Thanks. Can you respond to my other questions please... I'm struggling with what look like some inconsistencies in the setting that I can't reconcile.
"I'm looking for the link between Nesstren and Takrin - are they in the same solar system? If Nesstren is so powerful why are they not at war with the Nei and her armies and biting great chunks out of her empire with their superior technology? Why isn't any Nesstren male who sets foot on Takrin instantly enslaved? His DNA must be worth enormous sums? Or do they not travel there and if so why not?"
Nesstren and Takrin are in different solar systems, several lightyears apart. They aren't at war because while space travel is much faster, it's not instant like we picture in Star Wars or something. And the reason the men aren't instantly enslaved is because while on Takrin, men are slaves, on Nesstren, they're not. It's sovereign immunity, meaning that while the Nei could enslave all the men, doing so would risk war with another empire.
With the Takrin women seemingly seen as slaves by the Nesstren males, how do the two races trade? From what I can see these two peoples are so diametrically opposed I can't understand how they can have any contact other than war. The game is set on Takrin, right?
Sorry for all the questions but I need to understand a game if I'm to play in it.
Trade is limited but it's mostly in goods that the two need. Takrin has slave women that can be used for materials and tech from Nesstren, though the two do often get into arguments of superiority. Trade happens just not very heavily.
I think I would like some more information about the setting then because I feel like I was just ambushed by knowledge that wasnt available
I'm sorry sweetie, I was having a rough day and taking it out on you. I should've been way nicer and I'm sorry I was a total ass.
Now that I'm not pressed for time I can actually ask some questions of my own
1. Is this Science fiction or space fantasy? Science fiction (i.e. Star Trek)revolves around the idea of using science to build the setting, characters, and worlds. However space fantasy (i.e. Star wars) does whatever it wants. Science rarely has a place in the setting. The reason why I bring these up is the whole desert world thing. Every desert environment has at least a bit of green in it somewhere, for example Egypt has some vast Sugar cane fields. If were doing a completely desert world then I question where the oxygen comes from.
If were abandoning science to run a space fantasy game that's fine but I need to know that
Ok, it's Space Fantasy. The exact workings can get swept under the rug. And the reason I didn't agree with you at first was because mountains aren't exactly ideal for sugar cane or crops in general. I'm not saying you can't have it, just that growing crops on top of a mountain is neigh impossible.
2. What kind of education do the people of Takrin have? What kind of forms of higher education are available? How common is higher education?
Higher education is reserved primarily for the nobles and rich, while common people are barely taught to read and write, and slaves don't receive any education. Schooling is expensive, and the tribal nature of most means it's way down on the list of priorities.
3. What kind of military do they have and what kind of technology is common through out Takrin? Earlier you noted that Nei formed her empire by her sword and that materials tend to be rare. So I got the idea of a primitive society in my mind that lacked resources to make vast technologically advanced armies. So there probably aren't guns, let alone energy weapons (which is what I see house Val'urk manufacturing).
Sorry. The Nei uses her sword in the traditional sense as an extension of her power, while guns make up the bulk of the army's weapons. The few energy weapons that exist are big and cumbersome, mostly mounted on ships and heavy platforms. Resources are rare but not impossible to obtain, which is why mountains would be ideal due to the extensive ore mines located within.
4. What kind of relationship does Takrin have with Nesstren? It seems like the two worlds are polar opposites and would have trouble interacting at all without some kind of neutral territory
Like I mentioned above it's mostly a sovereign agreement. They're opposites but as long as visitors behave themselves, they can't be arrested without justification. Slavery is the main thread, and occasionally princes and princesses get together to share royal blood, but mostly it's about resources.
5. How exactly is the society of Takrin run? What exactly do the royals do if not govern some area designated by the empress or by their treaties with her?
It's very feudal, with the Nei owning the planet and allowing each tribe a member in her royal court. The royal then can subdivide the land among nobles within the territory, with taxes being collected and travelling up into the Royal Treasury, from which the Nei uses to finance her army and build things important to the Empire. Trade is mostly done between roving caravans that roam the deserts via airship, meaning roads are rare. Each tribe has a set of rules they must obey, but they are kept loose and each maintains some degree of leniency, though any order from the Nei overrules even the highest Royal.
That's not to say there's a way around the Nei. Should 7 of 10 Royals agree, they may countermand the Nei, forcing her to revoke her decision. There is also a rule that if all Royals agree, they may dispense with the Nei, though this usually leads to the Nei's execution via slow torture. It's an ancient tribal custom similar enough in all tribes that it became a rule among the Royal Court as well. To keep the Nei from assassinating just anyone, if more than a quarter of the Royals die in mysterious ways or at the direct order of the Nei within two years, the Nei is disposed of.