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==Overview==
 
==Overview==
{{CaptionedImage|file=WinterLanterns.jpg|align=left|width=325}} As a nation, the [[Wintermark|Winterfolk]] are expert craftsmen, who take immense pride in their work and treat complex runic sigil-work as a necessary part of every piece they make.  They are perfectionists, who value quality over mass production.  
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The Wintermark look is rugged and practical but strives to express the wearer's individuality. Each of the three traditions - [[Kallavesi]], [[Steinr]], and [[Suaq]] - has their own style of dress and way of expressing this unique personality. Sometimes minor elements of one tradition's style will be used by another, especially where a character has embraced an [[archetype]] more often associated with a different tradition (for example, the [[Wintermark_magical_traditions#Runesmiths|runesmith]] magical path is strongly associated with the Steinr, and Suaq or Kallavesi  magicians who embrace it often include elements of a more Steinr style in their day-to-day garb). Regardless of these accents, it is generally a matter of pride for the people of Wintermark to demonstrate the style of their chosen tradition as strongly as possible.
  
Winterfolk art tends to be intricate and detailed. Stone, metal and wood are carved with  
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Winterfolk art tends to be intricate and detailed. Stone, metal and wood are carved with [[runes]], so crafters can show off their skills. The people of Wintermark use bright scarlet for things like banners because they can be seen for miles through snow and atop mountainsides.
runes, and often painted, coloured or enamelled, so craftsmen can show off their skills.  
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The people of the Wintemark use bright scarlet for things like banners, because they
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==General Breakdown==
can be seen for miles through snow and atop mountainsides. Runes feature heavily in  
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'''Feel:''' Iron, hard, firm, strong, unmoving, earnest, well-crafted, perfectionist (Steinr), practical (Suaq), dreamer (Kallavesi), individual, heroic.<br><br>
decoration.
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The look of Wintermark is much more varied than that of some other nations due to the presence of the three traditions. Regardless of which tradition someone follows, however, certain traditional elements remain widespread through the entire nation. The differences between the three traditions are expressed in the way they add to and adorn this basic style.
  
The Winterfolk are a blend of three subcultures, each with a unique style.
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The traditional costume for Winterfolk of any tradition is either a thigh-length tunic of linen or wool worn over trousers, or a close-fitting dress. In case, trousers are close fitting, often with wrappings ankle to knee.
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The Viking apron dress exists but is considered slightly old fashioned.
  
==Suaq==
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On the battlefield, Winterfolk favour heavy, layered armour with thick leather plates over chain. Only the Steinr make extensive use of shields, generally favouring round shields. Tear-drop shaped kite shields are also popular and provide an acceptable alternative to those who desire more full-body protection. Suaq and Kallavesi warriors tend to eschew shields altogether in favour of two-handed weapons, especially bows (for the Suaq) and spears (for the Kallavesi).
===Influences===
 
Think of Lapp reindeer herders and Inuit. Independent scounts and hunters
 
  
===Materials===
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Weapons vary by tradition and individual choice, but are usually marked with [[runes]]. It is also common for Winterfolk - especially those of the Kallavesi tradition - to incorporate bird imagery into their day-to-day garb as [[Wintermark_culture_and_customs#Birds_and_feathers|birds hold a special place]] in Wintermark culture.
Furs and hides, ivory, Scrimshaw carved bone items.
 
===Colours===
 
Light, washed out tones of cream, ivory, taupe, pale grey
 
===Clothing===
 
A long tight coat of animal skin (skin side out, fur side in) emblazoned
 
with drawings and symbols of powerful creatures. In warmer climates the coat is  
 
exchanged for lighter versions of leather, linen or canvas.
 
  
===Armour===
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''Also see [[Wintermark Costumes]] and [[Wintermark Culture and Customs#Icons and Artistry|Wintermark Icons and Artistry]].''
Primarily heavy furs that offer protection against the cold.
 
===Shields===
 
Uncommon, but possibly leather stretched over wood
 
===Weapons===
 
Hunting weapons, bows, spears, staves for crossing treacherous ice.
 
  
==Steinr==
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==Kallavesi==
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* '''Influences:''' The Kallavesi tradition draws on images from Finland, the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalevala Kalevala], and the Crannogmen from ''Game of Thrones''. As bog-dwelling shamans, their look is heavily informed by their [[mystic]] customs.
===Influences===
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* '''Materials:''' Homespun checked wool, linen, fur, leather, wood and wicker, polished semi-precious stones.
Rohirrim, Tolkien’s Dwarves, Beowulf (2005), Saxons, Skyrim, the Starks of Game of Thrones
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* '''Colours:''' Greys, duns, moss, smoke, with occasional bright flashes of colour. Dark feathers, especially black feathers.
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Kallavesi clothing consists of the standard Wintermark thigh-length tunic over tight trousers. Garments use drab colours that would not stand out against the bogs of the [[Kallavesa]] marshlands, and the fabrics used tend to be heavier and coarser than those used by Suaq or Steinr. Their clothing often includes a heavy cloak of wool or fur, often with a hood, designed to offer protection from the elements.
  
===Materials===
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Feathers are a common decoration, especially the feathers of crows and ravens. The Kallavesi are even more likely than the typical Winterfolk to work feathers, avian bones, and bird imagery into their dress, in preference to runes or totem animals. Fur - with the fur side facing out - is commonly used as an embellishment.
Metals, furs, leather, stone, woollen cloth, richer fabrics may be appropriate for high status Thanes.
 
  
===Colours===
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The Kallavesi are a tradition rooted in deep mysticism, and it is very common for even the most prosaic among them to wear personal totems, fetishes, and amulets with spiritual or magical significance. Masks are very common, usually depicting a favoured totem animal especially a bird.
Dark shades of green, blue, red and brown, also dark metals – iron, coppers,
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===Kallavesi Warriors===
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Kallavesi warriors favour leather and fur armour (both [[Weapons_%26_armour#Light_Armour|light]] and [[Weapons_%26_armour#Medium_Armour|medium]]). When they want [[Weapons_%26_armour#Heavy_Armour|heavier armour]], they favour leather or fur over mail. As with their clothing, armour is commonly decorated with feathers and beads. An animal headdress is sometimes worn as a helmet, sometimes in addition to more traditional head protection.
  
===Clothing===
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For weapons Kallavesi favour axes (especially [[Weapons_%26_armour#Polearms|long axes]]), staves, and fishing spears (often two-handed spears). Many carry an all-purpose gutting knife as a practical tool and for dispatching fallen opponents.  
Plain coloured woollen thigh length tunics, slim (not fitted) trousers, often with
 
wrappings ankle to knee. Women wear the same or a close fitting dress. Viking
 
apron dress exists but is considered very old fashioned. Higher status people
 
have more decoration at the neck and hemlines.
 
  
===Armour===
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Kallavesi warriors rarely make use of shields. When they do they favour small wicker bucklers over the bulkier round- or tear-drop shields favoured by the Steinr.
Heavy, layered armour (chain with tooled heavy leather armour worn over it), intricately
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===Shields===
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===Kallavesi Images===
Ideally tear-drop shaped kite shields, round shields are a good alternative.
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This gallery  contains images of Kallavesi characters taken from Empire events.
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===Weapons===
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==Steinr==
Long swords, spears, Dane axes - heavy and practical, decorated with runes
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* '''Influences:''' Saxons, Rohirrim, Tolkien’s Dwarves, Beowulf (2005), the Nords of Skyrim.
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* '''Materials:''' Metals, furs, leather, stone, woollen cloth; richer fabrics may be appropriate for high status Thanes.
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* '''Colours:''' Dark shades of green, blue, red and brown, also dark metals – iron, coppers, bronze.
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As with the other traditions, the Steinr favour a thigh-length tunic over tight trousers. While still remaining practical, Steinr clothing is designed to show off the owner’s wealth. It may be dyed a bright colour (espcially bold reds), be intricately embroidered or have decorated hems in a contrasting colour or material. Steinr tunics may be layered to show off hems that are decorated with a contrasting fabric or braid. [http://www.imdb.com/media/rm4255154176/ch0000155 Theoden’s costume from Lord of the Rings] shows the sort of outfit a wealthy or powerful Steinr might wear to display their prosperity - the tunic is made from a rich, intricately embroidered fabric.
  
==Kallavesi==
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Steinr enjoy wearing jewellery as another way to display their prosperity, with torcs and cloak pins being very popular. Silver and bronze are as popular as gold when it comes to Steinr jewellery - it is often the fine craftsmanship that attracts a Steinr rather than the monetary value of a piece.
===Influences===
 
Finland, Kallevala, the Crannogmen from Game of Thrones. Bog-dwelling shamans.
 
  
===Materials===
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Almost anything a Steinr owns might be inscribed, embroidered, or painted with one or more [[runes]]. The Steinr consider themselves the originator of the magical runes, and even the most prosaic is likely to trace or evoke one to aid them in a certain task.
Wooden items, woven basketwork, leathers, rough woven woollens, linens, polished stones
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===Steinr Warriors===
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The Steinr have a strong warrior culture, and the Rohirrim from ''Lord of the Rings'' epitomise the look of their warriors. Armour is usually layered, with leather (or less commonly plate) worn over mail. The armour is often intricately tooled and embellished, again proudly displaying the wealth of the wearer. Conformity and uniformity are considered slightly distasteful by many Steinr - each considers themselves a heroic champion of their people and displays this individuality through their weapons and armour.
  
===Colours===
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On the battlefield Steinr favour long swords, spears (both [[Weapons_%26_armour#One-handed_Spear|one-]] and [[Weapons_%26_armour#Polearms|two-handed]]), and [[Weapons_%26_armour#Great_weapons|Dane axes]]. Their weapons are heavy and practical, and as with everything else almost invariably decorated with runes.
Greys, duns, moss, smoke, occcasional bright flashes of colour, dark feathers
 
===Clothing===
 
Heavy cloaks decorated with feathers, bones, animal skins and furs worn over
 
typical Wintermark tunics in rougher woven fabrics.
 
  
===Armour===
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When fighting with a one-handed weapon, the Steinr favour round shields, although tear-drop shaped kite shields are not uncommon.
Light leathers and furs
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===Shields===
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Rare, but possibly small wicker bucklers
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===Weapons===
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{{CaptionedImage|file=WintermarkChangeling.jpg|width=250}}
They carry axes, staves, fishing spears and gutting knives.
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==Feel==
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===Steinr Images===
Iron, hard, firm, strong, unmoving, earnest, craftsman, perfectionist, pragmatic (Steinr and Suaq), dreamer (Kallavesi), individual
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{{CaptionedImage|file=Wintermark-3184.jpg|width=225|title=Armour by Idiom Productions, Horse Shield by Skian Mhor}}
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==Icons and important Images==
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==Suaq==
Runes. (The Wintermark runes system is currently under development by PD.)
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* '''Influences:''' Think of Sami reindeer herders and Inuit; independent scouts and hunters.
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* '''Materials:''' Furs and hides, ivory, scrimshaw carved bone items.
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* '''Colours:''' Light, washed out tones of cream, ivory, taupe, pale grey.
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In addition to the thigh-length tunic, a Suaq commonly wears a heavy coat - an iconic piece of clothing for this tradition. These heavy coats protect them against the cold and the elements, and have become a symbol of their independence and self-reliance. Commonly made of reindeer and seal skin, they are turned fur side in for warmth. Ideally, the heavy fur coats are richly decorated with important symbols — designs of totem animals and symbols of enemies a warrior has killed are common as are the ubiquitous [[Wintermark_culture_and_customs#Birds_and_feathers|bird]] images and [[runes]] common to all Winterfolk.  
  
Birds are important, as are their feathers. Designs of birds are common as personal emblems, and as devices on a Thane's banner. The Kallavesi in particular make extensive use of feathers.
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While the traditional coat is heavy leather and fur-lined, in warmer climates, the coats may be lighter leather. In the imperial heartland in summer, sensible Suaq may choose to wear linen or canvas versions.
  
The Three Tears is the national symbol, usually shown on a brilliant red background.
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Jewelry is not unknown but tends to be more discreet than that favoured by the Steinr or even the Kallavesi. Shiny metal attracts attention and is often seen as at odds with the Suaq's role as hunters. Rather than metal torcs, rings, or bangles Suaq favour more natural materials - intricately tooled leather bracers, ivory or bone ornaments, feathers, and painted or engraved beads.
 
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The Winterfolk prefer bright colourful banners that can be seen well from a distance. A banner is a glorious shout or a challenge to the enemies of the Winterfolk, rather than a logistical aid to coordinate troop movements. Anyone on the battlefield that does not have a banner is treated with some suspicion, the implication being that they might wish to leave the battlefield without being seen. No true warrior skulks about.
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Stringed instruments are traditional in Wintermark, meant to be played while the user sings or recites poetry, but trade with the Empire has made other instruments popular. Perversely only cheap or simple instruments are rune-marked, with traditional runic marks being kept for covers and bags in which the instruments are stored. It is claimed this is because the magic of the runes subtly interferes with the magic of the instrument. See [[Wintermark Music]].
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===Suaq Warriors===
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Like the Kallavesi, Suaq warriors prefer leather armour for general use, and don mail shirts when they need heavier (and more restrictive) protection. As with their coats, Suaq paint their armour with symbolic designs of animals.
  
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Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Suaq favour traditional hunting weapons. They are the Winterfolk who make the most use of [[Weapons_%26_armour#Bows|bows]], and they favour both [[Weapons_%26_armour#One-handed_Spear|one-]] and [[Weapons_%26_armour#Polearms|two-handed]]) spears in melee. Some also make use of staves, which serve the dual purpose of being weapons and aiding in crossing treacherous ice or snow.
===Steinr Warriors===
 
The Rohirrim in Lord of the Rings epitomise the Steinr warriors. Layered armour, leather or
 
less commonplace plate over mail, but with the armour intricately tooled and embellished. The armour shown
 
bottom right is made by Idiom Productions.
 
  
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It is uncommon for a Suaq to carry a shield, but when they do they favour leather stretched over wood frames or practical round wooden shields.
 
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===Suaq Images===
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===Suaq & KallavesI WarrIors===
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==Icons and Artistry==
Kallavesi and Suaq warriors wear fur over mail or simply leather or fur by itself. The Kallavesi decorate their armour with feathers and beads while the Suaq paint their armour with symbolic designs of animals.
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There are no official or standard symbols for the Wintermark virtuous birds. Individual craftsmen are free to create their own sigils to reflect the virtue of a bird they are depicting. However you are welcome to use the beautiful designs created by Susan Cook which are available as [http://www.profounddecisions.co.uk/resources/downloads/birds.ai a vector file] or as [http://www.profounddecisions.co.uk/resources/downloads/birds.pdf a .pdf].
  
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==Wintermark Magicians==
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Each of the three traditions has their own [[Wintermark magical traditions|magical heritage]]. Any Wintermark magician might embrace any one of these paths, but they tend to be drawn towards the approach that matches their tradition. Where they follow a different path, they often combine elements of their tradition and their magical approach to create a unique look.
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<br><br>'''Runesmith'''<br>
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[[Wintermark_magical_traditions#Runesmiths|Runesmiths]] are a predominantly Steinr tradition. Even more so than other Winterfolk characters, their possessions will be marked with the powerful magical runes that are the focus of their study.
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<br><br>'''Mystic'''<br>
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[[Mystic|Mystics]] are primarily drawn from the Kallavesi tradition. Most supplement their tradition's iconic costume with an animal headdress decorated with feathers and fur.
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<br><br>'''Icewalker'''<br>
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The Suaq make up the majority of the savy [[Wintermark_magical_traditions#Icewalkers|icewalkers]]. They wear clothing appropriate to their tradition but supplemented with jewellery and amulets. Unlike runesmiths, their magical accoutrements are more likely to be adorned with stylised animals or symbols of a person nature with only a scattering of runes. Non-Suaq Icewalkers may adopt the Suaq tradition of painting animal totems on their mage armour or clothing.
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Steinr tunics may be layered to show off hems that are decorated with a constrasting fabric or braid.
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In general, priests of Wintermark dress like the people they live alongside and counsel.
Theoden’s costume from Lord of the Rings shows the sort of outfit a wealthy and powerful Thane,
 
might wear to display their prosperity - the tunic is made from a rich fabric that is intricately
 
embroidered.
 
  
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Those who embrace the path of the [[Wintermark Religious Beliefs|stormcrow]] wear a traditional ragged, heavy cloak and a costume adorned with tatters of material and fetishes. Even stormcrows who are not of the Kallavesi tradition are likely to incorporate some elements of the mystic look into their costume - especially when it comes to feathers and ceremonial masks.
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==Wintermark Children==
Kallavesi clothing is the standard Wintermark tunic over trousers, often in a rougher woven fabric and embellished with furs and feathers.
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Children generally dress in the same style as their parents, at least until they are old enough to express a preference for one tradition or another. Even before they have passed their Citizenship tests, some Winterfolk children feel drawn enough to a tradition that differs from that of their parents to favour dressing as if they were already a member.
The Kallavesi wear furs with the fur side out.
 
The Stormcrow mystic wears the traditional ragged but heavy cloak and a  
 
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The heavy coats of the Suaq protect them against
 
the cold. Reindeer and seal skins are turned fur side
 
in for warmth. Ideally the heavy fur coats should
 
be richly decorated with important symbols —
 
designs of animals and enemies the warrior has killed.
 
In warmer climates the coats may be leather and in the
 
imperial heartland in summer they may chose to wear linen or canvas versions
 
 
 
The brown fur shaman costume is made by Denise
 
Piggin.
 
 
 
 
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Kallavesi Shamans are practiced seers and mystics. Most supplement the normal Kallavesi dress with an animal headdress decorated with
 
feathers and fur.
 
 
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==Images to avoid==
 
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An LRP setting is defined as much by what you leave out as by what you include. In defining the Wintermark look we have actively chosen to exclude some elements. Please do not use any of the images or looks seen in this section. In particular please note that the Winterfolk were inspired by Saxons rather than Vikings and the setting does not include longships and the associated imagery.
 
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The ideal Wintermark trousers are tight, not baggy. The more Viking or Rus style hero pants are perfect for Varushka. It's perfectly acceptable to wear hero pants in Wintermark, it is simply that they are more suited to [[Varushka]].</span3>
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<span3>===Avoid: Thor’s hammer===
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Thor’s Hammers have become as evocative and iconic as a crucifix. They are irrevocably associated with Thor, a deity who does not exist in the Empire game setting, so please avoid this specific piece of jewellery.</span3>
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The Steinr draw their inspiration from traditional Saxon imagery as well as the Rohirrim, rather than the Vikings. In particular horned helmets, like the one shown, are completely inappropriate for the nation.</span4>
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{{Wintermark Links}}
==Images to avoid - DO NOT USE THESE==
 
A LRP setting is defined as much by what you leave out as by what you include. In defining the Wintermark look we have actively chosen to exclude some elements. Please do not use any of the images or looks seen in this section.
 
 
 
* Inappropriate Viking imagery such as longships and Thors hammers
 
* Horned helmets
 
* Celtic knotwork
 
* Baggy 'hero' pants
 
 
 
 
 
===Thor’s Hammer - DO NOT USE THESE===
 
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Thor’s Hammers have become as evocative
 
and iconic as a crucifix. They are irrevocably associated with Thor, a deity which does not
 
exist in the Empire game setting, so please avoid this specific piece of jewellery.
 
 
 
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Latest revision as of 09:54, 27 May 2022

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Most halls in Wintermark have members from all three traditions.

Overview

The Wintermark look is rugged and practical but strives to express the wearer's individuality. Each of the three traditions - Kallavesi, Steinr, and Suaq - has their own style of dress and way of expressing this unique personality. Sometimes minor elements of one tradition's style will be used by another, especially where a character has embraced an archetype more often associated with a different tradition (for example, the runesmith magical path is strongly associated with the Steinr, and Suaq or Kallavesi magicians who embrace it often include elements of a more Steinr style in their day-to-day garb). Regardless of these accents, it is generally a matter of pride for the people of Wintermark to demonstrate the style of their chosen tradition as strongly as possible.

Winterfolk art tends to be intricate and detailed. Stone, metal and wood are carved with runes, so crafters can show off their skills. The people of Wintermark use bright scarlet for things like banners because they can be seen for miles through snow and atop mountainsides.

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Wintermark Warriors of all traditions value thick leather armour, often worn over chain.

General Breakdown

Feel: Iron, hard, firm, strong, unmoving, earnest, well-crafted, perfectionist (Steinr), practical (Suaq), dreamer (Kallavesi), individual, heroic.

The look of Wintermark is much more varied than that of some other nations due to the presence of the three traditions. Regardless of which tradition someone follows, however, certain traditional elements remain widespread through the entire nation. The differences between the three traditions are expressed in the way they add to and adorn this basic style.

The traditional costume for Winterfolk of any tradition is either a thigh-length tunic of linen or wool worn over trousers, or a close-fitting dress. In case, trousers are close fitting, often with wrappings ankle to knee.

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Thigh-length tunics, tight or wrapped trousers, and tight
fitting dresses are popular regardless of tradition.

The Viking apron dress exists but is considered slightly old fashioned.

On the battlefield, Winterfolk favour heavy, layered armour with thick leather plates over chain. Only the Steinr make extensive use of shields, generally favouring round shields. Tear-drop shaped kite shields are also popular and provide an acceptable alternative to those who desire more full-body protection. Suaq and Kallavesi warriors tend to eschew shields altogether in favour of two-handed weapons, especially bows (for the Suaq) and spears (for the Kallavesi).

Weapons vary by tradition and individual choice, but are usually marked with runes. It is also common for Winterfolk - especially those of the Kallavesi tradition - to incorporate bird imagery into their day-to-day garb as birds hold a special place in Wintermark culture.

Also see Wintermark Costumes and Wintermark Icons and Artistry.

Kallavesi

  • Influences: The Kallavesi tradition draws on images from Finland, the Kalevala, and the Crannogmen from Game of Thrones. As bog-dwelling shamans, their look is heavily informed by their mystic customs.
  • Materials: Homespun checked wool, linen, fur, leather, wood and wicker, polished semi-precious stones.
  • Colours: Greys, duns, moss, smoke, with occasional bright flashes of colour. Dark feathers, especially black feathers.

Kallavesi clothing consists of the standard Wintermark thigh-length tunic over tight trousers. Garments use drab colours that would not stand out against the bogs of the Kallavesa marshlands, and the fabrics used tend to be heavier and coarser than those used by Suaq or Steinr. Their clothing often includes a heavy cloak of wool or fur, often with a hood, designed to offer protection from the elements.

Feathers are a common decoration, especially the feathers of crows and ravens. The Kallavesi are even more likely than the typical Winterfolk to work feathers, avian bones, and bird imagery into their dress, in preference to runes or totem animals. Fur - with the fur side facing out - is commonly used as an embellishment.

The Kallavesi are a tradition rooted in deep mysticism, and it is very common for even the most prosaic among them to wear personal totems, fetishes, and amulets with spiritual or magical significance. Masks are very common, usually depicting a favoured totem animal especially a bird.

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A traditional tunic, and drab colours, mark this as Kallavesi even without to painting around the eyes and the feathered head dress.
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Kallavesi Warriors

Kallavesi warriors favour leather and fur armour (both light and medium). When they want heavier armour, they favour leather or fur over mail. As with their clothing, armour is commonly decorated with feathers and beads. An animal headdress is sometimes worn as a helmet, sometimes in addition to more traditional head protection.

For weapons Kallavesi favour axes (especially long axes), staves, and fishing spears (often two-handed spears). Many carry an all-purpose gutting knife as a practical tool and for dispatching fallen opponents.

Kallavesi warriors rarely make use of shields. When they do they favour small wicker bucklers over the bulkier round- or tear-drop shields favoured by the Steinr.

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Kallavesi Images

This gallery contains images of Kallavesi characters taken from Empire events.

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Kallavesi Cambion.jpg
Kallavesi Axe.jpg
Decorative beads are a fine addition to any Kallavesi costume.
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The mask worn by the central figure is quite stylised for a Kallavesi (an individual touch appropriate to a mystic), but the mantle of bird feathers is an excellent look.
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Kallavesi Naga.jpg
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Kallavesi Hatchet Warrior.jpg
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Feathers are wound into the hair to gain mystic insight.

Steinr

  • Influences: Saxons, Rohirrim, Tolkien’s Dwarves, Beowulf (2005), the Nords of Skyrim.
  • Materials: Metals, furs, leather, stone, woollen cloth; richer fabrics may be appropriate for high status Thanes.
  • Colours: Dark shades of green, blue, red and brown, also dark metals – iron, coppers, bronze.

As with the other traditions, the Steinr favour a thigh-length tunic over tight trousers. While still remaining practical, Steinr clothing is designed to show off the owner’s wealth. It may be dyed a bright colour (espcially bold reds), be intricately embroidered or have decorated hems in a contrasting colour or material. Steinr tunics may be layered to show off hems that are decorated with a contrasting fabric or braid. Theoden’s costume from Lord of the Rings shows the sort of outfit a wealthy or powerful Steinr might wear to display their prosperity - the tunic is made from a rich, intricately embroidered fabric.

Steinr enjoy wearing jewellery as another way to display their prosperity, with torcs and cloak pins being very popular. Silver and bronze are as popular as gold when it comes to Steinr jewellery - it is often the fine craftsmanship that attracts a Steinr rather than the monetary value of a piece.

Almost anything a Steinr owns might be inscribed, embroidered, or painted with one or more runes. The Steinr consider themselves the originator of the magical runes, and even the most prosaic is likely to trace or evoke one to aid them in a certain task.

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Steinr Warriors

The Steinr have a strong warrior culture, and the Rohirrim from Lord of the Rings epitomise the look of their warriors. Armour is usually layered, with leather (or less commonly plate) worn over mail. The armour is often intricately tooled and embellished, again proudly displaying the wealth of the wearer. Conformity and uniformity are considered slightly distasteful by many Steinr - each considers themselves a heroic champion of their people and displays this individuality through their weapons and armour.

On the battlefield Steinr favour long swords, spears (both one- and two-handed), and Dane axes. Their weapons are heavy and practical, and as with everything else almost invariably decorated with runes.

When fighting with a one-handed weapon, the Steinr favour round shields, although tear-drop shaped kite shields are not uncommon.

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Steinr Images

This gallery contains images of Steinr characters taken from Empire events.

Steinr Scop
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Steinr Thane at home with her hounds.
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Leather armour is often tooled or decorated with intricate designs to show the wearer's weatlh.
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Armour by Idiom Productions, Horse Shield by Skian Mhor
Armour by Idiom Productions
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A straightforward "soft kit" look for a Steinr with a rich coloured tunic under leather.
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Steinr Coterie.jpg
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Bold colours, and a fur mantled cloak demonstrate prosperity.
This wealthy thane can afford expensive dyes and fine embroidery. Note the bird motif.
Leather armour over knee-length tunic.
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Steinr wear heavy leather over chain in battle.
Costume by Jo Perridge
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Suaq

  • Influences: Think of Sami reindeer herders and Inuit; independent scouts and hunters.
  • Materials: Furs and hides, ivory, scrimshaw carved bone items.
  • Colours: Light, washed out tones of cream, ivory, taupe, pale grey.

In addition to the thigh-length tunic, a Suaq commonly wears a heavy coat - an iconic piece of clothing for this tradition. These heavy coats protect them against the cold and the elements, and have become a symbol of their independence and self-reliance. Commonly made of reindeer and seal skin, they are turned fur side in for warmth. Ideally, the heavy fur coats are richly decorated with important symbols — designs of totem animals and symbols of enemies a warrior has killed are common as are the ubiquitous bird images and runes common to all Winterfolk.

While the traditional coat is heavy leather and fur-lined, in warmer climates, the coats may be lighter leather. In the imperial heartland in summer, sensible Suaq may choose to wear linen or canvas versions.

Jewelry is not unknown but tends to be more discreet than that favoured by the Steinr or even the Kallavesi. Shiny metal attracts attention and is often seen as at odds with the Suaq's role as hunters. Rather than metal torcs, rings, or bangles Suaq favour more natural materials - intricately tooled leather bracers, ivory or bone ornaments, feathers, and painted or engraved beads.

Suaq often paint animals (in this case birds) onto their clothing.
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Suaq Warriors

Like the Kallavesi, Suaq warriors prefer leather armour for general use, and don mail shirts when they need heavier (and more restrictive) protection. As with their coats, Suaq paint their armour with symbolic designs of animals.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Suaq favour traditional hunting weapons. They are the Winterfolk who make the most use of bows, and they favour both one- and two-handed) spears in melee. Some also make use of staves, which serve the dual purpose of being weapons and aiding in crossing treacherous ice or snow.

It is uncommon for a Suaq to carry a shield, but when they do they favour leather stretched over wood frames or practical round wooden shields.

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Richly decorated heavy leather armour worn by a Suaq archer.
Suaq paint their leather coats with images of animals and spirits.
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Suaq Images

This gallery contains images of Suaq characters taken from Empire events.

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Acrylic paint used to decorate the base coat with spirit animals.
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Icons and Artistry

There are no official or standard symbols for the Wintermark virtuous birds. Individual craftsmen are free to create their own sigils to reflect the virtue of a bird they are depicting. However you are welcome to use the beautiful designs created by Susan Cook which are available as a vector file or as a .pdf.

Wintermark Magicians

Each of the three traditions has their own magical heritage. Any Wintermark magician might embrace any one of these paths, but they tend to be drawn towards the approach that matches their tradition. Where they follow a different path, they often combine elements of their tradition and their magical approach to create a unique look.

Runesmith
Runesmiths are a predominantly Steinr tradition. Even more so than other Winterfolk characters, their possessions will be marked with the powerful magical runes that are the focus of their study.

Mystic
Mystics are primarily drawn from the Kallavesi tradition. Most supplement their tradition's iconic costume with an animal headdress decorated with feathers and fur.

Icewalker
The Suaq make up the majority of the savy icewalkers. They wear clothing appropriate to their tradition but supplemented with jewellery and amulets. Unlike runesmiths, their magical accoutrements are more likely to be adorned with stylised animals or symbols of a person nature with only a scattering of runes. Non-Suaq Icewalkers may adopt the Suaq tradition of painting animal totems on their mage armour or clothing.

This Suaq's Runesmith's costume includes accents drawing on Steinr imagery - not the wide belt marked with runes.
Suaq Runesmith
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Mystic
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Dramaturgist
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Kallavesi Mystic
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Kallavesi Magicians
A Steinr and a Kallavesi, wearing mage armour with staves.
Steinr and Kallavesi magicians
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Suaq Icewalker

Wintermark Priests

In general, priests of Wintermark dress like the people they live alongside and counsel.

Those who embrace the path of the stormcrow wear a traditional ragged, heavy cloak and a costume adorned with tatters of material and fetishes. Even stormcrows who are not of the Kallavesi tradition are likely to incorporate some elements of the mystic look into their costume - especially when it comes to feathers and ceremonial masks.

Masked Winterfolk Priest.jpg
Arhan.jpg
Kallavesi Stormcrow.jpg
Steinr priest on the battlefield.

Wintermark Children

Children generally dress in the same style as their parents, at least until they are old enough to express a preference for one tradition or another. Even before they have passed their Citizenship tests, some Winterfolk children feel drawn enough to a tradition that differs from that of their parents to favour dressing as if they were already a member.

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Dun-Aer Family.jpg
WintermarkDrummer.jpg
Tiny Winterfolk.jpg

Camps

Wintermark Banner.jpg
A Steinr (left) and two Suaq (right) relaxing in camp.
Two Grimnir, a Kallavesi and a Steinr Draughir.
Quiet Camp.jpg
Wintermark Open Tent.jpg
Lumi's Tea House.jpg
A Steinr between two Kallavesi.
The Scop’s Tree - A totem crafted by mystics to inspire the Mark with the stories and names of its heroes
Friendly competition, such as this Steinr spear-wrestling, is common in Wintermark.

Images to avoid

An LRP setting is defined as much by what you leave out as by what you include. In defining the Wintermark look we have actively chosen to exclude some elements. Please do not use any of the images or looks seen in this section. In particular please note that the Winterfolk were inspired by Saxons rather than Vikings and the setting does not include longships and the associated imagery.

Avoid: Hero pants

The ideal Wintermark trousers are tight, not baggy. The more Viking or Rus style hero pants are perfect for Varushka. It's perfectly acceptable to wear hero pants in Wintermark, it is simply that they are more suited to Varushka.
Costume by Robert Albrecht  Picture taken by Daniel Wolfen

Avoid: Thor’s hammer

Thor’s Hammers have become as evocative and iconic as a crucifix. They are irrevocably associated with Thor, a deity who does not exist in the Empire game setting, so please avoid this specific piece of jewellery.
HammerOfThor.jpg

Avoid: Horned helmets

The Steinr draw their inspiration from traditional Saxon imagery as well as the Rohirrim, rather than the Vikings. In particular horned helmets, like the one shown, are completely inappropriate for the nation.
Horned Helmet.jpg

Further Reading

Core Brief

Further Reading