The fourth in a five part series on Worldbuilding the Slavern race.
So I have newly applied Ideas that change everything to the Slavern, we’ll go through the results here.
Slavern are Hyena-men descended from carrion eaters and the strongest bullies rule. They live in a post apocalyptic wasteland and fight over scraps. The few who have enough old technology and knowledge to reach the stars use their ships and warriors to take what they can from neighboring star systems. The Slavern took what technology they could from the benevolent Tura and quickly ruined both their own homeworld and the Tura homeworld with an exchange of atomic weapons. Whatever strength remained of the Slavern was spent trying to take territory from the Eldred and they might have just succeeded if the Eldred didn’t live on the near side of the Old Trogon empire. A ragtag fleet of Old Empire ships met the Slavern armada in orbit over the Eldred homeworld, the Empire’s flagship destroyed every capital ship the Slavern had and promised to hunt down the survivors through Slavern territory if they didn’t retreat immediately. The Slavern ships broke and ran, a hastily assembled swarm of Eldred freighters and merchant ships chased down every fleeing Slavern until they reached their own border. Many of the Eldred ships never returned, they just landed on the nearest outpost and began rebuilding.
|Cannibalism||Dead meat is still meat, being descended from carrion eaters the Slavern have no taboo about eating their own kind.|
|Signs Symbols||The Slavern are somewhat superstitious.|
|Illusion||Slavern try to overwhelm opponents through strength, Deception is necessarily the refuge of the weak. If you win they call it cunning.|
|Pacifism||There are no Pacifists among the Slavern. Crawling up from the lowest fighting pits will not allow it.|
|Animism||The Slavern only put their faith in strength they can see or feel.|
|Vision Quests||Though superstitious the Slavern aren’t very spiritual.|
|Magic||Though superstitious the Slavern aren’t very spiritual.|
|Mana||Though superstitious the Slavern aren’t very spiritual.|
|Orderly Universe||Slavern’s model of the universe is divided among the strong and the weak.|
|Timekeeping||Long have the Slavern counted days, moons and seasons, but hours and precision are not the norm for their people.|
|Ceremonial Burial||Once you’re dead the race to go through your possessions is almost instantaneous.
If you’re really feared, there is a brief period of time allowed to ensure you’re really dead.
|Buried Wealth||They won’t be spending it where they’re going, the dead are looted and their holdings divided.|
|Dynastic Inheritance||The strong take from the weak, a strong leader can only hope for a child strong enough to take over from them and not so strong they hasten their end.|
|Restricted Diet||Slavern eat anything they can get their filthy paws on.|
|Interbreeding||Slavern are not very discerning in their mating practices.|
|Artistic Expression||Lots of bloody imagery and battle scenes, sometimes songs are sung of great warriors.|
|Astrology||Until spaceships came to the Slavern homeworld, looking up at the stars was something only a few farmers would do.|
|Good and Evil||Slavern’s model of the universe is divided among the strong and the weak.|
|Black Magic||Though superstitious the Slavern aren’t very spiritual.|
|Animal Magic||Though superstitious the Slavern aren’t very spiritual.|
|Ritual Feasting||Celebrating victories with a ritual feast is a Very Old Tradition.|
|Trade||Slavern have practiced slavery since antiquity and trade in the modern sense with artisans and manufactured goods is very limited between the few clans that can trust each other.|
|Sacrifice||Long ago the Slavern would sacrifice animals and goods for favors from their ancestors. Somewhere along the way the tradition shifted to small ritual offerings of tokens such as incense and candles, nothing that was better served when kept among the living.|
|Portents||The Slavern are superstitious and some are craven cowards.
A portent would have to be very jarring to dissuade a strong willed Slavern while cowards fear their own shadows.
|Agriculture||The Slavern people have some subsistence farmers. The Tura brought irrigation and better farming before atomic fire scoured the land. The water and soil of Slavern homeworld are polluted with heavy metals.|
|Cities||The teeming pits of squalor that constitute most Slavern holds would not be called cities by the civilized races.|
|Hard Work||Slavern guards and masters are fairly lazy, but expect great effort from their slaves.|
|Goddess Worship||Though superstitious the Slavern aren’t very spiritual.|
|Women’s Equality||Strong women can keep whatever they can take.|
|Massacre||Common even to this day.|
|Writing||Slavern writing isn’t very formal, like many modern concepts it suffered with the end of the Spirit Warriors. Much that was written down was lost when the Slavern rained atomic fire on their enemies.|
|Government||The Slavern have a great Thugocracy divided among the clans in a feudal system.|
|Divine Right||Thugocracy always held that the strongest would rule. If their heirs were weak they’d be replaced.|
|One World Government||The Slavern have a great Thugocracy divided among the clans in a feudal system.|
|Marriage||A strong leader may take many mates or concubines.|
|Law||The Rule of Law on the Slavern homeworld is very much might makes right.|
|Honor Code||Before the advent of firearms Slavern swordsmen called Spirit Warriors kept to honor codes. Slavern Honor died with them.|
|Allow Surrender||When the morale of an enemy is broken, any surrendering warriors are taken captive and may raise through the ranks from the fighting pits.|
|Compassion||Sometimes the Spirit Warriors showed compassion, but they are long gone.|
|Oaths||Sometimes the Spirit Warriors swore Oaths, they are long gone. Slavern these days just swear, taunt and sometimes threaten.|
|Obligations||In the protection racket that is most Slavern clans, obligations only benefit the local thugs.|
|Pride||Make a reputation, take pride in whatever you can hold.|
|Individualism||Any Slavern that ascends from the fighting pits can make a name for themself.|