The Iron Hand Clan

Who are we?

We are the Iron Hand clan which specialises in smithing and armouring. It is a widespread clan, but we live in Béy Sü where there is a large clan house. There are smaller clan houses in the major cities of the empire and a number of farms and estates to the west of Béy Sü. The largest clan house is run by the Iron Fist clan cousins in Tumíssa.

Tell me about

…the Clan House

The Béy Su clan house is situated just to the north of the Great Market. Further north looms the Hirektláne arena, and to the east, the pyramid of the Palace of the Priesthoods can be seen. The clan house has room for around 800 people, but there are only about half that number living here at present. Many of the dormitories are empty, and as a result, you have their own (small) rooms.

The clan house is arranged on 3 sides of a large square, and is three stories high, with the usual dormitories, workshops, eating areas, kitchens and shrines. There are also extensive cellars and underground store rooms with tunnels into the underworld. In the centre of the square is a ritual impaling post and alter to the glory of Lord Vimúlha.

On most days there is an open air arms market on the north side of the main market square, protected from the sun by glorious red hangings. Usually it is a cacophony of buyers and sellers, food concessions and scurrying slaves.

For the better quality of weapons (and clients) The House of Inimitable Defence at the side of the clan house offers a more personal service.

Further north and east are the tanner’s workshops, near the gate of blackness and the slave market beyond Patyél’s wall. These are run by the dhuTinesa clan members, and occasionally the stench drifts over into the main clan house.

…our Gods

Traditionally the clan worships Lord Vimúlha, the lord of flame, but many of the clan women are worshippers of the Emerald ladies, Dlamélish and Hriháyel. Few clan members worship the lords of stability. Life is about excitement and change!

…our Clan lineages

The highest lineages in our clan are the Qurrulúma and the Vrazhímü. Traditionally, our leaders come from these lineages. They are clever, crafty folk who understand the ways of magic.

The majority of the clan comes from the Fershéna and Fa’asu lineages. These lineages traditionally provide our craftsfolk and our warriors, the backbone of our clan.

Finally there are the dhuTinesa tanners who smell bad and look after the High Tower workers. They live outside the clan house.

…Clan Relations

The clan pays for chlén-hides from the High Tower clan based in Usenánu to the Southwest of Béy Sü. The High Tower also provides workers for the tanneries of Béy Sü, supervised by the dhuTinésa.

The clan also buys gems and metal ornaments for armour from the Red Eye of Dawn jewellers, with whom there is a fair bit of rivalry, as there is some overlap with the high-end armour products, and they are worshippers of the lords of stability.

The clan sells good-quality armour and weapons to whoever will buy them, but large orders tend to come from the legions worshipping the lords of Change. The clan also has contracts with some local high clans, in particular the Golden Bough and Sword of Fire, and the haughty Vriddi clan of Fasiltum.

…Clan Employment

The clan traditionally tries to get its soldiers into the Legion of the Lord of Red Devastation, based in Tumíssa. As an inducement, it provides weapons and armour at a discount to this legion. Clan members may treat this legion as non-elite. Those that fail usually join the Legion of Kaikama of Béy Sü.

The clan will also sponsor members wishing to join the priesthoods of the gods of change, particularly those of Vimúhla / Chegárra and Dlamélish / Hriháyel.

…Notable Clan Members

Jesékh hiQurrulúma, Béy Sü clan master

Male worshipper of Vimúlha. Originally from Tumíssa, Jesekh  is a strong handsome man of 50. He retired from the Legion of Red Devastation as a Molkár 10 years ago, after he was crippled in battle fighting against the Yán Koryáni. He is always carried around by two slaves.

Jalésa dhuTinésa, Mistress of the Béy Sü tanneries.

Female aridáni worshipper of Vimúlha. A big, handsome woman in her thirties, she oversees the tanneries, and liaises with the High Tower workers. She always smells strongly of sweet Purú oil. She is a bluff, no-nonsense woman.

Khivashá hi Vrazhímü, Master of the storerooms

Male worshipper of Ksárul, aged 60. A lean cadaverous old man, he is the person who controls what is lent out or given to clan members. He is very careful with the clan’s treasures, to the point of being mean.

Aknallú hiQurrúluma, Master merchant,

Male worshipper of Vimúlha. A big expansive man in his late 40’s, he has been running the main mercantile concerns in Béy Sü for many years. Eventually he hopes to hand over to his favorite son, who shares his gift for commerce. He is the father of Ace’s character. (picture P 67)

Dlél’i hiVrazhímü, clan liaison

Female aridáni priestess of Dlamélish. She is a beautiful and charismatic woman of 32 who travels extensively on clan business. When in Béy Sü she organizes the most fantastic clan parties. When dressed for a party she is truly stunning.

Mazhék hiFershéna,  proprietor of The House of Inimitable Defence

Male worshipper of Vimúlha. He is a spare stern-looking man in his middle fifties, wiry, thin-faced, with tightly curled, grizzled hair and broken teeth. He blinks when surprised, an odd mannerism. He is a friend of Nírunel HiQolsúna of the Golden Bough, a high clan member who runs a fencing school, the House of Blades.

Autsó hiFershéna, Hirilákte champion.

21 year old male worshipper of Vimúlha. He is renowned both for his natural skill with the axe, and his bullying, arrogant ways. He has won many titles in the arena.

Feshmu hiFershéna.

Mazhék’s cousin in Tumíssa. He is a 40 year old male worshipper of Ksárul. He is an armourer of some repute who visits Béy Sü regularly, sometimes with remnants of steel weapons. Much loved by the clan children for whom he brings presents when he visits.

Steve Thomas 22 Feb 2009

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