Kasatha
Kasatha
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Biological information
Type Humanoid
Size Medium
Intelligence -
Life span 120 years
Sociological information
Planet of origin Kasath
Achieved warp -
First contact -

Kasathas are a race of four-armed humanoids native to the desert planet Kasath. Their homeworld's star is dying, and they consolidated their race into a massive worldship called the Idari to settle in the Pact Worlds.

Kasath


Kasathas are native to the planet Kasath, a massive desert world orbiting a distant, dying red giant star. They achieved feats of high technology thousands of years before the races of the Pact Worlds system. However, with their sun's demise imminent their witchwyrd progenitors returned to them after the Gap to tell them of Akiton, a world similar enough to their homeworld to be a suitable replacement.

Society


Born of a world plagued by devastating disasters, kasathas value cultural stability and treasure their rich and long history. The resulting culture is heavy on complex traditions that often confuse younger races, heavily focused on rituals of dignity and propriety, and sometimes even at odds with their own survival — for instance, favoring dangerous melee weapons over long-ranged combat.

These traits lead many kasathas down the path of lawful neutrality, though some follow divergent paths during their youth.

The Tempering

When kasathan youths reach maturity, they spend a year melding common traditions with new ones of their own creation. This sojourn is called the Tempering, and forces a young kasatha to stretch their limits, leave their comfort zones, and even commit scurrilous acts, all in the name of learning the values of tradition and stability. Since their arrival to the Pact Worlds, some kasathas who begin the Tempering never end it, remaining wanderers and explorers their entire lives.

Star cycles

Kasathas also follow a philosophy of cosmic balance based on star cycles, one of the core beliefs of most solarians. They are the ones who introduced this philosophy to the Pact Worlds, and most solarians are kasathas as a result.

Gender

Kasathas have generally binary sexes, but their sexual dimorphism is so slight as to be overlooked compared to many other races.

Names

Kasathan names can extend as long as their familial histories — in other words, they can be quite extensive. While they go by their first names, a full kasathan name can include their parentage, clan, subclan, heritage from a Great Family of Kasath, connections to historical figures, and other relationships stretch back for millennia.

Some examples of kasathan first names are Altronus, Esar, Gorsen, Hadif, Jehir, Kala, Maedar, Metweska, Ninura, Remu, Senesel, Tolar, Umana, Voloteo, and Zye.


YOU LIKELY…
Seek wisdom in history and find dignity in customs and tradition.
Strive to maintain balance and stability in yourself and your comrades.
Use ranged weapons when necessary but find melee weapons
inherently more honorable.
Keep your mouth hidden behind a scarf in public, carefully tucking
food under it and using straws to drink.
OTHER RACES PROBABLY…
Don’t understand your customs and mistake your veneration of the
elegant past for primitiveness.
Resent your aloofness and assume you think you’re superior to them.
Fear you want to invade and colonize their home.
Respect your cultural knowledge but find you stodgy and inflexible.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
Kasathas are gray-skinned humanoids with four arms and pure
black eyes. Lacking a protruding nose, a kasatha’s head is smooth
and elongated, with skin stretched tight to a skull extending
backward far beyond the edge of the neck. While lean compared
to humans, kasathas have more advanced muscle fibers that grant
them surprising strength. Physical differences between kasatha
genders are slight and easily overlooked by other races.
HOME WORLD
Kasathas evolved on Kasath, a massive desert planet orbiting
a red giant. While they knew that, on a stellar scale, their sun
was near death, tradition kept them from entertaining the idea of
colonizing another world until shortly after the Gap. Then, their
progenitor race—the plane-hopping witchwyrds—returned and
told them of the perfect world: a place called Akiton.
Determined to settle this promised land, the kasathas began
construction of a great, slower-than-light colony ship. Hundreds of
years later, the worldship Idari arrived in the Pact Worlds system.
To the crew’s surprise, however, local technology had advanced,
and the kasathan juggernaut found itself too vulnerable to
risk invading Akiton. Instead, while many kasathas emigrated
peacefully to that planet and the surrounding worlds, the majority
elected to remain aboard the Idari in an orbit between Verces and
the Diaspora, tending its rotating-drum farms and manufacturing
bays while trading with other races.
SOCIETY AND ALIGNMENT
Kasathas were technologically advanced when humanity was
still huddling in caves, yet they long ago plateaued socially and
technologically, learning the importance of stability and balance
after a series of near-apocalyptic disasters. In kasathan culture,
the answer to any question lies somewhere in the past. The fact
that their home world’s records extend further back into the Gap
than any Pact World only encourages their veneration of history.
This leads to a culture steeped in customs that can seem bizarre
to outsiders, from the common requirement to hide one’s mouth
around all but one’s most intimate companions to an ironclad
belief in the superior dignity of wielding melee weapons over
projectile or energy weapons.
Kasathan society is generally matriarchal and nomadic,
organized into myriad “great families,” clans, and subclans, with
individuals and family units roaming as the whim takes them.
Their conviction that most other races don’t truly understand
the importance of personal dignity means kasathas rarely
bother to teach their customs to outside races, which leads to
their reputation as being mysterious, standoffish, wise, or all
three. Each kasatha follows a unique set of traditions, combining
common rituals with new ones she creates. She gains more
and more traditions over a lifetime, so that the oldest kasathas
spend much of their time honoring the past. This accumulation
of personal customs begins during the Tempering, a yearlong
walkabout all kasathas undergo at the end of adolescence.
During this time, young kasathas are encouraged to test their
limits, learn from other cultures, and engage in normally improper
behavior in hopes of coming to appreciate the value of tradition.
Many kasathas are lawful neutral, as befits their focus on
custom, though younger ones can often be more chaotic,
idealistic, or self-centered.
RELATIONS
Kasathas strive to maintain open trade with all races, yet they
find some more amicable than others. They see vesk as brutish
and shameful in their focus on conquest by any means, and ysoki
as loud and undignified. They get along well with lashuntas, who
properly respect the knowledge of the past, and they are intrigued
by both androids and shirrens—races they see as young enough to
be led down proper paths. Humans often confuse them; just when
they’re ready to write all humans off as capricious, they meet one
whose sense of honor almost matches their own.
ADVENTURERS
Kasathas originally brought the philosophy of star cycles and
cosmic balance to the Pact Worlds, and to this day most solarians
are kasathas, though their physiques and love of dueling
also make them excellent soldiers, and the study of ancient
traditions turns many into mystics. Kasathas undergoing the
Tempering make perfect explorers and adventurers, and in recent
generations these walkabouts sometimes turn permanent.
NAMES
Kasathas go by their first names, though their full names always
encompass additional names denoting parentage, clan or subclan,
relation to the Great Families of Kasath, and connection to
historical heroes—it’s not uncommon for a kasatha’s full name to
include half a dozen such elements. For instance, a kasatha who
introduces himself as Isu might properly be named “Isu Cocretia
Qaru Maras of Clan Tarma, House Hadulan, soul-splinter of the
line of Ru.” Some examples of kasathan first names are Altronus,
Esar, Gorsen, Hadif, Jehir, Kala, Maedar, Metweska, Ninura, Remu,
Senesel, Tolar, Umana, Voloteo, and Zye.


The Shadeless
Precinct was established by Tyla Pon Jerretta Degix of Clan
Solus, one of the first kasathan solarians from the Idari, and her
grandson Haddu Keer Nivianna (N male kasatha solarian) now
runs the monastery.

Kasathas primarily travel to Aballon for two reasons:
exploration and research. Aballon maintains immense data
archives, and while many have been transmitted to various
infospheres across the system, some of these archives require
on-site access to protect sensitive data. The allure of the
ancient cities of the First Ones also attracts many kasathas,
and their explorations are often funded by interested anacites
who are forbidden from personally entering the cities of
their progenitors.

Cosmonastery of the Empty Orbit
The alien architecture of this sprawling complex weaves like a
banyan tree around a central courtyard with only a thin force
field protecting it from the vacuum of space. Within its squat
towers, High Sola Tabishad Oseo Markola (LN female kasatha
solarian) runs the greatest solarian training facility outside of the
Idari or Kasath itself. A taciturn woman, Tabishad is consumed
by the idea that both Golarion’s disappearance and planet-scale
engineering projects fundamentally disrupt the balance of the
universe. Those who successfully graduate from her grueling
program sometimes join her Order of the Empty Orbit, dedicated
to preventing such deliberate reengineering of the cosmos.

In addition to enjoying the similarities between the planet’s
hotter regions and their own desert home world of Kasath,
many kasathas appreciate the stability and tradition of
Vercite society, particularly their governmental structures.
Some even valorize the verthani’s ancient caste system, to the
verthani’s amusement or irritation.

The kasathas who remain aboard the Idari almost all strive to
hold on to traditional kasathan values, which prioritize stability
over everything else, and they look to the wisdom of the past
to plot a course to the future.

Work at
the vat farms requires more technical knowledge than sweat,
but the ceremonies and traditions of kasathan subsistence
farming continue, with the whole Mesacand community coming
together at daybreak and dusk for elaborate communal rituals.

Other
races must muddle through the resident kasathas’ many
cultural traditions, often with the help of a kasathan guide,
but learning these traditions sometimes takes years. Kasathas
prompt these outsiders to seek wisdom in their own races’
ways and to build their own legacy of customs, though some
outsiders find it easier to completely adopt established
kasathan rites. The vessel’s kasathas are mostly empathetic to
the plight of newcomers trying to find a place for themselves
on the planet-ship, and they go out of their way to connect
with new visitors who want to share their culture.

The
current doyen of the adata is Barasul Naedarin
Allar of Clan Allar (LN female kasatha mystic),
who holds great sway in the Doyenate; she
staunchly opposes non-kasathas becoming adata,
despite pushback from her more liberal associates.

The
nature of civil authority among the kasathas is a gradual
accrual of respect, responsibility, and authority.

The role of Captain Imma Elotok Hin Xogathu
(LN female kasatha mechanic)

Salasari Mou Qari of House Delimar

Nasenlir Zye Fassar of Clan Vophious
(NG male kasatha solarian)

traditional kasathan educational
programs. While the institution accepts members of other races
for admission (with strict entrance requirements and higher
tuition rates), any kasatha can take classes at this school as
long as she has undertaken the yearlong walkabout known as
the Tempering. Lectures here are mainly about anthropology,
history (especially kasathan history), and philosophy, though an
entire course readies students for becoming a member of the
auxiliary crew.

Kasathas originally brought the philosophy of the Cycle to
the Pact Worlds, and to this day, many kasathas are solarians.
Pradulex Monastery, located on a hill just outside the sector
of Gesilad, trains many solarians by focusing on the Cycle in
concordance with ancient kasathan traditions. After several
years of study and meditation, solarians who complete their
instruction at Pradulex Monastery are some of the most
contemplative and disciplined warriors in the Pact Worlds.

Though kasathas use projectile and energy weapons at need,
they have never allowed them to become the center of their
military; most prefer melee weapons.

Even some kasathas are stifled by their tradition-laden society.

Members of a small sect of kasathas called the Undiminished
believe that the wisdom of one’s entire ancestry is contained
within one’s brain and claim the process of adat represents a loss
of that kasatha’s ancestral knowledge. To the Undiminished, only
a whole brain can possibly hold all of that expertise and insight.
While a small number of these adherents are open about their
beliefs and lobby for a change to adat through standard political
channels, most operate in the shadows, stealing corpses and
imbibing psychotropic drugs as they attempt to commune with
freshly extracted brains.

As the most important
institution of kasathan cultural transmission, the Sholar Adat
is where the ceremony of adat is performed and the resultant
slices of brain are stored. The precise methods involved in the
ritual itself and the technomagical processes used to store
and access the memories of the brains are carefully guarded
secrets, though that hasn’t kept various corporations, cults,
and other organizations from attempting to acquire them.
The Sholar Adat is something of a holy place for kasathas,
most of whom make pilgrimages to the temple complex to
meditate, worship, study traditions of the past, or commune
with their ancestors (though this requires a large expenditure
of credits). Many of the temple’s attendants—adata—are tasked
with sorting through many of these memories at once and
searching for patterns within them, which they do by hooking
themselves up to a machine called the Sensorium for hours
at a time. As memory sifting is a grueling, mind-bending
experience, adata must take a month to recover between
Sensorium shifts.

Adolescent kasathas are encouraged to participate in the
Tempering, a yearlong excursion in which participants
experience a multitude of other cultures in order to help
develop their own personal traditions. Some kasathas continue
their lives as adventurers or settle elsewhere in the galaxy, but
those who return to the Idari to become a part of traditional
kasathan culture often celebrate their homecoming with a small
ceremony at this reflecting pool in Gesilad.

Worship of the Silence Between is infrequent on Kasath,
but during the Idari’s journey, many kasathas turned to the
enigmatic Black Butterfly for guidance and comfort in the face
of the bleakness of the inky void outside.

While the priests of Talavet work to preserve the knowledge
already amassed by mortals, the priests of Ibra are dedicated
to discovering secrets never before known.

The kasathas are a traditional and retrospective people and were
thus affected much more than most other races by the Gap,
which they call the Time of Silence. At the Temple of Talavet,
worshipers of the Storyteller grieve for the lost stories of the
past that will never be told again.

Esax
Jana Meritus Rhee of House Hadulan (LN male kasatha mystic),

Adata are the attendants of the
Sholar Adat, which serves as a
physical and mystical repository of
all kasathas’ ancestral knowledge.
Through the process known as adat,
a deceased kasatha’s knowledge and
personality are preserved via a thin slice of
the brain, enabling a technomagical link to
her eternal soul to be established at need.
In this way, kasathas not only honor their
ancestors but also retain the ability to learn
from them.

The few shirrens on board are students of the philosophy of
the Cycle, as its maxims about the connectedness of all things
mirror the hive mind their species used to share.
Much of kasathan culture on the
Idari revolves around the Sholar Adat, where
the old ways are studied and the traditions
of the past are mined for new relevance.

Altronus Barasul Dovenayan was born into House Holdare

The eldest living member of House Holdare, Barasul Naedarin Allar of Clan Allar, Keeper of Ten Million Thoughts and doyen of the ship's adata

Remura Esolla Kaiban of Clan Senthen

The Kasatha are the ones who introduced the Solarian philosophy (known as the Cycle) to the Pact Worlds. Their introspective, philosophical nature also makes them excellent Mystics, while those more martially inclined Kasatha who aren’t disciples of the Cycle may elect to become Soldiers. The natural agility and speed of Kasatha also make them excellent Operatives, though the Operative’s tendency to operate on the fringes of society runs counter to the traditions of the Idari (not much of a Fringe on a generation ship, after all). Not that that hasn’t stopped some particularly brash Kasatha from pursuing such professions.

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