Dyrai

People known as Dyrains.

Dyrai is a land controlled by a necromancer in the form of the emperor. Unlike other countries where a rulers is named by council or by birthright, emperors change only after a necromantic duel that results in the death of the old emperor.


Major Cities and Holds
Carran – capital


Military
The military is made up of people who have been sworn to serve even through death, enslaved by necromancy. The only way for these soldiers to be killed is by stabbing them through the heart, setting them on fire, or beheading them.
Some emperors have been known to enlist lesser necromancers to lead the army in battle, though this creates a risk that the lesser necromancers will become more powerful and seek the throne.

Many emperors have also created their own armies of monsters by enslaving the souls of animals and forcing them to fight even after their bodies have been damaged by death and decay. Some even graft body parts from one animal onto the body of another, creating even worse monsters.


Holiday Traditions
The only holiday celebrated is the Day of Eryf. This takes place on the last day of the fall month of Luole. This date was chosen because autumn is seen as a season of death. On this day necromancers practice rituals to increase their powers. It is also a time when necromancers find as many young people to have violent sex with as possible. They feel this increases their ability to do magic and achieve greater power.

People who are not necromancers spend the day honoring their ancestors and staying away from public places to avoid running into a lustful necromancer.


Women
In Dyrai, women are given little to no respect and treated as objects that exist only to please men. Marriage is rare, but many men have at least one woman who lives in their homes, because the intensity of sex, especially violent sex, is thought to open up the metal pathways needed for channeling magic. Children aren’t a concern, and many powerful necromancers aren’t able to have children as they grow in power anyway.


Relationships
Marriage is very rare in Dyrai, only taking place between non-necromancers in very rural areas of the country. There is no societal rule against same-sex couples, and on occasion two necromancers will have a relationship together, mainly focused on mutually increasing their power.


Naming
Children are not given names related to their parents in any way. Most fathers want nothing to do with their children, and women know that regardless of what they do, their children will be sucked into the terrible world of necromancy, either as a necromancer or a slave in the military, or as a sexual toy. Some women are proud to supply such members of society, and some feel helplessly tied to the evil of the culture and hate that their children won’t be happy.

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