Terror of the Rhotano
R'jahkob is every bit as imposing as his terrifying moniker suggests. The grizzled old pirate is short (5 fulm 3 ilms), muscular (225 ponz), and physically healthy for his advancing age. Even as his joints begin to wear from arthritis, the Miqo'te seems to only get stronger and more savage. Unlike many males of his race, he does not slouch or pass up an opportunity to show off his physical prowess. He was a breeding nunh after all.
Scars & Markings: "Hmph, a scar juss means ye've made a mistake. Yah see any scars, scrag?" -R'jahkob
Voice: R'jahkob's voice is raspy and airy in quality. It can dip low when angered or growling, but otherwise has a high-pitched quality about it that is often off-putting or unexpected. R'jahkob would claim it came from previous fights, injuries, or being held under seawater too many times, but in reality, his voice has always been this way.
Clothing: Most often, R'jahkob can be found wearing his heavy travelers coat, leathers, with metal sabatons and gauntlets. Rich jewelry, gold, precious stones, and earrings adorn his head and arms also in homage to both his history as a feared pirate king and to his current profession, a treasure hunter of the new world. He may dress down when on a boat or in a safe place, but his torso always remains covered.
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The Legend of R'ooma, the Nunh of the Sea:
R’mahalla bid him challenge the Nunh and claim her as his own, but no matter how hard he trained R’ooma could not best the Nunh of the Raptor. “Go,” said the Nunh, “Go and be happy with R’mahalla away from the tribe.” But R’ooma would not bring shame to her by leaving the tribe. “I am a Raptor and so is my love, even if she cannot be mine she is my family,” he told the two, but he was met with a laugh and a jeer, for the Nunh thought them only young and foolish and dreamers. R’ooma snapped back at the Nunh fiercely and cried, “I will prove myself a Nunh! I will claim new territory for our tribe to hunt and grow and thrive!”
R’mahalla looked upon him in dismay. There was no land left to take! And he possessed no skills or armies to take the land of another tribe. R’ooma smiled at her and told her, “Worry not, I know of a land vast and bountiful which no tribe has ever claimed.” R’ooma travelled into the woods alone and found a fallen tree, which he cut and dragged through the wood to the edge of the sea. For a week he worked and whittled the trunk without rest until he was found by R’mahalla. She had packed and left the tribe, content to shame her name and leave her family to be with him. He welcomed his old friend’s company, but assured her he would not abandon her or the tribe. He would take her instead to this vast new kingdom he promised her and it would be for them and their children and their tribe would thrive ever stronger.
Having fashioned the great tree into a boat, he set out to sea. R’mahalla asked him, “How do you know of this kingdom where you’ve never been?” He said, “I am here now.” They journeyed across the waters that no man had yet thought to claim until R’ooma found what he sought, a great monster of the sea, the whale. With spears they had fashioned, they slew the beast and returned it to the shore. The Nunh awaited the pair, baffled. R’ooma and R’mahalla presented their deed together hand in hand. “R’ooma has claimed the sea,” she announced, and with the bounty of their hunt laid in the sands before them, who could deny that R’ooma truly had done so. The Nunh, pleased, said R’ooma had earned the right to be Raptor Nunh and take R’mahalla as his own. But R’ooma shook his head one last time and said, “I did not do this for R’mahalla’s heart for she has given it to me already. I did this for the heart of my tribe.”
And many joined R’ooma, moved by his actions. No great warrior was he, nor wise as our elders, but R’ooma had won the heart of his tribe and became our Nunh. Our tribe has lived on water ever since R’ooma, Nunh of the Sea.
Since its origins, the tribe has subsisted on whaling, fishing, and piracy. Often times too poor to purchase large vessels from Naldiq & Vymelli’s, most Raptor vessels are boats the tribe’s carpenters and shipwrights have built themselves or have stolen from rival pirate gangs. Most Raptor ships are small, fast, and agile – frigates, brigantines, and cutters. The tribe’s original totem – the Raptor – is still very important to R'ooma's seafaring sect and raptor motifs can be found throughout their culture. Raptor ships are painted with blue and white stripes, for example. Tribesmen wear raptor leather, and jewelry and weaponry makes use of carved raptor and whale bone. Even their preferred naval strategies mimic that of their raptor totem. A small group of quick, attack vessels will lure or chase a pirate or Lominsan vessel into the path of a waiting party of Raptor ships.
Since female Chieftainship of the tribe began, Nunhs have been separated into groups who manage various functions, essentially forming smaller units within the tribe. R’haalhza Whalechaser, the first female Chieftain, gave each Nunh a ship to command under her so that no more squabbles over who was fit to captain would be had, or at least fewer. When the next Chieftain, R’waahl Stareyed began settling the tribe on isolated islands of the Cieldalaes, the tribe’s Nunhs were divided between land and sea. One unit remained in their new island village, farmed the land, fished the waters, and began trades both honest and not with other sailors who came to port. The other units continued life at sea, whaling, pirating, and establishing new territories. This new raptor village, named Jalaa, after R’waahl’s firstborn daughter, became the heart of the Raptor tribe for years to come. By the time R’lusaab the Matron took the Chieftainship, the Raptors had well established themselves across the Rhotano. R’lusaab, a farmer by birth, had leadership thrust upon her and was the only leader of the Raptors who was never challenged during her reign. She was merely a proficient fighter, but was better known as an exceptional lover. During her twenty-five years as Chieftain, she produced eight children, all male, before dying of complications in the birth of her ninth child.
Nunhs of the Raptor are chosen by the female Chieftain, after witnessing a display of strength, courage, or leadership. Not all Tias take a trial by combat approach to leadership. Some ambitious Tias will hunt for great whales with but a single ship and present the spoils to the Chieftain. Others are appointed, in the case of R’lusaab’s reign, because they were aesthetically pleasing to her. Though the current Chieftain, R’suvrooh Seaflame, has weeded out most of these. Regardless, Tias who wish to become Nunhs will display their best qualities to the Cheiftain, and she will choose who she will take as her Nunhs. Once chosen, she will eventually bed each Nunh exclusively, though they are free to mate with the females of their respective units. The Chieftain’s children rarely go on to become Chieftains themselves, but many of the male children go on to become Nunhs.
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