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Ocumtit

Demographics

Ocumtitians are distantly descended from courtier colonist and plain toik locals.   Many mist men and nidae neighbourhoods were also established more recently; and are generally more agreeable towards the Sacred Precinct.

Government

Pointed Chiefs

A non-inheritable position of leadership historically chosen through personal charisma and military talent. The vampire sword was the traditional mark of this authority before it was lost.  

Noble Council

A group of the most important noblemen in ocumtitian families with diverse and diverging interests that have expanded and hampered the strength of ocumtit militarily, economically and politically throughout its years.

Defences

Stone Longhouses

These are long form residences arrayed on the outer edges of the city to act a funneler for enemy movements targeting the city.

Hating Forest

A  toxic forest that grows on the north flank of the city and dissuades any from entering.

Industry & Trade

Glass Forging

Ocumtitians are uniquely famous for their glass forming skills. This is attributed to the moon glass those shards fell to earth and are scattered about the area. However, several huge projects commissioned by noble Sang and Ocumtitians are blamed for the scarcity of the material used in ocumtitian art and culture.

Fishing

In the past, ocumtitians had free range of the majority of the great lakes. At present, however, there are many man-made obstructions that severely restrict the fish population and territorial divisions that exclusively grant fishing rights to specifically other lake-shore settlements.
 

Chemical Extraction

Normally restricted to slaves due to the levels of risks to bodily harm, the ocumtitians developed series of techniques to separate contaminants from soil, water and plants.  

Hunting

Actively seeking, pursuing and capturing or killing wild animals for food, sport or to remove pests and predators.  

Trapping

Animal trappers use ever ingenious devices to remotely catch an animal for food, fur, pest control, and wildlife management.  

Infrastructure

Night Market

To avoid overcrowding the causeways and canals in the city’s heart, the government set aside the land at front of the first and largest causeway as a depo for foreign traders. The merchant class in Ocumtit have made great profits in setting up shops and services to accommodate them. Ocumtit’s nobles, looking for new revenue sources, sponsored several plots of land into ventures that further expanded the Night Market into the largest bazaar of Sangsalgu .  

Great Causeway

The tepeyac causeway connects the ax shores of Ocumtit to the gates of the Precinct. It consists of two permanent stone bridges with a narrow gap of water between them from which axes are fitted for beautification.   Certain sections can be removed to isolate Sangsalgu Proper from the mainland and create waterways for boats. Towers and strong points are positioned at regular, and irregular, intervals and are frequently manned by troops.

Assets

Popotla Covered Fields

An unfavorably, but necessary, farm of human excrement for:
  • Creating Fertilizer
  • Collecting Hallucinogenic Inhalant
  • Threatening to flood into Otoerm Coil

Guilds and Factions

Glass Forgers

A tradition native to the Ocumtitians; glass forgers, more than being fine craftsmen, represent the conservative ideals of the upper ocumtitian aristocracy and can muster political power through its Speaking Council

Iron Forgers

A tradition imported through the settled mist men; iron forgers , more than being fine craftsmen, represent a liberated ideal of hard working opportunist and can muster political power through its Speaking Council

History

Chiefdom

Starting as another colony of a colony; Ocumtit was far enough away from the classical sources of authority, that it never quite leaned how to behave itself.
— State Historian
 

Eben Coil

After several stalemates with its rivals, the city states of Ebenezer, Ocumtit, Shanzee and Cuauhnāhuac created the greatest coil during the Age of Alliance. It was a peaceful period of cultural and economic cooperation that fell apart in the aftermath of the Fourfold Feud and the Cocao War.  

Independent City State

Axe Wave
After Ocumtit reemerged as its own state once again, it was froth with war debt. The axe wave introduced spell money used by mist men merchants as a means for making payments. The common people did not typically like spells as they saw no intrinsic value in it. But were forced to give up their barterable goods in exchange for pieces of copper.
Indeed. All axes were were transfigured or hammered metal. No one could eat them, plant them to grow more, wear them to keep warm and no one outside Ocumtit wanted it.
— Historian
 

Triple Alignment

Ocumtit Campa
Ocumtit was one of the first partners of the sangs' alliance strategy, but later broke away to continue on its own after a political disagreement with the Sacred Precinct.   It was later forced to reincorporate as a district, in the still growing Alignment, after a Sang army was invited in by the majority population to oust the noble council. Ocumtit was restructured as the campan' capital and oversees the Ocumtit and Popotla calpōlli.

Architecture

Glass Castles

Huge glass ores that fell during the rock rains in Tuskin times were mined into hollowed strongholds.

Stone Longhouses

Residential dwellings built in a proportionately narrow, single-room style.

Geography

Drinker River

A holy river to Tezcatlipoca that was artificially made to reverse its course away from the direction of Ocumtit so as to carry waste away into the Covered Fields.

Hated Forest

A large patch of deathly manchineel trees that has improbably settled along the lake banks for many years.

Lake Shores

The shores of Mere and Coco are so heavily logged, farmed, and urbanized that they were generally the most productive parts of the coil.
 

Islands

Black Salt Islands
Once, when Ocumtit was its own powerful and independent state, it controlled the mines of black salt on the islands.
Isle of Leaves
Once, when Ocumtit was its own powerful and independent state, it controlled the isle as as a reserve to collect wild berries and birds.
Coltonco
Once, when Ocumtit was its own powerful and independent state, it controlled the vital agricultural output of the island.

Natural Resources

Moon Glass: Pieces of the moon fallen in ancient times with the unique effect of drinking the sunlight during the day and releasing it at night in a menagerie of brilliant but subtle colours.   Axayacatl: A small, lacustrine fly, with a fishy taste, collected with a net mounted on a wooden frame fastened to a long handle and pushed by a man walking through shallow water where the insects live and breed.   Fish: Largemouth bass, walleye, catfish, crappie, northern pike, trout are netted, speared, and hooked from canoes or platforms made of reeds or twine weirs; bone hooks on set lines. The captured fish are butchered and filleted with obsidian blades, knives, scrapers.   Birds: Eagles, owls, falcons, ravens, ducks, geese, swans, seabirds, shorebirds, and passerines frequently nest, roost and hunt in the surrounding habitats.   Chemicals: Several acids, jellies and other chemical compounds can be found haphazardly under the first layer of top soil beneath Ocumtit's principal territory.

Type
District
Population
50,000
Inhabitant Demonym
Ocumtitians
Location under
Owning Organization
Related Professions
Related Materials
Triple Alignment
Organization | Jan 18, 2021

Legends

Vampire Sword
Myth | Aug 4, 2021
Glass Rash
Condition | Dec 24, 2020
Moon Glass
Material | Jul 24, 2021
Hexis
Physical / Metaphysical Law | Dec 18, 2020
Water Beast
Myth | Jun 22, 2020
One World
Myth | Aug 4, 2021
 

Past Wars

Cocao War
Military Conflict | Mar 29, 2020
War of Script and Pictures
Military Conflict | Dec 16, 2020
Women's War
Military Conflict | Dec 17, 2020

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Cover image: Chiaroscuro, The Great City Of Glass by Jack Eaves

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