Plying the water ways of the continent with their speedy dhows,the brown skinned,dark haired Dejy are the proud people of the dessert. Though they are vassals of the kingdom of Caladin,they have their unique culture and religion which they guard zealously,as well as a great degree of political freedom that the Kings of Caladin were wise enough to allow the sheiks of the dessert to retain.
Unlike the people of most lands who worship a multitude of gods,the Dejy are strict monotheists who believe in the One True God that has no physical form or appearance. Called Wohao,it was this God who revealed himself to the Prophet Fidas,the founder of the Dejy faith,as he tended his flocks in a remote part of the dessert. At that time,the Dejy tribes were under the yoke of the demon worshipping folk of the cursed kingdom of Kasmir,that subjected their Dejy thralls to great hardship and suffering.
It was Wohao who freed the Dejy by giving the Prophet the strength he needed to perform great miracles and plagues that astonished and awed the sorcerors and King of Kasmir,forcing them to release the Dejy from the chains of bondage. Famine and drought befell the Kasmir,as well as a mysterious illness that slew all the young of that vile kingdom and a vast horde of locusts that devoured everything in their path until the King of Kasmir released the Dejy. This story is thus a very integral part of the Dejy faith and has been recorded in the Quabala,the sacred book of the Dejy,along with the wisdom and knowledge Wohao saw fit to bless him with. The latter includes the moral codes that Wohao passed down to the Dejy,to ensure that his people would never fall prey to the decadence that had corrupted the forsaken people of Kasmir and ultimately destroyed them.
These moral codes are very strict and call for prayer four times a day,in the direction of the sacred Kals mountain range where the Prophet was enlightened by the true God,as well as ritual fasting during the holy 7 days when Wahao ravaged the land of the Kasmir. There are also bans on intoxicating substances of any kind and openly promiscuous behavior is punishable by whipping.
Dejy society is male dominated,with women forced to live by standards that call on them to be ever chaste and discreet,forbidding them to every defy the will of their fathers and husbands. A Dejy woman is usually given away in marriage at the age of 16 to a stranger she hardly knows,let alone loves. Moreover,while a Dejy man can take up to 4 wives,a Dejy woman must never been seen unchaperoned in the presence of a man who is not her husband or immediate family member. Any woman who does this,will be driven not only from her father or husband's house,but from her tribe as well,forced to find employment in the Imperial city of Calan.
Most Dejy tribesmen are either shepards or sailors,though all of them are skilled with the scimtiar,often finding themselves involved in the petty tribal feuds that break out between the hot headed sheiks. The Caladin authorities usually ignore these skirmishes,wary of getting their hands dirty with Dejy tribal politics. As longs as the Dejy tribes continue to pledge allegiance to the kingdom of Caladin,what they do is none of the King's concern.
Oddly enough for quarrelsome tribes that live in a dessert,the Dejy are wealthy and prosperous,due to the fact that the sheep they rear produce a certain kind of fleece that is superior to that of any other type,making it a much valued commodity to the merchants of Caladin. This has allowed them to buy luxury items from the markets of Caladin that help to make their lives in the dessert eas and pleasant.Another Dejy commodity much in demand in the city of Calan,are the Dejy bards. In addition to religious hymns,Dejy poets and bards also sing beautiful songs of the dessert and the glory of long dead warriors and chiefs. Some nobles and wealthy merchants often hire Dejy musicians to perform at private functions and parties hosted by them.