Pepper Oil
The Narotak-Tulum Nations
The Natale Council
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Climate and Geography

  • Desert, arid, dry, hot
  • Average temperature: 88F, Average high: 119F, Average low: 71F
  • There is only a dry and wet season as temperature stay stable. The ‘wet’ season is often just cloudy as the mountains block out most of the rain.
  • Usually sunny with occasional clouds (mostly during the wet season). Often prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions as it is near fault lines. Occasional dust and sandstorms occur in the wet season as well.
  • While the landscape started out with many hills, settlers have carved into the land to create homes under the earth. A lot of the terrain has been flattened out as a result to build towns and cities.
  • The constant earthquakes and volcanic eruptions constant work to change the lands, but settlers are quick to try and prevent many disasters.
  • Mountain ranges: Along the western coast, north: separating Natal from Aratu (volcanic)
  • There are no natural lakes and rivers in Natal
  • Most of the land is covered in sand, rocks near the mountains and volcanos

Natural Resources

  • In the sands, several varieties of cactuses can be grown. And near the volcanic lands, the terrain is quite fertile and most farming takes place there.
  • Around the major mountain ranges, many mines are built. Ores and precious gems are commonly mined and sought after.
  • Because the Arde and Shasse people require very little water to survive, there is no need for a water supply. Humans, however, have build man-made rivers and distill the water from the bay. Items such as cactus juice are essential items because of this.
  • Ore is in an abundance; Natal is the second highest producer of metals, Barreug being the first.
  • Due to many human settlers, many plants rich in juices are highly sought after.
  • Farmlands often have their entire crops bought out before they have even been planted. This has caused many problems, especially when crops grow poorly.
  • One of the Human vs Arde conflicts stems from human populations completely taking over all farm and plant resources. The few remaining Arde farms will often refuse to sell to humans. Ordinances giving tax reductions to those who partake in farming, even on a personal level, have worked to ease these tensions.
  • Another conflict has come about due to ore and metal production. In times of war, Natal halts all trade of metals to keep a steady supply for their soldiers. Merchants who specialize in ores come upon hard times and the economy takes a hit. Recently, the council has retracted this ordinance, but some merchants chose to only trade with other Arde and Zahbian humans.   
  • Trade is great between the other Arde countries and some Zahbian countries. Tension still exists between other humans, however. The largest exports are ores and largest imports are food for human settlers.

Flora and Fauna

  • Cactuses, palms, fruit-bearing trees, desert flowers, root vegetables
  • Reptiles: snakes, lizards, tortoises, crocodiles
  • Birds: buzzards, small birds
  • Mammals: boars, rhyka, desert bear, big cats, goats, hamsters/gerbil/mice, gazelle, hyena


  • Breaking free from Shasse rule, many Arde tribes set off to build their own civilizations. One tribe, chose to travel through the southern mountains to find their new home. A generation actually lived inside the mountains, but at last when they emerged into the light again they chose to build their villages around the many mountains. Some of the tribe chose to stay in the mountains which caused tensions. A war pushed the mountain dwellers back north in now present day Aratu.
  • To the north, the mountains create Natal's northern border although they are in control of most of the mines inside. To the west, mountains and the Horhu Bay separate the land from the continent of Tulum. South, man-made rivers create the border to Ganzhad. East, towers are built along the roads leading to Rhumit.


  • Oligarchy
  • The council: Ambassador, High Judge, High Priest, Treasurer, Warchief
  • Council positions are usally appointed by lineage. A council member's first born child is first in line. Although, if a Warchief has no children or does not wish to take a wife, they will choose a child to train under their command.
  • The government provides protection/law enforcement, handles land disputes, builds/repairs city buildings, handles the post, and services such as trash collection.
  • Taxes: The people as well as businesses are taxed to pay for government services


  • Natal is the most populated of all the Narotak-Tulum nations. Major cities such as Rakasa-kadat (the capital), Gorhen-kadat, and Omuno-urheto are packed dense.
  • Arde make up the bulk of Natal’s population with Zahbians coming in second. Infrequently, other races of humans or Saqa will be present, but often only for business. Not only is the climate of Natal harsh for those not used to desert life, but Arde citizens can often be unfriendly to outsiders due to recent wars.
  • Most of the areas are urban with many suburban villages on the outskirts. Rural farmlands exist to the south.
  • Immigration into Natal is difficult to non-Arde and non-Zahbians. Most immigration is allowed exclusively to family members; those without family in Natal would find it near impossible to become a citizen.


Greetings and Gestures

  • When meeting someone for the first time, it is most polite to make eye contact, nod, greet the person while stating your full name (including title if they have one). It is considered respectful to say someone’s full name and if you don’t give yours it makes for an awkward greeting.
  • Friends/casual settings use partial or nicknames. Usually a stranger will let you know it is okay to use a nickname first.
  • Although, if someone does not feel comfortable enough, they will refuse this request by continuing to refer to the person by their full name. This is not seen as rude and often an acceptable way to gauge how someone feels about you.
  • It is proper to stand stern, make eye contact, and nod in approval while one speaks. Slouching is seen as a sign of disrespect will be criticized in some settings. Although, in friendly settings this doesn't matter. Especially when speaking to a superior, remaining focused on the speaker is crucial. Interrupting, as well, is a social faux pas; the speaker will nod to invite discussion.  
  • Usually, an arms distance apart is the preferred length to stand while speaking to someone. Again, this matters little in friendly settings.
  • Arde culture in general is viewed as unaffectionate and Natal continues that tradition although some of the human cultures have changed things. Traditionally, the most affection one would receive would be a hard pat on the shoulder which was a gesture of great respect or admiration and would be saved for only meaningful occasions. Nowadays, hugs, handshakes, and highfives can be viewed, but mainly between humans or more openminded Arde. It should be noted that this only refers to public affection; Arde have no qualms with being affectionate in private.
  • Hissing, flicking of the tongue, standing too close to one’s face, or ignoring someone while speaking are all seen as insults. The first three may even be seen as initiating a fight with someone.



  • The Arde language is the national language of Natal although the common human language has integrated into the country to the point where everyone who is schooled can speak it.
  • Some of the Zahbian languages are used to smaller communities as well.



  • Meals are generally eaten privately in homes or in dining establishments. The only exception being outdoor cookouts during festivals. It is considered rude to walk around and eat in a non-dining situation. Often people will eat together, but lone meals are not too uncommon.

  • Seating arrangements are usually set so those with the highest status have the most view of all other guests.

  • Manners are fairly important while eating. It is considered rude to chew loudly or to flick one’s tongue at the dining table. Conversations are usually short and only between courses. Eating too slow or fast can be seen as embarrassing and people will try to match their pace to other diners.  Things may be more lenient in casual settings.

  • Eating utensils include skewers, small ladles, and knives.

  • Formal dining areas are often decorated with nice cloths, candles, and foliage. People will take great pride in having pleasing areas do dine in. The most common setup is a low table, just high enough for one’s legs, and a low bench surrounding it. It is often arranged in such a way so most people have a view of the entire room and no one is staring at a wall.

  • Arde cuisine is known for being extremely spicy. Hot peppers and pepper oils are in the majority of dishes, making Arde cuisine not for the faint of heart. One pepper in particular, the vulcano pepper is highly sought after and it considered the hottest pepper in the world. Many non-Arde refuse to eat it as it has been reported to make people pass out and have hallucinations. To Arde however, those accusations are just silly.

  • Peppered charred meat (often served on a skewer), grilled roots, pepper broth soup (usually with an egg cracked into it), cactus juice, baked tortillas topped with chopped vegetables, and spiced meat stew are common dishes.

  • On special occasions, large meals such as rotisserie spiced boar and drinks such as jalapeño whiskey are popular. There are many liquors served burning hot as well, jokingly called lava shots.  

  • Arde generally eat three meals a day: A light morning snack, and average sized midday meal, and a large nighttime meal. Often though, alcoholic beverages will be served late into the night. Coffee, which was introduced by Zahbians is an incredibly popular drink and drank all day.

  • While Zahbians also included dairy, which is a staple in their own cooking, many Arde are lactose intolerant and can’t stomach dairy products. Many Arde also have an allergy to cacao beans.




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