The Bretannians (sometimes also known by their other name, Yankilðir) are the descendants of one of the great tribes of Hyperborea, the Children of Yan. Escaping southwards during the War of the Gods, the Children of Yan, after the death of their patriarch Yan, begun to believe that the gods had abandoned them. Thus, the successor of Yan, Kan, called upon the infernal powers for help, bending the knee to the emissaries of Satan. The demons of Hell guided the Children of Yan to safety on inlands to the south, which they called Bretannia. From here, and with the help of their infernal overlords, the Bretannians built an empire, in eternal rivalry with the Atlanteans, and built colonies and outposts in the whole of the known world, thus creating a hegemonic superpower that only Atlantis can rival in size, strenght and vastness; their religion revolves around worship of those demons that most directly helped them in the past, and even its writing system has been influenced by the one used by the inhabitants of Hell.
The Bretannians are a proud warrior folk: their society is patriarchal and stratified, divided into "ukar" (nobles), "tharar" (freemen) and "munar" (slaves). The Bretannian warrior aristocracy has control of most of the wealth, and answers directly to the High King, while freemen form the bulk of Bretannia's population, and they are farmers, artisans, sailors and so forth. Slaves are either children of other slaves or could not pay their debts, and are usually sent to work to death in the mines of Ool or at the oars of a Bretannian longship. The High King has absolute power, but is expected to leave a modicum of freedom to the noble families of the aristocracy.
The empire of Bretannia is well organized and efficient, held together thanks to its powerful fleet, thanks only to that of Atlantis, and its fearsome army, that few can defeat. Curiously, Bretannia has always been welcoming towards non-humans, and not only trades often with them, but it also includes several non-human races under its hegemony, which have chosen, one way or the other, to become vassals of the High King. Bretannia's capital, Morn, is the second largest city in the world. The Bretannian tongue is markedly different from those of other humans, and it also gave rise to many dialects as the various islands that make up the Empire each evolved a different spoken tongue than the others.
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