The Lyr'Teimor Kuglim (lit.
"Tribe of Teimor Son") are one of the ten Kuglimz
(lit. "tribes") who inhabit the Celeste area of
Northern Sarvonia. They are
one of the Kuglimz'torik (lit. "home tribes"). This tribe like all
Kuglimz are the descendents of people who fled the
destruction of the Mynian Kingdom.
They were led to this place by a man known as Teimor, now one of the Gods or
Vir'togz (lit. "Great Ones").
Also traditionally one of the chief competitors of the
Helvet'ine Kuglim, they are considered
second only to them in power amongst the Kuglimz'torik, and hence the
competition. Once where there was bloodshed and fighting over pre-eminence
there is now just more of a friendly competition, for the most part, since the
unification of the Kuglimz under
Appearance. Fair skinned and thick of bone is the quick description most people think of when they think of any of the Kuglimz. While this is an apt description, there is much more to it. Men have long blonde hair and beards that have fei'put (lit. "blood rings") woven throughout, and clank together in a strong wind. Women wear their long hair bound in a long braid, with strips of cloth used to keep it together. Both sexes tend to be over two peds in height with men being taller and broader than the women. Eye colouration varies between blues and greens. It must be noted that while this is the norm, there are people with darker hair and eye color as well, this comes from mixing with other tribes. Unlike the more chisled features of the Helvet'ine, the Lyr'Teimor have slightly more rounded features. This is a matter of a joke amongst the Helvet'ine who say that they are rounder because they are fatter. That joke has been known to cause more than a few fights.
Picture description. A bear necklace of the Lyr'Teimor Kuglim, one of the proud signs to identify successful bear hunters. Picture drawn by Bard Judith.
One outstanding physical feature of Lyr'Teimor men is the ritual scar upon the
right shoulder. The scar is three lines in a diagonal pattern, starting thick
towards the top and tapering towards the end as the lines slightly curve with a
golden hue about it. A right of passage must be completed to earn these marks.
Every spring when Cartashian bears come
out from their hibernation a group of five to ten young men go out and hunt a
single bear. Whoever survives such an encounter and kills the bear, if any do
survive, they then receive this mark along with the tribe's respect. Due to the
hazardous nature of the event, one would think that not many would attempt this.
However, due to the challenge oriented personality of the Lyr'Teimor, quite a
few young men attempt this task.
The 'unique marking' is of course applied by the tribes' huntleader using the severed paw of the bear to cut the flesh. To stop the bleeding and encourage the formation of a darker scar (much appreciated by the young women), a paste made of clay pigments, cobwebs, cattle's urine, and the leaves of the rik'tyan is used. Some alth'tiert is also applied to the gouges to give them a golden look. After the ceremony the paw is hung over a firepit or hearth to dry, with the claws still attached and the blood still on them. Once fully dry, the hunter may display it over his door or mantleplace with whatever other hunting trophies he has collected. In the case of a large hunt group surviving, the claws are detached from the paw and threaded upon a chain which is then given to the young men. A whole paw is of course much more highly prized, and it is said that if a man has all four paws, then he can get any woman he so chooses.
Coat of Arms/Sign. This is probably the most simplistic coat of arms amongst the Kuglimz. Once again the Helvet'ine use that to say that the Lyr'Teimor are simple as well. It is a shield shaped banner, with a golden shield in the middle of it. In the shield there is an irregular hole with three claw marks coming out of it, both the hole and the background are blue. Some might see this banner for the first time and think of it as odd to see a damaged shield. However, this is due to the myth of Teimor, who after leading his people to where they are now, found an enormous Cartashian bear. He battled it one on one, the ferocious bear swatted the horse right out from under him. Teimor's lance was shattered beneath his mount. Using his shield he deflected the bear again and again, its jaws tore a hole in the shield. In the end, Teimor grabbed a piece of his shattered lance and pierced the immense creature's heart. Honouring the creature, Teimor founded the first town here. So, the banner is not only representative of this battle, but also tells us how Teimor shielded his people.
Territory. Located in a curve of the Luquador River, the lands of the Lyr'Teimor are centered upon two foothills of the Celeste Lowlands. They are the most southerly of the Kuglimz'torik, they are right above the lands of the Cur'tyr Kuglim, who are themselves above the Crystal Lake. Just north of them are the Helvet'ine Kuglim and the Celeste Mountains. To the east are other Kuglimz, the Quest River and the Mynian Plain. Finally to the west are the Trk'Matiu Kuglim and beyond that is The Dark Sea.
Cities. The Lyr'Teimor control two different fortified cities.
Originally this city was the capital city of the tribe, then again it was the first city as well. Named such due to the fact that the city is located where the mythical Teimor defeated an enormous Cartashian bear. After some time another city was founded and Lu'cyntam lost some of its importance. This city is now used more as a food staple, with the farms of the Lyr'Teimor at the base of the city. A wooden palisade surrounds the main part of the city that is sprawled over the hill.
The other city underneath control of the Lyr'Teimor is Lu'cyntam. This is the current capital and seat of power of the tribe. So named for the commanding view that it has of the surrounding countryside, especially that of a nearby vital bridge that leads across the Luquador River to the lands of the Helvet'ine. A double palisade protected the city from past attacks. The first wall surrounds the middle point of the hill, safeguarding the keep, barracks, and other buildings of government and import. A second wall surrounds the bottom of the hill, protecting much of the inhabitants of the city. Only now with peace amongst the Kuglimz are there people living outside the walls.
It would not be anything new to say that the Lyr'Teimor are ferocious fighters,
for all of the Kuglimz are the same in that way. Some
would say that out of all of the Kuglimz, this tribe
is the most competitive. It is said that this is due to the constant
competition between the Lyr'Teimor and the
Helvet'ine. Amazingly, this has spawned a type of people that seem to be at
both ends of the spectrum, that of the terribly foolish and the impressively
brave. Although, some would argue that there is little difference. One never
tries to bluff a Lyr'Teimor man nor challenge him and back down. For he will
never back down, even if it means his death.
Due to the aforestated fact, those of the Lyr'Teimor tribe make highly proficient mercenaries. With the unification of Kuglimz and the slackening and at times downright stopping of internal conflict, these warriors can be found in small bands throughout the world looking for hire. Considered heavy calvary amongst their own people, most would consider them more of a medium grade. Their ferocity in battle though has taken down heavily armoured knights. There are stories of mercenaries challenging one of their new members to attacking a whole formation of troops. Rushing off, they single handedly charge the soldiers, recklessly throwing themselves at them. Eventually his brethren come to his aid, if he needs it.
Housing. Unsurprisingly the housing of the Lyr'teimor is much like that of all of the other kuglimz'torik. A typical house has a stone foundation. Horizontal wooden planking is placed for usually one story, though more prominent members may have two stories. A heavy crossbeam supports layers of dried, woven alth'ho (lit. "animal grass") and tanned animal hides. A characteristic of the Lyr'Teimor housing is the extension of the roofs past the structure of the building. They extend to the point where the edges overlap eachother. This creates covered walkways and streets in the cities. It is very helpful, as it helps keep warmth in the areas and keeps out the near constant rain of the region. It is pretty common to have a fireplace in the house to help ward off the manny chilly nights. Many of the houses are pretty close together due to the space constraints found on their protective hilltops.
Clothing. Each tribe of the Kuglimz has a preferred colouration to their clothing. In this case the Lyr'Teimor use blue and gold. The gold dyes are traded from the Helvet'ine who use the alth'tiert to make it. Blue is made from the crushed petals of a nearby wildflower. Thus, large amounts of cloth dying is done in spring and summer, while fall is the predominate time for the making of clothing. Dyed cloth is most commonly used for the long dresses of the women and the shirts of the men. Breeches are made of tanned hides, to allow for rougher use.
Two main differences in between the clothing of the Kuglimz'torik is the style of neck that they use and the way that their clothing is embroidered. A round neck is preferred by the Lyr'Teimor, this is not only in their tunics, but also in the dresses. More embroidery can be found in their clothing than in any other Kuglimz tribe. Some of the Kuglimz joke that the "loud" embroidery matches their loud mouth. Unsurprisingly the Lyr'Teimor do not find this humorous, if they even get the joke. Embroidery is done in vertical stripes from the shoulder to waist areas. On anything that is longer than waist length, the lines go from horizontal to diagonal in shape. It is thought that this is a very flattering design on dresses and emphasises the figure. There are twelve stripes in honour of Sur'tyan, Lier'tyan, and the ten Vir'togz. The thickness of the stripes is indicative of social rank. In fact some of the wealthier merchants' clothing is so thickly embroidered that none of the fabric can be seen under the embroidery.
Diet. Meat is the preferred choice of food. Vegetables such as althz'onn (lit. "bean plants") are used as well, though rarely served by themselves, rather they are incorporated in the meat dish. Some of the more common meats used include, woolly boar, ho'loch goat, ho'shi deer and cuncu sheep, though anything that can be hunted is used as well. The use of the rik'tyan (lit. "all flower") spice makes the dishes often a mixture of sweet and spicy. Smoking is a commonly used method of preserving meat for later use. This is most used for fish and cuncu, the other meats tend to be to tough or stringy after smoking. It is usual for hunters or people on long treks to carry supplies of smoked meats.
Weapons. Weaponry is similar amongst all of the kuglimz'torik due to the similarity of their fighting styles. The first line of offense is the heavy lance used to attack their enemy at a distance. Next is a longsword and shield, though some warriors prefer a two weapon usage. The most common secondary weapons are axes and maces. Warriors are armoured in chainmail, the prominent warriors' mounts are armoured in the same as well.
Occupations. Gender plays an important role in Kuglimz society, and transfers to the occupations that are held as well. Unlike Santharian life where a woman can live well by the earnings of her husband, or vice versus, everyone must work hard. Women traditionally keep house, including cooking, cleaning, and the like. The unmarried women go out to the fields and work the vegetable patches. Men are the hunters, warriors and also hold places in government. The only place that women hold a place of power in society are the priestesses of Lier'tyan.
Government. Lately the government has changed since the rise of Dro'go Minar'ine as Dirg'mystrume (lit. "battle leader") of the Kuglimz. Where each tribe had an individual Dirg'mystrume who had nearly complete power over their tribe, now this traditional position is more along the lines of a provincial governor. It is thought that Dro'go got this idea from his travels in Santharia.
It must be noted as well that the priesthood has considerable sway in the affairs and decisions of the tribe. Their power is only limited by the squabbling between the priests of Sur'tyan (lit. "All-Father") and the priests of the Vir'togz (lit. "Great Ones").
Production/Trade. Even though Dro'go has instituted a new coinage, and currency system, bartering is still the most common form of trade. The most prevelant trade item is dyed blue cloth. This item is traded with the Trk'Matiu for fresh fish, decorative shells, and some finished wooden goods. There is some trade with other Kuglimz as well, though it tends to be on a more limited amount. Internal trade is fairly common with labour being traded for certain goods, or to pay off debts. With this tribe the debts to be paid off are often from the outcome of challenges.
Natural Resources. There are few natural resources in the area, well at least used resources. Advances have been made in extraction of resources, however this tribe is obstinate and believes that they can take care of it themselves, so this has caused them to fall behind some of the other Kuglimz. So far, some small deposits of iron have been found, and some traces of copper, but no prescious metals.
Holidays, Festivals and Observances. There are only three official holidays that the Lyr'Teimor Kuglim celebrate. The first is Taug'rik'tyan (lit. "All Flower Feast") which is observed for the beginnings of spring and all of the uses for which the rik'tyan is used for. Another holiday is Taug'alth'ho (lit. "Animal Grass Feast") it is celebrated for the season of summer and the verdant alth'ho that grows on the plains and nourishes all of the animals of the region. The final official holiday is Taug'drei (lit. "Freedom Feast"), celebrated in rememberance of the freeing of the Kuglimz from the harsh yoke of Diorye'oleal and Ash'mari rule. Although these are the only actual holidays, there are plenty of festivals and feasts that occur. These happen after quite a few challenges have been decided. Often times a feast is thrown in honour of the victor of the challenge.
History. It must be noted that until recent times the Kuglimz have not had a written history, simply an oral history passed down by the priesthood. Only lately have things begun to be written down. Some of the dates recorded below have been provided by the Injerín and others have been collected by locals.
Information provided by Drogo