Generally originate from the island nation of Mersba.
Human. Average height of 5’9”, often slim, amber-skinned, hazel or brown eyes, black and dark brown hair.
Linen kilts, gathered shorts, vests, billowed shirts, sandals of leather or woven. Occasional broad belts. Sashed linen dresses, kalasiris, patterned silk or linen collars. Simple light-colored shift-dresses, gauzy shawls. Eyeliner, perfume, red lips, and henna, regardless of gender.
Popular colors: gold, blue, green, red, white and cream are the main base colors.
Often shaved (esp. nobles) or worn chin or shoulder length either untouched or in many small braids or with beads woven or braided in. Side-lock for children, often with a clasp and braided. Head-pieces, like headbands with dangly bits, beaded ribbons or metals and gems. Some also kind of like this: link.
Priests shave/wax their entire body.
Polytheistic, nature based, Alina A and the moon representing two main deities, Alina B representing a dog companion deity, and then various elements represented by deities. As well as constellations, nature, cycles of day and night, plants and animals, concepts like death, etc.
This religion increasingly intermingled with that of Silver and Golden elves, though, namely in ritual and less in deities and actual beliefs.
The more time passes, the more the religion hones in on the three main deities, with other things becoming more like Concepts. Main deities are often animal-headed, dog one is always at least the head of a Tesem dog of not just a talking dog.
There are public temples generally called hawat—ḥwt-nṯr which may be ḥawat-naṯar or may be some other pronunciation entirely.
Traditional Music and Performance
Lots of string instruments, of various types—upright/spike, horizontal, etc. Solo vocals most common. Energetic. Clackers too, and features some chimes, drums and woodwinds especially a double-reeded duduk-like instrument, and includes some drone but not as much as the air elvish music. Some operatic stuff but not like “operas”, probably more live-story telling/theater of some kind. Dancing. I mean, like, most cultures got things like dancing and theater you know, but like, definitely complicated categorization of many kinds of dances. I think solo sing poetry would be a big thing.
The current Mersban language is, in essence, Coptic Egyptian (Sahidic). Maybe older—Hieratic at the oldest, currently.
Given + Surname + sometimes additional pa/matronymics. Example: Imi Mes-en-Atet Mes-en-Bakt Mes-en-A’at, or Djau Ir-en-Kewab.
Ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian. Intricate and beautiful blue, green, gold mosaics and painted columns and beautiful engravings and the like. I don’t think they have pyramids of the famous kind, I think they’re probably very well-made, resplendent and colorful stepped pyramids.
Scented soapy stuff, foot baths. There are public bathhouses to mingle with people, common for groups to bathe outdoors in rivers or lakes. There are some private tub-showers as well, and outhouses. Wash on waking, before and after eating important meals.