Subject: Brahjian
From: Beregar (
Date: Fri Jul 16 1999 - 17:20:18 EEST

I thought I'd send my Brahjian desc here so you can whine and make
suggestions which I can then ignore :)

I think it's otherwise ready except that language thingie. I may also
change some names and it definitely needs typofix. Unfortunatelly
text file is parsed with notepads auto-parse (or whatever the word
is) so it may be difficult to read, I'll fix that later.

- Beregar (


	1. Introduction
	2. Appearance
	3. Clothing
	   3.1 Weapons & Armors
	4. Culture
	   4.1 Castes	   
	   4.2 Sahid
	   4.3 Mahdi
	   4.4 Food & Trade
	5. Language
	6. Religion
	7. Ghalimcar

1.	Introduction

	Brahjians are one of the most toughest race in Majik for they have chosen to live in area 	which other races have discarded uninhabitable - the Desert of Ghalimcar. It is unsure 		wheter Brahjians have evolved from same ancestors as northern humans, but they are unques 	tionably humans. Most Brahjians have dark, almost bluish, hairs and gleaming black eyes. 	Both sexes are about 180cm tall and slender, but strong. Brahjians tend to wear robes and 	wrap veil around their head so that only gleaming eyes are visible. This efficiently pre 	vents outsiders from separate both sexes from eachother. Color of fabric and decorations 	show indviduals status in society.

	It is imposible to live in burning desert without water and lack of water has made Brah 	jians masters in art of water finding. They are also very adapt in magic and water seers, 	highly prized memmers of "Tsuhad" or magigian caste, use their powers to find and create 	water if water shortage grows too bad. Water seers are only one example of "Tsuhad" for 	Brahjians society is highly based on magic for using magic is often only way for society 	to survive in desert. Magic is not only used in finding or creation of water and food but 	also in creation exotic magical goods. If something can't be made by normal means, magic 	is used.

	Brahjians form small tent societys which can have from few dozens of to hundred persons. 	These societies travel from oasis to oasis after food and water, only the largest socie 	ties have permanent magical cities called "Mahdi" which are usually made from marble or 	bronze with power of Tsudath Mahaire, the lords of the earth. Leaders of tent societies, 
	Sahid, are called as "Sahid Mahaire" which means lord of the tents and magical cities are 	ruled by "Mahadare" council of magicians, who often are members of same group who created 	the city.

2.	Appearance

	Living in the desert where food and water sources are rare has made Brahjians to durable 	and untiring people. Lack of water and constant travelling has given Brahjians slender 		and strong body. Parching sun has given them olive colored skin. All Brahjians are about 	180cm tall and weigh only 60kg. Most have dark, almost bluish, long hairs which are usual 	ly tied to make it more easy to wear the veil. Eyes are piercing black, slightly narrow 	and gleaming. Sometimes Brahjians have blond haired descendants but they are immediately 	killed when it can be noticed to keep race full-blooded. Men are almost hairless except		rare chin beard or/and (riippu-) moustache. This is because strong body hair would cause 	more sweating and would keep body temperature higher. Women differ from men in general 		appearance only slightly and they have slightly narrower face.
3.	Clothing

	Clothes and decoration is very important for a Brahjian because it determines his or her 	place in the society. However, all Brahjians wear traditional, long robe which reaches to 	feet and is tied with decorated girdle. Brahjians call this robe "Jalara". Another tradi 	tional clothing is "Hunain" which is veil. There are two ways to tie Hunain, other is po 	pular among wandering tribes and it leaves only eyes visible and another is popular among 	those Brahjians who live in Mahdi, in this case hunain isn't actually tied but placed loo 	sely in head and then kept in place with either circular or square headband. Jalara and 	Hunain are both made from "Shurawari", which is very durable material that reminds silk. 	Shurawari is collected from "Dacca" 10cm large spider like creatures by boiling them.

	Brahjians wear slippers called "Saya" in their feet. They have been mainly made from shu 	rawari like most clothes which Brahjians wear. Slippers have three layers in the sole, 		two outer layers are made from shurawari and they have thick cotton layer between them to 	make it easier run over sand. Saya leave only little tracks on ther surface which are 		quickly blown away by winds.

	Girdle which is used to tie the robe is not only decorations but it's also one of the ma 	jor signs of inviduals place in society. The more decorated and valuable material the mo 	re wealthy and higher status person has. the girdle itself is usually made from	shurawari 	and decorated with embroiderys and has usually precious gems, jewels and pieces of metal. 	The most high-ranked or rich persons have usually girdle that is completelly made from 	some soft metal like silver and some may be made even from steel. However, most valuable 	are those which have rare most rare materials like pearls and amber which do not exist in 	desert. These valuable girdles are known as "Khajid" and besides showing individuals posi 	tion in society, they have also more practical uses. Brahjians often tie pounches to 		girdles where they hold their items. Also, Khajid is one of those rare 	items which are 	valuable enough to hold canteens of water. "Baggarat" and "Ghazali" are also carried in 	the girdles.

	Besides Jalara, Hunain, Saya and Khajid, Brahjians use earrings, rings, bangles and pen 	dants. Large amount of decoration and materials used in them shows that person is wealt 	hy and have high status in the society. Silver, steel and gold and precious gems are 		again most popular.

3.1	Weapons & Armors

	Brahjians use rarely any other weapons than Baggarat and Ghazali. Baggarat is about 60cm 	long and 0.8kg weighting one-handed sabre which is completely created by using magic that 	makes it very sharp and durable. Hilt is usually made of bone and like blade, is undecora 	ted. Baggarat can be used either as slashing or piercing weapon. Ghazali, which means ta 	lon of the desert snake, is about 40cm long and 0.4 kg weighting dagger with double-cur
	ved, double-edged blade. As Baggarat, Ghazali is completelly made by using magic, which 	makes it very sharp and durable. The blade is decorated with images of desert snake and 	hilt is shaped in form of snake which curls around the hand. Ghazali is mainly used as 		piercing weapon but it can be also used as slashing weapon though not as efficiently. Gha 	zali often has strong enchantment which cause poison like effects and pain that reminds 	bite of the desert snake. Though every member of tribe has either of these weapons only 	Shantai and Religious brotherhoods use both weapons. Brahjians do not use bows but they 	often place couple of Chakrams above headband which keeps Hunain it's in place. Religious 	brotherhoods and sand warriors are masters in art of Chakram throwing.

	Brahjians do not wear armors for it takes too much energy to move in one and even worse, 	make their wearers sweat. A Person wearing an armor dies as quickly in desert as person 	who does not protect himself from sun with clothes. While Brahjians do not use any real 	armors, they might use thick cotton or metal arm protectors under they clothes which are 	used to block sword slahes.

4.	Culture

	Culture of Brahjians is based on mutual trust and strict religious rules and habits. Ru 	les and habits are necessary for all those who wish to live in the burning desert and 		without them whole tribes would quickly became extinct. There is usually only one punish 
	ment for those who break the rules, death. Besides religion the	society is heavily based 	on magic, but even these two are necessarily not enough. 

4.1	Castes

	Society of Brahjians is divided in the three castes known as Tsuhad, Habaru and Shantai. 
	Tsuhad is a magician caste. It's members are often essential to society for they have abi 	lity to create water and forge magical weapons of Brahjians. Tsuhad has three different 	type of members two most common are Shaldun Mahaire and Tsudath Mahaire. Shaldun Mahaire 	are seer and dreamers. Their task is to predict approaching storms and other natural 		events with their ability to see visions. Because dream and water has quite same meaning 	for Brahjians, Shaldun Mahaire also possess mysterious ability to materialize water and 	food which they see in their visions. When Shaldun Mahaire concentrate on more ethereal 	things, Tsudath Mahaire concentrate on matter and creation. They are lords of earth and 	sand as well as alchemists. Their task is to create weapons and tools which tribes use.		Most powerful of them who have mastered the art of creation and alchemy have created magi		cal cities called "Mahdi". Last, but not least, are Jahid Mahaire who are creators as 		well, however their art is based on magical patterns which they place fabrics as well as 	illusions. 

	Habaru is a religious caste. Their magical powers raise from rituals and worshiping of 		gods and their wordly authority is based on rituals and strict religious rules. No-doubt 	this caste could be the most powerful because its influence among the tribes. However tho 	se rules created by the caste have much influence from all castes and this makes all cas 	tes, including religious caste no stronger than any other caste. This caste has two diffe 	rent members Hadar-Dhare and Hantai-Dhare, brothers to death and life. Furhermore these 	two groups have divided to religious warriors and priests. Warriors of Hadar-Dhare are 	religious assas	sins whose main task is to make sure that religious rules are strictly 		followed and terminate those who oppose them. Warriors of Hantai-Dhare are religious 		fanatics and battle clerics whose task is to cast protective prayers in combat. Priests 	of both groups work together and upkeep common religion and worship. 

	Shantai are the sand warriors. They are defenders of the tribe and best warriors. Because 	battles between tribes are rare, their main task is to hunt food, scout and kill monsters 	that could threat the tribe. These warriors do not wear any real armors and seldom use ot 	her weapons than Baggarat, Ghazali and Chakrams. They are especially skilled in parrying 	and defending with these weapons. They can wear armor or wield other weapons but can not		fight well with them.   

	In addition to these castes are "castless" which are usually group where children and vi 	sitors from other races belong as well as those who haven't chosen any cast, though there 	are only few of these. 

4.2 	Sahid

	Most Brahjians live as beduins in small tent villages called Sahid. These villages are ea 	sy to move and pitch. A tent, or "Santo" is a one of the greatest magical achievements of 	Brahjian society. They are mostly woven from Shurawari and seem to smaller from outside 	than they actually are. Each caste have their own location for santo. Most "valuable" pla 	ces are those around the tent of Sahid Mahaire, the leader of the tribe. Leaders tent is 	placed in the middle of village. Brahjians have four temple three temple tents one is in 	west side of leaders tent and it is place for general worshipping and tribal rituals. 	Other two tents are northern and southern ends of village. Northern is meant for Warrior 	priests and southern for religious assassins. Members of those two groups have their own 	tents around them. Other priests have their tents in eastern side of main temple tent and 	members of magigian caste have their tents in western side of leaders tent. Generally 	Shantai warriors fill the remaining places near the middle parts. Tents of castless are 	place in circle around the main parts.

	Sahid Mahaire is always member of some of the three castes. He/she reigns untill death 		and in teheory has ultimate judging power over all mebers of the villages. However, rules 	are even more strict for Sahid Mahaire and though he/she can't be toppled there are other 	ways to get rid from leader that no-longer benefits the society. If members of the castes 	found leader unsuitable for the task, he/she is quickly terminated by Hadar-Dhare. How 	ever, to be a leader is considered to be a great honor and while leader should not seek 	riches, members of the society often give gifts those leaders who have lead the	society 	well. Also leaders of tribes often share most valuable "Bazda", a seremonial gift which 	visitor gives to host. When leader dies castes arange competition where members of all 	castes will participate. Meaning of this contest is to determine which caste is most 		useful for the society. Person who is elected is from winning caste. These contests can 	include	fighting but not among members of the own tribe or other tribes. Good example is 	mission to kill some monster that is threat for	the tribe.
4.3	Mahdi

	Only rare tribes have mahdi, a magical fortress. Mahdi are usually inhabitated by members		Tsuhad and Habaru castes and they are centres of magical and religious learning. Leaders 	of Mahdi break normal rules for they are usually lead by council which mostly concists of 	those magigians who created the city. Even while Mahdi is mostly inhabitated by previous 
	castes it doesn't mean there are no other people. As mentioned Mahdi are centres of lear		ning and they are open for all who are interrested about magic or buying and selling of 	magical items. Though only rare outsiders can visit Mahdi because of Ghalimcar desert. 		However those who can, are one of the most powerful mages and clerics in Majik and often		benefit both themselves and residents of Mahdi. Often members of beduin tribes send their 	mages and priests to mahdi to learn magical arts. While residents of Mahdi have rejected		most of the rules of beduin tribes it doesn't mean that they no-longer can survive in de		sert or don't have rules at all. Actually they have more rules than beduin tribes and 		they are also more strict.

4.4	Food & Trade

	Brahjians live mostly with meat and milk of "Banto" which is goat-like, durable and hair 	less animal. Banto is a very special animal for it can store large amounts of water and 	survive with very little food. Bantos eat omnivorous, they eat everything from small ani		mals like spiders, worms and scorpions to leaves of palm trees and fruits. Bantos are im		mune to most poisons. Bantos are main reason why most Brahjians live beduin life and tra	
	vel from oasis to oasis searching food. 

	Bantos' meat is very tasty and it is usually stew in Buijid together with palm oil and 		edible plants. Buijid resembles kettle and it has dome shaped cover which collects moistu 	re. Besides meat of banto, brahjians eat larvaes, spiders, scorpions and nearly all ani 	mals that they can find from the sand and oasis. Only members of Mahdi can hope to have 	excotic foods. Brahjians have one substance which is prized over all else because it is 	so rare, water. Brahjians drink mostly water and juice which can be squeezed from fruits. 	They don't have any alcohol drinks so alcohol affects very strongly to them should they 	ever have any. 

	Water is so important that Brahjians use it to determine value of their money. "Dharya" 	which is quadrangular and about 20 fuad (about 20 grams) weighting piece of silver corres 	ponds to "Dhal" (a little over desiliter) water or piece of steel that weights 10 fuad. 	Fuad has hole in the middle and they are usually tied together with chain and carried as 	necklaces.

	While trade opportunities in desert seem to be very bad, Brahjians trade with eachothers		as well as with other races of Eldiron. Twice in a year Brahjians form large caravans and		travel to trade centre near the western part of desert. Brahjians sell mostly their magi		cal goods such as magical tapestries and carpets, scrolls and items; rare poisons and 		herbs; excotic foods and fruits; oil, crystal sand, scarba and shurawari. They buy mostly		water, metals, (meripihka), excotic foods and fruits, precois gems, jewelry, scrolls, 		books and magical items. Brahjians need not to fear for they caravans for two reasons. 		First, fighting in trading place is forbidden for no-one wants to take risk that Brah 		jians get insulted and leave (or slaughter offenders). Second reason is that all Brah 		jians, even small childres, have ritualic daily weapon trainings so they are very cabaple 	defending themselves.

5. 	Language

6.	Religion

	Brahjians worship many gods but one remains above all others, Aluna, the Goddess of Sun 	which Brahjians call "Jahare Aheira" the Watching Eye of Sky or "Adare" which means the 	bright one. Other important gods for Brahjians are are: Shanta who is mistress of the 		sand(1); Ghadar, also called "Marad Shudare", the Dream Serpent, who is god of dreams, 		afterlife and water; Hadarah, whose name means undeath, is god of the murdered souls,		protector of religious cutls and patron deity for Hadar-Dhare. 

	Brahjians are very religious people, they have many sacred rituals which they perfom to 	please their gods. These rituals are either performed privately by sacrificing food, 		water and other	precious things or they can be important religious ceremonies performed 	by members of Habaru, usually whole tribe participates in these ceremonies for avoiding 	these ceremonies without proper reason is considered to be punishable. the Most important
	personal daily rituals are: Tarad Aheira, hymn to sun, which is	performed every morning; 	Tarad Adher, evening hymn, which is performed each evening and "Tara" which is water 		prayer. Other daily prayers and hymns are usually performed by different castes in diffe 	rent situations: There is prayer for Shanta which is performed by Shantai Maharu, hymn of 	the the dead performed by Hadar-Dhare, hymn of life performed by Hantai-Dhare and prayer
	of dreams which is performed by Shaldun-Maharu. In addition to these ceremonies there are 	many other personal rituals which are performed by need like Suhadare which is birth cere 	mony, Hadare which is ceremony of death. Larger religious ceremonies are: Ceremony of Sun 	which is performed weekly; Ceremony of Life, again performed weekly and Dreamtime which 	is performed once in a year and connects all Brahjians to spirit world. There are also ce 	remonies performed if need arises, for example when whole tribe is in danger. One common 	ritual which is often performed but doesn't have any certain time or place for it, is a 	sword dance, where Brahjians hone their fighting skills.

	Brahjians believe in heaven and hell. Heaven is a place where dream serpent rules, a pla 	ce where everything normally lacks substance and directions or distance have no meaning 	at all. It's a peaceful place where spirits of dead people build dream worlds and observe 	their living relatives. Brahjians believe that while dreaming, people enter to world of 	the dream serpent and if their mind is trained they can speak with their dead ancestors.
	However, living people should be careful not to anger their ancestors for they can appear 	in dreams and make these persons insane. Brahjians have one hell and that is world where 	they live in, however, all Brahjians make their best to live a long life in their cruel 	world for only those people have deserved place in the dream serpents world. Others will 	remain in the desert where these spinning mad spirits gather together in a large sand 		storm which is under command of Hadarah, the god of undeath.

7.	Ghalimcar

	Ghalimcar consists mostly of a wide desert expanse, known as the Desert of Ghalimcar, or 	the Desert of Brahjian, depending on who you ask.  The rainforest region of Zamurdi is 		also considered to be part of Ghalimcar. This forest is a cursed remnant of the great 		rainforest that once covered the whole area, and is a dark place filled with evil magic 	where evil trees and creatures dwell and hunt for flesh and blood of those unfortunate 		souls who dare to enter. The desert itself is rumored to be be creation of goddess Aluna 	herself when she punished a jungle tribe that had killed innocent child. Aluna created 		two high mountain chains which cut off the desert from rain and wind from the oceans, and 	then dried out the land and killed the trees.

	The desert used to be most fertile part of Ghalimcar, a area where great rivers fed vast 	jungles full of much animal life, but nowadays the desert is an extremely dry and barren 	place, where moaning winds travel sadly over dunes of dry sand. It is also a dangerous 		place to live or travel through, because Shanta, the sand goddess, moved in the desert so 	she could live among the dunes, and her influence has destabilised the weather so that at 	any moment the winds could pick up and a violent sandstorm could erupt, some strong 		enough to tear the flesh off of the unwary.

	Desert is not completely dry however, for Aluna merely buried the rivers which fed the 		jungles, she did not remove them. A few of them still exist below the surface, feeding 		rare moving oasises and plants with fresh water. Because of these rivers, a few creatures 	can live and even flourish in the desert. A human tribe called the Brahjians is one of 		these. They are the remnants of those tribes who used live in the area before Aluna 		cursed the area, and now dwell in the oasies.

	The Desert has a few extraordinary features which do not appear in other places. The most 	well known are the travelling oasises which follow the under ground rivers. Hadarah Shas 	ta, "storm of the unliving" as Brajians call it, is large quiet sandstorm that travels 		around the desert following it's own paths whether it is windy or not. And last but not 	least, the centre of desert is inhabitated by giant scorpions and rumored to be home of 	Shanta herself. 

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