February 10, 2012

Hari Ragat: the Bayan

Vijadesans refer to towns, cities and kingdoms with the same word, bayan. Unlike the well-defined, stone-enclosed cities you might find in a European-inspired fantasy world, a typical Vijadesan bayan sprawls across the land as a network of villages, waterways, and farmland, following the natural lay of the terrain.

The bayan has no definite borders, but instead is defined by a web of patronage and alliances.  The bayan’s territory is defined as that which is occupied by people under the patronage of the bayan’s rulers.  This means that borders and claims can be very fluid, contracting and expanding with the prestige and military power of the bayan’s rulers.

Most bayan are ruled by a lakan or rajah, who is patron to all the lesser datus in the area. Some bayan however have no rajah, but instead are held by a coalition of datus, who have all agreed to settle the area together and run a cooperative community.

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