The Tale of the Sugondan Tribe.
The Sugondans are a subculture that most likely originated from the separation of a group of Orcs, Humans, or a hybrid of the two. The desolate mountains and horrifying terrain was nothing more than a living condition to the descendants of half-orcish kind. The backstory is hazy but it has been told through cave paintings made from the powder of flowers that likely a coalition of shunned half-orcs bonded together to forge the lineage known as the Sugondese. The living conditions and solitudinous lifestyle forced the minds of such descendants to regress to such a state of primal savagery and instinct.
The Sugondans are descendants from a group of Half-Orcs that split away from their respective cultures to find freedom elsewhere in Arcas when the races moved from Atlas to Arcas before the Second Age. Due to lack of navigational skills and bad weather they ended up at an area secluded from the other civilizations. They tried to rebuild but due to the harsh environment they ended up in they reverted back to primal instincts and the stone age. Surviving due to their niche trait of instinctual prowess, they had lived in isolation and survived off of the barren lands. After being secluded for many years they ended up losing the need to venture out and look for other civilizations. Went back to only focusing on the bare essentials of food, water, and shelter and became what researchers could call “Cavemen”. Then the Inferi war happened which did not really affect their secluded area. But then the voidal incursions forced them to get on to shoddy driftwood boats and migrate to somewhere else. They ended up landing on Almaris at the beginning of the Second Age and have been there since.
Larger and more muscular build than average humans and a lot more stocky; Enlarged forehead (Neanderthalic); Lower mental capacity but a higher instinctual ability; Tusks and leathery skin.
Pale human skin coloration due to lack of sunlight in their daily life. Tan coloration is rare only among the seasoned hunters. Darker complexions are rarer than the previous mentioned. The skin tone would be tinted between Human flesh and an “unnatural” Uruk color. Larger tusks are common as well, though not as large as an Uruk’s.
Sugondan hair consists of a wide range of colors from brown to red due to their human heritage.
Eye coloration ranges from different shades of blue due to natural selection of blue eyes benefiting sight in the dark more than other eye colors.
Height can range from 6’- 8’ feet, the latter in more rarer cases. Due to their diluted heritage the heights among Sugondans can vary.
Being on the larger side of the humanoid race, weight can range from 160 on the lighter end to 300 on the heavier end. The larger the Sugondan, the heavier they are. There are rare cases of very thin or overweight Sugondans.
Due to the nature of the race, Sugondan people haven’t kept track of history with books, but rather paintings tattered across the cave dwellings they have constructed. Only a few events are widely known to the Sugondans, one of which being their origin. Listed below.
The origin begins with two human-orc hybrids with the names of Su’gon and Sa’con, shunned away from society due to their physical appearance and genetic makeup. This forced the two to live deep into the secluded regions of Atlas, living in the caverns that lay vacant for the most part. A new sub-culture was born. Gathering more of their kind, the outcasts, the shunned, the outsiders. They bred and created a community known as the Sugondans.
Deeper voice and language that consists of small sentences, grunts, hand gestures, and roars.
The society that the Sugondan’s follow fit fairly simply with the hunters and gatherers of the paleolithic era. Aiming to go out and hunt and gather, hopping from one place to another; most commonly being caverns of nearby mountains. The social structure of the Sugondan is that of a dominance game. Being rather traditional to anatomy, most of the men of the group stood larger and more powerful than the women, hence making it a more patriarchal society. The leader of the Sugondan’s is most likely the most powerful and leadership is passed down through duels to the death.
A majority of the Sugondan people wear the garbs of prehistoric humans, ranging from simple coverage of the groin and breast, to full on pelts to cover most of the body. But keep note that there is no advanced seamstress work done and any form of proper clothing is most likely one that was stolen.
Leadership of Sugonda however feel the need to exemplify their dominance, so they wear the winnings of a hunt, such as the teethed necklaces or the head of a bear as a hat.
Being a race with little to no socialization, it is hard for the Sugondans to comprehend a higher power; hence why religion is a grey subject. There are some groups of the Sugondan’s who have felt the need to worship the sun for its ability to grant the beaming rays, or even the water for its sustenance. Nothing official is written for the Sugondan.
The Sugondan people have a great deal of festivals, these are to make up for the lack of vocal socialization. One of the most common festivals being the post-hunt festival, that is where a hunt is completed and the prize is brought to the center of the meeting grounds for the Sugondan’s to feast. The feeding order starts with the most dominant (the leader) and stems downwards through the chain of people, some not getting a chance to feast due to lowness of the ranking, giving some an incentive to become stronger and contribute more. Children however are always granted a portion of the winnings, regardless of the size of the hunt.
Another not so common festival is the Coronation of the Leader. Happening every year or so, the Sugondan’s meet at the top of a plateau. The leader then stands in the center and awaits a challenger. If a challenger steps up, it initiates the death battle, where both parties duel to the death for the throne of Sugonda.
The Sugondan people have no official military. Everyone in the tribe is able and willing to fight for their own kin. Their tactics consist of guerilla warfare and hit and run tactics. When they feel they can take on their opponent they will face them head on. They utilize basic wooden spears with stone tips, clubs, and makeshift bows and arrows.
The Sugondans architecture mostly consists of straw and mud huts placed in no particular order other than in a small area to minimize area needed to be patrolled and watched.
Behavior of this culture is mostly primal and instinctual. Only caring about what is needed to survive. Very territorial and hostile to people that venture into their territory. Hunting, sleeping, and mating are their usual day to day activities. Very basic people when it comes to behavior.