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Is Dynaheir a Rashemaar

So accordingly to Forgotten Realms Wiki people from Rashemen are called Rashemaar and have following characteristics:
  • dusky skin
  • black hair
  • dark eyes
  • short, stout, muscular build
  • and I assume that also having a Slavic accent while speaking Common (because Rasallesian language is Slavic inspired language)

While Minsc may be exception among Rashemaar in the height department and his accent is not a typical thick Slavic accent (at least in my Slavic/Polish taste, I would say he sound a little bit Romanian, so close enough xD Especially when for Americans everything east of Germany sounds and looks the same), but more less he meets the description.

But Dynaheir? Black skin, Sub-Saharan face features, (East??) African accent. Is she really a Rashemaar? Or is she is some immigrant from Chult or other southern regions of Faerun I don't know much about?

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  • jmerryjmerry Member Posts: 3,024
    Yes, she is. Here's a (voiced) line from Siege of Dragonspear, during a conversation with another Rashemi pair:
    Hast we been introduced? I am Dynaheir, wychlaran of Rashemen. This is my bodyguard, Minsc, of the Ice Dragon Berserker Lodge.
    Looks pretty cut-and-dry to me.
  • HadarHadar Member Posts: 170
    "Wychlaran of Rashemen" means just "old wise woman from Rashemen" it does not have to imply she is ethnically Rashemeni. By even if we assume that she is a Rashemaar then why she looks and sounds the way she looks and sounds
  • jmerryjmerry Member Posts: 3,024
    Dynaheir has dark brown skin. Minsc has light skin. Julann and Rigah (that pair in SoD) are somewhere between the two.

    My read on that is that Rashemen isn't homogenous in the skin color of its humans, and there's considerable variation. Which is a perfectly normal thing; people move around. Especially given that "dajemma" tradition - how often does someone on that journey find a romantic partner and bring them back home? Maybe some of Dynaheir's recent ancestors - or Minsc's - come from other lands. Whether true or not, that's nowhere near as important to the characters as the culture they come from, and that culture is definitely of Rashemen.
  • ZaxaresZaxares Member Posts: 1,298
    jmerry wrote: »
    My read on that is that Rashemen isn't homogenous in the skin color of its humans, and there's considerable variation. Which is a perfectly normal thing; people move around. Especially given that "dajemma" tradition - how often does someone on that journey find a romantic partner and bring them back home? Maybe some of Dynaheir's recent ancestors - or Minsc's - come from other lands. Whether true or not, that's nowhere near as important to the characters as the culture they come from, and that culture is definitely of Rashemen.

    This, I'd say. It's kind of like how northern Indians tend to be lighter skinned while southern Indians tend to be much darker, despite both of them being ethnically Indian.

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