Shafaians are the Human residents of Shafai
, and live in a society that is partially inspired by the northern Human civilization. However, there are various differences that stem from the environment which the Shafaians find themselves in.
Prior to the arrival of Humans, Shafai was a feared land. Most Draconians
feared to go there, believing rumors that anyone who stepped on it was doomed to never return to Elone. Dwarves
cared little for a forested land, so they ignored it, while Elves
had differing opinions that basically came down to the Wood Elves wanting to go, and the others forbidding it.
Yet there was not a race with as much reckless abandon as the Humans, and this was proven when they traveled there. But to understand why, one must go back to Nerodil
. Gellark Lionrage founded Nerodil after the first Court Wizard
Varth Dreamless wiped out the Goblins living there.
Neized Shaka by Jarhed
Neized Shaka, however, disliked Lionrage's plan. Shaka was a relatively influential man with no profession, as there was no settlement. Still, his word meant something to the Humans.
He found the idea of living on stolen land, that carried so much blood in its soil, to be disrespectful and outright evil. So he, and a group of people he trusted continued roaming for land to live on.
In most of the places they went, they were met with distrust or were told to get in and get out. The current Grand Wizard
of the Draconians, Perzita Theldrar, told Shaka that he could only stay if he fought her, so he declined.
The Journey to Shafai
Instead, Shaka refused to listen to all the warnings he was given. He asked the Draconians for three boats, and said they would never have to worry about him again. Leaving from Bortan
, Shaka and his followers set off in their three boats: the Kasai, the Vaal, and the Benue.
Shaka was on the Benue. He hoped it would be an easy journey, but he underestimated the stories. Raging storms followed them their entire path, and some of the underwater denizens of the Southern Nereid Cities didn't want their ships to make it. So the Benue was sunk, and the Vaal had a hole put in its hull that nearly sunk it, had they not landed in Shafai right before it sunk.
When the Benue sunk, Shaka believed it to be the end for him. He watched many of his men give up in the rough seas, or watched as they were pulled under by Nereids or other fish folks.
What Shaka did not expect was the Kasai coming back to save him. Pushing through the waves, attacking the swarming fish folk, the captain of the Kasai, Babajide Kan steered his ship to Shaka. Kan then personally jumped in the water to rescue Shaka, and the two sailed to Shafai with the remnants on the Kasai and the Vaal.
Things were not any smoother in Shafai. They fended off attacks for years before they finally made it to the safe coastal inlet they called Iganjojo. There, Shaka helped build into the trees as they learned from the teachings of Ti Mayowa
in the nearby temple. Shaka founded two outposts on the mouth of the bay, two large trees known as Tower Trees where the invaders could be spotted.
Profit by Jarhed
Shaka did not expect, however, to find that Shafai was already home to Devils, who began picking off his men for their souls. He created an outpost to watch out for them, known as Maduguri, but still his men would continue to die to the Devils.
It was only when a traitorous Devil met Shaka that he learned the truth. The Devils were all there because of the most influential family of Devils, the Cousins. Specifically, the leader of the Cousins, Cousin Garry. The Devil said that he could give Shaka the strength to fight these Devils... if only Shaka shook that Devils hand. Shaka, out of options, shook the hand of the helpful Devil... who went by the name of Profit
Profit fulfilled his end of the deal, granting Shaka the strength to send the Devils on the main land of Shafai packing. Then, Shaka took the Kasai to an island off the Western Coast, where Profit had told him the Devils were coming from.
He was unsurprised to see that the building there was called the Cousin Mansion, and he entered it without fear and with his strength rejuvenated.