Generally originate from Tsevkaroya.
Human. Average height of 5’3”. Short, stout, dusky, tan or golden skin, dark eyes, thick dark hair.
Fur hats that tie under chin, as well as caps of sheepskin and various other pelts, kind of like aviator helmets that tie under chin, with the fur/wool inside and the leather outside.
Knee-length, floofy skirts kind of like this: link.
Fitted, stiff, intricately embroidered jackets sometimes with fur lining.
Form-fitting ankle long pants, underhose with stirrup feet. Wooden or leather clog-like shoes, cloth or leather boots. Gloves.
Overcoats of wool, kind of peacoat-esque with high collars and cinched-flared waists. Tasseled shawls, scarves, and sashes. Lower-face-masks to keep off cold winter winds.
In summer, a skirt + flowy shirt combo is popular with flower-embroidered broad silk belt or sash around waist, and slippers with hose. If it is unseasonally hot, people get out of their underclothes and go skirt w/ no hose, apron-like undershirt, sandals.
Popular colors: pink, white, red, green, yellow, black.
Long and loose or done in buns or simple loose double-braids, or occasionally braided around the front. Long beards are often braided.
Humanoid God ( Alina A) and St. Yuri ( Alina B) with yellow and red halos. There are public and private wooden shrines and sometimes temples (especially seaside but not always). Incense lit whenever, draped with beautiful cloth and with a picture or statue of St. Yuri in the alcove. Usually cremation.
Traditional Music and Performance
2, sometimes 3 stringed spike fiddle similar to the morin khuur is predominant, a strong energy, various kinds of drums, one of the only traditional upright basses of Karmador (not that there aren’t vertical, stringed, bass-tone instruments but this actually looks somewhat like a bass), a kind of bassoon-esque instrument, some horns, some cymbals/gongs, harpsichord sometimes.
Lots of dancing, round dances, square dances, group dancing with lots of energy, waltzes, etc. Musical theater. This music is not entirely “Russian” sounding (that goes to the Goliath who have a much more Eastern European sound) Tsevkaroyan music has a little bit of Russian sound with a little bit of influence from Chinese and Japanese music in addition, and some sound that would be more French.
Tsevkaroyan is Fantasy Russian. Or possibly Old East Slavic.
Given name + Surname (ending in a for women)
Examples are… just what the D&D 5e player guide had:
- Masc: Bor, Fodel, Glar, Grigor, Igan, Ivor, Kosef, Mival, Orel, Pavel, Sergor;
- Fem: Alethra, Kara, Katernin, Mara, Natali, Olma, Tana, Zora;
- Surnames: Bersk(a), Chernin(a), Dotsk(a), Kulenov(a), Marsk(a), Nemetsk(a), Shemov(a), Starag(a)
Architecture is probably… Traditional Russian wooden architecture, the style with lace trim and pointed roofs, sometimes very small onion domes with spires, wooden slats and siding, etc. Sometimes painted, sometimes plain. Sometimes plaster, with indoors more likely to be pastels and white plaster… Not so many large buildings but things like the Stepanov Bros. cottage in Irkutsk, The Studio at Abramtsevo, Pochozersky Church… Small-scale stuff. There are maybe a couple of larger cathedrals and mansions though.
Banya as well as small bathrooms, and separate rooms for toilets, or outhouses.