There's a difference between living and surviving.
Hākari-Kaia are Kaia who have focused their attention on finding delicious food and rare ingredients to the exclusion of all others. They leave the hunt for ores and oddities to others, preferring to chase dangerous but tasty beasts and strange but succulent mushroom. To the Hākari-Kaia, a bland dish is an abomination.
Explorers of Cuisine and Caves
There are none better to have at your back when you need to prepare a really great pot of Chnagahn!
While most Kaia are focused on discovery, wealth and necessity, the Hākari-Kaia seek rare delights of food and drink. There is no better way to light up a dreary and miserable cave, the Hākari-Kaia say, than with the smell of a great meal. Many view them as odd or even crazed, but they are just as popular as other Kaia when they visit - perhaps even more so, as they usually bring with them an unusual feast.
Hākari-Kaia split their time roughly between finding the latest delight to add to their menu, some rare and wondrous ingredient, and experimenting with existing ones. While their rare discoveries is a luxury reserved for the wealthy and powerful, the Hākari-Kaia know that most will never eat such fine dining and seek to make the most of more readily available material. As a result, Hākari-Kaia tend to be both popular and well-connected, at least as long as times are good.
There are much fewer Hākari-Kaia than there are Kaia and the two sometimes compete. This is fine by the Hākari-Kaia: such contest stirs the appetite.
Skills & Abilities
Despite their focus, the Hākari-Kaia are still Kaia. They are experts at navigating the caves and tunnels of Araea, capable of identifying a wide range of flora and fauna, and survive in places where others would surrender. However, Hākari-Kaia are not usually as good at identifying minerals, ores or other non-edible things. They are on the average greater warriors and their team compositions tend to skew towards Kaia-Heoa (warriors) and Kaia-Gai (logistics), as their prey quite often fights back.
Mmm.. That smells real good. What is it?
In addition, each Hākari-Kaia team have at least one expert chef. These may or may not accompany the expeditions themselves, sometimes chosing to focus more on their cooking and research than the procurement itself. Most Hākari-Kaia are at very least good chefs and many chose a specialty to focus on: brewing, smoking, meat or fungi, and so on.
The rite and initiation to become one of the Hākari-Kaia are much like those of becoming another Kaia, except with the added requirement of cooking and tasting. Some Hākari-Kaia teams require their initiates to be able to cook them a meal they find pleasing before they are welcomed even as an apprentice, though this isn't always the case.
Once an apprentice has been accepted, their route is much like among the Kaia. There is no set time of training or apprenticeship, with the initiate becoming one of the Hākari-Kaia proper only when the rest of the team deem them ready for the honor. The celebratory feasts, however, stand out from regular Kaia.
Even more than Kaia, Hākari-Kaia guilds are found in larger settlements. City-states such as Mharaji
and Dūbavum - the Drowning City
both have several guilds of Hākari-Kaia.
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