(& THE NEUTRAL ZONE)
All Gods & Goddesses
(minus the Monotheistic ones)
2.7 million km²
Imports & Exports:
One True Monarch
(unknown to the rest of the world)
C'ërod & Nkh'dari
The Ṅkhya'jra are an ancient peoples, believed to be the first race of Tam'nýer—a' and yet extremely reclusive due to the rise of the other races. With their ancient cities, but their territory so spread out, nearing the homeland, ॠधऊञई · Rīdhaūñaī (ree-t-duh-oo-nya-ee), of their people is marked clearly by ऐष · aiṢa (meaning 'gates') in all directions that lead to it.
All Ṅkhya'jra land, the deeper you get into it, is a world of lush greenery and stunning coloured flora that rivals that even of the Sky Coral Sea. Whatever land the Ṅkhya'jra do manage to 'regain' through fighting takes them years to 'restore' to their standards of health. This intensifies whatever disdain they hold for the other races that inhabit Tam'nýer—a' and drives them for claim over more land, because when they do in fact get all the artifacts together, they want to present to the Gods a land as it should be; the greatest present they can give their Mothers & Fathers, their home well managed and loved.
The आउफछ · Auphacha
Rīdhaūñaī is mountain and forest. A heavy trek for those unfamiliar with the terrain. The air, the closer you get, seems thinner but fresher. An odd combination, but one that makes you believe that you are dreaming; everything seems beautiful, aesthetically pleasing. Some have sworn that they can hear a humming or lilting voices as if the land was speaking harmoniously. For this reason, it is truly a shame that the Ṅkhya'jra are severely racist, as Rīdhaūñaī would most certainly be a place of pilgrimage for this reason alone.
Though Rīdhaūñaī's center is a temple, आउफछ · Auphacha surrounded by ethereal white trees where most believe the One True Monarch resides. This, however, is a ruse even to the common folk that reside in Rīdhaūñaī. Instead, it is mainly used for the moots between the Monarch and Lords. The true residence is actually located in a fjord behind the mountains that caress the valley of Rīdhaūñaī. Built on a separated rock within the inlet is the residence, where no one but the brother and sister that form the monarch and their servants live. No one is allowed to climb to the summit of the mountains leading up to the fjord as it is regarded as sacred land. The penalty for climbing is public execution overseen by the royal Brother and Sister pairing. Familial dishonour and exile are also a punishment for trespassing there.
Traditional Nkhya'jran architecture is closer to traditional Japanese, and has evolved to traditional Chinese architecture in this 'new age'. Despite the styles being quite similar, there is a slight difference that speaks volumes; the distinctive 'points' of the roofs. Whilst traditional Japanese architecture has a faint upwards point, almost seeming parallel with the ground, Chinese architecture is a pronounced upwards slant, towards the sky. Of course, as with everything, this is a nod to the Gods' having died. While they all lived on the same plane of existence once, the evolution of Nkhya'jran architecture style follows their racial path - to the Gods.
The most obvious shift of Nkhya'jran traditional architecture to this new age style is औखऌठइष · AukaliṬhaiṢa, the Harmony bridge that attaches their homeland to the Throat continent, where the Nkhya'jra co-exist with the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa.
ॠधऊञई · Rīdhaūñaī (Heart Continent) is considered to be a Cold-summer Mediterranean climate. This is primarily due to it being north of the northern Becal Curtain and the colder northern oceans. However, thanks to the strong maritime influence it also translates to its coldest temperatures rarely dropping below 0 °C (32° F). This permits nothing to truly enter a deep freeze during winter (but does not mean it does not snow), giving all the plant life a leg up come spring. Consequently, this means too that summer temperatures never exceed 22 °C (71.6 °F).
*The Köppen-Geiger climate classification is used to help create a better understanding.
The One True Monarch
Currently, because the Ṅkhya'jra have retreated from the rest of the world, and live isolated, their current ruler is unknown. However, there are whispers about how the Ṅkhya'jra used to be ruled and may very well still be.
The ultimate monarch of the Ṅkhya'jra is actually only formed when two specific beings come together to form the One True Monarch. The monarch when formed is surprisingly genderless, which begs the question "how does the monarchy continue after the one monarch dies?" Simple; the beings that form the One breed till they have 4 offspring. This ensures that even if one child may succumb to illness there are three 'backups'. The children are highly protective and raised covertly. The two forming the current monarch usually have very little to do with their children's lives, this is due to the high risk of war adding to their utilitarian beliefs. With no emotional attachment to the old monarchs, the new can ascend the throne with a clear mind to guide their people. And if you've realized, yes, the two making the One monarch are always a brother and sister.
The One True Monarch, when brother and sister are 'melded', keeps its look through the generations. The form does not change regardless of which brother & sister pair creates it. However, each pairing will add something to the One True Monarch's form, be it a hint of colour in its eyes, scales on a set of horns, etc. This form is carried through the constant inbreeding of the blood, but it is not only form, memories are passed down as well, passing on generational wisdom
कृतिनजदी · Kriti’NJadi
A meandering but calm river in the heart of the northern territory, large enough to accommodate small Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa boats, कृतिनजदी (Kriti’NJadi) allows trade to happen peacefully and smoothly between the Ṅkhya'jra and the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa. The Kriti’NJadi was always used for this purpose by the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa, but more recently small mixed villages have sprang all over its length. The river itself is crowned with brightly colored Dverī, Bti’Dya and other flower-bearing trees which have grown on its banks.
कृतिनजदी , over time, has become a merchant canal where one can find all sorts of things to trade, from traditional clothing, jewellery, home decorations to Zahriba pelts to colorful Vç, Ynéijusx, Inva', Cusur'galli leather (quite expensive!), ground Hadhajaras, Tágraz, Časht'ild resin, Takhir̀-cha', and many other things. This marvelous enormous floating market beneath the trees, however, is only known to the more open-minded Ṅkhya'jra and to the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa living in the northern Throat continent, and its existence itself is linked to a marvelous romance story between a Ṅkhya'jra and a Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa.
It is said that a Ṅkhya'jran merchant from डकईभर (Ḍakaībhara, now known as Fawzia-Kedet), after the fall of his beloved city at the hands of Püertagœ and the Sky-Coral Sea, wandered aimlessly and brokenheartedly in Rīdhaūñaī. Eventually, he stumbled upon the Kriti’NJadi river, which reminded him of the beautiful Bluş'taji.
As he would often walk the flowering banks of the river, full of bitterness and sorrow, he met and eventually fell in love with a Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa female gathering Hadhajaras.As he would often walk the flowering banks of the river, full of bitterness and sorrow, he met and eventually fell in love with a Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa female gathering Hadhajaras. While friendly, she would always refuse his advances, citing Ṅkhya'jran traditions and prohibitions. One day, she jokingly declared that they were like the Hadhajaras and the Dverī flowers, beautiful and lovely in their own right, but too different to mix.
The Ṅkhya'jra took her statement to heart and went away for two Tam'nýer—a’’n weeks. When he returned, however, he had in his hands a Bti’Dya flower (a hybrid of a Hadhajara & a Dverī) which he had himself created to prove to his beloved that if love and a meshing of flowers was possible, then so too was one between different races. In the meantime, the young Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa, who had fallen in love as well, had deeply regretted her harsh words and impossible challenge. She was swept off her feet by the new flower, and instantly accepted the marriage proposal. The happy couple decided to plant both their future home and the Bti’Dya flower on the banks of the beautiful river.
The Kriti’NJadi is now overflowing with Bti’Dya trees and, the story having spread, a lot of the Ṅkhya'jra and the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa couples, (which are technically not allowed, but has grown to be a a tolerated taboo in some small areas), come to propose love to one another by exchanging the Bti’Dya flower as a token of their love. They also often get settled near the Kriti’NJadi River, leading to the establishment of small and friendly communities.
औखऌठइष · AukaliṬhaiṢa (meaning 'Harmony Bridge')
औखऌठइष can be found past the Northern Becal Curtain. Seen by few, it can easily be considered a hidden gem in the world. औखऌठइष is a very symbolic bridge, seeing as it name literally translates to 'Harmony Bridge', but when it comes to the Ṅkhya'jra, harmony might not be a word that comes to mind, which makes this bridge all the more important. The reason behind the name is due to the fact that it links the main continent of the Ṅkhya'jra people to the other northern continent that is actually inhabited by the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa.
Due to the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa essentially being the world's neutral party and considering their long peaceful ties to the Ṅkhya'jra, such as building what is now known as Fawzia-Kedet for them, this bond has not broken. In fact, thanks to the bridge, the two races regularly trade, and even have small villages where co-existing with one another isn't viewed as shameful by the Ṅkhya'jra. Pretty shocking considering they are for all intents and purposes racist. However, this truce isn't without fault. Ultimately, this close togetherness is beneficial for the Ṅkhya'jra, seeing as the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa are not in the race for artifacts, and they have come across one in the past. Artifacts tend to scare the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa as it is simply a power they would rather not deal with. It is too big for them, so they inadvertently act as ears for the Ṅkhya'jra, and are their go-to if they ever happen to come across one. Could the Ṅkhya'jra ask for a better friend?
ढघण · Dhaghana
Not far from the Ṅkhya'jran side of the औखऌठइष (AukaliṬhaiṢa, also known as the 'Harmony Bridge') lies sprawling on the water the trading hub of ढघण (Dhaghana), a city built in a unified effort of both Ṅkhya'jra and the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa, however as one will notice in a more Ṅkhya'jran style. ढघण (Dhaghana) specifically was built for the commerce between the two races. As opposed to the rest of Rīdhaūñaī, Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa merchants from all over the Throat continent are allowed to come and trade here, (as well as live if they so choose), and Ṅkhya'jra from all over Rīdhaūñaī travel here to buy and sell wares. ढघण was built on the water and the city itself is a marvel of architecture and natural beauty. It is said that no expense was spared by the shrewd Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa merchants, in an effort to showcase their engineering prowess, and establish a fruitful relationship with the isolated Ṅkhya'jra.
However, Dhaghana maintains a strong Ṅkhya'jra military presence to protect the ruling Lord and to avoid any risk of the enemy invading Rīdhaūñaī through the AukaliṬhaiṢa. Among the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa, Dhaghana itself is known as the “Gateway to Rīdhaūñaī”. Many Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa merchants travel on their catamarans from T-'a'Ţăs'múr or the Ãoni Coastal Region to bring the northern continent Muntade, rare spices, Spring Rot Trees, K'wãt, Pt'stroka, Wôrdiţ, and many other wares. This is also the only way for merchants from Püertagœ to get their hands on some rare Rīdhaūñaī products such as the Hadhajara dust or Zahriba pelts, through purchasing them through a Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa intermediary travelling to Dhaghana. Because these products are sold and resold, and travelling by boat from one continent to another, sometimes the quality isn’t the best it could be.
ॡरुव · Līruva
If you venture onto the sea and one of your destinations is Fawzia-Kedet or T-'a'Ţăs'múr you might be privy to see a new island, as if birthed from the sea. Though the landmass is relatively small, there are docks aplenty, and it seems to be bustling with activity. Even at night, there are fires burning to light the docks, but the noise seems to ebb and flow there.
At high tide, the island is lifeless, but as soon as the tide recedes, life returns. That is because this is the isle of Līruva, a shockingly Ṅkhya'jran outpost (man-made island) that is their only outlet to the true outside world for the Ṅkhya'jra. With a long bridge attaching Līruva to Daghana, it is notably separated by a gate.
The purpose of the gate, however, is a bleak one, as it is to impress upon the Ṅkhya'jra who use Līruva that to do business with the other people and cultures of Tam’nýer-a’ is a risk, because once the gate closes for high tide, they do not reopen until the tide dissipates. So, if it a stormy day and you are running late, you might be in danger and in for a grueling few candlemarks.
The beauty and potential of Līruva is bar none, and what with it being so new, is a treasure trove for merchants daring to dock here. For the Ṅkhya'jra, it also relieves such a heavy reliance on the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa peoples, though they will never admit to that, including their own people.
Weapons in Rīdhaūñaī are often revered as incredibly strong. These weapons are more often made from Qanzoe as its rigidity is so much more so than that of Rieárn. This gives way for the blades of the Ṅkhya'jra to be a bit thinner than other blades around the world.
The Ṅkhya'jra often make these blades curved with the blade of the sword on the inside of the curve. This can offer the option of a short handle with a more striking curve, or a short handle with a more subtle curve. Both hilts are generally made from Nyzal, but wrapped tightly in leather or dyed cloths. The is not unheard of that nobles will have more decorative hilts with filigrees, embellishments, or gemstones placed in to the pommel.
Aside from being distinctly thinner, their blades tend to be the longest, aside from Püertagœn style, giving them the advantage of a long reach in battle. They also have a slightly thicker flat edge in comparison to its blade, making them stronger to deflect or parry with it.