“We are the true sons of the land. Kiyorath has given us the sand to walk on and the sun to watch over us, and it is by his providence that we have survived where others have not.”
-For’yur Kthra, House Tizmarat, in conversation with his Ta’Shir, 27 BF
The Kthran is a noble Falleen House, steeped in tradition and intrigue. The Kthran are often viewed as isolationists, but have recently made a move toward activity within the Falleen Federation and larger galaxy.
Cut off from the landward winds by the Ajiloin Mountains, the desert nomads of Kthran endured intense hardships following the Imperial desecration of Falleen Prime. Isolated geographically from the rest of Falleen society after the civilization’s destruction, the population of Kthran fell into decline until only the strongest and most shrewd remained to protect the sparse and increasingly hostile land of their ancestors. After years without outside contact, these burdened people arduously moved from hunting, to agrarian, to secondary production. The Kthran lived with the foreboding knowledge that survival was the exception, not the rule. Contact with other Houses was eventually established, enriching the Kthran with a new sense of culture and idealism, but the desert's mark continues to show in such aspects as their unique physique and suspicious disposition. Of intimidating physical prowess compared with most Falleen, the combination of difficult labor and constant movement afforded members of Kthran, both males and females alike, a reputation as legendary in strength and agility. Initially wary of outsiders and tradition-breaking ideas, the Kthran suffered from their paranoia and conservatism; many prejudiced Falleen initially ridiculed the Kthran, finding them equally archaic and haughty. With a Machiavellian ethos they have, however, proven to be both diligent and vital members of the Federation. Furthermore their survival-tuned minds and powerful bodies have proven extremely effective both tactically and physically in the Federation Military. The Kthran have no evident animosity toward other Houses, but will quickly seek to subvert the status quo when demeaned or undermined , and often find it difficult to work with the more snobbish Huruk-Rah and agrarian phobic Ghera’jh. The Kthran are well adapted to both melee and projectile technology, and their transition of leadership is almost always through some form of combat.
The Desert Lord
Due to House Kthran’s intimate relationship with the deserts of Falleen Prime, the Nathran is commonly known as the “Desert Lord” and has come to be viewed as a sort of monarch in his own right. Harsh, overbearing, and often aloof, if not the strongest member of the House, the Desert Lord is almost certainly the most cunning.
Transitions of Power
A rank is one's position within the house, which signifies and defines the extent of their power and capabilities in house-related matters. Ranks are given to house members by the Nathran and can be altered as needed.
- Nathran: Originally fought for to the death (often still the case with Kthran), this position of leadership represents the pinnacle of Falleen social power. The Nathran has special privileges, access to restricted facilities and a whole host of respectful subordinates under his or her direction. The Nathran must be the guiding light for his or her people, looking after internal problems and solving social ills, and he should make it his duty to represent his people's view to the Falleen Government. There is no restriction on how long someone may remain in power, and it is up to the Nathran in question as to when they should retire from power.
- Tizmarat: Sometimes a Nathran will require the blessings of his religious leader before being able to perform an action, or will need his or her knowledge on how to best perform an action without insulting Kiyorath Dhin. The Tizmarat need not be a member of HouseChir'dorna, but merely a believer-member of the house, knowledgeable of the religions workings. Some houses have decided to completely do away with this position, often at the expense of relations with other Falleen.
- Ta'Shir: Even the wisest of Nathran needs guidance at times, and these counselors help him make important decisions when necessary. Noted for their fairness and initiative, they are selected by the Nathran to form his inner circle. Nathran should also beware that it is from within their own Ta'Shir that significant vocal opposition may arise, and possible competition for power.
- Yar'borouh: After years of service and dedication, any member may be bestowed with eldership, marking them as a knowledgeable and integral member of a house. This is a title that is highly respected within Falleen culture, and only the Nathran can give this distinction to others.
- Hertheka: Warriors especially chosen for their undying dedication, strength and skill. When the Nathran is in need of their services for protection or duties, they will obey immediately, willing to sacrifice their lives if necessary for the House. The Falleen Government, watchful for misuse of these warriors, has warned these soldiers to be able to distinguish between orders that help the House, and those that may hinder the Falleen race as a whole.
Active Ranking Members
- Nathran, Desert Lord Ithael Slite