Ti'aturi

You might survive the bite of a single spider, but you find yourself facing many. And our poison is strong.  
— Okoro, Ti'aturi delegate to Kharkorp
    Ti'aturi is a loose confederation of minor powers located on the far side of known lands in the Inner Shell that have formed an alliance against encroaching powers such as Kharkorp or Mharaji. When their lands are safe and no trouble is stirring from distant powers, the members of the Ti'aturi usually fall back to their old ways of fighting and raiding each other.      

Members of the Ti'aturi

  Around thirteen different villages and settlements of varying size have joined the Ti'aturi. None of them are equal to any of the great City-States and even united (and they rarely are), they are still inferior in number. But the Ti'aturi fight to defend their homes or to feed their families, and so fight tenaciously.   Out of the thirteen, three are the most powerful and the most influential.  

The Shokuta

  The Shokuta live the closest to the rest of Araea and have spread out across several villages. By necessity, they have become warlike and quick to draw their blades. Though fierce warriors, they have a reputation as being equally skilled poets and have shown a canny talent for playing others against each other.   Despite that, when the Ti'aturi call it is always the Shokuta who answer first.   Read more about the Shokuta    

The Shaeir

  Due to their contact with Kharkorp, the Shaeir have taken to the practice of ancestral worship and become skilled metal-smiths. To the Shaeir, there's two ways of doing something: the way their ancestors would have done it and the wrong way. The Shaeir still hold their secrets from the other pact-members, including the workings behind their most sacred ritual of Dream-Questing.   Skill at arms and skill with words are highly praised among the Shaeir, in reverse order of importance.   Read more about the Shaeir    

The Udatsa

  Reluctant partners of the Ti'aturi and far from most battles, the Udatsa are feared by the other pact-members as manflayers and maneaters. The battle-standards of the Udatsa give reason to this fear and the skull-masks they wear to battle make them terrifying figures. Despite that, the Udatsa would much rather just be left alone. Their displays give others pause when contemplating a raid, and that has given the Udatsa an attitude of grim practicality and gallows humor. Even so, they've proven more than capable warriors and are adapt at corraling tamed cave-lizards of great size into battle.   They are poor poets, another cause for the other members of the Ti'aturi to distrust them.   Read more about the Udatsa     These are the largest and most powerful members of the Ti'aturi. The others are minor villages or small, distant settlements like river-town of Mahkum and currently harried town of Aburo.    

The Pact

  The Ti'aturi pact is pledged again at every third year. Each member agree to cease hostilities among each other when an outside enemy threatens the land they claim as their own, to give no succor to any such foe and to deny the aid of the settlements in their land which have not joined the pact. These are given no protection and can be treated just as one would a foreign foe in times of crisis.   Each meeting, the members of the Ti'aturi vie for advantage, playing up their part in the defense of all for material gain, favors or the promise of future aid. It is a spar of words (and occasionally of blades) which always seems just at the edge of breaking apart entirely before coming together at the end of the meeting at the third day.    
Despite the defensive nature of the Ti'aturi pact, raiders from the pact have begun to strike the outskirts of 'civilized' land. These attacks are justified as retribution, or not at all. The victims, they say, have made themselves the enemy of the Ti'aturi and have no one to blame but themselves.

Ancestral Enemies

  Not all of those who lives near the Ti'aturi have been so quick to join arms against outsider. The people here have fought each other for as long as they have lived here and some nurse feuds as deep as the Abyss. These form a constany danger for the Ti'aturi, as they are all too happy to aid the foes of the Ti'aturi and to attack them while their warriors are occupied elsewhere.        

The Cost of Conquest

  So far, Ti'aturi suffered several expeditions to colonize and subdue them. These are been repelled, each time at great cost. Each time, the Ti'aturi have grown more canny and have learned that to strike the city-states at their most vulnerable: the coffers.   Ti'aturi have learned that if they can make such expeditions costly beyond any possible gain, they will quickly lose traction. They have become experts at guerilla attacks and at leading their foes into dangers (or vice-versa). For the Ti'aturi, if it is greed that lead their foe to invade their home, they will take all profit from them - a policy that has sometimes lead to some extreme measures.    
While the Ti'aturi villages are sometimes depicted as uncivilized barbarians or degenerate tribals by stories and plays in the city-states, the only thing that really separates them is distance. The Ti'aturi have no disadvantage when it comes to working metal or forging weapons, though they have much less of the organized economy of the city-states, and their cultures are no less sophisticated.   But the city-states, that narrative does not justify another expedition and so they tell a different story.
   


Cover image: by Ant on Troubled Pine

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16 Dec, 2018 10:13

Consistently awesome. Are the other members fleshed out at the moment? It might improve the article a bit, in my eyes, to see a bit of all constituents.

11 Feb, 2019 17:00

The three mentioned are the big players, but I could make a listing of the B-participants too. :)

16 Dec, 2018 11:33

I missed the placeholder bugs...   That was a fun read! I mean, not fun in the "haha sense", but a pact that allows killing each other as long as other people leave us alone? That is fun! If I were the enemy, I would just avoid attacking them and watch how they kill each other :P   You are an expert at making articles that are long enough to contain all the necessary information while not making them too long. Here, I missed some more descriptions of the rest of Ti'aturi members. However, the three villages that you describe are well characterized. The descriptions are short but enough to make the reader picture them clearly. So good job!   How is the apostrophe in Ti'aturi pronounce, btw? My linguist nerd self is wondering if it's just a way to separate the two vowels so they are not pronounced like a diphthong. Or is it a glottal stop (small pause)? Or does it mark a contraction of two longer words?   Anyway, see you around! :)

11 Feb, 2019 17:01

I have no idea! You're the linguistic expert, you decide! :D   And like above, now that WE is over, maybe I'll make a list of the B-class participants. Do y'all think that would be interesting? :)   Thanks! :D

12 Feb, 2019 05:53

Yes. B-Level participants add all sorts of flavor.

13 Feb, 2019 11:05

Yes, but you are the world creator :P An apostrophe can have many different meanings in a word! I was just wondering if you had decided something or it was just because it gave the word an exotic look.   Not sure what you mean with B-class participant :P

13 Feb, 2019 12:31

I have no real linguistics know-how, I just picked it because it looks cool :D   And I mean the lesser parts of the alliance, villages that aren't as noteworthy/powerful as the above :)

13 Feb, 2019 16:48

Oooh right, I forgot about the context :P Yes, maybe a full explanation is not necessary, but just naming them can give the world another layer of deepness to the eyes of the reader ("hey look, Q even knows about those unimportant villages", even if you haven't developed them).

16 Dec, 2018 16:04

Qulaity content as always :) For me, someone who is not overly familiar with your world, what took me off guard is the quote in the beginning. Is it a metaphor, or are they spider-people? I know it's an organization, but I would have loved to see a word or a half-sentence clearing this up, especially since the first group that are part of the Ti'aturi are still a placeholder article.

11 Feb, 2019 17:00

It's a metaphor :)   And most of them are placeholder.. Haha. Now that WE is over, I might finish them!