Northern Chadi (CHA - dee)
"Good day, Master Rinzhammer! What good do you bring today?" asked the farmer. "Ah, my friend, good day! I have many things to show you! But I believe you have been looking for these...". As the trader replied, he reached into the wagon to retrieve a leather bag. It appeared to have some heft to it. He untied the leather strap around the top of the bag and reached in, pulling out a spherical stone, a deep blue with red flecks. A rare blue dragonstone, so-called because some dragons once prized it for their hoards. "It is remarkable, my friend! Wherever do you find these?" asked the farmer, "That, good farmer, is a secret that I cannot share. But I have more if you'd like to see..."The Northern Chadi are consummate traders and are often called upon to find rare and otherwise unobtainable items for their customers. One of these items, which is peculiar to the Northern Chadi, is dragonstones. These gems are normally composed of two distinct minerals, with one creating veins or flecks through the other. While the origin of these stones is a secret held only by the Northern Chadi, they are usually sold as spheres. The stones are polished to a mirror-like finish and are considered to give the holder a boon, depending on the composition of the stone.
The women and feminine identifying as Northern Chadi are named after water or agricultural features.
Men and male identifying as Northern Chadi are named after geological features, weather and tools.
Northern Chadi use patronymic naming conventions paired with regional identification for family names. The regional portion of the name refers to the area where the family originally hailed, while the patronymic portion refers to the individual's father. Names are often translated into a common to make them easier to pronounce for non-Chadi individuals. Since the Northern Chadi are nomadic traders, they are well-versed in other cultures and easily move between languages. This, of course, can result in Northern Chadi being known by multiple names, based on what language used when others met them. An example of a family name (translated to common) is Storm Rinzhammer. In this case Rinz refers to the Rinzeremel Mountains, while hammer is the father's first name.
Major language groups and dialects
Northern Chadi have their own dialect that varies from family to family but has enough similarities to communicate easily. But unless you are a Northern Chadi, it is unlikely you will understand it. Usually, they are also fluent in common languages, including Elven, Dwarven, Orcish, and Draconic. The latter is learned as a matter of history, as it is unlikely that any living Chadi has actually seen a dragon, much less spoken to one.
Shared customary codes and values
In family situations, however, they are a tight-knit group. Family is important, and the first day of each week is dedicated to feasting and gathering the family together. Since they are nomadic, this can be a challenge, but it happens nonetheless. The female members of the family take care of the entire family in terms of nourishment and education. The males find ways to provide foods and repair belongings.
Common Etiquette rules
Northern Chadi will be the first to greet anyone. They will approach with hands at shoulder level, palms forward, a gesture to show they are empty-handed. This is an invitation to come to talk to them as the will receive you. Normally a simple greeting will suffice at this point. It is, however, greatly appreciated by a Northern Chadi if a gift is given upon meeting. If you are planning on negotiating prices, the Chadi will consider the value of the gift in their pricing. It is rare, however, for a Northern Chadi to give in return.
Common Dress code
After all, the Northern Chadi are about business, so their clothing is more conservative, but not without color. Instead of large patterns and bold prints, the color is added through intricate details woven or sewn into the fabric. These details are specific to each family and can easily indicate to which family an individual belongs.
In Northern Chadi culture, fertility is prized as a critical trait. For this reason, Chadi women try to emulate being pregnant, with rounded bellies (as if in early pregnancy) and larger bustlines being considered the height of beauty. For men, a strong upper torso and lithe legs are considered very attractive. The strong upper torso shows that they can lift their share of weight (especially as a trader), while the legs tend to be examples of legs that can endure long travels.
Women in the Northern Chadi culture are the gatherers, providers, nourishers, and money handlers. In most families, deals can be struck by the men but will only be executed if the women of the family approve. On the other hand, men are the workhorses, with heavy lifting, repair of wagons, and transport included. Men plan the trade routes, get the family sites set up and torn down, and haggle initial trades.
In the Northern Chadi culture. women take the lead in courtship. As the handlers of the family's wealth, they control destiny. If a woman shows interest in a male, the male is expected to demonstrate his abilities in trade and repair while the pair court. In older families, a lesser-followed tradition is that a woman may take multiple husbands, but never in the same region. As a family moves, the husbands stay in the region they courted as a form of territorial protector.
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