The Doom That Came to Sarnath
Kadateron is a group of principalities to the northeast of Ylarnek, the largest of which is the Principality of Kadateron itself. The Kadater do not refer to each other as such unless they are from that principality, but outsiders group them together under the same term. The principalities and city-states of Kadateron fell to the Kings many centuries ago, some by sword and some by marriage and alliance, and so they are considered part of the Old Dominion. The Kadater are regarded as civilized if a bit decadent by the Sarnathi, as they have a great appreciation for culture and the arts, as well as recreational drug use and the drinking of various spirits.
Kadater are the darkest skinned of the Old Dominion, and tend to be tall. Their hair is usually brown with a golden or fiery tint, and their eyes are blue. Long hair is preferred for both men and women, and beards are common among older men.
Most Kadaterons live in villages, and the villages are led by a council of elders, usually the eldest women of the families there. There is a substantial difference in gender roles in Kadateron culture, with men being merchants, warriors, and sailors, and women running government administration and domestic affairs.
Kadaterons have a long and profound tradition of poetry and theater, and there are at least seven annual holidays that draw villages together for productions and theatrical contests – as many as nineteen in some regions. Usually this involves each village presenting a play of about forty minutes length, often involving a chorus, and usually relating to the history of their people and gods. After each play, the audience can throw a polash flower on stage, and the troupe who receives the most is named the winner, and receive crowns of polash flowers, and the entire congregation dances and sings into the night.
Kadaterons come of age at about 12, and choose their valkpayar, or “life name” during this ceremony. After this, they either attend school, for those of some standing and wealth, or are apprenticed and learn a trade, though even those in the latter category are expected to go to temple every Saturday and learn to read, write, and know the basics of arithmetic and local history and geography.
Common Kadateron given names include Chetna, Harshad, Jayita, Tamsi, Oppilon, Orrjit, and Reyansh. Surnames were not used until the past two centuries in Kadater – people were instead referenced by what village they came from. So today’s Kadateron surnames are relatively modern, and as likely as not borrow from Sarnathi, though it is also popular to take names from Kadateron folk-lore and literature.
Kadater cuisine is meat heavy, with hearty stews, often spiced with cardamom, anise, and garlic. They drink tea in the mornings and afternoons, and fruit wine with herbs and spices in the evenings.
Kadater worship the gods of Sarnath. In the old days, their religion centered around the sister-goddesses Touqunteffe and Yunpur, the gods of the dry season and the monsoon. They were killed by the Gauntlet over 500 years ago.