Uisdean

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The basic unit of Uisdean life is the clan, a sort of extended family. The term "family" is a bit misleading, for the Uisdean practice a peculiar form of child rearing; they don't rear them, they fostered them. Children ware actually raised by foster parents. The foster father is often the brother of the birth-mother.

The Uisdean love war. If one isn't happening, they often start one, and are scrappers from the word go. They array themselves as fiercely as possibly, sometimes charging into battle fully naked, dyed blue from head to toe, and screaming like banshees to terrify their enemies. They take tremendous pride in their appearance in battle. Golden shields and breastplates shared pride of place with ornamented helmets and trumpets. They use light chariots in warfare. From this chariot, drawn by two horses, they throw spears at an enemy before dismounting to have a go with heavy slashing swords. They behead their opponents in battle and it is considered a sign of prowess and social standing to have a goodly number of heads to display. Fortunately for the rest of Righnach, the Uisdean can rarely stop fighting among themselves long enough to put up a united front.

Uisdean lands are owned communally, and wealth is based largely on the size of cattle herd owned. Women are technically equal to men, own property, and can choose their own husbands.

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Uisdean warriors cut off the heads of their enemies in battle and display them as trophies. They mount heads in doorposts and hang them from their belts. The seat of spiritual power was the head, so by taking the head of a vanquished foe they appropriate that power for themselves. It is a kind of bloody religious observance.

The Druidic Circles of Uisdean act as priests, political advisers, sacrificers, teachers, healers, and arbitrators. They have their own universities, where traditional knowledge was passed on by rote. They had the right to speak ahead of the king in council, and may have held more authority than the king. They act as ambassadors in time of war, they composed verse and upheld the law. They were a sort of glue holding together Uisdean culture. Uisdean is unique in that not all members of the circle are technically druids (though only the druids speak druidic!), some are clerics and priests of other Righnach gods.

The people of Uisdean bury their dead in elaborate barrows.

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Silk

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Iron, Gold, Wool

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