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A yaskedasu (pronounced YAH-skehd-AH-soo) is an entertainer or performer of Tharios, a city-state. The plural is yaskedasi (YAH-skehd-AH-see). The masculine version of the word is most likely yaskedasoi, with the male suffix on the end as opposed to the feminine suffix[1].

Yaskedasi can be acrobats, dancers, singers, musicians, etc. Both women and men can be yaskedasi, and they are required by the Tharian government to wear a yellow veil with their name and lodgings embroidered on the end of it. It is required by law that their performances are limited to Khapik, the pleasure district of Tharios.

A person can be foreign and still be a yaskedasu. This shows that it is not a caste, but a profession, although it is still subjected to many of the same prejudices and stigma that the lower castes are subjected to. Yaskedasi are lumped in with prathmuni in that crimes against them are not considered urgent or bad. This is known as okozou[2]. Yaskedasi differ from prathmuni in that they can socialize with other Tharians. Among the higher castes of Tharios, yaskedasi are seen as little more than prostitutes, and are subjected to that stigma.

Events

In 1039 KF, a mysterious killer known as The Ghost started killing female yaskedasi and displaying their bodies on important monuments around the city. He killed them by strangling them with their yellow scarves. Later, it was discovered that the Ghost was a male prathmun.

Known yaskedasi

Notes and references

  1. This comes up quite a few times in the Tharian language. Dhasku, meaning female mage, and dhaskoi, meaning male mage. If there is no masculine equivalent of yaskadasu in the language, then that would make the word an example of an exception as opposed to an example of a rule.
  2. When the Ghost displayed on of his victims on a fountain, people were more concerned with the cleanliness of the fountain than the fact that a woman was murdered.

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