TlatoaniLesser Speakers who formally head the Tributary and Strategic provinces of Sangsalgu. Usually chosen from the local noble population.
CuauhtlatoaniAn appointed military ruler of either a Tributary or Strategic province.
PetlacalcatlThe central head of tribute is responsible for ensuring that the non-cities or more rural areas outside the city limits pay their taxes/tribute.
HuecalpixqueProvincial overseers of tribute who sum the collections of a group of provinces before sending it to Sangsalgu
CalpixqueA pair of tribute administrators stationed in Sangsalgu proper who report bi-yearly earnings to the Snake Woman.
Bad DietA delegation of 200 nobles from Bad Step cities with powers in commerce and legal say in the pursuit of war.
ObserversIn accepting the College into the alliance, an unprecedented agreement was struck whereby they would function as an autonomous region with limited inclusion in the combined economy and no obligation to contribute troops to conflicts. All that would be sent to the capital is a small team of the College's many experts in matters of which the government knows nothing.
The core of the Triple Alignment is the fulfillment of a religious prophesy that requires control of the axis of the world. What this is thought to have mean is Sang territorial control of a straight line between the Wargs' original homeland, across the Storm Straits, and some other arbitrary point. During the time when they ruled from Crochide, the priesthood decided that the 'axis' was all of Dragonsgrave: from the Shadow Plain to the Mais. At first, they tried to outright take it all during the Cocao War, but lessons from that disaster would cause the Sang to shift to a (partly) peaceful integration strategy.
ChinampasArtificial islands that provide rich soil for growing higher yields for crops.
Fresh Water SpringsThere are a greater-than-usual concentration of spring on the shore of and within Lake Coco. These springs have been encased within special houses and the use of the fresh water helped to create Mixed Lake.
Trade AccessDespite the difficult terrain, the Sinks and Caverns are ideally placed to monopolize trade.
SnowIn-part of the changing temperatures in the valley basin, snow is valued as a rare treat in times of plenty and a vital source of water when not.
Hidden GeyserA gush of steaming water that shots through the core of Tlopetla, is caught and then cooled.
BirdsThe lonely Tlopetla Mountain stands in the middle of the East-West corridor, where the winds regularly and randomly change directions which tends to trap a great many birds of particular value.
The history of the Triple Alignment is really the history of the Sang people. Historically, a migratory people fleeing into the Valley of Man from the Shadow plains. The Sang, though a great warrior people themselves, met with increasingly difficult conflict with their neighbours and saw fit to move away from the northern region and settle near the foot of a hill close to the Toikorien Mountain, and the as of now known, College of Birds. Through another war, the Sangs left the Plain Toiks and moved deeper into the valley where an ill fated alliance broke the remaining strength of the Sang and were forced into vassalage. Once they recouped their power three generations later, they had two allies and continuing on their reverence to the number three, they named themselves the Triple Alignment. There have been different iterations of the Alignment but Sangsalgu has always been the core member and default leader. Past allies of the Sangs' iterations of Triple Alignment have been:
- Atzacualco and Ocumtit
- Atzacualco and Calixtlahuaca
- Joi and Soconusco
- Long Step and College of Bird
Demography and Population
Step FolkPeople who can trace their ancestry two generations to the Bad Step make up about half of the Alignment.
OthersOf those other smaller minorities who live in the outer districts of the capital and provinces of Dragonsgrave are the numerously conquered peoples of former enemy city states demoted to tributary status or former colony settlements promoted to strategic status. The Toiks, as well, are another minority group but they content themselves wholly inside Tlopetla Mountain and their buried halls.
The Triple Alignment demands, as part of its membership obligations, to contribute sizable military forces in proportion to the territorial size.
- Cuachicqueh, or Shorn Ones
- Cuāuhtli, or Eagle Knights
- Ocēlōmeh, or Jaguar Warriors
- Otōntin, or Otomies
Cavern CitiesMost cities on the Step do not maintain large standing armies. At most, rich families employ personal guards or clans might rotate sons into voluntary watches or guides. Shadow Binding to the Cold Swamp developed an second aggressive culture that leads many to find serve in other cities or organisations.
Sangsalgu embraces and houses knowledge for a great many systems of magics. For those both known and still practiced, and those unknown with scant pieces of knowledge hidden away.
Chinampa Agricultural TechniquesChinampas are small, rectangular areas that are fenced off, layered with mud, sediment, and decaying vegetation to grow crops on these shallow bodies. Trees are also often planted in the corners to help secure the area within a system of water channels for irrigation and ease of transport.
Belief that Mais was the last land as required for the alignment prophesy; and Soonous' unwillingness to join peacefully, resulted in the fall back Sang strategy: conquest.
There have been many Sang incursions into this small valley, but they have always ended with the reestablishment of pre-conflict borders. Paradoxically, there have also been good business relations before and after such campaigns.
Many products originate at or beyond the region and are far enough away that they do not intersect politically.
A rival alliance that formed to counteract the Sang's Triple Alignment. They are opposed to nearly everything Sangsalgu does and are frequently the target of their Flower Wars. What further complicates matters is that the Garden cities are able to discretely trade or smuggle goods through the cavern cities to keep their economy alive.
Despite their turbulent past relations, the settlements built along the salt rivers now regularly exchange ambassadors, foster each others' heirs and agree to trade negotiations.
Agriculture & Industry
There is a powerful internal trading network amongst the allies.
Food ProductionSettlements along the lakes have a high food yield thanks to rich soil and superior tilling techniques.
Salt HarvestingThe biggest trading commodity within and without the alliance; for the exchange of magical properties.
Slave TradeNo one is ever born a slave, but one can be enslaved for life as a punishment for a crime, inability to cover financial debt or by free choice. The richest Amanteca in society are the slave traders. They amass suitable stock for distribution and, in the case for debt slaves, are responsible for notifying that they can be freed when the debt is paid. Slaves by choice, can buy back their freedom at a special pochteca court. With the exception of enslavement for crimes, slaves who have outlived their master(s) are freed upon their death.
Wild Blood MarketAs entertainment to the richest, this market breeds wild appearances into domestic or tamed animals for exorbitant prices. The term 'wild blood' mostly refers to the designer cats that make up the bulk of the market, but there are also the war dogs, docile does and several assortments of birds. What marks a mammalian wild blood are the dark tears that surround their eyes or being larger than normal animals. It is far harder to tell if a bird is wild blooded.
Trade & Transport
- Salt Climb
- Mist March
- Cacao Crossing
Cavern CitiesFacilitating mass trading to hard to reach places is arguably the main export of the Bad Step's many cities. Their trade routes are some of the most famously difficult:
- Black Roads
- Reed Roads
- Bad Path
- Eo Trails
- Valley Steps
- East-West Corridor
- Shadow Pass
Functionally, Sang train and teach their young boys how to function in their society as warriors, so every boy not of noble birth is trained to become a warrior. There is no standing army, yet there are many professional warriors and professional warrior societies. All boys who are between the ages of ten and twenty would attend one of the two schools:
Calmecac: Noble School (House of Lineage)Calmecacs were schools for the sons of nobles, where they learned to be leaders, priests, scholars, teachers, healers or codex painters. They learned literacy, history, religious rituals, calendrics, geometry, songs and the military arts. These advanced studies in astronomy, theology and statesmenship prepared these sons for work in the government and temples.
Telpochcalli: Commoners’ School (House of Youth)Telpochcalli prepared boys for the the life they were likely to led: a farmer, metal worker, feather worker, potter or soldier. The general curriculum consisted of history, religious education, agricultural skills, fighting techniques and an elective craft. Athletically talented boys might then be sent on for further military training. The other students would, after graduation, be sent back to their families to begin their working life.
Noble and commoner girls receive more home schooling than boys, where they practice weaving, cooking and other domestic skills from 4 to 12. When they do go to school, they go into a separate school system, where they continue learning household skills, religious rituals, singing and dancing or craftwork from wise women, normally in the woman's home.
Some talented girls are chosen to be midwives and receive the full training of a healer. Other athletically talented girls might be sent to the "House of Dancing and Singing" (Cuicacalli) for special training. Additionally, some noble girls will also spend an extra year attending priestesses in select temples; and would go on to become professional priestesses.
Cuicacalli: Junior Military Academy (House of Song)A cuicacalli is a higher-end school where a few of the Calmecacs and Telpochcallis graduates are invited to attend. Additionally, several rich families may also opt to skip Calmecacs or Telpochcallis and enroll their children directly into a cuicacalli for the full the duration of their formal education. Students are trained in war, with intense rivalry forming between different academies that often led to fights. While noble cuicacalli graduates regularly find opportunities in the various military societies, there are several professions open to the others that eventually shift their social status to non-working-class men that include priests, bureaucrats, and doctors. Girls who display particular aptitude for salt spells and have expressed desire to fight for the state are granted special scholarships to attend the nearest cuicacalli to their home. There, they participate in the same class as boys and are put on a fast track through the military after graduation.
TlamatinimeWise men who seek philosophical enlightenment by travelling and offering their teachings as payment for things or giving away for free. These travelling wise men may also be hired on occasion in the outer districts and provinces for temporary positions in their Calmecacs, Telpochcallis and Cuicacallis.
Market CitiesMarket cities are those settlements outside Sangsalgu's limits but inits provinces that are focused on wealth, jobs, individualism, and economic opportunities.
- Political, Alliance
- Alternative Names
- Sang Empire
- Kingdom of the Three Cats
- Training Level
- Veterancy Level
- Leader Title
- Great Speaker
- Government System
- Monarchy, Elective
- Power Structure
- Economic System
- Barter system
- cocoa beans
- cotton cloth
- Major Imports
Raw MaterialsCottonJadeCornAmberRubberSpicesGold DustShellsGrainsExotic FeathersSeveral MetalsCochineal DyeGoldBarkRedother salts
Finished ProductsClothesPrecious JewelleryBlankets
- Legislative Body
- Council of Four
- Advisory Assembly
- Tlatoani Offices
- Judicial Body
- Supreme Court
- Special Courts
- Appellate Courts
- Pochteca Courts
- Official State Religion
- Controlled Territories
- Notable Members
- Related Myths
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