These Bystalkyn (Elven word for the beast races in general) are largely semi-nomadic caravaners, going from trade stop to trade stop over periods of time, before returning to their home cities and villages. Being the largest and strongest of the Bystalkyn, they have known to act as guards or monster hunters, if it doesn’t interrupt their trade routes or time spans.Being caravanserai allows them to move products from city to city and are often known for bringing news from other places, as well as foreign and rare items. Being the main source of trade for most of the smaller settlements around the eastern continent, they are the most trusted of the Bystalkyn.
Thumakyn society revolves around their Ubarum-Domar,or their Pride Leader, the patriarch of the local Thumakyn Society. While in their eyes, all Thumakyn are equal, but only the Ubarum-Domar to the pride may bring up issues to the Domar Council, which plots the trade routes and territories that each Thumakyn pride controlsin the middle desert and the eastern plains. The Domar are protected by a guard of Thuradom, or Lionesses who will fight to the death to protect the Domar of their pride, or Ubarum. The Thuradom are often known for their loyalty and fierceness in battle. They would happily die for their Domar, even against his own wishes. While it is not necessary, it is often the case that the Thuradom are also the lovers of their Domar.
The Thumakyn view magic, or Mojon, as sacred and holy. Most of the Thumakyn who excell in mojon become priests, which are often viewed as a warrior cleric, a Wobar-Dom, and are known to hunt what they call “perverse mojon” with single-mindedness. A Thumakyn who uses magic does not need to be a Wobar-Dom, but it is often considered a great honour. Most Wobar-Dom see summoning, conjuring and negative restoration, often known as necromancy, as perverse and wicked, and these are in fact illegal in the Thumakyn cities. Divination is also discouraged,but not illegal. Anyone who is found using these mojon are turned over to the church,which are not so merciful.
The Thumakyn believe, mainly, in a monotheistic religion, and worship the Abu-Ubarum-Domar, or the “all pride father”, and the view of it is not unlike that of yahweh. The Abu-Ubarum-Domar is seen as the father of all prides,and the Thumakyn’s protector, and discipline giver. The church, or the Abu-Thorom, has no real political power, but it does tend bend the ear of most Domar, especially the more conservative ones. The Abu-Thorom service is a very serious and formal affair, not unlike most religious services. The Abu-Thorom service is held at dawn, for the opening prayer and blessing, and again at dusk for thanks and gift giving, where tribute is made to give thanks to the Abu-Ubarum-Domar.
Services are often given before the caravan leaves a city, enters a city, or when there is a solar eclipse. The service is always facing the sun, with the priest, or the Domar if there is no priest present, in front of the sun. Solar Eclipse sermons last until it ends, and is a time for fasting and reflection. It is an honor to have a Wobar-Dom traveling with the caravan, and they are often given a free trip, as well as food and water while in the care of the caravan. Leaving a service before the end is often disrespectful and dishonourable, and if someone in the pride does, without reason for emergency, is subject to punishment and even banishment.
The Thumakyn hold pride in the highest regard, both in family ties and in the literal word. Those who travel in a Thumakyn caravan will be under that Domar’s protection, meaning that anything that befalls the clients is reflected on the Domar, as long as the Domar is not betrayed. This makes traveling in a Thumakyn caravan the safest, but it can also be the most expensive. Thumakyn usually value honour and pride above all else, and are often the most loyal, if not blunt and a little overbearing, companions one can have. The females often are more so than the men, because what they may lack in strength, they make up much more in devotion, however, if one encounters a Dompa, or an exiled Thumakyn, which most have turned to crime and banditry, feeling they have nothing left to lose, can be very dangerous.
Thumakyn raise their young like most lion dens. While the females usually stay with their Domars, males, when reaching adolences and maturity, are encouraged to strike out on their own and make a name for themselves, and bring honour back to their Domar. Unless a Domar themselves, a male Thumakyn is expected to join their mate’s pride, and follow her Domar. This practice is to instill togetherness, and causes less conflicts between Ubarum, so far it has had, mostly, the desired results.
Thumakyn become Domar by first establishing himself honourably, usually by being successful in trade or by deed and fame. Then the Thumakyn challenges an established Domar to a Ubarum-Bakom, or a “Pride Court”, under the watch of the Domar Council, in which the two are given three challenges: A test of strength, wisdom and courage. The challenges are usually supplied and voted on by the council. If the upstart is successful in at least two of the three challenges, he becomes a Domar, and the Ubarum of the losing Domar is split between the two Domar. If the challenger loses, he is exiled and becomes a Dompa, and is removed from Thumakyn society. Either way the original Domar remains a Domar, but it is a strike against their pride. There has yet to be a successful female Domar as of yet.
The Thumakyn view technology as something inevitable and, unlike most of the more religious races, embrace it and what it can offer them. Most Thumakyn view it as a crutch to do what one can’t normally do, and most laugh at the fact that most technology falters and and cannot function in the sands of their homeland. Because of such, most Thumakyn rely on strength and animals to do what machines do mostly for the rest of the technological world. Because of the inability for trains to pass over the southern desert, the Thumakyn caravans are used to transport items between the southernmost country of Dragon Hold, and the world outside of the Thuma Sea. It is also safer than going around the southern islands and tip, where bad winds and water currents make it hard for ships to reach the southwester archapalagio, as well as safer than trying to go through the still wild forests and jungles of the central continent. Most Thumakyn will use rifles and pistols more than they use than the new “Steamhorses”. Most Thumakyn still favor melee and handheld weapons to those of ranged, sand tends to lock up gears and other mechanical parts.
The Thumakyn military are run by the Domar Council, but mainly made up of conscripted city guards and local militia, as well as the more trained males of a Domar’s Ubarum.These are usually disbursed until called upon. While they do not have a formal military, the Thumakyn make dangerous political enemies. Most small towns rely on the caravans for resources, and most caravans can be formed into impromptu fierce squads, fighting savagely alongside their loved ones, making them formitable on the battlefield. This is why Thumakyn mercenaries are so highly praised, and expensive. Even Wobar-Dom fight in the military, if the Abu-Thorom deems it an Abu-Ubarum-Domar sanctioned war. These warrior priests are perhaps the most ferocious of all the Thumakyn warriors, fighting with magic and weapons with a righteous fury.