The last fairy story of Junefae is postponed for a week while I finish up a project in the studio, so that I may write and edit with a full brain for the occasion.  Instead, here's a helpful explainer about the Uranja, one of the races of the Northern Continent. The Uranja are mentioned briefly in an earlier story, and will turn up frequently in future...

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 Uranja are a reptilian species from the southern continent.  In the last three hundred years they pushed north to establish the great Uranjan trade routes; where they settled for the winter, the Uranja built cities.  The Uranjan language is said by the Goblins to be derived from Old Human, adapted to meet the needs of a more dispassionate culture and a different shape of mouth.

  Uranja are famous for creating elaborate cultural institutions for themselves and others.  Many churches and religious organizations are maintained by Uranja, regardless of the culture of origin.  Many a Human church has a Uranji deacon, as the saying goes. The First Othering Assembly is perhaps the most wide-spread Uranja-created religion on the northern continent.  It offers non-denominational worship to wandering Pocket Gods large and small, where a small donation and a prayer are all that is required to show mercy to the ineffable. The Uranja are also often relied on to create and staff  complex government and corporate structures.  Uranja Trade Delegation representatives will accept contracts for, example, both tax collection and preparation.  A city tradesman guild without a Uranja manager would be quite unusual.

  Uranji culture celebrates achievement, particularly by old males. It is said that the Respected Founder of the university city of Whumbadda, at the north terminus of the Uranja Highway, lived to be 300 years old and possessed great wealth, with 99 wives and 150 egg-brooders.  Delegation records state that he had a tail seven feet long that he was allowed to carry horizontally in public before his superiors and the Uranja gods.  Alas, he was quite fragile by the end of his life and so he was granted permission to have up to three assistants carry his tail for him at these events, wearing black veils to show that they were not officially present and that for all purposes the Respected Founder was carrying his own tail in public.

  Uranja are not hostile to non-Uranja, but they are accutely aware of non-Uranja in their environment except under a single instance.  If a non-Uranja submits a request for citizenship to the local Uranja authorities, including testimonials from Uranja worthies bespeaking his Uranjan virtues, Uranja authorities may choose to recognize him as an Uranja.  If they find in his favor, the new Uranja will be a true Uranja in the eyes of his fellows, regardless of orginal species.  He will, however, have to wear a false tail in public.

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