The Atalantans are the people of Insight. The third-eye chakra – centered in the forehead and represented by the color indigo – is the energy source related to sleep and waking, practically and metaphorically. This energy governs balancing the higher and lower selves, providing reliable inner guidance, and accessing visual consciousness. An attribute of the third-eye chakra is clarity on an intuitive level.
Physically, Atalantans are generally tall (averaging about twelve hands) and thin; it is rare to encounter a heavy Atalantan. Their skin is a dark olive that almost takes a bluish cast in certain lights. The men and women both frequently shave themselves bald and wear stylized wigs in all colors; both men and women wear long tunics and robes not unlike those of central Erde, but lighter and cooler, often dyed indigo.
The Kingdom of Atalantis comprises the coastal regions of central Erde and the major island of Karne, and has the mildest climate, including its tropical regions, of any country besides Bayaka. Most of the agriculture takes place on the mainland, in huge centralized farming communities in the river deltas surrounding the large Atalantan cities. Karne Island is the seat of government, the site of ancient Atalantan culture, and home to the ruling class; it gets most of its resources from the mainland.
Atalantis is the oldest civilization on Erde, with records of settlement on Karne predating even the earliest Haan communities and myths going back even further. It is said that the original Atalantis was a larger island in Mother Sea, as expansive as the Hirokoa, but that it sank in a cataclysm long ago, and that Karne Island was merely the refuge of the last survivors of an even greater culture. It is also sometimes said that the Atalantans are not even native to Erde at all, but came to that original island from another plane altogether. If the Atalantans know the truth behind ether of these legends, they haven’t revealed that knowledge to any of the Family of Civilizations.
In any case, Atalantis spread its hegemony across central Erde in the far past, only to retreat before the later advance of Attika and the Rassena. It didn’t seem to matter much to the Atalantans; their hegemony always seemed more cultural than political, more of sensibility than power. Without having the cleverness of the Haan, or the scholarship of the Attikans, or the drive of the Rassenans, the Atalantans nonetheless seemed to be able to understand the world and develop efficient and effective political, social, technological, and commercial mechanisms to extend their reach, which they then withdrew with little apparent regret.
Atalantan society is extremely complex and sophisticated. A nominal kingdom, the ruling royal works closely with a small class of priests, scholars, and nobles to administer the kingdom. This oligarchy uses a strict caste structure among the population – scribes, soldiers, merchants, artisans, farmers, and slaves – to manage the affairs of the civilization. Sets of rules as intricate as those of the Haan govern who can work where, who can marry whom, who gets to do what, in specific detail. But unlike the Haan, Atalantans have neither vast written records of these rules or acknowledged experts in the intricacies of how they work: every Atalantan seems to understand them innately or instinctively – or intuitively. How ever it works, it serves the Kingdom well enough to keep Atalantis an active player in the political and commercial life of Erde; while far from the height of its control, Atalantis remains a strong and secure society.
Atalantan religion, such as it is, is confined to a limited pantheon. Seven deities, in various roles and combinations and manifestations, reflect all the aspects of Atalantan worship. Perhaps this is the result of the Atalantan vision of the chakras as wheels or turnings, force centers that exist on the spiritual double of every individual; it is with the opening and closing of these chakras that various energies – heka – flow through us to greater or lesser degrees, influencing our qualities and our experiences. This chakra model is the real understanding that Atalanteans have of the universe, and each god is really only a metaphor for one of the heka. This is probably why the most popular deity in pantheon, and the most frequently invoked, is Sera, the lizard-god of the third-eye, god of intuition.