So, what in the name of God is all this?
It's in essence, a falling power with an ancient way of life being slowly choked to death by other, slightly less ancient powers surrounding it on all sides as the Iron Age takes hold. Kiu Ghesik is the age-old conflict between the pastoralist and the nomad, the maker of dwellings and the dweller in the open sky. It's about the bloody conflict of cultural change and the last gasps of a dying, wounded, cornered beast, looking to do little more than split the skull of its killer on the rocks before blackness claims it.
Cheery stuff, eh? A bit heavier than the bumbling, corrupt Outer Acharet, at least.
Aesthetically, Kiu Ghesik borrows from the Scythians, the Huns, the Sassanids to some degree, minor bits of First Nations themes, the Aryan-period Indus River Valley civilization, the Mongols, and the Mesopotamian nations. There's a bit of Xiongnu spiced in there, too, but it's kind of diluted by nomadic cultures situated further to the west and closer to the old Assyrian sphere of influence.
It's also, as far as I know, one of the first Bronze Age nomadic nations on NS! Yay, I did something unique!
If it needs to be said I clearly don't endorse the Kiu's micro-level views, especially since those views entail letting the worms drink deep of the invaders' blood and the wind taking their lifeless bodies. I shouldn't need to say any more on that topic. Hell, I shouldn't need to even say that, but here I am.
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Fun fact, I didn't know anything about Tengrism when I first created the Ghesite faith. I wrote the Sky-Mother without a clue that I was making what was aesthetically a R63 version of a Turkic sky god.
Personally I think we're NPC barbarians but I guess we could be someone failing an Attila or Genghis run
That's funny. I guess it's not clear the circle on the flag is a shield rather than a compass, but that's still quite funny.
I'm here to shoot people, commit war crimes, and seduce you.
Drugs and alcohol were involved.
No context will be provided.
I care not for the threats of those who have abandoned the Mother, blasphemer! You spit in Her face with your every waking moment! When the day of judgement comes it will be you who are struck down, not me, for I am true to my faith, and I do not presume to order about She who grants life and commands death through the burning of incense!
This is actually the best response I've seen on this site. I'm glad to know our hatred is mutual, friend!
My disappointment is immeasurable and my day is ruined.
It's canonically a cool rug Ari stole at this point.
In an ocean of FT and MT powers,
there was a rebel,
a rebel, who, despite all the odds,
has kept the hope of Chinggis alive.
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Kiu Ghesik BFs/GFs are...
> Knows a lot of stuff about meteorology and climatology
> Her use of that knowledge is very superstitious
> Light brown, similar to Tomyris from Civ6
> Pretty tall compared to Bronze Age girls, but average in 2020
> "What anon, you had a permanent house?! How do you live in those?!"
> Adept at horse-riding and archery
> Likes to cook yak-based cuisine
>Good on a horse
>Great with a bow and spear!
>Can throat sing
>”Anon, the Clouds say we are destined to be together until death!”
>Close with his community, well known and respected
>Almost grew addicted to a drug known as Agriculture. Luckily, you stopped him!
>”Anon, come with me to the grocery store.” Breaks into your neighbors house.
>Always looking up at the sky for some reason
guess writing's cool maybe