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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 the 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 follow the Vorin religion and are famous for their military heritage.
The Alethi class system is based on their eye color. 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.
They have tan skin and pure black hair. They are a grand people with a natural nobility to them.
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Lighteyed 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. Common darkeyed women wear a glove instead of the safepouch lighteyes women wear.
A feast is a time of relaxation. Still, it's a breach of etiquette for a woman to approach a man if he's eating.
Young men at a feast often find reason to remove their coats and show off their swordsmanship.
Women are more modest with their displays at feasts, but they engage in them as well. They sketch, paint, do calligraphy, or play music. Yet, they keep their left hands shrouded in their sleeves, delicately creating art with their right. Some of them will attract creationspren, which will roll across the tops of their easels or tables.
To sit at the king's table at a feast is a masculine dining reservation.
The most prominent cities and towns in Alethkar include:
An extensive article at tor.com goes into explicit detail of Alethi fashion specifically for cosplay here.
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