The Birth of Nomastad

Around the year 1000BTE (Before the Eight) in the region now known as Nomastad, there lived a tribe who called themselves the Ragtha’ar, or Children of the Wolf in Common. The Ragtha’ar were composed of fierce warriors, who gained a reputation for brutality amongst rival clans due to their metallurgical prowess and their incomparable fighting skills. Legend speaks of the first Ragtha’ar raised by Ragtha’am, a female wolf that lived in the caves deep within the Black Mountain. Ragtha’am had not produced a litter in many moons and being an older female in the pack no male would mate with her, so when she found the helpless child she became protective and raised him as her own. She is said to have found him at the foot of the mountain, his body covered in tar, dangling from the mouth of the Stonewolf.

The boy grew large and strong and kept pace with the best of the pack. They hunted deer and goats, and if they wanted a challenge they would hunt centaurs who migrated south for the winter. Their biggest challenge came when a clan of men made their way south from the Astendra Plains, following the migration of beasts. The men were brutish, and the women not much more pleasant, but the winter comes to the fine and the brutish alike. The clan descended into the valley at the foot of the Black Mountain and made their camp having found shelter from the rain and snow in the caves.

The wolves took notice of the camp and forged a plan to attack the men as they slept. Under the cover of night, the pack ripped at the throats of the men who in turn took the lives of half of the pack in a brutal bloodbath, but the man who had not yet been named noticed that he was more man than wolf. He stopped the attack short of killing the entire clan and instead let the women live. He had not found a suitable mate among the wolves but the women of the clan peaked his interest. He could speak little common having heard the centaurs speaking with elves in the past, so he stitched together a phrase as best he could.
“I ragtha’ar, you ragtha’ar now.”

The women understood and were grateful for his apparent mercy. They believed this man to be a spirit or god, since the wolves did as he commanded, so they followed him.

The man fathered many children, as did his children until a stable tribe was formed. The tribe took the name once uttered by their chief many moons before, Ragtha’ar. They continued their cohabitation with the wolves as the chief had done even after his passing, and together they learned to fight and hunt.
In the deepest caves of the Black Mountain molten stone still boiled, and by sheer happenstance the Ragtha’ar discovered that tools and weapons made from the molten stone were much stronger and durable, so they began to forge their weapons using sand and clay to shape them. These weapons gave them an edge over rival tribes and clans, and along with their fighting skills they gained a reputation for brutality and savagery in combat.

As the years went by, the Ragtha’ar progressed quicker than the rest of the people groups on Glavvant. They were protected on one side but the Black Mountain, and on the other by their own ferocity so they were seldom disturbed. In the year 525 BTE, the Ragtha’ar were the first group of people to establish set borders on their lands, and extended protection to neighboring clans to establish a nation.

However, the proud Ragtha’ar did not approve of their tribal title being shared with strange clans and tribes, since no other tribe was as fierce or developed as they were. No other tribe learned to fight with the wolves or cast weapons from lava. So the chief and the council proposed an alternative name for the new nation being formed, Nomastad or place of the nomads in Common. The tribes all agreed to the name, since they had all been nomads and were strangers to the land. Thus the nation of Nomastad, the First Nation of Glavvant, was born.

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