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The island nation of Bifetra (the island’s only city has the same name) has become a refuge for beastfolk of all kinds. During the magocracy, Bifetra was a prestigious stud for all kinds of magically created creatures for the pleasure and luxury of the rich, who could afford an original Bifetra beastfolk slave or arena creature. This fired back badly when the protection spells that kept the breeding pits and barracks of the creations of Bifetra failed in a spectacular light show, and the numerous creatures of the island quickly overcame their creators and guardians.
Bifetra became a fanal for the enslaved beastfolk, and their holders as well. Paranoia about further slave rebellions led to a harder situation for many beastfolk, especially the free ones who were felt as a potential threat throughout Gondal – and many of these started an exodus to the island of Bifetra, hoping for a more tolerant society of their equals.

The result was ambivalent. Bifetra is one of the few places in the known world where Beastfolk vastly outnumber humans (daimonids or even true demons are pretty much unknown on the island) but without the outer pressure of a large majority, the different tribes of beastmen live pretty much separated from each other and open enmity between different tribes – especially between the numerous catfolk and the other tribes – has become a common appearance. The islands are not very fertile, and the nutrition of the different people is hard work. Hunger and poverty are common problems in Bifetra. The remaining humans are subjugated and enslaved (if they haven’t fled to the main land) and are treated worse than slaves in Ferron, or anywhere else. There are several vocal leaders of beastfolk tribes on Bifetra who support a full-blown genocide of the island’s humans, and only their status as valuable property offers a bit of protection. Among many of the Bifetran beastfol tribes, human meat has been declared a delicacy, and these tribes – especially catfolk – treat their human captives as lifestock.

Bifetra is heavily divided into several territories, which are often controlled by one “tribe” of Beastfolk. Different beastfolk people have little contact, and normally stay on their own. The island’s only city (which is also named Bifetra) is a difference though, as here people of all different beast forms live together in close space. The city is a dangerous place where gang wars and similar conflicts are common and pretty much everyone is armed. The city was once a beautiful and luxury place, but the utter neglect, adaptation to the special needs of the less anthropomorphic beastfolk and the usual conflicts have destroyed many of its parts, even though the old glory is still visible between the shattered glass and blackened walls of the Bifetran palazzos.

One of the few elements of the original Bifetran society that had survived the insurrection is the faith of the magrocrats – just as on the Thurian mainland, the Northern Pantheon is still worshipped, and the different tribes of the beastfolk form around these cults and gods. None of the original priests are left and the dogmas and rituals of the Bifetrans look highly unorthodox or even heretic to the mainland cults.

The vast majority of the Bifetran people are beastfolk, and every common form of beastfolk live here, including a few highly unusual ones. Planetouched and Genasi bloodlines are also highly common among the Bifetran beastfolk, an inheritance of the more exclusive breeding. The humans of Bifetra are of the same stock as the Thurians on the mainland, and the refugees from the island were quickly assimilated into the Republic of Thur, while the remaining humans on the island are subjugated. There are a few gangs of humans in the city of Bifetra which consist of humans and who do not differ much from the beastfolk gangs in their neighborhood and fight for survival, food and dominance as well.

Bifetra is a mostly isolationistic place, and due to the lack of nutrition sources, even foreign beastfolk are not welcome anymore, especially among beastfolk of other design. The island is not a nation, as it completely lacks any form of higher order, or even any internal infrastructure apart from the social order of the different beastfolk tribes and gangs. Nonetheless, the island still have a ring of freedom and utopia to its name among the mainland Beastfolk.

For most of the mainland people who are not Beastfolk dreaming of an utopian place, Bifetra is a “there be monsters” place and usually, when the island is mentioned, it is described as a mixture of hell on earth and a dire threat for the people of the known world, at least in faery tales. Bifetra is an excuse for pogroms against beastfolk, and through each of these attacks, the idealization of Bifetra through the victimized beastmen gets new support.

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Bifetra Corsairs robosnake 10/04/2010 - 15:50