Census Not Applicable
5,865 m (19242.13 ft)
Imports & Exports:
Fabrics, Dyes, Jewelry, Glass, Gemstones, Books, Metals (e.g., Prucmeь' vî)
K'wãt, Metals (e.g., Lhut'õ), Pt'stroka, Wôrdiţ
& Mustard Yellow
Homeland to the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa, these mountainous peaks are treacherous to even the most skilled of climbers aside from the beasts that dwell here. The settlements of the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa are stacked and built into these high elevations that seem impossible to reach. The homes, and buildings are not the most intricately bult, neither are they made with any preset designs or beauty in mind, but instead hold their value in their structural integrity.
The lands and mountains that are scattered between the homes and main settlements of the species are difficult to trek through, but is not the worst for the strongest of travelers. The higher peaks, above the settlement housing, have been specially kept crops consisting of K'wãt that the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa use in their trades.
The living spaces for all the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa have been carved deeply into the mountains and with their elevation and positioning inside the cliffs, they have created a rope and pulley system to send and receive supplies to one another, just as well there are some strong enough to carry the people across with great ease. There is no machine power to these systems, but instead, they are all powered by the labor of the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa themselves.
When it comes to architecture in the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa homeland of T-'a'Ţăs'múr, it looks incredibly slapdash and perhaps instills a sense of unease upon first seeing it. Homes are added as they are needed, clinging precariously to the mountainsides to be as space-conscious as possible. Each home is built by the community together, or a family together, and watching it happen only helps one understand the importance that each Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa places on another individual. Everyone is worthwhile and important. After all, a village is nothing without its people.
The homes themselves, as aforementioned, appear slapdash, however the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa have a knack for making things level simply by eyeballing it, since they all partake in building form a young age. The homes themselves however can be made from almost anything. Some rooms are carved from the mountain itself, whereas the outer walls may be constructed from wood, sheets of metal, as inner walls can be made of the same or sewn swatches of fabrics and leathers to help insulate them.
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Life in the mountains can be cold, this is why the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa still retain fur, albeit thin, all over their bodies, unlike their cousins the Khah'. Settlements in the mountains themselves start at an elevation of 6,000ft, so if you live up here what really makes the heart sing is spice and hot foods. This is why traditional Z'sa'Ză-'Bäan foods are generally hot and meaty, to keep the belly full & cozy warm.
This dish doesn’t include the sweet Q'wolḑ spiders, but a large species of tarantulas that the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa actually hunt for food. Their legs are pulled off, as well as their venom sacs (very carefully) and after they are washed with clean water they are actually cooked among hot flat stones (a layer of stones are placed over the hot fire embers, then the spiders, and then another layer of stones). It is said that cooking these stones in contact with the spiders gives them healing effects.
Wôrdiţ meat in a curry with Zlytnoki as a base, made with additional herbs and spices which are pounded together in a stone mortar and pestle to release oils and flavors. It may not seem like much, but the combination, slow cooked over several candlemarks makes a hearty meal that helps fight off the cold of living at such an elevation. This one is definitely a comfort food for any Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa.
Since the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa are very appreciative of Zagifu as a salty and savoury meat, it is not surprising that one of their traditional recipes is centered around this bird. Tenderized by a special vinegar made of purple Tágraz, the meat is slightly fried or roasted prior to being stewed for one candlemark. It is stewed in a mix of finely chopped Skïtra (including the purple version) until the meat falls off the bones by itself. Now, although traditional, this meal is expensive because the Skïtra doesn’t naturally grow in the Mountains. For those Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa who do not have the resources, a good but less savoury dish can be obtained with IÞ'clet berries and fresh Tágraz.
This sword is primarily, and almost only ever found in the mountains of T-'a'Ţăs'múr. The large blade is primarily made up of Prucmé' vî. This sword in particular is not one that any Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa would be willing to relinquish as they are extremely difficult to make and hold many uses for these mountainous people. The hook to the blade is not sharpened, but rather used primarily as a means for downing Wôrdiţ. The hook is used to trip up the legs or snag the horns, depending on how the animal is being taken down.
The blades of these weapons are not their primary function, but if necessary can be used. Being made from Prucmé' vî, these blades are unique in colour. They are generally a teal to dark blue due to the colder weather that the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa generally have in their higher altitudes. However, it is also not uncommon for these weapons to be made from Rieárn as well. They are not mass produced, so getting your hands on one outside of T-'a'Ţăs'múr is extremely rare as they are not practical for battles.
A second type of weapon that a Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa are seen with are far more broad, and generally smaller. These blades are typically used for harvesting K'wãt. These weapons are not created by smithing, rather they are carved from a glass-like mineral found near their volcanoes. The blades of these weapons are extremely fine, delicate even, and are often ridged and choppy in texture alone the sides. There is almost always a singular hole at one corner of the blade that can be looped with a thing rope or be placed on a hook of a belt for easy carry.
These are not weapons as their rigidity is extremely weak and is why they are primarily used for harvesting. However, if need be, these weapons can be used to do some deep cut damage to an attacker or animal that hasn't any armour in the way.