The Blue Foxes
Tribal Region/Terrain: Southeastern Tyedu.
Tribal Animals: Fox is the sacred tribal totem animal but can also be hunted to show the Great Fox they are as crafty as the fox. All other animals are fair game to hunt, kill, and consume.
Tribal Deity: The Great Fox
Tribal Population/Size: Varies with seasons and battle conditions. Typically between 250-375; a higher percentage of men than women and women are known to practice polyandry. Mostly to ensure the tribe survives but also to maintain a structure when half the men leave.
Tribal Weapons/Armor: Spears, Axes, Swords, Bows. Leather to Hide armor and shields.
Tribal Alignment: Chaotic; freeform tribal structure.
Tribal Organization: Leadership consisting of a tribal leader and possible commanders of the forces within the tribe. Leadership is open to men and women of the tribe. Through 'war leaders' tend to always be men.
Tribal Existence: Hunting and gathering are their standard means. They do raid and harass Jechran border taking food, animals, and women. Are known to challenge border tribes for land. They aren't above turning on other tribes in dire times to survive.
Known Traditions & Rituals
Tattooing is the main way of expressing belief and status. All tattoos are done in what they called Sacred Blue. The blue of the sky. The blue of deep ice. All holds meaning to them and the Great Fox. Their tattoos tell their story both of the tribes and of themselves.
Festive of the Fox Tail: Held at the first sighting of the winter lights. The Blue Foxes travel to the site and are met by the cousins the Black Seals, White Hares, and Grey Eagles. At the festive, there are no feuds, grudges, or rivals. Stories are told of the events that passed from the last festive, materials traded, and mates taken in a grand ceremony under the shimmering lights. Festive can last for weeks as the lights dance overhead.
The trials of the Fox: Where the young hunters are sent from the village to hunt as the fox does. Those that return to the village with a kill are marked as hunters and members of the tribe.
Deep Winter Hunt occurs possible once or twice in a generation. When the winter is so harsh that the Great Fox allows its kind to be hunted openly. The best hunters go off to seek the foxes of the Great Ice and return not only with a pelt but with something to feed the tribe with. Most return empty-handed but not dishonored as the foxes were just more crafty on that day.
From the moment of their gathering and becoming known as the Blue Foxes; which are guided by the Great Fox. Things were always about survival for them. Then came what they refer to as the 'Decade of Warmth' where the winters were all fall and spring; the snow didn't pack heavy upon the ground and the streams and lakes didn't freeze. In this time, the tribe grew larger as the land provided for more people. This did not last as they hope and winter returned with its bitter harshness. Barely surviving the first return of winter and making it through to spring. The leaders gather and the ways of the fox were explained and choices were made. Some families went north and became the Black Seals. Others went west and become the White Hares. To the east is the Grey Eagles. With the Blue Foxes remaining in the south of their lands. The four tribes are friendly to each other and will support the other if called upon.