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This outlines and details the history of the regions of the Omarshin Barbarians.
Little is known of the ancient history of the fields and hills of Omarshin. It was once a land named 'Colorado'. The areas have interesting buildings, though no one knows who built them, or why.
The major cities of Omarshin, which are now some of the only inhabited places, were hit by the chaos relatively hard. The people, disorganized, fearful, and full of rage and sorrow, fled the cities into the countryside. A family in the country side, known as the 'Omars', lived on a horse ranch, which were common throughout the area. The Omars were notorious for not getting along with their fellow ranchers. When chaos came, they rode their horses to their rivals, slaughtering them with farm tools and stealing their horses. Those who were not killed were forced to serve the Omar family. Bradley Omar, who was the head of the Omar family, contacted one of his few ranching buddies, Richard Prendergast. They agreed to form a single ranching operation, with Bradley at the helm. As they soon came to realize, though, the world would not be continuing on normally after chaos. Their effort to increase profits lead to them just owning a bunch of fields with horses. As people fled to the country from the cities, many were caught by the Omars and Prendergasts, forcing them to work or die. The world then deteriorated into a state of utter madness, and everything seemed to be going backwards instead of forwards.
Omar and Prendergast both realized they needed to have a military, as another group that formed around the area began to move in. They gave some of the older families the ability to work as a militia for Omarshin. The militia managed to steer Omarshin away from danger temporarily. Some of the workers began a revolt against the Omars and Prendergasts. Omar's farm was raided by the revolters, but the heavy militia presence stopped them. The Prendergast farm was then attacked, and taken. Richard Prendergast was taken prisoner, only to have his head cut off. The revolters then took Prendergast farm, and made it completely independent from the Omarshins. However, many of the Omar workers that didn't revolt had ideas of it inside of them. Bradley quickly decided to stop making the workers essentially be slaves. They were given some actual living areas, and rights. Omar then used his militia to move into other regions. He wanted everyone's mindset to be on expansion and work. Bradley Omar eventually died, only taking a very small portion of the land he hoped to take. His son, Aaron Omar, took over. The much younger ruler decided to organize things. He went to a chiefdom system. His family would remain the head of the nation, but the other elites, like the remaining Prendergasts, were made into the High Council. The system almost worked as the Omar chiefs being the executives, and the Prendergast councilors being the legislators. Aaron, however, now living in a world that has gone backwards in time, is faced with becoming self-sufficient instead of relying on the old world's things. The relatively little supplies they had in the current Omarshin tribe was inadequate for self-sufficiency. Aaron decided to go with his father's expansion plan, and expanded outwards into the abandoned cities.
However, the horseback militia was stopped by a force in Fort Collins, which turned out to be the independent Prendergast ranch. They had formed their own militia, and had made it to Fort Collins first. The small amount of troops there were quickly over run by the cavalry. This is often regarded as the Battle of Fort Collins, though it consisted of less than 100 men. After a while, expansion stopped due to lack of supplies and manpower to keep the areas under control. They also didn't have enough people to move in and begin settling more areas. Eventually, a bull wandered into the Omar farm, now named Omars. The bull ransacked the place, and killed two workers. Aaron immediately sent two of his guards to kill it. The bull fought them with courage and strength, managing to trample and nearly kill one, while stunning another. They managed to kill it by striking it's head with one of their makeshift pikes. The bull's head was cut off, and the blood spilled over the fields. Aaron, after seeing the courage and strength of the bull, decided to do something about it. He began preaching to his soldiers how the bull never gave up, even though it was tired, and beaten. He said they should be like that bull, never giving up. They took this literally, and began acting like the bulls, affixing horns of bulls to their helmets and shoulders. They then went against the rebels in the Prendergast farm again, with this newfound courage. They managed to kill many of the rebels, while taking little casualties themselves. Survivors fled, calling them 'barbarians'. Soldiers began saying 'Beware the Horn' , referring to themselves. They began worshiping the horns and bulls. They said that having horns with you make you lucky, powerful, and brave. They also said the bull was a divine animal. Aaron adopted this new religion, making it the official one. He called it 'Bullhorn'. The name stuck.
The horn became implemented as apart of the Omarshin culture. Bulls were then sacrificed to have their blood spilled on soldier's armor, making it red. This also stained the clothes of the soldiers, and got onto their skin. Red cloth became the standard thing to wear, and the Omarin people earned the nickname 'Red Devils' by those they fought, or those who saw them. Aaron soon died, who had become a loved ruler by all. His son was the first who had been born without knowledge of the old world, all of which had been forgotten except in tales by the elders. The boy, by the name of Francis, began his rule by expanding a bit more. After encountering hostile states, he decided to stop all expansion. He decided that instead of gaining materials by expanding, they would instead take it from others. This made the army of Omarshin spread out around the surrounding area, pillaging what they needed, or wanted. This further added to their reputation as the 'Red Devils'. After a small encounter with a nearby state, the riders were beaten, and a small bit of land in northern Colorado was taken by them. A truce was signed, which assured no more violence between the two entities.
People began distrusting the government, saying that they could not protect them, since they were beaten by a relatively small, albeit concentrated state. People broke away from the nation, forming similar ones, with the same culture. Outsiders refer to this area now as the 'Omarshin belt'. Omarshin went around taking back these areas, and is now unified again under what they call the 'Omarshin Chiefdom', though others refer to it as the 'Omarshin Barbarians'.
Division of Government
The government is headed by an executive branch, the Omar Chiefs. There is also a legislative/judicial branch, called the Council. The Council is made up of two different houses. There is the High Council, and the Lower Council. The High Council has more power than the Lower, with the ability to override anything they judge or try to pass. The Lower Council is bigger than the Higher, and is the only one who can make decisions. The Chiefs can also make decisions without consulting the Council. The Chiefs can also override any thing the Council says. Leading the Chiefs is the Chief himself, who is the direct descendant of Bradley Omar. They also must be the first born male.
Division of State
The Chiefdom is categorized into four regions in order of size, from largest to smallest: Omars, Prendergast, Collins, and Denver. Each one has a group of elites, their number depending on the size of the region. Omars gets four, Prendergast gets three, Collins gets two, and Denver gets one. They comprise the Lower Council. After five years in the Lower Council, they are promoted to the High Council, except one from each region. Omars gets three, Prendergast gets two, Collins gets one, and Denver does not get a High Council representative. After five years, they must retire for their successors from the Lower Council. Each region is a whole, and remains a whole unless divided other wise. These four regions comprise of the nation. No region has its own governing system, instead relying on a centralized system. A special case would be Omars. It is split into two, South Omars, and North Omars. Each receives a democratically elected Governor from the Omar family. This includes only sons of the former Chief that are not eligible for the throne.
People and Culture
Note: Please note this section is currently under heavy editing and new additions. This may be the most edited part of the page, and also the one that probably took the most time.
The people of Omarshin are mostly Caucasian, with a small, but notable African-American population, and some others. They are all treated equally and racism is usually not a problem.
Of course, everyone has the option of not wearing specific things, such as going without a shirt during the summer, and so on and so forth.
Men usually wear some sort of loose-fit vest, with a tight shirt underneath. Their pants are usually long, but sometimes short, in the case of summer. The clothing is usually cloth, colored white or red. The clothing can also be leather, though that is reserved for those who can afford it. In the winter, they dress in a vest that has sleeves. They wear brown or black boots, made of leather or cloth. They usually have a belt and/or sling, that is the same color as their boots. They may also wear a flat hat, similar to a bucket hat. This hat is cloth as well. Those who can afford it, wear cloth gloves in the winter.
The Elites wear fur clothing in cold, usually colored a brown or tan. They have a thick wool robes underneath the fur coat, which is colored the same color, or rarely, red. In the summer they lose their fur coats. They instead go for a lighter robe, which is colored red. They wear either leather and fur boots in the winter, matching their outfit, or cloth ones in the summer. They almost always wear a belt that matches their shoes.
In the summer, peasant women usually wear a short, red skirt. The skirt usually goes down to the knees or just above them. They also wear a small vest, but it is traditional for women to wear no tops. In the summer, they wear the same clothes the men do, except with a long skirt instead of pants. They wear cloth shoes.
As there are no Elite Women, I see no purpose as to putting this here.
Men are by far more favored over females. Men are the only ones who can be a member of the elite, and can also make a woman do essentially whatever they want. Some women strive for independence, but many accept their roles in society.
Relationships are planned by the male parents of a child some time after their birth, usually before the age of four.They meet each other at the age of ten.The boy in the relationship is given the absolute loyalty and helpfulness of the girl in the relationship. It usually begins with a vows ceremony as the two meet for the first time at the age of ten. The boy does not have to swear anything to the girl, although he may wish, but it is discouraged. The vows are watched by a member of the Bullhorn order. The two then drink out of a horn together, usually filled with some sort of wine. The two then must meet once a day, every day, until they are married. The boy can decide if he wants to see the girl more or not. At the age of twelve, two years into the relationship, the couple partake in another ceremony. This ceremony includes the giving of a gift from the boy to the girl and the girl to the boy. This is supposed to be usually a religious or emotional gift. The two then give each other the gift of their bodies, which gives each other permission to start sexual relations. This ceremony is usually the longest, and most important. Afterwards, the two must be confined to a living space, alone, for a length of an upwards of three days. This is the seal and end of the ceremony. At the end of the three days, they are let back to roam free. At the age of thirteen, a mere one year later, the two partake in the final ceremony. This includes both involved to cut a spot on their hands, and have the other lick and blood that comes out. They then both take another horn, filled with the blood of a bull, and drink from it. If either becomes sick or dies within the following days or weeks, it is determined that their relationship was not true. The remaining member of the relationship then usually isolates themselves. They also have the choice of ritualistic suicide, which is seen as more honourable than living in isolation.
The Bullhorn religion was founded by Chief Omar II. It was founded after watching a bull fight off two guards, kill some peasants, and ransack the village of Omars. Technically, he never founded it. He said to his men to be like that bull. The men took it literally, and tried to harden themselves to outside influences, in an attempt to become stronger and braver. The religion believes that in order to better oneself, they must be like a bull. Brave, and strong. It teaches to never give up, even if things are hopeless. It depicts the bull as a divine animal. It says that Bulls' horns are to bring luck, as well as power and bravery to those who have them. This is why the Omarshin Barbarians have them over their armor. Peasants usually carry small carvings of them around. Bull horns are also used as drinking glasses. The religion does not teach a god, but that the bull is a divine animal. Male preference is made certain, saying they are the closer of the two genders to a bull.
Marriages is a long, and difficult process, which usually lasts a period of thirteen years if all goes well. It can only be done once, and the purpose of it is for a woman to 'serve a man and provide him with children'.
Ceremony of Planning
The male parents of their respective child meet, and agree to have their child engage in the marriage rituals. The ceremony is watched over by a member of the Bullhorn order. This is usually done sometime between birth and the age of four. The two parents discuss things for anything from an hour to days. At the end, they drink a sip of bull's blood, and leave.
Ceremony of the Vows
The Ceremony of the Vows occurs at the age of ten. It is the official start of the marriage ritual, even though the Ceremony of Planning technically is. The two meet each other, usually for the first time. The girl must swear a series of vows to the boy. These include: absolute loyalty, helpfulness, children, pleasure, and some other things. If any of these are broken, depending on which it is, the girl may be sentenced to death. The boy also can do a vow if he so wishes, but it is discouraged. If he does make one, it is usually okay to break it. The ceremony is watched by a Bullhorn order member. At the end of the vows, both take a bull's horn, filled with a wine, and both drink out of it. The two begin a daily visit cycle, where they meet once every day, although they could meet more if the boy so wishes.
Ceremony of the Gifts
The Ceremony of the Gifts occurs at age twelve. The boy gives the girl a gift, and vice versa. The gift is usually religious or emotional in nature. They then both pledge to give their bodies to each other, This gives both of them permission to begin sexual relations. The two then must be confined in a living space, alone, for an upwards of three days. This is to prepare them to live together. If the two have intercourse during this time, it is usually seen as a good sign of a healthy relationship. At the end of this time, they are let back out to roam again. This is longest ceremony and referred to as the most important. They give themselves to each other. This also ends the daily visits, and instead, they become weekly. Once again, the boy can see the girl more if he wishes.
Ceremony of the Blood Pact
The Ceremony of the Blood Pact is at the age of thirteen. The two must cut their hands, and lick each other's blood up. They then both must drink bull's blood from a horn. If either dies in the coming days or week, then it is determined that the relationship was not true. If both survive, they are officially together.