South of the Prometiian lands, across the Dead Desert, beyond the Devil’s Maw, lies the continent of Yaxchun, home of the Tieflings. But to believe that they are the only race that has colonized that land is a grave mistake. To the west of their empires, nestled in the coastal Chawpin Mountains, is the dominance of the Genasi.
Before the first words were written down, the Genasi and the Tieflings waged war against one another. Though many conflicts have sprouted over water, land, and resources, the never ending battle between the two races is as religious as it is material. It is the belief of the Genasi that they are the children of the planet herself. This is evident in their biology. Each represents another piece of the world: Fire, Water, Earth, or Air. It does not take two of the same to make another, however. When a Genasi is born, their element is decided at that moment by what they believe to be the planet itself. Thus, two Airsouls may birth a Watersoul, and a Firesoul and Earthsoul may birth an Air.
In Genasi scripture, their demonic brothers and sisters are the results of Genasi corrupted by demons and other vile monsters. To see them so prosperous is an affront to what they stand for, and thus their war continues. It is led by the Firesoul and Earthsoul Genasi, both ethnicities whom are bred for war and slaughter. They, along with the Watersoul (who, with trade and agriculture, keep their people alive), are led by the Airsouls, who serve as the strict government of the dominance.
The eternal war they have raged has not left the Genasi numerous, however. Every year Tiefling raiders kill more than are born and, slowly, the waning of their dominance has begun. This has left them a militant people. Law and order is upheld by the Airsouls through any means necessary, bleeding the nuance out of their culture and leaving behind only the hard edge of the blade that they pray will bring an end to the Tiefling blight.
But with their people and culture dying, they are slowly losing the power that has kept them alive. Just as less children are born, so too are the natural Genasi magicks that they use dwindling. Soon, their scholars fear, they will be defenseless, and then slaughtered on the steps of their enemy’s pyramids.
Below is a short description of each of the Genasi castes:
Asurilac, the Airsoul
At the top of Genasi culture stand the Asurilac, those who claim to be of the Soul of Air. When an Asurilac is born they are taken from their families after a week and raised in temples that straddle the peaks of the great Chawpin Mountains. There they are taught the most powerful magic or, if they prefer, the way of fighting with a weapon of their choice. Then they are taught how to rule. Asurilac are the officials and the nobles, who keep the dominance rigid and orderly. Their own nature, however, is often flighty. While everyone under them slowly waste away under millennia of war, they keep the culture alive themselves, living in what could be related to as paradise. Though they try to keep it secretive, many know this and resent the Asurilac for not following their own ways.
Ninailac, the Firesoul
Considered to be the second most powerful caste, the Ninailac are the most dangerous and passionate of the Genasi people. They rule the military alongside their earthen brothers, but are also the keepers of culture alongside the Asurilac. In fact, the few public festivals and performances put on in the dominance are by the Ninailac and them alone. The good they do for their civilization through battle earns them this right and many others. Lesser Genasi often complain about how they do not need to follow the laws as tightly as everyone else does. Crimes are most often perpetuated by the Ninailac, as their sense of entitlement from their war born culture fosters an arrogance as hot as the fires that burns within them. Despite this, few can say that the Ninailac are undeserving of the liberties they take. Crass as they may be, they are geniuses of war and fighters without compare.
Kuchpailac, the Earthsoul
The Kuchpailac are not what they once were. Of all the Genasi ethnicities, they have suffered the most from the loss of culture. Once the proud shamans and religious leaders of their people, they are now nothing more than soldiers and policemen for the Asurilac’s dominance. They are taken at birth and raised in large familial groups by Ninailac who teach them nothing but violence. Often they cannot even read unless they are sent to the frontlines; generally, they are just used as enforcers for officials to ensure that the law remains unbroken. Still, there are Kuchpailac who believe in the old ways and go rogue, choosing to worship the earth instead of wetting it with blood. These are regarded with disgust by many Genasi, and are often not allowed into their cities and villages on punishment of death.
Paramilac, the Watersoul
Least of all the elements are the Paramilac. They neither fight, nor use magic, nor put on the performances that keep the remains of their culture alive. Those that are born from the water spirit are the farmers and the laborers and the merchants of their people. Even as the least respected by the other ethnicities, those of the Paramilac are the most vital to the dominance. Their constant, tireless work keeps the soldiers fed, the money flowing, and the land well-tended. However, they still have no say in the government itself. Oppressed and abused, they are not even allowed to choose which village or city they wish to live in. Where they are born they must stay unless they are trained as merchants. This stagnation has killed much of their culture, just as the burning of the Kuchpaliac has taken away theirs.