The nations of Anghir
The nation that inhabits Anghir calls themselves Chyrrkhanril, the northern people. The Chyrrkhans themselves tell stories of their predecessors coming from the South in three waves. They call their ancient homeland south of Bôghir Schadarghir, the land of grandfathers.
When the first wave came to the mouth of Chermaghin, they found small settlements with a small population that the Chyrrkhans called the Teachers. The first Chyrrkhans, the Erighani, and especially the part of them that later parted, the Tighans, learned how to build ships, harvest plants, and basic crafts.
In the time when the second wave of Chyrrkhans arrived in Anghir, the fruitful and forested catchment area of Chermaghin had been already taken, so they began to settle along with the upstream of Birighin. Later they proved to be great miners and blacksmiths who supplied the whole of Anghir with their bronze products.
Oghlar, one of the main characters coming from the tribe of the Tighans, called them Zerilans and their best-known city was Zerach at the Nobi Eragh, the Tin Mountain. These so-called southern Erighani were not as lucky as their earlier coming relatives. They also found indigenous people upon their arrival. Ancient predecessors of the Katawdos. They looked at the newcomers as intruders and soon after the Erighani settled on the upstream of Birighin, skirmishes broke out between the old residents and the newcomers.
The southern Erighani later managed to push the old residents further into the dry
plains at the foothills of the Lion Mountains. The Katawdos, however, has never forgotten the injustice and during their robberies, they have come to the lost homelands for revenge. It is natural that the Erighani have always repaid with the same intensity, thus the hatred between these two nations has grown the more blood has been shed.
The Chyrrkhans of the second wave who had stayed in the grassy plains of the downstream of Birighin later became the core of the tribal union of the western Harghani, the riders, although they acquired this name later after they had attained first horses from their eastern relatives.
They lived for many generations as herdsmen, hunters, and fishermen in their small families around a so-called fireplace, the hrin, which connected up to ten related families.
The eastern Harghani, they call themselves the Sharians in our story, came as the last, the third wave from the South, and all that was left for them were the inhospitable grassy plains and rolling hills of Niri Eraghrin, the Low Hills. It did not take long before they discovered the picturesque, hospitable area surrounding the Blue Lake, Meri Ochir.
The Sharians were the first who brought horses to Anghir which they had found during spying and robbing in the east beyond the pass Shari Kar. It was one of the few places where the Lion Mountains could be passed. These robberies, in particular, were the source of lasting hostility between the Sharians and their eastern neighbors the Orofantari (nomadic tribes of Nogaims called Aim il-shar).
The last, considering their numbers and importance, were the Nomghans – the herdsmen. The Nomghans inhabited the vast, inhospitable, and thus only scarcely populated area of Bôghir. They resided in small, isolated settlements which were a few days of walking distance from each other. That was apparently the reason why the locals had never created a unified tribal union unlike their relatives up in the north. The only consistent population could have been found along Ogghin and then at the foothills of the Mountain Range of Mountain Lions where lived the nation of Adiwans (the Beautiful People) of which was also the Abarhil‘s teacher Súrwan. The vast steppes between the mountains and the shore were deserted as they turned into an endless swampland during the rainy season.
The forests along Brighin were inhabited by the forest people which was a nation of small people whose height rarely exceeded five feet. The Nigans at whose village Abarhil first tried the maghanai was only one of many tribes living in this area.
The Chyrrkhan nations live in free tribal unions led by an elected tribal chief who was the dawigelar. It is not, however, the case of the Nomghans who live in family villages led by the elder man, the shakhilar, and they have not yet progressed to creating the tribal union led by a chief.
It doesn’t apply to the Tighans either, who have always served as a bridge between the tradition and innovation that arrived with the merchant ships. They left the idea of the tribal system and are directly subordinate to the warden named by the king who is called scharughir.
The last thing that is necessary to mention is the Chyrrkhan pantheon.
The Chyrrkhans worship their Gods in sacred groves where they bring sacrifices. In Anghir and Bôghir exists a limited class of priests, the brins, who take care of those groves and lead the initiation ceremonies for young boys and girls during which a plant with intoxicating effects, so-called maghanai, is used.
The greatest god is the lord of the sky, Maghúr, who lives upon Maghrin, the highest mountain of Anghir. His opposite is his brother Drughár, the lord of the underworld. The gate between his world and the world of the immortals is the Drughnor volcano. Maghúr has his grove with each Chyrrkhan tribe.
It may differ for other gods; the one who is essential for one tribe my be easily unknown for another.
The Tighans worship Dargha, the god of sea storms, and his spouse Naiwel who is the goddess of all sailors and favorable winds. Those two are absolutely unknown to the Harghani living inland.
Adeghúr, the messenger of gods and the patron of all wanderers and Yallwel, the worshiped goddess of fertility and harvest are also among the most honored. Her spouse Zerlan, the patron of all craftsmen, is honored in Sirrach and Zerach where he has his only temple in Anghir.
Among the Erighani and Harghani, the goddess of herds and fertility Lónwelghi who is the wife of the wild and feared Astoghár, the god of war and warriors, is honored.
The goddess of forests and baby animals Lónai and her husband Roghár, the lord of forests and patron of hunters are worshiped widely among the Korlans and Nomghans. After all, he is also favored among the Harghani.
The last one who is worth mentioning is Lóben, the god of high mountains, who controls the wind and fog, snowstorms, and is a worshiped god of the Sharians. In other places of Anghir, he is barely known.