The Froyalanish, also known as Froyalaners are one of the Twelve Peoples of Elwynn. They are a mix of native Vattnalanders and Jorvikkers as well as people of Storish descent. The areas where the Froyalanish constitute the majority of the population are collectively referred to as Froyalan. They are among the three largest population groups of the Flower of the North.
Areas of Inhabitation
Froyalaners generally live on the northern coast - as well as the islands along that shore - and in the western part of the Princely Precinct called the Kingdom of Amokolia, which is known as the Furthest of the Far West. They also live in and around the areas of the Sjöhöfn, a Princely Precinct which is composed of a group of seven port cities, to wit: Avaldsnes, Esthersbýur, Fjǫrleifsbýur, Haraldsby, Hyfrost, Joelsby, and Noahsbýur. The Sjöhöfn are also known as the Septue Ports, the Federation of the Seven Ports, or the Federation of the Seven Harbours. The Froyalanish also form the vast majority of the population of the Principality of Arietta, the Jarlorð of Jorvik and the Duchy of the Lady Esther Isles.
The Froyalanish are chiefly composed of a human race called Vanamaðr and sentient humanoid beings like elves, dwarves, merfolk, faeries, halflings, zotrians, etc. Froyalanish Elves are refered to as Álfarnir. This has been interpreted by some scholars as having the effect of making the Froyalanish a broad cultural coalition rather than a specific race or ethnicity per se.
Aside from the native Vattnalanders who have been living in the Vatnaland area of Amokolia since time immemorial and a pre-existing community of Storish merchants in Wintergleam - some of them descendants of Valtian traders and others being associates or staff of the Sameinaða Erlendur Kaupsýsla Einokun Félagið - Froyalaners came to Elwynn in four waves:
- The first wave happened when Harald of Froyalan was Count of Araxion. A signification portion moved to the Old East with him when he was appointed Count of Wintergleam several Elw years later. Those people are nowadays known as Haraldian Wintergleamers;
- The second wave took place during Harald of Froyalan's Reign as Duke and the name of the Lands of the Two Sacred Rivers was Froyalan;
- The third and largest wave was triggered by the ascension of the Storjarl Thorstein Noah to the White Orchid Throne;
- The fourth wave, which has an overlap with the third wave, occurred when the Jarlorð of Jorvik became a part of Elwynn.
The Froyalanish are very fond of elaborating upon the image and attributes that they wish to project and impress upon the wider community of the realm: Deeply religious. Strong and tall. Tough as nails. Inhumanly handsome. Hardworking and hard-partying. Well-endowed high-fantasy fertility culters. Nudists. Vikings. Overpaid, oversexed, and over here. Legal eagles. Dashing gastronomes and bon vivants with schwung and joie de vivre. Excessively fond of pomp and circumstance, pageantry, extravaganza, hólmganga, and pit fighting.
Froyalanish Kitsch, to the Froyalanish themselves known as Tilbiðjalist, which means "worship art in their as well as the Wintergleamish language, is a much remarked upon art style encouraged, for the most part, by the enthusiastic patronage of the House of Ettlingar Freyu. In recent times it has struggled to gain critical appreciation in those more metropolitan audiences outside of the community where the artwork originated, which is not terribly unexpected owing to the wide socio-cultural gap between those communities.