Khel'seth

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The city of Khel'Seth is the home of the warhawkes of Atlas. It's inhabited by mostly dark elves of the warhawke culture, with some exceptions.

History

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Construction/Discovery

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Location event

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Geography

Khel'Seth lays way up in the north of Atlas, hidden away deep into the mesa desert. It takes a long while to get there but it's certainly rewarding. Upon aproaching the city you see it on top of rocky cliffs across a vast river called the 'feather's stream'. One has to cross the feather's stream by bridge and then make their way up a tunnel that digs into the coloured claystone cliff, leading up to the city on top. The city is separated in two parts, the main living area on the plateau and the chieftain's tent on a seperate plateau, the two being connected by a wooden bridge.

Notable Figures

  • Erolas Ba'ikana - Founder and current Prince
  • Lockezi Ba'ikana - Current Chieftain
  • Arabella Delevoye - Ambassador
  • Nerrin Delevoye - Cosmic Inquisitor
  • Thalrian - Head Shaman
  • Smano - Steward

Government

Governing body of the Warhawke tribe is the Conclave of Tahorran. Led by the Chieftain who holds utmost authority and makes final decisions for the tribe that can only be vetoed by majority of the conclave. The current Chieftain is Erolas Ba'ikana, who has held the title for several decades.

Society

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Economy

The Warhawke economy is officially a standard free market economy. However, minas don't play a large role in the elven nation since goods are brought into a communal warehouse by the population for nothing and in return they can use what they need for nothing. Thus creating a quite socialist, communal economy; you put in what you don't need, and in return you get what you need.

Military

The guardforce of Khel'Seth is the Chiefdom's national army; the Tahorran'okar, which means 'The Hawks Guard'. It is led by the Cosmic Inquisitor, which currently is Nerrin Delevoye. A warrior of the Warhawkes is traditionally equipped with either leather armor tanned from available wildlife or plate armor worn in traditional Warhawke fashion. In combat the Tahorran’okar prefer speed over strength, their plate armor worn with only sparse metal in order to be able to maneuver. The weapons of the Tahorran’okar are the traditional tomahawk, sword, or bow. Guards will have all of these available to them.

Culture

A Warhawke is commonly a pure Mali'Ker. They are often seen wearing tribal-like wear that includes sashes, beads, a mohawk, or face paint. Their primary weapon of choice is a lapis tomahawk that is often adorned in feathers, lapis beads, and a fine wooden handle of either acacia or spruce origin.

The Warhawkes are Mali’ker astronomers. They are believers in Igne’acaela, and the spiritual traits within lapis. The tribe is well-known to do research pertaining to the sky and the stars, as well as studying machinery, the art of war, and properties of lapis. Lapis lazuli is praised and admired by the entirety of the Warhawke tribe. Every member has a family piece that is passed down to them by their bloodline. While it may not necessarily be always on their person, it is always protected and safe. Never forgotten.

The tribe uses the material for weapons, jewelry, and household decoration. The gifting of lapis from one Warhawke to an outsider is a great sign of respect. Respect is most important to the Warhawkes, respect for all things. Pride and family are held dear to them.

All aspiring Warhawkes leap through the flames of a log that is burning blue. If they come out unscathed, they are a true Warhawke.

Art

Warhawke art is present in their clothing and tattoos. They adore jewelery; charms, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more to go with their clothes of various colors. Many leave part of their skin bare to boast tribal tattoos, often representing their family.

Architecture

Warhawke architecture involve different sort of flashiness than human settlements as no stone or materials of earth is used in their buildings. They do not only wield an axe in combat but are skilled lumberjacks as well. Thus their camps are built of wood and canvas of many color.

Religion

The religion of Khel'Seth is considered by many as wildly fascinating. The religion doesn't have an official name but it's priests are called 'Shamans'. Not to be confused with shamanism, a Warhawke Shaman is not so much of a mage, but being a shaman is mostly just a title and they are viewed as priests. They perform funerals, marriages, and other holy events. The shamans are also viewed as radicals in the tribe, and usually create new customs with the crazy ideas that they think of. Though they may seem crazy, most of them are gifted with a wide amount of wisdom.

A wistful shaman.

They also speak with The Council known also as the gods of the Warhawke tribe by praying to the stars. Each star is said to be the soul of a dead warrior or chieftain that is known for affecting something in the tribes past. The Shamans can also tell important events of the future, but are not permitted to tell the events to anyone for the information may change the future and cause something of catastrophic proportion. This skill of telling the future is the most important skill that a Shaman will have and it is what gives the Shaman its dire importance.

Most warhawkes, like all dark elves, worship their Ancestors besides worshipping the stars. They also believe in a big meteor called Igne'acaela. The belief in Igne’acaela dates back to the fourth Chieftain who had a vision of a large burning blue meteor sailing through a black ocean of light, translated as Heaven's Fire. The Warhawke tribe believes Heaven's Fire to be their savior. Believing that it's flames will be so great it will purge the very soul of it's sins.

A Warhawkian funeral is done by wrapping the body and head separately in heavy wraps of linen. They are burned together atop a pyre of wood. During the funeral, each Warhawke will take turns tossing wrapped lapis dust which will slowly turn the flames of the pyre blue in color.

Random Tidbits

  • When a Warhawke wishes to be with someone, they offer them a feather of any kind as a form of marriage, if the other person accepts it they are considered married
  • Most warhawkes prefer the use of an axe as a weapon above anything else.
  • On a different note, did you know: about Willem Hagelijn, the man who united the Batavian people of Axios?

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