Background: Beast Herds

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  • Beast Herds

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    Factions & Magic

    To the Beast Herds there is a strength to each herd,
    which is focused upon their totem. The belief of each
    member of the herd gives the totem a significance
    which a Soothsayer can tap into and bond to a group.
    But whether Beast magic comes from totems or the
    Soothsayer’s own skill, there is always a focus on gaining
    advantage in the hunt – moving swiftly, ambushing
    and seizing their prey by the throat.



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    Oft depicted as mere lackeys of Chaos, the Beasts have occasionally found themselves used as pawns of the Dark Gods, but their main similarity is the dread they inspire among civilised peoples. Theirs is a distinct history, and perhaps a tragic tale.
    Though choosing blade over bow, they are the equals of the Sylvan folk with whom they contest for they contest for the woodland realms.
    All the enmity and revulsion of the Elves at the per- ceived violation of nature has not brought an end to these beasts – on the contrary they thrive and often turn the hunt into the hunted.
    Shamanic rituals lie at the heart of their culture; their soothsayers are venerated above all others, gnarled and bent, but tough as an old oak. Among the warriors, strength is prized as one would ex- pect, yet their leaders also need cunning to sur- vive. Coordinating packs of ambushers through tangled thickets appears to be an important skill, and a tactic used to great effect against adversar- ies who think of the beasts as their quarry.

    The Sage was busy yesterday when I vacated his study. I thought he had
    warmed to my presence but it seems he is not as appreciative of my company as
    I thought. Nevertheless, I was privy to a conversation between him and what
    looked to be a journeyed Captain yesterday…
    How intelligent are the Beast Herds? Are they purely driven by primal instincts
    or is there a grander plan for their herds? Are minotaurs just big wildhorns,
    or do they have their own tribes and agendas?
    In the current day, the herds are found on every continent, and contest those
    lands with their other inhabitants. The herds are diverse in culture and appearance
    across the world. Of the two general types of herds, the warherds are
    led by bestial chieftains. They are autocratic but prone to leadership challenges
    - sometimes resulting in the death of chief or challenger. Leaders gain favour
    if they demonstrate martial prowess and accumulate great stories told about
    them.
    While minotaurs sometimes have their own tribes, most times they are found
    living in and with the other beasts of the herds. Like all tribal peoples, individual
    tribes have their own goals, agendas, and concerns. The question of the
    intelligence of beast-men is a harder one to address, for while the beasts all
    have similar intellect to humans, their behaviours are governed by their nature
    differently than that of human people. Beast-men are quicker to violence than
    humans, and less likely to use missiles because of reasons of biology more than
    any condition of intellect. That said, it would be a mistake to disregard them
    as mere creatures of instinct, the beasts and their leaders are very cunning and
    discerning.

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