Icatian
Icatian Tribe
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Plural Icatians
Modifiers +2 Wisdom
Special Abilities Uncanny, Expert Builder
Disadvantage Conceited
Homeland The Pax Icatia
Language Icatian Names

The Icatian people are descended from the barbaric worshippers of the Bori, the Sixth of the Magi, who swept out of the south three millennia ago, destroying the ancient empire of Acheron. Icatians are generally stocky have light olive skin that tans easily in the sunlight, and a variety of hair and eye colors. Icatians are famous for being builders and organizers (like their Valusian cousins), but value personal freedom more.

Culture: Icatians do not believe in self-reflection; they always look to others to determine the opinion they should hold about themselves. Thus reputation is important to Icatians and most hold – or pretend to hold – a code of honor. Further, the Icatians make sure others see them upholding the code. When there are no witnesses, Icatians do not feel compelled to hold to the code at all.

In rural and inland areas of Icatia, allegiance is a necessity of life. The framework of the government demands it; anyone who has not declared an allegiance to some powerful person is automatically suspect, for that person has no protector, no one to vouch for him. Written contracts are not typically used away from the coastal cities, so only oaths taken before one’s peers are considered valuable or believable. A person without a patron has either not taken any oaths or his word is so suspect that no one wants his oath.

Icatia stratifies its society along wealth lines. There is little social mobility among Icatians save through marriage or the accumulation of wealth. At the top of society are the patricians - powerful and wealthy families who can trace their ancestors back to the founding of Icatia. Beneath them are the merchant houses, the "new money" of the Pax Icatia. Beneath the patricians and the wealthy merchants are ship captains. Free men living in the cities or working on the ships are below the merchants and captains. Laborers, including peasants, serfs and cottagers, are among the lowest of the classes; the slaves are the lowest stratum of Icatian society. Gladiators are among the lowest ranks but they have more opportunity to mingle with the upper classes.

Icatia is a slaver nation. Most slaves can be divided into four categories: skills, labor, pleasure, and sport. If a slave has a demonstrated skill or ability (such as an education, or a trade), Icatians tend to take them on as household slaves. Household slaves act as servants, tutors, and messengers for their masters, and tend to be well-treated (no one wants to anger a powerful master by mistreating his slaves). Unskilled people become laborers -most Icatian cities were built with slave labor. Slaves find themselves prostituted if they are not chosen for skill or labor roles. Icatians prefer women and youths as slaves - adult males are seen as combative, and if they are taken, they are turned into eunuchs, or become sport slaves immediately. A slave who fails in the first three slave categories can expect to find himself in the fourth, gripping a short knife and facing a hungry lion while the roar of the arena crowd pounds in his ears.

Religion: Icatians worship Mithras primarily, although they tolerate the religious practices of any person, provided that they pay their taxes and do not disrupt the social order. In religion, as in all things, Icatians are practical - they will not risk offending any of the Powers unnecessarily.

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