THE SOR'INYT TRIBE ("SAND SISTERS")

APPEARANCE - COAT OF ARMS - TERRITORY - PEOPLE - HOUSING - CLOTHING
DIET - WEAPONS - OCCUPATIONS - GOVERNMENT - PRODUCTION/TRADE
 
NATURAL RESOURCES
- BELIEF - FESTIVALS - HISTORY - VOCABULARY

Mysterious as the sands that they travel, the Sor’inyt tribe is sometimes an enigma to the outside world. Being both nomadic and matriarchal, this human desert tribe of the continent of Aeruillin has learned, often through hard experience, how to survive where most would not. The tribe members call themselves “sisters of the sands” or “sand sisters” (“Sor da luc Inyt” or “Sor’inyt”).

The Sor'inyt represent a closed society, and therefore knowledge of the Sor’inyt is hazy and vague at best. For example: though they have been documented to travel the lands between the Plain of Col’Paehjaar and the Plain of the Dead on a seasonal basis, sometimes they have been known to break the pattern by visiting the Plain of Esaechorodd during a particularly hot spell of normally warm Aeruillin weather.

Sor'inyt Markings

View picture in full size Image description. The Markings of the Sor'inyt. Picture drawn by Quellion.

Appearance. As testament to their harsh living environment, all women have skin that is tanned a dark bronze from many hours in the unforgiving sun. Both hair color and eye color vary, though brown hair is a common sight. Hair is typically braided and styled atop the head, often decorated with gold strands and/or ornaments. Height among the tribe also varies, but an average height for the human female fighters is around 1.85 peds. A few elevated members of the tribe have dark symbols (“Wani’toia”) tattooed on their faces and/or bodies, often representing a special achievement or blessing. Because of these markings, many outsiders often find these though women to be exotic or fearsome - sometimes they are considered to be both. Return to the top

Coat of Arms/Sign. [...]
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Territory. The Sor'inyt are a desert tribe of Aeruillin, which can be mainly found between the Plain of Col’Paehjaar and the Plain of the Dead, sometimes they have been known to break their travelling pattern by visiting the Plain of Esaechorodd during a particularly hot spell of normally warm Aeruillin weather.

There is only one settlement known to the Sor’inyt: the movable Opi’t. The Opi’t consists of collapsible yurts and tents, which can be easily and quickly dismantled and moved when needed. The Opi’t is generally moved once in a season, four times a year. It is always centered around a water source.

Travel is essential to the tribe because of the magnitude of importance the totit plays in their lives. The plant, not yet cultivated for civilized farming, only matures twice a year and does not grow in close proximity to itself. Because of the amount needed for the Yuatu’way, the tribe is forced to travel to gather enough of the plant. Travel is also important to the Opi’t. The tribe moves the Opit for fear of eliminating their current water source.
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Sor'inyt Women

View picture in full size Image description. Women of Sor'inyt tribe of the continent of Aeruillin. Drawn by Quellion.

People. The Sor’inyt tribe consists strictly of women. It is hereditary based; “joining” of the tribe is not allowed. If one wished to join, the woman must have provable family ties to the tribe. They are very tight-knit and closed to the outside world - strangers are not welcomed lightly.

The numbers of the Sor’inyt tribe lay around three and a half score. With an average birth and death rate for their size, the tribe usually sports an equal number of both per year. (On average, the tribe experiences 2 births and 2 deaths every year.)

There exists a notable difference between the terms "Sor’inyt" and "Sor’inytian":

Sex and Pregnancy. There are many rumors concerning the fertilization of the Sor’inyt tribe members. For instance: the peoples of the Hot Winds Bay believe that the Sor’inyt women have both male and female sexual organs - and thus reproduce with each other. The peoples north of the Dunes of Thiva, who have a lower opinion of the tribe, believe that the women, coming so close to the Etherial Void in the wanderings, breed with demons. Other rumors speak of the tribe raiding small villages and enslaving the captured men.

None of theses rumors are true. Despite these sometimes fantastical and imaginative ideas, the answer to the riddle of Sor’inyt procreation is something that few outside the tribe know and is actually quite simple: the women of the Sper’itua will periodically stop at towns, villages, and cities where they spend a night with men of that place. Because they do it both for pleasure and procreation - the stops do not always end in pregnancy. Only members of the Sper’itua are allowed to mate.

During the pregnancy and also after the birth, both mother and daughter are expected to remain with the Tor’iti until the child is weaned and the Sper’itua return once more to the settlement. After which, the mother would return once more to her old position and the child would remain in the Opi’t to be raised by a Gret’upi.

The Sor’inyt women have a method of “birth control” that they use to raise the chances of bearing a girl-child. The Hemor plant is used in this case. The Sor’inyt incorporate the plant into a few of their more important food substances: such as Cop’a, Frodip, and dried meats. Because of this large amount of Hemor-tainted food, the women are ensured a daily consumption of the drug/plant. The plant is digested and introduced within the blood stream through the natural ways. Once in the blood stream the plant then accumulates in the outer lining of the woman’s womb. When a successful conception occurs, the drug reacts to the male genes. Since all being are initially female, the plant simply blocks the element that would allow for a male child. This process does not always work, since nothing is proven perfect. Nineteen times out of twenty the plant works effectively, but every so often the plant proves faulty and a boy-child is born. Though this happens rarely, once a generation, when it does happen, the child is immediately killed. Twins, in accordance to legend of The Twins, are also killed at birth. But the birth of twins is even more rare than that of boys.

Only members of the Sper’itua are allowed to mate. During the pregnancy and also after the birth, both mother and daughter are expected to remain with the Tor’iti until the child is weaned and the Sper’itua return once more to the settlement. After which, the mother would return once more to her old position and the child would remain in the Opi’t to be raised by a Gret’upi. Once the child becomes a woman at the onset of her moon-cycle, she is allowed to choose her profession in the tribe. She will then be trained accordingly. Despite set professions within the tribe, all girls are trained to handle weapons, if only simply, in case of an emergency. After several years in a position in the Sper’itua, a woman can choose to retire her position and take up one with the Tor’iti.

Leaving the Tribe.
There are two ways of leaving the tribe: choice or banishment.

Sor'inyt tents

View picture in full size Image description. Typical Sor'inyt tents. Drawn by Quellion.

Housing. Simple, small tents and yurts make up the majority of the housing of the Sor’inyt tribe. Most of the traveling by the Sor’inytia is done on horseback. This allows them to carry their collapsible yurts and tents with them. Return to the top

Clothing. The following clothes are commonly worn by members of the Sor'inyt tribe:

Diet. The members of both the Sper’itua and the Tor’iti have the same diet, which consists of: Small desert game, water, spiced wine, and flat bread made from the stem of totit (Cop’a). Other desert plants such as cacti and small fruit bearing bushes (Dog’nata) complete their diet. Return to the top

Weapons. Though they prefer light weapons, the members of the Sor’inyt tribe are versed in several different categories of arms:

Occupations. There are two main occupations of the tribe, under which are several “sub-jobs”. The following occupations are limited to females only:

Men are not included in the everyday life of the Sor’inytia. Little is known about them, but the women of the Sor’inyt tribe must be fertilized somehow. These facts are largely unknown to the world outside the tribe. When women do give birth to male children, the infant is killed and the mother is demoted in status. Return to the top

Government. The Sor’inyt tribe is ruled by a spilt republic. The members of each the Sper’itua and the Tor’iti cast votes for their respective Wo’di’on and Do’wi’on. The leaders have little actual contact with each other, but yet need the other to survive; thus not allowing for a split of the tribe.

Tribal hierarchy is based on the fertility of the woman. She is considered blessed and elite if she bears only girl-children. If she were to bear a male child or twins (both of which must be killed immediately after birth), she would then be demoted in status.

While there are very little matters that concern both leaders of the Sor’inyt, they must form a union in the case of a violation of the “G’aio”. The G’aio is a set of laws that must be obeyed. They are very few and are reinforced all the more because of their little numbers. The penalty for breaking the G’aio is banishment or, worse, death.

The G’aio (Sor'inyt Laws):

Production/Trade. The Sor’inyt are involved intensely in trade with the major cities of eastern Aeruillin. They trade cloth that is woven by them from the root of the totit. A very fine, smooth, and soft cloth, the cloth (Yuatu’way) is extremely sought after, especially by the noblemen of the northern Kingdom, Santharia. They often trade for spices, jewelry, or horses. Once a year, four members of the Sper’itua travel with a cartload of Yuatu’way to Shan'Zarathan and the annual horse fair. There, they trade the cloth for two Azhorhrian horses. Return to the top

Natural Resources. The following natural resources are of major importance for the Sor'inyt:

Belief. Ironically, the Sor’inytia worship the sun god, Foiros. They consider him above all other, and thus honor him. One girl in every generation is chosen to be the Foret’tuum ("Foiros’ Bride"). She is then automatically a member of the Tor’iti. While, she officially does not have power the leaders often seek her advice. When she reaches the age of 50 summers, she will choose her apprentice from the children. When she dies the apprentice will take over. Return to the top

Holidays, Festivals and Observances. There are two major festivals in the tribe and one lesser event:

History. While their history is largely unknown the Sor’inyt call upon a large series of oral stories of their early years as a tribe. The tales are passed from one Foret’tuum to her apprentice- and thus to generation to generation. There are two main orally traded Sor'inyt myths:

Basic Sor'iynt Vocabulary

Cani’tpa Protectors of the Sper’itua
Cani’tpa’eta Camp Protector
Cop’a bread made from totit and spiced water
Dog’nata small desert fruit bearing bush
Do’wi’on Tor’iti Leader
Frodip Jelly made of the Dog’nata fruit
Fod’itia the bakers or food preparers
Foretium Festival of the Foret’tum
Foret’tuum Bride of Foiros
Gret’upi Nurturer of children
Gorda’ta festival of the introduction to womanhood
Kad’iyt Preparer of the totit
Loopa Hunter
Maast Weaver of the totit into Yuatu’way
Opi’t Moveable settlement
Rash’ida Gatherer of the totit
Rotora fruit of the Dog’nata
Sper’itua Warrior/Traveler
Topa dried Dog’nata fruit
Tor’iti Non-Warriors
Totit Plant that is used greatly
Wani’toia Dark symbols tattooed on warrior’s face and body. Sign of elite-ness.
Wani’toiat Festival of the Wani’toia
Wo’di’on Leader of Sper’itua
Yuatu’way cloth woven from totit and traded

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