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Location of the Qarau languages, 3480

The Qarau [qa 'raw] are a people living on eastern coast of Ereláe; the term is also used for the associated language family. The Qaraus belong to the fale ‘white’ race of uesti, although darker (almost caramel-colored) than other persons of Xengiman and Skouras. Their language is likely related to Eynleyni.

Their portion of Ereláe is known as Qaraumia. The ocean to the east of Qaraumia is known as the Qarau Sea (Ver. Zëi Karauma).

The Qarau were traditionally hunter-gatherers, and along the coast, many still are. Inland, however, they adopted nomadism once this lifestyle had been developed, about 6000 years ago. Their original territory was along the middle coast; they slowly expanded to the south, bypassing the icëlan along the upper Uiqim around -1600 and meeting the iliu by -1400.

Their traditional religion is monotheist; this seems to derive from the iliu who live in the south of their territory. The Tžuro would have known about the beliefs of the Qaraus, their eastern neighbors, and it has been speculated that they influenced Jippirasti. By the time of the Eastern invasion, they proved fierce warriors against Munkhâsh and their borders were not affected.

The Cuzeians were aware that a ilian-influenced people lived in the far east, and named their country Meīruas. They posited was that this was the original homeland of humans, and that the Meīrigō, alone of all men, did not go to war against the iliu. In the Count of Years they are referred to as Meīrigō (from the mythical river Meīro).

The Carhinnoi

In the 1600s the Tžuro converted the nearer (nomadic) Qaraus to Jippirasti and enlisted them in the fight against Munkhâsh. These people were known as the Carhinnoi or Carhinnians, and they form their own branch of Jippirasti, the Kahon. When the Tžuro left Munkhâsh to concentrate on Skouras, the Carhinnoi took over their role as occupiers. Around 2050 they conquered the Lenani plateau, and around 2100 Demóshimor. However, they lost control over both Demóshimor and the ktuvoks around 2375. In 2835-45 a resurgent Dhekhnam fought a brutal war against them— concentrating on their weak point, their horses. Unusually, the Carhinnoi were allowed to retain their Jippirasti religion, and became the cavalry of the Dhekhnami army.

The Carhinno control over the ktuvoks also encouraged the Qaraus to expand to their north, into what is now known as Upper Qaraumia (Irkaraumia). As the northern portion of this territory is tropical, this required a good deal of ecological adaptation.

Verdurian colony

Verduria established a colony in Qarau territory, at the mouth of the Auqi river, in 3291. The Verdurians and Qaraus at first traded peacefully, but the cultural contact started degrading Qarau society, and the chief Raičim led a rebellion in 3365. This was defeated, with great bloodshed, but the Verdurians reorganized the colony and brought the settlers under tighter control. Around the same time Verduria started a second colony, Leán, off the coast of Upper Qaraumia, while in 3420 Kebri colonized the island of Broidabo.

Language family

The Qarau languages can be roughly divided into Irqarau (Upper Qaraumia), Karimian or Auqimcán, the native language of the Verdurian colony; Erqarau or Southern Qarau; and Carhinnian. Verdurians sometimes confuse Karimian with the pidgin Spae, which is a Verdurian-Karimian pidgin.

Etymology: Karimian Qarau(m); Ver. Karaum; Lenani Karim.