The Prakaashi live on the northern portion of Kindara, North of the Golden Mountains. They are an intensely spiritual people who above all seek peace and harmony in the world. Tho they seek peace and harmony the Prakaashi are fierce warriors, having been in conflict with the Seojeung Khanate for many centuries. Today the Rhaj Prakaash pays homage to the Khanate, supplying tribute of grain and other crops in exchange for their naval protection and to be generally left alone. Prakaashi strive to fulfill their Dharma, a divine purpose in life, and as a culture seek enlightenment from the heavens. The quieting of the heavens has created a renaissance of philosophical thought among the Prakaash concerning the nature of the world and the heavens above.
Major language groups and dialects
The Primary language of Prakaashien is spoken throughout the majority of the Rhaj. The language is distinct in that it has 3 vowel sounds, a high, medium and a low, and a tonal component that can be challenging for non native speakers to grasp. Its striking similarity to many ways as the Celestiel language have lead credence to many of the Prakaashi theories of divinity. There is a secondary sub dialect, Pahaad which is mostly spoken by groups living in the high mountains. This region is known to have many monasteries and places of quiet contemplation where Pahaad is spoken.
Culture and cultural heritage
Prakaashi culture is very intertwined with their desire for learning and understanding the universe and cosmos around them, it is part philosophy part culture. All Prakaashi are encouraged to pursue their Dharma, a purpose or calling. They feel the world stays in balance when all peoples are in pursuit of their Dharma. The follower of Tarsus is not to be scorned because they seek conflict. Their Dharma is to better those they come in conflict with and they can be expected to do little but what their Dharma is. When the follower Azanar does not follow their Dharma and succumbs to Tarsus does the world fall out of balance. Dharma is to be persued to the betterment of all around them, and this notion of divine service to ones fellow man is how Dharma serves the world for the better. Prakaashi feel wealth and its by product power are what truly separate peoples of the world and cause its misery. A Prakaashi is expected to help the impoverished, feed the hungry, and generally the accumulation of wealth and power is to be for the betterment of others. They strongly believe in the equality of all peoples, so long as they are in pursuit of the Dharma.
Shared customary codes and values
Prakaashi favor peace but understand that peace can not come to those without swords, as a result most Prakaashi carry at the very least a dagger, usually slightly curved, if not a proper sword. The Prakaashi also have the tradition of being open to all faiths, to seek the understanding of all the gods. To many this seems contrary to their desire for peace, but the Prakaashi believe it takes all peoples, who serve all the gods, serving to their true Dharma to create balance and prosperity in the world. When those who serve the gods, in any capacity no longer do so in the pursuit of true Dharma, the world suffers, so the study and understanding of all the gods is essential to finding peace. Gurus of every faith can be found in the Rhaj, discussing, speaking, debating, learning the mysteries of their faiths and seeking its true Dharma.
Common Etiquette rules
Prakaashi favor respect and courtesy, to treat all peoples they encounter as equals. They also give aide to alleviate suffering whenever they are able. It is considered a great honor to host and feed a guest, or to even bring them to the Ta'uhara. It is considered good form to have an open mind when discussing the many matters of Philosophy that permeate thru most of Prakaashi society.
Common Dress code
Prakaashi favor vibrant rich colors and fine silks. Women are draped in vibrant Saris, while men favor rich silken tunics generally of fewer colors but always bright.
Art & Architecture
Prakaashi find joy and understanding in music. Perhaps coming from their base language and its tonal components, much of their prayers and meditations are to lyrical songs, instrumental music is vibrant and upbeat. Poetry and the written word are also quite popular among the people of the Rhaj. Its buildings favor domed roofs, archways and tall obelisks.
Common Customs, traditions and rituals
The Ta'uhara is the most cherished tradition of the Prakaashi. A communal meal served from simple town halls in small villages to massive temples of learning in sprawling cities. The Ta'uhara happens daily and is great communal meal served to all who wish to partake, prepared and served by those practicing service to others. Regardless of class, status, or position, all who partake in the Ta'uhara eat together on the floor and share this meal as one people.
The philisophical nature of the Prakaashi understands that beauty is transitory and thus inner light is the greatest beauty. While this is common, they are still mortals and tend to favor women with narrow waists and long silky dark hair. Men are preferred to be tall with well groomed beards and of darker complexion.
Prakaashi have few gender ideals or expectations, only that each person is in pursuit of their dharma. It matters not whom bakes the bread, tills the field, defends the town, so long as those doing it are in pursuit of their dharma, the whole will prosper.
Prakaashi do not believe in dowries, bride prices, or even the arrangement of marriage for wealth and power. Much like the seeking of dharma, finding a partner with whom compliments your own search and you in turn augment theirs is the ideal goal of the Prakaashi.
- Ustad Trained: Praakashi learn their martial system from Ustad's, masters whose Dharma was to understand the art of martial combat and prowess. These systems have been handed down one Ustad to the next, each perfecting the movement and techniques. The Praakashi style of fighting is very quick with fluid movements. Any Praakashi in light or no armor gains a +1 dodge bonus to AC.
- Peaceful Reasoning: Praakashi avoid violence when able and some have become quite skilled at deescalating situations. Praakashi may make a diplomacy check to improve hostile intent and avoid a fight, with a +2 racial bonus.
- Philosophically trained: Learning is held in high esteem in Praakashi culture. Most youths will have the opportunity to study under Gurus of many faiths and disciplines. These Praakashi gain +3 Racial bonuses to Knowledge Planes, History, Religion, and these are always class skills for them.
- Pursuit of Dharma: Striving for ones purpose is a hallmark of Praakashi society. These Praakashi who know their great purpose pour themselves into particular skills to achieve it. Gain the Signature Skill feat for free.
- Guru Trained: Many Praakashi who seek the road of the divine do so under the tutelage of Gurus. As such they have a greater understanding then most followers of the gods. If a spell caster they gain an additional spell per day as if their wisdom score was 2 higher. If a sphere caster they gain 1 additional spell pointe very odd level.
- Ancient Texts: Praakashi often study ancient texts from all over the world and even some not from this world. These Praakashi have learned to harness the arcane to help in their studies. May cast comprehend language as a cantrip, but only gain the written component of the spell.
- Ustad Trained: Praakashi learn their martial system from Ustad's, masters whose Dharma was to understand the art of martial combat and prowess. These systems have been handed down one Ustad to the next, each perfecting the movement and techniques. The Praakashi style of fighting is very quick with fluid movements. Any Praakashi in light or no armor gains a +5 bonus to their bluff when making a feint.
- Defense of the Helpless: Praakashi are taught to defend the weak and fight tyrants. To this end when helping a comrade, the Praakashi may grant an additional +1 to their aide another to improve an allies armor class.
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