Demographics of Etrancoast
As of 831 AEKE, the total population of Etrancoast is 564,400
- See also: Humans
- See also: High Elves
Currently, 4,500 High Elves live in the Earldom of Etrancoast, making up 0.8% of the earldom's population.
The history of the High Elven community of Etrancoast as we know it begins with the fall of the Kingdom of Hulra and its replacement with the Viceroyalty of Etrancoast in the late 3rd century AEKE. Just like during the foundation of Etrand, High Elves came in numbers, albeit most of them were only temporary residents of Etrancoast. One of the most famous examples of such temporary migrants might be Elhiérus Ardacýn, who was on a church mission to Etrancoast. His story was shared by probably a majority of the first wave of Froturnish migrants: missionaries, scribes, merchants, and sometimes even mercenaries. Some of the craftier and more money-minded High Elves may have even set up their own shops in the rebuilding cities of Yrvhaven and Waterburcht, exploiting the situation.
Naturally, this temporary community dwindled quickly after its initial emergence. To make matters even worse for this community, the First Etrancoasti Rebellion, Liudulf's Pagan Rebellion, rebellion of 514 and Rikwi's Pagan Rebellion all saw pogroms against the small High Elven communities of Etrancoast's two major cities, as they were sees as the primary symbols of the foreign faith, of oppression, despite the fact that it was Etrand, not Froturn, who forced the Titanist religions down the throats of the Hulran people.
The High Elven community of Etrancoast only began to form, or according to some, re-emerge into existence during the late 7th century, when the age of pagan rebellions wasa long over, and Etrancoast finally saw order and peace. The economic growth in Etrand during the reign of King Bryant I of Etrand also affected Etrancoast, which meant High Elven immigrants in Etrancoasti coastal cities, setting up their own businesses and guilds - speaking of guilds, the High Elven community of Etrancoast has been largerly responsible for the proliferation of the Mages Guild in Etrancoast.
- See also: Wood Elves
- See also: Dark Elves
- See also: Half-Elves
- See also: Orcs
- See also: Half-Orcs
- See also: Goblins
- See also: Halflings
- See also: Dwarves
- See also: Gnomes
- See also: Lizardmen
|Cult of Nature||4,000||0.7%|
|Church of Titanius||476,900||84.49%|
The religious composition within Etrancoast's population is difficult to estimate. Although it is without doubt that the majority of the population follows the Titanist faith - at least nominally -, a significant portion of the population still clings to the old ways, against all odds, such as six hundred years of brutal persecution that forced them underground.
While every law-abiding citizen claims to be a Titanist when asked by legal authorities, a considerable amount of them, a rather strong minority, are crypto-Pagans - people who are nominally Titanist, claim to be Titanist when asked, pay church taxes, may even attend masses, but practice Paganism in secret at home. It is difficult - if not impossible - to estimate the exact number or percentage of crypto-Pagans in Etrancoast, estimates ranging from as low as 10% to as high as 65%.
- According to one inquisitorial report - by native Etrancoasti inquisitor Ewerhard Sherkil -, 80% of the population is "faithful Titanist", 15% "may or may not display Pagan tendencies", while 5% of the population "exists in conditions that enable them to avoid scrutiny by the law, most likely open pagans".
- A more skeptical inquisitorial report - by the Etrandish Marius Moga - stated that 25% of the country's population is relatively faithful Titanist; 10% is under strong suspicion of being crypto-Pagan; and 65% practices neither Titanism nor Paganism, but a syncretic religion that incorporates elements of both, commonly called "Folk Titanism".
- A third inquisitorial interpretation - by native Etrancoasti inquisitor Meginulf Frathgulden - however writes that "the majority of the people of Etrancoast are in fact Titanist, but unstable in their belief, not as nearly as staunch as they should be", believing that classifying 65% of the population as would-be-pagans just for preserving some old traditions is a big mistake, and that they should be given more chances.
Crypto-Paganism is mainly present in the country's lower class and among outlaws. One of the reasons why calls for freedom of faith and calls for peasant emancipation are often strongly interlinked is because the religion does not have representation among the country's ruling class - as such, being pagan has also became a way of expressing dissent against the nobility, against the Earl's regime, even though a considerable part of Etrancoast's nobility yearns for the country's independence, despite opposing paganism.