The horse has long been a close part of Lathandi life, and its place in the iconography and symbolism of the principality is unrivaled. Boys and girs are taught to ride at an early age, and a Lathandi who cannot ride, or care for a horse, is considered completely worthless by the rest of his people. Skill with horses and their training are high virtues among the Lathandi as well.
Functionally, a great deal of the wilder northern region of the realm of Pelerin is under Lathandi control as well.
The land and its people are symbolized chiefly by an image of a running horse. This reflects the close relationship between horses and the Lathandi, a relationship that has persisted for centuries unnumbered. Today, as a part of the Sixlunds , the Lathandi sigil is that of the aforementioned horse galloping on a field of purple, representing the petals of the eothir, a flower that dots the landscape and fields throughout Lathan. Surmounting this, beneath the horse, is a plaited cross of gold, representing the woven charms made from straw and hay by Lathandi women and given to their men as a token of fortune and bravery.
The eastern borders of Lathan run up against the western slopes of the Lithendi Mountains, which divide them from Sen . From there, the mountains give way to a belt of foothills that then fall into valleys, and a well-watered plain that sweeps westward towards the sea. Its lands are well-enough suited for grazing, and some patches of arable enough land dot grasslands. Small farming communities are scattered throughout the region, and good areas of frequent use as camps are well-known and marked out.
The principality has a capital--Lehso--in name only. Functionally, the court itself is mobile as the Prince of Lathan is invariably a lover of the traditional ways of living and leads a semi-nomadic lifestyle. Frequently, he is found in Lehso only during the colder months of winter.
The people of Lathan are divided into two groups. The first, sighty more than half the population, is settled either in the small city of Lehso or in one of the many small farming villages that pepper the landscape. These people tend to be farmers, artisans, or are of related occupations. The second group still adheres to the older way of living, and travel the land on horseback, remembering the days when their hooves thundered over the hills. Skill with horses is central to Lathandi life; the image of the horse dominates art, poetry, song and literature.
The nomadic horsemen also serve as a sort of standing army for the kingdom. As masters of horsemanship the Lathandi fight skillfully from horseback with spear, lance, sword and bow. Their horses are among the best in the world, and are treated as honored members of a clan. They are not lighty given away, nor are they left to breed with inferior stock. Because of this affiliation, the Lathandi occassionally have dealings with the Horse Clan of the Hrogar .