3.21.2012

Call to Arms: Bharatians

First, a bit of an update -- I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was "rethinking" what to do with Call to Arms after what I perceived as a negative critique from a trusted reviewer. Well, after meeting with him and having a lengthy discussion over the manuscript, I've decided that the necessary changes won't be too difficult to make and will make the work much stronger. So while this will delay the release of the work, I'm definitely not shelving it. 

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The previously mentioned Serveus Kunar character belongs to a unique culture within the Empire, hailing from the planet Bharat which was destroyed by the Anaketh several years before the start of Call to Arms. The Anaketh didn't use a death-star like device to completely annihilate the planet, but they did blast a significant part of it apart by placing extremely powerful explosives deep in its mantle, cracking the planet into pieces. The few that survived this cataclysm are now dispersed across the Empire with no home.

Family is immensely important to Bharatians, all the more so since the destruction of their home world and the resulting diaspora. Traditionally, Bharatians lived in huge homes inhabited by as many as four or five generations and dozens of people.  There is little concept of “personal space” in these bustling homes. Bharatians find the nuclear families of other Imperial cultures to be lacking in a sense of the importance of family.


Births and weddings are occasions of great celebration with as many as a thousand or more people invited to take part.  These are spectacular, theatrical events with celebrations often lasting several days.

Bharatian culture disapproves of physical contact between males and females; even a husband should not touch his wife in public.  Bharatian men, however, are often seen holding hands and may even attempt prolonged holding of an offworlder’s hand as a bonding gesture with no sexual intent whatsoever.

In clothing they have generally been more conservative and formal than other ethnic groups in the Empire, even before the Estates General.  As their world was destroyed shortly after the Estates, before the New Order had taken root, the survivors cling to their more traditional clothing.  Even those who serve in imperial security units will often add to their plain uniforms Bharatian accoutrements such as colourful scarves, medallions or even additional weapons (depending on how strict their unit leader is and what s/he will allow). Baggy pants and shirts/jackets that reach nearly to the knees are the normal cuts for most male clothing in Bharatian culture – Imperial influence incorporates a toga into more formal dress. Women wear a blouse and petticoat or dress with a thick strap of cloth wrapped about the waste and shoulders.

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