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Ekujae
(Nation)
Land Garund
Government Democracy
Languages Elven
Religions Elven pantheon (especially Yuelral)
Images of Ekujae

Source: Cult of Cinders, pg(s). 65

The Ekujae are a militant nation of Mualijae elves who dwell in the western Mwangi Expanse.[1]

Government

The Ekujae are a united nation consisting of numerous clans, who maintain strong relationships but are so self-sufficient that many outsiders mistakenly believe that they are entirely separate from each other. Clan leaders and advisers are chosen democratically, with all adults allowed to vote; in contentious elections, the new leader might have to prove their worth by fulfilling a task demanded by the people. The clan leaders elect a king or queen among themselves, but this position only takes charge when a central authority is needed in times of authority.[2]

History

When Earthfall was coming, the Ekujae chose to remain on Golarion, despite the incoming calamity, instead of returning to Sovyrian with the rest of their race. In the wake of Earthfall, they came into conflict with a manifestation of Dahak, who saw the chance to wreak havoc in Golarion without drawing the attention of his father and archenemy Apsu. Many Ekujae heroes gave their lives to bolster the strength of their comrades and allow them to defeat Dahak. The Ekujae spilled Dahak's blood across their lands and broke a horn and two fangs from his head, before driving his manifestation into one of the aiudara that makes up Alseta's Ring, trapping him in a space between realities. Ekujae consider this battle their greatest victory and defeat: they managed to defeat a living aspect of a deity, something which many others would never attempt, and yet they failed to finish off their enemy.[2]

In 4708 AR, angered by how the Aspis Consortium employed Ekujae as slave labour, they massacred the personnel at Whitebridge Station and laid siege to Nightfall Station.[3]

People

An Ekujae elf.

Ekujae have the jet-black eyes of elves and the black hair and dark brown skin of their Mwangi human neighbours. On average, they are more muscular than other elves but still lanky by human standards. Ekujae traditionally adorn themselves with white paint, which represents the individual's most essential aspects: family, clan, personal history, accomplishments, profession, or even mood. Those who change their symbols too frequently are considered flighty.[2]

Ekujae often wear green and brown clothing, which make for practical jungle camouflage. They usually make their clothing from wood, leaves, leather, fur and bone, and enhance their quality through the use of woodwarping magic.[2]

Ekujae view it as their sacred duty to train and prepare for Dahak's return, to honour their ancestors' sacrifice and out of pride of hunters who injured a beast and are bound to deal the killing blow.[2]

Ekujae invented a method of using the fangs of sevencoat serpents as unique tattoo pens to replace a more mundane quill.[4]

Religion

Yuelral is the Ekujae nation's patron deity, and they believe that their role as guardians and scholars pay homage to her. They also worship the rest of the elven pantheon: Ketephys, Findeladlara, Desna and Calistria. Worship of other deities are also frequent, as Ekujae believe that it is common for a deity to task a follower to worship them and enact their agenda.[2]

Ekujae half-elves

Ekujae half-elves, sometimes called wildborn, are half-elves whose elven ancestry is derived from Ekujae elves.[5]

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