ONLASHIAN CULTURE

[This section will be updated regularly. Currently this would give the reader basic background information to learn more about the Onlashian peoples]

GENERAL

Onlashia consists of a large group of islands off the western coast of the continent Ranmor, as well as a protectorate area on the west coast of the mainland, which is mostly used for hunting and logging.

Originally Onlashia was settled by three hundred dragons, and one hundred human families. (None of the people of Ranmor knows where the Onlashians originate from.) Approximately half of the dragons were partnered to humans (Halshin), the rest un-partnered (Fehrarkon). This happened approximately two thousand years before the events in the Kirdai series.

The hundred first families evolved into the Zentan, the Onlashian nobility. This group is again lead by the Thirty Elder Clans, or Katzi. On a level with the nobility of the rest of Ranmor, the Katzi Aghtiro (Clan head) would be on the same level as a duke, and the seventy Zentan Aghtiro would be equal to barons.

GOVERNMENT

[Work in progress for 'Mar Kirdai: Sword & Knowledge']

The Onlashian Government consists of the Kron (king) and his partner (Ondaikron), the council of Thirty Katzi Aghtiro (Clan heads of the Elder Clans) and their partners. If an Aghtiro does not have a partner, the clan is represented by the senior Elder dragon of the Clan Caverns.

The Onlashian Kron is not a hereditary title. The Kron and Ondaikron is selected by a means not disclosed to outsiders (Will be discussed later in the Kirdai Series).

Clan Caverns are ruled by the Aghtiro with the Elders, human and dragon (ontannet and ondairath), as council.

RANK ( The wearing of an Aghi / Ondaighi)

The sign of rank among The Onla ( The People ) is displayed by means of the wearing of a metal circlet (Aghi )just above the brow for humans, and bracelets (Ondaighi) for dragons

A plain steel circlet is usually worn by those of 'common' rank, who are busy with apprenticeship.

Aghi - Professions / Trades:

Colour (lacquer inlay ) denotes the profession or trade of the wearer (commoner and nobility), as all Onla are required to get education or training in a field that would serve the community.

A thick central band of solid colour, leaving only the edges of the aghi in metal, denotes that the wearer is of Master Level.

A thin line denotes Journeyman rank.

Where more than one colour is used, it is often displayed as an intricate pattern or weave.

  • BLUE - Scholar (Includes Politics, Languages, History, etc. Usually done in conjunction with something else, unless the profession is that of teacher)
  • YELLOW - Artisan (Technical or Trade)
  • GREEN - Healer
  • PURPLE - Mage
  • RED - Military
  • SOLID BLACK - ADEPT - Mage Adept level, which include the wearer having reached Master level in three of the other fields as well. A third level Master mage has reached Adept level in Magic, but not three other masterships.

The senior master of each trade will wear a silver band above the coloured section of the Aghi.

Copper - Military distinction / bravery (The Aghi will have a thin copper line, whereas the Ondaighi would be of copper, instead of steel)

Aghi - Nobility :

  • The Zenni (Seventy lesser First Families ) - These include the immediate family members of the Aghtiro. (children and grandchildren) - The aghi has an upside-down V shape at the front with the point worn towards the hairline.
  • The Katzi ( Thirty Higher First Families) The aghi has a V shape at the front with the point resting between the eyebrows.
  • Aghtiro or Anaghtiro (female clan leader) - in both Zenni and Katzi the aghi itself is of silver, not steel. If the Aghtiro is in a life contract ( marriage ) then the partner would share the position, and also wear the silver Aghi.
  • Zentinni or Katzinni ( Heir to the Aghtiro ) - A thin silver line, worn similar too, or twined with (if more than one line)
  • KRON - Gold instead of steel
  • KRINNI - (Elected heir to the Kron) Thin gold line.

COMMUNITY

Onlashia is run on a system that combines the best of several models, including republican, socialist and monarchy. Community service is compulsory, and each being, human and dragon, male and female, partnered or not, spend two years doing 'national service', of which a portion is devoted to basic military service.

Although there are specialists in each field, things like sanitation and services and bulk processing of basic foods, are handled by those doing national service.

After the initial two year period, for a further thirty years the Onlashians get called up for two season's worth of community service every second year.

PARTNERSHIPS / BONDS

Dragons and humans share professions, according to their abilities and inclination, and often form partnerships for this purpose. Approximately half of the dragon population, and roughly a fifth of the human population are partnered in such a way.

These partnerships can take several forms:

  • Temporary partnership for a single task
  • Fehrarhalsh - Partnership bond . A longer partnership between a human and a dragon who usually, but not exclusively, share a profession. A friendship bond. Partners learn to communicate with each other telepathically.
  • Tshouhalsh - Life bond. This bond is both emotional and psychic, the partners forming a telepathic link that goes deeper than just communication. They share emotions and some intense physical experiences. In time the bond grows deeper, to the point where when one partner dies, the other either suffers a heart attack, or suicides. The bonding process can take place over a long period of time (usually when a Fehrarhalsh develops into a life bonding) or in the space of a couple of hours. (The final stage of the bonding usually being an intense sharing of minds.)
  • Shihahalsh - Soulbond : The soul bond is very rare, and mostly appear among healers and mages. The Ondairath Elders tells that when a dragon's soul advances to the point where it can no longer learn as a single being, the soul splits up, and is reincarnated as two separate beings, one human, one dragon. These are the soul bonded. Their bond is formed pre-birth. A sign that a youngling has a shihabond is the 'shiha mark' that takes the form of a birthmark in the rough shape of a dragon on the left hand of the human child, and a rough human palm print shaped discolouration on the skin of the inner 'forearm' of the dragon youngling.

The partners are usually born on the same day, within hours of each other, but not necessarily in the same Cavern, or on the same Islands. From birth they are in telepathic communication with each other. If they grow up in the same cavern, the physical part of the halshigan ( bonding ) will take place usually when they are toddlers. Otherwise the pair is brought together on their tenth birthday by their respective families, for the halshigan to take place. This involves a complete sharing of minds. What one knows, the other knows, and all memories are shared. Soulbonded partners are intensely aware of each other, though with practice they can block the link, unless they are in physical contact, which make it impossible to separate their minds. During the halshigan both partners also experience a growth spurt, and the human half of the partnership is physically changed, permanently.

The last bond is the Onquihalsh - the Lovebond. This develops between two sets of partners, and is also not too common. Lovebonds are sacred to the Onla, and those so bonded usually functions as a team. These are also very seldom discussed. The intensity of the love bond is often equal to the intensity of the individual bonds. Eg, the bond between two fehrarhhals partnerships would not be as intense as a bond between two Tshouhalsh pairings.

CAVERNS:

Caverns (clans) usually cover either an island, or portion of an island, and incorporate all the farms, villages and cave systems in that area. The main Cavern that carries the name of the clan is the home of the Aghtiro and Cavern Elders. Such a Cavern would consist of a large cave system, of which the lower entrances had been extended into fortified buildings.

Several Zenni Caverns would look towards their local Katzi Cavern for leadership.

Communal chores and duties are done over and above the normal profession or trade followed by the cavern member. These chores are allocated usually on rotation basis, depending on the abilities and/or knowledge of the member. Onla start participating in communal duties from the age of five. The schedules and rotations of these duties depends on the social culture of the individual Cavern. Although partners, if not from the same cavern, belong by default to both Caverns, they would make their primary home with the Cavern in which one of them has the highest ranking.

Healers, Teachers, Musicians, etc. may take working contracts with other Caverns, but this would always be of a temporary nature. Military contracts, and teaching contracts with the different Colleges of the University, has equal status to Cavern membership

KRON:

[Information will be added at a future date]

MAGIC:

[Work in progress for 'Mar Kirdai: Sword & Knowledge']

TRAVEL - DRAGON EYES

Dragon Eye portals are magically controlled portals of instantaneous transport between two points. The secret of the construction of the Dragon Eyes are held by the Onlashian Adepts. Only an Adept can construct, link or collapse a portal, but anyone can use it. Therefore they are always placed and anchored between mountain points, or some sort of high natural feature, where they can only be accessed by dragon back.

[These pages will be updated regularly with more information, as it becomes available]