Dominion of the Dead
Tavakians are a people who live on a peninsula to the East, and after they briefly conquered the neighboring Shari and Altai tribes, the Gawn used it as a generic term for all barbarian groups to the Southeast. All of them speak related languages – close enough that they’re treated as the same tongue for game purposes – and they have a vague sense of shared identity, referring to themselves as the Kordè.
The Kordè have settled over a vast area, occupying most of the southeast continent (known as Avosas Kikas to the Elves; the Dominion’s continent is Avosas Sedas). Their lands are far more extensive than the old Tavakian “empire.” In addition to the Shari, Altai and Tavakians proper, there are 10 Kordè tribes. In no particular order:
- The Bura are Qutu’s tribe. Missionaries have had some limited success there, as Qutu’s presence attests.
- Qutu has already met the Hiqu. They’re the least warlike of the Kordè; their culture has come under Jeraldic influence, and they have been tolerant of missionary work.
- The Qara are to Buraika’s south. A much larger tribe, disunity has prevented them from exploiting this advantage.
- The people of Sivas are often at war with the Dragonborn to their south.
- The Ayadin are nomadic hunters. They live on the fringes of the desert, to the west of the Dragonborn, with whom there’s been a bit of intermarriage.
- The Keteri are another tribe on the desert fringes.
- The Cheygan are agriculturalists of the Hiarat foothills. They’re known for prodigious height, possibly due to interbreeding with giants from the mountains.
- The Teke are nomadic pastoralists, living largely off domesticated gazelles.
- Eshkarik, to the south of Cheygan lands, is a fairly civilized kingdom which has adopted many Numean customs.
- Akoyun is also fairly civilized. It has enslaved many gnolls, from lands to the North, some of which serve in her armies.