School of Mirah
|School of Mirah|
|Proficiencies||Glaive Combat, Fist Combat, Fan Combat|
|Location||Citadel of the Moon in the Kingdom of Therasu, various Asha States|
Like most of the culture surrounding the Asha concerning the history lost from the Dewamenet Empire, the School of Mirah developed alongside the resurgence of Living Metal technology in the Ashal Islands following the events of The Great Journey. With the rise of the Kingdom of Therasu and the subsequent Dewamenet texts uncovered within the Library of Therep, the School of Mirah has become a staple in the Asha military, being the school of choice for everyone from their common footsoldier to the most elite bodyguards and Corsair Lords who use their trademark Moon Blades to wage a graceful and deadly display on the battlefield and the high seas. With a fighting style that is just as free-spirited as the ideals of the race that created it, the School of Mirah exists as a unique and historical fighting style for the Asha who practice it.
By the time of The Great Journey, the Asha moved east across the Daendroc landmass. Any ideas or notions of a formal combat structure were a distant memory, with many of the enslaved only having a basic understanding of Altalar spear based combat as well as their own capabilities with their natural claws and Living Metal, that quickly grew in prominence following the events of the Cataclysm. As the first of the Ashal Islands were reclaimed, those who moved in made do with what they could in terms of military capability. The combat styles used were basic spear techniques borrowed from the Altalar, while others adapted to unarmed fighting to make use of their natural advantages. It wouldn’t be until the Kingdom of Therasu was formally put online and the Library of Therep uncovered that the secret fighting style of the School of Mirah came to be.
Deciphered from ancient texts of the Dewamenet Empire, the School of Mirah described the usage of a half-disk blade at the end of a polearm as well as shorter variants that were either dual-wielded or attached at the end of an Asha’s tail. Taking what they already understood with foreign weapons the Asha went to work translating all of the texts related to the school and adapting them into what they knew to work in terms of combat. In a few short years, the School of Mirah would officially form with the establishment of the Citadel of the Moon in the heart of Therasu. In time the teachings of the school would spread from Kingdom to Kingdom until every entity of the Asha States had some form of school to teach the Mirasu blade techniques to prospective warriors and sailors, though the Citadel of the Moon continues to be cited as the best and has since become associated with the royal bodyguards of the Asha Kings and Queens as well as a handful of Corsair Lords and Ladies.
Code of Conduct
The School of Mirah holds on to many Asha tenants and has a strong tie to the Baskarr Religion in that practitioners of the School always tie their actions towards gaining Kharma. It is unheard of for a Moon Blader, as they are called in Common, to engage in evil actions that would result in Kharma lost, there is always a balance to be met. This doesn’t mean that all who practice the School of Mirah follow the Faces of Baskarr, it is just a cultural nod that is always adhered to. The School of Mirah also forbids the use of Magic, Sorcery, or any other form of aberrancy that is seen as an affront to the Asha State and their way of life. Any Asha found to be performing actions that violate their code of conduct have the tip of their tail cut off to prevent them from attaching a Moon Blade to it, an act that is seen as disgraceful, even if not all disciplines use a tail blade.
Disciplines of Mirah
The School of Mirah makes use of three disciplines, each with varying versions of the Moon Blade. While it is possible to learn more than one discipline, this is typically never done as there is a purpose for each fighting style, though most tend to learn the Sefet Discipline at some point due to the pride in their tails, something that most other races don’t have access to. Learning takes place in an open communal arena or courtyard referred to as a Citadel. These Citadels typically contain several water features and gardens and can range in size from multilayered arenas complete with shops to small, modest spaces with a simple pit. The Iaat and Mi-neb Disciplines take three years to learn with an additional two years outside of the Citadel to master. The Sefet Discipline takes five years to learn with an additional three years outside of the Citadel to master.
The Iaat Discipline is considered the most traditional and one of the most widespread forms of the School of Mirah. The Iaat is described as a Moon Blade that is secured at the end of a polearm that is wielded with two hands. Due to the shape of the blade, the wielder is able to ‘cut’ through the air like a wave on the ocean, keeping their opponents at a distance as anyone that steps in the range of the moon blade is able to be sliced at any angle in the radius of the Iaat wielder. Due to using the largest weapons, those who practice the Iaat Discipline are more frequently used as front line soldiers, forming vast spear walls across the open field. Those who are most skilled are often employed as royal guards for the Kings and Queens of the Asha Kingdoms. This discipline is considered the least suitable for those who live with the Asha Fleets as the large polearm is too cumbersome and clunky for naval skirmishes, though it has been found useful for battling against unknown sea creatures that live beneath the depths.
Those who practice the Mi-neb Discipline make use of the School of Mirah make use of the dual Mi-neb Moon Blades. The Mi-neb is described as having a larger curve than the Iaat with a short handle, the entire weapon often described as fan-like, which is how the weapon is often used. Mi-neb practitioners always make use of two Mi-neb Moon Blades, using them in a form of dance where they carve and cut through the air, aiming to leave deep marks on their enemies. While the Iaat discipline relies on long distances, those who practice the Mi-neb love to close the gap where they use one of their curved blades to parry an incoming blow before the other moves in swiftly to leave heavy damage on an opponent. This discipline is beloved by the Asha Fleets, being able to make the narrow fighting space on a deck a deadly predicament for any number of sailors as the Mi-neb excels in the cramped quarters combat that is frequent. In the Asha States, the Mi-neb discipline is used primarily by skirmishers who can carve through hectic battlefields before moving their blades in the Dance of Death as it is referred to as.
The Sefet Discipline is the most beloved by the Asha and is also one of the rarest due to the skill needed to utilize the Sefet tail blade. While the Iaat is described as being a half-circle and the Asha only slightly longer than that, the Sefet can easily be described as a full circular Moon Blade if it weren’t for the ‘cuff’ at the end of it. The Sefet is described as a full Moon Blade with a covering that appears like a large thimble with a cloth wrap and leather straps coming off the end of it. The Sefet is worn exclusively on the tail of the Asha and is woven on as the cloth wrap is laid over the length of the tail from the tip with the leather straps weaving over and securing the Sefet from slipping off. The Sefet discipline is seen as a gamble in that the main weapon is largely unseen and unpredictable, even to the wielder. Sefet practitioners enjoy utilizing their claws and natural agility to climb up surfaces and dodge attacks, leaving petty marks with their hands before turning their backs to reveal their secret Moon Blade that can deliver a deadly attack in any range of motion their tail can move in. This discipline excels on the Asha Fleets, being able to climb up and leap off of masts as the tail blade curls down like an executioner from the heavens. Even those who live in more urban areas make use of the Sefet as the tighter spaces leave the blade to be always accessible if there is ever a fight. The most skilled Asha assassins make use of the Asha as their weapon of choice if things get too hairy, even for them. Those who use the Sefet Discipline are typically unable to utilize any weapons in their hands as they become too confused by keeping track of all of their blades and often leads to unwanted self-harm. Only Asha with long tails are capable of learning this discipline.
OOC Rules for the School
- Due to the heavy security of the Asha States, only Asha are capable of learning the School of Mirah.
- Asha not born in the Asha States are able to learn the School of Mirah by traveling to a Citadel within the borders of the Asha States, but must respect all cultural and religious connotations associated.
- The punishment of removing the tip of the tail came up as a way of preventing an Asha from utilizing a Sefet as the blade is unable to fit properly at that point. This is seen as a disgrace in the School of Mirah and Asha society as a whole.
- It is common for those from the School of Mirah to wear a Sefet tail-blade when engaging in a tournament, even if they don’t have a clue how to use the weapon.
- It is popular among Altalar slaveholders to make use of fake Moon Blades that instead function as fans as a means to belittle the School of Mirah as nothing more than a way to teach the Asha to be subservient.