Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Eastern Wastes

Along the frigid coast of the North Sea, where the Gose River drains
out from the mountains, sit the Eastern Wastes. Centered around the
ruins of Demenian, a city that the Storm Mother all but wiped from the
land in her wrath, are small villages and roving bands of Maetah and
mixed blooded people left to the wilderness. While not as barren as
the Plaguelands of the west, the xenophobia of the inhabitants can be
just as dangerous.

During the height of the Chlendi Empire, their fear of a return of the
grey plague led them to migrate disease populations (no matter how
minor) to work camps in the peninsula by Demenian. As the bureaucracy
spread, political enemies and undesirables joined the populace. As
the Chlendi might waned, the villages of the Eastern Wastes were left
to their own direction and communication with the cities of (now)
Argaevaligne and the Minkush River Valley ended. The villages became
isolated and inbred, and some joined the Kuzak mountain tribes, a
Heteri people to the south.

Some say an exile noble built his own domain in the ruins, calling
upon Maetah and Chlendi sorceries to extend his life. Others says the
exile did exist, but his magicks brought down the wrath of the Storm
Mother which leveled Demenian, and he travels between villages in
search of a glimpse of sanity and hospitality.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Miscellaneous Customs of Uod

* To seal a deal, a Heteri will spit into the dirt and grind or stamp
his foot at the spot.
* People of Eskla communities grab a stone or hand full of soil or
grass as shake it in the air as a curse.
* In Heteri towns, the sounds of arrhythmic drumming means a funeral
procession has started.
* In regions along the Red Coast (Balancont, Vennosat) small octopi
are the traditional entree at weddings and celebrations. They are a
gift from the Storm Mother.
* Maetah peoples and those raised in rural regions of Argaevaligne
will rub their face and arms with fertile soil to ward of curses and
dispel enchantments.
* If you soak the silou fish in a bath of brine and vinegar for a
moon, it will produce a mildly hallucinogenic beverage.
* In Heteri lands, the colour blue is used to fend off demons. During
periods of disaster, plague, or death, people will wear masks, hats,
and scarves of blue cloth. Newborn babies are wrapping in blue
blankets.
* As a sign of shame, wrongdoing, or as punishment, Maetah males will
shave part, but not all of their heads. A shaved head is the sign of
a slave.