The Nomatsis are a cultural group in the Witchlands. They have characteristically pale skin and are discriminated against by Marstoks, Cartorrans and Nubrevnans. The witchery they are noted for are Threadwitches.
1,000 before the start of the series, Nomatsis, then known as the No'Amatsis fled the war-torn regions of the Fareast by crossing the Sleeping Lands and settling in the Witchlands. They have since become widespread, semi-nomadic people who live in tribes and small settlements.
They have always been persecuted because of the existence of Threadwitches in their community. Before Nomatsis, witchery was only present in the Twelve Paladins and Sightwitches. Witchlanders knew about Threads because of the effect on magical technology, but no one, including the Paladins and Sightwitches, could see them.
Society and traditional culture Edit
Nomatsi leaders are Threadwitches. Threadwitchery, a form of magic exclusive to Nomatsi women, are appointed leaders of Nomatsi encampments/settlements due to their emotional cool and ability to unite Nomatsi people (through Threads) based on love, not blood.
Religion & Culture Edit
Nomatsis believe in a pantheon of six gods, the leader of which is Moon Mother.
They are generally very secluded, and shut themselves out from the rest of the world, much like the Amish. They protect themselves with "Nomatsi trails", which are a complex set of traps, with a safe pathway through coded for by certain plants and physical structures. Only someone raised (at least partially) on the settlement can decipher Nomatsi trails.
People who have not strictly maintained the Nomatsi culture and left the settlement are called "Other", and are not allowed to return to the settlement. It is believed this originated from the "amalej", or disbanded tribespeople at the time that the Nomatsi migrated to the Witchlands. They no longer retained their traditional way of life, and integrated with the Witchlanders.