Books Used: Five Nations, Eberron Campaign Setting
LIFE AND SOCIETY
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
ADVENTURING IN AUNDAIR
Roleplaying an Aundairian
The following turns of phrase are uniquely Aundairian.
“Chattering doesn’t roll the barrel.” Shut up and get to work, in other words.
“Dirty hands stroke a white beard.” As you get older, you may have to compromise your youthful ideals. More generally used to mean “sometimes you have to compromise.”
“Have two strings for your bow.” An expression of caution and preparation.
“Without wine there is no conversation.” Beyond its obvious meaning, the phrase is spoken as a request for or promise of hospitality.
“Brightness be!” An expression of surprise.
“Aundair dares! Aundair dares!” A warcry and taunt popular among Aundairian soldiers during the Last War.
Aundairian Views on the Five Nations
Arwyn Clearwater, an Aundairian farmer, gives her opinions about the Five Nations.
Aundair: “We may fight among ourselves, but I’ll gladly follow another Aundairian before I’ll surrender to an invader. I was born here, and I’ll die here, if that’s what it takes to defend my land.”
Breland: “Sharn’s only one small part of their country, no matter what the Brelish may believe. Those arrogant braggarts think they’re the center of the world, but they still send their merchants to us for food and wine. I’ve talked to some who say the Brelish would have won the Last War if they kept fighting. I don’t believe that for a second, since I know Aundair would have never surrendered. Queen Aurala, maybe, but not me and my neighbors.”
Cyre: “Kind of moot, isn’t it? I heard the Cyrans who survived are all Brelish now. I don’t know whether it was their own fault or someone else’s, and to be honest, I don’t care. We survived the war, they didn’t, and that’s what’s important.”
Karrnath: “No country that refuses to let its dead rest in peace is worthy of respect. Oh, they fight well enough, and they make a mean wheel of cheese and a hearty mug of ale, but they use skeletons and zombies to fight their battles. It’s a dark and strange land to be sure, and such a land breeds dark and strange people.”
Thrane: “I prefer my religion on the side, not running the country. The people of Thrane are fanatics, and they ended up stealing land that rightfully belongs to Aundair. I say it’s time to take back what’s ours.”