>>44570318 Matriarchal monotheistic theocracy loosely based on the 7 Noahide laws. Interpretations and later additions have been the basis for a hundred differnet religious order all scheming for dominance. Due to an ancient agreement the military is mostly made up of orcs from the coastal cities of their mostly desert nation.
The orc fucking love the arrangement.
Traditionally the Sun Empress has to be married to the Warrior-King of the orcs.
This also makes the whole hierarchy shuffle around drastically as orcs and elves can't produce children together so every succession is uncertain. Civil wars are not all that common as the Orcs make up almost all the army and a won't use weapons on each other. They prefer to make settle disputes in a fighting put with bare knuckle boxing.
The remnants/results of the previous empire are still out there wandering the sands. They were a cruel and vicious society. They made pacts with devils and spawned from forbidden unions a race of tieflings.
The tieflings are quite happy as nomads and wandering traders. Every so often one of the pre-exile nutters or idiot youth tries to rally everyone with the dream of taking back their homeland. The more sensible elders take no heed of them.
>>44570318 Take Tibetan monks and mix them with a completely different culture, like the Vikings. Make sure to use loose analogies of both cultures - to go particularly in depth makes it harder to mix them unless you stretch.
>>44570820 I actually did this in a homebrew I was GMing based on the saga of the founding of iceland. The PCs were living a Norse lifestyle, but of course there were elves and trolls and to make them more alien and terrifying I had them follow a Mesoamerican aesthetic, sacrifices and all.
To keep the PCs from getting the hint right away, I described the Mesoamerican crops as one would if you were a Viking who had never seen them before. Chilis were long wax-berries that cause incredible pain to consume. Cacao pods were bitter-beans and so forth. One PC didn't realize what it was until he tried to throw a "pain-berry" at the great aurora bird-wyrm (an avatar of Quetzalcoatl), at which point he stopped, realized what was going on, and that he tried to defeat what is essentially a dragon by throwing a chili pepper at it.
(He rolled a 1: the entire encounter ended badly. As an aside, he continually rolled 1's and was known to be a terrible fighter, except for the one time he defeated an 8 year old girl in an honor duel.)
You should play Vermintide, the elf character literally spends the entire time making dickish comments towards all the other players, even the Dwarf who is literally the most supportive and nice dwarf in the history of dwarves.
>>44570949 You pay in rape dollars. You can exchange them at your local rape center for rape tickets, though you must specify at the time of exchange whose rape it is - yours, or someone else's. >>44571242 Matriarchial humans. Instead, they act like giant pussies.
>>44570318 Meritocracy with theocratic undertones. The high clergy decides upon a ruler, those who serve directly under the ruler, who serves those elves, and so forth, all based upon their ability and previous work and contributions.The right for this judgement is bestowed upon the clergy by the gods.
On one hand, there is plenty of opportunity for corruption, and technically the king/queen is just a puppet of the clergy. On the other hand, at least the people who are voting are exclusively an educated caste
I'm aware that the biblical story is largely a fabrication. Largely as in, there were never any significant number of Jews together in one place in Egypt. I was generally just being cheeky with my post.
>>44576761 >Still working out an origin for their unnatural desire to absorb their kin until only one remains.
In the beginning blah blah blah only one godly original elf (or a titan) blah blah blah sundered to countless pieces blah blah blah immortal essence divided between the race blah blah blah grow stronger by reuniting essence within yourself.
>>44570318 The Incas managed a complex society without money or writing, and an economic system which resembled socialism plus a nobility.
One cornerstone for the whole thing was their road system, which could become something like an underground network of hollow roots only they have acess to. Instead of only cacao beans and textiles being valuable, there could be a whole range of fruits, seeds and vegetal fibers for clothing.
Their terraced agriculture had different crops for different heights, Macchu Picchu wasn't the only thing they built, a flying animal could replace llamas and so on.
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