Rahenyan Culture and Beliefs
|Other Names||Horse Folk, Horse-Ears|
|Origins||Children of Tennakawa|
|Locations||Bresan T’ahnya, Nevaharday, Sarrokye|
|Average Height||Between 4′-6′|
|Hair Color||Blonde, Black, Red, Brown, or White|
|Skin Color||Pale to tan|
|Weaponry||Primarily Swords and Bows|
Who are the Rahee?
The rahee, or “horse-hearted”, are a race that stems from the pony tribes that roamed the northern mountains centuries before Nevaharday or Bresan T’ahnya were established. Originating in the untamed lands within the hardy mountain range northwest of Whitewood and Southeast of Brennensdale, they claim to be the “Children of Tennakawa“, goddess of equines.
Standing between 4 to 6 feet in height, they are less exotic in appearance than their re’shahna cousins with hairless ears, even complexions, and solid hair colors. They are known to other races for their intimate bond with equines, to the point where it almost seems as if the horses actually understand their words.
According to lore, the rahee were born from the hand of Tennakawa. The first of their people was once a pony named Dakiri, which in the old tongue meant “curious”. For years, he begged his goddess to give him a voice so he could walk and talk among the “two-legged” races, but Tennakawa refused. She knew if she granted Dakiri his wish, the races would want to claim him as their own, thus robbing him of his freedom.
But Dakiri wouldn’t relent. From afar, he watched all the amazing things the humans could do with their hands. Always moving, always thinking, always creating, they fascinated Dakiri to the point where he rarely spent time with his own kind. All he did was observe the nearby town going about its daily life, his yearning growing with every new discovery.
It broke Tennakawa’s heart to watch her beloved child wish so desperately to be something he was not. When she was certain Dakiri’s curiosity would not change, she called him over and asked him if he would like to become like the “two-legged” he so fancied.
He agreed without hesitation, his eyes alight with joy. Tennakawa warned him the change would be permanent, but he didn’t care. Thus, the goddess took his spirit and gave it a new form. It was human in every way except for two: his ears and his heart. When he asked why, the goddess said, “So you will not forget the spirit from which you were born.”
And indeed, Dakiri did not. For even as he went to join the two-legged in their village, he could still hear the voices of the horses and feel their spirit in his heart. Eventually, he took a human mate, but his wanderlust would not let him linger. Together, they left the village to rejoin the herds and from there began the pony tribes. They were guardians of the herds, protecting them and being their voice when necessary.
And so they lived for many centuries until they encountered the re’shahna.
Unity, Tragedy, Division, and Exodus
As the pony tribes grew and spread out, they eventually came across a secluded valley in the mountains. There, they discovered a city unlike any they had ever seen. The name was Bresan T’ahnya, and it was home to a race also fashioned by Tennakawa called the re’shahna. They were guardians of the unicorn herds and secretive by nature, but they welcomed the pony tribes when they saw their equine heritage.
They learned from one another and eventually, the re’shahna convinced the rahee to stay for a while in the exotic city hidden in the mountains. There, these strange and marvelous cousins taught the rahee magic. But the pony tribes did not assimilate entirely. No matter how they tried, the urge to wander lingered with them. They felt closest to their goddess and their nature in the wilds.
They tried to leave many times, but always the re’shahna urged them to linger just a little longer. They saw potential in the pony tribes, whose innate magic was rich but completely undiscovered. Alas, it wasn’t until one re’shahna’s ultimate betrayal brought Bresan T’ahnya to its knees that the rahee finally let go.
They saw how one individual with foul intent could use this great power for great destruction. It was a risk they did not want to take, and so they told the re’shahna’s leader that they would return to their old ways, far away from the re’shahna and their magic.
They left and even a few of the re’shahna’s own followed as the pony tribes made their exodus from the ancient city and ventured south, out of the mountains.
Assimilation to a New Life
Beyond the mountains, the first race they encountered were the elves. Like the re’shahna, the elves were fascinated by the rahee and their origins. An elven historian from Whitewood visited the tribe often in their camp, taking note of their culture and beliefs. In turn, she taught them of the ways of this new realm they had entered, including the life and customs of the civilized races.
As time passed, the rahee would begin to adopt many of these customs, including the creation of their own kingdom in the unclaimed lands east of Whitewood. That kingdom, founded by the son of well known re’shahna and his rahenyan wife, became Nevaharday.
Those rahee who did not settle in this city either kept to the wandering ways of their tribe or continued south until they found the shores of Sarrokye. There, they carved a way of life all their own. They became known as the tchaka.
Life and Customs
The rahee believe in the existance of Tennakawa, the goddess of equines. However, unlike many religions across the realm, they did not worship their deity as an omnipotent being who commanded them to abide by specific tenants.
Instead, her existence and hand in their creation was simply a part of life. They saw the goddess as a mother and showed their thanks by caring for the herds and teaching the other races how to build lasting bonds with their equine companions. Prayers were said in thanks or in times of need, but otherwise they simply embraced life as a gift from their maker.
Originally, the rahee spoke a language called Niradakra. It is the same language as the re’shahna and supposedly the tongue of the goddess who gave them life. However, after the exodus from Bresan T’ahnya, the rahee began to lose their native language as they assimilated to the common tongue. Now one can find traces of Niradakra in names or common phrases, but most couldn’t tell you what those words mean.
Only the royal family in Nevaharday spoke it fluently, and only then because of a need pressed upon them long ago, but now forgotten. By the time Jaycent was born, it was simply tradition that kept the language alive within his line.
Arts, Crafts, and Abilities
The rahee are known best for their ability to train and work with horses. They became well-known across the realm for breeding and training brilliant steeds which were highly coveted by knights, nobility, and kings. Few commoners were ever lucky enough to afford them, but they often hired rahee to train their own. Thus, being a breeder or a trainer became a lucrative business for this race.
Although all rahee are born with some degree of innate magic, most have no idea what it is or how to use it. Only those who discover their gifts by accident ever truly know of its existence. Elven historians deduce the magic’s origins as remnants of Tennakawa’s original spell, which gave Dakiri his “two-legged form”, and even identified it as similar in nature to that of the unicorns.