Average Lifespan: 10 Tam'nýer—a''n Years / 300 Earth Years
Age of Maturity: 3rd Tam'nýer—a''n New Year of their life / 90 Earth years
Now, the Ṅkhya'jra are a bit different when it comes to maturity, as it doesn't matter if you are one who was born the exact same day as New Years, or if you're born halfway through the year, as long as you have been alive for 3 Tam'nýer—a''n New Years you'll be recognized as mature.
This is also a lot of time in comparison to other races on Tam'nýer—a', especially considering that the Sk'älik don't even live for one full Tam'nýer—a''n year. We're talking being 90 earth years before being considered mature, so by the time you are a mature Ṅkhya'jran, you should have your life basically ready to go. You should already have a profession, be skilled in multiple hobbies such as music, fighting, tailoring, astrology, etc. The heavy hitter here is that if you are going to marry, since marriage for reproduction isn't really important to the Ṅkhya'jra, and there's a deeper emphasis on companionship, it is considered somewhat taboo to still be actively looking for a partner after your 3rd Tam'nýer—a''n New Year. So, when you reach the age of maturity, they really mean that you should be ready in all aspects of life. If you are found wanting in any aspect, get ready to be shunned a bit.
Aging Process: At birth Ṅkhya'jran babies are not born with their horns, but instead there may be sections on the head where horns are predicted to appear as the infant grows. The horns do not start to show until towards the during the first Tam'nýer—a''an week and break through the skin as bony nubs. At the end of the first Tam'nýer—a''an week and going on to the second is when the horn's texture will become more apparent (e.g. twisted, feathered, or multiple points.)
At 2 and a half Tam'nýer—a''n Months (9 Earth years) they will resemble a 15 year old Earth child. They are in the awkward stage of adolescence, and they will be in this stage for 5.5 Tam'nýer—a''n months (19 Earth years). At their first Tam'nýer—a''n year they have finished their first stage of aging. It is at this point that they have reached their physical maturity, but are still not socially accepted as mature.
After the 1st Tam'nýer—a''n year of life there are little to no aging associated with them, not until they reach their 8th Tam'nýer—a''n year. While signs of aging can vary greatly from person to family, to what one does with their body over time, it is typical for Ṅkhya'jra to show stronger signs of true aging towards the middle of their 8th year. These signs of aging can be found in their eyes where the iris will start to crystallize at the outer edge and work its way in over time. The horns will start to resemble dry, old wood, but do not crack or split but instead will look more withered or eroded. The last signs of aging are the veins in the body will become more akin to what we know as varicose veins, and more pronounced through the skin.
Nkhya'jra names include two names; a given name and a surname in that order. Given names are notably short consisting of two syllables maximum, whereas surnames are mostly double to triple the length.
*Note: When making a name, please know that the Ṅkhya'jra language, names and sounds are based off of Sanskrit consonants.
What denotes the Ṅkhya'jra species is their horns. One set of horns to many is normal for them, and some horns may even resemble a feather-like pattern or texture emanating from the bone. Not only this, but the horns have no one true shape; they are all different shapes and sizes. Some are thrown back, growing from the forehead, others resemble those of a ram, some may even grow smaller versions of them on their arms, shoulders or down their spine.
Pointed ears are another aspect of their biology, as are their skin colours which consist of varying shades of Taupe; grey being the most common. The Ṅkhya'jra vary in heights between 5'6" to 7ft on average.
Much like the Khah', Ṅkhya'jra bodies may have markings like tattoos, these tell each individuals tale, and usually have one depicting their patron god that they follow more absolutely than the others. There is none better than the other though to the Ṅkhya'jra, as all Gods are respected and honoured; it is more acknowledged. Each God represents a strength and area of learning, and whomever is marked upon an individual denotes their strengths. However, it should be said that these tattoos are up to the individual whether they carry them or not.
EYE, HAIR & SKIN COLOURS
*The black listed here is solely to be used as a colour for the sclera and, only on the rarest occasion, as a small handful of Ṅkhya'jra have black slcera.
Horns go through a huge transformation as Nkhya'jrans age. A great example of this is that they are not born with their horns, but instead there may be sections on the head where horns are predicted to appear as the infant grows. The horns do not start to show until towards the during the first Tam'nýer—a''an week and break through the skin as bony nubs. At the end of the first Tam'nýer—a''an week and going on to the second is when the horn's texture will become more apparent (e.g. twisted, feathered, or multiple points.)
From birth to 5 Tam'nýer-a''n weeks (a total of 450 Earth days) horns are in their prime development. This also means that they are also the most fragile and can succumb to things such as Debasement; a cruel practice that is now heavily frowned upon, but used to be commonplace among Nkhya'jran children who were born into servitude by slaved parents. Debasement was literally cauterizing horn nubs, killing the 'wick' (the healthy growing inner workings of a horn), therefore stopping their growth beyond that point forever.
As Nkhya'jrans age, their horns will be one of the main ways of telling that a member of their race has become elderly as an individuals horns will start to resemble dry, old wood, but do not crack or split but instead will look more withered or eroded.
Nkhya'jran Horns & Personality Types
While here on earth some cultures attribute personality types based on blood type, Nkhya'jrans do a similar thing based upon their horns. This is in thanks to how horn types and growth are not deemed by genetics and rather grow on their own in whichever way they so choose.
*Please note that like your horoscope these are up to an individual to believe in them. Ergo, it is up to you and how you decide to make/write your character whether this applies to them or if it is folly.
Developing bone textured horns, which is the most common, has a handful of things attributed to it. Albeit, the primary belief is that Nkhya'jrans with this texture happen to have an ability to listen. Whether it is to the dead Gods, authorities such as parents or magistrates, friends & family or to their own spirit (intuition) and inner voice, does not matter. It is the willingness to hear, listen and, ultimately, grow.
While feather texture is rarer than its simple bone counterpart , horns with a feather texture represent endurance above all. They can bare the brunt of a storm and rise the next day. They are regarded as the strongest of wills, despite most assuming that bone would translate as this. Be warned, however, that while feather texture horned Nkhya'jrans may be survivors at their core, this does not mean that they will be great accomplishes. Some rise and are fuelled by survived traumas, others are merely survivors, believing that the world owes them something.
Curling (ram style):
Nkhya'jrans with this horn style are more likely to be headstrong with a stringent moral compass. What they feel in their hearts tends to rule them, making them as unmovable as a mountain. This also means that they tend to either be the most compassionate or ruthless individuals you will come across.
With horns that either stand straight up or vertical with a bend or notch tend to be rather quick tempered but easy to quell as they are ruled by their emotions. Almost bipolar in attitudes and behaviour unless they feel as though they have a purpose or calling, making being useful of the utmost importance for these Nkhya'jrans.
Branch-like (antler styled):
Free spirited with a tendency to be unruly. Nkhya'jrans with these types of horns also are more likely to be distracted as well as distracting, always finding new things to catch their eye. Ultimately, this makes them rather fickle and quick to treat everything as a novelty until they find and make a true home; a place that they can deign and design as their own. Only then do they seem to settle, gaining the ability to focus and complete major tasks though this may take years or never happen at all.
The Ṅkhya'jra have a distinct language that they speak called ङ्ख्ढॠ · Ṅkh'dharī. While like the rest of Tam'nýer—a', the Ṅkhya'jra were endowed with the understanding of C'eröd, due to their conflicted history with the majority of the races, the Ṅkhya'jra live fairly isolated. This in turn makes the Ṅkhya'jra's main language Ṅkh'dharī, but they will speak C'eröd without a problem if they choose to interact with outsiders.
It should be noted that despite Ṅkhya'jra being racist against all other races inhabiting Tam'nýer—a', they are inclusive of all the Gods be they a God of the Humans, Sk'älik, Khah', Giyu or Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa. This being said the driving force that differentiates the Ṅkhya'jra from the others is that they believe without a doubt that the Gods are still alive. This is shown through their seeking of artifacts that are tied to when the Gods ruled over Tam'nýer—a'.
Ṅkhya'jra also have innate abilities to communicate with these artifacts. Because of this, they are able to find them easier than any other race on Tam'nýer—a'. They believe that they have this ability and the other races have lost it due to their intermingling of species, weakening their connection to their Godly roots by essentially breeding the Gods out of themselves due to gross negligence. This negligence is what makes the Ṅkhya'jra angry, and want war for the land because they believe if they combine all the artifacts, the Gods will return and rule once more; the planet will be restored. Essentially a belief that Tam'nýer—a' will become their idea of a living Heaven, not merely a simple planet. They will attain a living, breathing paradise and true kinship with the Gods, inherently elevating their status, returning them to what they once were millennia ago.
Furthermore, taking into consideration the Ṅkhya'jran view and societal treatment of sex, it would not be a far stretch to claim that part of their religious views and practices is asceticism. Asceticism is a lifestyle with a distinct abstinence of sensual pleasures in order to gain an enlightened state, or other various spiritual states of being.
धनीसवाद्छ · Dhanīsavādcha
Dhanīsavādcha, literally meaning 'through all things' in ङ्ख्ढॠ · Nkh'dharī, is a secret religious sect of the Nkhya’jran people, though it is secret for very good reasons, and considered a major insult and blemish upon their society as a whole. The reason for this is thanks to the extreme contrast between how normal Nkhya’jra society treat sex and sensual pleasures.
Nkhya’jran societal norm is that breeding, and therefore sex as a whole, as well as pleasure, is more of a robotic tradition. Breeder males and females are vetted and chosen, engaging in orgy like behaviour in order to keep up their populace. It is not about pleasure but rather duty. It is organized this way in order to free the people to pursue the Gods, artifacts of said Gods, religious enlightenment, in addition to focus rising as the prime race of Tam’nýer-a’.
Dhanīsavādcha, however, turns this all on its head. They worship the Gods through sensual pleasure and orgies. To the Dhanīsavādcha pleasure, be it sexual, or not, is the best way to communicate with the Gods. Think of it as being overtaken by rapture, and this rapture is only attainable whilst worshiping the Gods in groups. These clandestine worship sessions are usually done in the nude, as it is ‘without barriers’ to separate them from their makers, the Gods.
Ultimately, Dhanīsavādcha is a secret religious sect that consists of Nkhya’jran people who are either pious or unabashedly corrupt.
Tattoos of rune symbols, or God sigils have been in use for many generations on Tam'nýer—a'. Their applications vary, but all stem from a strong belief of drawing from the Gods' power and/or protections.
In the instance of the Ṅkhya'jra, tattooing is to depict to their peers which deity is the one they worship above all the others. By doing this, the individual will attain a certain prowess for whatever that God or Goddess symbolizes, e.g., a Ṅkhya'jra whose primary deity is VüƑ is a devout believer in Fate, and that everything happens for a reason. A follower of VüƑ, with his sigil, may be imbued with a profound amount of patience, or the ability to be calm in a moment of mob panic. Just as a person baring Sùrelï's sigil will have a higher proficiency with languages. This would also include numbers, as math is technically a language.
Using bits of dead or living individuals, as well as creatures, sometimes paired with the diverse flora on Tam'nýer—a' is a strong and binding magic, referred to as Blood Magic. Some magic can last years after the caster's death, and may require a piece of the original caster's essence if it were to be undone.
Because of this, one's essence is extremely valuable, most especially amongst the Ṅkhya'jra, going so far as being a type of currency between nobility families in their culture. If you are a Duke and a Lord owes you a favor it is backed up by either a thumbprint, a piece or lock of hair, blood, tears or skin embedded into a piece of hammered gold. The Lord can only earn back this piece of themselves by fulfilling their end of the bargain. As for the common folk currency is less of an issue as everything is run on a bartering system. However, above all, the highest price is a piece or filed off dust of a Ṅkhya'jra horn. This denotes slavery or ownership of another.
Who Performs the Blood Magic for Collateral Purposes?
It depends upon the individual, but it is only used when a debt owed is never paid back. Some may choose to wait until the person they hold a piece of is elderly and weak, or pass it on so that the family forever owes the other a favour. It also depends on an individual to practice blood magic or to hire someone..
Blood magic is usually viewed an emphasis to the motto "my word is my bond". It's insurance. And no, it is not looked down upon in Nkhya'jran society. Instead, it is the most common to them out of all the other races.
This also insinuates that all Ṅkhya'jra are sexually racist, as they only consider themselves good enough. Albeit, it is rare that Ṅkhya'jra mate at all, given their long lifespans, and seeing it as a distraction from their true goal (though they can breed if they choose to). However, to combat this, they may pick a 'female' as a breeding mare and her near permanent state of being a mother is her contribution as well as sacrifice to her people, being subjected to a grueling week of intercourse with multiple males, solidifying the odds that she is with child. Once she has given birth, she will receive three weeks rest and be put to 'work' once again, as a female is extremely fertile for only a month after giving birth. This system has proven quite useful as well, as everyone continues in their duties without distraction, those ruling need not bother with such 'trivial matters'.
Despite this breeding tactic, don't think that the process is merely an unadulterated gang bang. Each male that performs is chosen and is subjected to a vigorous screening process. If they are found to have 'faults' or deformities, they run the chance of being executed for having too many. The women are also chosen. They must come from a peerage family; the first born or last born daughter of an Earl, or Duke with a history of military, scientific, or political service. Historical familial service is required just as much as familial status; having a name isn't good enough. This feudal monarchical system is quite elaborate and is unknown to the other races of Tam'nýer—a'. This discovery would be surprising and most likely met with doubt and spark debates.
Breeding and the Children it produces:
In terms of mass bred children, there are multiple ways they are dealt with. Some are raised by the government, and some are doled out to willing parents. However, if you are poor the government will not give you a child. If you are poor and infertile, you probably will never get a chance to be a parent. That's the sad truth of it. Only affluent people or notable members of a community will be granted children.
Nobility are expected to breed. If you are noble and you have no heirs, your fortune and land get claimed by the Monarchy. If a nobleman is chosen to breed, none of those children are able to claim lineage. That honour is solely for the children of his that his family raises. In this case, lineage, power, rank - it buys you a certain freedom from scrutiny. Think of it as the opposite of Püertagœ.
The term of pregnancy for the Ṅkhya'jra is 23-24 days, almost 2 Tam'nýer—a''n weeks. Ṅkhya'jra tend to have 1 to 2 children per pregnancy. If a Ṅkhya'jra becomes pregnant with triplets, usually one is a stillborn.
Reproduction: The Nkhya'jra can reproduce with themselves, Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa, Khah' and Humans.
कभत्रेष · Kabhatreṣa | Newborn Ritual
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Kabhatreṣa, also referred to plainly as the Newborn ritual is more or less a protection spell over, well, newborns. As we have come to know them, the Nkhya’jra are a very magical and spiritual race and for some, this begins even at birth. Now it should be noted that this ritual is done solely by the guardians/birth parents of children being raised in upper class families and in higher positions of power. It is done within the first three Tam'nýer—a''n days of the child’s birth and done only by the guardians/parents of said child.
They’ll cut their finger and drag it across the child’s forehead, smearing the blood there. The child is then held close as the parent or guardian prays to the Gods to protect the child, to keep them free of ill-will and harm, and declare the child's official name. That being said, this is also regarded as a naming ritual because of that factor. The primary reason for this ritual, however, is because babies are viewed as the most vulnerable to magic and its influences, and this is done to protect them from magical harm & ill-will for the first few months of their lives. Upper class families do this to be sure that even if they have enemies, their children won’t fall victim to any ill-will their enemies may have.
The Ṅkhya'jra diet is mainly meat, comprised heavily of sea creatures, with fruits, and herbs. Though it may surprise you that the herbs are treated as a side dish all unto themselves, and not simply added to enhance taste. Raw fish, particularly raw Faeries of the Sea, soaked overnight with Dverī and then mashed with Zlytnoki is a common dish. As is fried up Zyţ covered IÞ'clet.
Ṅkhya'jra tend to have open concept-like houses, where if there are doorways, there are no doors but large archways. The archways usually are decorated with streaming strips of fabric with written enchantments of prosperity and protection. Some even have bells that ring only if a person deliberately reaches up to trigger it. It is to bless that person in their comings and goings.
The major thing to note about Ṅkhya'jra homes is that they are multi-generational, housing uncles with nieces and nephews, to create a tighter bond between family and ensure that all is looked after. There is never a need to feel as though an individual of a house must struggle on their own.
To be a female Ṅkhya'jra means not only being a devout, but a living, breathing work of art. In opposition to the women of Earth where how they dress is how we judge them, the Ṅkhya'jra almost earn the right to beautify themselves. Females are found wearing what we here on Earth know as Sari's, referred to as णऋए॔ · Ṇarié, paired with elaborate headdresses (वशङ · Vaśagna), reminiscent of Fengguan from the Ming Dynasty. The headdresses are stunning, but are also earned. Each accomplishment a woman does is paired with the gifting of a piece to add to her headdress collection, therefore, a female Ṅkhya'jra's hairstyle is telling of their accomplishments and intelligence. Essentially, the more dolled up a woman is, the more you should put a ring on it, more or less.
Ṅkhya'jra men are much less dressed up, and look, sometimes, disheveled in comparison to the ladies. The most consistent garment Ṅkhya'jra men wear is something we know as a Hanten, or in Ṅkhya'jran culture, ॡथै · Līthà. A long coat of breathable cotton and flared sleeves. They usually come embroidered, and or dyed, since this is the main affair of their dress. Underneath is usually a simple tunic of white or black, however black is more affluent due to the amount of dye required and the time it takes to dye the cloth thoroughly.
The trousers of Ṅkhya'jra males tend to change in style, but is solely dependent upon personal preference. Whether they too are flared like the sleeves of their coat, or slim to the legs is not judged, but more understood as what the man finds most comfortable. Their dress is to represent ease, where as women are dolled up to show their status. Men, apparently, need no such thing, even in a corner of the world where their ruling Monarch is a mix of the two stating a sort of equality.
However, this distinction may be taken either way. Men may be less because they have no showing of accomplishments, and therefore no precedent for accomplishing anything, except perhaps to be the best physically in order to breed. Perhaps that is where their only use lies. But one cannot know, simply based upon dress. That would be judging a book by its cover.
When is comes to shoes for traditional Nkhya'jra, like the women's headdresses, they seem to be a bit over the top. Now, where men's clothing is rather plain in comparison to a woman's, it is a man's shoes, symbolizing their foothold on life and their path that bears consideration. Women fall plain here, and their shoes, whilst showing similar designs, are usually just a plain rounded toe, whereas men's shoes have a very distinctive curl to the toe.
Men's shoes are also bear a hierarchy of embellishments, whether it be basic embroidery on the tops of their shoes, going so far as to show off fine beading not simply made of coloured beads made from dyed & dried sinew, or wood, but of gemstones. Some even afford to have beads of untarnished Prucmé' vî, which is enormously expensive. Ladies & Gentlemen, if he's single - snatch him up!
One thing is for certain, their love for colour never ceases, and carries not solely into their talent for botany, but jewelry as well. Usually capped off or melded throughout the designs is gold, which is in stark contradiction to the Humans who wear/manufacture jewelry in silver mainly. This makes the question of whether you're more a gold or silver person have a racial connotation. Gold aside, Ṅkhya'jra jewelry tends to mainly come in a 'layered' look, made primarily of dyed threads, hence the mass of colour. The Nkhya'jra are where tassel jewellery is forever in style and in any way imaginable.
When it comes to the act of piercings, this is usually very ritualistic, and that is due to the importance the Ṅkhya'jran people place upon blood. Piercing, in all actuality, is only something done to those who are married, if they so choose. A partner may choose to get pierced to show their devotion to their partner, by this, via giving them the blood caught from the action and bits of flesh. This is nothing short of an act to show complete devotion to one's companion, but it should be noted that this action also has a tinge of a submissive tone to it as well.
The Nkhya'jra are the most conservative of all as necks, collarbones, forearms & hands are the only parts permitted to be visible. Mid-drifts may be visible but only in the privacy of ones home. The rest is for lovers and the Gods.
Traditionally, Nkhya'jra do not participate in wearing make-up. A little bit like Püertagœ, make-up is a sign of social status. The only ones who truly participate in it are ones of nobility; be you Monarch or Magistrate. The common people, however, are thought to be more 'spectacular' by the adornments earned by their contributions to society.
Due to the Ṅkhya'jran belief about the उजखसि - Ujakhasi (being seen as eternal) and despite their cultural regard towards sex, companionship is important, superseding mere carnal desires. That is why the Gods’ animal, the उजखसि - Ujakhasi, is also involved as their feathers or metallic molds of them are gifted as offerings to start a relationship. The adornment is usually crafted in gold if not a real one, and if a real feather, then it must be gathered by the person themselves.While these gifts seem more of a marriage type of gift, it is to show devotion. You do not declare an interest in someone if it is fleeting or on whimsy. It is only done if “the world narrows down to them and your God(s)”. This also alludes to the fact that all Nkhya’jran relationships (unless arranged) begin as friends.
Marriage goes two primary ways in Ṅkhya'jra society. It is either arranged between parents to join families in a calculated way for either higher status and/or prosperity, or a couple naturally come together, but of course, must still be approved of by both families. This is because families tend to merge in living space. Older generations live with younger generations.
Marriage ceremonies themselves include individual blessings spoken over the bride and groom, and then together, calling the Gods to witness their union. It also entails blood drinking, whilst breathing in heavy incense, getting them lost in the clouds of smoke. This symbolizes them taking part, and claiming each other whilst wrapped in the Gods' essence. The groom will endow his bride with a woven belt made from threads from family clothing and hair, while the bride will bestow her husband with a veil that she herself and her family have made together in the week prior to the ceremony.
The Ṅkhya'jra have a customary viewing period of 7 days ('sq), or half a week ('qwi) when it comes to losing a loved one. Hosting in the surviving lover's or family home they invite friends and colleagues to come and visit, give offerings of flowers, and tinctures to help the family get some rest during this difficult time. They also show support in saying goodbyes and offer prayers.
Families and lovers may take clippings of hair, nails or horn to better remember their loved one after this viewing period before the body is put to the flame in a sacred location marked with standing stones. However, there are multiple locations and each one is dedicated in particular to a God or Goddess. Whomever passed on will be put to the flame in the location of their primary deity so that they can be offered up in recognition of their service to their personal God or Goddess. Before they are finally set aflame however, the family washes the body for a good hour or so, to mirror Q'Tam'šmă washing Jn's broken form with the waves of the sea.
Keep in mind that it is not only acceptable, but can be considered improper or insensitive not to have an auditory hallucination of a deceased individual speaking during a body's washing or viewing. Whether the hallucination is the dead speaking or music matters little, and no one is the wiser if you lie to save face. Though is should be said it only applies if you were considered close to that person, e.g. family, a close friend, a servant of, etc.
Conclusively, whilst to the other races of Tam'nýer—a' the Ṅkhya'jra are war mongering, dangerous creatures, they are merely racists, looking to unite all of Tam'nýer—a' Gods for the betterment of their world.
The main instrument of ॠधऊञई · Rīdhaūñaī is the Sitar
When it comes to Nkhya'jran music, any sound that can resonate with percussion is key. Despite this philosophy, percussion is not the most important part of their music, but rather the accompaniment as the other instruments are to add melody to the percussion, though in this case melody is regarded as praise and percussion is the heartbeat of the Gods.
As all things Ṅkhya'jra, they are a people with many dances, and all usually pertain to representing the Gods, or telling their stories. Every God and Goddess has a traditional dance, either for groups or to be performed solo. In regard to movement, gender does not play a role in differentiating the dances. This is especially if the dance is performed by oneself and when dancing as the living embodiment of said God.
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Homosexuality & Polyamory:
For the Ṅkhya'jra, they have a specific way to 'deal' with breeding, as societal standards consider mating a distraction from their collective goal as a people to revive the Gods. To delve into this practice briefly, Ṅkhya'jra society may pick a female as a breeding mare and her near permanent state of being a mother is her contribution as well as sacrifice to her people, being subjected to a grueling week of intercourse with multiple males, solidifying the odds that she is with child. Once she has given birth, she will receive three weeks rest and be put to 'work' once again, as a female is extremely fertile for only a month after giving birth.
In turn, because procreation and continuation of their species is handled, it frees the Ṅkhya'jra from sexual stigma, as we experience it here on Earth, as romantic relationships are merely viewed as seeking companionship. Therefore, whether a couple is same sex or not makes very little difference. In fact, polyamory is considered common practice within their culture as it encourages the sharing of ideas and support, benefiting a multitude of people at a single time rather than a mere couple.
Betrayer of Design / यश्वाॡई · Yashvalīī
The biggest disgrace and crime in Ṅkhya'jra society is being discovered as a 'non-believer' or यश्वाॡई, which the literal translation of this word is "betrayal of design".
If you are found to be a यश्वाॡई the penalties are great and do not concern just yourself but your family as well. As being a non-believer your disgrace is insurmountable and believed to permeate the blood, hence your family also paying a price which may or may not differ from yours. This pervasive form of penalties is to dissuade dissidents to even dare speak of their abstract thinking.
Your family can suffer the following options:
Loss of rank
Loss of home
As for yourself, you will suffer the consequences as follows:
You will be starved as a means to ensure that you will indeed perish, as you so deserve. The pain of this is meant to mirror your disgrace.
You will then be banished, alone, without shelter, and only the clothes on your back to remind you of what you once had.
*If your family members are indeed sentenced to public execution, they will starve along with you beforehand so that they may condemn you as they should, and as society should. Even before they are killed, they will be forced to denounce, as well as disown you to the crowds.
**In the first few cases, however, Ṅkhya'jra authorities exiled your family members with you.
In Ṅkhya'jra society if you are caught stealing it would fall to the jurisdiction of a magistrate.
If the item or intention of theft is found to be of higher value or severity it will be ruled that you are subjected to being the victims property and can do with you as they so wish for a period of time determined by the magistrate overseeing the crime. That being said, if the victim so chooses, they may inflict bodily harm, however, it is limited by mutilation, dismemberment and death. The victim holds the right to break a maximum of one limb of their choosing and may withhold medical care. However, this option is rarely exercised as most victims find the benefit of gaining a free servant to be more useful.
If the theft was not found to be severe in action or of a higher value, the magistrate would be left with two options of ruling:
1. That the victim will receive compensation by means of monies (in this case P'ee K'äh), or menial tasks up to the victim's discretion provided by the criminal.
1a. By 'means of the flesh' which constitutes that the victim receive a lock of hair or vial of blood of the offender, so that the victim may receive compensation at a later date. However, it needs to be said that when 'means of the flesh' is the ruling, it must be formally requested by the victim and approved by the magistrate. When the victim intends to call upon the offender, sometimes years after the crime and ruling, they must report it to the magistrate so that it can be marked in the records that the service is being fulfilled and must thereby be fulfilled in 1 weeks time.
2. Public beating to be carried out by the magistrate overseeing the crime. The length of time is first suggested by the victim and can be judged ultimately, and therefore altered according to the magistrate's discretion.