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“Life is short — let it never be dull!”

Freeborn proverb

The Freeborn of the Brass Coast are travellers, traders, lovers and poets. They are exuberant and flamboyant; when they laugh their humour is infectious and without spite, when they love they do so with a passion that is without guile and when they’re angry, their wrath is like a summer storm – terrible to behold but swift in passing. To be Freeborn is to be driven by a hunger for life, to see the world, to taste every delicacy, sample every wine and tell every tale. Success is measured in wealth, family and influence, not out of greed, but for the joy success brings.

Their wagons and ships cross the world bringing exotic goods that command the finest prices. While others see them as brazen and mercurial, their honesty is without arrogance, for to aggrandise the self is vulgar, while to praise the deeds of another is an art. Their tales are bawdy enough for a common tavern and grand enough for a lordly court alike and can fill a room with laughter, tears or gasps of horror.

The Freeborn prize individual freedom and responsibility. Although they are capable of serving a cause they have little respect for authority. Pompous or self-important individuals, especially those who think that titles and positions have made them important are ridiculed on the Coast. Respect is earned, it cannot be bought or appointed.

They are infamous for their corsairs who operate throughout the bay of Catazar. These daring privateers risk everything ensuring that the Empire's enemies are unable to threaten her shores and earning a fortune in gold in the process. It is a dangerous life but one that perfectly suits the Freeborn passion for high adventure.

They are the Freeborn and they believe that while life maybe short, it should never be dull!

Five things to know about the Freeborn

  • Their word is their bond. Freeborn traders possess an honesty that would put most priests to shame.
  • They are notoriously candid. Brazen in person, and disarmingly frank in negotiation, they are never afraid to speak their mind when they want to.
  • They will put a price on anything. The Freeborn believe the fairest way to reckon the worth of something is to put a price on it.
  • They crave adventure and excitement. None more so than their corsairs who are the terror of the high seas.
  • They prize freedom and responsibility and disdain authority. The Freeborn philosophy is that society is best served when every individual is responsible for themselves and to themselves.

What the Freeborn are not

  • Desert-dwellers. Grassy plains, rocky mountains and shipboard on the ocean are where the Freeborn live.
  • Dodgy Camel Salesmen. The Freeborn have no camels, and are scrupulously honest in all their dealings.
  • Matriarchal. The Freeborn are matrilineal, they take their mother’s family name, but other than this their society is completely gender blind.
  • Orthodox in Religion. The Freeborn poke fun at the pomposity of the structures of Imperial religion, keeping the faith in their own private ways.
  • Fez, turban, or shemagh wearers. No Freeborn would be seen dead in a white patterned headcloth (white is the colour of the poor), headdress, if worn, should be colourful and vibrant.

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