The Olman

‘Olman’ is a term used to describe a people, a heritage, a language, and a culture. The Olman people are indigenous to the southern Amedio Region and live in secluded tribal bands throughout the jungle. They farm only in small patches surrounding their isolated villages, forcing their craftsmanship to be comprised primarily of worked stone and wood, fur and bone. The Olman have only a rudimentary capacity for agriculture and no means to refine or process ore, but are powerful spiritualists, strong warriors, and their knowledge of the hostile jungle in which they live is unsurpassed.

The Olman are divided into discrete tribes based on their geographical location, tribes formed in the wake of the diaspora that forced them out of their ancestral city of Thanaclan a millennium ago. Each tribe has carved out a niche for themselves, a niche that over the years has given each tribe an identity and specialty to adopt as a cultural identity to be proud of. The seven Olman tribes are:
Mora: strong warriors, the Mora maintain peace, prosperity, and the sovereignty of their tribe through military might.
Panitube: the most accessible to outsiders, Pantibue tribesmen embrace foreign trade and prosper from their dealings with travelers.
Tanaroans: shamans and witches, the Tanaroans are a matriarchal tribe with a strong connection to the spirits and the gods.
Usi: the Usi are a spiritual but conflicted people beset and beleaguered by foreign missionaries, their society turning into a strange reflection that of the foreigners.
Burowao: fishers and aquatic hunters, the Burawao are accomplished sailors and swimmers.
Dawa: the Dawa are guerrilla warriors who maintain a ferociously insular culture. Little is known about them.
Kirikuka: claiming affinity for beasts of the sky, the Kirikuka excel at reconnaissance and infiltration.

Additionally, it was discovered that there was an eight Olman tribe, kept as chattel slaves by the demons who seized control of the capital city of Thanaclan.
Mantru: a word meaning equal parts “slave”, “food”, and “labor” in an Olmanization of the demon tongue, the Mantru were squat, malnourished, and bedraggled, their numbers few and their spirits broken. The descendants of those who could not escape the catastrophe at Thanaclan in time, Demogorgon’s minions used the Mantru tribe for their namesake for a thousand years before executing them all in a massive sacrifice to complete the master pearl and help provoke the Savage Tide.

Known Olman Peoples

From the trade village of Renkrue, Leilani was briefly infatuated with Dorian, who brought her along his journey on the Sea Wyvern to be his “girlfriend” until he reached shore. Two days after joining the crew, however, she was murdered by Rowyn Kellani, who subsequently disguised herself as the dead girl in an attempt to seduce and murder Dorian. Leilani was found pinned to the ship’s wheel with daggers, her throat cut.

An Olman scout and ranger of the Mora tribe, Tlaloc was charged with acclimating the party after they passed through the great wall into the village of Tanaroa. Being the only member of the tribe in residence who spoke their language, he apprised the party of the situation of the Olman peoples beyond the great wall and escorted the party to the Mora village, where he situated them with a canoe to Farshore. His animal companion was a small velociraptor.

Tlaloc shared in the group’s grief over the loss of Tobin and lead them to a place where they could enact an Irorian traditional burial at sky.

Matron Itzam-Ye:
Spiritaual guide and chieftain of the Tanaroa tribe, this wizened old woman was supposed to have been able to resurrect the party’s deceased healer, Tobin Gray. To their surprise, however, the Matron informed the group that she could not bring back their friend, as he was “not of this place”, indicating that Tobin was not native to the current plane.

Vastly powerful in the Olman traditions, Matron Itzam-Ye was scornful of Othar after he lead away her prized pupil, T’lali. She has since forgiven him and opened her arms to the foreign travelers after recovering the bat idol of Zotzilaha and their efforts to quiet the twin volcanos known at Zotzilaha’s Fangs, which had grown angry and irritable with the disappearance of the idol. The party’s services to the Olman people are many, and the Matron’s attitude towards them is now one of benevolent helpfulness.

Chief Hunapo:
Chieftain of the Sea Turtle Clan of the Mora Tribe, Chief Hunapo is a massive, muscular man whose face, shoulders, and chest are covered with Mora tribal tattoos. When the Gang of Five attempted to petition the Mora people for aid in defending Farshore, it was Chief Hunapo who heard their entreaty and acted as the gatekeeper to the matron of the Mora people. This trial was determined by a one-on-one fight with the party’s champion, Traxen, who nearly defeated the chief thereby earning the respect of the Sea Turtle Clan and the rest of the Mora Tribe.

Chieftain Kahunamoku:
Leader of the meager Panatube tribe, Kahunamoku is an attractive, matronly woman who dresses in flowers and dried grasses and leads her small group with wisdom and grace earned from decades of experience. While distasteful of the pirates of the Crimson Fleet, she promised the party that she would lend technical and logistical aid to the people of Farshore in exchange for the advanced, durable fishing technology used by the people of Farshore.

Umlat, High Priest of the Mantru:
The name ‘Mantru’ is an Olmanization of an Abyssal word that means “food”, “slave”, and “toy”, a fitting name for the luckless Olman tribe whom Demogorgon’s minions imprisoned at the caldera of Thanaclan, the First Olman City after the destruction that drove most of the Olman out. Due to inbreeding and malnourishment, after centuries the remaining Mantru were short, gaunt, and disconnected from their gods, save one: Umlat, a chosen of the Olman deity Queztlcoatl, who spoke to the least of his children through this holy man.

Sadly, when the group arrived at Thanaclan they had found that all of the Mantru had been forcibly marched to the sacrificial altar, with only Umlat being spared. As his divine provenance made him worthless as a sacrifice, he was summarily killed. When the group arrived, they found his body being tended to by a helpful but mournful couatl who offered the group valuable intel in exchange for ensuring Umlat was taken from this place and returned to his people. When at last the Gang of Five returned to Tanaroa, Umlat’s body was turned over to Matron Itzam-Ye, who thought the most respectful thing that could be done for this Olman holy man was to undertake the transformation that would make him an ancestor, so that he could live forever among his people.

T’lali of Tanaroa:
A native to – and it was revealed upon her return home – Princess of Tanaroa and the foremost pupil of Matron Itzam-Ye, T’lali was recruited to the Gang of Five early in the two months prior to the assault on Farshore. Othar’s cohort during their travels to the island interior, the caverns beneath the isle, and to the ruinous reaches of Scuttlecove, she opted to return to Tanaroa to rule her people rather than follow her former mentor to the Abyss.

In the years that followed, T’lali lead her people back to their ancestral home at Thanaclan, where the Olman people now prosper, leading the Isle of Dread to be renamed ‘The Olman Isles’.

The Olman

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