The natives, or Dardani, are a swarthy, dark-haired people with "startling" blue or gray eyes. They are considered by many to be one of the most physically attractive human ethnic groups.
Dardani culture, on the other hand, is often criticized for its barbaric and uncivilized customs. Tribal warfare is common among the lower classes, who participate in blood hunts and clan feuds. Particular criticism is leveled at them for the practice of avorro, or "trial by lashes" and the ritualistic killing of twin babies due to a superstitious belief that twins are cursed.
The oligarchy in power within the cities is merchant- and criminal-based, as government officials and mafia bosses own most of the businesses. These two groups frequently engage in violence in order to maintain control. Carondei, the most populated city in Dardanos, has the highest murder rate in the known world. Due to these dire circumstances, the number of immigrants leaving Dardanos to settle in Apicarta and other lands has increased dramatically in the last few decades.
King Tristan of Apicarta, whose wife Deirdre was a Dardani heiress, was known for his lenient (some would say lax) policies regarding the Dardani. The immigrant Dardani population (concentrated primarily in northern Apicarta) successfully appealed to him through his wife to instate traditional Dardani laws and customs in certain areas, leading to social and political upheaval. For example, the avorro of Daniel Zuse, an Apicartan citizen who had murdered three women of Dardani descent, occurred during Tristan's early reign and was taken as a sign that the king did not care about his own people. In response, Tristan backed out of his initial policies, and did nothing to stop the backlash against the Dardani minority.