Uxili Ethnicity in Iosis | World Anvil

Uxili

A hard people, the Uxili do what they can to provide for and protect their families on the desolate and violent continent of Oyea.

The Uxili people inhabit the largest and most prosperous of the three countries on the continent of Oyea. However, compared to the other nations on Iosis, they are one of the poorest people due to a lack of natural resources and damage from years of slavery and exploitation. Because there have so few resources to go around, the Uxili are constantly fighting with the Salgattan and Jarvi people over fertile farmland. Additionally, vicious and feared predators of Oyea prevent all but the bravest or arrogant from venturing into the nearby forests.   The centuries of fighting have turned the Uxili into some of the strongest warriors seen on Iosis. Those who have become mercenaries often go on to be some of the most renowned and celebrated warriors throughout history. Their hunters too are known for their skills with weapons and tracking. Making them some of the few who can enter the forests ruled by the vicious Oyea creatures and have more than a chance of returning in one piece. It’s said that if someone breaks the law in Oyea and flees, they will know no rest for the hunters and soldiers sent after them will follow them to the ends of the earth.   Uxili stand out from most people due to their black hair, black eyes, and light to medium beige skin. Relations with foreign nations, specifically Sanctuary, has resulted in some variety. With some Uxili having more olive skin tones, green or hazel eyes, and dark brown hair.

Naming Traditions

Feminine names

Chen, Lian, Lei, Shen, Wang, Xing, Xiong, Yi, Zhuan, Zhang

Masculine names

Cheng, Deng, Dong, Hao, Shen, Xiang, Xie, Zi, Zheng, Zhong

Unisex names

Bai, Dong, Feng, Peng, Qiu, Shi, Sun, Teng, Zhen, Zhuan

Family names

Dong, Gang, Huang, Jian, Song, Xia, Yazhu, Yijun, Zhong

Culture

Major language groups and dialects

Uxili fluently speak Brarisi and Kuchon. Merchants speak at least a third language as well.

Shared customary codes and values

The Uxili are surprisingly generous for a people who have so little and have been so mistreated in the past. Even if an Uxili is barely scraping by, if they know someone who is in more considerable strife, they will without hesitation help that person. In fact, it’s very uncommon for those who leave Uxil to NOT send back coin or trade goods back to their friends and families back home.

Common Dress code

In warmer months Uxili wear a loose calf-length tunic made of one piece of material. It has long sleeves and a high collar. In colder months a long robe and a fur-lined coat are worn in addition to a padded version of their warmer tunic. Their boots are made of thick, rigid leather, that can be worn in all seasons and tend to last for years. Their coats are made from the fur from various creatures on Oyea such as the Pale Bears, Laughing Wolves, and Oyea Tigers and their boots are made from the hides of Aurochs or moose.  
Members of the infantry of the military wear steel plate armor on top of mail and rounded metal helmets. As they rise through the ranks, designs will be added to their armor and ornaments will be added to their helmets. Generals wear distinctive coat attached to their shoulder armor and ribbons to signify their status.   Archers, on the other hand, are outfitted with chainmail on top of leather armor to allow them better movement as well as the rounded metal helmets. As they rise through the ranks, they are given lacquered armor under their chainmail, and their commanders wear scale armor

Art & Architecture

Outsiders are often surprised to find that while the architecture and infrastructure of Uxili have been neglected, the arts have not suffered in the same way. Potters, poets, sculptors, painters, and other artists are celebrated and use their crafts to remember the good and bad times of Uxil’s past. Weavers, tailors, and dyers work together to create colorful tapestries and clothing.

Common Customs, traditions and rituals

Religious Traditions

Religion is incredibly important to the Uxili people, primarily because it is a commonly held belief that the blessing of the divine beings are the reason they have survived for so long. As such, there are temples in all but the smallest villages. Nearly every household has their own individual shrine, and every citizen has a symbol of the deity they personally worship on their person at all times. Prayers are made to their deities every day at each meal. In times of peace, all citizens will go to their local temple where service will be held by the priest. In times of warfare, soldiers are forced to make do with praying in the field with their personal totem.
 



Other Traditions

Outside of religious practices, there are two significant traditions held every year. The New Year Festival and The Harvest. The New Year Festival is a celebration held when the snow begins to thaw at the end of winter and the beginning of spring. This is a lively celebration with music, food, and drink where the people can celebrate getting through another winter. The Harvest is the event held in fall, where everyone, even those who are not farmers, helps to gather the food ready for harvest. Only seasoned soldiers who have served for more than five years are exempt as they are tasked with watching for any signs of a possible attack from Salgat or Jarvi.

Birth & Baptismal Rites

Once women confirm they are pregnant, the parents leave weekly offerings at the local temple and ask the divine beings to protect their child. In the weeks leading up to a child being born, the parents will visit the homes of someone who has recently passed away and ask them to also watch over their child. It's believed children and the recently deceased pass each other on the way into and out of the world thus even if they are not related to the child, the deceased has a connection with them.   After the child is born, the mother is expected to remain at home for the next sixty days where she is encouraged to eat foods thought to help her regain her strength and get complete rest. The father is expected to remain at home for the same amount of time, ensuring the mother gets her rest.

Coming of Age Rites

When a child turns 16, they participate in the Uxili Coming of Age Ceremony where they dress in their finest traditional attire, attend a ceremony at the local temple, receive gifts from their friends and family, and have a feast. If the new adult does not already have a paramor, their priest will set up a match for them.

Funerary and Memorial customs

When a person dies, their body will be washed in incense water and dressed in their finest clothes. For three days after the death, a wake will be held where friends and family members will say goodbye to the deceased. Couples who are expecting to have children soon will visit the home ask the deceased to watch over their child. After the third day, the body is set on a pyre and cremated with their ashes spread over their family’s land.

Common Taboos

The greatest taboo in Uxil (outside of the typical common taboos) is treason. With their foothold on their resources so tedious at times, if a person were to reveal weaknesses or leak plans to either Salgat or Jarvi, that consequences could be fatal for the entire country. The punishment for treason calls for the person who committed treason to be led into the forest blindfolded and bound. A few miles into the forest, they are freed, the blindfold is removed, they are presented with a knife, and a cut is made on each one of their limbs. The traitor is then left to fend for themselves. As of yet, there have only been two cases of treason, which thankfully were quickly discovered and routed out.

Ideals

Beauty Ideals

In Uxil, the fit and strong are the ultimate beauties.

Gender Ideals

All genders are encouraged to become warriors. Those who instead become farmers or traders or pursue some other profession are still held in high esteem as everyone works towards ensuring the survival of their people.

Relationship Ideals

While most in Uxil marry for love, some marry a relative stranger a few months after turning 16. The pairings are made based on the physical or mental aptitude of the couple. Same sex relationships are allowed, so long as each partner produces at least one child.
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Uxili archer


Uxil
Organization | Jul 18, 2019
Uxil capital
Settlement | Jul 4, 2019
Oyea
Geographic Location | Jul 28, 2018
Salgattan
Ethnicity | Jul 13, 2019

Citizens of the country of Salgat

Jarvi
Ethnicity | Jul 13, 2019

Citizens of the country of Jarvi

Sanctuary
Settlement | Jul 20, 2019

Pirate haven founded on the ruins of the Braris Empire

Braris Empire
Organization | Mar 24, 2023

Was once one of the most powerful empires in all of Iosis but was brought low by a pirate with a grudge

Laughing Wolves
Species | Jul 13, 2019

A species of wolf found on Oyea known for their chattering laugh

Xing Gang
Character | Jul 9, 2019

First King of Uxil

Meng Huan
Character | Jul 9, 2019

Xing Gang's successor and the first Queen of Uxil

     
Uxil Funeral Rites
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 13, 2019

Cover image: Untamed by Steve Argyle

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Jul 13, 2019 20:00

I think I'm sensing a lot of grammar mistakes but English isn't my native language so I could be wrong:   It’s said that if someone breaks the law in Oyea and flees, they will know no rest for THE hunter and A SOLDIER (why give a specific hunter but a random soldier?) |AFTER THEM (why is this here) will follow them to the ends of the earth.   Members of the infantry of the military wear..... In the military, the infantry armour consists of...(I think it's easier to read (personal opinion))   I'm not the best in grammar to I could be wrong   now the questions, how can the Uxhil people inhabit a prosperous |country| (do you mean land?) but they are poor because the land that they have doesn't have any natural resources. The other reasons that they are poor are fine but how can they inhabit a prosperous land that is poor because it doesn't have any resources which make it a poor land.   I could be misinterpreting but I really don't understand what you mean.   I do like the rich vocabulary and the amount of information you give. you could also link Oyea, Salgattan and Jarvi in the words it's self if you want. I know it's linked on the side but i didn't notice when reading and tried clicking the word.

Jul 13, 2019 20:48

I probably need to rewrite that first line but what I meant was out of the three countries on the continent of Oyea, Uxil is the most prosperous BUT compared to the other countries throughout the world they are one of the poorest.   I do have Salgattan and Jarvi linked, however, I have not published those articles yet so you wouldn't be able to view them if you clicked on them.

Jul 14, 2019 02:31 by Orlon

This page is a great resource! I like how you have the tag-line at the top to summarize the Uxili attitude in one sentence. The descriptions you give of the Uxili way of life are great details - if I was a player, I would have no trouble building a background for a game set here. If I was a DM, I'd want to know more about the economy of Oyea and what it is that keeps the Uxili on the outside looking in. At this point, with them being such fierce warriors, I would expect them to have captured and held some better land. I will be curious to read the Salgattan and Jarvi articles to see what they have that keeps the Uxili from taking over.   Finally, your description of the spirits of the dead and the spirits of the unborn passing each other on the way is beautiful and it gave me feelings. :) Thank you for posting this for review!

Jul 14, 2019 02:43 by Tristan Snaer

This sentence is written before I even read anything and just scrolled up and down the article. It already looks amazingly formatted!   What a grand article! And this is coming from someone who is an avid fan of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Chinese/Japanese themed civilizations are always interesting to read about!   Also, this statement:

It's believed children and the recently deceased pass each other on the way into and out of the world...
  Won't lie, the creativity of it made my jaw drop.   Aside from some of the grammatical errors that are far and few in between, there's not a lot I can think of aside from these few.   First, it sounds to me like the Uxili don't like Salgat or Jarvi, and based off your opening paragraph where you describe Uxil's history of poverty and enslavement, I think a small paragraph giving brief context for Salgat and Jarvi would be nice. Doing so would help clarify the question, "Enslavement from what?"   Secondly, on your last sentence, you mention same-sex relationships are allowed as long as each partner produces a child. Does this mean one or both partners sleep with different people of the opposite sex to obtain this or is there some other ritual that can be performed? Perhaps adoption is common in Uxil? But even then, would that be considered producing a child? Some elaboration here could go nicely with the end of the article.   Absolutely adored this! Well worth the like! Have a great summer camp!

~ Tristan