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Tashikk
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by User: Otto didact
Ethnicity Tashikki (Makabaki)
Ruled by Prince of Tashikk
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

Tashikk is a princedom on Roshar that's a major ally to Azir.[1] The people of Tashikk are called the Tashikki.[2]

Geography[edit]

Tashikk is located in southwestern Roshar, in the southernmost part of the geographical region of Makabak. It lies on the northern shore of the eastern Aimian Sea and borders Liafor to the West, Yezier and Azir to the North, and Emul to South-East, the latter on a river.[3]

Tashikk appears to be rather flat, with wide, grass-covered fields. Local fauna and flora includes axehinds, a species of deer-like, herbivorous crustaceans that live in herds; drop-deads, tall, spindly trees so called for their ability to lie flat on the ground when a highstorm comes; and a species of moss that grows between ground and loose rocks, sticking the two together to protect itself.[4] Cremlings are noted as particularly unusual in Tashikk compared to the ones found further North and East.[5]

Tashikk has only one known major city, Yeddaw, though it's unclear whether it's the country's capital.[3]

History[edit]

During the Heraldic Epochs, Tashikk was part of the Silver Kingdom of Makabakam.[6] It's uncertain when they split off from it. At some point, they joined the Azish Empire as a member state.[7]

Shortly before the True Desolation began, the Herald Nale was travelling across Tashikk with Szeth and several other Skybreakers, tracking down and killing new Surgebinders in a misguided attempt to prevent a new Desolation. This ended with the arrival of the Everstorm, when Nale departed, leaving Szeth behind. He would later come back and take him to the Purelake.[8]

Dalinar used the Tashikki relay stations to warn the world about the Everstorm.[9] He later contacted the prince of Tashikk to get him to join his coalition, but the prince refused to commit, waiting for the decision of Azir.[1] When the Azish decided to ally with Urithiru, Tashikk did as well, and they sent the Tashikki ambassador in Azimir to the tower-city as their representative.[10]

Taravangian later used Tashikk to spread the information about the Eila Stele and break up the alliance.[11][12] While Azir did leave the coalition in the aftermath, whether Tashikk did as well is unknown, as several other member states, such as Yezier and Emul, remained.[7]

Politics[edit]

Ties to Azir[edit]

Though ruled by an unnamed prince, Tashikk is part of the Azish Empire, a union of states led by the king of Azir, the Prime Aqasix.[1] Historically, it's considered to be the state closest to the Azish throne, alongside Yezier.[7] Among others, this gives Tashikk access to the Imperial Shardblades, which they can rent out from Azir for their own purposes.[2] The Tashikki maintain an ambassador in Azimir for diplomatic purposes, with the current one being the prince's brother.[13]

Military[edit]

The Tashikki fleet possesses numerous ships, including troop carriers and scouts.[12] In times of peace, their duty is to patrol the grand waterway, though which body of water this refers to is unclear. Additionally, the fleet is closely tied to Azir. The ships are partially staffed by battalions of Azish troops, and in times of war, the Prime can use them for their own purposes.[11]

The Azish military presence in Tashikk is not limited to its ships. The credentials of achievement, issued to soldiers by Azish viziers, are valid in the country, and many Azish soldiers find employment there both as guards and in combat duty.[14]

Information trading[edit]

Even beyond the Azish Empire, Tashikk is Roshar's greatest spanreed hub, and the reeds connected to it are used even as far East as Alethkar.[15][16] More than simply a relay station, Tashikk provides spanreed services to the entire world, distributing them and providing connections.[17] They are also well-known for their ability to acquire information from all over, and sharing it for outrageous prices.[10] Rumours and gossip traveling the world often start in Tashikk.[11][7]

Culture[edit]

People[edit]

The people of Tashikk are ethnically Makabaki, with dark brown skin. They are known to be polite and reserved, even compared to their northern neighbors.[2] Much like the Azish, the Tashikki are highly formal, and their society is highly bureaucratized. Alongside spheres, information is considered a valid currency among them.[14]

Both men and women typically wear shiquas, complex, one-sheet wraps covering their entire body, including the face.[18] The exceptions to that include guards, who need clothing that's easier to move in, and diplomats, who will sometimes use more common, international styles when abroad, presumably to fit in.[2][10]

Religion[edit]

The Tashikki shiqua is religiously-motivated -- it's to protect the wearer from the eyes of Nun Raylisi, an evil entity that represents Odium in their religion.[19][14]

Opposing Nun Raylisi is the god Tashi, also known as God of Gods and Binder of the World.[20] He's assisted by the Nine, a group of entities who bound the world together with him.[18] It's believed that Tashi protects the Tashikki in their home nation, which is why they usually forego the face covering there, while keeping it on when abroad.[14]

The Tashi and the Nine are how the Tashikki understand the Heralds, though which Herald corresponds to Tashi is uncertain.[18][19] In Yeddaw, the last of the ten types of pancakes made during the Weeping is dedicated to him, though unlike the others, it's metaphorical, thought about rather than physically made.[21] The name Tashikk likely derives from Tashi.

Notable citizens[edit]

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