The Paretzi are little trusted by other races as they have a reputation for being manipulative, deceitful, and underhanded. Many centuries of cultural oppression at the hands of the Tunisi is generally recognized as the source of these tendencies.

The Paretzi were not always this way. In fact, they were much like their Tunisi neighbors before the conquest, though they had a looser social hierarchy and a greater appreciation for cunning and stealth. The Paretzi pride themselves on their cunning and subtlety and have great appreciation for intelligence and strategy. They are excellent, if untrustworthy diplomats, and masters of the art of communication. They make excellent lawyers, orators, bankers, playwrights and philosophers and have tremendous appreciation for fine music, wine, and poetry.

After the conquest, those Paretzi leaders who avoided execution or slaughter on the battlefield disappeared into the underbelly of society, becoming the new kingpins of crime. Although numerous criminal organizations and guilds exist, none are as powerful or as prevalent as the Paretzi families. Their shrewd business acumen combined with their native cunning and skill at deception quickly earned them power and enabled them to amass fortunes by lending to ambitious Tunisi noblemen.

Although many Paretzi are connected to crime families through fealty or blood, the vast majority are simple, hardworking citizens of the Empire. Though they have not forgotten the shame of being a conquered people, many have made great efforts to strengthen the ties between themselves and their Tunisi overlords and they frequently share the same ideals and values, congregate in the same social venues, intermarry and work together as a common people.

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