The Nayusuru Ankaykari

Although all Ankaykari seem awe-inspiring to mortal-kind, the Nayusuru are less powerful than the Esu and are therefore treated as servants. Since the status of an Esu depends on the strength of their court, they are continually endeavoring to secure the allegiance and loyalty of the Nayusuru.

The most valued servants are those who are skilled in battle, yet the qualities for which they are admired also lead them to be regarded with wariness, for a Nayusuru who is too bold or clever is seen as a threat to the hierarchy.

Some Esu respect their servants, but many just feel riled if they think that their will is being questioned. As a result, the Nayusuru know they must choose their words with care, and they often consider themselves more subtle and astute than their rulers.

The Nayusuru Hierarchy

The Nayusuru have their own politics and hierarchy, which tends to be quite complicated since it is based on their skill in combat, the standing of their Esu ruler, the favor in which they are held and the support they command among others of their rank. However, most are not nearly so concerned with status as the Esu, and have more harmonous relationships as a result.

Nayusuru maintain alliances not only with those of their own court but also with those of other courts, regardless of the friendships and enmities of the Esu. Sometimes they form romantic bonds or friendships which prove more enduring than their loyalty to their rulers.

It is said that an Esu can intimidate one servant, must compromise with two, and should be wary of three. However, the Nayusuru are often too caught up in their own power-struggles to turn against an unreasonable ruler. A fool bickers over favour. Those with sense ally with their fellow servants and force their rulers to make concessions.

~ THE CITADEL OF THE MIND (anon.)

Servants of the Esu

While Esu vassals often quarrel with their sovereigns, Nayusuru are expected to obey the will of their rulers without question. Savage feuds erupt whenever they do give their allegiance to another, as such ‘treachery’ deeply damages the status of their erstwhile ruler.

Some Esu try to persuade Nayusuru to join their courts while others attempt to conquer their Citadels. Some win the loyalty of their servants through graciousness and generosity, while others rule through fear.

Many Nayusuru have been cruelly oppressed by the Esu over the millennia. They express their misery and anger in anonymous works of literature, the most infamous of which is The Citadel of the Mind.

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