Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
The Island of Kanuba
Kanuba is a large island far to the southwest of Castille, near the equator, in an area known as the Dead Tropics. The climate is very hot and humid, and the people who live there have dark skins, as well as some very unusual beliefs. Eisen and Avalon settlers first came across Kanuba in 1665, and since then have integrated with the existing society, learning the native language and the ways of the Kanu. Kanu have dark brown or black skin, short black hair and wide noses. In addition, they are several inches shorter on average than most Theans.
The Kanu have friendly dispositions, with an easygoing manner. They have few taboos – the one major exception being that when their gods are spoken of, it must be in a respectful whisper, and Nul must always be spoken of first. They are known to form strong friendships, and many of them have left the island to see the world, now that the settlers have given them the opportunity and curiosity to do so. However, no matter how far from home they travel, the island always calls them back – eventually. Besides, for the natives, there is little to compare with the quiet tropical paradise of Kanuba, so returning home is not a chore.