in particular.
Widebrimmed hats are popular with men, particularly among woodsmen and travelers. Yilgardians dress in deliberately drab clothing and dark leathers; to stand out is to draw the attention of the Igdrasitael arrows. Earthen colors are common, with men favoring tunics and breeches and women blouses and long skirts.
Elves here are thin and pale with short pointed ears and vulpine features. Their eyes are shades of yellow and their hair is kept long. Most often it comes in shades of brown. For clothing, they favor earth tones with colorful accents. They wear loose pants, and scarves or bandanas to cover their heads.
Ancient and wise, they are healers and masters of herbs. But more than that, they have always avoided conflict, and have watched over their woods since the Abandonment. When humans first settled in the area, they hid themselves away, retreating further into the forest, becoming almost myth in their seclusion.
Like cats, young elves are curious. A few emerged from the darkened woods to live among humans but were met with racism. This caused an entire generation of young elves to start attacking trade routes, furious at the humans for their treatment and for destroying the moss covered wood they call home. These young elves call themselves the Igdrasitael.
The older elves are dismayed, and work hard to convince the severely outnumbered Igdrasitael to stop fighting, but the human response has only escalated the violence to new, horrific levels.
Mostly comprised of elves, the Igdrasitael are a group of angry non-humans looking to fight back against Human expansion. Their name means ‘squirrel’ in Yilgardian, and for good reason. They are known for their ability to disappear into the trees after violent, unpredictable raids.
A small host of dwarven expatriots from Brudjiga that act as mercenaries for Yilgarde. Needless to say, they are not fond of elves.