Posting here as me and Zendrolion discussed the matter of human migrations in the Thanegioth area in several notes of his article for issue 3 of Threshold magazine... I'm copying the conclusion of the discussion here as it's worth preserving, even if part of it should be included in The History of Ierendi and Minrothad that will appear in the issue:
He: Ok, let's see if I can make things consistent as much as possible with your take. We have the Oteino (post-Azcans) living in the Ierendi area; then the Eokai (Neathar M-Cycladic and Maltean); and then the Mawa (M-Polynesians - likely Oltec or Tanagoro/Oltec mix).
Now, the Oteino are ok for me, and I can substitute my Ti-teque with them.
About the Mawa, until now I derived M-Polynesian culture from human populations under Rakasta influence, becouse at least two Rakasta breeds (sherkasta and cloud pardasta) have an Indonesian and Malay language (belonging to the same Austronesian family of M-Polynesian), and there are M-Austronesian states on Patera. So, compromise could be the following: pre-GRoF a human population was dominated by Rakasta in Skothar and adopted a similar tongue. That population later (still pre-GRoF) expanded in the Oceania-Cestia-Sea of Steam area, up to the Pearl Islands. After the GRoF they reached northern Davania and the Sea of Dread - I'd call Mawa this last branch of the migration.
Lastly, the Eokai then could come from Davania instead that from the north (see one of your following comments, also).
Thus modern Makai culture develops after BC 1600 from the union of Eokai, Oteino, and Mawa, while the Makai-like culture of the islands of the Sea of Dread lacks the Oteino contribution.
What do you think? This picture should work even if I use a KW-North Pole precataclysmic version. Otherwise, do you think there are other possibilities to link M-Polynesians and Rakasta?
Me: It works perfectly to me too. I like too the connection between rakastas and oriental cultures, even if IMC I haven't decided yet who influenced who.. not really important IMO... then we could have in Ierendi a Eokai-Oteino-Mawa culture, in the Thanegioth area a Eokai-Mawa culture and in the Pearl Island I suppose a Tanagoro-Mawa culture...
Addendum, as I'm reading The Empire of the Firelord adventure by Ville Lahde... he mentions Nuari as living in the Thanegioth area... I left a comment in his article too but IIRC there were two different human people in X1 too... the Thanegioth area then should have the Makai (Mawa-Eokai only) and the Nuari too... the Nuari would be a Mawa-Tanagoro mix that arrived in Thanegioth later (after 1000 BC as per HW migration map)... Correct?
He: "Yes; black skinned migrants in the Sea of Dread could well be Yavi, not necessarily Nuari. Anyway, the picture would be the following:
* BC 3500-2500 = Eokai come in northern Davania from the Serpent Peninsula, then from there in the Sea of Dread area
* BC 2800-2500 = Oteino (descendants of Azcans) expand the northern Sea of Dread
* BC 3000-2500 = Mawa come from Cestia/Jungle Coast/Pearl Islands area to the southern Sea of Dread
* BC 2500-1600 = Mawa come to the northern Sea of Dread
* BC 1600 = Makai culture (Oteino+Eokai+Mawa) formed in northern Sea of Dread
* BC 1000 = Tanagoro migrate to the Pearl Islands and absorb the Mawa there (=Nuari)
* After BC 1000 = Nuari/Yavi migrate to the Sea of Dread area; if these are indeed Nuari, Alphatian expansion could be the cause behind their migration
So in the end we would have the Sea of Dread people as a mix (don't know how much "mixed" really) of Neathar (Eokai), Oltec (Mawa), and Tanagoro (Nuari/Yavi) cultures."
Me: "Sorry, I forgot to mention that I see Oteino as predating the azcan, they would be indeed the very first "oltec" migration from Skothar toward the west... so you could have both oteino and descendants of the azcan contributing to the makai people, but maybe that's not too much relevant for the article..
About Nuari and Yavi, they could be both...it would be indeed interesting to have two different tanagoro related subcultures in the thanegioth area.. but also this I think it's not really important for the purpose of the article...
For me it can be resolved, but I'll save in the forum (2300BC Adhuza thread) part of this discussion as it's really important for the topic! Thanks!"
He: About the Oteino, I'm not sure I can follow you here... I have the hearth of Oltec culture/empire in the Great Waste/Black Mountains, so it's easy to derive the Oteino from the surviving, nearby Azcans after BC 3000. And before BC 3000 there is little reason to migrate in the KW, becouse in my version it's the North Pole. Anyway, the thing is to be discussed further, but since it would be difficult to explain all this properly in the article, I'll be as vague as possible about the topic in order to leave more than one road opened, as always!
I'll include, instead, the double Yavi/Nuari origin of the Sea of Dread's black-skinned men.
Regarding the Adhuza thread, feel free to include everything there. I'll try to contribute as much as possible if I have more time in the future.