The Kumpania

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 THE GYPSY KUMPANIA
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Copy and paste in-world to join the Kumpania group: secondlife:///app/group/018f7b27-1eda-0b7c-252a-f21649a23ec5/about


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KUMPANIA LEADER
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Current Leader: Calixia Sommerfleck. Please contact her in-world with any questions regarding the group. 

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BACKGROUND
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The Romani of Ascension live on the north-eastern coast, at the edge of the town in a secluded area they have claimed as their territory. They are a very reserved community, who specialise in entertaining the gaje (non-gypsies). In the past, there were those who lived among them, as protectors and Hunters of supernatural threats, but since that time, the Kumpania has adopted a more passive approach to the growing population of Mahrime (Tainted/Impure) and Mulo (Ghosts or Undead). At least in appearance. 

The world has always been fascinated by the shadowy ambiguity of the Gypsy people, or Roma, as they call themselves. An ancient nomadic race, their origins shrouded in mystery, they have travelled the world perpetuating many myths about themselves for many reasons. Whether to gain sympathy, by saying they were of a certain following, or to further the mystery about them to enhance their qualifications for fortune telling.

Nobody is really sure at this time where Gypsies originated. Today Gypsies are everywhere and their close knit society and strange customs alternately fascinate and irritate the gaje, or non-Gypsy. Local people usually regard Gypsies with curiosity and suspicion. Gypsies are notoriously reticent about sharing their secrets and love to cast nets of intrigue and cause confusion. Their very lifestyle depends upon such skills.

Their roaming lifestyle causes them to always be the outsiders, belonging to no country, as well as vagabonds roaming the countryside to make a quick buck. Additionally their close knit, secretive aspect causes fear and confusion in those not of the Gypsies. Generations of Gypsies have endured persecution by the gaje (not of the Rom/Gypsies) as a result of their aura of strangeness. Political leaders have historically branded Gypsies as undesirables, making them scapegoats of gaje problems. Some local people still believe in Gypsies as thieves and untrustworthy, although this is not always the case.

Gypsies are normally dark skinned with bold flashing eyes. However it is not unusual to find golden or crimson haired Gypsies. A proud and independent, life loving, and passionate people. Gypsies are best noted for their occult skills, healing arts, and storytelling abilities.

From time to time, the Gypsies will permit an outsider -a gaje as non-Gypsies are called- to be adopted into their clan. Before the adoption can take place, however, the chosen person must first partake of a ceremony involving drinking a special potion from the magical Gypsy cup. Those who fail to pass the test die a painful death; anyone who succeeds has their blood changed to Gypsy blood and may enjoy the benefits of clan membership.

The Romani generally work whatever odd jobs they can find in the city. Outsiders usually think of them as scammers or petty thieves. While some of the kumpania -do- pickpocket unwary visitors or prey on far too trusting individuals, this is by no means applicable to every individual. Many of their number are mutants gifted with various mental abilities, and a good portion of the company's income comes from the various types of fortune tellers and soothsayers in their ranks. The Kumpania have a rich tradition of being vampire or demon Hunters, though they try to downplay this aspect nowadays. Outwardly, they have forbidden the hunt of supernaturals, but everyone knows where to go if a rogue is on the loose... 

 The Kumpania are more than happy to help out those who make it their business to "handle" the rogue supernaturals in town.

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CHARACTER RESTRICTIONS
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Due to the background of this group, only human or mutant characters can be part of the Kumpania. They wouldn't logically allow vampires or demons or other "unnatural" races in their midst, since their ancestors fought against those races and old superstitions still play a large role in their lives. Furthermore, the Romani are also superstitious, believing that demons and vampires are the corrupted souls of the dead, returned to feed from the living. With a superstition so powerful, they would be unlikely to invite a vampire or demon into their Clan, let alone their home.

You -may- start out human and be turned into a vampire or lycan if you so choose, but at that point the Kumpania would likely shun you. 

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KUMPANIA ROLES
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The Kumpania consists of some social roles/ranks forming the hierarchy as well as five classes bases on profession/skills. Each player must choose a class to belong to. Ranks will be granted based on participation. Racial powers must be chosen from the appropriate class or from the universal gypsy powers pool. 

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            RANKS
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Chivani: Spiritual Leader, the head of the Phuri Dae.

Phuro: Elders of the familia are chosen because of the wisdom and knowledge they possess. They are leaders of their class. 

Roma: The basic rank

Blokime: This role is for those who have lost the way of the Roma, fell apart with the Gypsy Code and might be shunned forever should they not undo the crime.

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          CLASSES
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Drabarni - Fortune tellers and Herbalists

Ferari - Metal Workers and Black Smiths

Gabori - Jewelers

Garda - Police and protectors for Gypsies only. These are the class that any Demon/VampireHunter or slayer may take up. They operate like the Gaje police, but are exclusive to the Romani.

Merchant - " Persuasive " traders of the familia

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GYPSY LAW 
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The Gypsy legal system not only protects the Gypsy from external and internal threats, but also serves as a code that organizes Gypsy society. Gypsy law acts as a cohesive force serving to protect Gypsy interests, rights, traditions, and ethnic distinctiveness. Gypsy law is self-contained and cannot incorporate rules of a foreign legal system. The gaje legal system is equally insular so far as Gypsy law is concerned.

But unlike the gaje who know nothing about Gypsy law, Gypsies are necessarily aware of gaje law. The Gypsy believe they should approach and respond to the gaje with caution, especially if the gaje profess good intentions, or claim to serve the best interest of the Gypsies are also cautious with gaje notions of due process, civil rights, and neutrality of law. Furthermore, not only do the Gypsy consider non-Gypsy marime', they also believe that Gypsy names and rituals lose their magical effectiveness if uttered to gaje.

Although the Gypsy people do not formally gather to pursue an objective, their need to survive as a distinct and isolated group provides them with a common purpose. Gypsy law ensures that the host country's legal systems and cultures minimally influence Gypsy life. Although Gypsy law has sacred aspects that direct Gypsies to lead their lives properly by attaining a state of purity and preventing contamination, it does not advocate imposing its values on non-gypsy. Its main purpose is to achieve a state of balance, or kintala, that pleases the spirits of the ancestors, or mule'.

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ROMANI LANGUAGE, MYTHS & LEGENDS
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The Language spoken by Gypsies throughout the world is Romani. It is not a language that can be learned completely in a book, and it is not a language that has been offered as a course in any Gaje School. The language must be taught via word of mouth by another Gypsy. This means that if you are not a gypsy, chances of you learning this language are slim.

As far as Myth and Legends of the Gypsies, they will gladly tell the stories of their own myths and why certain charms and trinkets are considered lucky to them. They very rarely scribe these legends as they prefer to pass them down to their children around the Camp fire.

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