L. sent in a FAQ question. She asks,
What’s the coolest researchy thing you found for Magic Rises?
Abkhazia is full of interesting research material. They have a very cool mythological cycle with nahrty, the knights, who fight giants and dragons. But the coolest thing is probably the atsany.
Atsany are an ancient race of dwarfs – or hobbits – that was rumored to inhabit that region. They are supposed to have incredible strength and be small enough to ride on rabbits. Nobody knows where atsany went, but thousands of their houses remain.
From the back this might look just like a mossy rock.
But if you circle it…
These two images are of Volkonski Dolmen, and came from this site. This particular structure is dated roughly two thousand years before the common era.
You can see detailed images from one of these structures at this Russian photo site. The blocks of stone are enormously heavy and the structures are water tight. Atsany, despite their small size, were incredibly strong.
Atsany also were skilled herdsmen and left behind their fences where they had kept their goats.