The Blizzard Gathering of Rinsei
Rinsei’s people split away from Auria long ago after tension reached a breaking point. Those who deemed themselves Rinseians founded gatherings of people with strong ties to various natural phenomena; this was done in opposition to the Aurians who were believed to have weaker ties with nature compared to the Rinseians. They may have originally been formed out of spite, but the Rinseian gatherings have remained intact to the modern day.
As time went on many of Rinsei’s gatherings became more loosely-defined in terms of customs and territory. Mixing among gatherings and even with Aurians became commonplace and old traditions were slowly abandoned, even though most modern Rinseians still identify as members of a given gathering. However, certain gatherings have remained more true to their roots even as others changed over time. One gathering in particular has changed very little from generation to generation: the blizzard gathering.
The blizzards are best described as being proud, strict, honest people who follow rigid codes of conduct. They consider themselves to be the purest of all Rinseians in that they do not mix with other gatherings and have retained old customs that date back to the group’s founding. Blizzards care little for how other people perceive them, preferring to keep to themselves, but some of them have been critical of other Rinseian gatherings for letting go of long-standing traditions. Likewise, to this day some blizzards have a disdain of Aurians.
Out of all of Rinsei’s gatherings, the blizzards have the most well-defined territories and they rarely get involved with other people unless they deem it necessary. The gathering’s capitol, the Frost Shrine, is located on Winter Isle and the rest of the Northern Archipelago is also home to blizzard settlements. The northwestern region of the Sluice Continent also contains many blizzard settlements. Likewise, people of this gathering have distinct facial features due to the lack of mixing with outsiders.
Some Rinseians claim that the blizzard people are heartless brutes who would leave others for dead, but this is a poor stereotype that’s been perpetuated for years. Although they generally aren’t known for being gentle or kind, blizzards have strong senses of honor and loyalty to one another. Those who engage in betrayal or treason are met with no mercy and are considered traitors to the gathering as a whole.
As intimidating as the blizzards seem to outsiders they are far from being bad people and many of them have good hearts, even though it may not be obvious.