Road of Yasa

Yasa is the Mongol code of conduct, a set of laws that all must observe, as first laid down by Chinghis Khan and upheld now by his sons. The Anda have derived their own code from these precepts, focusing on honour, respect, and loyalty, particularly to one’s family, and most especially to those to whom they have sworn spiritual kinship. Not all Anda walk the Road of Yasa, but the vast majority do.

While the Road of Yasa holds honour in high regard, the Mongol concept of honour is quite different than that of western knights and the Path of Chivalry. In battle, for example, the Mongols will do anything to win; spies, stealth, deceit, ambush, and confusion are all valid tactics, and none are considered to impinge upon honour. On the other hand, knowingly placing oneself at a disadvantage might be dishonourable because it does not show your enemy proper respect.

Sobriquet

Bloodbrothers

Preferred by

Anda

Ethics

  • Honour your family as you would honour yourself
  • The family you choose is the strongest and most important family
  • Demand respect from others
  • Show respect to those who deserve it
  • Do not stain your honour with petty behaviour or pride
Level of SinDescription
1*Ignoring an insult; insulting another undeservedly
1Lying to one who has proved themselves honest
2Abusing your herd; showing mercy to one who has not submitted
3Losing a battle due to pride; harming family, Anda, herd, or allies while in frenzy
4Disobeying the order of your noyan or other leader
5Betraying your family; betraying your Blood-sworn kin

*: only for someone with Road rating of 6

Initiation

Before one may set foot upon this Road, an Anda must receive an invitation from one already familiar with it. She may go to a Bloodbrother and express a desire to join their ranks, or she may find herself approached unexpectedly about doing so. If the latter happens, it means she has impressed someone with her virtuous behavior. On the occasion of the former, she will have to demonstrate the qualities of honour, loyalty, and obedience before she undergoes an initiation. The decision to induct a new member is never made alone; the sponsor will gather as many Anda as possible and convene a kurlitai, during which he espouses to the others the virtues of the new recruit. If satisfied, the sponsor, and perhaps others, will present themselves to the new member, where they will co-mingle blood, becoming true Anda Bloodbrothers.

Organisation

Bloodbrothers have little in the way of organisation; they follow their Mongol families, performing their duties as normal. When possible, they prefer to remain near other Bloodbrothers, for the bonds between them are strong. When they are far from each other, they keep their ears close to the ground, listening for any potential news of their kin. Should one Bloodbrother ever discover another to be in need, she will go to his aid at the first possible moment. Any reunion between two or more Anda eventually gives way to raucous, joyful celebration.

They are not formally represented among the Anarchs, but tend to have good relations with the Luminaries, who will occasionally put their points across.

Aura

Trust. Those above you trust you will do your duty obediently. Those beneath you trust you will treat them fairly. Enemies trust you will respect them by doing everything in your power to defeat them. The aura modifier affects Leadership tests applied against subordinates, and Intimidation tests against enemies.