The Banu Hashim
Settlers – Soldiers – Diplomats
Of all the tribes, the Children of Hashim are the most
organized and they will nearly always use up the
traditional 1 year of allowed cultivation-time. Some other
tribes believe the Banu Hashim are too fond of remaining
in one spot, but the Banu Hashim Padishah has defeated
the Banu Bysmail Padishah in a Shah match that was
attended by over 5000 tents so that topic is no longer up
for discussion. The Banu Hashim are known for their
trained units of fighters that work together exceptionally
well. They usually travel in large Kraals.
What they think of:
The Banu Sayyid: Peddlers and hagglers they may be, but at
least they know how to treat me with respect. They’ll often go to
great lengths to procure me the finest silks and stones. I allow them
free passage among my tents, and I even have use for their scouts
when seeking out the next Caliphate settlement.
The Banu Jabbar: Savages, each and every one of them. They
come into my tents, dragging mud with them, often smelling of a
fresh kill and trying to peddle their furs directly to me as if I were
a child of Sayyid. I must admit though, their archers are a great
advantage in the larger conflicts where they lend their aid.
The Banu Bysmail: I will have nothing to do with anyone so
prideful that they think to outshine me! These boastful freaks are
not worthy to walk the same trails… let alone set up their gaudy
tents close to mine. They do make for pretty Warlords on the Shah
The Drychnath: Why these barbaric simpletons choose to let
themselves be collared and herded remains a mystery… but I will
not waste opportunity when I see it. I will employ these new forest
friends to the best use for my Kraal
The Banu Jabbar
The Banu Jabbar
Hunters – Savages – Honorbound
The Hunters, they are called by the others. Travelling in
small to medium sized kraals, they are the ones that most
often harvest the living things of the Sands. Almost every
child is taught how to set traps or how to hunt with a bow
from a very young age. They number very few scientists
among them, and the other Tribes often consider them
“dirty” (although they actually have extensive cleansing
rituals and excellent hygiene…)
What they think of:
The Banu Sayyid: The dune walkers are honorable in their ways
of the Sands. Whenever they think to haggle too much to their
advantage, one need only stare unblinkingly at them behind their
veils and they are swift with an apology and a more acceptable
price. Their spines are soft..
The Banu Hashim: They pride themselves on being excellent
leaders, and yet they know not where to lead the People. All they
do is sit in their tents and claim the temporary structures they
raised are not truly buildings. They may not have forgotten the
way of the Sands as the upstart Caliphate has, but they have a
hard time living off lands that are not lush and green. Their morals
The Banu Bysmail: *spits* Jesters in heavy armor or powdered
fools in expensive silks. They pride themselves on being strong
independent Kraals, and yet I see them long before they see me. I
prefer it that way. Hard on the outside with their metal skins, but
their souls are soft.
The Drychnath: There is a hidden core of steel and strength
within these horned allies. I have never seen it unleashed, but I
recognize a predator when I see one… I wonder what their true
The Banu Sayyid
Peddlers – Veiled Ones – Explorers
If any tribe is said to be more at home in the deep desert,
then it would be the Children of Sayyid. This Tribe
consists of “Caravans” (which is what they call their
Kraals) Often they’ll even allow for multiple Kraals to join
in one large Caravan. Their core activities are scouting and
trading and the Banu Sayyid number the best of these
professions among their number. They travel from oasis to
oasis, and they are usually the ones to spot a new Green
Heart that Rogaria seems to be producing at increased rate.
What they think of:
The Banu Hashim: Good negotiators, and their leaders will
welcome a caravan with open arms and the respect we deserve.
Although their Kraal sometimes starts to stink like a city, at least we
don’t need to look long before we find them.
The Banu Jabbar: Trading with the Banu Jabbar is like haggling
with a child over a piece of rock. A piece of rock they are very very
fond of and will only sell at a ridiculous price. Very touchy on the
subject of their honor, so don’t tell them I said the child thing…
The Banu Bysmail: Most of the Banu Bysmail are very wealthy,
and with the right prodding they can be convinced to buy another
trinket to decorate themselves or their tents. Competitive bunch,
though… I’ve once seen a fist of Banu Sayyid recruits challenge one
of their Shah Warlords to a sparring match. I think they’re still
applying balm to their wounds, and this was a year ago!
The Drychnath: These forest dwelling newcomers are an odd lot.
They seem respectful enough of the People and seem to genuinely
want to help… who am I to say no, if I can turn a profit on their
rustic trinkets and baubles. Let them stay near our fires I say.
The Banu Bysmail
Warlords – Freaks – Paragons
It seems as if this tribe cultivates and encourages
individualism. There are very few large Kraals, and even the
Padishah only has the title because she forcefully coerced
several Kraals to intermarry to obtain her required number
of tents. The Children of Bysmail are extravagant in manners
and appearance. Some of the most prized Shah fighters come
from their ranks and individually they are usually very
present and outspoken at every gathering of Kraals.
What they think of:
The Banu Sayyid: Noble traders, who traverse the Dry Seas on my
behalf to procure rare items. A simple folk, yet still part of the larger
family of the Tribes. I count many Peddlers among my friends and
seeing them again is always a joyous occasion. I would not invite them
to sleep near my tents of course… nimble fingers that procured my
goods might be tempted to take what is mine. Best to remove the
The Banu Hashim: Once we were alike, the children of Hashim and
Bysmail. Then the heat got to them in their massive kraals, and the
Banu Hashim started to suffer delusions of grandeur. To this very day
we treat them as lost cousins we would rather greet from afar lest their
illness infect us. Let them assume command when it pleases them…
when the time is right, we will actually lead.
The Banu Jabbar: Who has not been impressed by the marksmanship
of these mighty hunters? We often seek out the Children of Jabbar to
set up camp with us. Our kraals can use the expert protection of their
archers and they do keep the pests at bay. Do not lie too close, though,
or you mustn’t complain if you remain awake scratching all night.
The Drychnath: Wonderful pets, these nature-minded creatures
make. They are a welcome supplement to my Kraal, but never let them
forget their place… which is at the edge of the campfire, with the other
Horned Ones – Forest Devils – Gentle Folk
Less than 100 years ago, Banu Sayyid scouts started reporting immense new Oases, which are called Green Hearts,
seemingly appearing overnight in the deep sands. Not long after, a new life form was spotted, and they seemed
sentient! This was not a race of forgotten former servants of the Old Ones, but a completely new or undiscovered life
form on Rogaria. These “Drychnath” as they called themselves spoke of a necessity for them to be here, but when
pressed they could often not answer as to what this necessity entailed, or even whence they had come.
Rumors of a single progenitor called “Geryonal” who was supposed to have spawned all of them were quickly
dismissed. The Drychnath could have their fanciful folk tales, as long as they were not a threat to the Sha’éhel. Over
the past century a careful truce has been built with these peaceful inhabitants of the Green Hearts of Rogaria.
Whether they are the reason of the new Oases or just a byproduct is yet still unclear. Scientists are always keen to
speak to these creatures and to learn their secrets.
The Drychnath consider themselves servants of “all life on Rogaria” and they are a useful ally when it comes to
navigating the wooded areas which are new to the Sha’éhel. Some of them are occasionally seen armored and armed,
always headed South to some undisclosed location. They refuse to take part in any conflict, and it is said that a
Drychnath would rather let themself be slain than raise a weapon against another. Why they sometimes go armed and
armored remains a mystery. Some scientists have observed a class of arcane empowered individuals among them, who
seem to have control over the elements. Many Kraals are attempting to recruit Drychnath into their ranks, and
although the Drychnath themselves seem not to oppose the idea, the Traditions are not yet clear on whether this is
allowed or not.
What they think of:
The Banu Sayyid: “How may I be of service, Child of the Sands? Do not take this route south, rather allow me to provide a shortcut
through these newly grown woods free of charge.“ The Banu Hashim: “How may I be of service, Child of the Sands? I will gladly soothe the wounds of your warriors, yet I shall not inflict
violence upon another life form.“ The Banu Jabbar: “How may I be of service, Child of the Sands? It is an honor to hunt by your side. Follow me into this lair, the
creature that resides here is unnatural but is surely formidable to measure yourself against.“ The Banu Bysmail: “How may I be of service, Child of the Sands? Shall I regale your Kraal with stories of the green forests or perhaps
sing your people a song? Do not mind my brethren over there, they merely stare southward to clear their minds.”