The barakas are related to Tithus' children, the giants, but in turning their backs on the giants' wars of conquest, they avoided their progenitors’ doom on the Day of Fire. Barakas value knowledge of all kinds. They maintain libraries of the accumulated learning of their own people, drawn from all the world’s races, in every city where they make their homes.
Despite their gentle nature and generally pacifistic philosophy, it would be erroroneous to presume barakas are weaklings, for their other great hunger is for balance. Balancing mind and body means that every young baraka learns the arts of combat alongside the arts of knowledge. Like the amani, the barakas fiercely defend the weak and downtrodden.
The giants used their immense power to conquer the world. The baraka clan, though, went their own way and walked a more peaceful path in the pursuit of knowledge. When the gods punished the giants for their ambitions with total annihilation on the Day of Fire, they spared the barakas. Since that time, they've been welcome guests in the lands of many other races. The amani have traditionally kept their distance from the barakas because of the unhappy history between amani and giants, but with the new spirit of friendship fostered by the federation, even those old wounds are beginning to heal.
Barakas are at the forefront of federation exploratory missions. There's great need from the Island of Dawn to the argon front for their encyclopedic knowledge of the world’s history and cultures and their propensity for recording virtually everything, and as fighters, barakas are also second to none.
The baraka original homeland was destroyed when the gods obliterated the giants and all their lands and cities sending many barakas to wander the lands, establish libraries on both continents, and engage in scholarly projects for the benefit of all. Meanwhile locked behind the storm barrier surrounding Northern Arun, a sect of barakas called the Seekers built Highwatch, a towering city overlooking the ruins of their first home, Ex Prima.
The Sanctuary of Illumination demonstrates Highwatch's dedication to the pursuit of knowledge, but the Seekers also keep a constant vigil against archdevas, their minions, and their spies.
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