Court of Sand

Overview

The ancient beings of the Court of Sand are instantly recognisable as gods. With a love of grandiose ritual and dramatic melodrama, these creatures have kept the citizens of their lands enthralled by tales of treachery and deceit for millennia. While some say they have shown the path of spirituality to the citizens of their lands, others claim that they have enslaved countless generations to build monuments to death and oblivion. Within a strict hierarchy that has stood the test of time, less powerful members of the Court of Sand tend to be military captains, priests and servants of the Egyptian Gods, many willing accepting the honour…others not so willingly.

History

Appearance

While a high proportion of the Court of Sand are of North African or Middle Eastern descent, there are just as many elders among the court who share mixed heritages from the times of Greek and Roman occupation through to the present day. There are also quite a few members of occult orders around the world who claim membership in the court of sand despite bearing no Egyptian blood in their veins at all. Traditionally secretive, the members of this court will dress in common clothes, though often ornamented with gold and lapis lazuli jewellery. In times of ritual though they are often proud to display avatar form that bare animal features, elaborate body paint and majestic auras.

Court Culture

The Outsiders who form the Court of Sand are used to being worshipped, they consider themselves the manifestations of gods on earth. This mentality has not changed over thousands of years, despite the fact that their once mighty empire has all but fallen to oblivion. There are two core beliefs among these Outsiders. The first lies in a concept of multiple souls that seek unification to become one with the universe again. Many are the legends of powerful beings within the court being dismembered before they could attain this perfection. Most members believe that unifying the soul is a process that can take many millennia, but can be shortened through building armies of scholars, slaves and priests who help their quest. The second concept central to the beliefs of the Court of Sand involve a mysterious force called Maat. Those who seek to restore the balance within the world are said to be on the path of Maat, while those who choose to bring disorder are said to have abandoned the path of Maat. It is common for these goals of balance and reunification of the soul to lie at odds to one another, and this is often the central theme of stories involving this court.

Court Operations

Legends state that the Court of Sand began its time as a renegade group of the Ivory Court who had seen the success of the Sapphire. These Outsiders decided that the nations of Africa could do with some advancement if they were to become a force to be reckoned with. A valuable region was claimed to the north of Africa, where the trade routes of the Nile river lead to the Mediterranean and the Land routes spread into Western Asia and Arabia. Here they marked their claim and established one of the most spectacular empires the world has ever known. As they established their title over the newly formed empire, the most powerful among them took on the roles of gods and fought each other viciously for control of the entire court. Brothers and sisters waged war, using tens of thousands of citizens as pawns and expendable resources. For this atrocity, the Court of Ivory turned it’s back on the Sands of Egypt, but by this time they had claimed a right to be recognised as a Court of their own. In the time since, many of the Outsiders have united into groups with like-minded goals and the great war has ebbed to a degree. The lesser members of the court either work under the ancient beings, or vie for power those who still reign supreme. Of course, many of these less noteworthy Outsiders have started to take advantage of the changing ways of the citizens, and the tides seem to be turning.

Common Court Powers

While other fields of power have their merit, none are important in light of the great mysteries of life and death. The Court of Sand values the knowledge of these two fields more than any others, and those who master the arts of healing and necromancy are accorded great status within the court. Once a member of the court has mastered a level of ability in at least one of these two fields, they are expected to push their study into the next level through discipline and by pursuing the spiritual arts. A member of the court only ever has a chance of gaining greater status within the court once they are able to transcend the physical world and traverse the underworld. Once in the land of the dead, the members of the Court of Sand practice using their powers of healing to return citizens to the world of the living before their time is due, or push unruly spirits on to the afterlife if they have become cursed or bound to the living in some way.

Common Court Havens

The size of ones home and the protections on it are important to the members of the Court of Sand. Those who have claimed any status in their own right will live in sheltered compounds, protected by guards, protective technologies and mystical wards. While the size of the compound sometimes reflects the status of it’s inhabitants, the level of security is considered paramount. Some choose to live in imposing temple complexes with citizen guards and lower ranked outsider staff; others choose high-tech offices with state-of-the-art surveillance systems and more elaborate protections. The homes of the Court of Sand are often filled with texts and artefacts from all over the world, detailing their quest for inner perfection and the impacts they have made to bring balance to the world (or gain personal power). Only those who have yet to gain any real notoriety or status within the court choose to live in subtle or unprotected homes.

Court Agenda

Intercourt Relations

Blood Court

Chrysanthemum Court

Gold Court

Ivory Court

Jade Court

Ochre Court

Peyote Court

Rose Court

Sand Court

Sapphire Court

Wave Court

Lesser Courts

The Court of Marble
The Court of the Sea
The Court of Ice
The Court of Runes
The Court of Grass
The Court of Greenstone

Significant Court Members

Ra

Osiris

Sutekh

Isis

Significant Court Rogues

Description: Psychology/Philosophy: Organization:
Divine (“God”) –
Demigods (“Demigod”) –
Supernaturals (“Immortal”) –
Half-Bloods (“Blessed”) –

Court Elements: Metal, Wood, Water
Members:
Air –
Darkness –
Earth –
Fire –
Light –
Metal –
Water –
Wood –

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