Takegura is a land of broad plains, low hills and deep valleys, full of farmlands and grazing herds, bordered by the Shurokama mountains to the north and by the Nubherak Mountains to the West. During the dark years before the forming of the Covenant, their land was greatly troubled by dragons, and a number of fighting arts developed as a result.
During those years, the Takegura learned the working of metals, and are believed to be the first of Men to have learned the making of steel, and weapons made in that time, rarely to be found, are thought to rival even some of the weapons of Elves. One such weapon was a wide-bladed sword which came to be called Onokul, which is to say ‘hatchet blade.’ Legends claim that this sword came under the blessing of an old and venerable monk who said it would save Takegura in a time of great trouble, and it is apparent that the weapon possesses some magical qualities, notably that it has been known to cut through the hide of some dragons. This sword has passed through many hands over the centuries, seeing a great number of wars, and It is widely believed that everyone who has kept this weapon for any significant period of time has slain at least one dragon with it. Onokul is mentioned several times in the Speaking Scrolls of the Kaladim, and it is said among the Elves that several of the elder Dragons have long coveted it for their hoards.
While their lands have usually been ruled by various kinds of feudal warlords, their culture for the most part has a significant predisposition to philosophy, a sort of religion of ethical values centered around ancestral spirits, and in a rhythmic music of mathematical precision.
Finally conquered by Harkad in 6012, Takegura has slowly extricated itself from all but a tenous Imperial control, and while they hold to the treaties that made them a part of the Empire, they are largely self-governing.
A vast lake along their southern border, which they call Kinnamura, has long been a subject of dispute with both Farad and Harkad, though in the last few centuries conflicts related to it have for the most part ceased.
They vary greatly in appearance, though most are of medium height and build,, and swarthy with dark hair.