Name of Colony: The Tribal People of Bügeln
Name of Founding City (if different): Aufraigen
Location of Founding Colony (Latitude by Longitude and description): (18,15) Inside the Mountain also, settlement at (17,15).
Administration (how its run, what kind of government): The Peoples of Bügeln are a tribal confederacy; no one group has any power over the other. The only authority is a small group of spiritual leaders who remain unquestioned because occupation is gained through reputation. The other reason for this is that the citizens are extremely like-minded. The downside to the lack of competition in the political arena is that the entire nation will back terrible decisions. The next level of command is region (this is considered a region). A region contains hundreds of tribes, a few of which have gained the reputation of best understanding the spirits. Decisions are decided by unanimous decisions made by the collaboration of the shamans in each tribe. Disagreements are settled quickly through duel, the victor being more so influenced by the spirits. On the lowest but most important level there is the tribe. Tribes are independent, egocentric, and achievement based. Individuals are valued based on their achievements in occupation not the occupations themselves. For example, an engineer and a shaman are equals until one makes a technological or spiritual breakthrough.
History of Expedition (how it got started): It was a sleepless night for Haan; he was of tribe Eitrïche, a clan composed mainly of renowned shamans. He came before hundreds of other shaman to deliver the revelation his tribe had been given. He spoke with conviction and with power, "The spirits of Bügeln tell of strength and fire in the north!" His interpretation of this gleamed providing a shiny distraction to his audience, whom for the most part seemed interested. "Tribe Eitrïche has led our people to do great things by the power of the spirits; migration to the north is unquestionably our next great advance!" A larger, bulkier man stepped forward in protest; "Your clan interprets the voice of self interest! Spirits of fire have burned within me since birth and they will provide me the strength to crush your blasphemy!" The large man walked briskly forward adjusting his impact hammer; with confidence he climbed the stairs jogging now with an arm forward preparing to fire. Haan waved his shiny piece of art once more as a plume of flame engulfed his zealous opponent. The wretch screamed as he made the transition to ash adorned with glowing metals.
Population (remember that a food icon supplies enough food for 7500 people): The migration contains approximately 12,500 citizens, grouped into an estimate of 125 tribes.
Composition of Expedition (What kinds of people were sent, How prepared are they?): The tribes being independent in nature have skilled labor of all kinds; due to the nature of this journey however have limited tools, weaponry, and resources.
Equipment upon Arrival (Anything out of the ordinary like ships, weapons, machinery): N/A
Technology Level: Industrial Revolution, Experimental.
The engine- Steam engines power everything in this society be it handheld weaponry, or a mile wide drill. Popular uses are boats, trains, factories, and weaponry.
Smelting- This technology is the foundation of Bügeln culture; it is learned at the age of five. Smelting locations are the core of spiritual, social, military, and intellectual life.
The impact hammer (A pneumatic forward moving spike or hammer)- The impact hammer to Bügeln people is like the cell phone is to an American; only so much more. It displays both your level of mechanical competence and your self-worth. Some are heavy and awkward but have the power to punch a hole through steel. Others are light and sleek and can deliver several shots before needing to repressurize.
The railroad- Trains are both useful efficient transportation of resources and pseudo-tanks.
Gunpowder- Gunpowder can be used in an advanced way (rifles, cannons, mines, grenades), or a simple way (powder kegs). It is believed that gunpowder is a chemical of the spirits and it worshiped along with other technologies.
Hot air- Blimps and balloons are used as spying and bombing tools by the Bügeln people. They also use gliders as well.
Pneumatic Technology- When the realization occurred that one could pressurize steam the military implications were limitless. The flame thrower is a popular, if not bulky weapon for tribesmen.
Clockwork Technology- Cogs, springs, pendulums, etc... nuff said.
Bi-Pedal- To build and or pilot an industrial bi-pedal siege weapon is to be one with the spirits. It takes years to manufacture, and has limitless flaws; yet the Bügeln people consider this a manifestation of the spirits and an avatar of war. Its effectiveness is questionable but it certainly looks magnificent.
Magic System: N/A
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Basic Info: The Bügeln people are a genetically diverse people. They come in flesh tones from a blood red to a coal black and are generally unsymmetrical. Limbs come in different lengths and sizes, torsos are hunched or lean to one side, faces are twisted and strange. The average height is six feet… with a standard deviation of a foot. Traits are exaggerated in tribes; due to extreme egocentricity inbreeding is a common trend. General life expectancy is reduced to forty when insomnia is factored in and twenty two when war is considered.
Pros- Low internal political conflict, extreme technological feats, high morale, environmental resilience, mechanical genius, counter-engineering bonus, low defect,
Cons- Low intelligence, high resource consumption (coal, metals, stone), unsophisticated tactics,4/16/2010 . Edited 4/16/2010 #1
Interesting. Approved. Just make sure to keep that Bi-pedal within the sphere of acceptability. Use it like a war elephant, not a tank.4/16/2010 #2
The Bügeln tribesmen sprung forward when the realization hit them. They had reached their new home; each tribe competed to see who could hollow out the mountain the fastest, or who had the best blueprint for smelting and living facilities. They were overjoyed and knew the Spirit of Bügeln truly flourished in this place.4/16/2010 #3
"So we found a gap in the mountains, can we go back now?" Vghnok complained, trudging along on four legs behind Ghix.
"What your tongue." The Elder Ghrux chastised. Warriors were always insolent, it had to do with their youth and ambition, but Ghix didn't see that as an excuse to let them mouth off. He had gone through a lot to reach elder status and wasn't about to take lip or tentacle from his lesser, cult of war or not. The party of twenty or so Ghrux had been following the mountain chain, looking for valuables or, most importantly, a pass through.4/16/2010 #4
A tribesman spotted the Ghrux across the river and alerted his tribe; "Beasts of the organic kind come to our ground, on the other side of the river, we must plate our ground!" Quickly the tribe wheeled over what they could a six or seven cannons, some powder kegs, and intuitively placed a number of spikes downward on the shore. They gathered what hundred men they had, armed with muskets, and flamethrowers, and crossbows, and dynamite. Lining the shore they waited for some sort of communication or movement from the enemy who may or may not yet perceive them. Fidgeting with their hands or impact hammers, they struggled to stay still.4/16/2010 #5
A tribesman spotted the Ghrux across the river and alerted his tribe; "Beasts of the organic kind come to our ground, on the other side of the river, we must plate our ground!" Quickly the tribe wheeled over what they could a six or seven cannons, some powder kegs, and intuitively placed a number of spikes downward on the shore. They gathered what hundred men they had, armed with muskets, and flamethrowers, and crossbows, and dynamite. Lining the shore they waited for some sort of communication or movement from the enemy who may or may not yet perceive them. Fidgeting with their hands or impact hammers, they struggled to stay still.4/16/2010 #6
Presently, the Ghrux became aware of the tribe on the other side of the river and stopped. The Ghrux peered hesitantly at the line of weapons and explosives pointed in their direction. Even Vghnok wasn't stupid enough to propose swimming across the river and picking a fight with them. "Get ready to run real fast if this goes sour." Ghix told the group, then he turned to the people across the river. As an elder he had spent some time among humans, and knew their language, so he attempted to speak with those across the river in his thunderous voice. "Greetings! We come peacefully, without intent to harm. Of what people are you?"4/16/2010 #7
The Tribesmen heard a faint alien echo; amazed at the thought that even that noise was made they said nothing returning to their previous tasks with a few watching the outsiders.4/16/2010 #8
"Seems they can't hear us." Ghix decided. "Time to go back then."
"What? Your not going to at least try and communicate with them?" Vghnok asked, antagonistic as ever.
"No, we're going to leave them alone. If the king wants to talk to them he'll send someone suitable, otherwise we'll hear about it when the raiding party gets back." Ghix spoke in a rough voice, betraying his irritation at being constantly second-guessed. Vghnok didn't push his luck, and the party departed back towards the Mound.4/16/2010 #9
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