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The Tasiiama were organized by The Lost races of Forra. Zoukajynn joined the Tasiiama himself, and refrains from using unless absolutely necessary to preserve life.in order to preserve nomadic Taipii culture and hopefully prevent the Taipii from joining
A defining characteristic of the Tasiiama is that they are forbidden to use 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 ). 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.or
Nomadic Taipii on Orliia
Split with City-Building Taipii
Tasiiama Culture and Lifestyle
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Roles in Tasiiama Tribes
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.
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 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 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.
The basket weavers perform a variety of camp duties for the tribe, not limited to just making baskets. These duties include help in preparing for meals and cleaning up afterwards, fetching water, and crafting items like pots, yarn, blankets, and of course baskets.
A lot of young Tasiiama start out as basket weavers until they complete some of theirand can be trusted to hunt or forage in the wilderness. Some choose or are limited to the basket weavers group due to illness, laziness, or lack of other ambitions. This has caused some Tasiiama to regard the basket weavers in a demeaning way, or use the term in a derogatory way - a behavior that tribe leaders and wisdoms try to stamp out.
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:
Joining a Tribe
Leaving a Tribe
Challenges for Tasiiama in Taipii Cities
Unfamiliarity with City Laws