|Common Names||Jenda, Tabaccas, Dirt Daens|
|Social Classes||Plantation Owners, Farmers, Laborers, Clergy|
|Major Cities||Daenshore, Salbazio-Hiria, Nacimiento|
Relaxed and insulated, the Jendaskea represent a tamer, more agrarian cousin Culture to Daendroque. They are spread across the rural townships and settlements in the interior of the eastern states of Daendroc. The Jendaskea are the backbone of plantations and Unionist faith in Daenshore and beyond, famed for their Tabacca plantations and their religious altruism. Descended from the Ailor slaves of the Allorn Empire, they very quickly adapted their old oppressor’s practices in order to thrive in the new world being built by Ailor society. The Jendaskae also are adapt rangers and foragers, doing well as scouts, but their relation to official bodies of state is tenuous at best. With the devastation of Ailor-controlled Daendroc, something allowed by the Regalian Empire as a punitive measure, the county-dwelling Jendaskea were hit hard. Thus, for now, they live in a state of recovery, though they are heavily disgruntled by that disastrous event.
The Jendaskea has an early history identical to the Daendroque, as they were once of that Culture. They joined the slave revolts that freed them from Altalar control and settled into new lives. But unlike the Daendroque, who clustered in the urban centers they had either taken over or newly founded, those of the Jendaskea longed for open space. Some had come to hate urban life due to the terrible conditions in the Altalar cities for slaves, while others were growing increasingly repulsed by the chaos that regularly gripped the urban centers as the Daendroque people resisted attempts to be governed. Thus, perhaps a quarter of all Daendroque left the cities and major towns, striking out into the wilderness or returning to abandoned plantations. Many were also of the Old Gods and saw out in those wilds a land of deities and good places that would care for them with its bounty. For the next 100 years, they lived in relative peace, though they remained Daendroque. The first use of their name, Jendaskea, was originally a somewhat insulting term used by urban Daendroque against them. The name was derived from the Middle Altalar for “crowd or “masses” and was a reference to the rise of the thousands of Ailor from the chains against their Atlalar masters, which some urban dwellers saw their rural fellows returning to: a life of “slavery” and attachment to the land. But the rural Daendroque came to embrace the title, and as the slave trade of the Daendroque grew, so did these plantations until many subsisted in some degree, on the labor of slaves. Times were good, but they soon changed with the arrival of Unionism. The urban Daendroque cities generally rejected it, the city-dwellers finding the faith insincere and dirty, coming from a foreign power. But those early missionaries were persistent and pressed on through the cities into the countryside where they found people far more willing to hear their words. By the time the Regalian Empire began its conquest of the Daen nations, the Jendaskea had been born, and Unionism thrived out in the countryside. They finally embraced the city, or at least towns so large they might as well be them, and thus helped contribute to local politics and the economy. But finally there came an event that none of them could stomach: the reign of Alexander I.
Alexander, taught by Altalar and raised a scholar, was immensely disliked by the Jenaskea people when he was named Crown Prince as, while their society was patriarchal, they still felt that the Ivrae should keep their proper title, and a cadet branch with males uplifted. In their simple eyes, this solution was logical and far less disruptive than the Kade Settlement. Still, for a time, they bit their tongues, especially when the Elven War of 302 AC occurred and it seemed Alexander was now against his former teachers. But then came the Humanume Legislation, an act from Alexander that freed all the slaves of so called “Humanume” which included all the Nelfin Races. Within a day, many prosperous Jendaskea lost a sizable determination of wealth and power and, for once, they united with the Daendroque. They stormed north and attacked Ithania, seeing that society as the cause for their misery, though a number of the Jendaskea balked when members of a Kade cadet family were killed by the Daendroque. They might have been angry, but they did not desire the death of people they saw to be connected to the new Imperial Family. Most promptly turned home, and thus were largely spared from the harsh crackdowns that followed this event. Additionally, they played little role in the Anahera Occupation, as preachers spread word carried ironically from Ithania that the Anaheras were treasonous, having poisoned the Emperor, and used the chaos to seize power. After all, wasn’t that the way of the Daendroque? Many Jendaskea agreed, and so rode through much of the year’s chaos uninvolved and became immensely happy when many ex-slaves miserably returned to plantations looking for work. This was followed by Cedromar I removing the Humanume Legislation, another happiness for the Jenda. But then came the Bone Horror Crisis, which devastated their communities, and then the devastation wrought by the Avanthar when Regalia, seeking to punish the region for its past rebellions, pulled back their armies. Thousands more Jendaskea fell and, while the Daendroque went silent, cowed by this action, these rural plantation owners were ignited in anger once again at the Kades. For now though, their recovery consumes their lives and many have taken out their anger bitterly on their slaves, with many clergymen worried of what the future will bring when their flocks are sufficiently recovered enough to raise up weapons and rebel.
Language and Dialects
Unlike the other Cultures split off from Daendroque, the Language spoken by the Jendaskea is Daendroquin, the same tongue of the Daendroque. However, the Jendaskae speak it in a strongly rural dialect, taking closer influences from Modern Altalar than any other Daen Language which produces a number of shortened words for long ones, or blends two words together into a new meaning to save time. This only adds to the view of their society as unrefined and rural, which in many ways it is.
Jendaskae naming customs follow the Daendroquin naming custom in which middle names often tell of a family’s significant members and trades. Jendaskae pride themselves on their farming and religion and often one of their middle names would be the name of the plantation they are from, what it grows or a favoured Heron among the family. An example of this would be: ‘Juan Pedro de Nacimiento Laranja Jimena del Puente.’ Nicknames are used endearingly as well, mostly to do with their rural lifestyle. Example names of Jendaskae are as follows:
Jendaskae law and customs are truly and fully Daendroque in nature. The Jendaskae are above all fiercely independent and value their quiet, rustic lives. Despite this, the Jendaskae place heavy influence upon Unionism as a guiding principle in their justice. They possess no formal system of judiciary, as instead arbitration is perused with all the community present, mediated by the local Unionist clergyman/men. Regardless of this, their system of justice is still rather harsh and punishment for crimes boils down to the old Ceardian ways of “an eye for an eye” and so forth. The Jendaskae, like the Daendroque, shirk following the Regalian Civil Status laws and instead opt for a hierarchical system with the plantation-owing Ailor at the top and, generally speaking, all others underneath. Additionally, the Jendaskae are avid practictioners of slavery like the Daendroque, as they often require at least some aspect of the work to help them operate their plantations. Due to their “an eye for an eye” concept in their Culture, the Jendaskae view it only as fair that Elves and other Races that once harmed humanity are now enslaved. This slavery is so foundational to their plantations that revolts and rebellion consumed their society in the wake of the Humanume Legislation passed under Alexander I’s first reign in 303 AC.
Lifestyle and Customs
Jendaskae families are monogamous and usually follow an inheritance of primogeniture. The families tend to be rather large with several children and an involved extended family, usually residing in a farmhouse suitable for said large family to all live in. The Jendaskae place great value in the elderly (just like the Daendroque) but also in the clergy, usually having a Curate assigned to a family or a clergyman a family will most often go to for advice. The family is ruled by the dominant, usually male, owner of the largest holdings within the family, without exception. Unlike the Daendroque, there is no form of competition for power as whoever owns the most property (in some cases, the only property) of the family is in charge.
The Jendaskea possess a heavy male preference in their society. Many of their women can be important community figures, but are only rarely proper community leaders. This is due to the heavy Unionist attitude of the Jendaskae basing their rural lives and the view that males are involved in the agricultural work even though it’s usually the same. Women, however, still have an important background role, often commanding more authority in the upbringing of the future generation and how the household runs.
Holidays for the rural Jendaskae have a lot to do with their history, faith, and their way of life. The Jendaskae’s largest celebration is found in the large rural town of Nacimiento. Known as the Bull-run of Nacimiento, the event is based on the town’s purpose as a layover to the major port cities in Daenshore in which cow-herders and farmers looking to sell their wares pass by the town. Running alongside the bulls became tradition every last week of September to celebrate the prosperity of the town, and it has evolved in a sport of racing against bulls. Additionally, the Jendaskae emulate the Daendroque in celebrating various religious holidays based on patron Herons and weddings, the most important Herons being:
- Jimena, Heron of Weavers, on February 20th.
- Olennais, Heron of Orphans, on July 30th.
- Barton, Heron of Farmers, on September 14th.
- John (Juan), Heron of Mayors, on December 12th.
Religion occupies an important part of Jendaskae life and is focal to their rural living. The Jendaskae are primarily Unionist, resulting in their rural settlements across Daen often being built with a church in the centre or very near to it, while the clergy who operate from it are seen as important mediators in the settlement. The Jendaskae are far more faithful and religiously strict than their urban Daen cousins and this is usually due to the harsh reality of their lives, with hard work all year around and an insistence on providing for their community. Faith guides the Jendaskae to work, to till the fields, to continue their expansion and plantations. The most flourishing part of the Jendaskae is their altruism. Jendaskae life is based around their small community and the community comes together as one and helps the impoverished in their community or in other communities. It is often that most church run social programs across Daendroc are filled with Jendaskae helpers and donations. Unfortunately, all of this faith makes the Jendaskea docile and difficult to convince of flaws in their religious belief, and it is especially hard to prove to them that their clergymen are wrong or are misleading them. As a result, their occasional irrational zealtry in protecting corrupt or flawed leaders has been problematic over the years.
Literature and Folklore
Jendaskae philosophy is incredibly simple but is tied to only some Daendroque ideals. Instead of valuing personal liberty, the Jendaskae value communalism, the idea that the Jendaskae are tied to their small communities. The Jendaskae see an oppressor in anyone meddling in their communities or attempting to bring their communities into something larger such as the Regalian Empire. The Jendaskae have an appreciation for their small tight-knit lives and seldom throw themselves into massive urban sprawls, finding it hard to find a community away from their home community. Another facet of Jendaskae philosophy is their adherence to faith, Unionism arrived and assimilated very quickly among its people and it is a foundational block in their communities. They view the local church as the representative of the Spirit in their communities, able to find justice and good and mediate a situation to the benefit of the whole community. The Jendaskae, as a result of this, are deeply faithful and zealot, though not without their faults. The tenderest part of Jendaskae tradition is their altruism, they tend to give heavily and generously amongst each other and to the downtrodden and misfortunate.This is due to their viewpoint that the community must come together to survive and an individual attitude would never succeed. This is why Jendaskae tend to be a massive backbone for the Church’s social services across all of Daenshore.
The Jendaskae passes most of its tales through oral traditions and, as a result, there are various folk tales which vary from the settlement to settlement. The sentiment of Jendaskae folklore is usually the same, of a central hero-type character fighting against a massive and sometimes undefeatable evil. There are three tales which are universal amongst the Jendaskae and has even found itself in literature:
- De Fedearen Zezena: In Common, this folk-tale is known as the Bull of Faith, a symbol of the Jendaskae people originating from this tale.. The tale originated when Salbazio-Hiria was still a small town, and it tells the tale of a large old bull on his last legs and pending to be put down by the owner. The night before, a burst of energy empowered the bull and he broke out of his pen, causing chaos and waking the entire village. It would only be for their luck as they were soon fell upon by Avanthar raiders, the bull and the awoken city able to repel them successfully. It is said that the Bull was given a divine purpose to wake the village and lead the defence against the savage hordes and, thanks to the intercession of the villagers and the local Curate, the Bull was allowed to live a peaceful and relaxed existence until his death many years later.
- Padre Barton el Martiri: In Common, this folk-tale is known as Father Barton the Martyr. Father Barton funnily enough isn’t Heron Barton of Farmers but separate figures in folklore, though the two are often combined. This tale originates from the days of the Allorn Empire and is the oldest tale of the Jendaskae. Barton was a preacher enslaved by the Altalar, who never ceased to be humble and teaching to the Ailor. The folktales tell of his many acts of generosity and wisdom, an elder figure to the Ailor slaves. The folk tales of Barton are many, especially espoused by the Church to laud various virtues, however all tales end the same; in Barton’s death. Barton was murdered by the Altalar and made a martyr of him, prompting the Ailor to rise up. There is no concrete proof if Father Barton was real and the folktales are scant in mentioning what he specifically preached. It is thought that these tales were brought into folklore by religious individuals to justify not only the uprising but the Jendaskae way of life.
- Urrezko Lurra: In Common, this folk-tale is known as “The Golden Land”. It isn’t exactly a story or tale about someone or something, but rather a dream for every Jendaskae. Jendaskae dream of endless fields and lands giving plentiful harvest, a golden land where no man goes hungry and communities are close and idyllic. Jendaskae pursue this by continuously expanding their communities and building new settlements. This is viewed by them as a religious duty of sorts, helping the manifestation of Unionist rule across all Aloria, and to help make a physical paradise for the Ailor people.
Jendaskae art is colorful and abstract, yet simple in what it seeks to convey. Due to their beliefs, they do not stray too far from what they view as natural colors of the land which often produces works with many earthen tones and pricks of brighter color. The abstract nature of their work comes out in how they depict their subjects, usually landscapes, villages, and scenes of their lives without firm edge to each figure or part of the scene. They commonly lack spare canvas and, more often than not, paint upon communal buildings and even major local trees and stones.
Jendaskae cuisine takes a lot from local Cultures in Daendroc and nearby Ithania while also utilizing the produce of their plantations. The Jendaskae have an inland cuisine using tomatoes, oils, and spices to create a rich and spiced blend of foods. An example of this would be Vegegachas, a simple meal made of tomatoes, onions, and zucchini with a boiled egg, usually eaten with a serving of bread. The Jendaskae also value their meats, with beef obviously being at the top of the list, though this is closely followed by pig, with much of their cuisine making use of pork sausages in some part of the meal. An example of this would be Boti Sopa, a dish with a vegetable soup base that is served along with Boti-style sausages.
There are two main sporting activities that the Jendaskae partake in. One of these is archery, which relates to their history as scouts and foraging hunters. Jendaskae pride themselves on being able to use bows well and attempt to master it, small scale tournaments are held every so often to determine the sharpest marksman. Another activity, which is not Jendaskae exclusive, is “El Toreo”, the act of fighting bulls. The tradition exists in several Cultures, though the Jendaskea will proudly proclaim that they were the first to invent it. The bull-fighter is armed with one red cloak and a shortsword and they referred to as a matador. The art of El Toreo is for the matador to lure the bull consistently with the red cloak and kill the bull in the most graceful way possible. This sport is huge alongside the bull-run and has massive attendance with some even in the crowd ready to jump into the pit to prove their worth as a matador. Matadors are very much romanticised in Jenda Culture.
The Jendaskae originated many of their symbols from their faith and their uprising against the Altalar. The most prominent symbol of the Jendaskae is the bull, primarily due to the folklore behind it and Jendaskae’s agrarian livelihood. Another symbol which the Jendaskae hold dear is the open palm, sometimes with an open eye, which is a religious symbol for Unionism and to represent the open-handed nature of these people.
- The Jendaskae were one of the primary supporters of building Justinian’s Wall to separate Avanthar territory from Bastierra which ironically limits their settlement expansion to as far as the wall. Still, the cursory protection it offers is well liked by the local populace.
- Jendaskae Tabacca plantations account for ⅓ of the Regalian Empire’s supply.