Culture of the Irin People
Irin is the largest of the Gaohund Islands.  Irinish tend to be tall and thin, wear no jewelry or finery, carry walking staves and knapsacks, and eat dishes with onions. They also tend to be reticent and taciturn. They raise beef on the lower elevations and sheep up higher.  Coal is mined in the hills. Irin Cuisine: cheeses, heavy crackers or non-sweet breads and cakes, often with seeds and cracked grains; fish, often salted or steaks; poultry soups with vegetables; steamed vegetables roast birds; occasionally beef or mutton. Sausage or cubed meats in their vegetable hashes, or in soups of rice and black beans or black-eyed peas. They love baked and buttered squash.

Breadstone is a small, low-lying island north of Irin, and a county of Irin. It is not densely populated, and those that live here are mostly fisherfolk.

History of the Irin People
The People of Irin lived on the Waning Isles long before the Great Retreat. They lived on Irin and also the nearby islands: Breadstone, East Irin, and the island that was afterwards named New Warrick. On Irin itself, the people of Irin lived on northern and western parts of the island. Dark predators called semples infested the southern slopes and the Tondel Peninsula. These crablike creatures killed livestock and children, and occasionally even adults, and the Irin stayed away from their forested domains and stuck to the north of the island, even though it was colder and more exposed to storms. On the open northern slopes, the Irin were free to graze their cattle and sheep.
Only after the great Retreat began did they seek to dominate their island. They knew that the number of newcomers would overcome the fear of semples and take all available land. Daniel Kershaw, a non-heir of the castle of Kershaw, exterminated the semples with his crew. After the settlement forced by the Great Retreat, they continued to live on Breadstone, East Irin, and on the northern slopes of the great island of Irin.

East Irin
East Irin is an island just east of Irin, and a county of Irin.