Gazetteer – 03a18 – Raksha
The raksha are a race of aasimar that was summoned to the world by the protector of the people, Pupta. They spawned from paintings of Pupta illustrated as hieroglyphics in the temples, palaces, and fortresses of Abèl. Their arrival turned the tide of battle against the scourge of chaos that infested Abèl after the fall of the Beast.
The pharons welcomed their presence and the raksha ruled the lands justly and fairly. They were ever watchful of the chaos that gathered around the corpse of the beast. They maintained large armies skilled at battling this evil.
The raksha tended to be aloof and did not want to associate with the pharons in a social role, so, a class system emerged with the raksha at the top. This aloofness created some resentment within the pharon people. This resentment was not seen openly because the raksha were a gift of their goddess. Secret societies dedicated to the “preservation” of the pharon race developed and are still active to this day. Abèl is rife with espionage and intrigue.
Instead, they took out their frustration on competing cultures like the Latones and the Grellics who threatened the Abèlites’ control of the Oklossean Sea. Before the Battle of the Beast, the navies of the three cultures were openly hostile to one another and would war on the seas.
For the last decade, the Latones have been battling internal strife and the Grellics and the Pharons are the only two southern cultures in the Oklossian sea competing for the lucrative sea trade with the north. The Grellics and Abèlites only trade with each other in Melandoli where the elves act as an intermediary. The Abèlites are in a poorer geographical position than the Grellics given the Grellics closeness to Tanlavar and the Farsky lands.
The trade with the people of Amont in Swan Harbor usually flows through Melandoli. Thus, pharon merchants are forced to make a difficult journey to the northern ports of Hornsbellow, Lis, and Lankleer to make a profit.
The raksha endorse these efforts and realize that the magic of Lankleer is a threat to the Grellic god, Hexate. The mistress of hell hounds has always been an enemy of Pupta and the magic of the Silver Moon is one they wish to learn in depth. There are scores of pharon and raksha wizards currently studying magic in Lankleer. The raksha embrace the Temple of the Silver Moon and they have named her, Asa, and have begun construction of several temples to her. Pupta doesn’t seem to mind.
Though a divine race of good, there are those among the raksha that have fallen into league with chaos. It is from these fallen raksha that the gnolls were born.
Though Pupta is still firmly the spiritual leader of pharons, the god of night, Mujmora, is making a comeback in Abèlite society. The challenges to authority the Mujmoran cult brings has forced the raksha to outlaw the religion. The network of secret societies and spies within the capital have kept snake worship very much alive.