Parian, like Iltyians, are known to have dark skin and curly hair. Their dark skin gives their drafters an advantage in combat, since it is more different to tell when they are drafting, and- if the drafter is a bichrome or polychrome- what colour they are drafting. Ironfist and Tremblefist are known to both have coal-black skin, which gives them an even greater advantage.
Parians are long-standing rivals for wealth and power with their neighbours, the Ruthgari. Paria and Ruthgar both claim to have been the birthplace of Lucidonius.
Parians often only have a single name, which is often descriptive of them (eg. Stump, a Blackguard who is short but very muscular and stocky.) Second names are reserved for great men and women, and sometimes their children.
A traditional Parian garment is the ghotra, a checkered headscarf. Many Parian men wear it in respect to Orholam. It can be worn at any time, but it is required, for those that choose to wear it, for it to be worn from dawn to dusk.
A Parian tradition when one has lost a significant number of brothers-in-arms that they were close to is to shave one's head in mourning.
Shaking hands is an old Parian way of sealing deals, which is not commonly used anymore.
An unusual Parian traditional is that they were a bathrobe to bath, which is seen as unusual by many, including Teia, because it makes it difficult to get clean when one is wearing clothes in the bath.
Paria is one of the Satrapies in which oranges, considered a delicacy in the Seven Satrapies, are grown. Parian oranges, however, are said to not even compare to Tyrean ones.
Marble of the highest quality is also mined in Paria.
The Parian city of Azulay is home to the largest library in the world, and in addition to its written texts, also has records of oral history, including many that are secret and some that are heretical in the Orholamic faith.
One of the trainees in Kip's Blackguard class was Tizik, the son of the dey, or regional governor, or Aghbalu, a region of Paria.