Nermaneans are halflings with blood lines tracing back to Nermanea. In the wars with their brethren in the Seven Vales, the Nermaneans were forced east into Cinazan. When their city-states were merged together to form Nermanis, they became the mercantile powerhouse of northern Brucrumus. During its prime, this empire earned a bad reputation for cornering the market. This is where the saying "Nermanean business" came from. It means to stifle competition and control prices. The Nermanean culture is one of competition, trade, and sometimes callous disregard for the competitors misfortunes. Some Nermaneans of today, still hold these trade and cultural values. Nermaneans are in other respects like normal halflings, only differing by regional influences. Nermaneans have a rich cultural history and family bloodlines going back to the reign of Nermanis and earlier. As a result, they are a proud people, which can come off as haughty to other halflings. They have tight family groups, but this is not to stay they won't step on their own kin if a business opportunity presents itself.
Never allow family to stand in the way of opportunity.
- Nermanean proverb
Nermaneans ancestry traces back to the Seven Vales of the Hairfoots. It was in this area that they were banished for trying to monopolize all trade in the valleys. They were forced out of Nermanea in the Second Trade War. The Nermaneans fled east into Darmaer. Their migration suffered greatly from incessant raids by the jara and others seeking to take advantage of their vulnerable trek.
In 395, they founded Rabaranda. From this city on the Core Sea, they spread east founding Maurkac and then Bathor. After the fall of Nermanis, the Nermaneans scattered to different parts of Cinazan where they ended up as citizens of empires like Paradomea, Khazarkar Empire, and Ithengee.
The Khazarkar Empire has the largest population of Nermaneans. In this empire, they carry on their mercantile traditions, holding considerable influence over trade.
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