You don't have to read this, but if you don't you will get very lost in the story!
These are a made up people. They never existed, so please don't go into world history class and ask about the Lomelie people. Your teacher will tell you you are made, which you would be if you believed this.
This is a quick introduction to explain the Lomelie people and their customs and all that so you can better understand the story and I don't have to find a way to incorporate it all into the story. So these are the Lomelie people!
The Lomelians live on uncharted islands. Most are very small, so the built docks, and houses and stores on the docks. There are seven islands, on for each of the six villages, and the largest is for meetings, which happen about once a month.
The Lomelians believe in 6 divine beings, 3 gods, and 3 goddesses. They live among the people, rather than in a heaven. They are the chiefs of the 6 Lomelian villages. Norikoki is the god of fire, danger, anger, and power. He is the chief of the village Tokitoko. Horatiani is the goddess of water, grace, peace, and healing. She is the chief of the village Joeikitia. She is the opposite and lover of Norikoki. Kopeian is the god of death, sorrow, pain, and punishment. He is the chief of the village Isei. His opposite and lover is Kalaei, the goddess of life, love, hope, and beauty. She is chief of the village Papelei. The god of superiority, leadership, guidance, and trust, as well as chief of Meiatsi, is Aeitei. Jukitei is Aeitei's lover and opposite. She is chief of Kotirasei and goddess of slavery, modesty, poverty, and strength of heart. They are the gods that the Lomelian people look to.
The Council is a small organization of 12 people. The gods and goddesses take up 6 of the seats. The other three are taken up by 6 more people. They are decided on by the people, when they meet during what they refer to as "The Night of the Black Moon", which is the same thing as a new moon. They meet on the largest island, which is their peace grounds. Weapons are forbidden to be on the island and this is also the island where freshwater is. The villages take their boats to the island to collect water for the island.
That's one of the jobs given to the slaves because it's a difficult job that takes 5 years of training to do and you're rowing back and forth between the island from sunrise to sunset just fetching water as quickly as you can. If a slave were to slack off on their job, they are chained into their boat and sent adrift in the ocean, where they most likely either drown if the boat flips during a storm, die of dehydration, or burn from sitting in the sun.
Slaves are greatly frowned down on by the Lomelians. They are usually captives from people that accidently find their civilization, people that disobey laws set by the Council, or they misbehaved as a child so much that their parents sold them into slavery. They don't have many slaves though. Usually people are sentenced to death and sent adrift.
The Lomelians have many different traditional ceremonies. When a boy is 14, he is taken to Kapataki, a volcano on a nearby island. He is given 7 days to climb to the top of the volcano with a basket of offerings to the volcano. Out of respect for Kapataki, he can't eat until the sacrifice has been made and he has returned to his village. He is also forbidden from seeing his family until he has returned to the village, so he kept in a small house until it is time for him to go to the volcano.
A girl comes to age at 14 as well. That is when she is given to a boy that has completed his coming of age as a wife. The man she is to marry must be willing to take her, though. If no one asks to marry a girl by the time she is 16, she is given to one of the gods as a wife. If a boy doesn't ask for a girl to marry him, or he is rejected until he is 16, he is given to a goddess as a husband. They are cleansed of their godly blood so that their children will be like the rest of the Lomelians, half god, and half mortal.