Tanaroa

Torch native

  • A loosely organized islander nation inhabited by the Tanaroans whose total population on the Pirate Isles numbers just under 3,000.
  • The Tanaroans are a native islander population of humans whom descend from the slaves brought by the Mulhorandi whom ruled the Isles a millenia ago.
  • There are 7 major Tanaroan tribes, each of which uses an animal totem to which they believe they are blood relatives of.
    – Burowao (Goat) clan of Burowao Isle
    – Dawa (Turtle) clan of Ulgar Isle
    – Kirikuka (Seahawk) clan of Kirikuka Isle
    – Mora (Snake) clan of Paldir
    – Olman (Boar) clan of
    – Panitube (Ape) clan of Panitube Isle
    – Usi (Jungle Cat) clan of Usi Isle

Culture

  • The Tanaroans have a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. They raise goats, gather root vegetables, and fish on small canoes, rafts, and small sailboats.
  • Tanatoans are dark-skinned humans whom wear little clothing and adorn themselves in bones, tattoos, piercings, and coral carvings.
  • Live on various uncharted and unnamed isles in small coastal villages.
  • Construct simple huts woven from plant fiber which are sturdy enough to provide shelter from tropical storms.
  • Those villages which live near tar pits utilize the tar on their boats and roofs as waterproofing.
  • Wield spears, machetes and blow-pipes loaded with poison darts and travel to war on War Canoes.
  • The Tanaroans do not generally get along with the Kuo-toas or the pirates and as such are very weary of strangers and xenophobic.
  • Due to the few resources available on most tropical islands, the Tanaroans have evolved a set of beliefs (taboos) which enable them to conserve resources.

Taboo (Undead)

  • The main taboo is that rather than burning or burying their dead, the village priest turns them into undead known as Ancestors so that they may continue to serve their families by laboring tirelessly and defending the villages.
  • To be turned into an Ancestor is a great honor and the skeletons of those long dead are inscribed with many words of thanks and honor.
  • As a result of this practice, the Tanaroans have been able to live more lavish lifestyles while alive than they otherwise should because much of the hard labor is being performed by entities whom no longer consume resources.

Taboo (Cannibalism)

  • Essentially, they treat any living thing whom is not Tanaroan as a beast which can be hunted for food (like a goat or fish).
  • Additionally, this practice helps remove the bodies of the dead from their island while allowing a differentiating factor between how they treat their own dead versus the bodies of their enemies.

Governance

  • Each of the seven clans is governed by a Chieftain assisted by a Spirit-Talker and various Under-Chiefs.
  • The clans are loosely allied into a Tribal Council which meets once a year or more.
  • In times of war the chieftains unite under the strongest among them and bring their tribe’s warriors together as regiments in a united military effort.
  • Chieftain
    – The strongest and most capable male of the clan, elected by his fellow clan members.
  • Spirit-talker
    – Each village has at least one priest of their voodoo religion whom is responsible for communicating with the ancestral spirits, healing, creating more Ancestors, and advising the chieftain.
  • Under-Chiefs
    – Each village has approximately four sub-chiefs whom are powerful warriors whom support (or sometimes challenge) the chieftain.

Villages: Usually fairly symmetrical and well-oranized for a group of heathens.

  • Standard: Each village bears a large standard decorated with it’s totem animal.
  • Trail: A trail circles the village and then winds through each of the huts.
  • Huts: At least four groups of wooden huts on 10 ft tall stilts, thatched with tarred palm leaves.
  • Stepped pyramid: At the center of each village, stands a flat-topped hill with a 3-foot tall earthen mound topped wieth a 10-foot tall stepped pyramid built out of ancient Mullhorandi stones with voodoo symbols carved into the side. The pyramid is topped with a great bronze gong. The heathens use this as a village meeting place and place of worship.
  • Gardens: Sweetroot and other vegetables are grown within the village in neatly tended to gardens.
  • Graveyard: Quite different from the plot and tombstone arrangement. These heathens keep their honored dead as zombies. When the zombies are not laboring they are kept in wood fenced holding pens.
  • Towers: Each village has at least 1 watch tower standing 70 feet tall. These towers serve as locations to send smoke signals for the villages to communicate with one another and so the top of each has a great brazer. Up to 7 warriors can fight on each tower firing arrows, spears, and rocks from above.

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