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The Tasiiama

The Tasiiama Tribes are Taipii who continue the tradition of a nomadic lifestyle on Antilia. As nomads the Tasiiama value a simple life unburdened by the accumulation of possessions, and shun the use of magic.


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Origin

The Tasiiama were organized by  Koro God Zoukajynn da'Orliia in order to preserve nomadic Taipii culture and hopefully prevent the Taipii from joining The Lost races of Forra. Zoukajynn joined the Tasiiama himself, and refrains from using  magics unless absolutely necessary to preserve life.

Avoiding Magic

A defining characteristic of the Tasiiama is that they are forbidden to use  Magic or Magical Devices. Some exceptions are made where the magic has become an unavoidable part of the ecosystem, such as drinking water downstream of a lexicon/miiraun-fountain (which would include nearly all sources of water on  The Antiliian Plane). Likewise food that is cooked by a miiraun device could be consumed by a Tasiiama if they were visiting a Taipii town, but a Tasiiama would not use such a device themselves. Anyone willing to forgo the use of magic can walk and camp along side of them, including former Taipii Mages, so long as they agree not to use magic while camping with them.

Nomadic Taipii on Orliia

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Tasiiama Culture and Lifestyle

Migrations

The Tasiiama continue a biannual tradition of migration inspired by their ancestors on the continent of Orliia. Some tribes perform only two migrations per year, setting camp at one of two sites and remaining at that camp for the season, while other tribes have a "wandering camp" with smaller in-frequent moves set by the tribe's hunters following prey animals.

Migrations are typically proceeded by vigorous hunting, fishing, and gathering in preparation for a Migration Festival. Migration can take weeks depending on the distance to the new camp site. Most tribes will select a campsite south of The Fayn Sires Mountains for the summers, where there is more abundant water and wildlife. In the winter tribes move to the northern side, where temperatures are warmer.

Camp Life

Ceremonies

  • Tasiiama Trials - If someone wishes to join the Tasiiama or when one of their young comes of age they are required to undergo the Tasiiama Trials before they are accepted as a member. Each of the tribes have created their own set of trials, and sometimes it will be suggested that a Tasiiama who is experiencing some difficulty make camp with another tribe for a time and pass a trial that may teach them a needed lesson.

Daily Activities

Camp Defense

Greetings and Farewells

A Hunt and a Feast

A common phrase spoken between Tasiiama hunters is "a hunt and a feast", which refers to an oft-told story of an early Tasiiama hunter. Facing a shortage of food, a tribe leader asked the hunter what they intended to do to help the tribe, to which the hunter replied:

"Today, a hunt. Fortune willing, a feast."

Over time that became simplified to just "a hunt and a feast" which Tasiiama hunters often greet one another with. It has also become a go-to inside joke among the hunters whenever they are asked what they intend to do about a situation.

Basket weavers in some tribes have their own take on this joke, and will reply with just the word "baskets" when asked by another basket weaver what their plan is for the day.

Tasiiama Families

Family Roles

Food

Tasiiama Diet

Food Preservation

Clothing

Medicine

Many Tasiiama including most scouts, and gatherers are trained to identify natural sources of medicine in the wild. Tasiiama tribes typically have a trained "healer", sometimes with assistants, who oversee the administration of herbal remedies and monitor those who fall ill. Healers can also provide assistance in the case of injury, but generally do not go as far as performing surgery.

Most Tasiiama medicine is in the form of plants and herbs with minimal alchemy techniques employed (basic crushing and mixing).

On occasion Taipii from small villages, isolated farms, or who are traveling cross-country will seek assistance from a Tasiiama Healer if they are aware of the Tasiiama camping nearby, which can at times pose a risk to the tribe.

Social Life and Entertainment

While running a successful camp involves everyone in the tribe with daily activities, Tasiiama culture also includes a variety of social and entertainment experiences in the evenings. Many of these activities begin in earnest following the camp's evening meal.

Storytelling

Most Tasiiama raised in the tribe are not taught how to read or write Taipiiscript. To pass wisdom and information between generations, the Tasiiama have developed a unique art for campfire storytelling known as "Naukei Voilek".

Music, Song, and Dance

Camp and Task Games

Festivals and Rallies

Migration Festivals

Migrations are typically proceeded by vigorous hunting, fishing, and gathering in preparation for a Migration Festival. At these festivals the Tribe will consume perishable food supplies in order to prepare their bodies for the trip and lighten their carried burden. The Day of Festival is

Hunt and Fishing Festivals

The Tribe Leader might at times call for a Hunt or Fishing festival. These festivals typically come after a very successful hunt or possibly a rally in which the tribe has acquired more perishable food than it would typically consume. The call for festival is an indication to the tribe that the resource being celebrated is abundant and should be used or consumed.

Rallies

After a migration or whenever any particular camp supply is low the Tribe Leader may call for a rally. A rally is a period of time in which Tribe members escalate the priority of a task over other tasks, and invite tribe members who wouldn't typically participate in that activity to join in.

Typically after a migration the Tribe Leader will call for hunting, fishing, and/or gathering rallies to re-stock the camp of supplies which were perishable or impractical to carry through migration.

Wise Tribe Leaders make good use of their scouts in ensuring that a resource is available in the wild before calling for a rally.

Current Tasiiama Tribes

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Tribe Law

Roles in Tasiiama Tribes

Tribe Leader

The tribe leader is the primary decision-maker and is responsible for well-being of the tribe and all its members. The tribe leader decides when migrations start, when camp should be moved, directs the work of Scouts and Scavengers, and calls for festivals and rallies at the request of the Supply Leader.

Wisdoms

Most Tasiiama tribes have a group of older, experienced members who are granted the role of Wisdom. The Wisdoms serve as sages and offer their observations and advice to the tribe, including the tribe leader.

Mothers

Mothers are responsible for teaching and enriching the lives of Tasiiama children. As Tasiiama children grow older, they are made familiar with all the roles in the tribe and encouraged to think about what role they would like to assume as an apprentice.

"No further burden should be placed on them."

Scavengers

Scavengers have a special role in Tasiiama tribes, and are the only Tasiiama who are permitted to enter ancient ruins.

The role of Scavenger originates on Orliia, before the Taipii knew how to smelt their own metals. The tradition continues, although most of the accessible ruins on Antilia have long been cleared of most accessible tools and items. The difficulty in scavenging useful items that can be converted into functional tools and spears has caused some Scavengers to engage in mining and smelting when such processes are available to them.

As scavenging on Antilia for these resources becomes more difficult some tribes have turned to trade with Taipii living in the country. The growing frequency with which the Tasiiama turn to trade for metal and tools has the Wisdoms in many tribes concerned.

Hunters

Scouts

Field Gatherers

Healers

Camp Workers

Tool Maker
Fire Master
Cooks
Tailors
Basket Weavers

Interacting with Tasiiama Tribes

Visiting a Tribe as a Guest

Tasiiama School Camp

Some Tasiiama tribes offer a free school open to all Taipii who wish to learn how to survive in the wild. While the school is free, the student will engage in activities such as fishing, hunting, and gathering for the benefit the tribe in exchange for the training.

Tasiiama schools provide education in:

  • Melee Combat (Archery, Spears)
  • Fishing
  • Gathering
  • Cooking
  • Sewing

Joining a Tribe

Leaving a Tribe

Challenges for Tasiiama in Taipii Cities

Unfamiliarity with City Laws

Illiteracy