The Kai People
(Above are two paintings of modern Kai.)
The Kai are the indigenous people originating from the isles of Axios. Said to be born in the heavenly lands of Makuahine's ruling, they seek harmony in all things natural and prosper in serenity. They kill only the animals needed to survive. It is natural that they are very nature-loving people and tend to look at the world with an open opinion.
The Kai are far folk and stand at heights ranging from 5'5 to 6'3 tall. Their skin color comes in tones of light olive to dark. They generally have lean and athletic frames complimented with wavy black, brown or chestnut locks. Males have a medium amount of facial hair, though it is a common practice to shave with a sharp blade. Eye colors come in a wide range- from brown and hazel to blue and green. Piercings and tattoos are a very common sight.
Mahalo- thank you.
'A'ole pilikia- you're welcome.
Hui- (formal) hey you!
E kala mai- sorry or excuse me.
Howzit- (informal) how are you?
A hui hou- until we meet again.
Haole- foreigner or white people.
Huhu- angry/mad at/offended.
Lei- necklace made of flowers and seashells.
Pakalolo- cactus green.
These people have a thick and sultry accent. They speak with emphasis in their words at a fast pace and tend to use hand gestures to make a point. Most modern Kai speak in the common white people language, occasionally adding in a few Kai phrases. Elders however take pleasure in speaking full native tongue.
Every Kai is born into a clan. It is their family until death do them apart and they will always fight for the good of their brothers and sisters. Should a Kai be born out of their homeland, upon returning, they must choose a clan for themselves. Each clan has noticeable personality characteristics and live by their own moral rules. Once you are born into a clan, or join a clan, there is no turning back. Anyone who betrays their family will be exiled or on harsher terms, executed.
Below are the respective clans:
BRIEF OVERVIEW: The clan Pono has been the ruling clan of Makuakane as long as they've existed. They are highly respected and looked up to in society. Clan Pono is a prosperous group that corresponds both with the sun and the goddess Pele. People of this clan tend to be affectionate, strong, courageous and stubborn. Their colors are vibrant orange and a blinding white.
BRIEF OVERVIEW: Clan Kalwai'a have been known for their curiosity towards books and scrolls. They closely resemble goddess Honua and Ka Haku, often referring to themselves as "Children of the Ocean". The Kai from this clan are sentimental, sympathetic, loving and intuitive. Their colors are jet black and a bright yellow, represented by a ominous sea creature.
BRIEF OVERVIEW: Clan Pelekai are the most laidback of the clans. They tend to be the ones found swimming in the ocean at midnight or climbing trees to retrieve fresh coconuts. Pelekai people are cool-headed, intelligent and moody. This clan relate to and worship the goddess Kaua and god Maul. Their colors are deep blue and light grey.
Religion is a large part of Kai society. Gods and goddesses are worshipped on the daily and offerings are a common practice. Each individual puts heavy faith into their deities and seek guidance in them when a situation turns sour. In the Kai religion named Huna, there are numerous amounts of gods.
Below are the main gods and goddesses, following by a brief overview:
Makuahine is told to be the Mother of all Gods and Guardian of the Light.
Often referred to as the 'Dark God', Maul is the Minister of Manipulation and Blood. He was exiled from the 'Light', home to all Gods alike, and set out to make a realm of his own named 'The Darkness'. There, he ruled with cruelty and ruthless bloodlust in mind alongside his consort Kaua. Depicted with mighty tusks and scarlet eyes.
Ka Haku is the firstborn child of Makuahine. He is Protector of the Seas and Lord of all Gods. His birth, which is celebrated on Yulemas, is said to have surrounded the lands with blessed oceans brimming with both beautiful fish and feared monsters. He is depicted as a human that has the lower half of a Merfolks'.
Kaua was a goddess not born at the hands of Makuahine, but just another Kai. During her human life, Kaua was a virtually ambitious and dark soul. She not only overindulged in the meat of animals, but found pleasure in others' pain. Maul discovered the girl who reeked of death and was delighted to find that she happily went under his arm. The Dark God turned Kaua from human to deity, and she grew to become one of the most powerful goddesses among the others. Kaua is the Lady of Warcraft, Hunting and Wit. Deaths attributed to her are brutal, bloody and slow.
Honua was always her mothers' favorite. She turned curiosity into knowledge, cruelty into kindness, the good to bad. She is the Patron of Arts and Nature, and the Bearer of Wisdom and Learning. Honua was known for her acts of generosity. Once, when gods walked on the lands of humans, Honua treated the Kai as if they were her equals and even sought out to school children.
LONO AND PELE
Lono is the Keeper of the Moon and Rain, and the Lady of Forge, Purity and Air as well as the twin to Pele. Pele is the Goddess of the Sun and Volcanoes, and Lady of Fire, Intimacy and Initiative. These twins were always two sides to one coin- Lono was quiet and calm while Pele sought her long life with courage and ambition. Lono was always envious of Pele's nature and never content with her own actions. And so a one-sided rivalry began where Pele never failed to win. One day, a furious Lono brought chaos upon her Pele, flooding rolling hills and small volcanoes with sheets of pelting rain. Makuahine saw the troubles that would arise if the twins continued fighting so she trapped her daughters. Lono was sealed into the bright moon and Pele bound to a towering volcano.
FESTIVALS AND RITES
LANAKILA (The Heavenly Victory): Men and women of all ages are brought together in a clash of fists. Two competitors are placed in a ring to fight until surrender. This is an honored bonding experience between both Kai, and often celebrated after with strong liquor and new tattoos. The festival is made to please Maul, the God of Manipulation and Blood and Kaua, the Goddess of Warcraft, Hunting and Wisdom.
LAWAI'A (The Great Retrieve): Kai are set behind a red line, sturdy spears in hand. The Kai are required to spear a fish of hefty size and present it to the judge. The one with the largest fish is deemed the winner, and the rest of the fish are safely released back into the ocean. A feast follows the event and a small offering is brought to Ka Haku's shrine.
MA'ALILI (The Hot after the Cold): This festival takes place occasionally when the moon is at its peak. A select few Kai, generally men, leap into baths of freezing cold and then walk on a path of hot coals. Those who are great enough to endure are treated to hot liquor and claps on the back. This is often a way of attracting women as it makes the males appear strong. The feat of bravery is dedicated to Lono, the Goddess of Rain and Pele, the Goddess of Volcanoes.
Traditional Kai clothing tends to consist of a heavy array of jewelry and light, airy fabric. It's definitely not unusual to wear revealing items in order to display your hard earned tattoos and triumphant scars. For males, having dreads or growing out your hair is deemed attractive. During festivities, it is a tendency to wear stringy hula skirts or grass loincloths, vibrant paint and flower crowns.
Armor and weapons are also a part of fashion. The weaponry you carry tends to speak for the person you are. Armor and weapons are commonly crafted of gold or iron and occasionally leather.
The Kai government is ruled by a High Chief, followed by an Official Regent, High Exchequer, High Commander, High Steward, High Priest, Emissary and Advisor. Decisions are made final by the High Chief, but not without the input of the community.
Below are the following titles:
HIGH CHIEF/CHIEFTESS (ALI): It is within the best interest of a High Chief to listen to the peoples' opinions and suggestions. The Ali ensures that community runs smoothy and keep troublemakers in line. An Ali is selected by the initial Chief as heir to their throne. In the rare case of a Chief's death, the Regent takes charge of the community until a new Ali is elected.
OFFICIAL LORD/LADY REGRENT (ELUA): The Elua is the second-in-command and is expected to assist the Ali as well as act as the Chief Judge on occasion. Whenever the Ali is away, either for business or otherwise, the Elua takes charge until the Ali has returned.
HIGH EXCHEQUER (KUENE): The Kuene is responsible for the community's resources and wealth. They handle any financial issues and trade relations between the Kai and others.
HIGH COMMANDER (IKOA): The Ikoa leads the Kai when it comes to war. They devise battle plans, manage armor and weaponry, and train the Kai to be suitable warriors.
HIGH STEWARD (KONOHIKI): A Konohiki administers the land ruled by the Ali. They ensure that people are housed and deal with damaged properties as well as activity checks.
EMISSARY (HO'OKU): The Ho'oku is the representative and role model of the Kai. The Ho'oku is required to attend formal meetings alongside the Ali and assist in creating relations between two peoples. They are expected to know basic information about each current monarchy.
ADVISOR (NO'EAU): The No'eau is the advisor. They attend formal meetings alongside the Ali and the Ho'oku. Often close to the Ali, they are considered third-in-command.
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