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Taerel:Viremo City Zu'aan

Place
City Name:
Other Names:
Unknown
Parent Groups:
N/A
Descended Groups:
Unknown
Demonym:
Unknown
Languages:
Religions:
The Following of Tempest Blue
Government Type:
Unknown
Population:
20k
Allies:
Unknown
Rivals:
Unknown
Date Founded:
4E 216
Date Disbanded:
N/A


History

By the song of leaf and bark,

And by the scream of bog,

Protects us from the ticks,

That haunt us for our blood.

-Viremo’s children prayer.

Viremo is a young city, found close to the ending of the Shattering Age by a Congregation of the Tempest Blue and its head priest Viro of Hak’lun, it’s relatively intact from the encroaching Ice Age due to living near the equator, in the flowering forests of Czamwer. But to their long woe, kin’toni plague the woods, along with hostile Zu’aan nomads, making the area a constant battleground for the source of food and warmth – on both. Still, the city is still the one of the only sanctuaries for the followers of Tempest Blue, who found their faith falling on deaf ears and wishing for a commune. Since the founding of a city, the path to establishment was fast and harsh.

Wooden palisades were like tissue paper to roaming kin’toni madmen, while the years of 220 and 223 were especially grim for the townsfolk, but not due to bloodsuckers, though. Constant rain and thunderstorms were causes for multiple floods and fires that put the fledging city to the brink of death, nearly destroying the walls, along with residential houses. The colossal loss of life has forced the defenders and servicemen to broaden their recruitment standards, which at that point didn’t include anyone past the age of 17 or the clergymen. Thus, the old, the faithful and the young started manning the walls, smelt metals and building the future through the mud and rain.


Nowadays, the district of the city built by such methods is now know as a Sorrow Valley and comprises the foundational and administrative backbone, from which the city expanded. The next city district, Heaven’s Mat, is built on the coast of the river Jolkasto, right on the plateau that surrounds it side to side, which while defensible, makes river trading difficult and small-scale. Even with the building of a scaffold, connecting the town with the dock village, the scope of it is still relatively miniscule. The last district was originally meant for further housing and the building of a grand provostry of Tempest Blue. It’s still serves the purpose, but in essence it actually became the military district for the Viremo, due to influence of Noman Zu’aan settlers that demanded a further protection and militarization against incoming kin’toni clan attack.

This proved to be a correct choice of action, when in 245, when kin’toni scaled the walls and were repelled using flame hoses and weaponry, developed in the interim, sparing the city of the outbreak. The district was later named the Pyreround, due to constant metalmaking and prayer humming in the streets. What they lack in age and technology, the Viremos make up in ingenuity. The flowering forests, along with bountiful blood and organs spilled from kin’toni made Viremo a prime provider of various dyes to other cities, which gave the city a product that they can reliably sell without the need of a sized merchant fleet. The kin’toni bones are also made into good-luck charms that are getting popular around the world, particularly among nomads and bloodsucker hunters, primarily to goad their prey into attacking.


The profits are usually spent into defense, erecting high walls of stone, wooden beams and imported concrete, which is mixed with blood to strengthen it. But to gather the dyes and the blood, constant sacrifice has to be made. Each week, a patrol of zu’aan, found to be pious in their devotion to Tempest Blue, are sent to gather flowers, bones, blood and really anything that they came across to haul back to the city. Patrols number in the hundreds and are a mix of hunters, gatherers, soldiers and craftsmen. Most of the time, the bounty they bring is plentiful and all come safe. This is thanks to their dye industry, making cloaks out of flowers, which both mask their smell and make them hard to see. However, some don’t come back. Sometimes, a skirmish with nomads. Sometimes, an accident. Other times, a fatal hunt. And the last, kin’toni.

Psychology

The Viremo city zu'aan have many similar psychological traits to the rest of the zu'aan in the region. They took an unnatural interest in architecture and design and their region was known for the prevalence of buildings and structures. This was a product of their cold environment which necessitated the construction of artificial habitats to protect themselves from the windy and cold conditions of the region. They were historically more advanced than any of the other zu'aan tribes with regards to architecture. They pioneered many methods of construction and design that would be adopted by many people everywhere. Their design principles reflected many of their deepest psychological traits.

Their lines and cuts were made with precise measurements and aesthetic angles. It implemented both beauty and functionality and became the standard principles for designing structures in the region. The zu'aan of these regions had a high degree of hubris and considered themselves to be better than most of the other clans in the region. They regularly tried to emphasize this point through their propaganda and diplomatic dialogues. When Asieu formed the Viremo city zu'aan, she brough along some of these characteristic traits along with a new found hatred of her previous clan and guild. He would spread the word among the Viremo clan about the proud and haughty zu'aan who were unwilling to accept her new ideas and were stuck in the practices of the past.


She molded her new clan to be more accepting of revolutionary new ideas and practices. This attitude allowed her to implement her new construction ideas successfully and gave the clan their impressive Viremo city that was built into the mountains to avoid detection and contained most amenities that allowed them to survive without contact with the outside world. It was first intended as a tourist city with many facilities like motels, taverns and parks where tourists could enjoy their day like in any outside city. Her belief was that using this city as a tourist destination would help the clan earn back their investments. It was repurposed as a concealed shelter halfway through its construction due to the kin'toni outbreak.

With the completion of remarkable structure, her new clan would take over the reins as the pioneers and leaders in engineering and architecture. The clan would go on to produce many capable architects and builders who were personally trained by Owiw herself, and the inclination towards architecture would slowly become a part of the clan’s psychology. Their secure home city gave the clan a sense of security and confidence that was not common among other vulnerable sections of the zu'aan. Their secure and undetected dwellings removed the need for constant battles for survival in the surface and made them detached from the hardships and conditions that existed on the surface of the world.


This would slowly affect their toughness and survivalist edge. They became known as the most civilized and refined clan of the region and were known for sorting their issues out in the most peaceful ways possible. They naturally preferred nonviolent means such as dialogues and discussions rather than violence.

Culture

The Viremo city zu'aan were known for their very advanced culture which was characterized by their intricate architecture and construction methods. This precedent was laid by their founder Owiw Kas'ie who started the clan's infatuation with architecture. She was responsible for sharing many of her revolutionary ideas and techniques with the clan as well as the construction of their state-of-the-art Viremo city that was intended as a major tourist destination before being repurposed as a concealed, defensive city to survive the kin'toni outbreak. She would continue to teach and inspire many of the clan's younger generations who would continue to build on and add improvements and attachments ot their city.

They valued aesthetic designs and regularly competed amongst themselves to find the best and most effective designs. These competitions were among the most prestigious awards that one could hope to achieve within the clan. These awards were very highly regarded and allowed the winner to gain more influence and fame within their society. It was common for students to indulge in years of research and experiments in their attempts to win these awards. In turn, this led to the development of many new techniques and advancements in architecture. The Viremo zu'aan clan were known for their fun-loving culture that involved a lot of celebrations and gatherings. This could range from celebrations for the entire clan or more private family gatherings and parties.


The bigger occasions were intended for the entire clan and would be held with pomp and splendor. They would empty their savings on the purchase of decorative lamps and designs that would ordain the city streets and keep them lit in varying colors for many weeks. This was a chance for many of the aspiring clan members to showcase their art and designs in the hopes of acquiring wealthy patrons and commissions in the future. The Viremo culture celebrated many different events that could range from religious holidays to victories or the achievements of a fellow member. The more private celebrations could range from birthdays and weddings and were an important part of the clan's socializing routines.

Their culture was known for this very social nature. They spent most of their non-working hours in the company of their friends and loved ones while immersing themselves in drinks and food or interesting debates and discussions of the day. The clan's refinement also extended to their food which were among the best prepared and complex zu'aan food- requiring a range of spices, flavors and different styles of cooking. They were a culinary powerhouse and loved to showcase their range of diets. This was among their main tourist attractions along with their architecture. Their homelands were regularly frequented by tourist zu’aan from all over the continent, looking to experience their exquisite gastronomy before the kin’toni outbreak essentially killed the industry.


Their culture’s love for interaction and tourism was very obvious- in fact, their hidden mountain city had first been intended as a tourist spot that would host its own hotels and other tourist facilities but was only converted due to the dire circumstances.

Government

The Viremo city zu'aan evolved through many different government types during the course of their existence. They were initially mired in tribalistic forms of organization prior to becoming the Viremo city zu'aan. Their tribal leaders dictated all the clan's behavior and their policies towards other clans. They were quite authoritarian during this phase and their lifestyles and decisions were strictly regulated by the opinions of their leaders. These leaders were composed of the elders of the clan who were respected and revered by all their members. There was no process of election to this group as any old and respected member with enough influence, automatically became part of it.

They were policed by their own communities who were very quick to pounce on any clan member who violated their beliefs and practices. This chaotic and unorganized form of government was reformed once Owiw built the Viremo city and renamed the clan as the Viremo city zu'aan. The amount of influence and goodwill that she earned among the clan's members allowed her to subvert the authority of most of the clan's elders without any consequence. The elders also noticed this changing trend and were forced to create a new system of government, keeping in mind the new attitudes of the clan members. She was slowly integrated into the clan's leadership and would eventually begin to take over most of the decision making.


She proved her leadership ability during the kin'toni outbreak when it became evident that the elders of the clan were not prepared to handle the chaotic conditions of the times. Their slow and rigid decision making as well as their unfamiliarity with the dangers of the kin'toni convinced the citizens that it was in their best interest to have a decisive leader who could make quick decisions that did not compromise on their safety. Owiw was the only logical choice for this role as she was already heading the clan's defensive efforts by her construction of their new concealed city within the mountains. She welcomed the decision and quickly assumed the role of the clan's supreme leader.

She had the general consensus of the people behind her, and thus, none of the other elders were able to oppose her. The tough times and the need to survive made it necessary for the clan to adopt very tough measures- food and resources were rationed until they were firmly established in their new city. Owiw was quick to establish a civil police force from among her most loyal supporters. This was necessary to keep the former leaders of the clan in check and to prevent them from organizing any dissent or making plans to subvert her rule. She was able to consolidate her rule in this way, and it became a common practice for the future leaders of the clan, to keep a police or military force at their side to assert their powers.


Despite the increasing authoritarian nature of the government, there were little reasons for complaints as the clan was performing very well in most regards. They were slowly becoming self-independent while having a secure home city and an architectural interest that was progressing by leaps and bounds.

Military

The Viremo city zu'aan were not particularly known for their military prowess. They engaged in many small-scale tribal engagements prior to them becoming the Viremo zu'aan clan. These conflicts did not require military organizations or tactics since they were mostly decided by numbers. This was the way in which wars were fought in the Yeceblho forest region- clans would muster their tribesmen and try to rope in as many of their citizens as they could before heading out to predestined locations where the two sides would meet over open ground for an all-out battle. It was dishonorable for either side to engage in practices such as ambush or deceit and in most cases, the number on the field was a true indication of the number of troops at each side's disposal.

The side with the larger army would usually emerge as the victor on most occasions. The Viremo clan enjoyed a lot of success during these old periods because of their numerical superiority over most of the clans in the region. Warfare in the Yeceblho region would undergo a huge change during the kin'toni outbreak. The new bands of kin'toni warriors did not subscribe to the combat traditions of the region; they attacked indiscriminately with no mercy while employing the most deceitful methods to mislead their enemies. The tactics and methods employed by the kin'toni necessitated the need to adapt to the changing conditions of warfare. The zu'aan could no longer expect their opponents to fight honorably and had to be prepared for all kinds of eventualities.


This would start a revolution in tactics and warfare in the region as the zu'aan tribes began to adapt the kin'toni methods into their own ways. The Viremo clan were also part of this evolution. They slowly adapted tactics such as ambushes, traps and decoys and were successful in defeating most of the other zu'aan armies in this way. However, facing the kin'toni even with these kinds of tactics was still a dangerous prospect due to the physical superiority of these genetically engineered warriors. This phase coincided with the completion of their hidden mountain city of Kwasniiec. The clan would fully migrate into this concealed space and began to play a smaller role in the surface world.

They realized the futility of fighting the superior kin'toni and instead, chose to actively avoid these hordes. They relied on the protection afforded by the city for defense. Their city was not discovered for the entirety of the outbreak, allowing them to exist in peace. The clan began to move away from their military ways during their time in the mountain city. This was a measure taken by Owiw Ssannso, who feared that leaving the citizens with arms would empower them and make them capable of staging a revolt. She still had a lot of former elders among the clan who harbored some jealousy towards her. She created a police force that was composed of clan members loyal to her. These individuals were the only people assigned weapons within their city.


Religion (Tempest Blue)

-We born of the tempest above-

-We sinned of the power below-

-And of below we suffer-

-To find the love of Blue-

-For the love is soothing-

-Of injustice made mankind-

Scripture of Neyada, “The Origin of Pain”.


The origin of the Tempest Blue lied in the congregation of small villages, surrounding the Zsreyur Battlegrounds, after they found some contraptions which made villagers think that they zu’aan were not actually native to this world, but actually starfarers. While a gross misconception, it gave them hope of restoring the zu’aan civilization from barbarity, if not full recovery. They hold belief that if they prayed for rescue and find the necessary code phrases to summon their brethren from the heavens, the civilization will be restored. Unfortunately, the belief quickly corrupted due to travelers misinterpreting their message and blindly started following.

Rectifying this was not to be, because the original villages were wiped out in the following years for unknown reasons. Travelling faithful became the new basis and their interpretation of the faith still stands to this day. The travelers that first spread the faith were Neyada, Khalkho, Davi and U’un. Only their name and their scriptures known, they proclaimed the Tempest Call of the Blue upon many towns, villages, tribes and cities throughout the Taerel. Movement had a moderate success among zu’aan, mostly those who suffered much from kin’toni plague. Through the promise of the restoration, of the tempest that will befall on the kin’toni that will wipe them out once and for all and of the conquering the “Above”, many young people flocked to the banner of blue.


The “Tempest” part was actually a name given by the villagers to the device they found. At least the name of it was eligible. When they got the device working, it only spouted words, some of which villagers didn’t understand, but it was still eligible. The words coming out of the box gave them an idea of them being foreigners in this planet. Then the Tempest was corrupted into a heaven figure, from which all life on Taerel was bornl. The leading narrative was that once Zu’aan were in the Tempest, in harmony and trust, which was broken when in jealousy, one of the Zu’aan made the Kin’t, the first of the bloodsuckers, in his image. The first order of the Kin’t was to kill and he did just that.

And in arrogance and pain, the Tempest brought low both the Kin’t and Zu’aan from it’s eternal storm into the born world to suffer for their hubris. The children of Kin’t roam the world to kill and hunt for weakened Zu’aan, as a lesson to humility, defeat and hubris the zu’aan has inflicted upon themselves.

Miscellany

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