Reshaga
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Reshaga is a vast continent home to a complex culture. Reshaga consists of more than seven mahajanapadas: semi-independent kingdoms ruled by rakshasa rajahs. These rajahs in turn serve the maharajah, an emperor-like figure of great power.

Natives to the land claim Reshaga has a history older than the old Atl Empire.

Around 2,000 PI, the land was taken over by the rakshasa.

300 years ago, a massive flood killed thousands of Reshagi.

The Reshagi people have a reputation for being consummate exaggerators and embellishers, a trait that would make them unbearable were it not for their constant good cheer and charisma.

Society


the Seven Kingdoms of Reshaga have a deeply stratified society. A rigid class structure divides the people into four varnas (castes), plus the chandalas (“untouchables”) who are outside and below the varnas proper. These four varnas represent the celestial order in the Seven Kingdoms.

The highest varna is the Brahmins, the priests and agents of the rakshasas. The Brahmins, as representatives of the rakshasas among humanity, hold a position of ultimate authority, but they are strictly barred from exercising that authority in worldly affairs such as politics. Tithes paid by members of the other varnas make the Brahmins wealthy, but at least half of their wealth goes directly to their temples, making them unable to leverage their wealth for any kind of secular authority. Religious strictures prohibit the Brahmins from eating with or accepting food from members of the other castes, and they also demand high standards of purity and moral conduct from them.

Technically subordinate to the spiritual authority of the Brahmins, the Kshatriyas nevertheless exercise the highest temporal authority. The most powerful of the Kshatriyas are nobles and retainers within the kingdoms. While Kshatriyas have unquestioned authority over secular matters within their sphere of influence, they have no power over the Brahmins or over any religious affairs. A Kshatriya can order a religious festival to be held, but cannot conduct it; she can finance a temple’s construction but cannot open its doors. All religious ceremonies, observances, sacrifices, and prayers are wholly within the Brahmins’ domain.

Below the Kshatriyas are the vaishyas, the large merchant class of the Seven Kingdoms. Also cattle herders, agriculturists and artisans. Some vaishya merchants may rival the wealth of the rajahs themselves, but their power is limited by their lower station: no vaishya can hope to rule or govern, no matter how great his wealth. However, a vaishya is also much more free to conduct his own affairs as he pleases, without the burden of excessive religious doctrine or debts of loyalty.

The lowest of the four castes is the shudra caste, which is made up of laborers and servants. Below even the shudras, and technically outside the varna system altogether, are the chandalas, or “untouchables.” The chandalas perform the tasks that make them unclean—tasks such as cremating the dead or butchering meat. The chandalas are “untouchable” because a member of a higher caste must undergo ritual cleansing if she comes into physical contact with a member of this group.

Low castes are bound by doctrine and tradition to treat those of higher status with respect and deference.

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