Fei

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The Fei ['fɛ: i] are a subset of the Mei people, living in northern Feináe on the southeastern shores of Ereláe. They possess no great talent for statesmanship or urbanism, and their culture is very strongly rural and conservative.

Prehistory

Fairly little is known of the Mei peoples, who are considered primitive even by their neighbours. Because of their long-standing illiteracy, most of the early historical sources hail from foreign cultures. The earliest mention of them is by the Skourenes, who pushed them outward from their territories in Skouras after being pressured by the explosive Easterner expansion around -150. When they found them, the Mei were practising a form of low-density agriculture, and each village was governed more-or-less independently.

The resulting exodus was three-pronged: large numbers of Mei migrated to westward to Edinel, and the first recorded Mei state, Néor, was founded on the southern shores of Lake Van by these exiles. The remainder retreated further into the Littoral or moved east to Feináe, displacing the nomadic Qarau. The latter group are the ancestors of the contemporary Fei, isolated from the rest of their kin but in contact with the ilii. Even though the Mei uphold shamanic traditions to this day, the Jippirasti note the monotheism of the ancient Fei, possibly a result of their proximity to the iliu or Qarau.

By 300 Z.E. the Skourenes had started colonizing the southern shores of Feináe by sea, founding the state of Komand and restricting the Fei to the eastern shores and the highlands. There, they resumed their tranquil, decentralized way of life in their new territories, passing out of history and relevance for many centuries.

Succession of Invasions and Foreign Rule

The first real threat to their way of life appeared in 1697, as Tžuro horsemen of the Kurundasti Tej swept east from Skouras proper, conquering them on their way to Komand. The Fei didn't look kindly on these invaders, either, and resisted their cultural influence— they adopted neither their writing system, nor their religion. With the Tej's disinterest in ruling these poor and distant people and its own eventual decline, they soon found themselves de facto independent again.

Subsequent teje would control at least part of the Fei territories, but it was only under the strong trading state Jaešim that they started to notice the influx of wealth trade created, and this played a greater role in their acculturation than Jippirasti evangelism. Many of the southern Fei learnt the language of the Tžuro as well as their alphabet, and some converted to Jippirasti.

In 3045, the Disainor, pushed out of Skouras by the Tžuro and in need of lebensraum, invaded Feináe in great numbers and converted most of the remaining unbelievers at swordpoint. The Fei mounted a succesful rebellion against them in 3267.

Contemporary Fei

Currently, the Fei are organized as the tej of Feidal, occupying the same peninsula they have since their original migration from Skouras, and their culture is still largely based on agriculturalism. They've proven somewhat more adaptive than their Sevisre cousins, though, having abandoned shamanism and adopted both the Jippirasti alphabet and their faith.

One of the major divisions of Jippirasti, Fanpita, is named after them — though the designation was originally geographic, Tžuro for Fei belief, that is, the beliefs current in Feináe.

Etymology: Fei Fei 'people', cognate to Mei and (We)de:i; Tžuro Fan, (plural Fana); Ver. Fan.

Author: Yebi