Omlaka

Omlaka MaleOmlaka arrived during the First War of the Realms alongside the Gobarin. The word Omlaka derives from the name of a tribe in the Priat, the holy book of Boden, who are considered blessed by the House of Light. Omlaka, then, is the combination of two words: Om for descendants and Elak for light. Their physical appearance lends credibility to their name. Omlakas are the primary people and founders of the northern nation of Phrojin.

Description

The Omlaka male and female share little in common in respect to physical appearance. They both are white skinned with light hair that grows thick and have large pale-colored eyes. They both share the darlak; a patterned network of pale blue luminous markings that cover their chests, backs, arms, and legs. The Omlaka claim the darlak was the last blessing of House of Light, before they left and tasked the Omlaka to find the pieces of Daysa. Each darlak is unique and is willfully controlled except under extreme stress or unconsciousness.

The Omlaka male averages seven feet in height. They are heavily muscled with thick legs, arms, and neck. Their body is covered in a dense layer of fat that offers protection against the harsh climate of the Realm of Night. They favor growing their hair and facial hair long to cover their ears, shoulders, and necks. Their nose and ears are of smaller proportions than the rest of their body. Males functioned as the primary hunters in the Realm of Night. They are well suited for the cold and only put on additional clothing when they venture farther north of Phrojin proper.

The females stand no more than six-feet tall but average a half-foot less. They also have a layer of fat, but it is not as dense or as thick as the males. They are not as massive as the males but do have better muscle definition. Their eyes, nose, and ears are larger than the male’s. In the Realm of Night females would stay indoors to protect themselves from the cold. This is no longer the case now that they’ve crossed over. They seem as comfortable in the cold of Phrojin proper as the males.

Language

The Omlaka refer to their language as Yalak, language of light. It is said that the Omlaka and the House of Light share the same language, making its preservation a sacred affair. Yalak is the official language of Phrojin. All who migrate there must learn it if they wish to interact with public officials.

Integration

The Omlaka have opened their country to all races so long as they adhere to their strict laws. Indeed, many have flocked to Phrojin to accept the Grant; an initiative that seeks to lure families from the south to settle in Phrojin. These settlements are always found on the fringes of Phrojin’s borders in the north, away from the favorable southern cities.

Until recently, a sighting of an Omlaka south of Phrojin would be rare. The newer generation, those without memory of the harsh climate of the Realm of Night, have been known to venture south. Even females, once thought to be recluse, have begun traveling south to explore. They are referred to as the Daughters of Daysa, a sect who pledge to ten years of searching all of Ellias for Daysa’s shards.

The Phrojin government is forced to aid the Omlaka females. They agree to train them in various combat styles and to provide each Daughter with provisions and coin if she agrees to shorten her commitment to five years. Such pledges do not compel the Daughter to return in five years, only that she can return once the pledge is complete. The hope was that the Daughters would tire of the outside world and return home.

The Daughters proved to be formidable warriors but rumors of enslavements found their way north. After the rumors were verified, the Omlaka joined with the Garans in their Reclamation missions: missions specialized in freeing slaves from their slavers. While these missions proved successful, the number of enslaved Omlakas seem to be rising with the increased number of Daughters.

Any child born of mixed races does not bear the blessed darlak. They are not considered Omlaka, but do not suffer any hostilities from them either. Their appearance closely resembles Omlaka, often leading to confusion amongst foreigners. They are referred to as Belaka, those without light.

Magic

The power brought from the Realm of Night is referred to as Voidcalling in the common tongue or Temagi in Yalak. The knowledge is shared with any Phrojin citizen so long as they serve the government. Phrojin’s openness towards all races has created an excellent environment for the sharing of knowledge. Wielders of power who wish to reside in Phrojin are permitted as long as they pledge their services to the government and agree to teach for two years. Any magic users who do not accept these conditions are forced out of Phrojin or killed.