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An ancient culture of High Elves who were the first to settle in the Latian Peninsula. They subscribe to the belief that they originally came from the Fey Wilds, and that the demon Tuchulcha disguised as Ani, their god of new beginnings, deceived them into leaving their homeland into this new cruel world. For this, their old homeland is romanticized and often fictionalized from the realities of it, the descendants of those who migrated to the new world attempted opening the gate back to the Fey wilds with minimum success. In Latia however the major cities that developed were in the northern regions of the peninsula and over the centuries, monarchical city states formed that would often seek alliances with one another. The most powerful of these alliances (and last) would be known as the Tyrrhenian league of 12 cities.
In the millenniums of their hegemony there were many wars against the native hill giants, orcs, gnolls and hobgoblins, all now eradicated in Latia. As city states each vying for their own power also plundered neighboring rivals for land, supplies, and slaves. The Dwarven kings of the Apennine Mountains to the north were also made war with. Though conquest was never achieved it was sacked twice in its history. Though they ruled over these lands long before convention, it wasn't until afterwards they were able to really thrive. Until that point they were one of many mortal races to live under the tyranny of the dragons, giants, and devils, with no way of defeating the hegemony until the Harbinger convinced the gods to bless mortals with their powers, with magic.
They claim the harbinger was a lowborn high elf from an unknown Tyrrhenian city named Latinus, and that the first great war they waged was under his banner, during the great war to end the Hegemony of Typhon, the great, ancient, and legendary Red Dragon and his mate Echidna. At that time they lorded over The Etruria coasts of the Middle Sea, including Latia and Hellas. He managed this before he set out for convention, which only added to his legend, they offered him kingship of all of Tyrrhenia, but he declined.
After the four centuries following convention, known as the collapse, the city states often spent their resources vying for power in the region over one another, it wasn't long before tribes of Gnomes, Halfings, and Humans migrated to the peninsula and settled. The Gnomish Umbri and Halfling Villanovans mostly kept to themselves, and more or less were willing client states.
The Tyrrhenians in those days were players on the world stage, trading with their dark elven neighbors across the middle sea to the south, the theocratic Dragonborn kingdom of Kemet to the south east, the short lived Sun Elven Empire of the East, and the Hellenic Human city states on the neighboring Achaean peninsula. Their culture would be absorbed by their Latian neighbors. Their writings, calendar, language, architecture, infrastructural organization, art, and religion played a heavy hand to the up and coming Latian tribes. Leaving an everlasting mark on the Arretians.
The Tyrrhenians were more or less a traditional people, for as long as they live not much changes. Most lacked the ambition to force the cogs of destiny. Even though they spotted the emerging human threat early, they didn't do enough to prevent the inevitable rise of the Latian tribes surrounding them, one tribe would soon find themselves with the opportunity to tear them down, so they did.
The human tribes often fought each other and were too weak at their best to martial a defense against Tyrrhenian raids for goods, slaves and at a time subjugation. Going as far as displacing the Arretians monarchy for one of their own. Centuries they grew, eventually outnumbering the Tyrrhenians significantly, creating an opportune time to revolt. They would go on to form a Republic and soon after conquer their human neighbors who were also a lot stronger centuries after their arrival. The defeat, capture, and recolonization of the powerful Elven city of Veii marked a turning point in the balance of power on the peninsula.
The alliance made with the Arretian Republic to repel the invading Human Insubri tribes from the north didn't permanently stop the hostilities. The Arretians, over the next few centuries grinded down any Elven resistance they could front. In the current age there are no independent cities left. All being victims of conquest by the Arretians and the Insubri. Tyrrhenian culture still shines though and casts a very bright light on their conquerors, they are given citizenship (not something they give lightly) and are allowed to become patricians. A few of these high elven families are renowned for being considered great houses, a status given for founding members of the city of Arretium, the Republic, or for an extremely profound service to the state.
Though having a higher standing than most within the Arretian Republic, there are still a few who would like to reclaim their independence, they see the short lived and impulsive humans beneath them, a view that is all still to common despite the assimilation into the Republic.