The Khemetar have always managed to dip their fingers into the mud of conflict without mucking their hands. By the time of the Vhalurian/Tyrean alliance in the Imperial Era, the Khemetar had already formed an under the table agreement with Vhalurian king, Christoff Caliborne. While the rest of the races were tied up in conflict, the Khemetar made arrangements to profit off the destruction, funneling some of those profits directly into Tyrean hands to ensure they remained loyal to Vhalurian war efforts.
However, the Sandrauga, whom no one knows the real identity of, felt the pain of a conflict in interest when the Vhalurians and Tyreans split apart. They had already invested in Alyrian and Azhuran war efforts, and were lacking the people, rather than the funds, to stabilize their position in the evolving economy.
The remedy was found in a deal with the Alyrians, to use Khemet assets to create a common language and restructure the economic diplomacy around the continent. Rumor has it that the Sandrauga forced the Alyrians to design a legally exploitable language, with enough room in interpretation that Khemetar businessmen and women could directly exploit other people under a guise of “fair negotiation.” The Sandrauga used the new language to ensure their place at the table of the Highwayman.
During the Mhordul Conquest, given the Mhordul were impossible to negotiate with, the Sandrauga ensured the rebellious elements of Azhuran people had the assets they needed to perform a coup, playing an active role in the assassination of the Mhordul matriarch in exchange for a list of people residing in Khemet who had workable knowledge of obsidian. After many Khemetar citizens dropped dead in 1150, the Sandrauga disappeared from recorded history.
2. Stat Caps
3. Patron Diety
4. Unique Trait
5. Capital City
6. Physical Appearance
The Khemetar are a small race of humans, with the average height being about five foot seven for men and five foot five for women. Their bone structure is light and long, with limber and lean muscular features. Their eyes are quite wide and almond-shaped, yet hooded with deep lids and long, thick lashes that are overset with thin, arching eyebrows. Their faces are generally narrow, with bulging cheekbones and thin, straight, noses. Complexions range from pale olive to deep ebony. Their hair is thick, but can be either strait or curling, generally worn short or bald for men, and chin-length to long on women. Facial and body hair in general is sparse and usually undesirable
7. Society and Government
The Khemetar, like the Azhurans, do not have a tradition of surnames or any other means of further identification for family lines. The Khemetar are a body of individuals. For that reason, names are chosen very carefully and often not until adolescence has already been reached. For example, males may reach the age of 11 or 12 before choosing their own name, such as Hassan or Aneb, and females likewise, for Sura or Makare.
Khemetar society is an open market, driven by wealth and prosperity. Life can be very difficult for people who are not wealthy; so many lower class individuals become slaves, or pursue other lifestyles, such as professional burglary and assassination, not typically endorsed by other societies. Slaves, however, are considered a token of status, and can even live luxurious lifestyles, enjoying fine dining and wearing elegant clothing. Women and men are encouraged to detach their emotions from sex, enabling an undermarket of debauchery to thrive within Khemetar culture.
Khemetar people are arrogant and proud, boasting their accomplishments in order to improve their standing in society. Merchants and craftsmen or women of any craft can typically find luxurious contracts in Khemet. In fact, Khemet is so open to foreign investors and merchants that it’s considered the capital market of the continent. Mercenaries from all over the continent, and even exiles from other societies, have found work and prosperity in the city. The city is also the home of the Sandrauga, an organization of market elites who continuously work to stabilize and control the continental market.
8. Government Structure
Khemet is an anarchical aristocracy, where the sway of power can change instantly. Law and order is deemed another form of business, and any person, for a “small” price — which is then divided between the three wealthiest individuals—can propose a regulation on the market and society. Law is purchased in Khemet, safety is a luxury of the market, and order is maintained on the shining and sturdy back of a coin. In any diplomatic action concerning Khemet, an auction is held, with the highest bidder representing the city. Winning the auction is considered an act of extraordinary status, and wealthy individuals find themselves inexorably compelled to compete for the power.