The Metal Muses
One of the terrifying and universal traditions of the Shet’zen is to send soldiers throughout the lands of the lesser races to gather prisoners. Most villages simply complied, allowed the soldiers to take as they pleased. Other villages fought back—though never to any end other than complete submission. Those villages deemed unfit for dominion are raided, their people taken away by caravans. For the villages that comply, life is not so terrible. They are left alone most of the year, occasionally sending tribute to the various capitals. In truth, other than Gatherings, the life of the average Shet’zen subject is not all that terrible. The tributes required are relatively small- the Shet’zen rule over so many peoples that only a small amount of resource from every village is required to have virtually limitless resources.
Sometimes captives are even returned to their villages. Though unable to recount their experiences, sometimes spanning years, the “Throwbacks” seem able to contribute to their old or new homes like any other citizen.