Located in the southern region of Yoryyn, Morzenan lives in between two other prosperous tribes. Leading from the desert half, the land becomes damp and moist, soft and humid. Built upon the swamplands of the continent, Morzenan is the home of many life forms. The air is thick, and warm, the trees giving lovely cover from the sun during the daytime. It is almost never cold, mostly due to it's location as well as the heat produced in the geyser fields.
The wooeded areas surrounding the fields are thick and overgrown in places. There are occasional clearing where trees have been removed, but not many. The land is respected and usually for every ree taken a new one is planted elsewhere. The tribe is filled with various trees of different sizes, but a lot of the area is cleared when you venture deeper into the tribe towards the wooded area and Gominelario. A lot of the tribe resides near the fields, close to their place of work and the lack of forestation.
The people of Morzenan often wear thicker, sturdy cloths and other materials that can be mined in their geysers and swamps, such as silver, gold, bronze, iron, and a multitude of gems. Common clothing colors include deep purple, indigo blue, rust red, and other colors that come from commonly found rocks and ore. The climate is mild all year around, though the summers can be brutally humid. Not much fur is worn, though skins are common. Their footwear is probably on the heftier side as the ground can be very hot from the heated geyser fields and gasses. Their signature shape is an oval. It can see very tribal, but also industrial as well. The work in Morzenan makes it hard for people to wear tribal clothes with a lot of hanging cloth. It all really depends on their field of expertise. You wouldn't see a miner draped in cloth and skins.
Morzenan is one of the largest tribes of Yoryyn. They are a very close-knit community, and quite friendly. The people of Morzenan are very built and strong, working jobs such as blacksmiths and miners. Of course there are other positions, but Morzenan is known for it's ore mining and weapon creation. They wear very muted tones, created from animal skins and leathers. They are also found in many gems and metals crafted within the tribe.
Many of the gems found within the tribe and the mines from beneath the ground are rare, and usually sold as jewelry. Some are used to decorate homes and even weapons, but they are mainly used as a fashion item. Some become offerings to the spirits, and others are used when a spirit is released into the afterlife. Weapons created within Morzenan are durable and strong, a very valuable item to trade and purchase. They are the most popular during the expo in the fall, and get the most attention all year round. The stronger weapon is showcased for all of the tribe to see, and any passing being of Yoryyn.
Working starts young, normally, with parents bringing their children to work with them to show them how living is within the tribe. Children 8 years and older can be brought into work to watch and learn what they may do when they get older. This does not mean they are required to follow their parents footsteps, but they will possess the knowledge nonetheless.
Reqsiou Hy’Tsyir (Day of Strength) is a seasonal event that is held in a clearing near Gominelario, where boys and even girls come together to test their strength. It is not a competition during Summer, Spring and Autumn, but come Winter, if there are still willing competitors, they will hold a competition until one comes out on top. Killing and maiming is against the law during this competition, and those who break the rule will be punished accordingly. The winner will either receive a large sum of money, an enchanted weapon(by the shaman), the best of it's class.. or the chance to release charges on a loved one/friend, whether they have a debt, or they are in prison(unless charged with murder), they will be cleared of their tainted record.
Shimeral Zurim (Proving of Ability/Intelligence) is held during the summer season, beginning on the summer solstice, which serves as a coming of age ceremony for young males and females. Young males must climb to the top of Gominelario in order to retrieve the flowers that bloom there. Females must also undergo a trial, which consists of taking the flower their male counterparts have retrieved, and cross the geyser fields, protecting the flowr along the way. Both rituals are dangerous, and several lose their lives in the process.
Morzenan Kori'nmo (Morzenan Expo) is a faire type gathering that takes place in the fall season of the year. As the trees are dulling and the air is changing, members of the tribe come together and hold a fair for all beings in Yoryyn. The event begins on the autumn equinox, continuing on for a week. They invite everyone from surrounding tribes to come and show off their weapons and items of creation, whether they are clothes or jewelry. Some are sold for fair prices, and more valuable items are auctioned. The expo mainly serves the purpose to show off the work the tribe does during the hard years, and to get some recognition to their name. Some weapons, duplicates, are used in a small battle trial to test it's durability. Beings from all over are allowed to participate, but it is not a free event. The members of the tribe need to have their hard work paid off in one way or another, through auctions, sales, or the trials. Those who visit from other tribes are offered a place to stay if one wishes to visit for the entire week at the inn for a discounted price.
Reqsiou Yy’Dirsk (Day of Death) is a much more calm festival that takes place for three days. The day before the winter solstice, the day of, and the day after. It is referred to as "day" of death mainly because it is focused on the solstice itself rather than all the days. The day before is more for preparing, the day after for resting and praying. It is a much more peaceful time of year, where the members of the tribe come together and mourn those who have been lost. Whether it family, stranger, or enemy. Lives in general are mourned and celebrated. Death, as stated, is not something uncommon to the people of Morzenan, but it does not go unnoticed either. The day is spent together, remembering those they have lost. Dress is formal, and usually layered. The climate of Morzenan never gets to be cold, but it does cool down some during the winter season. Lives are celebrated with a tribal dance around a fire near the clearing close by Gominelario. Spirits are celebrated there mainly because that is where most of them were laid to rest. Those lives are celebrated through the flame, while others are remembered and celebrated with a small candle lit in their honour, set upon a small crafted boat like flotation device and sent down the nearby large stream and prayed upon until they are out of sight.
The Morzenan folk are very friendly, and quite open. They do not hide much from one another, or keep secrets. They depend on one another some, but are also quite reliable on their own. They come to each other for advice on creation of weapons, remedies, and clothing. They share designs and work well with others.
They are very accustomed and welcoming with death, whether it be of their own kind, a stranger, or even an enemy. Their lifestyle is not the easiest, and it can be considered one of the most tough, but they do not let that bring them down. The funeral of a child is up to their parents, which usually entails the burning of the body in a thin animal skin like sheet, the ashes spread upon the grounds around Gominelario, where the spirits of the children will forever live with tree spirits, looking over the tribe together. It is the same with elders, and anyone within the tribe really. Newcomers, strangers and enemies are not laid to rest with the tree spirit, but are released into the spirit world through a similar ritual that we like to call a viking funeral. They are laid on a thin boat-like flotation device and burned in open water. It releases their spirits and gives them a clean, new start at life.
Birth is nothing special within the tribe, and children are raised normally. Parents have the option to receive a blessing from the shaman to guide their child through a safe and healthy childhood. Albino children receive a slightly different blessing, which grants them the ability to undertake various trials to become a candidate for the next shaman.
Marriage is nothing formal and large, it's usually very small and personal. It is not uncommon for many to wed, and it isn't uncommon for them to unwed as well. Divorce is something that happens sometimes, but it is never anything violent. It mainly happens when the two drift, and do not wish to be bound to one another through wedlock. Only the shaman can allow a divorce, if the couple is coming to such a conclusion impulsively, or under bad circumstances, he will demand them come to a joint understanding and a relaxed decision.
Shamans of the Morzenan tribe generally are wielders of arcane magic, and speak with the twin spirits Moryyk and Lyyte through fire. Shamans are strictly male and albino. They believe their pale color will allow them to be "dyed" by the will of the spirits easier than the others. As the tribe is less spiritually-oriented than most, the position of Shaman is not as highly regarded or though of as important by the tribe's people than any of the other tribes.
Morzenan's relationship with other tribes is very open, and they do not really have many disagreements with them. They do not judge on much, unless it involves disrespect for a spirit or another tribe. The shaman travels at times to visit other tribes and share his respects for their tree spirits, and relays current events and information to the council back home during his returns.
Many of the people live in stone homes, created from bricks and pillars. The larger the family, the bigger the home. There are a few smaller living arrangements, crafted from wood and some stone foundation. Homes are decorated as per choice of the resident, some homes hosting a symbol of sorts to signify their line of work; A miner with a pick axe or a guard with a weapon of sorts.
The main settlement that lies closest to Gominelario consists of the most well built structures, whether it pertains to the shrines, inns, shops, homes, or the council hall, they are made sturdy. There are homes, shops and workshops built within the main town like area, and can stretch as far as the border-- but it is rare. Most tribe members stay close to one another. There is a town square within the main area, where Morzenan Kori'mno is held.
The tribes beliefs mainly run on the spiritual side, praying and offerings are done often. There are various, small shrines that are scattered around the tribe and the surrounding area for daily prayers. A shrine that lies near Gominelario is the main structure where most members leave offerings for the tree spirits, Moryyk and Lyyte. Atop of the structure are two sculptures that were created long before current day, depicting the two spirits. The shaman visits often to speak with them whenever something may come up, or he may just wish to give them an update on the world. Even with some of the more strict spiritual members, the curiosity of the technological world is still apparent. Especially when the expo comes around, they learn much from other tribes and cities. The Shaman also travels at times, sometimes for extended amounts of time, to visit other tribes and even cross over into Guarmi for information.
Moryyk, the elder twin of Lyyte, who guards the tree of Gominelario. His jet black hair exhibits chatoyant intervals or red and orange as it waves. He is seen as the calmer of the two, though his rage is twice the intensity. It is believed he can morph into a black, winged dragon, with scales of metallic mineral and claws of silver. He is said to travel in the moisture of the geysers, and take the form of an elderly sage when visiting the mortals in person.
Lyyte, younger twin brother of Moryyk, is known to wander off away from the tree on occasion despite his duty as a guardian of Gominelario. He barely speaks to the shamans, and prefers to spend his days in the swamps of the province. However, he is believed to be the more forgiving of the two and is slightly more popular than Moryyk. He is believed to take form of a blood-orange, winged dragon with scales of iridescent geyser stone. When visiting the mortals, he is depicted as a young woman who accompanies the elder sage.
Laws and tribe decisions are passed by a group of officials which are basically a council. The council passes laws that are the best for the tribe, listen to suggestions and ideas from tribe members, and act like a congress for the best of the people. The Shaman is the leader of said council, and may turn down anything he finds bad or downright stupid. He has the overall say in all matters, unless it is deemed selfish and unnecessary. The council consists of men and women who have proven themselves worthy of the position, and appointed by the Shaman himself (or the previous shaman, if they are of an older age). The council is partly made up of albino beings, but not strictly.
This does not completely put them above others though, the tribe is very understanding and equal to one another. The shaman is not some godly being who is untouched by man with all the power of the tribe, no. Everyone does their work and everyone is equal. No life is more important than another, of course one can hold more power.. but everyone is treated equally.
Jobs within the tribe consist of blacksmiths, miners, cooks, inn keepers, housewives, physicians, guards, crafters, artists and shop keepers. There are other jobs of course, but the main occupations are as such. They explain themselves fairly well, and of course self owned businesses are nothing new!
Education within the tribe is more based on a homeschooling technique. Children are given basic education from their parents, such as learning to speak, proper forms of language, mathematics, sciences, magics, history and such. From this point on, either the child may continue to learn from their parents, ushering into a family business, or they can also work beneath a council member as an apprentice. Whether it's to apply for a council position later in life, or just to learn their life teachings, the spots are open from time to time. The shaman can take on an apprentice if he so wishes from time to time, but that is mainly to teach any magical abilities he has to share, not for an heir for the position.
Anyone who isn't born into the tribe are normally welcomed according, given a place to stay(at the inn for a price of course), and a friendly welcome. They are never chased out unless they break the law or hurt a tribe member without proper reason. If they wish to stay, they are allowed to pick up a job and slowly weave themselves into the tribe. It is strictly forbidden for a being to become shaman, or a council member if they are not native to Morzenan.