The Vôdun Vampires of the Mangrove

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    • Everstrife wrote:

      I may have missed it but can I ask, what is the connection between the Asanbosam and the Spider God?
      None directly. Only the Bokonos have that connection.

      Let's go back to the constitution of our mangrove society.
      Besides animals and corpses, there are three living species described in our AB:

      Calisson wrote:

      There are two distinct bloodlines for Vampires.

      1. The primitive and feral Asanbosam, who are a biological naturally evolved species of Vampires. They have no Humans in their ancestry; from them derive the ancestors of all Vampire lines, including the ones in the regular VC AB. These look like bat monsters.
      2. the Bokono trace their origins from regular Humans, powerful Black Priests/Sorcerers worshipping the Spider-God, who accepted to be bitten by the Asanbosam, and became the first Humans-turned-into-Vampires. These look like Humans.

      Pygmies described here are not Humans. They are another humanoid race, like Gnomes or Halflings. They are so non-human that the Vampires don't consider them as food. As the Pygmies were harassed by the Humans, they took refuge in this part of the jungle, where Vampires don't threaten them and repel the Humans.

      The Asambosam has no link with spiders.
      The Asambosam is a local, non-Human, non-Pygmy being. It is depicted after actual Gulf of Guinea legends. In the rules, it is linked with bats, and sucks blood. They're really feral, like animals. They are part of the local ecosystem. They probably reproduce naturally with sex, like all animals. The vampiric transformation does not apply to them, but reversely, it is them who apply it to Humans in the first place, starting all vampiric bloodlines in the world.
      The fluff says: It looks like a hairy man, with blood-shot eyes, iron teeth, and iron hooks replacing its feet and pointing both ways. It hangs head down from branches, like bats, attacking by surprise from above. It feeds on men, but not on Pygmies.
      The Asambosam was hiding in a tree, hanging from a branch with its clawed feet, head down, and waiting for the next unsuspecting victim.At least, this blood sucker was identifiable as what it was, contrary to some of its siblings, who had become true masters of the art of disguise and looked like normal Humans.

      The Bokonos are initially Black Priests/Sorcerers who accepted to be bitten by the Asanbosam, survived, and became the first Humans-turned-into-Vampires. The Bokono is not an Asambosam, but a Human transformed into a Vampire, who now lives in the mangrove among Asambosam and Pygmies. Besides not aging anymore, they perpetuate by recruiting new Bokonos from the most evil of the sorcerers in nearby villages. These evil priests are transformed into a Vampire, either by an Asambosam bite (like the traditional gift of the Vampire in European lore) or by a Bokono bite. They are the only Humans living in that part of the mangrove, and have no children, being probably unable to procreate. They live as a minority among Pygmies.
      The Bokono has not the link with bats, because it lacks the Asambosam smell and bats dislike that. Instead, they have found to be immune to spiders and have developed a deep linked with spiders of all sizes. The Bokono are the ones who create and control zombies.
      From the fluff:
      Nobody lives there, except some evil sorcerers, the Bokono, and whole tribes of evil Pygmies.
      Very few men dare to live in that forest. Those who do are the Bokono sorcerers. They worship giant spiders, of which they have developed some traits. They are rumored to devour children and maids.

      The T9A Pygmies are distinct from Humans, Bokonos and Asambosam. They used to be non-evil and persecuted by Humans. They took refuge in the mangrove, met the Asambosam, and developed their Vodoo-like religion and a relation with Asambosam. They shelter the Bokono.

      What we have not written is the reason for the link between Bokonos and spiders.
      Let's develop hereafter how I would envision that.

      It may have come from the time before any Human ever became a vampire.
      At the time, they were priests in local villages near the mangrove who worshiped spiders, and as part of their cult, they endured spider bites as an initiation for the priests, and progressively became immune to spider venom and became tolerated by various spiders.
      One of these slightly transformed Human was once bitten by an Asambosam, and the spider venom in his body mixed with the Asambosam saliva made him survive, transformed into a new Vampire bloodline, the Bokono. Having lost most of his bodily functions, he was chased from the village and went into the mangrove, where he was immune from Asambosam. Being chased from Human society, he was welcome in Pygmy society.
      Then a similar fate happened to other of such priests, who kept going inside the mangrove to find the spiders they worshipped and sometimes would meet an Asambosam. Progressively, more and more Bokonos were created.
      The original villages where they came from might have disappeared by now, some of the inhabitants having been transformed in Bokonos, and all who have not fled having become regular Asambosam victims or possibly zombies, i.e. dead in both cases.

      Bokonos are now the main priests of the cult of the spiders. Pygmies are the main followers, possibly some Human villages around accept this cult and pay respect (and provide sacrifices) to whoever Bokono visits them. Some of the frustrated, evil-prone villagers may dream to become a Bokono some day.

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    • Everstrife wrote:

      I may have missed it but can I ask, what is the connection between the Asanbosam and the Spider God?

      I'm really getting feelings of Tolkien's "Ungoliant". How does this God connect with the primal Vampires?

      Looking to write some flavour text to accompany a little project we have going on and I wish to fully understand the vision of this army.
      In the beginning of this project, someone suggested a more Lovecraftian theme like a strange artifact abandoned in the middle of the jungle, that would have slowly corrupted the environment.
      That is the Spider-God, even though it is neither a spider, nor a god. It's just something curious, alien, unexplainable.

      Now then we got into all sorts of directions in the brainstorming and equally cool but competing ideas, and I'm afraid some parts of the book are not really connected to each other ;)

      I'll let you do the job :)
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    • Thanks both. Helps a lot!

      Will have a big announcement very soon but for now I'll drop some concepts for Pygmy War Chief and Witch Doctor (Priest).

      I'll upload to gallery when I can.
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    • We're going to release some Pygmies.

      While we will be showing our support for "The Vôdun Vampires of the Mangrove" homebrew army book by making compatible miniatures, we will be releasing this range under the name of "The Malefic Tribes of Lalugu". After huge setbacks we encountered during our first project (frog-like miniatures for use with the Saurian Ancients book) we believe this range will help us get back on track and be able to follow through with our initial project with small production costs and also due to the jungle setting we will be able to forge a great narrative around our ranges!

      We need to grow our presence a bit more online before we release anything so will be working on that as much a possible. We have a landing page set up at with links to all our social media profiles if anyone would care to follow our progress. Though will be posting here too of course. I will make a more presentable post when the Pygmy unit has been finished to show off to the rest of the world. Here's a peak for everyone here in this thread..

      A few 3D renders

      First print, with a Games Workshop Zombie for scale

      Some more concepts (warrior, musician and standard bearer)
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      Added some background about the Bokonos page 2.
      More importantly, there are now included pages of superb pictures! :P
      @Everstrife, @Karak Norn Clansman, thank you for the illustrations, and please verify the credits page 2.


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    • Confirmed! Good work!

      Wonderful, Everstrife! Just wonderful. What concepts and art, and what a contribution. That's the spirit! :)

      (Also, just a general note to fellow homebrewers: I'll have to be busy with various work, and thus be mostly absent for a good while ahead, and I may as such be late in replying. But I'll get around to it eventually, and hope to get doodling for T9A again early next year with some luck.)
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      Absolutely lovely work, Everstrife! This is the spirit. Exploratory, communally working together, with minis and artwork to boot in the pipeline. Just beautiful to behold. :)

      Sidenote on Pygmies: I suppose there would also be peaceful pygmy tribes (Taphrian equivalent to Halflings/Hobbits), given real pygmy peoples' harmless and unwarlike way of life. But in a fantasy wargame, those wouldn't show up much on the radar, at least not for army lists if there are also warlike pygmies (because martial and weaponized is always cool).

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      Ghiznuk wrote:

      WaooooaaooooooaaaAA !!

      Now is time to make models for the other units ;) :D
      Looking around at other miniature ranges I think the most important gaps that need filling to field a Mangrove army would be Pygmies, Mosquitoes, Asanbosam, Bokono and a few of the larger units like the snake and the man eating tree. Maybe crabs too.

      There are a lot of Crocodiles, Zombies and historical cannibals out there. Even options for the altar and the spirit units.

      A Pygmy Palanquin would top off this little collection I think! Will be looking to get these printed and moulded soon, then we will see about selling some.
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      Everstrife wrote:

      we will see about selling some.
      @Everstrife Here is what T9A could do to help you if you wished:
      1. You can have the Homebrew downloadable from your own website, I just need to add the "compatible with T9A" logo somewhere. This may help potential buyers realize that the models are effectively playable.
      2. Before that, we can work on that AB to make it more appealing where we can. Not only on artwork, but as importantly on playability, with actual trial, for which we would need volunteers, to do and report.
      3. Once everything ready, I can make a news, on your request.
      4. Also, assuming the Homebrew is appealing enough, I would believe it would be easy to incite a T9A scroll article, featuring simultaneously the Homebrew and your models (and artwork).

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      @Calisson that's great, thank you.

      Would love to help expand the AB and provide it on the website to show compatibility.

      Have been working on a "journal entry" from the perspective of a local hunter from my understanding of the background. Lalugu being a name we chose as a setting for our range, almost like a section of the Mangrove. Just trying to set the scene with this entry.. Does it capture the mythos of the Mangrove? Or inconsistent in any way?

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      They say a time comes when a predator becomes the prey. Those who hunt soon find themselves at mercy of another predator, stalking you with its iron teeth and razor claws. We don’t go into the mangroves of Lalugu, for we know better than anyone that those who venture there are never seen again.

      In the heart of the forests of skeletal twisted trees, there lives a tribe very few have heard of. Speaking their name means a special bad omen among us hunters. They are a tribe of pygmies…a tribe that once was persecuted by humans. They sought refuge in the haven of the vampiric asanbosam territory…a place devoid of humans. Where others saw fear, they found opportunity. There, fate was kind to them as a primordial power spoke to them through the visage of a spider statue. The wise among them deepened their knowledge of the occult, wielding a power that echoed, attracting outcast human sorcerers and black priests. And this is where it worsened for everything light and holy…

      The madness didn’t stop. The dark magic users bonded with vampirism and became something far more insidious…the bokono vampires! We still sometimes hear the screams of those unfortunate captured by the pygmies, victims of heinous experimentation and offered up in sacrificial rituals for one purpose…unleashing unholy dark power into the land and calling forth vengeful spirits!

      As I draw my last breath, I advise you…Do not go there into the mangroves of Lalugu. No matter what prey you see walking there. Even if you were to see a familiar face, a lost family member or friend, run…run like your life depends on it because it truly does. For they are no longer the same person, twisted and driven into a cannibalistic fever, or longer of the living.

      Those who crossed path with the Malefic Tribes of Lalugu found their untimely demise at the hand of the fiends they command and those spirits they summon from the netherworld to ours…though maybe if you are lucky, you will die a quick death at the hands of the asanbosam.
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