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« on: 20 September 2002, 17:47:00 »

Shendar Sub - Tribes

Though there are several family clans as well which have slightly different tradition, the Shendar can be divided generally in those who live in the north-western part of the Rahaz Dath, from Uderza down to Thalamabath and the south-eastern part of the tribe people who herd their animals from as far south as Strata up to the Narfost Plains. Due to their different main income source they are sometimes referred to as the clay people and the salt people. However it is to stress, that the features which they have in common outnumber the ones by which they are divided by far, so they have f.e. one representative for the ‘outside ‘ world, their leader called the "hrul Zhaeón"




Shendar - Appearance

Physical Properties

The Shendar are tall, mostly slender and well build. Due to their long wanderings through the desert their bodies are trained  and even those women who put on some weight after several children have no problem with mounting their Aj’Nuvics easily. Every child, regardless of boy or girl is held to stay fit and therefore you will find both genders in competive games like running over long distances, climbing a tree quickly or catching a stripped kara with bare hands for fun. The men are slightly smaller than the women, though this isn’t noticed easily for their greater compactness and viriness of their bodies. Generally the Shendar have a light brown skin and a dark hair colour, the colour of their eyes ranging from a light grey  or green to deepest black.

However the two main parts of the tribe differ slightly in their appearence.
The people of the northwestern tribe, the clay people, are generally taller, with a lighter skin colour and though the hair colour is mostly dark, lighter shades are more common as in the southern tribe, even a fair child is found now and then, showing that sometimes non Shendar from the north were allowed to marry into the tribe. The eyecolour is mostly grey or grey-green.
The salt people however seem to be more sunburned then the clay people, the skin and hair is slightly darker, the hair sometimes even black as the stone  by Thalamabath and there are nowadays a few people with a darker skin colour, originating from a few dark skinned women from Aerullin who married into the tribe some time ago.The eyecolour goes with the haircolour and so the black haired men and women have dark brown to jetblack eyes.

Clothes

Blue is the colour of the Shendar people, Uderza blue, blue-black and raw white are the main colours a Shendar will wear. Little other colour, some red, some blue and some green can be seen within embroideries, but not as a colour a whole piece of clothes has - with some recent exceptions.

A white shirt with long sleeves, closed at the wrists and the neck are accompagnied by wide trousers of the same material, a cloth made out of the fluffy cover of the toccon tree seeds. The trousers are laced up at the ankles as well to prevent  heat and sand intruding. However, sometimes the shirt is not used  if it isn't nessecary to avoid too much sun or sand. Especially young women at home tend to go just with the tunica.


On top of these shirts and trousers the Shendar wear a kind of tunica, traditionally made out of a cloth of the toccon tree mixed with the fiber of the more durable Chi'it. And this tunica is coloured blue or black. In most cases the tunica reaches down to the middle of the upper leg, but people who will probably not fight, staying at home with no immediate need to mount a Aj'Nuvic like pregnant women , young mothers, old people of both genders may wear it nearly down to their feet.  This long tunica could, to be out of the way,  be rolled up and fixed to the belt if needed. In the northern tribe everybody wears the blue Uderza Tunica, the southern tribe however uses sometimes tunicas out of fine white bleached leather.

A broad belt around the waist holds the tunica, which has no seam on the side,  together, but that's not its only purpose.  A various amount of bags are fitted to it which hold different things, what ever the individual Shendar might need. This belt is made out of the most valuable material the Shendar use, the skin of the Rahaz'Estar. It seems that a Shendar doesn't feel like a Shendar if he would wear a belt  out of common leather. The colour of the belt shows in which part of the Rahaz Dath  the rock snake lived and in most times you can judge from where a Shendar comes with looking at his belt.

For cold nights the Shendar use blankets woven out of the wool of the aka'pis. Here some patterns may be found when different coloured wool is used. Most times these blankets show any of the colours a aka'pi may have, from light  to dark brown, a pure white blanket is an exceptional sight.
 
A big, light cape which is sometimes not more than a piece of cloth of the right size helps to avoid the burning sun. The salt people prefer a  white one  out of pure chi'it, the clay people a blue one which is slightly  thicker and is of the same material as the tunica, thoroughly made, with a hood shading the face. The most valuable cape however only a Shendar warrior posseses. It is made out of the skin of the rock snake , has incredible attributes and is part of his armour.
A headscarf or turban protects the head whenever the Shendar are forced to travel the desert. White or blue are equally used here. It is simply a long piece of cloth wrapped around the head.

The Shendar are going most time bare feet. There are two exceptions. If the sands are too hot sandals are used which are made out of leather pieces tied to the feet with laces. These are used as well, if a Shendar should be forced to enter a town like Strata or Thalamabath. And there are the boots of the warriors, made out of the skin of the rock snake, rare and very valuable. In special cases however, for hunting purposes or in very cold nights,  boot made out of leather, natural in colour or dyed blue are used as well.

The two sub tribes differ slightly in the ornamentation of their clothes. While the saltpeople like to do fine coloured embroideries on the sleeves of their white blouses and the seams of the tunicas, the claypeople prefer white small laces on their sleeves aroung the wrists and appliacations on their tunicas and capes made with  the silvery skin of the rock snake.  

The impression of a Shendar isn't complete without the jewelry both genders use. Mostly religious symbols made out of fine silver are used, nacklaces, rings arounds the upper arms and in the ears, the nonfighting women being the ones which are the highest decorated ones.

Over the last years the clothing has caused some tensions between the clay people and the salt people.

There seems to be no logical reason for the northern tribe to use just the colours white and blue (and brown) for their  clothes, but having the monopol on the blue colour seems to lead to the solely use of this mineral to dy the clothes, except the additional use of the ...berry to deepen the blue till black. No Shendar who wants to have influence in the tribe dares to wear another colour - and doesn't want it, the honour forbids to use any other colour.

Other the southern tribe: Some men of the salt people had chosen to marry women from Aeruillin, in some cases slaves from Shan'tai, who brought with them the knowledge and the love for the bright coloured cloths' from the Sory'int people. So one of or the other red, pink or yellow cape or tunica can be seen, especially near Strata.The  cloth import from the So’rynit is not generally accepted, not even in the southern tribe, but living more freely in the south  the bright colour of Aeruillin replaces the white as far as the wealth allows it, though wearing Uderza blue is still more valued .It has been reported that there have been severe quarrrels at meetings  of the two tribes about the wearing of other than Shendar made clothes.

Armour

The Shendar armour is made out of the skin and bones of a killed rocksnake - killed by the owner of the armour if it isn't an inherited one. When a Shendar youth reaches his or her second state of maturity passing his twentieth year, the ones who have decided to take up the life of a warrior have to go on their own into the desert and  kill the most dangerous animal there, the Ráhaz Éstar. If he or she is successful, the family helps to make the armour out of the skin of this rock snake. Unless other known armours out of leather of common animals or metal this armour is very lightweighted, though as durable and nearly impenetrable as any other. It is sewed like clothes, where a greater durability and hardness is wished like on the outside of the arms or in the middle of the chest, several layers are sewed on top of each other or for a even better protection some bones are fixed in the  fabric, like on the shoulders. When finished, it is treated with several liquids originating in the snake as well, the poison being one of the main ingredients and difficult to handle. So this armour is -  in contrary to the stiffness of the other materials - as flexible as clothes , but stiff and hard where needed.

The main piece is a harnish in the form of a tunica, slit at the sides and  covering the upper part of the legs, hold  together by a belt. Attached to it are sleeves enforced with several layers where bracers  are needed, and leggins nearly up the whole leg. Here as well double and tripple layers have the function of greaves. The hands are protected by gauntlets, which may have some silver  pieces worked in. There is no helmet , but the Shendar use to wrap a piece of the skin into their normal headscarf, which maybe wrapped in a way , that it covers the neck as well and leaves only a slit for the eyes.

The boots a warrior wears for protection are inside out of the finest leather, outside again the skin of the rocksnake makes  them watertight and durable.

The cape, out of the skin of the Ráhaz Éstar as well and  light as no other material, fits in a single hand if folded together,  is nearly indestroyable at the same time, reflecting the heat by day, warming in the cold desert night , watertight, but allowing the sweat to escape.

This armour has a light silvery or sometimes golden shimmer and needs no decoration, beautiful as it is just through the material it is made of, with the pattern the original rock snake had showing slightly, but not so the last but important piece of it, the belt. It has silver ornaments, the form depending on the family the Shendar belongs to. It holds the sheds for knives, the bags for other weapons like the sling ,the water flask or other things the Shendar wants to carry close to his or her body.


Jewelry

No Shendar without jewelry, and be it a single ear ring made out of plain, unornamented silver.

Foiros being the main god the Shendar worship, the round form for any jewelry is very common, be it as round ring in the ear, around the upper arm or as round disc with a symbol or even little pic showing, hanging on a leather band around the neck.

The other form used is the triangle. Three, its multiples and seven are a holy numbers for the Shendar, and therefore little silvery plates with three edges and mostly equal sidelenght are the most seen. These however can be fixed together in various ways, but always as multiples of three, 21 being a very common number. They are used like the round form as earrings, as necklace or combined with the round rings around the arm.
Circles and triangles are combined very often and so a big variety of patterns are possible. The  families use different, inherited patterns. But if an artist invents a new form, it is accepted as well and may create a whole new fashion. If he is lucky, every one wants to have one of this special design and he will be a rich man soon.
The material is only silver, gold is the colour only reserved for Foiros and religious purposes. So gold jewelry, imported from Aeruillin and brought to the Shendar  by relatives of foreign women who had married into the tribe, has caused even more severe trouble than the coloured clothes from Sory'int. The discussions have gone so far as to forbit marriages outside the tribe.


Several examples of these patterns can be seen on three  leather fragments  which were given to Artheos Mirabilis Federkiel at a special occasion. They are now in the library of New Santhala and were printed and  published recently in the New Santhalan Journal.


Character and Temper

The Shendar can be described shortly: They are  friendly, cheerful and proud.
They do see the serious aspects of life, which they cannot evade living in a demanding environement, but it doesn't determine their life. Living in a balanced society where nobody is put at an disadvantage, nearly every work or position is available for everybody seems to have created a sense of fulfillment whithin the whole society, which may be the cause of their positive sight of the life.

Hospitatlity is one facette of their friendly way of dealing with other people. No visitor will be send away from a dome when searching for shelter. Even a foe has the right to stay for three whole days until the owner may ask him to leave.
A lot of festivities show their inclination for celebrating whatever event may give a reason to do so. Religious festivities are as common as personal ones like the feast for reaching maturity or a special birthday, but most times they can't be divided apart.
Shendar people are proud. Proud of being a Shendar, proud of their way of living and mastering the life in the desert. Therefore critics on their way of living, their goverment, their clothing or other things characteristic for the Shendar is not very welcome and their normally very friendly behaviour may change to an unexpected outburst of rage.
Therefore the coloured clothes or golden jewelry is causing so much trouble, they are seen as an critics on traditional Shendar ways of living - and therefore have to be abandonned.

















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Edited by: Talia Sturmwind  at: 9/29/02 12:06:04 am
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« Reply #1 on: 20 September 2002, 17:56:00 »

Might need some help with the armour, simply the words that are missing.

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« Reply #2 on: 01 October 2002, 12:33:00 »

I missed that yesterday methinks, sorry about that, Talia. It's marked for the next update then. From what I see here you've really gone in much detail (as you always do). It's great to see the south now forming, though Gean seems to have disappeared again, well, but that gives you more free hand here, Talia;)  


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« Reply #3 on: 06 October 2002, 08:51:00 »

Ok, I've taken everything I found here (which is very good, clear and detailed) and at the existing entry and tried to put it all into the typical tribe scheme, but of course there are still various things which would need to fill the gaps in the scheme (like diet, occupations, history etc.) So please try to add these details in the course of time, Talia!

One berry was unnamed in the entry, I simply called them "Invilberry" for now, if you want another name, just let me know. Also I've found no direct translation for the german word "Harnisch" (mail?). In case someone else has any idea here, please let me know.

BTW: I've also moved parts of the Shendar Housing entry into the tribes entry and have put your new Shendar tents pic into both entries, Talia:)  


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« Reply #4 on: 07 October 2002, 13:47:00 »

Thanks Art!Though the new pic looks awful compared to the original. And I thought clothes and jewelry , maybe armour not so much, would fit under "Appearance", now you have there only physical properties..

And government, occupation and social organisation is already written, just that I'm not yet content with the outcome.The only thing I can say, Gean won't recognize his tribe in this point,, he shouldn't have allowed a female writer to overtake LOL (don't panic, not a second amazon tribe)

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