The lawgivers and moneylenders of the world
They are the wiliest of the people, and not only keep on top of the laws
of any given nation, but they make most of them work. Bureaucracy reigns
with Membayar. They do not openly scoff at the frivolous nature of Owners,
but they would if given a chance. They are too busy to attend most of
the events sponsored by Owners to mingle with that class. Membayar use
temporarily Not-Free-Workers in precisely the same way that Slaves are
used by Owners, with the exception that they must pay the individual for
their work. If someone cannot pay off their debt, the Membayar must transfer
their Bond (or Bayaran) to someone who can Own them. None of this stops
Membayar from being into other things, music, racing or whatnot. A Lord,
Two Bonders and their Mistress wouldn't be the same if they all didn't
have a love of being seen and heard. Many FreeLandHolders who Retitle
to Membayar do so because they have the money and time to take on a Bayaran
or two, but their own work still comes first: the owner of a garage might
still be a mechanic in his own right, but then Bonds on a couple people
to help lift things and do the clean-up.
Membayar are nearly evenly split male/female, with the women being more
careful about their investments, the men being more aggressive in their
intents. Also, a larger difference is that most actual Lawyers are female,
while many whose professions are less legally oriented are male.
Membayar have a symbol of a pair of circles, one larger than the other, separate, but contained within a further circle (it's a figure 8 with one smaller circle). Earthly equivalents are Lawyers, small business owners or people who have earned and invested their money.
Membayar children are often born to a world of pleasant stability, quite
similar to that of the Free Land Holder. When given an education, they
are most likely placed with others of their Status or below, for the maddening
Owner children are quite the pain. They are offered slightly more advanced
classes in math, literature and other things they may show promise in,
and are also expected to excel at these things more than other children.
Like the Land Master test, when they have passed their Status exam, they
are given a Unit of land in their Birth city's zone. Rare is the case
when a Membayar child turns this Unit down. However, it is most often
sold off once they have a good idea of what they will want from their
This is primarily because of the Membayar attitude: Inheritances mean a lot to them, primarily because once they're in the family business, they're in it for their lives. And for their own children if that is what it takes. It is common to see children of Membayar families learning their trade (be it banking, woodworking or Land Law) from their parents at an early age. They are free with that family-based knowledge, but extremely tight with it to strangers. Many teachers are Membayar, this gift for learning and showing others the way is just as important to pass on... It doesn't hurt to teach how to learn.
Those moving into the Status because of their new found monetary ability
often are in a whole world of numbers. It takes a carefully trained Master
to truly understand all the laws involved in lending money, for City by
City there are many different laws. The rule of thumb for newcomers: stick
with what you know. If you are in the money because of your mechanical
aptitude, stay with the job. Don't run around tossing money at "needy"
people. That will lose you a lot of it quickly and get you into trouble
sooner than you think. There have been many cases of a LandMaster retitling
to Membayar and then going into Bond himself when he has lent too much!
Investing is the Membayar's best method of gaining money. Property, more
than anything else, is a wise choice. Membayar tend to have larger chunks
of land Held in one place than many less experienced holders, they often
run businesses which can easily be filled with Bayaran and not worry about
the turnaround time. Larger and more experienced Bond agencies are groups
of Membayar with the same goal: invest in the future and get other people
to do the hard work. Agencies form around the needs of larger companies
such as construction firms, Steed race attendants, large farms and other
large people-needs. Quantity over quality? Not always, but mostly. A High
Holder uses agencies to put new foundations down in remote locales when
they don't have the Slave force trained for it. Owners often use agencies
to rush in those personal attendants at huge parties and the clean up
crews afterwards. A pool of money is often involved in agencies, though
for higher Status (Suzerain or High Holder) it is often one person's and
Many Membayar of young age or of inexperienced time might take only one
Bayaran at a time. Careful management is their key feature. Also, some
young Masters are offered their first Bayaran from their family itself:
there are Bonds which get passed down (with the accompanying changes in
contract) to the new generation if they are bound to outlive their original
agent. This is an easy way to start up, it s not completely necessary
that a Membayar actually have a Bayaran being paid off under them to keep
the title. Once it's earned, it usually sticks.
As the Land Masters before them, most Membayar families are stable and
stick together for life. If they have marriage troubles they are far more
likely to settle them and move on in a friendly manner than to start back
stabbing and get vindictive (that is not to say that it doesn't happen).
It is also fairly common to have a Master with a mistress... so to speak.
Membayar are flexible about their love lives, however they mostly know
that having but one mate all their lives can become dull. Either partner
is apt to want a clause in their marriage contract which states something
to the effect that if they are in need of a brief change, they may find
someone new and come back to their married mate later. Some jealousy exists,
but around Membayar, it's all contractual.
They have the same views on Breeding as most: when can we do it? Since
many Breeding agencies use Membayar to write up contracts and organize
things, Membayar commonly write into their own marriage or Inheritance
contracts that they shall be available if fertile. Since there is more
to Inheritance than just who you're born to, care and attention is paid
to any Breeding centers if they are contracted.
Specialists of Bonding include law and policing, politics and public
service. Membayar are able to run for all but the highest offices, and
are often called upon to run the elections. There are elections going
on all the time, all around the world, and there are Bond agencies designed
to take all that information and make sure that the world knows who is
running where. They also keep track of Slave births, Breeding work, and
anything else involving people and money. It is to the chagrin of Owners
that their auctions are run by Membayar-run agencies. Agencies directly
pay for groups of Bayaran at once, then move the group around either physically
or financially. Some Bayaran have no idea who they actually have been
paid by or for, after these twisted relations.
Membayar are able to buy and sell land anywhere they can, and it is common
to see huge Units laying unused for generations while the value of the
surroundings grows. They are the only Status perhaps that feels that unused
Land is still a great investment. Suzerain take it and build, High Holders
take it and Steed. Membayar... They are able to just let it sit and watch
it roll over into their next investment.
There are flamboyant and loud Membayar, witness the musical group "a
Lord, Two Bonders and their Mistress". It just wouldn't be the same
without them. However, it is not exaggerating to say that they are a rarity
in the real world. It seems they are only incidentally Membayar, rather
than on purpose. These which act more like Owners or Land Masters in their
work or attitude are always born into their Status, rather than attaining
it later in life.
When a Membayar dies, most often, all their Inheritances are carefully
laid out for all to see. It is rare that a Membayar doesn't have a full
Will made after each new investment they've made. Though attitudes and
hearts may change, most often people who start out in a will are still
there through the bitter end.
Membayar Game Information
What You Do...
Where You Work... Anywhere. Membayar are Everywhere.
How Breeding Has Affected You...
Rights of Membayar
Lands Held Rates Bonds
Here they are again - the Membayar Haesh and Osh Chanay. Though as different in appearance as night and day (Haesh is night - Osh is day) they are both the sons of an extremely talented Mistress. Iolen Chanay raised her sons to be polite, sensible, and talented. However she could never prepare them for the parties that they'd get invited to, the accidental adventures they'd get swept up in, nor any of the weird stuff that went on in their lives after they met up with Mirage and her group. Digital background rendered by someone in Bryce - used with permission.