Dhakaani Society

Goblin Clans

  • Gharlen: This clan of goblins dominated the courts of Dhakaani society from the shadows, serving as advisers and oracles to the hobgoblin rulers. Chosen of Ol'darthul, god of fate, the Gharlen goblins were thought to have insight into future events, whether visions or intuition, and they're opinions were highly regarded. Outside of politics, the Gharlen folk were merchants, artists, explorers, and other professions where divination gives an advantage. Among human societies, "Gharlen" as a family name or title is often adopted by a goblin skilled in divination magic, but it no longer has a hereditary connotation.
  • Hukhaaken:
  • Khrel'ten:
  • Magaan:

Bugbear Lines

  • Duurhaal:
  • Ghaal'dargat: These bugbears originally traced their origins to a descendant of Druul'dargat the goblin god of victory. They followed a mantra which promoted sound tactics and motivations over pure conquest and fighting. This set them apart from other bugbear clans so that they survived to the Modern Age as the Ghaal'dar clan in Darguun, a group of bugbears ironically unaware of their noble history and following the chaotic tendencies of other bugbear groups.
  • Rhaan'uuc:
  • Ruuc'dakor:

Hobgoblin Castes

  • Dregaan:
  • Ghukaan'ec:
  • Kac'dhogen:
  • Rhan'duun:
  • Shaakkhec:

Unlike the goblins and bugbears, the hobgoblins have adopted a societal organization independent of the Old Ways of the Merlaac Taer. They are the strongest supporters of ancestral worship and older oaths to the gods of the Highest Crowns.

Subject Races

  • Orc:
  • Dragonborn:
  • Goliath:
  • Halfling:
  • Gnome:
  • Dwarf:
  • Other:

Imperial Titles

  • Shuul'kech (Emperor): Unlike other titles, this title is independent of gender, much to the furstration of Dhakaani scholars. While experts have traditionally agreed that the government and military were dominated by males and the priesthood by females, varying numbers of empresses have been attributed within dynastic lines. Recently, the perception of contemporary Dhakaani scholars has been called into questions with some experts saying that the source material does not support a bias either way. Regardless, modern Dhakaani scholars tend to favor the term "emperor" no matter the gender of their subject to reflect the ambiguity of the Goblin text.
  • Algech'duraan/Algech'dorac (Imperial Wife/Husband):
  • Merlakhaar/Merluukhaar (Emperor's Father/Mother): In many cases of young or absent emperors, or in periods between reigns as the proper heir was determined, a parent would act as regent for a time. When a parent was dead or had retired to private life a close relative would be "adopted" as parent for the purpose. Only very rarely did someone not of the emperor's family rise to the position of Merlakhaar or Merluukhaar. When not acting as regent, this senior official would serve as court seneschal, military director, legal advisor, castellan, or any of a number of other roles depending on dynasty or individual emperors.
  • Hekaan/Hekhuul (Prince/Princess): The related term Hekaanael and Hekhuulael refer to princes and princesses not of the ruling emperor's blood but either adopted or children of the emperor's spouse. Though their legal responsibilities and priviledges depended on a given dynasty's laws they were nearly always less in status to the emperor's biological children.
  • Daguur/Daguurech (Duke/Duchess): The highest civic authority of a city and the surrounding countryside, answerable directly to the emperor. In some dynasties, the duke or duchess would have military control of the region but other times that power rested with a lhevk who commanded the forces in one city or a group. Most dynasties had a mix of situations arising from tradition, happenstance, or regional politics depending on how firm a hand the emperor needed to keep on an area.

Military Titles

  • Lhesh (High Warlord): This is the highest of military ranks, held by at most three to four people in the whole empire. In times of peace (or relative peace) even fewer held this position and with good reason given the number of military coups in Dhakaani history.
  • Lhevket (Elder Warlord):
  • Lhevk-Rhu (Skilled Warlord):
  • Lhevk (Warlord):
  • Lhurusk (War-Leader) and Lhurusk-Rhu (Skilled War-Leader):
  • Lhikor (Warblade) and Lhikor-Rhu (Skilled Warblade):
  • Thradaask (Shock Trooper) and Thradaask-Rhu (Skilled Shock Trooper):
  • Olhirot (Spear-Bearer) and Olhirot-Rhu (Skilled Spear-Bearer): Also known as spear-catchers
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