The Brownie Aohu'o (from a word meaning "walking", "wandering" or "nomadic") tribe is sub-divided into as many as 200 distinct bands, and lives mainly in inland Akdor, but can also be found scattered throughout Caelereth, both as minorities among the other tribes, and as a treeful here and a treeful there. Hunter-gatherers, these tribes are wildly mischievous, to the point of being obnoxious, but they are also the guardians of Brownie culture and religion, as well as being the best hunters and marksmen of the Brownie tribes. Shamans re-enact history and myth, keeping the past alive. They also encourage the reverence of the spirits of tree and rock and stream, making the spirits as real to the Aohu'o as the animals they hunt.
Appearance. Aohu'o individuals are identical in appearance to those of the LLaoihrr, Memnoor and Milken, fitting the general Brownie description. Among the Aohu'o, Brownbarks and Greenbarks predominate, with the occasional Redbark, and, rarely, those of other shades.
Coat of Arms/Sign. None.
Territory. Each band, comprising somewhere between 200 and 500 people, is estimated to utilize a territory of 4 to 9 square kilopeds. Almost 200 of these bands are scattered throughout the open plain of central Akdor. Bands of Aohu'o have immigrated to many parts of Caelereth, sometimes blending in with other Brownie tribes, and sometimes just settling down in a likely tree.
People. Aohu'o do not have the high technology of their
LLaoihrr cousins, or
the access to myriad worlds like their
Memnoor cousins, relying instead on simple
nets, traps and ingenuity. This ingenuity often manifests as mischievousness,
and Aohu'o Brownies
have raised the practical joke to an art form. Whenever
you see a group of
Brownies tying up intruders, trapping them in nets, or playing
jokes on them, it is certain that they are members of a band of the Aohu'o tribe.
Many of them are also excellent riders, choosing rabbits or other small
animals as their steeds.
Many of them are also excellent riders, choosing rabbits or other small animals as their steeds.
Lifemagic, where it is found, is strong among the Aohu'o, but not as organized as among the LLaoihrr. Many Redbarks, having the most lifemagic potential, end up becoming shamans, while the remainder are scattered, with only a small handful being found in any one band.
Brownies are great friends of the
drasil, to their mutual benefit.
Housing. Aohu'o bands are generally nomadic, and their housing reflects this. They are built to hold together only for a single season, out of twigs, grasses, and mud, either in a tree or on the ground, with different bands building their houses in different styles. The Aohu'o that live among other Brownie tribes often end up imitating the housing of those they live among.
Clothing. Both men and women dress primarily in various animal skins. Because of the average Brownie's extremely active lifestyle, and the low temperatures present on the central plain of Akdor, rough tunics and pants, and low leather boots are almost universal among the Aohu'o. A belt with multiple pouches is often worn, and a hunting/writing knife or two are generally to be found slipped into a boot.
Diet. Aohu'o are strict hunter-gatherers. Their diet depends both on the luck of their hunting, and on which foods available from plants are ripe. They eat a lot of meat, of all sorts.
Weapons. Aohu'o weapons are adapted for hunting, and are known for their deadly accuracy. This accuracy derives not from the weapon itself, but from the skill of the wielder. The worst shot among the Aohu'o could be considered a sharpshooter if compared to anyone not of his tribe. The most common weapons used are the bow, the blowpipe, and the knife. Using bows and arrows is a skill that the Brownie people learned from observing elves before the Brownies began migrating and dividing into their tribes, in the time of Keekoo the Deliverer. Bows may be a tenth of a ped or longer, and are hand-carved from carefully selected and cut pieces of wood. Arrows are generally poisoned, killing the prey or merely rendering it senseless depending on which poison is used, allowing Aohu'o to take on prey many times larger than themselves. They have a maximum range of perhaps 25 peds. Blowpipes were invented in the same time frame that Brownies were first beginning to use bows, and are compact, easy to store and carry, and simple in form, being merely a hollowed-out straight twig. Poisoned darts are also used with blowpipes. The blowpipe range is generally considered to be 12 peds. Hunting knives are also common, and are used for many things, from skinning and gutting prey, to writing a message to someone, to being an aid in climbing, to being a last desperate weapon of defence. Made from rarely-used iron, they are never thrown as a projectile. Nets and other traps are also very common, and are often used in the hunt to slow down and entrap an animal for the kill.
Occupations. Hunting and gathering are universal, as these are the two skills that are neccessary for the survival of each band. A third occupation, that of the shaman, is composed of Brownies that wander from band to band. Having memorized hundreds of stories, myths, and geneologies, and believed to be in contact with the spirits of rock, tree, and stream, shamans are held in the highest respect. They are the guardians of Brownie history, culture, and religious beliefs.
Government. Aohu'o bands are each completely independent from each other. Within each band, members that are good providers or have much experience are given special respect. Most bands are loosely ruled by these respected elders, with the most respected Brownie often being considered to be chieftain of the band. This group will then make decisions that affect the entire band, yet they get only slightly more preferential treatment.
Production/Trade. Furs and other animal products, as well as the herbs and other plant products that the tribes gather. A particular band of Aohu'o on the western coast of Akdor also produces Brownie-sized ships, as well as small boats of human size for trade.
Natural Resources. Small and large game, roots, herbs, fruits, vegetables, grasses, and the occasional tree.
Holidays, Festivals and Observances. The most celebrated holidays among the Aohu'o are religious ones, as they are fervently religious. Several of them have something to do with honoring the spirits of rock, tree, and stream, and one of them honors Aheh, the mysterious First One. Other holidays are also celebrated, as the Aohu'o have the most celebrations of any Brownie tribe.
|See also||Birni Brownies (ancient tribe), Brownies (the race), Drasil (tree creatures), Keekoo the Deliverer (Brownie hero), Llaoihrr (Vale Brownies), Memnoor (Void Brownie tribe), Milken (Milken Brownies), Rat Brownies|
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