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Nharkava / Re: Priestesses and Faith
« Last post by Maarika Sydän-Harmaa on Today at 08:02:04 PM »


Secrets
The average Nharkavan either hasn't heard of the Sekhalasi, or believes them a myth from ancient days. Only those within the order are truly aware of their existence and their work. Additionally, only the senior members of the order know some of the history and truths written below.

Unless you intend to play one of these characters, there is no reason to keep reading. Plot lead approval is required in order to play a Sekhalasi.
Spoiler: Read On... (click to show/hide)


[ OOC Note: This article is an expansion of the original Priestesses & Faith article written by Caryn, and draws heavily from that work. Lines in lavender are her words verbatim, or close to it. ]
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Nharkava / Priestesses and Faith
« Last post by Maarika Sydän-Harmaa on Today at 08:01:49 PM »

All Nharkavans, Blood and Landen alike, believe in a higher power with which one can join after death by achieving enlightenment during life. Landen call this power Ankari, while the Blood refer to it as the Darkness.
The Truth
Few people know it with any certainty, but Mother Night and the Eight both exist in Nharkava. The former is the expected deity worshiped by Blood everywhere. The latter are a series of spirits who, in ancient days, concerned themselves with the well-being of the Landen who befriended them.

These spirits still exist, but their worship and dogma has been lost to time and obscurity. These rites and and truths are now known only by the secretive Sekhalasi, and a few rare Landen (like the Voice of the Mother) who encounter them directly. 
Landen view their gods as guides to Ankari. While many Nharkavan Blood acknowledge the possibility for the Landen gods to exist as minor deities, they typically believe Mother Night is the ultimate guide towards enlightenment, and the "gods" of the Landen are merely aspects or servants of Her.

Nharkavans believe in reincarnation, and that each cycle of life and death teaches a soul about the world and their place in it. It is believed that this is the reason for the castes of the Blood, that a soul is meant to live a cycle as each of them in order to come to understand each of those perspectives. An extremely contentious debate exists around whether or not Landen are included in this series of cycles, or whether they exist apart from the Blood entirely, even down to their souls. The belief that a soul is destined to learn through the eyes of each of the castes is why those born with multiple castes are looked down upon. A common belief is that such a soul has lessons still to learn from both of the castes placed upon it because it failed to absorb the lessons from one or more of its previous lives.



For the Landen, faith is a both an intensely personal matter and a broadly accepted presence in the background of life in general. References to the gods are everywhere, and many common customs and habits have their roots in some manner of worship. The average Landen knows, at minimum, the names of the eight major gods and their general portfolio of concerns, even if they view them as nothing more than superstitions leftover from a bygone age. Beyond that cursory awareness, the depth of a Landen's knowledge, commitment, and reverence varies wildly from person to person. Reverence and worship is more consistent inside the Rebellion than out, but even under the Rebellion's umbrella many see these supposed gods as merely symbols or ideals. The closest thing the Landen have to holy figures are the Seats of the Council of Eight, but even those elevated people are not uniformly devout. The Voice of the Mother is the Landen who holds the Seat of Lavanya, a woman to whom the Mother's spiritual avatar is said to move during each generation. There is truth to the notion that there is something spiritually extra about this figure, though few people have witnessed definitive proof with their own eyes.

For some, the idea of Lavanya and the idea of the Mother Night figure from the Blood religion overlap. It is not uncommon for Landen to give Blood Priestesses respect as holy women, if they act as such, but the Priestesses of Nharkava are a caste divided. The invading Glacians have brought their own Priestesses to take over established temples, where they preach the tenets of Glacia's Dark Religion and educate the native Priestesses in doing the same. While this was initially an invitation from the Glacians, it has become a mandate in recent years. Nharkavan Priestesses who accept the Glacian way and begin proselytizing as taught are rewarded with attractive postings and the promise of more power. Those who dissent and resist are punished by the removal of the same in some cases; the Breaking of their Jewels or forfeit of their lives in others.

Unfortunately, since the Glacian massacre of the Nharkavan Territory Court in 192 AP, the Priestesses of Nharkava have been without a leader. They function as best they can in their own strongholds, though a unifying voice has yet to step forward and pull them all to common ground. The Glacians have had more luck converting Priestesses and their flocks in the northern parts of the Territory. In the South, the land grows more rural and spread out, and the more conservative Priestesses there have been more resistant to change. Those who can stand to do so have dug in their heels to defend their temples against attempts at conversion. Those who cannot stand in the face of their oppressors have fled and taken to tending their flocks from hiding. They concern themselves with preserving and protecting those aspects of traditional Nharkavan culture (which is heavily influenced by their religion) that is at risk of being overwritten and destroyed by their overlords. Information and education on the old ways of the Nharkavan faith is now jealously guarded by those bastions of defiance in the south.



One of the most beloved aspects of Nharkavan religion and culture that has been endangered by the influx of Glacian influence is ritual dancing. The devout of Nharkava have handed dances down through the centuries, from mother to daughter to granddaughter (and occasionally grandson; though female dancers are far more common, back when these dances were freely taught, male dancers were neither discouraged nor impeded from study if they possessed passion and skill for it). These are carefully-guarded ceremonial spectacles used to tell stories of the gods and their avatars as a form of worship and reverence. Though these dances are used by both Blood and Landen, no one performs these dances anymore without a careful effort to ensure they will not be witnessed by any Glacia sympathizers. Such dances have formally been banned by the Glacian courts as a form of heresy, and those who refuse to cease performing them have been known to vanish without explanation after the wrong people discovered their stubbornness. Those who still know the dances well enough to perform them are far fewer now than they once were, and such performances are staunchly guarded secrets. As a rule, to learn these sacred dances a supplicant must be recommended for consideration by a senior Priestess, usually a family member who has been observing and evaluating the younger one for some time. The elders of the conclave are the ultimate authority on which supplicants are allowed to be taught, and do not grant such permission lightly or often. Landen who still know
the dances are even more rare than Blood, as they have fewer means by which to take precautions against being discovered, and have been caught and reprimanded more than their Blood counterparts under Glacia's persecution.

There are nine schools of dance, according to those who remember the old ways. Each school is influenced by and considered a devotion of each of the eight major deities of the Landen, and the ninth is the genre of dance used by Blood Priestesses in their ceremonies and worship of Mother Night. Much of the dances overlap between schools, though the stories they tell differ, and the styles of the movements vary. All of them involve emotive expressions, meaningful garb, jewelry, and makeup, and posturing of the body and limbs that is very specific and detailed.
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Nharkava / The Landen Rebellion
« Last post by Maarika Sydän-Harmaa on Today at 07:55:42 PM »
Unbeknownst to most, the Ladakh Mountains in southern Nharkava are host to a complex series of tunnels and caves not easily found by those unaware of them. It was here that the Landen Rebellion hid itself away while the Council of Eight worked to manage the existing rebels and attempted to recruit new ones. Rebels were divided into Divisions, each one focused on a different aspect of the fight and overseen by a particular Seat on the Council of Eight.

In the Fall of 192 AP, Glacia's Coven launched a surprise attack on the Rebellion's base, slaying many of the rebels there outright and collapsing a large portion of the tunnel system to trap or crush much of the remainder. It was a devastating loss of life, and though much confusion remains even now about who died and who is simply convalescing while in hiding, it is clear that much of the leadership of the Rebellion is now gone. Of the Council of Eight, the only known survivors thus far are the Seats of Maninder and Vishal, who were not at the base on that fateful night. The other Seats sit vacant, including that of Devika Ranjana, the precious Voice of the Mother and the Rebellion's de facto leader. What follows is a summary of each Division, how they initially functioned and how they have functioned in the wake of the attack.


Before: These were those who were willing to engage in physical confrontation with the enemy. Recruits were subjected to intense bouts of training deep in the jungles, where training camps could be established away from prying eyes. The The few Blood who joined the Rebellion ready to fight were trained separately from the Landen, for fear of accidents causing costly injuries or worse. Trainees graduated into battle-ready status one by one when their trainer deemed it appropriate.

Now: Carna's devotees are angry. The rage of their goddess burns in their hearts at the recent sins committed against the Nharkavan people. The monks who have until now only descended a few at a time to serve as trainers on the ground have now decreed that training must take place high in the northern ranges, near Carna's remote temple. Here, in the harsher climate, they have begun revealing ancient rites and forms meant to help the mortal master their bodies. Trainees return with a sharpened sense of purpose in their hearts, and bodies that are lean and strong and utterly at their command. Blood supplicants are trained along-side the Landen there, the better to help blend the efforts of both to create impressive feats of coordination and savvy. Training takes longer than it used to and it is more demanding by far, but these are prices Carna's monks are willing to pay.



Before: Nila's travelers were accustomed to roving far and wide already; those that came to work for the Rebellion simply put their existing habits to work, in a way. Wherever they went, they gathered information in a wide net and funneled it back to the Seat, where it was processed and used to create plans of action. These devotees benefited often from how much the Blood tend to underestimate the Landen who surround them. Many Blood never thought twice about speaking of sensitive topics while a Landen maid or butler was in the next room, listening. Some Blood joined this division as well, and were extremely useful in sneaking around unnoticed, or learning how to eavesdrop on even the psychic threads of others.


Now: This division has seen an influx of Black Widows in particular, since the attack. They have begun working with some of the more reliable scouts to outfit them for more invasive sorts of espionage. In addition, other Widows have begun experimenting with new types of poisons based off of obscure plants and animals found only in the deepest parts of Nharkava's jungles. The scouts are still deft and seldom seen, but their aim now is to be felt.



Before: Since the last reformation of the Rebellion began, trainers have been working with a range of animals, trying to mold them into usefulness for the war. The most promising of these animals are the elephants, giant beasts who would serve as natural siege engines. Those skilled in training these animals were rare finds, however, so training progressed too slowly for the so-called "hellephants" to be of use.

Now: Training has been ongoing for years now, and the trainers and animals both have learned a great deal. Practice has enabled the training of new elephants and riders to move more quickly of late, and the division finally has a few squadrons' worth of trained animals. Where possible, Blood recruits have been added to these squadrons and trained to shield the animals to protect them and improve their bulldozing power. These elephants are kept in hidden ranches deep in the jungles, where their trainers and riders live and work with them daily.



Before: The unpleasant reality of the Rebellion is that there’s no money in it. Those Nharkavans with real power and resources are often the ones who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. The passion of those who are moved to act does little to put food on the table in itself, and though many give generously of what resources they have, the Rebellion is large and hungry. The Resource Division works to cover the basic needs for the Rebellion’s soldiers who can’t support themselves, either because they are known as outlaws or because their Rebellion duties keep them too occupied for them to manage a mundane vocation.

Now: As the only Division whose command structure was not obliterated, this Division has remained largely unchanged. Rebels still work the farmland in the southern ranges and quietly donate their crops towards the cause, and others still manage trade routes that have covert stops built for ferrying Rebellion supplies around. Sympathetic merchants work under the umbrella of this division, quietly surrendering part of their stock to help keep rebels fed and clothed.



Before: The Health Division was comprised of midwives, healers, and herbalists who lived in the hidden caves of the Ladakh Mountains and tended to the bodies and hearts of the rebels. The rare Blood Healers who accompanied the Armed Division on their missions were part of this Division as well. The Support Division also lived primarily in the mountains, supplying the rebels with the trades, skills, and vocations necessary to keep the wheels turning. Educators, smiths, seamstresses, cooks, sex workers, counselors, and crafters were all part of this Division.

Now: The Divisions of Health and Support suffered the highest number of losses in the attack from Glacia’s Coven, as these rebels lived and worked in the cave complex that was invaded and largely collapsed. The survivors of these Divisions are in hiding, scattered to live with rebels from the other Divisions and in camps deep in the jungles where they hope to escape the reach of Glacia’s spies. With both the Seat of Kamini and the Seat of Gautama missing and presumed dead, reorganizing these Divisions into any sort of useful force will be a monumental task.
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Nharkava / Gods of Nharkava
« Last post by Maarika Sydän-Harmaa on Today at 07:54:38 PM »
The Landen of Nharkava have never had much use for Mother Night. Her children, the Blood, have a long history of oppressing and mistreating the Landen beneath them. Nharkava's Landen turned towards their own gods many centuries ago, and though details around this desperate dogma have shifted over the generations, many of these old gods are still fervently worshiped in Landen households to this day. While most native Nharkavan Landen can name these eight gods easily, knowledge beyond that of each god's domain and origin story varies wildly. Less well-spread than stories of Mother Night propagated by most of the Blood Priestesshood, these stories are kept primarily by devotees and worshipers most often found near each god's primary temple. There is a sect of Blood Priestesses who know a great deal about these "old gods" and their relationship to Mother Night, but knowledge of this secretive sect is even more rare than the stories of the gods.

The Landen Rebellion has based its leadership and governing structure off of the interplay between the eight major gods. Each division of the rebellion is headed by a seat devoted to one such god. Though each division head is typically seen as a devotee of their respective god, this assignment does nothing to restrict other rebels from worshiping (or not worshiping) whomever they please.

Each of the eight major gods has been associated with a particular mudra, a symbolic hand gesture used in meditation, ceremony, and dance. The connection between the gods and the rebellion is so well established that members of the different divisions sometimes use these specific mudra as a way to covertly acknowledge one another when in public.

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Referred to as the Giver of Life, Lavanya represents the deific aspect of motherly creation. Responsible for breathing life into the universe, the Blood who know of her worship often conflate her with their Mother Night. She is one of the gentler aspects of the Nharkavan deity, and typically represented in art as a beautiful woman with kind features. She is often depicted wearing red, and is associated with both the yoni symbol and the prana mudra.

Lavanya's primary temple is located in southern Nharkava, in the foothills shared by the provinces of Goa and Sikkim. Overlooking the holy Ladakh Lake, it is a spacious and elegantly-constructed structure occupying a serene and peaceful spot, surrounded by striking scenery. There are a few Blood who help tend to this temple, an anomaly likely due to the occasional overlapping of Lavanya with Mother Night. This increase in attention to Lavanya's temple has seen an increase in tithes here, allowing it to serve as the most robust Landen temple in Nharkava.

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Rajendra is nearly Lavanya’s opposite, and many see the two as mates. He represents male energy and a necessary part of the process of creation. He is known as the bringer of death and entropy, natural forces which balance Lavanya’s creative energies. One cannot exist without the other, lest there be disharmony and chaos. He is not depicted as malicious despite being seen as the god of endings and death. He is often depicted wearing the gray of ashes, and is associated with both the linga symbol and the rudra mudra.

Rajendra's temple is situate deep in the dense forests of Sikkim, making it less popular a destination than some. It is a tall and austere structure, visible from some distance away despite the density of the jungle around it. A number of monks live and work here, keeping the place well-maintained.

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Carna is seen as a warrior goddess, and is said to be the source of the terrifying and cold rage of a provoked Queen. She is a divine protector and breaker of chains. Carna is as terrifying as she is beloved, for once her rage is roused, it is nearly blind in its determination to scour evil from its path. Carna is associated with a deep shade of blue and the shuni mudra.

Mid-way up the mountains of western Jharkand, Carna's temple serves as a training ground for those wishing to purify their minds and bodies through martial training. It's not an easy temple to get to, and not every petitioner who seeks it is intent on staying for physical training. Some go to learn to master their inner fires, to control the rage over which Carna has dominion.

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Gautama is known as The Enlightened One, and was said to be the first Landen who reached Nirvana and ascended to godhood. Her domain is wisdom, honor, and literature, and she is often petitioned by those mortals who thirst for knowledge and value the lessons of the past. She is often depicted wearing white, and is associated with the gyan mudra.

Gautama has two primary temples, both located in the Western Gama. The lower temple, easier to reach by far, is a popular destination for pilgrims wishing to pray, meditate, or study with the monks of Gautama. The higher temple is much more difficult to reach, and seldom visited except by those whom the lower monks have deemed worthy of making the trip. The monks of the higher temple are the keepers of some of the most obscure and sacred lore and texts in all of Nharkava.

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Known as the goddess of the hearth, Kamini is said to tend to the homes and families of those beneath her purview. She watches over expectant mothers, and is a proponent of tranquility, harmony, and health in the home. She is also seen as a symbol of prosperity and success. Kamini is often depicted wearing yellow or gold, and is associated with the dhyana mudra.

Kamini's temple is staffed primarily by women, and is located at the nexus of the provinces and the great rivers of Nharkava in the center of the Territory. While all are welcome to worship here, it is frequently a destination of expectant mothers and those who long to be mothers.

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Vishal is a popular god, representing the reward of harvest after a season of hard work. His domain also includes fathers, drink, fornication, and celebration. He is often depicted wearing green, and is often drawn among an assortment of flowers. Vishal is associated with the surya mudra.

Vishal's temple is in central Nharkava as well, just west of Orissa, in Jharkand. It's situated on a wide plain, a series of small, open buildings surrounded by an abundance of flowering plants. Festivals occur frequently here, making it a popular destination for the younger generation, even attracting some Blood looking for a good time.

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Nila is the goddess of the seasons, of storms and rivers, as well as the patron of travelers. She is concerned with the natural order of things and with wildlife, and is frequently worshiped above other gods in the more densely jungled parts of Nharkava. Nila is often depicted wearing orange, and is associated with the ganesha mudra.

Though Nila enjoys a number of smaller, simpler temples throughout the more heavily wooded areas of the Territory, her primary temple is located near central Sikkim. Nestled atop a picturesque waterfall, it welcomes all travelers and seekers. Its monks are encouraged to travel themselves and bring back souvenirs from their journeys as their offerings.

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Maninder is known as the trickster of the gods, master of lies and deception. In spite of this he is not seen as a malicious god, merely a force concerned with keeping his more straightforward counterparts honest and balanced. He delights in tricking others to remind them of their fallibility, lest they think too much of themselves. Maninder is often depicted wearing either dark purple or black, and is associated with the buddhi mudra. 

Rather than a typical temple, the monks of Maninder travel in a caravan of tents and carriages. They move regularly around Nharkava, seeking alms and preaching Maninder's tenets. Though the reception they face may vary from village to village, it is considered unwise for any Landen village to turn them away.

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The gods of the Landen and the Darkness the Blood worship are separate and distinct entities whose worship had entirely different origins. However, it would be inaccurate to say that over the centuries there hasn't been any blending of the two, particularly in more recent years. Desperate Landen, seeing astonishing feats performed by their Blood counterparts, sometimes allow Mother Night and Lavanya in particular to overlap in their hearts. Likewise, some of the Blood who are dissatisfied with the Mother Night Glacia claims to know and love have begun paying more respect to the old gods of Nharkava. Some say that the Landen gods are simply different personifications or facets of the Darkness, and to worship one is to worship all. Whether this is true or not seems irrelevant to most; it has become the beginning of a bridge between the estranged countrymen, and such opportunities are not lightly turned away by the wise.
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Nharkava / Culture of Nharkava
« Last post by Maarika Sydän-Harmaa on Today at 07:52:29 PM »
Capital City: Orissa
Population: 4.8 million, combined Blood & Landen
Population Breakdown: 90% native to Territory
Caste Breakdown:  87% Landen, 13% Blood. Nharkava has a strong deficit of native Queens, and nearly double the typical ratio of Warlord Princes to other male castes. Blood bearing multiple castes are frowned upon on in Nharkava, seen as aberrant from the natural order.
Major Exports: Textile goods, gold and silver jewelry, turquoise, sapphires, grains, produce, ivory, native animals (those which are exotic to other territories).
Major Imports: Gems not found in the mountains, exotic animals (horses, cows, pigs are exotic in Nharkava). Due to the formerly restricted borders, Nharkava is generally self sustained and its imports tend to be luxury items.


Climate & Geography:
Nharkava's perimeter is comprised of a series of stout mountain ranges which help keep the Territory feeling somewhat isolated despite its position right in the midst of Kaeleer. The largest of these mountains are found in Goa Province. The mountains themselves are fairly inhospitable, and though they are not entirely uninhabited, those few who live there deal with stubborn, rocky terrain, high amounts of rain, harsh winds, and the coolest temperatures in the Territory. In the northern parts of Jharkand Province the mountains even see snow below the summit for a month or so out of the year, which doesn't happen elsewhere in Nharkava.

As one moves down the mountains and into the foothills, the land becomes more agreeable, settling into thickly forested jungles, as well as low plains suitable for ranching. Runoff streams from higher in the mountains keep these areas  nourished despite a decrease in the amount of rain they see, compared to the higher altitudes at the borders. Though all provinces in Nharkava have some forested land, the foothills of Sikkim boast the most dense and wild of these areas. 

At its center, Nharkava is comprised of rich farmland. It is tropically warm and humid for most of the year, with a reprieve for just a few months at the end of the year. A torrential rainy season saturates the land at the end of every summer, and those unaccustomed to how dangerous such downpours can be often pay a price for their ignorance. Most of Nharkava's population by far lives and works in this central region, which can feel quite like a paradise if one ignores certain details. Though the land of Nharkava is more than willing to support the jungles and forests which populate it and crops will grow to a mundane extent, a severe shortage of Queens over the past several generations has prevented the land from providing the supernatural yields required to feed a Territory full of Blood. This is one source of much of the unrest between the Landen and the Blood here, as the Landen could likely feed themselves if they did not have to also provide for the hungry Jewels of the Blood.

Features of note:
Ladakh Mountains: This range is at the southern tip of Nharkava, extending east and west part way through both Goa and Sikkim Provinces. These are the tallest range of mountains in Nharkava and are considered the holiest. The name is a derivative of a Landen diety's holy name: Lavanya, the Mother. The Ladakh mountain range is where the monks live, a collection from all the holy temples, and the Landen Rebellion uses the wide network of caves in these mountains to hide.

Ladakh Lake: At the bottom of the Ladakh Mountains is a vast lake, the largest pool of mountain water in Nharkava.
Called a holy site by those who worship Lavanya, pilgrims come from all over the Territory to immerse themselves in the chilled mountain water and seek the Mother's insight and favor. It is said that meditating here and staring into the depths of the lake will turn the Mother's ear towards her seeker, that she might hear their most urgent prayers. The lake is a little over 700 miles of shoreline (think Lake Ontario in the United States).

Western Gama: The western mountains are known as the Western Gama, after the Landen God Gautama. Though Goa Province boasts the tallest range of mountains in Nharkava, the single highest peak is in Jharkand, among the Western Gama. Gautama's holy temple is located here. These mountains are nearly forever snowed at their summits and protect Nharkava from much of the cold in Rihland.

Provinces:
  • Jharkhand, whose capital city is Haridwar. Its districts are:
    • Manipur, whose capital city is Kulti
    • Uttar Pradesh, whose capital city is Alwar
  • Sikkim, whose capital city is Jodhpur. Its districts are:
    • Gujurat, whose capital city is Hospet
    • Kerala, whose capital city is Surat
  • Goa, whose capital city is Bidar. Its districts are:
    • Bihur, whose capital city is Meerut
    • Assam, whose capital city is Patna


Much of this was based off of Dani's original culture article, found here.
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Nharkava / Courts of Nharkava
« Last post by Maarika Sydän-Harmaa on Today at 07:51:23 PM »
Nharkava Territory Court
Seated in Orissa

Queen: Maarika Sydan-Harmaa, Rose-Opal Black Widow Queen
Maarika Sydan-Harmaa


Master of the Guard: Finn Hallman , Opal-Red Warlord
Steward: Haakon Gunvaldsson, Opal-Red Prince
First Escort: Severin Raine, Opal-Red Warlord Prince

High Seer: Anitra Lindquist, Purple Dusk - Sapphire Black Widow
High Healer: Ebba Dahl, Opal - Red Healer
High Priestess: Hjordis Nurmi, Purple Dusk - Sapphire Priestess

First Circle:
Trond Christensen, Summer Sky to Opal Warlord
Wilhelmina Carlsson, Summer Sky to Blood Opal Priestess
Jonna Haugen, Purple Dusk to Opal Witch
Dirk Klasson, Opal to Green Prince
Rugaar Lang, Purple Dusk to Blood Opal Warlord

Lower Circles:
Inga Aalstrom, Purple Dusk - Opal Witch (Head housekeeper), Second Circle
Jonas Paaras , Rose to Purple Dusk Warlord, Third Circle
Calvin Morgensen, Rose to Summer Sky Prince (Head Butler), Third Circle
Indu Patel, Tiger Eye-Rose Hearth Witch and housekeeper
Brit Halvorson, Blood Opal Hearth Witch, lady in waiting.
Tove Svendson, Green Witch, head cook.



Jharkand Province

Seated in Haridwar
Ruler: Akshara Rai, Purple Dusk to Green Priestess
Akshara  Rai



MotG: Open
Steward: Open
First Escort/Consort: Open

Court Seer: Open
Court Healer: Open
Manipur District Seat
Seated in Kulti
Ruler: Open

Uttar Pradesh District Seat
Seated in Alwar
Ruler: Open
High Priestess: Open

First Circle:

Other Notables:




Goa Province
Seated in Bidar
Sahil Bal


Ruler: Sahil Bal, Tiger Eye-Purple Dusk Warlord Prince
MotG: Open
Steward: Open
First Escort/Consort: Open

Court Seer: Open
Court Healer: Open
Bihur District Seat
Seated in Meerut
Ruler: Open


Assam District Seat
Seated in Patna
Ruler: Open

High Priestess: Open

First Circle:

Other Notables:








Sikkim Province
Seated in Jodhpur
Jabin Battacharya


Ruler: Jabin Bhattacharya , Rose-Purple Dusk Warlord Prince
MotG: Open
Steward: Open
First Escort: Tarabai Rajavade, Blood Opal - Red witch

Court Seer: Open
Court Healer: Open
Gujurat District Seat
Seated in Hospet
Ruler: Open


Kerala District Seat
Seated in Surat
Ruler: Open

High Priestess: Open

First Circle:

Other Notables:
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Hayll / Re: Garish
« Last post by Laurentia Caelius on Today at 07:48:02 PM »
"We didn't make the sport. It is as it has always been. Such a thin line between pleasure... and pain." Laurentia watched as the woman beside her grew closer to orgasm. She seemed held there, right at the peak, for a long moment before finally being granted the release to plunge over the edge. "Yes," she said, sliding back into memory once again. "You were much better." 

She slipped around the pair beside her, already working toward another climax, impossibly fluid in her movements. She moved forward as limbs shifted and the cloying scent of perfumed bodies scattered, disrupted as easily as if Gnaeus had waved his hand through a wisp of smoke. She mirrored how he sat from the other end of the couch. She didn't touch him, but then how did a ghost of memory touch a ghost of pain? Weren't they just illusions? Wasn't it all an illusion?

If he imagined hard enough, he might even feel the heat of her skin just feet from his own. "We just perfected it. Or tried to. Perhaps that is the greatest loss of the Purge. All our efforts, lost." Her words held the weight of tragedy within the hollow ring of her voice. That part hadn't changed, the distance that others felt no matter how close to them she drew.

"I'm not sure what's left without it. Colors seem dull to me now. As for missing you... this is your dream, isn't it? Some part of you wants me here. That deep, dark part that knows you can never forget me. Not my voice, or my scent, or how I taste when your tongue worshiped my body. Is it I who misses you, or you who misses me?"

She leaned forward, golden eyes shimmering in the candlelit. "I didn't make you weak, Gnaeus. You did that all on your own."
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Keep's Registry / Re: Fane Dalca
« Last post by Starling on Today at 06:40:09 PM »
Keeping.
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Keep's Registry / Re: Cayo Coyotl
« Last post by Starling on Today at 06:40:02 PM »
Keeping.
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Pruul / Re: can't heal what you never reveal
« Last post by Shadya al-Sabbah on Today at 06:02:25 PM »
Shadya watched Vera quietly. Shira had violated her mind, her very being, and placed her into an impossible position. Shadya felt for her, but she shook her head as Vera said that what was done to her was her fault, in a way. She could not accept that blame, could not bear that burden for one of her caste sisters. To do so would lessen her, but she understood a bit of Vera’s anger.

Before we are ever taught to enter someone else’s mind, or mix a poison, or even weave a web, a Black Widow understand that the first and most important thing that she must control is herself. We must know clearly and definitely what we desire from the world around us. For if we don’t have that control, we do untold harm to any mind we enter and risk seeing things in our webs that we do not intend.

“Shira is responsible for what happened to you, and no other.
” Shadya said gently.

I’m sure some know and actively look away. But I’m sure that there are more who are genuinely afraid and need something to believe, to hold onto. That’s why Shira’s lies are so effective. She’s given them a clear enemy and she can point to instances where the ideas of the Enemy have damaged the clan. But there are still more who know what is wrong, but do not want to die for those beliefs.” she said.

It’s easy to say what you’ll fight and die for until the moment arrives to do it. That’s when you learn who a person is. I don’t blame anyone who is genuinely afraid and doesn’t want to be killed or shunned by their clan for believing something different.” Shadya siad.

I wanted to do horrible things to Shira. I wanted to kill the people she loved and mail them to her, piece by piece. I wanted to make them carve things into their skin while she watched. But if I sink to her level, then I’ll have to live with who I am when this is all said and done.” she said.

I’m willing to shed blood to beat her, but I want to shed the right blood. That is the blood of Shira, of Zhaleh, and their most fervent supporters. They’re the rot that must be cut out so that the rest of Clan Sabbah survives.” Shadya said.

You don’t have to fix my clan and I wouldn’t ask you to. Not the way you want to, at least. I’d rather not see them all slain. But if I knew two people like us, with such deep trust issues, trapped in a room like this? I’d tell them to fuck each other and get it out of their system.” Shadya said.

As for the food..you’re can take any more of Kia’s tonics. They’re dulling your senses so that you aren’t overwhelmed. I’m not great at company, if I’m being honest. I need to get better at it. Maybe I can do that by helping you.” Shadya said.

What is it like to ride a horse?” Shadya asked. “They seem terrifying, but I’ve always been curious.
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