The Galactic Underworld
The Urugal is the galactic underworld where martial artists test themselves and cultivate their arts. At least, that is what its members say if asked. In reality, the Urugal is the umbrella term for the galactic underground where numerous sects, schools, bands, escort companies, and secret societies interact with each other out of the sight of the political powers that be. Too many organizations exist to ascribe a single or even unifying motive guiding them. They all pay lip service to the code of the Ur-san and the arts of the Lu-gan. Originating within the An-sarra Empire, the Urugal was a prominent subculture on the their home world that spread its ethics and guiding principles throughout the galaxy, growing even faster than the empire from which they arose. The non-hierarchical governance and camaraderie, as well and the powers developed by cultivating arts, provided a better structure than the disparate cartels and syndicates that preceded it. As the An-sarra Lu-gan spread through the galaxy, they encountered the arts and mysteries of the myriad worlds they stepped upon. Far from collecting these arts into a single school or systematic understanding, new schools and sects grew in the Gu-tir. The code of the Ur-san and the methods of the Lu-gan gave rive to a vibrant counterculture that benefited from its invisibility to those outside its borders. The earliest sects all credit their founding in some way to Mu Bai Lien, a wandering Ur-san who renounced his citizenship in the An-ki. It is impossible to know what worlds he actually visited. The number of worlds that claim he visited them is so long it would be nearly impossible for him to have visited them all. He was born on Shar-ushum and is said to be a founding member of its separatist movement. His legendary prowess and adventures formed the earliest core mythology of the galactic Urugal. Whether or not he actually visited any of the world that claim him, his legacy chained the course of galactic history. First and foremost in the minds of the Ur-san is the cultivation of inner strength, or San. This inner strength is developed through rigorous exercise and legendary deeps that hone the spirit of the practitioner enabling numerous amazing abilities for light body technique, which allow the Lu-gan to run through the air in great leaps, to iron skin technique which hards the flesh making it virtually impervious. These are only some of the powers taught in the Ki-niri and Im-sarra zealously guarded by the sects of the Gan-shar. To most of the major powers of the galaxy, the Urugal is little more than a myth. It is a legend told by fighters in the arenas to add a mystique to their abilities. The sects of the Urugal regard the many major and regional powers with grave suspicion. The core ideals of the Gan-shar reject the centralization of authority into such institutions. They refer to those on the path to corporate or political power as those who walk the Sila-a-san, the path to madness or scattered strength.
Mythology & Lore
The Eighteen Gods of the Urugal
- Niri, Master of the single bladed sword
- Illar, Master Archer
- Urudu, Master Spearman
- Esheda, Master Maceman
- Mashzu, Master of the double bladed sword
- Nishgidda, Master of the ancient spear
- Shen, Master of the Shield
- Nishilig, Master of the axe
- Gulanish, Master of the great axe
- Nirmudul, Master of the dagger halberd
- Usan, Master of the iron whip
- Middu, Master of the bar mace
- Rimudla, Master of the pole pick
- Kaksita, Master of the Spiked mace
- Eshgag, Master of the trident
- Kaasum, Master of the rake
- Gium, Master of the rope
- Subuzur barehanded
Tenets of Faith
San, Internal EnergySan is an internal power possessed by all things, animate and inanimate. It is most commonly understood as a strength that can be cultivated and matured with the individual and and power that can be harness from exterior sources. It is not a unified or unifying force in the same way that lightning is electricity but electricity is not exclusively lightning. Simply, it is the innate energy of a thing that reflects the qualities of the thing itself at its most fundamental nature.
Gan-shar, The world of CultivationThe world of cultivation is synonymous with Gu-tir, the martial forest. While it is often used interchangeably Urugal, even though not all the people who walk in the underworld cultivate their energy. Gan-shar literally means cultivated garden. It was originally contrasted with the wild, chaos of the martial forest. It signified the structured work of the sect as opposed to the random cultivation performed by those without a house. Over time, solitary Lu-gan became so rare that the distinction was lost entirely. When an Ur-san discusses the Gan-shar, they are talking about those who have worked to cultivate their energy and who practice their arts regularly. If not, then the powers will go wild and lose their structure. Most do not know the origin of the tern, though tradition continues the idea even now.
Sila-a-san, (the road to madness, demons, or scattered strength)The Sila-a-san is the opposite of the Gan-shar, and it named either in quite whispers or shouted threats. Once an Ur-san leaves the orthodox path, the called Erim, foreigners, and are said to leave the martial forest on the road to madness. In many schools, the Sila-a-san is the home of demons who seek to devour and corrupt those who go astray. Even when demons and the like are not invoked there is an idea heretical work of the lost Erim has driven them to madness and eventual destruction.
Stay in the forest, my child, for the path is lined with horror longing to take your mind and consume your force.