Ajani Plains

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Under the gaze of Simba, the Immortal Lion, rests the land of the Ajani Tribes. Here, the Spire stands, a monumental crystal that reaches to the heavens, protecting all who abide by the laws of the land. The people of the Ajani are a blend of man and animal, living as hunters and nomads in a place which knows no murder. The Spire alters the weather conditions of the region, creating a subtropical zone where savanna exists at the heart of the nation, and the borders are rolling plains, with thicker woods to the north. On the Ajani Plains, there are three seasons: a dry season which is split into a cool season, then a long, hot season, and then a shorter, wet season. What would be winter is simply a cool, wet time.


The Ajani are a proud people, revering the Immortal Lion, never remaining in one place for very long. They tolerate the trade hubs which have grown along their borders, facilitating commerce with the other regions. The Ajani claim to have come from the Southern Wilds, fleeing the horrors there, and were welcomed into the region with open arms. They have since claimed the region as their own, but do not stand united under any one flag or banner, loyal to their individual tribes before all others.


The Ajani have no armies, but each tribe boasts powerful warriors and proud shamans who can call upon the spirits that rest within their lands. The Spire prevents warfare, but contests of strength, skill, and cunning prevail within the region. Every attempt to claim the Plains by foreign invaders has been met with disaster, as the land itself seems to turn against the armies, with hail and wind and rain or with blistering heat.


Found in the central region of Kith Kanaan, the Ajani Plains are a savannah that is controlled by Simba, the Great Lion. The region known as the Ajani Plains is a place of peace, enforced by the Spire. The people of the Ajani live in harmony with their land, and have not known war for more than a century, and the horrors of the south are a distant memory. Those who have visited the Ajani Plains speak of warm weather in the spring and summer, and then the rains which come and go all through the fall and winter. The turning of the seasons is unlike anywhere else in Kith Kanaan, the weather controlled by the Spire and other supernatural forces.


The Land

The Ajani Plains have a strictly controlled environment. The savannas of the nation stretch out, marking the borders with a distinct feel. Trees are scattered and sparse, and watering holes dot the landscape. To the far north, thicker forest mark the end of the nation’s influence, while to the northwest lies the edge of the Shire Lands. Those entering the region feel a lull fall upon them, bringing with it a sense of peace and harmony with the land itself. Those inclined to warfare often find this lull disquieting, whole those who live a more sedentary lifestyle often finds the relaxed atmosphere to their liking.


Politics

The tribes of the Ajani are nominally ruled by Simba, the Great Lion. The Great Lion is not part of any particular tribe however, and is worshipped as the ruler of the animals of the Spirit World. The tribes each follow a chieftain, who is advised by a shaman. Because bloodshed is forbidden (and near-impossible), major conflicts between the tribes are settled with sports and competitions. Crimes are punished with exile, though the tribal totem spirits are also capable of turning their wrath on those who would disrupt the harmony of the tribe.


The Ajani tribes are nomadic, moving from watering hole to watering hole, or from hub village to hub village. These villages are often crafted by merchant caravans coming into the region from other nations. Rather than chasing down any given tribe for trade and commerce, these hub villages are constructed, allowing the tribes to come to the village for trade. Nearly every village has a totem animal, a greater spirit to help ensure the peace and security of the village. The largest trade hub is known as Springdale, while the second one, Doverhampton, is the location of most embassies to the Ajani tribes.

People

Most of the Ajani are less than human, showing strong animalistic traits. Most of these traits are those of the great hunting cats, such as jaguars, lions, panthers, and tigers, and range from simple things such as cat eyes, to having the full body of a great cat from the waist down. Some of the tribes are influenced by other animals found in the savannah, but are the minority.


The Ajani are proud and skilled at being self-sufficient. The various tribes are nomadic, living off the land and following the herds which exist in the region. Challenges to a person’s honour are met with contests of skill, including sporting events, hunting competitions, or feats of strength and agility. Those who refuse such contests are considered cowards and shunned, or worse, the shaman of the tribe calls upon the spirits of the region to torment the transgressor.


Religion

The Ajani worship Simba, the Great Lion, and consider the spirit world to be a sacred place. The Ajani follow a very animistic belief system, which meshes well with the Rymnian Faith, brought in by the refugees of Rym who have settled along the western coastline. Other religions have not been able to influence the region nearly as much, and the Rym pantheon has not spread into the tribes, but is respected by the Ajani.


Names

An Ajani is named upon birth, but can choose a new name upon coming of age. At any time, their name can be changed by the tribe, or by themselves, dependent on their actions or circumstances. Some tribes have begun to use their tribe’s name as a ‘last name’, to aid those who come from the other nations and when they visit a trade hub.

  • Male: Ade, Ajani, Bahari, Braima, Chimelu, Chinua, Diallo, Duka, Essien, Fisseha, Gamada, Godana, Haben, Hanzila, Ige, Iniko, Jabilo, Jafaru, Kasim, Kitoko, Lerato, Luthando, Mandla, Mikaili, Natine, Nyack, Oringo, Oya, Phomello, Polo, Reth, Roho, Sadiki, Simba, Tadelesh, Tenen, Uba, Upendo, Wasaki, Xola, Yaro, Yerodin, Zaire, Zulu
  • Female: Abeni, Ayanna, Banji, Bem, Chinue, Cyrah, Deka, Dembe, Elon, Eshe, Fabunni, Fola, Genet, Gimbya, Hada, Hazina, Isoke, Izefia, Jahzara, Jira, Kainda, Keshia, Liseli, Lisimba, Malaika, Milandu, Nala, Nyeki, Orma, Oya, Paleso, Phenyo, Qwara, Rabia, Rafiki, Safara, Selam, Tanisha, Tendai, Ujana, Uzuri, Venda, Visola, Walta, Winta, Xhosa, Xolani, Yassah, Yihana, Zhenga, Zuna