Kykr

The word “Kykr” is an ancient term that was used back in the feudal age of the world and meant that you were one of the civilised people of the world. You belonged to an “us”.

Initially, this term only included the illim, kuna and the vindral, the original three species to form the Trifolk Alliance. But with time this came to include the other species.

Modern use

In the modern age the term is somewhat controversial. With the Kykr civilisation's propensity to murder and enslave anyone who wasn't a Kykr, particularly the dru'un and hessak communities react strongly to the term, as it didn't use to include them. To them it's more a symbol of slavery and oppression than a feeling of belonging.

It is not a term you will commonly hear in civilised conversation, unless it slips someone's tongue. Even to this day, the Kykr have not come up with a better word to describe them as a collective, and whenever it needs to be said in conversation, the speaker can be seen squirming uncomfortably. Most people will try to get around it by using a far more tame "us" than the term itself.

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21 Jan, 2021 15:51

Short and to the point, I like it! :D

21 Jan, 2021 19:39

It didn't really need to be longer, I thought. It gets the point across and there needs to be no deeper understanding of the term in this setting, as opposed to Dark Shadows, where it carries much more cultural weight.

Author of prize-winning RPG settings Dark Shadows and Cinders of the Cataclysm. Designer of the narratively focused Celenia D10 RPG System.
21 Jan, 2021 20:37

Definitely. It has exactly the information it needs. :)

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