"Let not the world judge you for being a woman.
Type of Organization
Type of Members
|Female Warrior Monks|
|Number of Members||420|
|Demographics||Human 49%, Elven 36%, Dwarven 9%, Grum 4%, Other 2%|
|Normidia, Arkalia, Corvenia, Vorrik|
|High Matriach Jesari Hon, human female monk|
|Year Founded||1453 CY|
The Golconda are a secretive order of female monks renowned for physical and mental prowess. These warrior women train extensively to become masters of stealth and unarmed combat. Beyond the fighting mat, they study to educate themselves in reading, writing, mathematics, literature and languages. It is the golconda belief that women are the equal of men and that through hard work and study, a woman can master anything.
The Golconda divides itself geographically into abbeys. Each abbey consists of 50-100 members living and working in a communal fashion in a stone and wood long house which they build themselves. These abbeys are usually a few kilometers outside of a small town. The Golconda has abbeys in or near the following locations:
Sisters will often move between monasteries to study under different matriachs and experience different parts of the world.
The Order of the Golconda was founded during the Age of Rebirth and has grown slowly but steadily for several centuries.
The Golconda exists to provide security, training, education and acceptance to any woman willing to work to better herself. Many women fleeing from war, poverty, violence or slavery have found a place among the ranks of the Golconda. The group exists to benefit and empower women and to show the world that women are the physical and mental equal of men.
The Golconda have no formal allies or enemies. There is some tension between the Golconda and the various male-dominated groups of the northwest (Normidian hunters, Arkalian knights, Vorrikan warriors). The Golconda are on relatively good terms with the Corvenians and the elves of Cyrell.
The Golconda accepts only females into its ranks. Any woman of decent health and intellect may petition to join. Typically, new recruits will be between 14 and 22 years of age.
A golconda can be recognized by the dagger tattoos inscribed on her outer wrists. This is a symbol of the martial training and unarmed open handed striking style. A variant of these tattoos, crossed daggers, is the symbol of the organization. The golconda favor simple bodysuits that include integrated boots. These suits exhibit a basic straight cut design, have several pockets and are usually muted grey, brown or tan. They are non-descript, but well-fitted and allow freedom of movement. Golconda women wear their hair long and straight, usually braided. They do not adorn themselves with makeup or jewelry.
A Golconda must abide by the following rules:
The Golconda is a rigidly organized group with a strict hierarchical rank structure. The rank system includes four tiers: sister, elder sister, mistress and matriarch. There is one matriarch heading up each abbey. Five "mistresses" serve each matriarch. Overseeing the entire sisterhood is the High Matriarch, currently a human female named Jesari Hon.
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