The Seven Holdfasts
The Terrikar, or “half-folk”, are a race of diminutive people who were the original settlers of Fornell. Before the invasion of the elves and humans, the Terrikar lived off of the lowland meadows and forests of Fornell. They were nomads, chasing after the wild cattle that were frequently found in the milder climate. When the elves and humans arrived, the Terrikar were driven from the lands through superior magic and weaponry, and were forced to either integrate or move beyond the outskirts of civilization.
Today, the Terrikar can be found in smaller tribes in the lowlands of Fornell. After the cataclysm, the clans in the foothills and mountains moved back into the lowlands, relying on their natural stealth and agility to protect themselves against the dangers of the wilderness. These tribes have held onto the ancient traditions, and tend to be quite hostile towards most of the other civilized people of the land.
Terrikar can also be found in the holdfasts, the remnants of the tribes that originally integrated into the Gregorian Empire. They are a minority in most of the holdfasts, but are welcomed with open arms. The Terrikar that have held onto their customs and rituals are treated with some suspicion, as many have heard the stories of the barbaric tribes in the wilderness, but are still welcomed.