Vudrani

The Vudrani (pronounced voo-DRAW-nee)] believe in a strict caste system which defines a member's role in society and reflects their good deeds in past lives. Higher castes are believed to have attained their position through attaining a purity which has brought them closer to Nirvana.

Besides Vudra itself, Vudrani settlements are found around the south-eastern portion of the Inner Sea and Obari Ocean, notably in Absalom, Jalmeray, Nex, Osirion, and Katapesh.

Appearance

Vudrani tend to be darker complexioned than the peoples of Avistan. Caste is often linked to skin tone, with lighter tanned skin color being associated with high caste and darker with lower caste, though very light skinned persons are seen as uglier than very dark people. Vudran apparel is often brightly colored and loosely fitted. Silks and other fine fabrics from Tian Xia are prized. Saris and headscarves are common among Vudrani women, who also decorate their foreheads with spots of bright colored paint or jewels. Only the highest caste men wear anything but functional, albeit bright clothing— kilts, pants, and simple shirts. The male rulers of Vudra are known for their extravagant jewels and golden ornaments.

History

Vudra claims a history of 50,000 years, which is seen as a massive exaggeration by other peoples. Vudran influence and contact with the Inner Sea region has lasted two millennia.

Culture

The festival of Yolarati, known as the Festival of Colors, is celebrated by Vudrani. Local beverages include Thandi. Vudrani cuisine is predominately vegetarian, with only the flesh of fish and other creatures of the sea, except mammals. It is extensively spiced, and contains large amounts of greens and milk products. Despite the lack of meat, Vudrani cuisine shows significant differences across the subcontinent.

Hospitality is an important part of Vudrani culture. Visitors are always offered refreshment. Failure to do so shames the host. Refusing such hospitality is considered to be extremely insulting.

Some of the castes most seen in the Inner Sea region are the padaprajna (warrior), kezavazresthin (merchant), and atanapratta (explorers). Two higher castes are the rajah and bhuridhana castes. Lower castes, including farmers, also exist and are confined to separate districts in Vudrani settlements because of their impurity.

Items

* Temple sword

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