THE SOPHRONIAN MEN ("MISFIT TRIBE")
The Sophronians, also called the "Misfit Tribe", are an ancient Sarvonian tribe of matriarchal human barbarians, a folk experienced in battle, who came from Northern Sarvonia to finally settle near the region of the Zeiphyr where eventually the Serphelorian Kingdom formed with Sophronia as its capital. During the wandering years the Sophronians lived a nomadic form of life. They lived in yurits-skin covered tents and mostly ate mutton, wild game, and goats.
Picture description. A Sophronian archer aiming at a spotted foe. Image drawn by Isilhir.
The Role of Women. The
Sophronians were a matriarchal oriented tribe, where political decisions as
well as leading war was reserved to women only. Their motto was: "We fight for
those who cannot fight for themselves." At least this seperation between the
sexes was the case till the so-called Patriarchal Years (around 10.600 b.S.),
when parts of the nomadic tribe settled in what now is western
Santharia and mingled with the
Eyelians. While older women
mainly took care of raising the children, men fulfilled
all other tasks of the household including farming.
The Role of Men. Males of the Sophronian tribe were called Shabans or Shepherds. Their duties were to herd the animals, make clothes, weapons, cook etc. In the patriarchal years their duties was to lead the town in political and judicial matters. Since then military matters are decided upon the Captain of the Guard (leader of the Tamarians) and her lieutenants (leaders of the other army factions) with the council and approval of the male leader or noble of the kingdom. The other men's duties changed however to what ever they chose except serving in the army except as support personell. The women's role also changed only if they chose. They could become wives, shopkeepers etc. or remain part of the army.
During Alala's reign (ca. 11550 b.S.)
the army that would protect the tribe on its way south was
refined. The names which were used then still prevail in
the current Serphelorian army, which has developed from the Sophronian one.
With the tribe in the middle Alala chose Tamara
to lead, and since then this part of the
army was called the Tamarians. On the left flank
were the Merians led by Me'ri. On her right flank were the Narisians led by
Narissa. And on the rear flank were the Daphinians led by Daphney. Each army
had its own colors which are included in
the following clothing descriptions.
Coat of Arms. Following are descriptions of items used in battle representing the Sophronian tribe symbolicly:
The Sophronian Coat of Arms drawn by Koldar.
Lozenge (diamond) shaped. Its field or background is argent (silver). It is divided vertically and horizontally equally making four quarters. Each quarter has a lozenge shape with a round circle in the middle of the lozenge. The middle of each lozenge is colored vert (green). Starting from the top left quarter the lozenge shape is colored gules (red), top right quarter lozenge is colored sable (black), the bottom left quarter lozenge is colored azure (blue), the bottom right quarter lozenge is covered with white ermine.
The helmet is or (gold) colored with a closed full face.
The crest consists the head, bust and arms of a woman colored argent (silver). In her right hand she holds four Arrows, her left hand is open but only has three fingers.
On the left side is a rearing horse with hooves sharpened. On the right side is a hawke with flared wings, both claws sharpened with one claw seemingly holding up the shield.
Map of the ancient kingdoms of Santharia (482 b.S.). Click on any kingdom to read more details at other kingdom entries. Picture drawn by Artimidor Federkiel.
Clothing. You have two discern between two types of clothing worn:
Women: Each woman wore leather hip high boots. Hidden inside each boot was a needle sharp throwing knife they called the "Twins". They also wore a short middle thigh leather skirt with breeches underneath. Hidden on the inner thighs were another pair of knives which were called "Chastities". The women also wore elbow length leather gloves that also held another pair of knives they called "Mauraders". Finally often a bow, quiver of arrows and a short sword slung over their backs can be found at Sophronian women.
Men: During the matriarchal nomadic years men did not battle therefore they never wore battle clothes.
Clothing inside of Camp
Women: Whenever the Sophronians were inside the camp they put over their warrior clothes soft woolen robes dyed different colors to denote what army they belonged to or whether they were nobility. In order of importance they are Nobility (emerald green), Tamarians (blood red), Merians (sapphire), Narisians (black) and Daphinians (white). Each robe was held by two stones of the army's colors at the shoulder: Tamarians (ruby), Merians (sapphire), Narisians (black jade), Daphinians (opal). When Eldon, during the Patriarchal years, formed the Sophronian Guard these were the descendants of these women.
Men: During the matriarchal years men wore simple leather tunics and their left ear was pierced to show acceptance into the tribe. During the patriarchal years men's clothing didn't change except for nobility. Men nobles wore a robe over their tunics and could wear and use a sword during their noble duties.
Festivals. The high festivals of the Sophronians are:
Festival of Armeros
The Gods Jeryiall and Armeros are the only ones the Sophronians worshipped, though they were taught by oral tradition of the other Gods.
Festival of Birth of a Female Child
Festival of the
...celebrating the first leader of the tribe, Sophronia
Each high festival is celebrated for a week
and the Sophronians usually drink Aymyz
(fermented mare's milk) during these days.
Aymyz is the only drink the Sophronians
know which is alcoholic and they only
drink it at those special times,
while at the rest they are teetollers.
Additional festivals are e.g. the
Festival of Warriors
...where females earn the right to be accepted into the army. The competition is called "Kokdar" or the "War of the Golden Fleece". A carcass of a dead sheep dyed gold is put between the girls who are of age. They are divided into teams. Four teams one for each army. The object is to get the fleece between one of the goals on either side of the field. They ride horses and they must pick up the fleece and head toward the other team's goal, all the while fighting off the other team's members.
Festival of the Golden
This is another competition but only between the leaders of the armies. The participants compete in horsemanship, hand to hand combat ("Jakatya"), archery and knife throwing. The victor will be awarded with the Golden Bridle. This is only once a year Festival held after the winter thaw.
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