From strong to muscular
Brown over blueish to black.
Black or dark brown, very rare golden or white.
“Their long, slim gold-ringed necks, stunning feminine beauty, and gracious moves aside, they are deadly predators skilled in martial arts and weaponry like the greatest of Warriors.”.
They are the tallest human tribe we have witnessed so far. They have a habit of making their female warriors necks grow longer by adding rings to stretch them.Males have not been seen at Midgard or any of the lesser isles. But, according to Yell'a'Beard, the males form their religious orders and try to appear taller by wearing elaborate feathers. Making them both appear around 2.5 metres at a glance.
As we have witnessed their obsession to hunt Aquerian and loot their eggs, we assume their height attempts are somewhat connected to that odd birdrace.
Their great empire is in the northern Outlands, with great steppes and deserts. as hot as only the north can be and filled with wildlife that isn’t hunted but should be avoided if possible. They praise the Gods as do we, but seemingly they more often have experienced that God’s shape shift, which we believe is the reason they wear the masks to honour them.
Skjald El Mary
The knowledge I managed to gather while over there and the information gained later have allowed us to somewhat piece together their form of life. It seems that the males are the ones doing all the religious labour, and their females are the ones doing military service and the worldly administration of their empire. We are unclear who is tending their families, if any such exist.
So far, casualties have been examined, and the few prisoners that broke are being questioned. We think that their soldiers are all between 15 and 75 years old. All start as ordinary warriors and work themselves through sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, and colonel. Colonels, only one, being the highest rank we have encountered in The Realm but Yell’a’Beard has mentioned that they have at least two ranks above that. Their ranks are easily distinguished by the trained eye, as every rank adds another patterned ribbon to their kilt. Kilts, which we believe are patterned in each separate regiment, clan, tribe, horde, or whatever they call it.
Some of the captured stated that they looked forward to becoming officers, and the capture was a mere bump in the continued pursuit. Others were actually sick of hunting eggs, raiding, and capturing thralls and looked forward to the end of The Great Invasion, then cut the hair in shame and went home. Become working militia or low-class servants, despite the high social status it is to be in the army.
The few officers younger than 50 we have seen have been individuals with blown Aquerian eggs at their two sticks strapped on their backs. So, we assume that it’s quite something for them as well, to track down, get close, and actually kill an Aquerian. This hunt, parallel to The Great Invasion, is seemingly something they share or coordinate with the Ye'Til. As no notable amount of Romasai has been below the Grimsborg latitude, and no notable amount of Ye’Til has been above.
No captive or corpse, from soldier to colonel, has stated that they are older than 75. So we assume that the mentioned ‘other services’ are a form of ‘last period’ working the fields, practicing a craft, or serving the empire’s officials.
So, we think that girls at 15 are drafted or enter willingly and serve in their armed forces for 60 years. Either becoming an officer with some exclusive outs when resigning or as a hardened veteran ending up working in the homeland militia. A few have told us that some, most often ‘egged ones’, manage to become homeland elders, public Sages, or even ‘Oracles’ in their last period, which we assume is until they die.
I stayed briefly in one of their small towns, almost a nomadic one. I saw thralls of many races doing household work, and I suspect they also tend the children. I learned that they have some very large cities, very distinct from the pastoral life in which rural people live, tending herds and crops. I don’t know if it’s the same in the large cities, but here, kids and cattle were the measurements of wealth. I never once saw them eat any game or wildlife birds, as if the otherwise brave Romasai were afraid of interfering with nature.
Oh yes, I almost forgot. I also once saw two men being punished. One man got his hair cut off as punishment, as he was seemingly unable to pay the expected fee and failed to give a proper public formal apology. The other one beats me, but he was beheaded, and his remains were ditched outside the village for the scavengers to feast upon. I think it was something about a failed attempt at rustling cattle. which reminds me of the steak we have here. It’s getting cold, so let’s eat, shall we?
It seems that when girls become warriors, they are considered adults and start to let their hair grow and fill it with braids. Continuing through their service and possible officer time. So, their military experience can be seen from a distance by their hair length and felt at close range.
Another, more easily seen sign of rank is the number of pattern ribbons in their kilts. A soldier has but the patterned kilt, sergeant 1, lieutenant 2, captain 3, major 4, and colonel, the highest rank we ever caught or killed, 5.
It’s been reported by agents and scouts on several occasions that they behead those who fail their codex. So, we assume that they use the death penalty as punishment in their army.
Yell’a’Beard once told me that he accidentally stumbled into one of their villages… and much to his surprise, he was neither killed or captured… from his short stay, he learned two things…
The Romasai does not take prisoners for questioning… they use slaves…
They have an odd custom: despite the females being the warring part, the male host offers the house females to guests… normally only with those of their race… but as he’s something special, he says he slept with a Romasai female.
For a long time, we wondered why they had pock-marked skin, but eventually we found out that it was something they did when young. To pay tribute to their ancestors surviving thekilling almost 90% of their population, the descendants mark themselves to honour all the dead. We think their hunt for Aquerian might be tied to this.
Last Updated on 2024-02-09 by IoM-Christian