The Bazhir live in a strict tribal community structure, with each tribe being led by a headman. Bazhir women are brought up to be subservient to men, and to always wear the veil for modesty.
Bazhir magic users are known as shamen and have great authority within their tribes.
The Voice of the Tribes is the spiritual link between all the Bazhir, a position of highest honor. In 438 HE, Jonathan of Conté becomes the Voice of the Tribes upon the death of Ali Mukhtab, the previous Voice. This is the first time when a non-Bazhir has become the Voice, and marks a major turning point in the relationship between the Bazhir and the Kingdom of Tortall.
The Bazhir tribes and the desert they inhabit were nominally brought into the kingdom of Tortall by King Jasson I, who conquered some tribes and made treaties with others. However, many of the tribes remained hostile to Tortall and Bazhir were generally shunned from Tortallan society until the reign of King Jonathan IV.
The following are known tribes in the fifth century HE:
Based on medieval Africa and/or the Middle East
- Squire, Chp 10