Sure, I may wake up t'marra an' find my possessions missin', I may get stabbed n' robbed in a dark alley, I may even git shot dead 'cause I stepped on somebody's toe— but there ain't no gov'ment er church t' tell me I can't do the same to nobody else!Pokawalan, literally meaning "home of the free," is a lawless city built outside of any nest— resting precariously on wooden stilts between the great tree's trunk, and the branch that holds Yowan. Pokawalan acts as a "free" state that exists outside the control of any government, religion, or military, and houses a myriad of persons from all of Umqwam.
Pokawalan was founded around 115 years ago, by a Votaw woman by the name of Toqlaay, who had grown tired of the processes and red tape needed to conduct and submit her research. She simply wished to do as she pleased, and so, left the comfort of her home nest. Travelling outside a nest, alone, without possessing wupawk is a dangerous pursuit. A group of her friends, concerned, hired a saawkamut known as Laapiy to chase after and bring home the lone researcher. She would instead join her in her travels, and help found Pokawalan.
A Shaky History
Bandit CityPokawalan is well known as a home to bandit gangs and criminals. Some simply mind their own business, others demand tribute from citizens in their territory— and some outright delight in keeping the average person on their toes.
'ere, watch, they make th' funniest soun's when ya shoot right nex' t' 'em.As these gangs fight for control of territory, gang wars are an almost daily occurrence, depending on where one lives. Occasionally, fed up citizens will form their own militias in order to expel particularly cruel gangs— though these tend to become their own gangs in time.