Population: 80% jettur, 9% xeph, 6% dromite, 3% human, 2% others
Government: Tribal Council
Imports: Tools, meat, fur
Exports: Spices, Obsidian
The Sommaran tribes are a peaceful culture more intent on travel, philosophy, trade and survival than any martial ways. This does not mean that the Sommaran are not profcient warriors, for they must continuously defend themselves against the spawn of the Impact that live in the desert. Most ferocious are the landsharks, horrid monsters that will devour an entire jettur, or the great sandworms that sometimes attack a tribe.
Sommarans welcome visitors and traders when they are camped, but rarely do so when they are on the move. While camped they are often in easily defendable positions while inside an oasis, but when they are traveling they are spread out. This means that if one wants to meet them without blades drawn, one must wait until they have found an oasis and settled in.
A distinct mark of a Sommaran is the obsidian they dig out of the Eternal Desert. The most ancient of sages relate the story when the world itself rebelled against the Sorcerer-Kings and freed the jettur from eternal slavery. When this happened, fire and brimstone rained down upon
the world and where it touched sand, it became obsidian. Obsidian is black and refective and if cut in the correct way, incredibly sharp. In most of Tion, obsidian shards are used as currency since they are rare and valuable, both as jewelry and by itself.
Sometimes larger shards are found, from which the Sommarans cut pieces that are used in weapons. Many Sommarans who travel far away from the Eternal Desert are armed with obsidian weapons, often prized parting gifts from their tribe. But aside from these expensive and rare weapons, the sommarans most often make use of ceramic weaponry and armor. Ceramic weaponry and armor are essentially made from clay, mixing the sand and using an understanding of how patterns and Flow interact, the Sommarans have managed to create a material that is almost equal to iron in strength.
Major Geographic Features
Most of Sommaran culture is based around the Eternal Desert. The desert is situated between the Winnu Plains and the southern jungles of Tion. To the south,where the plains become desert sands. To the east, the desert spills into the Shattered Sea, and in the west it touches the feet of the Spearclaw Mountains.
There are numerous subterranean rivers fowing from the Spearclaws, under the Eternal Desert. These rivers surface in the form of oases, large and lush areas within an otherwise dead and barren desert world. Here there are many exotic fowers and herbs growing, many which are turned into spices to be sold to traders in the north and south. The water is fresh and low hanging fruit means easy access to food for the Sommarans.
The Sommarans make great use of the different breeds of camel that have lived in the desert as long as the jettur have. These camels come in different breeds and they are most often used as pack-animals. This increases their stamina as well as strengthening the Sommarans as they walk, but a camel can often be ridden once trained. There are a number of very large camels that are used by the elite jettur warriors to bait and isolate landsharks so that they can be killed away from the tribal caravan.
There are either two very important places for the Sommaran, or none, depending on how you view their culture. For most Sommarans, one could say that the most important place is the ‘here and now’ of their life. They tend towards de-emphasizing the outside worlds importance in exchange for focusing on fnding the Flow. But for more worldly observers, two places stand out.
The frst is the northern Winnu Plain, where the bison herds are culled by Sommaran hunters during the summers, the second being the southern trading post. During the summer months, most Sommaran tribes visit the north where the bison graze. From these herds they take the weakest and the oldest, using it to supplement their diet and for the all important leather. Here they also trade with the Nimotei and exchange news of what has happened in the south for news about the north. During the winter months, Sommarans frequent the trading post where they can exchange obsidian shards, spices and information for food and other necessities of life.
Between these two places, the tribes flow like water through the Eternal Desert, finding their own paths towards the next oasis. Sometimes their paths cross and great celebrations are had, during which time most Sommaran weddings take place. Often warriors change tribes if there are any internal disputes, fnding a new home in another tribe during these celebrations. Tribes also trade with each other, share songs and stories and celebrate life as they know it.