Many Western cultures forbid women from working aboard ship for fear of the Storm Mothers’ jealousy. Some, such as Azure, have established more directly sexist customs, restricting female power to the household. Women evade these strictures by joining the Tya, a society of women who live and dress as men. To evade the Storm Mothers’ ire, Tya receive elaborate facial tattoos and take drugs rendering them infertile. This makes them male in Western eyes.
Tya guildhouses can be found throughout the West. Some Tya live in these guildhouses, taking work as guards and artisans, merchants and mercenaries. Others only visit for seasonal ceremonies. Gossips spread unfounded rumors that the Tya perform other rites in secret at the dark of the moon, performing grotesque deeds on behalf of supernatural patrons.