The Attikans are the People of the Communication. The Throat Chakra – centered in the throat and face and represented by the color blue – is the energy source related to growth through expression. It governs such issues as self-determination and independence; associated attributes include fluent thought and speech and a sense of personal security.
Physically, Attikans are representative of what were thought to be the original peoples of central Erde: most of the people are of medium height (about twelve hands) and build, with tan to olive skin and dark hair (there are few blonds in the population); men may have beards, worn long or short. Attikans usually wear long tunics, with cloaks in inclement weather; wide trousers are not unknown. Attikan fashion favors the use of precious and semi-precious stones as clasps and accents.
Attika comprises the sunward third of the great Central Plain of Erde, running from the semi-tropical coast thought the mild swath of the Raba River Valley, with some more moderate terrin and climate at the extreme mountward – and mountainous – extent of the territory. The good climate encourages agriculture and the raining of livestock, and coastal Attikan fishermen rival Bayakans for their take. Each Attikan community comprises a central city surrounded by agriculture and small villages.
This advantageous geographic situation might have allowed the Attikans the luxury of consolidation and advancement when other central tribes were conquered or subsumed by the Atalantans, the Haan, and later, the Rasennans. It was long ago that the Attikans formed city-states for self-defense and trade, and more than a millennium since those states formed an association for mutual assistance: The Attikan League, which still exists today. It might have been those same advantages, coupled with the natural Attikan connection to throat energy, that allowed them to develop the first truly scholarly culture in Erde. While in the dealing with the universe the Atalantans seemed almost mystical, the Haan innovative, and the Bayakans pragmatic, it was the Attikans who first devoted resources to asking why? Even as the city-states extended trade routes, clashed militarily with foes internal and external, and extended and solidified Attikan hegemony, Attikan scholars were developing complex systems of philosophy and establishing formal schools devoted to ethics, political science, the sevenfold energies, and the natural world. While leaving technological development to others, such as the Haan, Attikans have revealed more pure knowledge and science to Erde than any other culture.
It may have been a natural outgrowth of this rational inquiry that the Attikans were early experimenters with democratic decision-making. Each city-state has some version of an all-citizen assembly that decides local issues; a representative deliberative body also runs the Attikan League, and they have even referred some issues to a vote of every citizen of greater Attika before making a decision. Of course, universal democracy depends on one’s perspective: in various city-states, the propertyless, or foreigners, or women (although philosophers can find no reason why this should be so) are excluded from the vote, as are slaves, families of whom continue to work for wealthy Attikans long after the last internal wars have been settled. The populist leanings of Attikan philosophers have also done little to eliminate the division of society in upper, middle, working, and slave classes.
Attikan spiritual beliefs reflect the culture’s fascination with figuring out how things work: Attikan barbers have identified in the body not just the metaphysical placement of the energy centers, or some intangible meridians through which the energies travel, but the actual bodily fluids or humours that they think contain the sevenfold energies, which they call tyche: marrow holds root tyche, water holds sacral tyche, bile holds solar plexus tyche, blood holds heart tyche, choler holds throat tyche, phlegm hold third-eye tyche, and plasma holds crown tyche. This understanding has been layered over the extensive pantheon of gods that has developed as various tribal religions merged into the overarching Attikan faith: each deity is believed to exert his or her control by manipulation of an individual’s humours. For example, if a god wanted to grant you power, she might increase your bile, and therefore your solar plexus tyche. In this manner, Kouos, the god of speech and enlightenment, while not the father-god, is most sacred to Attikans for his control of choler; in his form of a raven, he decorates most public spaces.