Tribes of Sartar, Chalk Man Valley

Greybeard (Greybeard@nochet.demon.co.uk)
Thu, 8 Jun 1995 09:28:53 GMT

Tribes of Sartar

RQA 5 has good detail on Northern Sartar. It may or may not fit with your
game but most refs and particularly neo-Sartarites will find it very useful.

I have a game running in the Chalk Man Valley, it doesn't agree with John Hughes 
version of AldaChuri tribes, but hey ho, if you like it you can use it..

The Valley of the Chalk Man

The Valley of the Chalk Man lies east of Aldachur, some 30-40km. It is named 
after the spirit god whose outline is cut from the chalk hill overlooking the 
valley. It is said that the Chalk Man is an Earth god who fought in the Gods 
Wars and that in times of great trouble the Chalk Man can be summoned by a 
priest to defend the lands. The Valley is the home of the Cirros Clan, a small 
clan of some 275 people living in and around the Valley of the Chalk Man. 

The Cirros are Tarshites who have dwelt here since the 1550s when they migrated 
to the Aldachuri region. In the Valley they met a small group of people 
worshipping the Chalk Man, under the tutelage of a shaman. Cirros means chalk in 
Tarshite and intrigued the shaman and Tarshite priests explored lineages and the 
spirit plane and showed that both peoples were kin. From then on the primitive 
farmers were integrated into the Cirros clan.

The shaman of the Chalk Man leads the worship ceremonies to the Chalk Man in 
Gods Week, Earth Season. The Chalk Man fought in the Gods Wars, and was armoured 
in chalk, to deflect the damage of his foes. At last the Chalk Man took so much 
pain that he laid down on the hill, and slept. Each Sea Season the clan cut his 
outline from the hillside, and each Earth Season the shaman is granted the use 
of the Enchant Chalk spell. The Chalk Man shaman is known for enchantments and 
magics of defence, and the Cirros are known for their enchanted skins and 
Earth-Man tattoos.

Enchant Chalk is a spell which for each point of use converts 1 enc of chalk 
into magical armour enhancing chalk. This chalk mau be smeared on a person 
yielding 1-3 AP protection. It lasts one day, may be washed off by rain and may 
be smeared onto armour. 1 enc will coat about 20 men, or one man for 20 days.

Due to a disagreement over lands between the Cirros and Mantos clans, Erik 
Cariksson of the Cirros slew Thur Maniksson of the Mantos ten years ago. The two 
families fought and raided each other, several men were killed. Two years ago at 
a tribal moot this matter was ended with the paying of weregeld to the Mantos 
clans for the death of Thur. Since then all has been calm.

- ---
Tom Zunder


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