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  RELIGION: The Great Path of Root & River / Áɦkumátúwo   ETHNIC GROUPS: Wengkt, Jisadehou, Sawjeh   LANGUAGES SPOKEN: TASHMIIJ - 700K / RIKAAD - 300K   CURRENCY: Kowthook (0.6, T)   CAPITAL: Araknish   CITIES: Kalbout, Sah, Aviasmok, Enlik, Poweek, Elansl (Farang settlement)   TOWNS: Netruk, Washutte, Talmukrac, Batlik, Sekanishing, Imirricavak, J'narrj, Kaahna, Askamulaq, Damok, Inok'makwii, Hahnaka, Pawaklahaan, Ewawiij, Stochs, (Rikaad-speaking)   VILLAGES: Jopek's Rock, Kolakne, Juntuhabw, Khiishi Kuv, Tuukya Yuk, Mihi ha Hujj, Yushkiiruk, Chuyunbaara, Orruyo, Ushkinow, Tik Mdadhr, Ehsaal, Irsumaaje, Mikikawne, Ghahan Kyut   Notable Features: Lake Abjok
  Aupek is one of three nations occupied by Arlok's indigenous peoples in the Band of Reeds, specifically the Wengkt, Jisadehou, and Sawjeh tribes. The Wengkt are dominant in the region on account of their habit to stay in one place for longer; by contrast, the Jisadehou and Sawjeh follow the ancient, semi-nomadic ways of their ancestors and move between various seasonal homes, mostly in the nation’s north.   The largest area the Wengkt settled is called Araknish, the country’s capital. Araknish is unsurprisingly close to Msna, a land populated by closely related native tribes and the wealthiest of nations in the Band from which the lion’s share of Aupek’s imported goods flow. The two nations have in general a strong relationship but it is the prerogative of those in Aupek to chide their southern cousins somewhat for being ‘tainted’ by the big city ways of neighbours like Ceweren and Draksineon, as evidenced in their adoption of creature comforts foreign to the old modes of life. Araknish itself is a spectacle of engineering, a wooden fortress appearing to grow directly out of the ground. Two of Aupek’s four ruling tribes, the Kipwomt and the Wingko, hold their central lodgings here and govern wisely, outside the odd bit of paranoia for Arlok’s larger politics, with which they integrate neither happily nor well.   Climes of the northern region range from chilly in the summer to barely hospitable during harsher winters, yet this does not bother the Jisadehou or Sawjeh much. Emissaries from their numbers make frequent trips to Araknish for rarer provisions during the year and otherwise fish, hunt, and gather what they need. They have a thriving and rich culture, and their members are especially known for their incredible memories, developed through the extensive histories and songs they are called on to remember in order to perpetuate an aeons-old oral tradition. Ukɦu and Túngʻ clans lead the Jisadehou and Sawjeh respectively, as both are considered of noble bloodline, but in practice their society is egalitarian.   All of Aupek’s tribes have tenuous dealings with Farang peoples to the east, Bimmentok above all due to its place on its border. It was only a few short generations ago, in UT 210, that the Five Fox War erupted between native tribes and Bimmentok’s Eskelik people; its cause, the former’s claim to sacred sites in Arlok’s interior. The conclusion of the war brought about a decisive victory for the Band of Reeds, with the Eskelik agreeing to permit safe passage across Bimmentok for any Band members making pilgrimages. Though the two cultures nowadays live in peace for the most part, both harbour subtle and not-so-subtle stereotypes which can manifest in tensions.

Joint Seal of Ukɦu, Túngʻ, Kipwomt, Wingko


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