The Yema (Yeh-ma)
The insidious, vile foreign gods who constantly seek to undermine and destroy the continent of Zheng-Kitar and its people
Never forget - the Yema took everything from you. From us. From everyone. Just in case you forget, or think them misunderstood - they robbed you, me, and every other creature on this continent the chance at a normal life. Robbed the orcs of any life beyond thirsting for their next kill - for kings' sake, we live on a continent hidden from the rest of the world! And all for nothing more than their own petty jealousy - if it weren't for the ancestors none of us'd even exist! And now everyone worships at the feet of those bleedin' tyrants like mewling kittens, knowing nothin' of the true way o' things. That is why we fight. Why folks like you and me still believe in the old ways, despite all of reality cryin' out to stop us - because damn it all, the Old Gods didn't deserve the lot they got. And without the Spirit Kings, we'd all be dead and gone. They care for us. No lyin', no foolin' - they saved us because they cared. That's gotta count for something. It has to. Otherwise? There's just no point.
Agents of ObliterationThe Yema, foremost enemies of Zheng-Kitar, came into existence close to the dawn of reality after they sprang from the corpse of the Overdeity Atlas(who was born from the united efforts of The Old Gods and The Outer Gods such as Azathoth, Yog-Sothoth, Shub-Niggurath, Nyarlathotep and more) who died to give birth to the planescape itself, the Yema springing forth from his dying shell as Reality took form. Appearing into a newly forming reality and faced with The Old Gods and The Outer Gods existing as its foremost masters, the Yema burned with jealousy at their own third-rate nature and, in short order, orchestrated the fledgling races they and The Old Gods would make to justify the total and wholesale slaughter of their most hated enemies The Old Gods so that they could claim the mantle of the foremost Gods and Masters of all of Reality from them. Ever since they slaughtered The Old Gods, the Yema have sat upon their thrones of lies and obliteration, ruling over a reality that knows nothing of their crimes while being lauded as the great and powerful masters of reality - ruling over a host of races and creatures who know nothing of the gifts and benevolence of The Old Gods and The Spirit Kings who sacrificed so much and gave everything to ensure that those races could exist with the free will the Yema despised so much, nor of the Sapphire Elves who were exterminated and rendered into cursed creatures by the Yema for the simple sin of staying true to the purpose given to them at the dawn of creation, who gave everything to ensure that their creed and teachings of naturalism and spirituality would not be lost forever. Though they came perilously close to achieving total victory after exterminating the Sapphire Elves and completely exterminating most all life on Zheng-Kitar nearly 6,000 years ago, they were stopped just short of their final victory by The Six Great Ancestors who gave their lives so that The Spirit Kings could be awakened from their eternal slumbers and drive back the vile Yema, breathing new life back into Zheng-Kitar as they did as the trees, soil, air, and even the beasts, birds, and creatures that dwelled upon it were returned to life at their all-powerful, benevolent hands. Now, The Yema exist in an eternal stalemate with Zheng-Kitar and The Spirit Kings, as they still remember full well the overwhelming power of their mortal and hated enemies which once drove them screaming off of the land they had worked so hard to destroy, unable or unwilling to escalate the situation for fear of their own wellbeing should such a cataclysmic battle erupt once more.
- Major: The ranks of the greatest and most powerful Yema, who have existed since close to the dawn of reality after they sprang from the corpse of the Overdeity Atlas(who was born from the united efforts of The Old Gods and The Outer Gods such as Azathoth, Yog-Sothoth, Shub-Niggurath, Nyarlathotep and more) who died to give birth to the planescape itself, the Yema springing forth from his dying shell as Reality took form. They are the chief force of the Yema, the main enemies of Zheng-Kitar, and govern the most crucial and critical concepts of Reality such as Sky, Time, Death, Magic, and more. Each one burns with hatred for The Old Gods and all of Zheng-Kitar for continuing to uphold the beliefs and traditions of The Old Gods, The Spirit Kings and the Sapphire Elves.
- Minor: A rank among the Yema of which altogether little is known. Believed to be equivalent to lesser deities spawned by the hands of the Major Yema, or in some other unknown way - in either case, they are believed to be nothing more than pawns given some degree of autonomy by their masters. They are small in scope and scale, governing smaller, more specific, and less important concepts to reality such as specific species, pirates, outcasts, and the like. Whatever their origins may be, they are rarely seen or interacted with on Zheng-Kitar, either lacking the willpower or ability to wreak havoc as their Major Yema masters do or would wish they do.
- Risen: A rank many argue scarcely fits into the category of The Yema in the first place, the Risen Yema are those who existed as mortals and since rose to godhood in a very similar equivalent to the Elemental Saints(See The Spirit Kings: A Primer for more info) on Zheng-Kitar. While a few have been spotted within the lands of Zheng-Kitar working villainy, most of their number either are not aware of Zheng-Kitar's existence(Unable to pierce the Noctum Veil that surrounds Zheng-Kitar) or do not care enough to interfere.
The one true masters.
The Noctum VeilAdvent of the Spirit Kings which saw the Yema drove off the continent - the Yema gathered their insidious, unholy might to weave a spell of universal proportions across the lands of Zheng-Kitar that would in time come to be known as the Noctum Veil, a magical 'curtain' that would serve to hide and obfuscate the lands of Zheng-Kitar from both other Yema not given express permission and all others on the world of Ea, wiping the lands from memory and history to ensure that its 'corrupting influence' could not spread far. This veil, while not perfect, is exceedingly close - travelers from far afield across the oceans stumble onto Zheng-Kitar only rarely, their minds becoming cloudy and distracted as they near the continent such that they almost invariably turn away or become lost without hope of return. Only a direct offer by a native Zheng-Kitaran, powerful Yeman magicks, or other powerful means are sufficient to allow one to pierce the Noctum Veil and enter the lands of Zheng-Kitar, making it a sort of "Hidden Continent" to most of the rest of the world of Ea. For reasons unknown, Zheng-Kitarans themselves are immune to the effects of the Veil - able to leave and return as they please, though most rarely do as they believe returning home can invite in those who follow behind such natives without their knowledge.
Spirit King of Earth, representing Substance, Strength, Persistence, and Harmony.
Spirit King of Light, representing Support, Knowledge, Magic, and Hope.
Spirit King of Fire, representing Power, Desire, Order, and Ambition.
The Six Great Ancestors
The six heroes that saved the entire continent with their great sacrifice.
The Spirit Kings: A Primer
The six Prime Dieties of Zheng-Kitar, and main objects of worship on the continent.
Spirit King of Water, representing Change, Community, Curiosity, and Adventure.