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  1. AUTHORED BY FR. PIETRO BENIGNO GABRIELI DELLA COSTA VOLUME TWO INTRODUCTION The early history of the people known as the Kadaksleri, or Konchaks to the vast majority of the settled peoples of Atlas, is one mired in obscurity and little known to us or to any besides the Konchak Elders themselves, who pride themselves on the strength of their oral traditions and storytelling. Therefore, their history is an incomplete thing and what can be gleaned easily because of this lack of written record is their recent history, and what information I can coerce their tribal elders to divulge. The first ancestors of the Konchaks were a collective of proto-Turkin steppe tribes that rampaged across the steppes of the orient of Aegisian antiquity. What little we do know of them is that they were skillful in three aspects; in the saddle, in the forge and with the bow. Records dating back as early as the year 673 depict a people skilled in ironworks, trading among the various fringe settlements, with their goods reaching as far as the markets of Al’khazar. If we are to lend any credence to the mythology and folklore surrounding their culture, then they are the children of Kadak, led onto the great steppe by their divine forebear whereafter a civil war shattered the unity of their confederation. The Konchak Civil War mentioned in their myths and legends is said to have lasted for one hundred years, wherein the tribes of Csertan, Yetevychi and Urosogli fought against the rest in a blood-feud that was meant to decide the next Qan after Kadak. The tribes became bitter and tens of thousands perished with no gains. Eventually, the Csertan achieved victory under Heshkin Qan, however their gods had become so disgusted with their kinslaying that they averted their gazes from the earth. This is said to have been the origin of their traditional of mask-wearing as a divine mandate by Heshkin to hide their shame that the gods might still look upon the world. If there is any truth to be found in these assertions, then certainly it came before the first written record of their existence as there was a notable lack of any unified tribal entity or confederation from 673 onwards. The Konchak culture continued to evolve into a distinct and separate entity from the other tribes who populated the Steppe (see Turkin, Tarcharmen, Azghari, Karamani), though what can be noted is that their indigenous shamanistic faith continued to remain uniform with that of the Turkin Tigirism or Tarchar Gurbanlar, save for etymological shifts concurrent to the divergent dialect of Kadaksleri becoming relative, albeit not mutually intelligible to the mother tongue of Old Turkin. When Aegis fell in the 14th century, both mercantile and academic accounts of the Kadaksleri cease to exist, and no mention of their people occurs again until much closer to the modern era save for accounts of Konchak riders among the Subudai. KONCHAKIA SUBORTUS – 1475 - 1570 The late 15th century gave way to the first formal, written chronicles of Konchak history by outside sources, of which I have codified into this document. During the winter of the year 1475, the Konchaks emerged once again on the northern mesa steppes of the continent. Unaware to historians, they had continued to persist through Asulon and Anthos as a fringe people living in the periphery of civilization. Led by a chieftain of the Csertan tribe known as Manyak Beg, their people had come to be either subjugated, or integrated into the fold of the Tarcharmen by the time of Ayrat Bey. True to the antiquated accounts of the Aegisian tribes, the Konchaks proved themselves a capable and fearsome foe riding among the ranks of the Tarchar Horde. Wreaking havoc from the saddle, their horse archery was unparalleled even among their cousin tribes and they proved a valuable asset in the Dasoguz War waged against the invading Canonist Crusaders. Nevertheless, Lesser Tarchary was conquered and the tribes scattered or subjugated. During their time encamped at Dasoguz, a great number of the Konchak Beys were swayed by the words of foreign missionaries; namely those from Khalestine, albeit of a fringe variety and not official emissaries offered forth by the Caliphate. This culminated in the conversion of Kutesk Beg, Prince of the Csertan, who subsequently imposed the Al'iiman Mutahawir onto his followers under pain of death for those who would not follow him and desert their false idols. Thus, the ancient faith of the Turkin was discarded for that of the Qali - the word of the Prophet, they called it, and with the advent of the book among the newly converted Konchaks came an alphabet and written language by way of the Qali missionaries. With Tarchary broken, Kutesk Beg led his people south into the arms of three of the Mutahawir Qali tribes. The Konchak aristocracy mixed with the Qali’s own, many of whom claimed descent from the prophet of the Mutahawir, Abu Siddiqi Al Ansari. Through these matrilineal ties, a hereditary clerical caste was born among the Erdim, Csertan and Yetevychi tribes who took upon themselves the priestly rites of their faith in sharing the blood of the Prophet. By the year 1570, all mentions or practices upheld from their indigenous paganry was erased from their culture, save for the Funus Larva. This sudden shift became the advent of relevancy for the Rashidun schismatics, and would be the foundation for the resurgent Konchak tribes as they licked their wounds in the wake of the failures of Ayrat and Mihal Bey. KONCHAKIA REGRESSUS – 1571 – PRESENT The Konchak tribes, made wary by the defeat of the Dasoguz War, returned to their old ways of true nomadic life. Obscurity persisted through the 16th and mid-to-late 17th centuries as their pastures and grazing lands fell far out of reach of most civilized lands, as would be the case throughout much of Axios and Atlas. However, this peace would be interrupted at the turn of the 18th century with the onset of a civil war between the royal tribe of Csertan and the princely tribes of Erdim, Tergobichi and Urosogli. Seyit Csertan Sharokan Astlan Beg, chieftain of the Csertan, became at odds with the Erdim Prince, Seyit Erdim Eztrek Qukik Beg, who roused the Tergobichi and Urosogli in revolt in an attempt to topple the centuries long Csertan hegemony and establish his own clan over the Konchaks. What ensued was a bloody conflict that lasted for close to thirty years, with countless dead on both sides and many more taken as slaves by either clans. The conflict, what many called an ode to the kinslaying of ancient tribal traditions, saw its climax in the Battle of Qirukdilig. Sharokan Beg slew Eztrek Beg in the midst of the melee, only to be speared through the lung by an Erdim footman. While Eztrek’s death ended the war, Sharokan Beg succumbed to his injuries hours later. This, in turn, led to the ascension of the Seyit Csertan Begovars Sharokan Beg, the third son of Sharokan. Barely reaching the cusp of adulthood at the time, Begovars Beg gave concessions to the Tergobichi and Urosogli to keep the peace but had the entire mainline of the Erdim put to death, their backs broken and their bodies left to the carrion. Following his father’s victory, Begovars Beg gathered the tribes in the first Khuralmak to be witnessed in over two hundred years. The Begs moved unanimously to elect Begovars Beg as Qan, reestablishing the union between the eight tribes and reforming the Konchak Confederation of legend as a formal entity. Taking the title of Sytzigan Qan, the Csertan held their ancient title once again, and since have made strides to interact with the world at large, ending a period of isolation that has lasted close to a century.
  2. AUTHORED BY FR. PIETRO BENIGNO GABRIELI DELLA COSTA VOLUME ONE Disclaimer – this is an incomplete lexicon based on my own personal understanding of the language and will be improved upon in further volumes as I continue to proselytize to the Konchak Tribes. INTRODUCTION The Konchak are a remote and peculiar people -- travelers might at times spot the riders off in the distance crossing the wide plains in their droves -- foreboding, and foreign in both linguistics and culture to those who speak the common tongue. It is the purpose of the codex to better allow trade, proselytism, and communication between the common speaking peoples and the nomadic horsemen of the Konchak Confederation. Glossary GREETINGS | FAREWELLS | GENERAL USAGE Kadaksleri Flexio Common Usage Salamlar Pacem Peace be upon you A religious greeting derived from the Qalasheen language Tïŋlamek Ego audire I am listening A form of greeting or acknowledgement Sabahınız (xayir) Bonum Mane Good Morning Greeting|Farewell Akshamınız (xayir) Bonum Vesper Good Evening Greeting|Farewell Gekəniz (xayir) Bonum Noctem Good Night Farewell Şimdilik Vale Goodbye Farewell Uğurlar Bona Fortunam Good Luck Farewell Naksılsın? Quid agis? How are you? Informal Greeting Yaxşıyam? Valeo I’m well Response to above Adın ne? Quid est nomen tibi? What is your name? Introduction Benin adın ... Nomen mihi est ... My name is ... Introduction Sən haradansam? Unde es? Where are you from? Introduction Mən ...danam Ego sum a(b) ... I am from ... Introduction Sag olun Gratias tibi ago Thank you Formality Buyurun Precare You’re welcome Formality Bağışlıyın Me excusa Excuse me Formality Üzgünüm Ignosce mihi I’m sorry Formality Men Ego I Pronoun Biz Nobis We Pronoun Anlar Sunt They Pronoun Tegme Omnis All Pronoun Evät Ita Yes General Use Xeyr Non No General Use Belkə Forte Maybe General Use Bilmirəm Non scio I don’t know General Use Oldu Bene Okay General Use Anladum Intellego I understand General Use Barurmän Venio I arrive General Use Buyrıgıñız? Ordinem vestrum? Your order? General Use Emriniz? Imperium tuum? Your command? General Use Anukmän Paratus sum I’m ready General Use Hazır Paratus Ready General Use Kulluk etärmän Me serve I serve General Use Bir ançaydermän Statim facturus Will do at once General Use Sogaşurbäz Pugnamus We fight General Use, occasionally seen as a warcry used by the Konchaks It oghlu Filius a canis Son of a dog Insult Axmaq Fatuus Idiot|Fool|Stupid Insult Soysuz Bastardis Bastard Insult Kafir Infidel Unfaithful Insult FAMILIAL TERMS Kadaksleri Flexio Common Usage Ata Pater Father To refer to one’s father Anna Mater Mother To refer to one’s mother Er Vir Husband To refer to one’s husband Epci Uxorem Wife To refer to one’s wife Qarandas Filius Son To refer to one’s son Qiz Qarandas Filia Daughter To refer to one’s daughter Ulu Ata Avus Grandfather To refer to one’s grandfather Ulu Anna Avia Grandmother To refer to one’s grandmother Qayin Socer Father-in-law To refer to one’s father-in-law Kyeg Gener Son-in-law To refer to one’s son-in-law Abaga Avunculus Uncle To refer to one’s uncle Ini Nepos Nephew To refer to one’s nephew Ortaq Amica Friend To refer to one’s friend İxvan Frater Brethren A term that encompasses not necessarily family, but brothers in religion Kun Sanguis Blood A term that can be used in regards to any blooded member of one’s family regardless of relation TIME AND NUMBERS Kadaksleri Flexio Common Usage Yil Annus Year A period of seven months Ay Mensis Month A period of thirty days Kn Dies Day The period in which the sun is up Tn Noctis Night The period in which the sun is down Muharremin Mensis Horenitius Horen’s Calling A sacred month in which waging war is considered Qadağandır Sefer Mensis Ovenitius Owyn’s Light Another sacred month considered to be the time of Abu Sadiqqi’s birth Rèbi' qul-aher Mensis Godfreditis Godfrey’s Triumph The third month of the year Künadelahir Mensis Tobialis Tobias’ Bounty The fourth month of the year Reçik Mensis Solarius Sun’s Smile A sacred month in which waging war is considered Qadağandır Şevval Mensis Aeternitius Harren’s Folly A sacred month of fasting and self-reflection Siddiqına Mensis Segimondites Sigismund’s End A sacred month of celebration where all faithful gather together to join in festivities and give praise to God Bir Unus One Number Iki Duo Two Number Üç Tres Three Number Dörd Quattuor Four Number Beş Quinque Five Number Altı Sex Six Number Yeddi Septem Seven Number Səkkiz Octo Eight Number Doqquz Novem Nine Number On Decem Ten Number On bir Undecim Eleven Number On iki Duodecim Twelve Number On üç Tredecim Thirteen Number On dörd Quattuordecim Fourteen Number On beş Quindecim Fifteen Number On altı Sedecim Sixteen Number On yeddi Septendecim Seventeen Number On səkkiz Octodecim Eighteen Number On doqquz Novendecim Nineteen Number Iyirmi Viginti Twenty Number Yüz Centum One Hundred Number Min Mille One Thousand Number EQUESTRIAN TERMS Kadaksleri Flexio Common Usage At Equus Horse A large plant-eating domesticated mammal with solid hoofs and a flowing mane and tail used for transport and war At-Naal Solea Horseshoe A shoe for a horse formed of a narrow band of iron Eyer yabogi Iugum enim stratum Saddle-blanket A saddle-shaped pad, as of felt or sheepskin, placed beneath the saddle to prevent it from irritating the horse's skin Tizgin Fraeni Reins A long, narrow strap attached at one end to a horse's bit, typically used in pairs to guide or check a horse while riding Aguzluq Segmen Bit A mouthpiece, typically made of metal, which is attached to a bridle and used to control a horse Zengi Ascensoriis sellae Stirrup Each of a pair of devices attached to each side of a horse's saddle, in the form of a loop with a flat base to support the rider's foot. Yingircaq Stratus Pack-saddle A horse’s saddle designed for supporting packs Artmaq Averta Saddlebag One of a pair of covered pouches laid across the back of a horse behind the saddle Catir Tabernaculum Tent A circular tent of felt or skins on a collapsible framework, used by the Konchaks as travelling domiciles TITLES AND PROFESSIONS Kadaksleri Flexio Common Usage Qan Imperator Emperor The elected ruler of the Konchak Confederation Qan Qatuni Imperatrix Empress Chief Wife of a Qan Soltan Rex King Foreign rulers and kings Beg Princeps Prince Tribal Ruler Bey Baro Baron Lesser Chieftains Ceribasi Legatus General A military leader, or leader of an army Elci Nuncio Envoy An ambassador between internal/external powers Yarguci Prefect Judge Tribal arbitrator, often an elder Bogavul Purpuratus Courtier Member of a ruler’s court, or a retainer Atlu Kisi Eques Knight Mounted Soldier, tribal aristocrat Eydegi Praeministra Maid Female servant Tilmac Interpres Translator Linguistic Interpreter (position of prestige in Konchak Court) Bazargan Mercator Merchant Tradesman, peddler of goods Qondroq Atar Spice Mercator Spice Merchant Peddler of spices Oglanlar Servus Servant Servants, slaves Altunci Aut aurifex Goldsmith Metalworker, works specifically with gold Temirci Ferrarius Blacksmith Metalworker, works with iron or steel Qlic ostasi Gladio Ferrarius Swordsmith Metalworker, works with swords Eyerci Factorem Sellae Saddlemaker Artisan, works with saddles Ygenci Factorem Frenum Bridlemaker Artisan, works with bridles Etikci Calceolarius Cobbler Artisan, works with shoes Otaci Medicus Doctor Practitioner of Medicine Siqriq Tabellarium Courier Deliverer of messages and parcels Astlanci Mediator Middleman|Broker Third party who assists in financial and legal disputes Naqslagan Artifex Artist A man who paints portraits Yaqci Flécher Fletcher Artisan, works with bows and arrows Qobuzci Cantor Musician|Poet Musician and poet dedicated to oral history of Konchak people Bitik ostasi Scholaster Teacher Head of a religious institution of education RELIGIOUS TERMS Kadaksleri Flexio Common Usage Ilah Deus God The supreme creator of existence Iblis Iblees Iblees A fallen servant of God, the source of all evil Cənnət Caelum The Seven Skies The afterlife for all good and righteous believers of the Al'iiman Mutahawir Cəhənnəm Inferis Hell The domain of Iblis and the place where damned souls go to spend all eternity in constant and everlasting agony Məscid Templum Temple A place of religious worship Peygambar Prophetam Prophet A religious figure who has received divine providence Algisi Martyr Martyr A person who has sacrificed their life for their religion Ayetullah Pontifex Priest A ranking cleric of the Al'iiman Mutahawir Seriat Lex Divina Religious Law The religious law of the Al'iiman Mutahawir Cənazə üzlük Funus Larva Funeral Mask A mask of pre-conversion religious significance among the Konchaks that continues as a custom today. Worn in all places bar areas of social gathering and temples Seriyat Praetor Religious Magistrate A judge who oversees a Seriat Court, see Qadi Zakon In qua recitantu oratio The Recitation The scriptures of the Al'iiman Mutahawir Elfokaz Iurisperitus Jurist A jurist who makes dictations on religious law Xukm Sententia Judgement A decision passed by a Seriat court Yarligamaq Misericordia Mercy The absolvement of crimes convicted of by a Seriat court in good faith that the individual will repent Qadağandır Impermissus Forbidden Things deemed taboo by the Al'iiman Mutahawir Dəvət Vocatio Summons A summons to faith, the call of conversion and proselytization Tin Anima Soul The concept of a spirit that persists outside one’s body - the framework of spirituality Maşallah Deus Vult God wills it An expression of joy, praise or thankfulness typically attributed to the Divine İnşallah Si enim Deus Vult If God Wills it A term used to refer to future events one wills, in the belief that nothing happens less God wills it to be əlhəmdulillah Omnis laus ex Deo est All praise is due to God A term of prayer or praise given to God Ilah Böyükdür Deus Magnus God is Great A term used as a general declaration of one’s faith, often used in prayer or on the battlefield Ümmet Communitas Community The community of Möminlər bound together by the merit of their faith Mömin(lər) Credentes Believer(s) Any and all true believers of the Al'iiman Mutahawir Günahkar Peccator Sinner A person who does not keep true to the word of God, considered unvirtuous or unfaithful Müşrik Idolis serviens Idolater A believer who is not true to the word and takes idols and false beliefs alongside God, a sin punishable by death Mötəzil Apostatae Apostate A believer who converts away from the faith, the worst crime within the Mutahawir punishable by death Cihat Proelium Struggle A term used to describe any attempt to better oneself with God’s guidance, though more regularly associated with defensive war against non-believers Mücahid Qui oderunt te One who struggles A term used to describe a person who partakes in Cihat Qazwha Incursito Raiding A term used to describe religiously-proscribed military expeditions against non-believers in order to spread the faith Qazi Bellator Warrior, Raider A term used to describe soldiers who take part in Qazwha MEDICAL TERMS Kadaksleri Flexio Common Usage Kun Sanguine Sanguine One of the four humors Balgam Pituitosus Phlegmatic One of the four humors Qursaq Irascibilis Choleric One of the four humors Sauda Melancholicus Melancholic One of the four humors Otlar Herbis Herbs Plants with medicinal properties Malahan Unguen Salve Ointment derived from herbs Maajunlar Medicinae Medicine The science of healing Kormek Visus Sight One of the five senses Esitmek Auditus Hearing One of the five senses Tatmaq Sapor Taste One of the five senses Iylamaq Odor Smell One of the five senses Tutmaq Tactus Touch One of the five senses Bas Capitus Head The upper part of the human body, or the front or upper part of the body of an animal Manglek Frons Forehead The part of the face above the eyebrows Qas Supercilium Eyebrow The strip of hair growing on the ridge above the eye Kirpik Palpebra Eyelid The skin covering one’s eye Kz Oculus Eye Each of a pair of globular organs in the head through which people and vertebrate animals see Kz Yaruk Lux in oculo Light of the Eye A particular feeling that someone’s eyes seem to express Burun Nasus Nose The part projecting above the mouth on the face of a person or animal, containing the nostrils and used for breathing and smelling Yangaq Maxilla Cheek The sides of the face below the eyes Tis Dente Tooth Each of a set of hard, bony enamel-coated structures in the jaws of most creatures Til Lingua Tongue The fleshy muscular organ found in the mouths of mammals responsible for the sense of taste Qursaq Ventri Stomach The internal organ in which the major part of digestion occurs Kngl Cordis Heart The internal organ from which blood flows through the body, believed to be the vessel for the soul Teri Cutis Skin The outer layer of tissue that covers the entirety of the human body Ylci Tonsor Barber A practitioner of surgery and cosmetics Ylngc Novacula Razor A blade used for the shearing of hair Saqal Barba Beard A man’s facial hair COLORS Kadaksleri Flexio Common Usage Aq Album White The color of milk or snow Qara Ater Black The color of coal Qizil Rubrum Red The color of blood Abı Caeruleum Blue The color of the sea and the sky Sari Flavus Yellow The color of gold, straw, the sun Yasil Viridis Green The color of most flora present on Arcas Ipkin Purpureus Violet The color of royalty, a blueish purple color THINGS AND OBJECTS Kadaksleri Flexio Common Usage Yaqut Ruby Ruby A precious stone consisting of corundum in color varieties varying from deep crimson or purple to pale rose Yapqut Sapphirus Sapphire A transparent precious stone, typically blue, that is a variety of corundum Zmurut Smaragdus Emerald A bright green precious stone consisting of a chromium-rich variety of beryl Yalmas Adamas Diamond A precious stone consisting of a clear and colorless crystalline form of pure carbon, the hardest naturally occurring substance Tas Petram Stone Hard solid nonmetallic mineral matter of which rock is made, especially as a building material Kirec Saxi calcis Limestone A hard sedimentary rock, composed mainly of calcium carbonate or dolomite, used as building material Qum Sabulum Sand A loose granular substance, typically pale yellowish brown, resulting from erosion Su Aqua Water A colorless, transparent, odorless liquid that forms the seas, lakes, rivers, and rain from which the gift of life is born Kerpic Later Brick A small rectangular block typically made of fired or sun-dried clay, used in building Ceri Exercitus Army An organized military force meant for warfare Sancis Bellum War A state of armed conflict between two or more participants Sagit Arma Arms Weapons, ammunition and armaments Sirdaq Loricatus Coat of Mail Coat of iron chain-links formed to provide protection against slashing attacks Tovulga Cassis Helmet A hard or padded hat, often made of metal, worn by soldiers to protect themselves Qlic Gladio Sword A weapon with a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard, used for thrusting or striking Bicaq Cultro Knife An instrument composed of a blade fixed into a handle, used for cutting or as a weapon Sançız Hastam Spear A weapon with a long shaft and a pointed tip, typically of metal, used for thrusting or throwing Opraq Vestimentum Clothing Items worn to cover the body and protect against the elements Teri Ton Pelles Furs The short and fine hair of certain animals worn as clothing NATURAL TERMS Kadaksleri Flexio Common Usage Hawa Ventus Wind The perceptible natural movement of the air Saqim Cicero Frost A state of cold sufficient enough to cause the freezing of water Su Aqua Water A colorless, transparent, odorless liquid that forms the seas, lakes, rivers, and rain from which the gift of life is born Yer Terra Earth The substance of the land, rock and soil Ot Ignis Fire The result of burning which provides heat, smoke and light Terek Arbor Tree A woody perennial plant, typically having a single stem or trunk growing to a considerable height Agac Lignum Wood The hard fibrous material that forms the trunks and branches of trees Yemis Fructus Fruit The sweet and fleshy product of a tree or other plants Bogday Triticum Wheat A cereal plant, the grain of which is ground to make flour Arpa Hordeum Barley A cereal plant, the grain of which is used for brewing and stockfeed Brinc Oryza Rice A swamp grass that can be cultivated as a source of food Kptelk Pulmentum Stew A Konchak stew dish of meat, typically lamb or cow, broth and flour Janaqar Bestia Beast An animal At Equus Horse A large plant-eating domesticated mammal with solid hooves and a flowing mane and tail used for transport and war Astlan Leo Lion A large tawny-colored cat that lives in prides Qistraq Equa Mare A female horse Qatir Mula Mule A hybrid between a horse and a donkey Esek Asinus Donkey A domesticated hoofed mammal of the horse family with long ears and a braying call Tonguz Porcus Pig An omnivorous domesticated hoofed mammal with sparse bristly hair and a flat snout for rooting in the soil Keyik Tonguz Aper Boar A tusked, wild pig from which the domestic variety are descended Sigir Bovi Ox A bovine (typically castrated) reared and trained as a draft animal Qocqar Aries Ram A male sheep Qozi Agnus Lamb A young sheep It Canis Dog A domesticated animal derivative of wolves, considered taboo by the Konchak and ritualistically slaughtered in the name of their God Maci Felis Cat A small domesticated carnivorous mammal with soft fur, a short snout, and retractable claws Sazagan Draco Dragon A gargantuan, fire-breathing serpent. The symbol of the House of Horen and its cadets Ayu Ursa Bear A large, heavy, mammal that walks on the soles of its feet, with thick fur and a very short tail Qurd Lupus Wolf A wild carnivorous mammal of the dog family, living and hunting in packs Boga Tauri Bull An uncastrated male bovine animal Yilan Serpens Snake A long limbless reptile which has no eyelids, a short tail, and jaws that are capable of considerable extension Cipciq Avis Bird A warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate distinguished by the possession of feathers, wings, and a beak Balaban Falco Falcon A bird of prey with long pointed wings and a notched beak, typically catching prey by diving on it from above Qarciga Accipiter Hawk A bird of prey with broad rounded wings and a long tail, typically taking prey by surprise with a short chase Qaraqus Aquila Eagle A large bird of prey with a massive hooked bill and long broad wings, renowned for its keen sight and powerful soaring flight Turna Corvus Crow A large perching bird with mostly glossy black plumage, a heavy bill, and a raucous voice Sigirciq Columba Dove A stocky seed- or fruit-eating bird with a small head, short legs, and a cooing voice
  3. THE KONCHAKS ☪ INTRODUCTION The Konchaks (also known as the ljósvány, Khartes or as the Kadaksleri in their native tongue) are an ethno-cultural group, tracing their roots back to the early proto-turkin tribes. Their history can be traced back to the advent of the Subudai’s hegemony over the nomad tribes of the orient and the wars waged by them against the settled descendants of Horen, existing as subservients and tributaries to their foreign masters. Despite the collapse of the horde, the Konchak tribes failed to unify into any substantial entity and a confederation seemed like a far-cry to past glories and the mythos of Kadaksleri folklore. Obscurity had become their fate, for a chronic inability to muster a united front to facilitate their nomadic raider lifestyle up until the ascension of Begovars, a Konchak prince of the lordly clan Csertan. The first Konchak to take on the mantle of Qan for over three hundred years, Sytzigan Qan sas he came to be known unified the tribes under his banner, reestablishing the Konchak Confederation. ORIGINS The Konchak term Kadaksleri originates from their mythical forebear, Kadak, referring to the ‘people of Kadak’. The word Konchak itself is thought to be derived from the Kadaksleri language, the word Koncha referring to a pale or fair complexion (which was notably uncommon among the derivative peoples of the Farfolk, a trait prevalent among the Konchak tribes). This is a trend seen amongst the other terms used to describe the Konchak tribes - see Khartes (Akritian) or ljósvány (Old Carnatian). The true origin of the people known as the Konchaks is one of obscurities; lost to the constant migratory cycle of the peoples of the earth, and to their own lack of codified written language and record-keeping. Nevertheless, a strong oral tradition prevails, and one tale is a constant among the disparate tribes of the Konchaks - the mythos surrounding their genesis. It is said that the first Konchak to take to the saddle was the mortal avatar of the Turkin god Tigir, known as Kadak. To his banner flocked eight tribes, of whom he took the Csertan as his own. The Kül-bey, Erdim, Küğel, Djarajogli, Yetevychi, Tergobichi, Urosogli, and Csertan. For their willingness to abandon the decadence that had afflicted the early proto-Turkin tribal federation, he bestowed to them the gift of metallurgy and led them into a vast and fertile land - what would become the mythical Konchakia, where the early Konchak tribes flourished and their herds grazed for centuries of peace and prosperity. Yet, as the children of Kadak grew and prospered, and his descendants and the many tribes became numerous upon the steppe, the malevolent god Erlig grew jealous of Kadak and the praise he received through the Konchaks. It is said that Erlig took the form of a rabid dog and entered into the camp of the Csertan tribe. Biting Kadak, the divine unifier of the Konchaks fell ill and bedridden, and within ten nights, he succumbed to his sickness and perished. With his death, the misfortune Erlig sowed took the Konchak tribes in its grip, and brother was pitted against brother in a bloody fight for the seat of Qan. There would be no victor in the civil war that ensued, and it left the tribes broken and disunified. Tigir became so disgusted with his children and the senseless destruction that they had wrought, that he was dissuaded from returning to walk among them ever again, and thus were the Konchaks deprived of divine providence lended to them by Kadak. After a century of unending bloodshed, the Csertan clan had prevailed, but their crown was a hollow thing and all they had to show for it was a mountain of their people’s skulls. Csertan Baydča, great-grandchild of Kadak, took the mantle of Qan and immediately set out to the recovery of his people. For all the ill-deeds and kinslaying committed during the civil war, Baydča issued a decree to the tribes; that for their sacrilege against Kadak’s decrees and against the heavens, they were to mask their shame, cast their faces in iron and only show themselves in the sanctity of temples and their households that only their gods and their families would know the burdens they carried. This would establish the tradition of the Konchak funeral masks which continue into the modern day. Little is known of the period that followed, but eventually, the Konchak tribes spread out across the world and the unity Kadak brought with him ceased to be. APPEARANCE The Konchaks are atypical among the myriad tribes of the Farfolk in regards to their appearance. Owning a complexion more familiar to the Highlander peoples than their cousin tribes, they are widely regarded in near any-and-all written accounts as being fair skinned, blond-haired and blue-eyed. This lends to a unique appearance as an unsettled, nomadic people that break the mold of what is considered typical of groups such as the Subudai or Azghari. For what they lack by way of average height, the Konchaks make up in their builds. Konchak men are large by every standard, with an oblique sazhen for shoulders and bodies like a haystack; broad and sturdily built, life in the saddle has made them a robust people built for the toils of labor and war. CULTURE RELIGION While the indigenous religion of the Konchak people is the proto-turkin shamanistic faith, it has been long abandoned by the vast majority of their people in favor of monotheism. The most prominent faith is a schismatic branch of the Al’iiman Rashidun called the Al'iiman Mutahawir. Mutahawir differs in several aspects from its parent faith; firstly, it’s adherents do not acknowledge Availer as a Prophet, and in general, discard the entirety of the Aengudaemonica as false messengers sent to corrupt the divine word by Iblīs (who they regard as Erlig), and reject three of the four brothers as Prophets, only recognizing Krug for his virtue and incorruptibility when faced with the temptations of the Shai’tan. The first and last prophet since the days of the Four Brothers is considered to have been Abu Siddiqi Al Ansari, a farfolk descendant of Harren who received divine providence from the Creator and decried Availer’s teachings, taking with him his followers to spread the true word of the Creator among the desert tribes. He was slain by his brothers who had fallen sway to the lies peddled by the Wandering Wizard, and through his sons was the divine word carried on. The Mutahawir recognizes his progeny as the rightful inheritors to the thrones of the Prophet. Beyond the various Qalasheen tribes who claim lineage from Abu Siddiqi Al Ansari, three Konchak tribes claim matrilineal descent, the Erdim, Csertan and Yetevychi yet none have thus far attempted to claim the Imamate. Beyond these core doctrinal separations, the Mutahawir engage in multiple different practices. Among them are the consumption of pork and alcohol, the prohibitions of which they reject as the lies of the false prophet absent in the messages of the divine. In the place of these taboos is one on the keeping of dogs in the presence of men. They consider canines to be servants of Iblīs, and thereby unclean in the eyes of god. Another quality is the use of the mükir, a clay tablet used in prayer where the devout place their foreheads against it in prostration before god. This signifies their connection to the earth they were created from, and is a requirement in prayer among most Mutahawir schools of theology. BLOOD OATHS Word is considered sacred among the Konchaks, however, a blood oath supersedes all and to break one is considered to be damned in the eyes of men and God alike. The practice of blood oath stems from the same events that brought about the custom of funeral masks. It is said that Heshkin Qan forced the princes of each tribe to cut their palms and bloodlet over the severed corpse of a dog, that they and their descendants would adhere to his command for the sake of their people’s legacy. As such, blood oaths are typically reserved for only the most severe of occasions. This includes the ceremony in which Konchaks are blooded and brought into the tribe, declarations of war and grudges, and other such circumstances which would call for it. FUNERAL MASKS Kadaksleri Funeral Masks are a tradition that can be traced back to the origin myths of their people. Csertan Baydča, the man who would become Heshkin Qan, issued a command to the Konchak tribes following the century-long civil war that broke their people. For their crimes committed against the gods and the shame of their kinslaying, they could mask their faces from the eyes of Tigir so that he needn’t look upon the world with disgust. Their name is derived from the fact that they are worn throughout their lives and into death as a part of Konchak burial rituals. The masks are generally incorporated as visors on helmets, and vary from person to person in the decorations, though they are universally mustachioed in accordance to Konchak tradition. Funeral masks are to be worn at all times by blooded Konchak tribesmen and women, with the exception being in social settings (such as communal yurts, taverns and so forth) or in their personal households. Children are exempt from this, and a Konchak will not receive his mask until he has completed his coming of age trial. FAMILY The Konchaks adhere to a strict patriarchal family structure, with men being placed before women in all circumstances. This does not necessarily entail that women suffer underneath the rigors of Konchak culture, but it is almost unheard of for them to hold positions of power, as tribal chieftains and princes are strictly comprised of men. Men and women maintain equal footing on the battlefield, and women are expected to endeavor upon the path of martial prowess to the same degree as their husbands and are seen on the battlefield just as frequently as them. Marriage exists as a loose system among the Konchaks, where polygamy is a common practice. Konchak men will often take multiple wives or concubines, wherein the children of any Konchak-born woman takes precedence over a man’s other sons. Divorce is unheard of among the tribes, though it is not uncommon for men to discard their wives and for them to unofficially remarry without issue. Konchak children are brought up in the saddle, and most will go on to die in it. From the age of three and onwards, Konchak children are made to be around horses, to live and sleep with them, and familiarize themselves with their companions. From the age of six, they are taught the martial skills - how to ride, shoot a bow from the saddle and to wield sword and lance. Upon their coming of age, they are sent out onto the steppe with a party of other unblooded raiders and sent to wreak havoc and plunder whatever is unfortunate enough to fall in their path; villages, merchant caravans, etcetera. On their return, the survivors are blooded as true Konchaks and given leave to take wives (or husbands) and participate in the tribal structure of their people. MUSIC The Konchaks have a vibrant musical culture, much of which plays into their oral tradition which had long been their means of preserving history and record until more recent decades. Overtone throat singing is prevalent among Konchak poets and storytellers who recite the epics of their forebears in such tones, what are widely considered unpleasant and foreign to outsiders. Alongside this are the use of instruments unique to their people, such as the stringed long-necked dumbyra or the şañqobız, a wooden jaw harp used to produce notes that are considered equally as strange as the Kadaksleri tonal singing and other such practices found among their poets and musicians. ATTIRE Their attire walks the line between austerity and luxury - where the lordly princes of the Konchak clans tend to bedeck themselves in lavish silks and other such fineries, the clothing of the typical horseman is much the opposite, comprised usually of heavy wool and leather. A luxury near all Konchak riders possess though is the Funeral Mask. A helmet typically adorned with an iron faceplate, the masks are decorated with pieces of banded metal to form mustachios, eyebrows, noses, cheek ridges and other such details - to wear a face over one’s face, and what other cultures might normally reserve as battle attire is worn at all times, one of many cultural nuances that set the Konchaks apart from their other tribal cousins. Konchak men tend to wear their hair either extremely short, and long hair is widely regarded as a sign of immaturity or femininity, as children and unblooded Konchaks are not allowed to shear their hair until they come of age and complete their trials into adulthood. Moustaches are considered a sacred thing in their culture, and men are required to maintain them lest they be considered social pariahs among their people. The cutting of the moustache is generally considered a punishment reserved for the lowliest of criminals - kinslayers, traitors and usurers. TRIBES AND HIERARCHY The Konchak Confederation is, at its core, an entity comprised of semi-autonomous tribes who all swear fealty to the Qan. Each tribal banner is represented by an animal, totalling eight including the royal tribe of Csertan. The following tribes constitute the current confederation of the Konchaks: Csertan - Royal Tribe - Lion Erdim - Princely Tribe - Snake Urosogli - Princely Tribe - Falcon Djarajogli - Princely Tribe - Stag Yetevychi - Princely Tribe - Bull Kül-bey - Princely Tribe - Fox Küğel - Princely Tribe - Leopard Tergobichi - Princely Tribe - Horse While the Confederation exists as a political entity unifying the Konchak people, it is not a physical construct, given the nomadic nature of the tribes and a lack of desire to assert their influence outside of their pastures and grazing lands which tend to shift as seasons come and go. The Confederation is currently dominated by the Csertan, who have reserved the right of dominion over the Konchak people since time immemorial, and have been the only family to claim the title of Qan. The Khuralmak is the official tribal gathering of all princely leaders of the Konchak tribes. There are two occasions in which a Khuralmak can occur. The first is to address the question of succession within the Confederation, wherein a successor is elected to replace the previous Qan on his death or deposement from the eligible men of the Csertan tribe, or if for a lack thereof, from the leaders of the princely tribes, known as Begs. The second occurance is by the whim of the Qan, who can summon the Begs to council to discuss matters of pertinence to the Confederation, such as mercenary contracts, migration, dynastic disputes and so on. Succession within the tribes themselves is conducted in a similar fashion to the Khuralmak, though on a smaller level. The sons of the previous Beg are brought before the elders of the tribe, whose seniority is the deciding factor in the election of their new patriarch (and were often previous candidates themselves as siblings, uncles and cousins of the previous Beg). HOW TO JOIN Making a Konchak character is easy, as we are inclusive to most anyone who are interested in getting involved with the group. Either seek us out in roleplay, or contact ThriceGreatest or AntonVoron on the forums, discord (ThriceGreatest#5680) or ingame to receive an invite to the community discord. We are more than happy to assist with character creation, in terms of concept development or providing skins, so do not be afraid to inquire if you aren’t able to easily handle those things yourself. The same goes for any inquiries in regards to the culture or any aspect surrounding it.
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