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Author Topic: The Mineborn  (Read 2380 times)

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The Mineborn
« on: Apr 21, 13, 01:05:57 PM »
First off, mines proportions (I really need to write an article about the mines too):
There were about 5,000 people in the Central Range's mines. (This is the mine system where Erisian + co were imprisoned.) Out of those 5,000 people, the VAST MAJORITY (say 85-90%) were criminals who deserved to be in the mines. So like, 4,250 - 4,500 people were actual slaves or true criminals, who were sentenced to the mines for legitimate reasons, and the only crime involved in their presence in the mines was that 1.) they weren't reported to the Court at Onn, and 2.) the Geiba didn't pay their taxes for them. The vast majority of THESE people (read: everyone but those affiliated with Eris) have been moved to other mines. (There are no characters in play right now who had legitimate reasons to be in the mines as far as my canon goes--Fariq would have qualified but he did what he did at the behest of a Queen, so, no) All Dark-Jeweled or Casted characters were collared--so basically, if you were anything but a blood fe/male, or light-jeweled witch or warlord, you had a slave collar on.

However.

That means 500-750 innocent people came out of the Central Range's mines (people whose crimes would have been forgiven by a Queen with half a brain, i.e. Lyra, Casim) and of those people, there were perhaps 10 to 20 children. These are the mineborn. Mineborn are not common. They are mad rare. Out of a hundred pregnancies, perhaps one or two may be spared; the overwhelming majority of pregnancies are aborted and there have been spans of a hundred years where there are no mineborn at all.

Sparknotes for the Mineborn:
-Between 14 - 20 years of age
-Permitted to live because they are thought to have a "special destiny" which relates to Pruul's future in some way, most specifically bringing the rains. Simply being dual caste is not a "special destiny"; even a pregnancy thought to be a Priestess Queen would be aborted if it didn't have the right "destiny".
-Mothers often simply left to die
-Early life care (before 3 or 4) by Geiba BW heretics
-After that, turned over to overseers
-Had Birthrights extremely late: 11-13 is the average. This was to minimize their Jewel strength. It was only possible for the Birthrights to be delayed so long because they were actively poisoned by the Black Widows of the Geiba through their food. This poison, called gomar, was created by the leader of the Sabbah heretics. Its function is to slow the body's attempts to build the structures that make receiving a Birthright Jewel necessary. It is tasteless.
-After Birthright, jewel is taken away, then the mineborn are collared + sent to work the mines
-Not permitted to make Offerings, nor to be educated in more than basic Craft (so none of them have performed their manhood trials)
-No mineborn have khanjar or the training to use one; they must be educated in game time. (Although they have begun the necessary training, probably.)
-No mineborn has combat training beyond what they've gained in the last in-game year. (Or any kind of incredibly specialized Craft training that they've practiced: without Jewels, they lack the ability to practice anything more complex than basic Craft (For app purposes you can probably let people go "WILL specialize in:" so not everyone has the same strengths/weaknesses))
-THERE ARE NO MINEBORN QUEENS BUT GHANIMA (up for negotiation with me on a case-to-case basis; there is a plot reason for this)
-All mineborn surnames are al-Izar (this is not up for negotiation, Saiph is going to be adopting all the mineborn to her personal keeping)
-The past year, the mineborn have been in the care of the Black Widow Coven in Little Citadel.

Let me reiterate: There are no mineborn Queens but Ghanima, there were only 10-20 mineborn.





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Re: The Mineborn
« Reply #1 on: Apr 21, 13, 01:23:40 PM »
Ah bugger...

*goes off to rewrite all of Hadjara's app stuff*

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Re: The Mineborn
« Reply #2 on: Apr 21, 13, 01:29:54 PM »
Sounds good to me. Did you have any questions about this/wanted to expand on it or just wanted to share the basic idea?








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Re: The Mineborn
« Reply #3 on: Apr 21, 13, 02:09:32 PM »
I really posted this up because I was told there were people asking about it. I don't have any questions about it or really any desire to expand on it unless people have questions they need answered, in which case I totally have desire to expand further. :)





 

 

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