Status on Zekira
Zekiran Status Information
The whole of Zekiran society does not revolve around Slaves and Owners
- much though either Status would love you to believe it. It revolves
around FreeWorkers and FreeLandHolders. Deeply connected to the business
aspect of their world, the Zekirans admire work: they love to do it, mostly,
they love to watch it, and most of all they are rewarded for it in ways
that Earthers are not usually. They have a strong belief that if they
work hard they will get far - and this is often true.
The other Status' may say they look down their noses at Workers and LandHolders,
but they are rare and usually either lying or mistaken, or using a single
example among many. FreeWorker is a title that many Bayaran or Slaves
look up to or forward to if they are able, it is a goal in and of itself
to the lower Status', and it is a good one to have.
Their own Status seems to matter most, to those who have gained or fought
their way to a higher (or often lower) one than they started out. A FreeWorker
who manages to finally Hold that land they're so fond of and put up a
new machine shop is often seen at Races wearing their new Status pin prominently,
whereas an old hand at Land Holding might not wear theirs at all.
Inheritance, like money particularly, seems to complicate things for
those involved. Objects and Land, money and Steeds, and even Stock like
Slaves is split among offspring or family friends after the death of someone.
If there is no Will, all Land and Holdings are divested among the family
if present. If there are no people to Inherit, the entire Estate is put
up for auction by the Land or Area or even the City authorities (depending
on how large the Estate is or where it was actually situated). If a Bayaran
is listed as an Inheritor, their money or Land goes directly to their
Membayar for payment, regardless of the wishes of the dead family member.
Likewise, of course, debts are Inherited... Many High Holders and Owners
Inherit very large amounts of everything, and have large families when
they can, and many Membayar will tell you that they have families purely
to complicate things when they die.
All Status' have access to basic health care when they are in cities
larger than 50 thousand people, so it is usual to see starting Breeder/Healers
in smaller cities giving this care. This is not saying that this care
is necessarily free, but it exists. Smaller places may have emergency
technicians on hand, or even rely on their Animal Masters for health care
of humans as well as beasts. Clinics and large Breeding Houses are often
shared by many Breeders, with a company name generally agreed upon, and
most often with shared profits when they start making it big.
The mention of sex is frequent in this book. No apology can be made for this, sex comprises a very large portion of the Zekiran's lifestyle. Everyone enjoys it, when it isn't forced. Unplanned pregnancies are rare and usually found in already Bred individuals they are not usually a problem, and sexually transmitted diseases are taken care of easily and most often free at clinics all around the world. There is no time when a Zekiran thinks about preventing birth, other than perhaps if it will destroy their Status or their health. Equally rare is a time when Breeders offer to terminate a pregnancy. That usually means that either the child is deformed so badly that they will die on birth, or kill their mother. If available, in that circumstance, the Breeder will take the child out and keep it alive in an artificial womb until it is ready to be born, saving both lives. Consequences of sex are both of lower and greater meaning to Zekirans than Earthers: it's who you are seen with, who you conceive with, who Inherits, and it's who your child becomes, rather than the common Earthly avoidal of responsibility and monetary shame that goes along with unplanned birth.
Each Status has a certain symbol which goes with it, and most people
have a piece of jewelry or pendant which displays this. Equating to the
visibility of military rank on Earth (but not the meaning), this is coupled
too with the individual's Homeland colors, if desired. Not everyone wears
their insignia visibly, it is not law to do so, but it is law that somewhere
on the person must be their identification information, and Status must
be included there. The reason most people of higher Status wear their
insignia is so lower people will recognize it, and to show it off to those
they wish to impress with it. Otherwise they may be well known enough
they do not need to, or for some reason they wish to hide it.
It is not taboo for those in lower Status to be Raised and gain all the
amenities of their new Status, but it is unusual or difficult to actually
do so. Most lower Status people refer to their superiors by their Title,
as visible by the aforementioned insignia. Most higher Status people don't
care to refer to each other by their Title except as per personal habit.
If playing in a time line after 10500, there are the widest variety of
Status to attain. However before that time or playing in another genre-based
version of the game, the Status may be vastly different.
Here is a brief breakdown of the Status on Zekira:
There are other Status that don't "count". Rogue - a criminal whose presence in a City Zone or Held Lands would cause them to be arrested; Exile - a caught criminal who is held to be "untouchable", unhelpable, and if someone is caught assisting an Exile they may be required to divest everything and become Exiled as well; Renegade - escaped Slaves or runaway Bayaran who try to wait out a 20 year "squatters" law to become Free Land Holders; Outsider - re-created clones and rescued 'souls' inserted into effectively immortal bodies (also applies to true born-immortals) who wander the world without hope of fitting in. There are two other Status included in character generation that are not touched on in this web site. Dragon Master and Dragon Breeder. Please visit the Dragonmasters of Zekira website for that information!! They are in an alternate time line.
All Status are described on the following pages, including the character
Creation stats. Stat creation is duplicated and expanded in the Mechanics
section. However, for the quick reference on the stat generation, the
rolls are "Natural/Bred 1/Bred 2/Bred 3/Bred 4/Bred 5/Bred 6"
in order. Rates of Holding and Stock are "per year" and "at
the time of character creation" only. These numbers are meant to
be changed over the course of play.
Certain Status may not occur in certain times, nor with certain Breeding
levels, so be careful what you choose to play. Experienced players of
other games might want to jump in farther than inexperienced ones.
Titles and Status Names
High Holders - High Master/Mistress
Below are links to the Status information for each of the many different social castes on Zekira. The page will open in a new window, and give all the information needed to run and create that type of Status. To move on to the next, just keep clicking, but you'll be opening into new windows each time...