To be informed, is to be forewarned.
-Scion Naresh Sabzvari, Blood Dragon of the Precept Arcanum
[Reserach into the Aunourch Bedine]:
[after some time, the librarians return with a single text]
Maxilla's Guide to the Anaurach
Twenty years ago I was a simple trader making his way through the world. While attempting to shave time off a cavavan, I chanced the ancient sands of the Anaurach. On the fifth day our caravan was raided by Captain Haumn Salkhun, Sheikh of the Eastern Ruin, and I was taken captive. This book is a compilation of first hand knowledge I experienced as their prisoner. I can say with absolute confidence, I have never met a more honorable people. I was fed and clothed and kept safe from harm, my jailor even taking care to spare me from Lathander's Kiss when I fell ill. I was gifted pen and ink and allowed to detail my experiences under the caveat that I only write the truth. My Scholarly brothers deny the truth to these words, but they know nothing of the hardship in the sand.
The Bedine were once divided into over 100 tribes with the largest having more than 300 members. Some of the tribes had never even heard of each other, and even more had never encountered one another in the vast wilderness of the desert. One tribe met only an average of two others in a year of nomadic travels. Rarely, more than a few tribes would temporarily unite under an "oversheikh" or "emir" against a common foe, such as lamias or asabi. They are a nomadic, tent-dwelling society. Most sites in the Sword could not support permanent settlements, and those few oases that could were considered sacred land to the Bedine and not the property of any one tribe. Moreover, a tribe that stayed in a single location was often a target for rivals or predators. Some of the traditions followed by all Bedine tribes included always giving water to the thirsty and always honoring one's oath. All warriors were bound to obey the commands of the sheikh, and only the most battle-hardened veterans would consider challenging such orders. The Bedine favor the deities A'tar, Kozah, N'asr. It is believed by western scholars that these are aspects of Lathander, Talos, and Cyric. To speak their name means one must honor them with a gift, or so their culture demands. Trained at combat in the darkness of night, they began to practice the ways of battle from before they are even adolescents. Although some claims state women were not supposed to fight as warriors, this is in fact false, it was commonplace during my travels to see husband and wife fighting side by side.
In battle, the Bedine would usually fight to the death, it was very important for a warrior to be willing to trade his life for the sake of honor. Especially against overwhelming odds, so great was the shame that they would feel in defeat. Sometimes, a winning party of Bedine would offer a losing warrior a chance to join their tribe in reward for bravery in the face of such defeat. Requesting such an offer was a disgrace, but it was never disgraceful to accept. Acceptance of such an offer was ceremonialized by the losing warrior kissing his weapon and laying it at the feet of his new sheikh. In response, the sheikh kissed the new warrior's forehead. They would then share a glass of wine mixed with a few drops of blood from both of them. It is my belief that this act of submission transcends combat, and translates to more common Bedine Customs. Visiting a rival, or making peace, both parties would show respect by offering their sword, and then denying its' necessity. This display would prove to each warrior a sense of trust, that one does not need to be disarmed, but one was willing to be so in order to make the other feel safe.