Gens Tamroti

The Gens is the basic political and social unit of the L’npei (the tall, slender reptilians which are the indigenous alpha life form of Atelon).  The Gens bears some resemblance to the human clan or tribe, but with much stronger social and economic connection.

In ancient times, there were six great L’npei kingdoms.  The 36 Gens that settled east of the mountains and south of the Dunafolda River became the Kingdom of D’Mak. Then, M’Maoulek's Wars resulted in the destruction of the Kingdom of D’Mak.  Just three of the D’Mak Gens survive on the western frontier of Great Road Councilate in the Banakur Forest.  They are the Gens of Tamroti, Magira and Ritsar.

Gens Tamroti is the northernmost of the three Banakur Forest Gens that were settled along the Vari River.  Tamroti is geographically part of the open lowlands occupied by the Rapani, but isolated on the north by the barrier of the Banakur Forest and separated from Gens Magira to the south by the narrow valley called the Simy Kas.  Soon after settling the area,Tamroti allowed the forest to grow back in the hill country to the west.  Then, as M'Maoulek's Wars moved into the heart of D'Mak, Tamroti abandoned the pastures on the east bank of the Vari River and the forest returned there as well.   Where the forest has grown back, it is inhabited by bands of Wild L’npei.

Tamroti’s 292,000 L'npei live in an area of 58,400 km² in the lower part of the wide valley of the VariKemtarot, the administrative center, is located on the Vari, just north of where the Dunsta River joins it.  It has 5,840 inhabitants, but is little more than a permanent campground, surrounding a few poor structures of wood and mudbrick. Like most of the Gens, the Tamroti are primarily pastoral, tending of herds of livestock.  A few small villages are scattered along the herding routes, providing bare necessities and simple entertainments for the nomadic bands. In addition to the herding bands, about 15% of the population live in Brooding Camps.  In other Gens, these camps are semi-permanent establishments.  Among the Banakur Gens, however, these camps move from year to year.

Tamroti has been at war with the Keshdumah for generations.  The L’npei are aggressive but undisciplined fighters. They fight in War Bands which are formed from adolescent L’npei who are seasoned by the life of following a herd.  Historically, the herds and the young warriors who accompanied them were small.  In Tamroti however, the demands of war have reshaped the traditional custom.  There, each herd is large enough to support a War Band and the traditional group of herders who guide and care for the animals.  The War Band follows the herd for a number of circuits until it is hardened by the rigors of nomadic life, and blooded by conflict with Wild L'npei.

The Gradec Working maintains a trading fort, named Fort Tamroti, on the Dunsta River, at the edge of the Banakur Forest.  There is a permanent Tamroti camp near the Fort, with a population of fewer than 1,000 occupants.  Merchants from Gradec travel down the Dunsta to Tamroti to trade Gornarod metal objects for leather and wooden goods.  There are no roads in the Banakur Genslands, so from Tamroti, independent traders and peddlers make their way up the Vari and its tributaries to Gens Magira and Gens Ritsar and across the forest to the Keshdumah frontier settlements.



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