Legends of Taravelan
Recorded history says that the Demon Lord came from Hynar, and evidence in Hynar, unfortunately, supports that theory. Other evidence points to Hynar as being the most ancient of all the nations. Though officials from other countries are skeptical as to how they know this, but one thing is certain, and that’s Hynar is full of secrets.
Hynarians believe that their kingdom used to be ruled by a dragon family. Legend has it that the dragon family was sacrificed and used as the key to open the way for the Demonic Invasion. This is present in lots of Hynar art. Often painted on leather hide, Hynar art usually shows depictions of demons, dragons, and other dark art.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, though it may seem contrary to it’s dark past, Hynar is actually a cheerful and colorful place. Most people dress in bright colored silks and cottons. The people of Hynar value order, serenity, inner peace, and understanding of the self. As they are a very orderly society, they have a strong system to judge and punish criminals. They also do not take well to anything upsetting their social structure.
Their social structure is a little different from the rest of Taravelan’s. It’s not based on wealth so much as respect. Society is broken into four roles. From most respected to least resepcted (although lower ends of one may be lower than the higher ends of another) there are, The Kensai (military), The Choi’mois (Peasants and Farmers), Artisans, and the Merchants.
Each class can be further broken down as well, with the exception of the Merchants. Artisans are broken down by thier particular trade, Choi’mois are broken down by how productive thier particular harvest or resource is (which, in turn, generally means they are divided by wealth within this category). There are three groups that the Choi’mois are broken down into. High Choi, Mid Choi, Low Choi. Choi’mois are also allowed to own land.
The Kensai class has the most sub-classifications. Going from lowest in the Kensai chain of command up, first, is the Ronin. Which are basically disgraced Kensai who are masterless for one reason or another. They are generally mercenaries. Although they belong to the Highest respected class (the Kensai) they are the black sheep of the bunch and actually have the least respect of anyone in Hynar. The only right they had (beside everyone’s basic rights) was the right to carry weapons. Next is the Soldier. They also had only the right to bare weapons added to their basic rights. But having a master, they could advance up the chain of command. They usually work as military office clerks or messengers. They usually had even less wealth than the Ronin, but had far more respect and influence. Next is the Samurai, who is allowed to carry weapons and own land. They were often wealthy enough to employ lower ranked Kensai. Next up, are the Shogun, who were allowed to bare weapons, own land, and tax land in their region of command. They are wealthy enough to employ numerous Samurai, all with lesser Kensai under them. If the Samurai employed by the Shogun did own land of his own, it was taxable by the Shogun and was usually within his region of control. At the top of the Kensai ladder, only answering to the Emperor himself, are the Warlords. They had nearly unlimited rights, technically. Technically, because they are expected to uphold a strong code of conduct and can be striped of their rights if the emperor felt it was necessary.
A final note on naming conventions: Kensai were called by their name with a ‘Sai suffix. Choi’mois were known by adding the Choi’ prefix to the name. Artisans had the San’ prefix, and Merchants had the Zun prefix.