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Makkal

The Makkal are the most recent people to arrive in the Archipelago, stepping onto the shores of Nila some 100 years after the Logho arrived on Bakish. Compared to the Logho they are shorter, and slighter in build, as well as slightly lighter in skin tone. Their hair is also black, but doesn't tend toward curls, instead falling straight or slightly wavy. Another marked difference is the eyes, which are nearly always dark. Makkal also lack the horns of the Logho, and there is some contention over what this means, and if the two peoples share a common ancestor. Makkali cultural expression is somewhat divided by gender, as males are encouraged to keep their hair short, while facial hair is allowed to grow long, and various oils see frequent use. Among women, the use of complex makeup is often seen, though mostly among the upper class. Kohl eyeliner however is used amongst both men and women for formal or festive occasions. The Makkal also have a prominent tattooing culture, and tattoos in various colours are often seen adorning hands, arms and chests, as well as the skulls of those who choose to shave their hair.   The current fashion amongst the Makkal tends towards long tunics, worn by both genders, and various types of loose fitting trousers for men, while women more commonly wear skirts. Garments are often sleeveless, unless they accompany armour. Cloaks, shawls and veils are common amongst Makkali, especially for women, and are often loosely woven, or woven of very light cloths, to provide shade or protection from rain while remaining lightweight.   When it comes to religion, the Makkal were the first people in the Archipelago to experience a serious religious schism. When they first arrived in the Archipelago, and saw the ruin left by the destruction of the Ancients, the Makkali came to the conclusion that a god had struck the Ancients down, and that all their device and gathering places were taboo. They named this god Terevahn, and to this day, the people of Nila pray to Them, and give offering, to keep the same fate from befalling them. Over time, however, the inherent curiosity of the Makkal started to shine through, and a group split from the Terevhani faith, under the leadership of a man named Mikham, and went on to found the Pirai. The philosophies of Mikham are still a driving force in the Pirai.   In general, there is very little gender bias in Makkali culture, and all genders can be found in positions of power. Heredity is determined by legal contract, instead of parentage, and as such, adoptions are common, even of adults. Makkali relationships are similarly loose, though those who follow the Terevhani faith usually enter into marriages with one primary partner.

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