Legends of the Dreaming Sea
Aflectos Beast Tribes
The Beast Tribes are nomadic tribesmen who herd cattle and goats. They would just like most other Southern tribal groups if not for the danger of gryphon attacks, because of gryphons irrational hatred of horses they have none. Instead they ride a wide variety of exotic animals.
They domesticate a variety of riding animals, with each tribe specialises in one species: zebras, elephants, yeddim, claw striders, austrech and simhata. They regard the large dinosaurs common in the region as semi-divine and use them as totem animals.
In addition the tribes also train dogs, mospids and cheetahs as hunting beasts.
The tribes will raid or trade with civilised folk, depending on the tribe and their relationship to nearby settlements. They trade animals and exotic Wyld materials for worked goods, particularly iron weapons, jewellery and armour.
Tribes raid each other for cattle and perform mock battles to “kidnap” people for marriage. Both are normally performed with clubs and staves to avoid killing each other.
When feuding or raiding civilised folk they fight normally, with claws, spears and trained beasts. The tribes rarely mobilise for war, charismatic leaders sometimes unite them to destroy a widely disliked target or launch a major raid against Planquin or Arqad.