The Fierazi Tribes
The Fierazi migrated into the forest, in two waves, about one thousand years ago (100 - 160SA). To a large degree, their migration caused the destruction of the Empire del'Nord and a dark age that the north has yet to recover from. Since conquering the forest, they have settled in, defended their lands against all comers and fought ferocious wars with each other, the Caldans and Djanesborg. With few exceptions, they are violent and vicious people who enjoy killing.
There are eight Fierazi cultural groups. The affiliation of each tribe can be told from the ENDING of its tribal name. Tribes with the endings A, NA, N and I speak So'reas and are descended from the first waves of invaders. Those whose names end in TA, RA, EN, and NI speak No'reas and are descended from the second wave. These major cultural groups detest each other. Each is composed of four minor groups, e.g., all tribes whose name ends in TA are one minor group. Each tribe dislikes other members of their major group and are not fond of other members of their minor group. This is a fragmented and violent region where a man must be able to fight if he is to survive. With the information above given, the eight Fierazi groups are:
Group A - The Esda (17,000), The Bieva (14,000), The Riala (14,000), the Duera (10,000), the Fradala (6,000) and the Gralana (5,000). The total population is 66,000 with 10,000 mature warriors (15%).
NOTE - The Gralana, and portions of Esda and Riala lands, are within the boundaries of Dirllar. The portion of their population in Dirllar is included in the figures above. These tribes are partially civilized and are not as divisive as their relatives in the depths of the forest.
Group NA - The Kona (20,000). The other tribes who were in this group were exterminated by other Fierazi and the Korchi. The Kona can field 4,000 warriors (20%).
Group N - The Suadan (15,000), the Bauvan (13,000) and the Kailaran (12,000). The total population of the group is 40,000. They can field 8,000 warriors (20%).
Group I - The Mortiti (9,000) and the Aliti (5,000). The group's population is 14,000. They can field 2,000 warriors (15%).
The population of the So'reas tribes is 140,000. They can field a total of 24,000 warriors for war.
Group TA - The Berlita (22,000), the Pometa (16,000) and the Shieta (9,000). The total population of the group is 47,000. They can field 10,000 warriors (20%).
NOTE - These tribes are united under a single, hereditary chief. Their current chief is friendly toward the Caldans and despises the Djani.
Group RA - The Stiera (10,000) and the Buera (7,000). The total population is 17,000. They can field 3,000 warriors (20%).
Group EN - This is the largest Fierazi group. The member tribes are the Morden (28,000), the Puessen (24,000), the Vandamen (14,000) and the Nethagen (4,000). The total population of the group is 70,000. It can field 14,000 warriors (20%).
Group NI - the Thurani (16,000), the Larbani (14,000) and the Goisni (10,000). The total population of the group is 40,000. They can field 6,000 warriors (15%).
The population of the No'reas tribes is 174,000. They can field 33,000 warriors for war.
A barter system operates in this area. Coinage only has value if the metal can be used for something else. The region is rich in wildlife and other goods that the tribesmen need to survive. It also contains usable deposits of gems and metal. Of the common metals, only gold and tin are rare in this region. (The region has ruins from the Empire del'Nord that the Referee may add.)
All of these tribes are shamanistic. Most worship Elder forces. The exceptions are the Kona, who worship the Kotothi and practice cannibalism as a way of life, and the Nethagen, who worship Chaos as a means of protecting themselves from the menace of their swamp. Human sacrifice and torture are important parts of the Nethagen religion. Most of the Fierazi practice ritual cannibalism. (If an enemy shows courage, they eat his heart. If he is cunning, his brain is eaten, etc.) The intent of this is to honor the fallen enemy and add his force to that of the victor. It is only done to enemy warriors.
Clan honor and the valiant performance of a warrior's duty to himself and his people are revered. The Fierazi are bad-tempered, cruel and honorable. Truth is very important in this land. Lying to a proven warrior is a major crime. Once a warrior has given his word he cannot honorably break it.
The Fierazi are governed by their clan war chiefs. Generally, these chiefs elect one of their number to command the tribe in war. Day-to-day justice and civil affairs are administered by the tribal shamans.
All crimes are adjudicated by the Shamans. Their decision is irrevocable. If a Shaman is later found to be wrong, or wanting in judgment, his fellow Shamans may judge this to be a crime. The only sentence in this case is banishment. For others, the standard penalties are mutilation, death and banishment.
The tribes along the roads have tense truces with the Caldans and Dirllar.
Each tribe dislikes the others. They are hostile to foreigners (except for Caldans and Dirllarans). They rarely deal with foreigners as friends.
|So'reas||100%||(A, NA, N, I)|
|No'reas||100%||(TA, RA, EN, NI)|
|Djani||10%||(20% for EN, NI)|
|Kazi||5%||(15% for A, N, I)|
|Dirlla||5%||(30% for A)|
|Zen'dali||5%||(10% for I, RA, NI)|
|Caldan||5%||(20% for N, TA, EN)|
|Korchi||0%||(10% for A, Nethagen)|
|Trean||0%||(10% for A)|
Longbow, Heavy Axe and Spear
Gallic (French/Spanish), Swiss
The Fierazi rarely use armor, shields or helmets. They favor soft buckskin and have a fondness, when not at war or hunting, forbrightly colored capes and fine jewelry.