Hellas

The islands and peninsulas collectively known as Hellas are largely idyllic, pastoral lands of sun-baked coasts and dramatic rocky cliffs. Nymphs, satyrs, and centaurs dwell in the wilder parts of Hellas, and more savage beasts beside. The people who inhabit these lands are of two strains: the native olive-skinned, dark-haired Palasgeans, and the lighter-complected Mycaneans, who have gradually migrated from the north; aside from tensions between these peoples, the Hellenes are fiercely independent, and villages refuse to cooperate even with other Hellenes. The most populated of these territories are southern Peloponnesus, where the town of Athens can be found, and Oguges in the north. Other regions include peaceful Arcadia, swampy Argos, and Nemea, which is eerily silent but for the roars of the feared Nemean Lion. The Hellenes pay a heavy tribute to the Minos for protection from the few corsairs who attempt to extend their influence into the region. Hellas is a backwater area removed from the Great Powers of the world. Their only other significant contact is with the hunters of Vir, and the Hellenes generally prefer things that way.

Mykenae

Though Hellas ultimately answers to Minoa, the dominant culture is most of Hellas is that of Mykenae.

The akropolis of Mykenae is second in population only to distant Knossos. It is ruled by its founder, King Perseus, and his Nubian wife, Queen Andromeda. Most Hellenes know the story of Perseus; if not the details, they at least know the important parts. Zeus appeared to his mother, the Mykenaean princess Danae, as a cascade of gold, and impregnated her with Perseus. He rescued Andromeda, a princess of Nubia, from a sea monster in the Sahara Sea. He challenged the Gorgon Medusa, whose gaze could turn men to stone, and brought back her head in triumph. He is such a close friend of King Megapenthes that he rules Megapenthes's city in his stead, while Megapenthes rules Perseus's home city of Argos.

The symbols of Mykenae are lions and the head of Medusa. Gold - rarer in Hellas than in other lands - is highly prized, and its incorporation into raiment, ornamentation, and statuary is considered an honor to Zeus.

Mykenaeans do not build temples. They have rooms set aside for worship in their homes and palaces, and they erect shrines in the countryside. They tend to emphasize goddesses more than gods, but give both a proper respect.

Mykenaeans believe in an afterlife. They build elaborate tombs which they fill with the comforts of wealth, food and possessions they believe will be of use in the afterlife. However, unlike the tyrannous Minoans or the barbaric Qaddani, still-living slaves are not buried with their masters.

Beards are for older, married men. Unmarried men remain clean-shaven as a sign of youth and eligibility. Being clean-shaven is also seen as a sign of immaturity; an older man without a beard is perceived to be crippled or impotent.

Mykenaeans are warriors. A ruler is expected to look after his soldiers, supplying them with food, housing, land and slaves. This is organized through the palace, where many soldiers live. Armored nobles fight from chariots drawn by two horses - each carries a driver and a warrior.

Mykenaeans are traders. They compete with Minoa, whose fleet is far superior and whose ties to the Atlanteans give them a more global view. The Mykenaeans use the Minoan written language, which is Atlantean Nahuatl.

Mykenaeans dress like wealthy Palasgaeans. Togas, chitons, sandals, etc, but with more decoration, patterns, and colors. One can usually spot the difference between a Mykenaean and a Palasgaean by their jewelry (the latter can't afford any). They consider Minoan fashion to be too Atlantean.

Minoan Religion

The Minos is said to have the secret of immortality, though the Amazons deny that he stole it from them. The god Zeus fell in love with a mortal woman, a beautiful princess named Europa. He assumed the shape of a white bull and swam to Minoa with her on his back. One of her sons was the Minos. In Minoa, the people revere their demi-god king, who acts as high priest in the rites to his father Zeus. The Minoans also show respect to the other Olympians, primarily Poseidon, Dionysos, and Demeter. The Minoan religion is enforced among the peoples of Hellas.

Notable Personalities

King Perseus

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