We walk between many tribes, and we serve many spirits, but among our own we are known as Uiziqi, the Spirit-Vessels, and the common people were serve the Wabinu, the Hearth-keepers, and the multitudinous bodiless spirits we serve the Kythm. Culture name: Perhaps you may call us the Uiziqi Coven, or the Wabinu Tribes Mythos: Every force has a spirit, and nearly every spirit has a vessel. Some spirits are powerful enough and capricious enough to choose and change their vessels - these are sometimes called gods. But in the end, they were merely spirits. There are powerful spirits who need not change their vessels - the spirits of the earth, the mountain, the sea, the sky, the sun… they are mightier than most so called gods. So why do gods deserve worship for mastering a trick? No, the proper relationship between spirits is mutual respect and reverence. Men and animals have spirits too, we are no different from them. All people are vessels for forces, and we can channel them towards good. The doe and the wolf can recognize their common thread in the hunt, and so can we in life. However, some spirits lack vessels. Left untethered and untamed, they cause havoc and imbalance in the natural order of the world. Without vessels, they cannot be respected and placated. And so, the Uiziqi serve. We provide them vessels, understand their needs, and satisfy their desires. And in that way, we keep the spirit world safe and in balance. After the death of a vessel, a spirit must accept and move on. Those who stay cause an in-balance between the spiritual and material world. The spirits who move on eventually pass through a veil separating this world and the spiritual world, where the spirits are the medium and the vessels the visitors. It is a realm dangerous for mortal vessels, and yet one which gods and certain magics use to our peril. Society: The Wabinu tribes have many traditions. Some hunt, others fish. Some wander, other plant roots. However, there are a few elements coming amongst those who accept the advise of the Uiziqi. Each tribe either has an Uiziqi or an Elder who advises on their decisions. Of the smaller tribes, an Elder experienced with Uiziqi customs is initiated to help guide them. Each tribe allows their second child to be tested for potential to be an Uiziqi. Those who pass, and yet refuse to provide for the benefit of all, are not punished by us, but often find themselves shunned or banished by their own brothers and sisters for their betrayal. However, we stress that our ways must be voluntary, open, and try to lower tensions where we could. Finally, tribes commonly prepare two additional shelters, sleeping areas, or furs. One for visiting Uiziqi, and one for spirits awaiting their arrival. It’s said to be unlucky to use the spirit’s shelter, for it is easy to anger a spirit without a vessel unknowingly. Beyond the Uiziqi, tribes normally govern in various forms without overt force or authority. Those of esteem or wisdom naturally rise in the eyes of their peers. This is not to say that conflict and wars do not occur, but that people recognize these as conflicts of spirit, and often turn to the Uiziqi to mediate as well. This is also not to say that structures have not arisen, with some becoming matriarchal or patriarchal, hierarchical or democratic, with rules carved into stone instead of memory. But as of yet, life remains easy, and so human spirits remain free. Location: https://imgur.com/dCU0B9x Uiziqi live on Taraukaqi, the Sprit Well The big island, which not all tribes understand as an island, is called Gauchita, and is said to be the vessel of a spirit of the same name. The mainland, which isn't that well understood either but based on trade and other tribes named Enthariki, the Spring/Source of the West Waters/Spirits/Reaches. 1 Civilization points - the tribes, all who respect the wisdom of the Uiziqi 2 Civilization points - the spirituality of the Uiziqi, and the secrets to taming one’s own spirit to greater purposes 2 Civilization points - A city/A caste - the Uiziqi are migratory, but they too have a center of learning and training. An island, a hidden grove, a bubbling stream, they have found a place a spirits where it’s safe to explore the spiritual world.