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There are five main groups living in Waejontor: the sa’necari, the humans, the lycans, the vampires, and the nibari.
The sa’necari cult originated in Waejontor, in time the genes of the older lineages changed and they began to be born sa’necari, which made them both a cult and a race. The majority of the people of Waejontor are human, they run the businesses, occupy towns and farms. The nobility/aristocracy are entirely sa’necari. Both groups, citizenry and rulers, are patriarchal, although there is more equality between the sexes among the sa’necari than there is among the human lower classes.
The sa’necari cult began when Waejontor was comprised of warring tribes. The three brothers, Brandrahoon, Isranon Dawnhand, and Waejonan, arrived among them with their companions from Imralon on the continent of Sealandia. The brothers were exhausted from fleeing the wrath of Willodarus, and required a safe place to start a new life. Possessed of great physical strength, and arcane power, long-lived compared to the tribesmyn, the three yuwenghau settled in and gradually took over the leadership of the tribes from their original leaders. Brandrahoon was interested only in expanding his arcane knowledge and Isranon wanted only to live in peace and upon discovering the lycan tribes became their benefactor and champion. Waejonan wanted to rule, and established his sa’necari cult for this purpose.
Each time his pet tribe conquered another one through the arts of the sa’necari, it became a new fiefdom given to one of his supporters in the cult. The easiest direction to expand in was through the southern plains, which eventually put them at loggerheads with the five strong tribes that would eventually comprise the Sharani. With help from the god, Aroana, the Sharani united and stopped his southern advance into their lands.
The larger, stronger fiefdoms of the sa’necari evolved over the generations into baronies. The system is, superficially, feudal in nature with a king of the Waejonan lineage at the top. However, there is also a caste system based on whether or not one is born sa’necari, or made sa’necari through the rites, and how long a lineage has existed. Those whose families can trace their participation in the cult back to the time of Waejonan are the upper echelons of their society.
The Waejontori lower classes are all human. Towns elect mayors who report to the sa’necari who rules their region. They have no political power in the greater scheme of things. Villages elect a headmon.
The women of the lower classes dress in black with head scarves and are expected to show deference to all males (i.e. walking six paces behind them). They cannot be elected to office, own land in their own right, or choose who they marry.
There is very little crime in these places, because criminals are given to the overlords who then eat them.
The humans live in fear of their overlords and the other dark creatures who form their entourages.
The only vampires in Waejontor with political power are comprised of those called royals, and most of them are Lemyari of the bloodline of Brandrahoon. Mostly they conceal what they are because the sa’necari consider them rivals. They lead discreet lives and a handful have even been made nobles, such as Lord Hoon (an alias of Brandrahoon) for service to the King’s various causes.
The fourth group dwelling in Waejontor, mostly in the high plateaus and deep valleys sliced into the forbidding mountains of the Eiryskali range are the lycans. They have political power only among their own clans and are frequently subject to the decrees laid down by the sa’necari overlords.
Violating a decree from the sa’necari overlords can, and sometimes does, result in a demand for a tithe in lives. When this is forced upon the lycans, a community will draw lots for who is to be sacrificed by being given to the sa’necari. This has created a great, simmering hatred of the sa’necari.
Despite this, they keep to their own ways, and operate many of their beliefs in secret, hidden from the sa’necari, but not from the community. This includes an ancient tradition of stoning to death any lycan bitch who becomes pregnant by a sa’necari.
Two things changed since the arrival of the Sharani. When Shaurone invaded Waejontor, the lycans secretly allied themselves with the Sharani. The Sharani were not aware of this. When the sa’necari demanded that the lycans send troops to help repel the invasions, the lycan failed to reply with troops or answers. They quietly disrupted the sa’necari communication lines by assassinating messangers and sending the dispatches to the Sharani generals. The Sharani occupiers still don’t know that they were aided by the lycans, however they treat the lycans with the respect the wolves had so long desired.
One small conciliation was given to their former masters. Some of the clans allowed them to set up way stations so those sa’necari stealing through the occupied zones could stay in their valleys temporarily. It served two purposes: 1) it concealed the fact that they had rebelled in case the sa’necari ever returned to power, and 2) it allowed them to confine the visitors to a small area instead of wandering all over clan lands. The sa’necari were made to understand that they were there on the lycan’s forebearance.
Another group of human are the slave class, genetically altered nibari who have no voice in their lives. Aggression and assertiveness has been bred out of them. They are vegetarians and have difficulty consuming meat without becoming sick. They have a number of race specific disorders that result from the arcane aspect of their creation. They must be either bled or fed upon regularly or else they sicken from a condition called blood bloat. They have a ninety day fertility cycle, rather than the human twenty eight cycle, and have a narrow five to eight day period in which they can conceive. Their gestational period is nine months, the same as regular humans.