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The '''Sakaya''' are a group of people from many different [[tribe|tribes]] who live countless small villages in the [[Akai Mountains]], regarding each others all as equals, regardless of their birth. They are lead by [[mystics]] who preserve and spread the teachings of their founders, which emphazise equality, humility, self-sufficiency, and excelling at ones talents. They have no nobles and no [[slaves]] and also do not worship any gods or spirits, but they make regular sacrifices to the local spirits as tribute for beeing allowed to live and work on their land. Most of the Sakaya are [[yao]], but they also include many [[Keyren]], [[Sanven]], and some [[Brakai]] and [[Kota]].
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The '''Sakaya''' are a large order of mystics and lay followers that have abandoned all clan kinship and kings and instead have dedicated themselves to a pursuit of a life in harmony in a community of equals. All villages and monasteries share the fields, herds, and mines, with individuals only owning their personal possessions. Most Sakaya are [[Yao]] living in the [[Wyvern Mountains]] and the [[Mountains of the Sun]], but they accept everyone within their ranks and numerous smaller communes exist in [[Senkand]] and the [[Hinterlands]] as well. [[Meran]] is the largest center of their religion, with the entire city serving as their largest monastery.
  
Though the Sakaya regard each other as equals and all their villages and [[monasteries]] are forbidden from fighting among themselves, each community has its own warriors to defend against raiders and stealing of their land by other clans. Some communities consists entirely of warriors and were founded to come to the aid of villages under attack by superior foes. These warriors often take work as mercenaries for other clans, as fighting is their profession and it is not appropriate for them to seek other work when their talents are not needed by the Sakaya. Sixty years ago a [[giant]] commanding one such comoany brought many of these groups together to fight not for some foreign lord, but for their own glory and to capture wealth for the Sakaya. Since then the Sakaya mercenaries have become one of the strongest and most feared armies in the ''Ancient Lands''. Usually they are spread out as individual companies doing mercenary work, but will often come together as groups of many hundreds or thousands for a raid against a wealthy city before dispersing again. These mercenary companies often include great numbers of non-yao and have [[Neshanen]] and even [[Takari]] among their ranks.
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The teachings of the Sakaya oblige everyone to always strive to improve their personal skills to improve the prosperity of their communities. In times of peace, Sakaya warriors often travel to Senkand and [[Revand]] to seek work as mercenaries and put their skills to use, as well as improving them further. Because of this constant training and regular campaigning, Sakaya warriors are held to be among the best in the world, and their services as mercenaries are always high in demand. However, over recent decades, a number of companies of Sakaya warriors has turned to a life of near constant campaigning, rarely returning to their homelands or even losing contacts to their communes entirely. These rogue companies increase their numbers by continuing the practice of taking anyone who wants to adopt their ways into their ranks, but few of them seem to be taught anything about Sakaya teachings other than the single minded goal to constantly perfect their skills as warriors. Rogue companies of Sakaya warriors are even more fierce in battle than their traditionalist comrades, but they have gained a reputation as the most feared and ruthless mercenaries in the world.
  
 
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The Sakaya are a large order of mystics and lay followers that have abandoned all clan kinship and kings and instead have dedicated themselves to a pursuit of a life in harmony in a community of equals. All villages and monasteries share the fields, herds, and mines, with individuals only owning their personal possessions. Most Sakaya are Yao living in the Wyvern Mountains and the Mountains of the Sun, but they accept everyone within their ranks and numerous smaller communes exist in Senkand and the Hinterlands as well. Meran is the largest center of their religion, with the entire city serving as their largest monastery.

The teachings of the Sakaya oblige everyone to always strive to improve their personal skills to improve the prosperity of their communities. In times of peace, Sakaya warriors often travel to Senkand and Revand to seek work as mercenaries and put their skills to use, as well as improving them further. Because of this constant training and regular campaigning, Sakaya warriors are held to be among the best in the world, and their services as mercenaries are always high in demand. However, over recent decades, a number of companies of Sakaya warriors has turned to a life of near constant campaigning, rarely returning to their homelands or even losing contacts to their communes entirely. These rogue companies increase their numbers by continuing the practice of taking anyone who wants to adopt their ways into their ranks, but few of them seem to be taught anything about Sakaya teachings other than the single minded goal to constantly perfect their skills as warriors. Rogue companies of Sakaya warriors are even more fierce in battle than their traditionalist comrades, but they have gained a reputation as the most feared and ruthless mercenaries in the world.