Akjhe

Akjhe is the mental conditioning programmed into the Sazashi by the Verin Haimarchy back when they first created them. Akjhe serves as a Sazashi's overriding psychological drive, sometimes superseding even sexual or survival urges in extreme cases.   Akjhe has several mental states which it triggers. These states overlay their normal mental states, affecting them rather than replacing them.

As a Sazashi, there's a constant internal battle we all face. We were built for servitude, physically designed for certain tasks and neurologically conditioned to excell at those tasks and take pleasure in them.

Is it submission to do these things because we enjoy them? Should we deny ourselves these things, just to spite the tyrannical natures of the Verin Haimarchy? Should every Kajh be an artist because she was built for manual labor, and should every Helyk avoid the arts for the same reason?

Or do we each stake our own paths as induviduals, and decide for ourselves who we are—whether that coincides with our 'purpose' or not.

If we live blindly by it, we allow it to control us. If we do the opposite of it to spite it, then we have again allowed it to control us.

All we can do is live as ourselves, and decide day by day what that means.


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Summary

Type
Genetic
Origin
Engineered
Cycle
Chronic, Congenital
Rarity
Common
Affected Species

States of Akjhe

Yearning

In peaks and valleys, the Sazashi experience the urge to fulfill their akjhe. It comes and goes in waves, akin to hunger or sexual impulse and equally as distracting at its worst. Most try to sate their akjhe daily, to prevent the Yearning from worsening.

Catharsis

Whenever a Sazashi fulfills their akjhe they feel a rush of satisfaction ranging from content to energizing. For many Sazashi fulfilling their akjhe can be as stimulating as a good meal or sex.

Agitation

If a Sazashi cannot fulfill their akjhe for a prolonged period of time their yearning may evolve into agitation. They may begin to demonstrate odd behaviors depending on the species of Sazashi. For example: Aen may pace and become fidgety, and will compulsively organize and clean; Ral-Mi may become defensive and cling to people around them; a Parisan may hole up somewhere or develop agoraphobic behaviors; etc.

Agonists & Antagonists

For as long as the Sazashi have lived independant of the tyranny of the Ancient Haimarchy, they have debated the effect of their Akjhe on their agency. Some decide their their life is their choice, regardless of the presence of Akjhe, while others seek to suppress their Akjhe to discover the person who is left behind.

Antagonists

Suppressants

Sazashi who seek to suppress their Akjhe turn to Fal-IdAkjhe, a class of Akjhe-Antagonist drugs. Some aim to curb the Yearning, so that they may make decisions without it, while others believe that even the Catharsis of fulfulling their Akjhe poses a risk to their free will, and so suppress it.

When you strip away everything the Ancient Haimarchy used to exploit us—the clumsy shackles they used to hold us down, and you're left with something unstoppable.

Agonists

Intensifiers

Some Sazashi see their Akjhe as things which give them a powerful edge, or which have their dark history but are not to just be erased. Instead, they take drugs, such as Purpose Flower, to intensify the urges of their Akjhe, and so to become, by their standards, "more Sazashi" than ever before.

In trying to create servants, the Verin made the next step of evolution. We were made to excel in labor, in the arts, in history... why throw that way and regress to anything less?

Cover image: Hologram Wheel by Ademal

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