Kiffar

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Both a male and female Kiffar.
Kiffar
HomeworldKiffex
LanguageKiffu, Basic
Average Height1.7 to 2 meters (5'5" to 6'5")
Skin colorMedium to dark tan or brown
Hair colorBrown or black
DistinctionsRitual Tattoos (Qukuuf)
Psychometric abilities (1/100 Kiffar)
Average lifespan75 - 100 standard years
Known MembersList of known Kiffar


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Biology and Appearance

Kiffar are a near-Human species, more commonly found with darker complexions than that of humans and hair in either a shade of dark brown or black. They're set apart from humans found in other regions by the presence of traditional facial tattoos known as qukuuf. Some — roughly 1 out of 100 — also display aptitude for an ability known as psychometry; this ability enables them to read the memories of inanimate or formerly animate (corpses and cremated ashes) objects by touch. It is not normal for this ability to enable them to read the living.

Qukuuf

The qukuuf tattoos are applied to Kiffar while they're still young, and are passed down through families on the mother's side; on the occasion that a Kiffar child did not have a Kiffar mother, the tattoos were taken from the father's family instead. Traditional colors for the tattoos are red, yellow and green; the designs used are taken from the clan that the Kiffar was born in. This practice has faded, however, as Kiffex takes steps towards intertribal peace; those Kiffar who leave Kiffex will often maintain their tattoos as a way to identify themselves and other Kiffar.

Society and Culture

The Kiffar reside on the planet Kiffex, in the Azurbani system of the Kiffex sector. Most are organized in groups known as clans — these clans are much like an extended family, and are often the keepers of some culturally important artifact, location or building. The hierarchy between clans is very strict, having distinctions between not only major, minor and ouvrir clans, but also Northern and Southern clans.

Clanless Kiffar, as well as those sentient creatures outside of Kiffar culture, are known as austerder; this term is considered derogatory. Austerder Kiffar are treated with high discrimination by those who remain part of their clans. Whether they were removed from the clan or were simply not born into one due to various circumstances, all austerder Kiffar are considered 'second class' Kiffex citizens.

The Kiffar are known as ferocious warriors who carry no regard for their own life; they ride into battle on indigenous animals, wielding only bladed weapons or slugthrowers. It's this dedication to their cause that has made them popular mercenaries and bounty hunters in the Azurbani system; this is offset, however, by the Kiffar natural assumption that other humans are part of not only a different tribe, but are most likely hostile.

History

Less than 30 years ago, the already politically unstable, and for the most part primitive clans of Kiffex were brought into direct conflict in part from the urging of the intervening powers of the Black Sun, the criminal organization occupying the planet and providing arms to both sides. The seething tribal conflicts however needed only a subtle urging, as they had been simmering for centuries since the semi-mythical 'Sundering of Clans'. The fighting took place for the most part between the more affluent and developing South and the traditional and isolationist Northern Clans. In the process the more central clans were either wiped out or forced to pick sides. This constant fighting eventually resulted in a waste-zone along the front, later to be called the Demilitarized Zone, once a tentative peace was reached due to troop exhaustion, ill supplied troops and the withdrawal of Black Sun support for either side. The previously all-consuming civil war fizzled out rather unceremoniously.

Since the end of the Civil war that split the planet's habitable territories in half between the two factions, the political climate on Kiffex has stabilized to an extent. Guided by leaders from both the north and south with an amicable professional relationship, the clans of Kiffex are no longer in a state of hostility. Instead they have put their focuses to modernization, planetary and inter-system trade, and on the subject of the planetary occupation by Black Sun.

Kiffar Clans

Notable Northern Clans

Clan Prax:

Born from the ashes of the fabled First Clan, Clan Prax are the guardians of one of the holiest of locations on Kiffex, the Mountain of the Gods. They currently proclaim to welcome all those who wish to worship there in peace with the protection of strong leadership and able warriors who believe in freedom, most willing to die for that belief. For several decades Prax was regularly the target of raids from the west by Clan Tor until the Battle of Vyder where Prax soundly defeated Tor thus absorbing their land and citizens and becoming the sole power of the North. Today Prax is a quickly developing clan taking in some modern luxuries the rest of the galaxy has enjoyed for sometime. Despite this recent modernization, Prax still stays firm in their roots, and functions as a magnet for Northerners and pilgrims alike due to its proximity to a sacred mountain range, known as the Spine of the Gods. Affiliated Kiffar: Khajan Prax

Notable Southern Clans

Clan Nah`utal:

Dating back hundreds of years on Kiffex, the ancestors of the great Clan Nah`utal have been closely and proudly guarding the mouth of the dense Wild Forests in the Southern lands of Kiffex. For the wildlife that lives peacefully in the thickets of the Wild Forests, they guard. For the exotic foliage and other natural beauties found within the Wilds, they guard. Against those who would seek to harm the innocence of the Wilds, they guard. Though, it is not just the innocence of the wildlife, or the diverse foliage, or the shrouds of mystery surrounding this forest that Clan Nah`utal guards. For they have also protected the Kiffar from a vile creature that dwells deep within the boundaries of the Wild Forests Wildlings, the old legends call them. Atrocious creatures that only hunt during the night and rip Kiffar flesh straight off the bone should they reach it before being slain. To their children, they feed the skin and for themselves, they use the bones for their own clothing. Affiliated Kiffar: Draelor Nah`utal, Anabelle Nah`utal, Zhaff Orikan, Trex Varax

Neutral Clans

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