Drawing by Isaac Stewart
Alethkar is the largest kingdom on Roshar. Recently reunited, it is currently ruled by Elhokar Kholin, ostensibly from Kholinar (yet in truth from the Shattered Plains), and engaged in the War of Reckoning against the Parshendi. People from Alethkar are known as Alethi.
For centuries, Alethkar was divided into ten self-governed Princedoms until King Gavilar Kholin conquered and united them. He was crowned first king since Sunmaker, who cast down the Hierocracy. When King Gavilar was assassinated by the Parshendi in 1167, his son, Elhokar, became King and declared war on the Parshendi.
The Alethi are native to Alethkar. They possess tan skin and pure black hair. They are a grand people with a natural nobility to them. They follow the Vorin religion and are famous for their military heritage.
The men are tall and well made. They dress in dark coats that are elaborately embroidered, looking like generals on a field.
The women are even more splendid. They wear grand dresses, their bright colors a contrast to the dark tones favored by the men. The left sleeve of each dress is longer than the right, covering the left hand. For women of age, this is their "safehand" and it is to be covered at all times.
The Alethi class system is based on the color of their eyes. Lighteyes are the noble, ruling class and darkeyes are the peasant, worker class. The lighteyes are ranked by dahn and the darkeyes are further ranked by nahn.
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