The Kikadan people are ruled by a loosely knit group of priests known as “Wind Callers”. Each settlement or village contains one or more wind callers who are relied upon by their people to protect them from the strong mountain winds. These priests act more as a wise person than a true leader and most villages merely take the advice of the wind callers. For the most part the Kikadan people do not need any true leaders (while there may be prominent people in each village whom have more influence than others). In the largest Kikadan city of Wuhkak the Wind Caller temple exists where all Wind Callers make a pilgrimage to at some point in their lives. This temple and its upper priests serve as the “Overall Ruler” of the Kikadan people, but are only needed to fulfill this position in times of war.
A strong culture permeates the Kikadans. They have been strongly influenced by the powerful winds all around them, its influence can be seen in their dress, attitudes, and even language.
They appear (to outsiders) as a tightly knit society with very little to say; however, when encountered in the pivacey of their own homes they can be incredibly loud and excitable. This is true of the culture for nearly everything. On the outside the Kikadans appear to overly serious, dark, and even to speak harshly. In truth they are a light hearted people who do not have time to be careless while walking the cliffs, when in safety with friends and family they let their true colours show. Kikadan people lead a sheltered life, they live high above other societies and have not advanced technologically. Instead they have thrived on their own spiritualality and their special magical ways (This attitude could be compared to those of Tibet or the Amnish people of North America).
Kikadans dress in a very utilitarian and practical way without having much in the way of fabric hanging from their clothes so as not to have it become a nuissance in the wind. They often contain one very brightly colored article clothing (usually in the form of a band or scarf) so that they can be easily seen in even the dingiest of weather. The exception of their practical and rather boring clothing is when they are attending parties or formal gatherings. In these cases they where garments designed to catch the wind. For example a woman may where clothes with a fringe of transparent tassles with sparkles on the end that would catch the wind and create a twinkling around her.
The language of the Kikadan people is incredibly harsh sounding. It contains many hard and cutting sounds (Ex. Keh, Kah). This is merely something that developed because of the conditions of their life. Their harsh language evolved from constantly having to be heard over the howling winds that routinely blast through their settlements. Strong cutting words and sounds were developed in order to be heard more clearly through the wind. For specifics on the Kikadan language go here.
Kikadans have a strong belief in spirits. These spirits which they believe embody the gusting wind of the surrounding mountains affect their everday lives. This set of beliefs is known as Unn Ka’Kuruk and is the religion of the Kikadan people. The priests of Unn Ka’Kuruk also serve as leaders to Kikadan people as described above in the government section.
The Kikadan people are known, oddly enough, for their singing. Unlike the rest of their language the singing of a Kikadan is far from harh or sharp sounding, in fact the Kikadan langauge is rarely used while they sing. Instead a singer imitates the sounds of the wind to weave a slowly building and haunting storm of sound. Kikadans are also known for their superior stone carvers. Stone carving is a major art form for Kikadans and almost every member of society knows how to carve. Carvers aid other workers in the creation of homes and other buildings in a typical Kikadan villiage (which is normally carved directly into a cliff face or summit).
Kikadans use a series of carved pebbles to represent wealth. Each pebble is no more than 1cm X 1cm X 1cm (1 cm cubed or 1 to the third) and are carved from a smooth rock found in crevasses of the mountains. This rock can be very difficult and has a very definite and tangible value. While the currency is only use by traders (most villagers merely barter) it is recognized by villages that are used to Kikadans visiting them.