Tyranny of the Dragon Queen
Illuskan was the name usually given to humans who lived in the Sword Coast North. They were also known as Northlanders. Illuskans were tall, fair skinned people. Most had blue or steel gray eyes. Many had blond or red hair, though farther north and east dark hair is the norm, showing the influence of the ancient Netherese in those areas.
They are a seagoing, warlike people, and are considered by most people in Faerun (especially those in the south) to be little more than barbarians. This could not be further from the truth. They are the original founders of Waterdeep, as well as being one of the oldest civilizations in the world. They are known for their powerful runecasters, sailing expertise, battle prowess, and legendary skalds.
What does it mean to be Illuskan?
They are a strong, proud people who live in some of the harshest environments in Faerun. Orcs, freezing weather, and iceland beasts all fall to the axe of the northman.
They eschew the comforts of civilized lands, viewing those southerners as weak and decadent. They are bold and impetuous, given to proud boasts, and are given to prodigious consumption and quick tempers. They are not, however, rash. The ice tempers many a quick action.
Life is a constant test of survival, and those who are strong succeed and deserve respect. Deceptions, trickery, and lies are despised, while straight speech and forthrightness is an admirable trait.
What is it like to be an Illuskan?
You are self-sufficient from a young age, learning to hunt and survive on your own by your 10th winter. All who contribute are equal. Prestige and honor are earned through feats of bravery, strength, and hunting.
You are suspicious of magic and commerce, both being unnatural and used to frequently confuse or take advantage of the weak. Elders are treated with respect, but once a member is no longer able to care for themselves, they are abandoned for the good of the tribe. The land is too harsh, and better one man or infant die, then the whole tribe from lack of resources.