The Safiya

The Safiya peoples live along the Banks of the Twin Serpents, the Shafra and Ngozi Rivers, in the Msrah Desert if southern Vrasia. There are two great Safiyah kingdoms, Shafra’Kha and Ngozi’Kha, one each along the two rivers. Despite the desert between them, the two kingdoms are very close mirrors of each other.

Social Organization: Safiyah culture is primarily divided along religious lines. The Safiyah are a deeply religious people, and the fabric of their society is made up primarily of the dozens of sects, cults, and religious orders to which they variously give their allegiances. Nearly every known deity, as well as myriad other religious interpretations, philosophies, and teachings have adherents in the Twin Kingdoms. These range from great orders with thousands of adherents, rigorous hierarchies, and vast temple complexes to shadowy cults living in secret.

The organization of these sects varies greatly, but all have a high priest or priestess of some variety who leads the order. These are the great lords of the Twin Serpents.

Government Structure: Both Shafra’Kha and Ngozi’Kha are monarchies ruled by a Sultan. For a Sultan to ascend the throne they require the support of the council of prophets, made up of the high priests and priestesses of the the major sects and orders. Although Safiyah succession is usually hereditary, it is not unheard of for the council to pass over the designated heir in favor of a younger sibling or even a lord of another family.

Every city is governed by a Viceroy, chosen from among the nobility by the Sultan, and appointed for a period of ten years. Although this gives the Sultan great power, it is a convoluted balancing act appoint Viceroys in such a manners as to keep all the major sects and interests appeased.

Values and Social Structures: In most ways, Safiyah culture is as varied as the sects it is comprised off. Nearly every value system that humanity has managed to construct is adhered to somewhere in the Twin Kingdoms. Opinions towards foreigners and on the role of women in society also vary greatly.