originally posted by the_peacebringer
Akuuri Ajobo (forked-tongue clan who came from bile marsh)
History: The forked-tongue clan had a great affinity with poison. In the time of the great war with the Desert Makers, the uniting tribes sought the People from Bile marsh, a place of noxious fumes and deadly vipers, to aid against the invaders. The great chief, Chocluu, after descending in the serpent’s trance to gain wisdom, decided it was in the best interest of all to aid in the war against the infidels. Besides, the Oba would surely reward them for it. So this is how it came to pass, that on the day the invaders attacked, the new united allies had the Akuuri Ajobo’s deadliest poison dripping from their blades and arrows. This has caused some jealousy in the wyvern-children, who to this day, still hold a silent grudge.
Appearance: This People is a vicious one. They are small in stature but have an aura about them that makes all other Peoples nervous. Their skin is dark with a greenish tint, no doubt from their long exposure to the Bile marshes. They wear many tattoos and charms related to snakes and it is not rare to see snakes slithering on their skin.
Religion: The Oba is said to have a pet snake named Kiboori (whispering tongue), and from its glistening fangs’ poison, this People was created. As a form of respect, they split the tip of every newborn’s tongue. They are of the element of Fire for the burning in the victim’s poisoned veins. The deceased are fed to giant snakes in the Daga-fari’s sacred snake pit.
Rituals of note: This People’s rituals involve dancing with snakes, drinking poison to gain the serpent’s trance and pilgrimages to Bile marsh to breath in the sacred fumes. A few still die from these practises but most have gained a great immunity to poison over time.
Donotae Tanagozuhaj (drum-beater people of tangled-vine grove)
History: It is said that before the Desert Makers came, many drops of rain fell on the great Oba’s forest. A tribe lived in a grove of tanagozu for its nourishing sap. One day, Tokuma, a young hunter, foolishly set his tanned and stretch hides under a great tangle of rope-plant. The sap could leak on the skin and ruin it. Luckily, this is not what happened; it started to rain many drops of water. Many small drops followed the vines to the tangle and formed a great one. It fell on the hide. The sound of the drop resounded through the forest. More sounds were made as the drops kept falling. Tokuma realized that the sound was a message from the Oba teaching him music and so, he became the first drummer of the great forest enspelling many to the great mystic sounds we here constantly in Gulg today.
Appearance: If the tales are to be believed, the first drummer made the first dancers. It is true that this People, although not all drummers, have a natural bodily rhythm and dance very well. A few outsiders have said that the dancers look like the ones seen in Nibenay. Those few outsiders met grisly death by bards of that People for uttering such blasphemy. Many wear tattoos of tangling vines on their dark skin in remembrance of Tokuma.
Religion: Air helps sound travel far and so, these are an Air People. They hold drumming and dancing sessions nightly in a mark of worship and devotion to their Queen. Other Peoples are also welcomed to attend if they choose.
Rituals of note: Apart from their nightly drums, they consider the making of drums has a religious art. All individual has built at least drum in his life after their Forest Walk, even if he or she doesn’t have a natural affinity to the playing of it. Many gardens are also religiously taken care of near their Daga-fari of the tagazonu by the whole community who shares its sweet sap as a sacred drink that binds all of them together.