The Kashebi

The Kashebi occupy the arid lands to the east of The Middle Sea, along the Kadash River.

Cultural Values: The Kashebi largely honor the arts and scholarship above more uncough priorities as honor and martial strength. Poetry, song, painting, and such pursuits are highly prized, and Kashebi culture provides opportunities for talented practitioners to earn a comfortable living with such trades, often lacking in other corners of the world.

Organization: All Kashebi territories lie withing the Kadashah Sultanate, recently re-asserted after the departure of the occupying Eramii legions. The Kashebi have a strongly centralized state, due in large part to the guiding hand of Sultan Quasemi I. Kashebi cultural is fairly authoritarian and is usually structured around strong central figures who enjoy strong deference. Much of Kashebi life is organized around clans, trade guilds and companies, religious cults and sects, or other such organizations with a strong central figure. However, this tendency is sometimes subverted by the Kashebi’s great emphasis on learned and steady leadership. Few Kashebi will suffer the primacy of a stupid or incompetent leader, and even fewer would respect another who does. As the Kashebi place less value on honor and fair combat that others, such leadership disputes are more often solved with a subtle knife or an innocuous poison than by louder methods. Kashebi politics, at any level, are not place for the slow or the overly trusting.

Before the Eramii occupation, local nobles held great sway in most Kashebi territories, but once Sultan Quasemi I established the sultanate, he moved quickly to assure all Kashebi territories would be administered by Satrap’s in the mold of an Eramii Praefect, answerable to, and appointed by, the crown. Now, the Kadashah sultanate is a strongly centralized state with a well establish civil corps of bureaucrats and ministers, inspired by the Eramii model of governance.

Gender Roles: Traditional Kashebi culture as largely patriarchal, but centuries of close contact with the Diipaa and Eramii have relaxed such prejudices in most quarters. Kashebi cities are largely very cosmopolitan and modern, with attitudes to match. However, there are still several religious orders prominent in Kashebi lands who take a rather dimmer view of such developments.

Art and Architecture: The Kashebi traditionally practice primarily the spoken and written arts. However, in recent years an influx of foreign artists and influences have lead to new schools of landscape painting, portraiture, and sculpture that enjoy great popularity. Galleries and Salons hosted by wealthy and powerful patrons have become a centerpiece of life in the capitol of Borsipa. The Kashebi aesthetic leans heavily on geometric patterns and intricate progressions shapes, symbols, and figures. Kashebi architecture traditionally aims for a light, airy, and open affect. Domes and arches feature heavily in Kashebi architecture, although they tend to have pointed of bulging shapes than the circular Eramii arch. Kashebi buildings usually use a blend of tan, pink, grey-blue stone found in the region to give their buildings a gentle, pastel effect.