Yamasa

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Yamasa
(Nation)

Capital
Ruler
Demonym
Yamasans
Adjective
Yamasan
Religions
Animism, juju, spiritual awareness, worship of lesser-known spirits such as wendo or ancestral guardians
Source: Lost Kingdoms, pg(s). 4ff.

Yamasa (pronounced yah-MAH-sah)1 was once a proud agricultural land in western Garund.2 It was founded in 3257 AR by farmers who broke off from the nation of Lirgen after marching on its capital.34

History

In its prime, Yamasa controlled a large part of the trade of western Garund.2 It was organised in a caste system, with the ruling caste known as the Koboto.5

Despite the nature of the country's birth, Yamasa and Lirgen managed peaceful coexistence together until both were destroyed at the time of Aroden's death in 4606 AR.4

Yamasa was completely unprepared for the advent of the Eye of Abendego, and the storms struck with particular ferocity. Countless Yamasans died; whilst few would have been able to successfully flee the fury of the storm, there are rumours that they deliberately chose to stay behind rather than abandon their homeland.5

Current situation

Koboto

Nevertheless, some of the Koboto managed to survive. Today, they have broken their ancient tribal taboos and engage in cannibalism and necromancy and, somehow, manage to continue to exist in what are now known as the Sodden Lands.5

The capital city of Kokutang still stands alongside the Crab River. Much of it has been reduced to little more than underground, flooded caves, but there are still a few buildings on the surface. The Koboto use it as a seasonal gathering place.6

Diaspora

Other surviving Yamasans made their way to Absalom or to the Matanji orcs.7 In Absalom's Foreign Quarter, the neighborhood of Yemhasin houses the descendants of Yamasan refugees, who retained their traditional culinary practices while their caste system withered in the face of the poverty they experienced.8 Yamasans in Absalom have a contentious relationship with their often wealthier neighbors from nearby Little Lirgen, who shared a very similar food culture but assimilated into Absalom with far more success.9

Among the Matanji, Yamasans are highly valued for their agricultural contributions. The orcs welcomed the Yamasans fleeing the Eye of Abendego with open arms, in return for farming for the Matanji. As a result, Matanji agriculture experienced a boom, and Yamasans became highly respected throughout Matanji society. Many Yamasans live in the farming settlement of Yamonji, which supplies food to all of the Nine Walls. Many Witanji dromaars are born to Yamasans, where they usually remain as farmers with their human parents.101112

References

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  1. Erik Mona, et al. “Appendices” in Campaign Setting, 247. Paizo Inc., 2008
  2. 2.0 2.1 James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 212. Paizo Inc., 2011
  3. Wolfgang Baur, et al. “Introduction” in Lost Kingdoms, 3. Paizo Inc., 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 John Compton, et al. Abendego Gulf” in Blood of the Ancients, 8. Paizo Inc., 2018
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 175. Paizo Inc., 2011
  6. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 177. Paizo Inc., 2011
  7. Paizo Inc., et al. “People of the Mwangi” in The Mwangi Expanse, 31. Paizo Inc., 2021
  8. Erik Mona, et al. Foreign Quarter” in Absalom, City of Lost Omens, 161. Paizo Inc., 2021
  9. Erik Mona, et al. Foreign Quarter” in Absalom, City of Lost Omens, 156. Paizo Inc., 2021
  10. Paizo Inc., et al. “People of the Mwangi” in The Mwangi Expanse, 95. Paizo Inc., 2021
  11. Paizo Inc., et al. “People of the Mwangi” in The Mwangi Expanse, 97. Paizo Inc., 2021
  12. Paizo Inc., et al. “People of the Mwangi” in The Mwangi Expanse, 100. Paizo Inc., 2021