The Seven Tribes
The Lost Ones
Adventures, Campaigns & NPCs
Tribe 8, Dream Pod 9's third and latest roleplaying game, is a departure from their focus of hi-tech science-fiction and Japanese-style robots. Tribe 8 is a world of dream magic, supernatural horrors and Godlike figures called Fatimas -- all painted on the backdrop of the ruins of the modern world.
The world of Tribe 8 was once the one we know today - skyscrapers, modern medicine, nine-to-five existence -- but all that was wiped away by the arrival of supernatural terrors. Some called them demons, monsters or horrors, but their proper name is Z'bri. No human tongue can quite pronounce the name correctly, but if your breath is rasp and stuck in the space between agony and pleasure, you are close.
The Z'bri came from a distant spirit realm and descended on the modern world like a plague. They were powerful, mad and magical lords drunk on the physical pleasures they had long been denied and they caused civilization to collapse. Endless tombs dotted the lands and the survivors were herded into camps to dance, scream and die for the pleasure of the mad Z'bri lords. This bondage was seemingly endless, blasting away the memories of the "World Before."
There were those who kept freedom alive, however. They prayed for salvation and whispered forbidden memories to one another. When even their hope was on the verge of being washed away forever, the Goddess (Tribe 8's Earth Mother divinity) chose to manifest Herself. She sent eight strangers -- known as Nomads -- to the camps of a once-great city called Vimary. They taught the prisoners how to summon avatars of the Goddess and sacrificed themselves in these same arcane rituals. These avatars, powerful manifestations of one aspect of the Goddess, were called Fatimas and they were glorious indeed, imbued with holy power and divine righteousness. These Fatimas led the prisoners in a revolt against the Z'bri.
The victory against the monsters was neither easy nor complete. In the end, Joshua the Ravager, most powerful of the Fatimas, and most of His tribe were slaughtered in a final conflict with the Z'bri overlord, Tibor. The horrors were pushed back to the north of Vimary, but they were not destroyed. The seven surviving Fatimas together formed the Seven Tribes -- the new nation of humanity.
Humanity was liberated, but not yet free.
The Fatimas who came to free humanity from the camps and who now dominate human society are powerful and fascinating figures. Each leads a tribe that bases its existence around it and each personifies a human archetype. Their physical bodies are assembled from metal, wood and other materials, but their spirits make them extremely powerful. They all wield Synthesis, a potent form of dream magic, in a way akin to Gods.
The Seven Fatimas are divided into three major alliances, the Fates, the Dancers, and the Pillars.
The Three Fates
The Dancers of the Light
The Pillars of the Nation
When Joshua was struck down, he uttered a prophecy. He said that his death would be avenged, that his killers would be destroyed by a reborn Eighth Tribe. It would lead humanity to true and lasting freedom. The other Fatimas call this blasphemy. They and their priests argue the Seven Sisters already created true liberation. This is a lie. The Seven Tribes only provide protection and prosperity for those who toe the line. Those who dare challenge the Fatimas' will are cast out like so much living trash.
The Fatimas and their followers lackeys look out and see a world they will shape for their avatars will. They ignore the uncounted Squats who have never known the tribes or their ways; they ignore the Z'bri Serfs who have become slaves to the horrors out of desperation; they ignore the Keepers, strange technopriests who cling to the World Before.
But there is hope, because Joshua's legacy is coming true. In the growing legion of the outcasts, there are those who refuse to fade away. Just as Joshua predicted, the Goddess Herself has not abandoned them even if Her avatars have. They are still young, gathered only in scattered cells of like minded exiles. They call ourselves the Fallen, but they are building an Eighth Tribe to finally free humanity from Fatima and Z'bri alike...
|The Doomsayers are concerned with prophecy and destiny and most especially with Joshua the Ravager, the slain Fatima. They are dark prophets and have abilities that allow them to divine secrets and see in darkness.|
|The Herites are holy crusaders, determined to destroy the Fatimas and affirm the spiritual liberation of the Fallen. They are highly driven and often obsessed. They have abilities that allow them to evade capture or domination and recognize their enemies.|
|The most violent of the Fallen, Jackers are driven to extract justice for the wrongs done to them. The Z'bri are their most hated enemies. Jackers have abilities that allow them to face the gravest dangers and strike with unparalleled power.|
|Leaders and politicians, the Lightbringers are focused on bringing the Fallen together into a united whole. They are also prone to intrigue and politics. They have abilities that allow them to unite groups and convince others of their beliefs.|
But what of Joshua's survivors? And what of those of Mary? Although the so-called "history" of Tera Sheba calls them lost, this is not so. One of the first of the Fallen was one such Marian (Child of Mary) who would not join the Evans, as was mandated by Tera Sheba. The Joshuans however, have become the stuff of legend, after the fall of Tibor. It is rumored that there are those who remain and remember Joshua, to the North.
|The Keepers: Those that have kept the Old Ways...The ways of the World Before. Teknology. Science. They are those who escaped both the End Times and the Camps, by hiding among the ruins. Others survived in massive underground facilities... Yet they too have been touched by the River of Dream. Though they may not understand it as such, the Keeper's Technosmithing abilities are very much like the Tribes' Synthesis. The Keepers are generally not the enemies of the Tribes, but the Fatimas and their Favorites watch their activities carefully...|
The Squats: These are the others... They are outsiders to them all, Tribes, Keepers, and Fallen alike. Most eke out as best a living they can within and beyond Vimary. Most Squat clans are small and nomadic, where others are beginning to align themselves, such as Luther Boarhead's war-band. Most Squats are unable to directly channel the River of Dream via Synthesis or Technosmithing, yet many perform Rituals to access the River of Dream.
The horrors who destroyed the World Before, the Z'bri are the purest forms of evil in Tribe 8. Originally creatures of pure spirit, they went mad when they entered the physical world and now take part in perverse pleasures of the flesh. Able to mold and regenerate flesh and posses many bodies, they enjoy pain as much as pleasure. They wield a terrible power called Sundering that allows them to control souls and bodies and use it to subject humans to a wide variety of tortures.
The Z'bri are ruled by a relatively small number of Lords, immensely powerful monstrosities able to possess many different bodies. These Lords command numerous Vassals (lesser but still potent Z'bri stuck in one body), Chained (savage Z'bri who possess animals) and Serfs (lowly human slaves). The Z'bri live north of Vimary under a feudal system that divides them into four houses. Each house is headed by a Prince, and the Baron is lord over all four houses.
House Flemis: the faceless Flemis follow a series of intricate and highly ritualized ceremonies that celebrate their hive-like mentality which frowns upon Individualism -- and their use of Sundering reflects this. They can send out distress signals immediately calling any nearby Flemis. Most Flemis prefer to communicate telepathically, being among the few who still remember the Ancient Z'bri languages.
House Koleris: Rage and anger, the fury of the Z'bri, the Koleris are violent and aggressive. Bursting boils and countless wounds cover their bodies, illustrating their temperament and their love for fighting. Of all the Z'bri Houses the Koleris have nothing but burning hatred of the tribes and delight in causing them as much agony as possible.
House Melanis: Fascinated by knowledge the brooding Melanis are secretive and enigmatic. They spend their time dissecting flesh in an attempt to uncover its power, and relishing in the pain they cause at the same time.
House Sangis: Ephemeral and entrancing the Sangis retain some of the sublime essence that the Z'bri possessed before the Closing. Impossibly beautiful, the Sangis are likewise impossibly cruel, feasting on the torment and pain of humanity like some sweet nectar.
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