THE RAKKHARI


The sun was warm and comforting, dancing among the rustling leaves. He watched as children played in the small town square under the watchful gaze of their parents. Despite the chaotic games, there was a serenity to it all, a pleasant quietness. Today was an important day for them, more than they knew. He rubbed the stump where his left arm had been, evoking old memories. A high price for his part in the crusade. But it had been worth it for scenes like that in front of him.

He noticed a figure approaching through the crowd, people stepping aside out of respect before the lady dressed in the garmaments of the Enlightened. She approached him with a solemn smile, touching her chin in respectful greeting.

"Are you ready to begin?" she asked, sitting down beside him.

"There is hardly a moment when I would not be ready to tell this story" he answered with a smile. "No matter the audience."

She clapped her hands, and the games in the small square came to a halt. The parents in the crowd gathered their children and brought them before the two elders on the bench. Soon enough, the children were seated in quiet anticipation, and he cleared his throat.

"Hello, children. My name is Emiro, and many years ago I fought with the Golden Crusade. Now, how many of you have heard the name of Godslayer Rakkath..?"

A brief history of the culture

The Rak Rakkhari began as the Ordori, who came across the seas and landed upon the shores of the lands they now rule. Their history teaches that they were quickly set upon by gods, who made the people submit to their divine will. For countless of years they toiled, until one day, a man freed himself from the grip of the gods rose up against them. The man's name was Rakkath, and he was the one who freed them all. In his honor, the people adopted the name "Rakkhari" and vowed to continue his fight against the gods - the Golden Crusade. They took this fight to their neighbors, either allying themselves with them, or making them submit trough sheer force. Now, nearly four hundred years after the deeds of Godslayer Rakkath, they hold dominion over the larger part of the continent.

Mentality

Though they stand together in the holy struggle against the gods, the Rak Rakkhari stand by the law of the strong. Those that can not pull their weight are left behind. The weak must be separated from the strong, to make sure that the realm stands ever ready to face the servants of the gods. But although they can seem cruel, the Rak Rakkhari strive towards enlightenment and the freedom of everyone. Everyone should be given the chance to prove their worth, and be judged accordingly. And for those that prove their worth, the Rakkhari realm is a pleasant place indeed.

Society

None hold as much power as the Rakkhari Arch Commander, the leader of both the Golden Crusade and the realm as a whole. Beneath him is a council of Warmasters, who all command a series of legions, as well as oversee the different provinces in the realm. They are joined by a civilian council of the most prominent Enlightened - academics and scholars from all manner of disciplines. This civilian council is in charge of the administration and continuing development of the Rakkhari culture and society.

The different provinces in the Rakkhari realm are all governed according to how politically stable they are. Some have a basically autonomous rule, while others are controlled more rigorously to make sure that the political climate does not turn against the realm.

Society as a whole follows a strict, hierarchical structure, where person is officially put in charge, whether it be of a village, a town or a region. Everyone answers to the person above them in the hierarchy, and may put together councils to advise them if they see fit.

Faith and beliefs

All religion and worship is forbidden in the Rakkhari realm, and all followers of the gods considered dangerous. Instead, all follow the path of the Godslayer Rakkath, he who liberated the people and the world from the tyrannical rule of the gods. It was he who took their weapons from them and struck down their god-king, chasing all other gods into the shadow realms beyond. It is in his name they march out into the world, bringing all followers of the gods to their knees, slowly depriving the gods of their acolytes and their power. Mankind must free itself, or face eternal slavery.

Name culture examples

Female: Iilva, Detys, Vinola, Rossa, Era
Male: Ordo, Tregos, Lorso, Bari, Korel

Clothing and fashion

Vests, coats, layered jackets and berets are commonplace among the Rak Rakkhari. Straight lines, dignified and modest cuts and almost uniform-like designs stand out as traditional traits. Most Rak Rakkhari place a great deal of weight upon clothes, as the way you dress yourself is seen as an indicator of your discipline as well as your dignity.

Unless you are of high status in the civilian academic circles, hairstyles are usually straight and simple. In the Crusade, short hair is mandatory among both men and women, favoring straight and clean-cut designs. Among higher civilians there are many uncountable types of styles due to influence from the different provinces.

Patterns made from geometrical, line-based designs are the most popular, although subtle floral patterns are also common-place.

Among the Rak Rakkhari, jewelry is used rather sparingly, being mostly reserved for special events or celebrations. A lot of their jewelry uses national symbols, with the emblem of the crusade being the most central one. Natural materials are used for all manner of object, but certain metals are exclusively reserved for ceremonial objects.

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