The Makkuth are an aggressive, invasive species. Through their evolution, expansion to new territories and the conquest
and exploitation of others have been key to their survival, first on the harsh and competitive world of Mallef and later
at large in the Farrago sector.
The Celendriennes, originally a conquered race, live within the Dynasty as official
mediators and traders, while the Pandarans are subjugated and little more than labour.
The Makkuth have been traditionally and intermittently aligned with or at war with the Y'Hotha
Alliance and the Skalds, conquering and trading the worlds of smaller alliances like the
Valgarads. They have come in conflict with many other major empires, including the
Core Commonwealth, the Bjaki Federation, and the
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Makkuth have a traditional court structure. The ruling class,
called the Douge, is composed of families that have garnered
sufficient power, in the form of land holdings, underlings,
and favour of the existing Douge, to warrant inclusion.
Makkuth have the power to rearrange the holdings of anyone
below themselves on the social heirarchy, manipulating the
power structure to their liking and providing reward and
punishment to their underlings.
At the top of the Douge is the Gwaeryn, a figure with nominally
total power, though the mandate for the Gwaeryn’s control is
gained through actual personal power swaying the other Douge
to accept them as “king”. The Gwaeryn has the power to
rearrange the holdings and underlings belonging to pretty much
anyone in the Makkuth Dynasty, though actual tampering with
the holdings of other Douge generally leads to conflict,
intrigue, and sometimes the displacement of the Gwaeryn.
Below the Gwaeryn are the Sul, who have ancestral or granted
holdings, called Sulies, of land and underlings. They range
from remotely located minor holdings that grant the Sul little
power with the Douge to powerful Makkuth who have Sulies on
par with the Gwaeryn.
The Gwaeryn will remain in power until he dies or, more likely, is
displaced. It is his duty to name his Sulkuths, who act as
official advisers and a pool of candidates to replace him.
Powerful Suls will often attempt to sway the Gwaeryn’s
choice of Sulkuths. Suls maintain local, personal armies that
together form the Makkuth armed forces. There is much intrigue
and social politic among the Douge, with power often residing
in the hands of those with the most friends, who can therefore
muster the most troops and control the most territory. Some
Suls choose not to become Gwaeryn, instead manipulating and
controlling from a more non-descript and safer vantage.
Sul will generally break their holdings down into manageable
sections called Sulyns and appoint Ceryns and Turyns to run
them. Turyns are given charge of infrastructure, enforcement,
and the defense of a Sulyn. Ceryns are in charge of economics,
administration, and legal matters. The Ceryn and Turyn of a
Sulyn are expected to work together to make things run
smoothly and conflict between them is settled directly by the
The next down on the Makkuth social ladder, and officially out of
the Douge, are the Celeth, local administrators appointed by
the Turyn and Ceryn to run things within a Sulyn. Common
Makkuth fall below them and are called Nach.
Non-Makkuth are generally treated with disdain and grouped below the Nach.
Honoured or respected aliens are given the title Tindakuth and
treated based on their contribution to Makkuth society,
occasionally becoming minor Suls.
There are several levels of slave class, determined by the slave’s
duties and whether or not they are native Makkuth.
The Makkuth Dynasty is an aggressive empire. Their lifestyle is
based on the conquest and suppression of others and needs
conquest in order to grow and thrive. First, because they have
no concept of possession beyond land and underlings, they need
a constant supply of new lands and beings to exploit as their
currency of power. Without it, their society tends to slip
into squabbles and civil wars. In essence, the expenditure of
resources for invasion is not a consideration, as territory
and underlings are the primary fuel for their economy. The
Gwaeryn will often placate his Douge with crusades in search
of new territory, promising them reward for participation.
Second, their culture is based on competition in a hostile
food web. They have always survived by exploiting the
strengths of other species. In their It is in their racial
subconscious makeup that without new species to exploit, their
race will die. They have always had the idea that their sun is
hostile and jealous, that it is near the end of its life and
will die out soon and without warning. They feel a need to
expand to save the race.