Mentieth

Isolated and proud tribes of Old Blood warriors now ruled by the dead.

By Chris Sakkas.

The Mentieths are slaves, wives and servants of their ancestors. What was once a simple and quiet veneration of the departed has become an oppressive oligarchy where dead chieftains squabble and feud in a network of towns and homesteads.

Region: Brith Kingdoms.

VITAL STATISTICS

What Does it Have: Cattle, cheese, wool, beeswax, honey.
What Does it Need: Cereals, fish.
Politics: The returned dead rule their families as lords.
Neighbours: Hurad raiders, Ichochti’s Kingdom and isolated Arcadia.
People: Around thirteen tribes of living women, children and young adults, and around one returned dead lord for every family.
Religion: Reverence for the dead, including a focus on flowers and moths as returned souls. An adaptation of the First Man, with the emphasis on his rebirth.
History: The Mentieths sent their dead to sea, embalmed, in ceremonial barges, but some unknown force returned them to a semblance of life and the ruthless dead have reinstated themselves.
Language: Brythonic.

COMPANIES

Clan Quar: A tribe too deep in the Highlands to use barges for the dead, and thus free of the tyranny of the dead, whose female berserkers have sworn to return the dead to a more permanent grave.
Clan Mearns: The centre of the First Man cults of the region, Clan Mearns considers the living dead the ascendant and enlightened state. They alone of the clans celebrate their slavery.
Clan Lothbar: The fiercest of the Mentieths, Clan Lothbar was planning a mighty war against the “decadent” southerners of Brython before their ancestors returned. Now, with their ranks swelled, the clan’s intentions have only become more sinister.
Clan Argan: The clan closest to the Brython border, Clan Argan has suffered significant persecution from their southern neighbours, and the return of the dead has only cemented this prejudice. Because of regular intermarriages, however, there are fewer dead here than in any other clan.

PLOTS AND PLANS

Bargemarked: The Mentieths have begun to bear the children of their ancestors. These bargemarked (for they are conceived on the ships their fathers once left the world in) are reserved, ill-tempered children but the oldest among them have shown a capacity for love and intimacy. Many have suffered neglect from mothers who will have nothing to do with the children they were forced to carry.