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Free Tesaya is perhaps the most diverse land in the Dark Golden Age. It is a melting pot, where anything can be found for a price.
Tesaya was a golden land, before the collapse. Golden, anyhow, for the mageocracy. The land was tilled and planted by beastfolk. Buildings were constructed, block by block, with the sweat and the blood of the beastfolk. Many tasks that would have been done by magic elsewhere were tasked to the slaves instead, merely because a wizard couldn’t be bothered to spend a few minutes of his day away from his leisures.
In many ways, Tesaya was hardest on their beastfolk. Beastfolk has no rights whatsoever. They were created and then bred, never allowed to pair off in units of their own. Tesaya possessed vast breeding pens, where beastfolk were bred like sheep or cattle. Indeed, one of Tesaya’s major exports was beastfolk. Each breeding pen possessed hundred of stalls where females would stay until successful conception occured. If left alone, the normal gestation for a pregnant beastfolk is between three and five months, depending on the species. However, using a special magical tool called a Quickener, this gestation period would routinely be reduced to a matter of weeks. After birth occurred, the breeding female would spend a short time recovering before returning to the pens.
The infant child would be taken to the raising pens, where females who were no longer fertile would spend time raising them. It takes two years for a beastfolk to age from infant to adolescence normally, however the Quickener was also routinely used here to reduce the time to a matter of months. Most beastfolk were routinely sold at adolescence, though they could be purchased at a younger age if so desired.
They were bred almost mechanically, and then sent by foot under powerful compulsions, to their new owners. While a few might die on the trek, those that survived would be hardened by the travel, and better workers for it. The trip was designed to instill a fear of the outdoors and the unknown, as well as to increase the physical stamina of the product. The process was described as “separating the wheat from the chaff”. An ironic phrase, since most of these beastfolk would be consigned to labor endlessly in fields.
Tesaya also possessed a much more refined breeding process, which they used to create powerful gladiators for their pits, as well as unusually beautiful beastfolk to sate the illicit appetites of any with the gold to pay. The lives of both were often short and violent.
And then the collapse happened.
Tesaya literally exploded with a frenzy of activity. Because of the sheer number of beastfolk present, and the powerful rage they possessed, Tesaya was de-maged at a very rapid pace. In many cases, these once-powerful overlords were forced to labor in the fields without rest until exhaustion finally claimed their lives.
With the destruction of the mages came great jubilation, and great excess. Beastfolk who had been denied everything finally had the opportunity to indulge in excess, and did so with great abandon. Eventually, though, life goes on. With the destruction of the mageocracy, many beastfolk leaders attempted to start the formation of a new government. In fact, so many beastfolk attempted to start their own governments that chaos arose. Groups fought against one another for supremacy. No sooner would one group take power than another one would overthrow them. It wasn’t long before all semblance of fair government was dropped, and beastfolk began fighting for whatever scrap of land they could control.
And then, Thuria happened.
Thuria *expanded* its borders, encompassing and claiming large swaths of the eastern section of Tesaya and claiming that land for its own purposes. And, like all lands occupied by Thuria, members of the occupied area found themselves unable to benefit from the Thurian social model. This, of course, caused great feelings of resentment that were only deepened by the brief freedom these beastfolk had tasted.
Thus, this area of Tesaya was primed, and when the Ustern nomads rebelled, it struck a spark that set Tesaya aflame with the fires of freedom. Tesaya is a land in rebellion. Eastern Tesaya is embroiled in a war to drive Thurian invaders from the land. Meanwhile, the rest of Tesaya, Free Tesaya, is in turmoil.
Warlords vie for control of lands and people. It is possible to travel safely through the contested lands as long as one knows what one is doing. Gold is the password here. Every warlord implements some sort of taxation on goods passing through his lands. For a slight additional fee, unsold goods will also be allowed to pass back out of them. Bandits as such are rare, since those so inclined simply try to set themselves up as warlords, or find one to serve. However, warlords turn over so quickly in most areas that the gold is quickly redistributed back into the hands of the populace.
The red currant syndicate has established a hold in the foothills of Free Tesaya. The access to goods and services makes it an excellent place from which to obtain strange and unusual items. And the constantly warring factions help to keep interest and attention away from their base of operations.
Free Tesaya is a rich land, even in the middle of all this uncertainty. The vast grain fields, and substantial underground stockpiles, help to guarantee that Free Tesaya will remain rich for some time to come. Less scrupulous beastfolk have picked up some of the old businesses, breeding beastfolk for attractiveness and selling them to the highest bidder. Some have even taken things the other way, breeding humans for the more depraved beastfolk to play with. You can also find just about any drug, pay for any service, watch or participate in any depraved act, or do just about anything else you can think of. While these beastfolk work hard during the day, it is at night, every night, that they truly let loose. Humans aren’t embraced in Free Tesaya. In many places, they are in danger of imminent attack if they are not escorted by beastfolk.
Many beastfolk from Free Tesaya retain a deep sense of pride for being born in Tesaya. There is an agreement, an accord that all beastfolk who were born in Tesaya still hold. The weaknesses of the Tesayan beastfolk were ground away long ago, over the centuries of forced slavery. Those who survived were the strongest, smartest, and fastest. And now that the beast has been unchained, woe be to those who stand in its way.