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Okenyu

na Okenyu

Total population

c. 100,000

Regions with significant populations

River Alrangdalu, c. 80,000

Languages

Proto-Ocanné

Religion

Okenyu paganism

The Okenyu are the ancestral tribes who lived on the River Alrangdalu in the primitive eras of Éseron. At the time of the agricultural revolution, there were two major clans who had settled: the Domyuzaloh and the Balfenar. Other groups included *names*.

GeographyEdit

The Alrangdalu valley was a largely flat and forested area, slowly increasing in elevation to the Ethereal Mountains. The majority of occupied land had a marine climate, with a humid continental climate closer to the mountains. The hunter-gatherer tribes lived in the forests, and the agriculturalist tribes settled along the river.

AppearanceEdit

The typical Okenyu is suprisingly thin, pale, blue-eyed and dark haired. Most of them lack bodily and facial hair, and a genetic mutation causes pointed ears in 80% of the population. Most are very tall, around 180 cm.

CultureEdit

The chief unit of social organization is the tribe. Each tribe is compromised of ten to fifteen families, and fifteen to twenty tribes make up a clan. There are roughly twenty clans in the Alrangdalu valley. The hunter-gatherer clans meet yearly, in the clan's ancestral home, whereas the agriculturalist clans live in and around the towns. The clans were founded by a legendary ancestor of that name, known as the Clanfather. The clans are headed by members of the ruling family, those who are believed to be most directly descended from the Clanfather. The chief is determined by duels conducted by the young males of the ruling family. Whoever wins rules until he is unfit to serve.

The Okenyu were a fairly patriarchal culture. Descent from the Clanfather was carried down patrilineally. However, respect was given to women, as long as they produced a son who grew to adulthood. When a couple was married, they built a new house close to their families's compound.

By the early Bronze Age, only the Domyuzaloh and the Balfenar clans had settled. However, as time passed, the remaining clans either disintegrated or settled.

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