oodles of vanis from unknown months ago
none of which made me happy
Surprise! It’s Mahdat.
in case anyone here was ever under the (terribly misguided) impression that I know what the hell I’m doing, here’s an Aram head and also what it actually looks like in my sketchbook
fill this blog with floating heads that’s how we roll here in the hood
The one with Dunya and co.
This shit takes place in a p good sized empire. Its ruling family (aka 90% of the cast) is the Karajed royal family. So you can call it the Karajed Empire, but actually most of the people in said empire, including its ruling caste, call their land Balkilajem. They also refer to it as a kingdom rather than an empire and Balkilajem is ruled by kings and not emperors, since they don’t really like the connotations that come with the latter. The suffix -jem more or less translates into “territory/kingdom/country belonging to a people.”* The suffix -jed is “people,” either a race or ethnic group. So the kingdom’s name is more or less uneasily translated as “Balkila, territory belonging to humans” and its ruling family are “the people of Kara.”
"Kara" refers to a state which was part of a now defunct empire that once controlled great swathes of territory across the known world. Kara was near the heart of that empire, a place to the southeast of Balkilajem. Despite the empire’s collapse into disparate states and kingdoms (Balkilajem among them) many centuries before the start of this story, its legacy is of great importance in the politics of the region as the ruling classes of current territories legitimize their right to govern through the tracing of their lineage back to the old empire. This common ancestry unites these entities culturally, determining who among their neighbors each state can make war upon and to whom tributes must be paid.
So, in short: The empire (which contains many different states, ethnic groups and territories) as a whole is named after the territory of a specific (dominant) ethnic group within that empire, and the imperial family legitimizes their rule over this empire by identifying with another territory in an older (now long gone) empire.
Sometimes the history gets confusing.
* despite that being kind of a duh statement, there’s a reason for it. There’s many different types of territory. Aside from -jem, “land belonging to a group of people,” there’s also -jek, “land belonging to the beasts” and -jehda, “land belonging to God.”
and poorly sketched Mahdat, ok we’re done here
aram with a haircut and a beard(?!) looks more like
a son his father’s son a sentiment that would probably make him vomit, actually
it also makes him look like a neckbeard. But he is, so that’s completely fair
suddenly weird modern sartorialist AU go
"Scheherazade would envy us," said the beetle.