Canyon Condor Tribe

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The Canyon Condor Tribe
{A Thanalan sept of the 'Tuh' Seeker Tribe}
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Question everything. Laugh at anything. Feast and frolic and our enemies will never win.

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Vital Information


LOCATION... Southern Thanalan

ROOST MASTER... T’jinh Nunh

CARAVAN MASTERS... T’jinh Nunh, T’orjah Nunh, T’sakkan Nunh, T’aave Nunh

LIVING MEMBERS... ~50

Other Statistics


OCCUPATION... Traveling Merchants

ACTIVE CARAVANS... 3

CITY STATE... Ul'dah

NICKNAMES... The Soaring, Condor's Drifters, Gold Seekers

General Information
The colony itself is rather large, consisting of several families that all live together as one solid village or Barangay. The leading Nunh, called the roostmaster, presides over the entire clan as their head chieftain. Other lesser Nunhs, or caravan masters, form a council under his reign and help to secure the safety and well-being of the clan as a whole. Each Nuhn is crowned with the forming of a caravan that is used to trade goods outside the roost and with the people of Thanalan. Each caravan exists and travels as a close knit group to trade for goods and materials needed back at the roost.

The tribe is comprised of basic roles from tenders, to hunters, to the guardians that walk the roost. Each of these members are seen in equal footing with one another without a hierarchy of bloodlines or station beyond the Nunhs. Heavy emphasis is placed on simply pulling your weight within the tribe, and even if the only thing you can do is tend a garden, it is enough. Elders hold a special place within the tribe, but are considered equal to all the others. However, the age difference provides them with many skills they can teach within the tribe. While not specifically seen as a commanding force, many elders do hold the respects of their students and kin.

A jovial people, the Condor live with smiles on their faces and songs in their hearts. Almost always singing, it is unusual for a member not to be gifted with the power of songs. The roost itself will use just about any circumstance as a reason for a party and fill the air with laughter and song. They celebrate naming days, awakening days, days when the hunters have a particularly successful hunt, homecomings, and everything in between. Life is a party, and the Condor understand that to the fullest.

Don't fear the jump or the wind that races past your wings. Keep them strong and open to catch the gusts. For it's not the fall that will kill you, but the sudden stop at the end.
Appearance
Eyes
Hair
Skin
Build
Markings
Dark brown to a bright gold or varying shades of red or orange Dark green to a vivid blue twisted into dreads Dark brown Stocky and strongly built Many various tattoos taken throughout their lifetime
Physical Oddities
The Condor are a bit unique in their appearance with filed teeth that set their smile apart from other miqo’te. The visual is quite terrifying to those not expecting it, and can also be a bit jarring with the frequency they tend to smile and laugh. Filed teeth are seen in members as young as the teens, and rare is the adult with their smile untouched. To the Canyon Condor, this practice is seen as a beautiful nod to their heritage and practical to their more carnivorous lifestyle.
Tattoos and Markings
Each member, upon coming of age, takes up tattoos below the eyes that mark all Canyon Condor as members of one roost. Tattoos are a way of storytelling that can get rather elaborate with each member proudly displaying their unique markings. Expanding upon various designs throughout their lives, each work of art is a story of their travels and exploits in a tapestry that crosses every part of their body. Older Condor are often covered in ink with few places to add more grand tales and are always glad to retell the story of each design. Many older members will get colored feathers that represent each caravan they've been part of, while especially skilled hunters might mark a grand hunt with patterning that represents their kill.A fairly common practice, it's rare for a member of the colony to be bare of ink, and strange for older members to have little in the way of tattooing.
Scars are another story and reminders of past mistakes and great battles that members use in their tapestries along with ritual scarification. Healing magic is not wasted on the non-life threatening, and most Condor are allowed the time to recover from most injuries. Each scar, bend tail, or notched ear reminds the Condor of their mistakes and triumphs through perseverance and tenacity. Members of the Condor believe scars to be a part of life and are taught to never be ashamed of the stories they carry.
Trinkets
Canyon Condor often keep quite a number of odds and ends in their hair and on their clothing. Strings of beads made from many different materials, along with coins, hang in their hair or the wraps around their heads. Feathers, talons, flowers, and bone also decorate their hair with various meanings attached to each. From the lucky charm to the lovers gift, they adorn themselves with all manner of items to enhance their hair and clothing. Tails are also adorned with bands at the base or tip, and the tufts are often tied with feathers or beads. To hear one coming on the winds like a chime is common and looked upon as good luck. Rare is the Condor without any adornments.
Attire
Often wrapped in various embroidered sashes, the tribe uses cloth that does not hinder movement. Loose fitting cloth and bandannas around their head are almost always decorated with various tribal charms. Most decorative cloths are rich in reds and oranges or deep blues and greens amid white and gold trimming. Often times the caravans will color coordinate flashy displays to attract attention within the markets they visit and to easily spot one another in the cities. Elder members are known to decorate the tuft of their tail with feather displays or silks to mimic fins that flair open in the wind or fast water currents.
Personality
A singular personality of an individual cannot be given to an entire tribe, however a sense of family is very prevalent within the community. Members are often seen as very close with one another and always willing to lend a helping hand. They are a loud and rambunctious people who enjoy great feasts and revelry for any occasion. Just as the colonies of condor that roost on the vast cliff sides announce their presence with joyful sounds, so too does the Canyon Condor Tribe with echoes of laughter and singing throughout the Roost.

The tribe believes there is a lesson to everything. Every song they sing, every story they tell, and even the scars left on one's skin hold a lesson to the Condor. Teachings are typically given to those who ask, and it's not uncommon for curious members to surround returning family and request retelling of stories, conquests, and far away areas. Rare visitors are also surrounded by the Condor and seen as a walking encyclopedia of brand new stories and tales the tribe have not yet heard. Rarely are they openly aggressive towards outsiders unless provoked, or if they are found sneaking around the roost uninvited. However, once they are riled it becomes clear that their teeth and claws are not just for show.

Known most notably as merchants within the realm, they are commonly seen as the peddling type. Willing to sell you anything for a good price, most outsiders know them from the markets they frequent. However, while a friendly group, they are known to rage and fall upon their enemies with reckless abandon. The Canyon Condor are loyal to one another and protective of what belongs to them. The roost, their families, and their friends are protected with a fierceness to rival the raging storms that crash against the coast.
Communication
Like many Miqo’te, they use body language to assist with their dialogue. Tail flicks and ear placement mean more to these Miqo’te than words. Those that realize a lashing tail or flicked back ears is a warning are often spared the rage that can come from agitating the roost. Vocalizations are not always words, and growls play a good part in their local dialect when speaking to each other. The deep rumbling that most large cats produce can shift from comforting to threatening in a flash, and knowing the difference can save your life.

Condor holds the title of King of the Skies and he is known to fly great distances to deliver messages to the gods. Because of this the Canyon Condor are known as some of the best messengers around able to send signals great distances. A secret form of communication that involves their aeromancy skills means that members all across Eorzea stay connected despite distances.
Home Life
Mornings are met with a welcoming of the sun with loud songs and cheerful greetings to one another. The sun is greeted with personal rituals to praise Azeyma’s grace and bless the day with good luck. Offerings of incense and herbs typically line the ritual bowls as members dress for the day. Moving forward with their days, there is never a moment of silence or quiet as laughter and song continue through the day. The evenings are filled with farewells to the sun, and greetings to the moon and her post. More incense and herbs fill ritual bowls to offer blessings to the night and honor Menphina on her journey.

Meal times are the greatest points of the day when the roost gathers together to eat. No one is given favored portions as the chefs cook enough and throughout the day to fill every belly in the roost. The pavilions where the condor feast are open and without walls as they enjoy the view of the open sky and ocean. Pillows and cushions line the area while platters are spread out among the tribe where everyone can reach for a bowl. Children often run about only passing by adults to steal a bite of their meal, while elders laugh and tell stories of their younger years. Everyone is equal, and even the Nunhs sit with their families during meals.

The Nunh succession is the same tried and true method that other seeker tribes also maintain. Though, despite being chosen for his strength, there is a level of diplomacy needed to gain the favor of the colony which ultimately strengthens the unity of the clan as a whole. Strength alone does not rule the Condor, and the wisdom to understand family and cooperation is what makes them a thriving tribe. Even the Tias who choose to stay within the colony earn favor as guards and tenders to the roost itself, or they can take up jobs outside the colony to bring back goods from their travels which can help to maintain a level of distinction despite not being a breeding male. Family is the cornerstone of the roost and even the children are reared in a crèche where the entire family can help. Everyone in the roost has a skill that aids to the overall success of the tribe.
The Nunhs
T’jinh Nunh
● The residing Roost Master, Jinh is a fair and just leader who treats all his flock with reverence. Powerful in body as he is in mind, he boasts the unique skills of a fledgling thaumaturge from his time within the walls of Ul'dah. Careful to keep balance within the community, he upholds his personal duty of beating down any would-be challenger as the residing Nunh. Head of the council, his word is final within the roost.
T’orjah Nunh
● Quick witted and always up for a challenging game of word puzzles, Orjah is as fast on his feet as he is with his words. Not the most powerful looking male, he makes up for it in his pure combative skill. One of the best merchant masters, his caravan runs through eastern Thanalan with contacts in Drybone. Rumor has it that he might have made contacts in The Black Shroud for Sylvan silks, but so far he only admits to buying them outright from a "reputable vendor".
T’sakkan Nunh
● Powerful and strong, even in his waning years, Sakkan is more stoic than his caravan's overall outlook. Presiding over the trade routes in southern Thanalan, he has been known to take his wares to the Forgotten Springs on a whim to strengthen connections there. Despite his own stoic nature, the majority of his caravan are fun loving and social folk who are leaps and bounds more free with their emotions than the Nunh. Some say with his kin, he is a much fluffier personality, but no one in the roost has seen him crack a smile yet.
T’aave Nunh
● A mystic and distant sort, T'aave Nunh leads his caravan through Western Thanalan to trade on the docks and work with the denizens of La Noscea for goods and supplies. Enjoying a good ghost hunt and the occasional paranormal activity research, he is often found actively looking for trinkets and treasures to bring back to the Roost. Often found communing and meditating at the various shrines within the Roost, T'aave spends his off time teaching the younger Condors how to care for the dead.


Jobs, Organization, and Structure


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Caravan Jobs
Scouts: Gliding high above the caravans the scouts are the ones plotting the roads to travel. Each with their own gliding equipment that is most commonly passed down and upgraded periodically, they climb the rock plateaus and spires to check the travel for malms in each direction.

Guards: Traveling alongside the caravans with blades and spears in full show, they are the first major deterrent for would-be thieves. They are the men and women in flashy bright and colorful displays, and often tend to be stronger hands and helpers to care for the caravans.

Pickpockets: Every member of the Roost is trained in the tradition of thievery. The nuances of quick fingered discounts and pick-pocketing through a large crowd are first learned within the Roost as children, and perfected before joining a caravan.

Merchants: The backbone of the caravans, these are the oldest and most socially skilled members of the tribe. They can talk circles around a buyer to get them to pay for goods, or banter and barter with the best of them for the lowest prices. Rumors of the tribal merchants having aetheric powers of speechcraft often floats around the markets they visit, though never confirmed nor denied.
Caregivers
Grounds Keepers: Keeping track of the ebb and flow of the caves, they are the ones responsible for the saline levels within the caverns and the effects on the surrounding plantlife. Maintaining the purity of the standing water, they are the first line of defense should the limestone stop doing its job. Gardeners and alchemists, they keep the cave's ecosystem thriving.

Nest Builders: Builders and master smiths, these members maintain the upkeep of the bridges, stairs, and tunnels within the caverns. Protecting the limestone growths, and building the village in tandem with the caverns and cliffs, these Condor help maintain a balanced symbiotic relationship with the cliffs.

Crèche Matron/Patrons: Tenders to the children of the roost, they are the ones who make sure that the kids grow up healthy and strong. Often teachers, they are the babysitters and adults closest to the newest generation.

Condor's Sacred: Despite the name, these members do not hold a higher station than the others, but are the resident bird keepers. They keep the lanner populations off the coast, on their island, well cared for and healthy. They bring in game and make sure that the roosting lanners are free of most predators and disease.
Hunters
Ocean Fisherman: These are the members who go out beyond the roost and sail the ocean for large fish and aquatic life. They are strong and hearty with the ability to leave for days on the open ocean and return with the bounty of the sea in tow.

Trappers: Spear hunters and game trappers, these are the members that go out alone or in pairs to hunt. Lithe and fleet of foot, they often leave for day trips and return with rarer game that stalks nearby oasis.

Gatherers: Members of the tribe who pick the reefs and shallows for shellfish and seaweed, these Condor do not often drift far from the roost. Strong swimmers and divers, they often travel deep into the darker parts of the underwater caverns to find rare tasty treats.

Farmers: Cultivators of the local ecosystem, these Condor are expert botanists who know how to coax large yields from local crops. Rotating the gardens to maintain a healthy soil, they weed and keep the plants healthy, but never expand too great for the caves to handle.
Roost Guardians
Canyon Guard: The roost members who are always seen walking the open pathways and rope bridges of the cliff sides, they maintain the first line of defense from unwanted visitors. Carrying pikes or spears, they are the most visible guards within the roost.

Skytalon: Patrolling the skies with their lanner counterparts, these condor make sure that the roost is kept safe and secret. The ominous circle of large predatory birds is usually enough to deter most would-be trespassers. For those who are persistent, the Skytalon are each well versed in aerial and weapons combat.

Roost Wardens: Only ever needed when visitors enter the roost, they are posted to watch and make sure that the guest is well behaved. More often, these members are seen taking on secondary roles from the tender tasks until they are needed.

The Shadows: Hidden sentries, these are the least seen of any guard, and to visitors they don’t exist. Known for their ability to pass without sound, they are even said to slip through water without a ripple.
Names
Family Name: The name that the child is given by their family through the typical Seeker naming conventions. These are the names used to call the children who are still growing up and coming of age. Common names, these are throwaway names that will be replaced in adulthood.
Chosen Name: These names are often seen as private and only given to those who have earned their trust. A Condor takes their name based around something important to them, or a deed that has meaning, and forms a moniker that is unique to only them. No two living Condor share the same Name.
Nickname: The third name that each Condor creates for themselves outside of the family. The nickname, or cover name, is given to strangers and fellow alike because names have power. These names can be nicknames based on the family name, or other times unique requiring context to understand the meaning.
Tenets of the Condor
Honor the ancestors: Death is only the beginning of another leg in the journey of one's soul. Respecting those that have come before you, who have paved the path, and who watch over your journeys in the afterlife is only right. The Condor show reverence to those who have died and erect shrines to honor the dead.
Contribute to the whole: Everyone within the tribe does their part to help the roost thrive. Even those who can only tend a single garden, or the tias who travel vast distances and send home the few gil they earn are still contributing. It is not about how much you give, but that you put forth the effort.
Keep safe your own: Never bring danger back to the roost, or invite retribution from an enemy that would put the tribe in danger. Should danger arise, all will stand to protect the roost and those that live within it.
Beware your actions: Ripples travel through the aether with each action a Condor takes. Be aware of the cascading effects of your choices and be willing to accept the consequences of those choices made.
Respect the Roost: The roost is not just a place of rest, but a living breathing entity that grows with the tribe. Keeping the nests clean, repairing broken bridges, and tending to the needs of the structures makes a difference. Knowing the safe shadows and where each predator lies can save your life.
OOC Note
Due to the nature of the tribe and decisions made by the players to develop something within the confides of lore, nothing here is required to be taken as fact. This is, simply put, a fun way to add flavor and color to an already varied and diverse game world.



History

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The Canyon Condor started with a Tia that left to form a roost of his own as a Nunh. Seeking to simply expand the reach of his tribe, the Seeker found a massive cave system along the sea cliffs that stretched along Southern Thanalan’s tip. The humble beginnings were filled with trials as the small splinter group worked the sides of the cliffs to form extensive settlements and cliff side homes on the worn rocky edges. Fishing and trapping helped to feed the small group as they worked to claim the rocky cliffs as their own, and the blessing of rain and natural filtering through the limestone caves helped to work out the salt from the sea water to provide everything they needed to sustain themselves. For a time, they focused heavily on building their small village up with ship wreckage and scavenged supplies from nearby ruins and coasts. Early years were rough, as many splinter tribes often suffer in the desert from lack of ample supplies.

Legends state that another splinter tribe, a sept of keepers, was also guided to the coast by Condor. Having been driven south by some crisis, they followed the shadow of a mighty bird till they reached the southern tip of Thanalan and the coast where the sept of Canyon Condors welcomed them with open arms. Helping the keepers to recover from their long journey across the desert, the Condors shared their water and what little food they had in a show of friendship. It didn't take much to convince the two tribes that fate had brought them together for a reason, and an accord was struck. Blessed with double the hands willing to work and build, the tribe could finally push into the cliffs to the explore and settle the deep caverns. The two groups worked closely to build homes and a village within the deep cave systems running along the cliffs through mutual teamwork and community.

It wasn't long before the two groups became one and bloodlines crossed between seeker and keeper till both were as one. A custom of filing the teeth to points arose from the blending of cultures and to show solidarity regardless of if a child was born with or without fangs. Necessity also helped to develop new ways of traveling through the cave systems with underwater passages becoming commonly used shortcuts. Soon the aeromancy of the Canyon Condor was used in more ways than simply gliding across the great desert sands. An entire forest, nestled within the caves lay before the tribe as they slowly worked to lay claim to every hidden alcove and tunnel. As time progressed, the Canyon Condor developed ways of exploring the deeper sea tunnels that passed under their village and became masters of their domain.

Supplies not found within the caves or crafted by the villagers came from a single caravan that formed through necessity. The Nunh traveled as the head of the caravan to fetch supplies for his people from any neighboring oasis or towns. The development of the multi-nunh system that they have now, originated from this first caravan and the need to prevent discord within the roost. To keep the balance of power in the hands of the Nunhs, each is charged with a caravan and their own trade routes that they must craft and maintain. In this way, the small tribe was able to grow through a mutual succession of Nunhs, but also didn’t collapse from excessive infighting between Tias who might take advantage of a single nunh being the sole order for both the roost and the traveling caravans. Over time, new caravans were organized through a petition and trial by combat as they gained influence and the flock itself grew beyond what a single caravan could supply.

Largely untouched by the slow march of progress that the rest of Eorzea has experienced, the clan has managed to avoid detection with the unique design of their roost. One major route in or out, the caravans themselves are safe as the precarious pathways up the slopes prevents large scores of enemies to pile against the trained scouts and warriors of the colony. The remaining entrances exist through sea tunnels that require knowledge to navigate or risk drowning by undercurrents and dead ends. There are some hidden burrows high on the top of the cliffs overlooking the sea, but those are often patrolled by massive birds and other mega-fauna happy to snack on an unlucky traveler who stumbled into their lair.
Inner Workings: The roost has stood for generations as an Avalon-like myth to the world, hidden in the mists of the southern Thanalan coast. To outsiders, the Canyon Condors are drifters without a home, imagining of a home as tricksters and dreamers. This belief of a half-real society is not given credit or denied by the tribe, as the truth remains hidden behind their paranoid and protective habits. Such habits are ingrained to preserve the roost, as it has remained mostly unchanged. The tribe's history has grown, leading to new travel with new people and to expand trade to distant cities. Yet, the roost is still isolated from the city-states and too important to risk involving outsiders.
The Nest
Where they Roost
A great colony on the coast, the roost is structurally set up to be a labyrinth of caverns and tunnels that lead deep into the mainland. The only visible portion of the roost is the many rope bridges and narrow walkways that have been chiseled into the cliff side. Members are seen running and moving along these paths without fear or signs of concern for the sheer drop that might be a wind gust away. Homes and pavilions are decorated with wind chimes and colored cloth that catch the gusts coming in from the sea, giving the open air roost a festive flair.

A deeper look shows many caves that lead into the caverns of the true expanse of their cliff side home. A cave system that is vast enough to house a forest, and the ecosystem here is very closely tended by the Condor. Getting lost is easy, as a rolling fog travels through the trees and casts an eerie presence with bio-luminescent animals being the only real light to reach the deep caves. Mega-fauna roosting in the trees and stalking the thicker areas of the forest are of no concern to the Condor as they till the gardens and maintain the lush environment that rests under the desert.

Out to sea, off in the horizon, rests an Island where the lanner birds roost and breed. Considered a sacred place to the Canyon Condor, they travel between cliff and island regularly to tend to their flock. The island itself is self sustaining, but small compared to others within the archipelago which keeps it off the radar for most sailors and ships. A small splinter colony lives out on the island to protect the roosting lanners, but are still considered part of the whole that is the Canyon Condor Tribe.
The Great Lanner Bird
The roosting colony of lanners on the cliffs of the Southern Tip of Thanalan were said to have guided the first to the Roost. The circle of great birds drew the first caravan to the cliffs where the original Nunh watched the birds flight patterns into the cavern below. Carving out the first path, the original caravan founded the caves of fresh water and the great underground forest. Due to this legend, the lanner birds are seen as messengers from Condor to the tribe.

This relationship leads the Canyon Condor Tribe to care for these birds and to use their discarded feathers and skulls in ceremonial wear. This tradition is paramount to honoring their kin. The skulls of the great lanners are kept and designed into special head pieces for ceremony work for rites and rituals. The feathers are bundled and tied into decorative headpieces tied in their dreads or on their tails. Feather and bones are also used in all manner of decorative items including beads, runes, charms, and chimes to capture the winds.
The Deep Water Leviathan
Not to be confused with the God of the Whorl that the sahagin pray to, the Canyon Condor respect the territory of the great beasts within their waters. A giant of the seas, the beast swims between the waters that separate the cliffside with the Lanner Island. Occasionally lurking within the cave system, it is not uncommon to see the monster swimming through the much larger tunnels. An unlucky turn could easily place someone face to face with the terror of the deep.

Not considered a threat by the Canyon Condor, the tribe actively seeks out the leviathan to swim with it when out at sea. Happy to follow behind within the tunnel systems to effortlessly be pulled along to a destination, a Condor knows to have healthy respect for this apex predator. Many brave members will hunt down discarded teeth, or risk life and limb to knock one out and craft various weapons from the serrated tooth. It is considered an honor to own a weapon made from a leviathan tooth, as strong intact teeth are harder to come by and many of these treasures are passed down through the bloodlines.


Rites, Rituals, and Celebrations


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Growing Up Condor
Rite of Flying: Every child of the Condor must first learn that the flock is with them and they can trust in their family. This is the first test of both courage and trust for any fledgling to be able to leave the nest. Usually done when a crèche is of age, they are lead to the highest cliff to jump as family below create pockets of slow fall to guide them back down to the beach.

Rite of Asking: Before a young condor flies with the Flock, they must ask for Condor’s blessing. During this time a young condor will apprentice under as many roles as they wish to find what truly fits them. Through this they grow towards becoming a member of the Canyon Condor in full and are recognized as adults within the tribe. Marking this rite a member receives a single feather to wear near their right ear.

Rite of Becoming: After a time a young condor will make their choice of what role they wish to perform within the tribe itself. This marks the era of settling down and nesting for the condor. Here they gain Condor’s favor and become a fully fledged member of the roost with a voice in all proceedings and decision making.
Rites
Rite of Naming: This is typically done once a name that has come to light due to rising personalities, mannerisms, or even deeds is decided by the member. Before this time a condor would be called by their nickname given to them at birth by their family. By taking this new name, they are shedding their childhood and becoming a part of the flock while forming their own identity.

Rite of the Caravan: The formation of a caravan group is essential to the continuation of the tribe and how they gather outside supplies. To prepare the strongest and wisest to walk with the caravans, a challenge is issued to take a position within the caravan group. Entering in a one on one challenge for their chosen position, the condor determine who is more skilled. It is not always a test of strength and, especially in the case of merchant master, it is can be a test of wit or resolve.

Rite of the Open Wings: The Canyon Condor maintain a small island off the coast for the lanner birds in their care to nest and breed. This rite is undertaken by every condor to strengthen the bond between the cliff dwelling members and the off coast island. Members of the Roost stand at the highest cliff facing the island and use gliders and their skill in aeromancy to fly to the island. They return on the wings of lanners after a few days spent on the island.
Rituals
Song to the Elementals: A ritualistic chant that involves a great deal of throaty growls and humming. The songs are tailored to the element that one is asking the favor of, but are typically either wind, water, or earth. Unusual is the Condor singing to fire or ice, but those that sing to lightning are typically asking forgiveness.

Ritual of Cleansing: A personal ritual where the Condor takes it upon themselves to meditate and have any curses or negative energies removed from them. A full day is dedicated to solitary reflection outside of the roost, and upon re-entry they pass across smoldering embers of a dying fire, passing through the cleansing smoke.

Marking the Body: Before a mark is crafted for the body, members are asked to reflect on the tale in front of a small fire. Telling the story to the tattoo master with as much emotion as possibly allows them to design the proper look. Once designed the artist will spend the day marking their fellow condor through ink or scarification.
Celebrations
Awakening Day: Children within the Roost are considered very special, and the birth of any Condor is meant to be celebrated with great festivities. Conducted at the Roost, a great feast is held and the mother is given praise while a suitable crèche is chosen for when the child begins to walk. Announcements are sent to all those recognized by the tribe to keep everyone aware of new members and condor of the tribe.

Drum Circle: A celebration that lasts for a full 24 hour period, the Canyon Condor consider this time very sacred. Every member that is able does their best to show for the drumming and festivities. A time to reflect on the game, harvest, and trade done from one moon to the next, the condor revel at a designated location outside of the Roost. Changing the location monthly, they draw in various visitors and strangers from their loud party which grows their trade.
THE ELEMENTS
Wind: Condor’s favored element, the roost welcomes the elemental sprites into their homes, despite the potential damage. Able to call to and ask favor of the winds, the tribe has mastered their own form of areomancy that helps with travel throughout the high cliffs of the roost.
Water: The element of the deep caverns, the great leviathan that lurks within the cave water system is respected by the Condor. Tied for the favored element of the tribe, they have mastered aquamancy to allow them easy passage through the underwater tunnels.
Fire: Considered the element of Azeyma, the sun is favored and praised as the bringer of life and warmth. Some members of the Canyon Condor seek the teachings of the Thaumaturge guild in Ul’dah to learn the aspect of the sun.
Earth: Still respected, the elemental sprites are welcome to the gardens to bring healthy soil and into caverns to give strength to the structures. Children often play games with the dust sprites, and return home completely covered in mud.
Lightning: A deadly element, it is seen as the anger of Azeyma. A lightning strike is a divine warning that something is not right within the roost. Imbalance and bad luck follows the lightning strike that hits too close to home. Great care is taken when these warnings are given.
Ice: Element of Azeyma’s little sister, the Condor don’t have much dealings with Ice. However, seen as a reprieve from the scorching heat of the desert they still pay their respects. Menphina, the sister who would tell Azyema what tricks the Condor play at night, they see her watchful presence in the frost that settles after a cold desert night.
Path of the Four Winds
The North Winds - The direction of the defenders and protectors, condor that favor the north are more likely to endure hardships so that other members do not suffer. To ask the North Wind’s favor, the Seeker must be willing to give up everything, so that others may survive. Strength, endurance, and protection are the guiding traits.

The South Winds - The direction of the mothers and fathers, these condor help raise the children and heal the pains of others with soothing words and salves. Asking for the Gift of the South Winds, a condor must be willing to help any poor soul in need. Love, compassion, and healing are the guiding traits.

The West Winds - The direction of the seers and mystics, they are the ones who guide others on their journeys to wisdom and enlightenment. Asking for the Gift of the West Winds, one must be willing to accept mortality and understand oblivion. Knowledge, prayer, and spirituality are the guiding traits.

The East Winds - The direction of the tricksters and jokesters, these are the folks who blaze trails for the caravans and explore the untouched lands. Asking for the Gift of the East Winds, you must be willing to try anything once and go where most members don't even dare. Curiosity, novelty, and adventure are the guiding traits.
The Final Flight
Death is considered very sacred to the Condor and is revered as the last step on their eternal journey. Condor is said to collect the dead upon his wings and fly them back safely to the aether stream. The last rites are performed on the dead and they are decorated with feathers to aid in their journey with Condor. All are celebrated in death, and it is not the Condor way to desecrate the bodies of their enemies, but to simply return them to the earth or sea.

The Roost celebrates death with a feast and stories of life as the body is cremated and the ashes allowed to fly on the wind. The skulls of elders who were distinguished in life remain within a shrine to guide and look over the village. For the bodies of the fallen in battle and all others unable to be retrieved and the rites performed, the Canyon Condor host a large celebration as the seasons turn to honor those who passed and were lost to the winds. The known names of the fallen are thrown into a pyre and prayer is given to all others who might not be known.

It is not considered wise to rouse the ire of the spirits of the departed, which is why desecration of the dead is exceptionally frowned upon within the tribe. Cannibalism is expressly forbidden, as it is believed that to consume the flesh of a spoken is to consume their spirit. Superstitious by nature, the tribe has a healthy respect for the unknown even though they actively make strides to seek out hidden pathways. While the Condor do not fear death, they also do not invite it.

“When the lights of the fires are doused, do not go into the dark. Do not seek out the shadows. To walk the unlit paths and swim the darkened waters is to invite death.”



RP Info


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Location & Probability
Places where the caravans are very likely to be seen
Southern Thanalan: The most likely place to stumble upon one of the Canyon Condors, this is where they built their roost. T'sakkan Nunh's caravan works as one of the largest and prosperous of the three caravan groups that travel.
Western Thanalan: T'aave Nunh's territory and caravan routes, the groups are more often found at the docks and dealing with the sailors and pirates that make birth on the fringes.
Eastern Thanalan: T'orjah Nunh's caravan travels the outskirt towns and forgotten establishments. Contacts in Drybone, they often strike up a grand market there.
The Black Shroud: If any of the caravans are spotted in the Shroud, it will always be T'orjah Nunh's caravan. Learning from the varied groups, they expand their knowledge of trade through teachings in the Gridanian markets.
La Nocsea: No caravan of note makes the journey across the sea to the island nation. Rare are the Tia's and women of the clan that have traveled far to learn from the pirate nation about business and markets.
RP Requirements
If you are seeking RP with anyone from the tribe, feel free to contact T'odaluk Tia for a scheduled meeting. The FC is currently on the server of Mateus[NA], though it is closed and not recruiting. However, all are welcome to come and hang out within the tribe's Ul'dahn trade center in Ward 13 of the Goblet, plot 56. RP is always open, and if you are interested in setting up anything with the group please don't be afraid to contact any of our members that might be online.
RP Hooks
The tribe is, by nature, reclusive save for the very few caravans that move throughout Thanalan. Meeting a member who has left to 'see the world' is not uncommon.
Caravans are always moving and traveling to pick up and trade goods for the betterment of the flock. Meeting a caravan through a market in a town is always a possibility.
Scouting groups are always moving through the skies, and stumbling on a camp is always very likely with the way that they travel through Southern Thanalan scavenging through ruins and hunting the desert.
Keeping good relationships with the Drake tribe in the Forgotten Springs, it's easy to come across a caravan or scout party taking rest within the small village.


OOC Notes
Player Information
Player Note
There is a lot of information on this wiki, but it is by no means completely comprehensive. There are chunks of backstory that are left intentionally vague so that details can be added later as we develop through creative writing or in role-play revelation. Everything concerning this tribe that has not been confirmed by in-game lore should be taken with a grain of salt.
Tribe Concept
Much of the development of this tribe coincide with both the Wildstar and World of Warcraft versions. I've always enjoyed world building, and bringing back both families that I loved means a lot. There are many similarities, but a lot of changes to merge the two as one.
Inspiration
Music
■ Mama Sed by Pucifer
■ Just Hang On, Beautiful One by Au4
■ Towards The Sun by Rihanna
■ The Lightning Strike by Snow Patrol
■ The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
Tropes & Explanations
A trope is a convention or device that is often found in creative works. In this case, the tropes below describe the tribe either in part, or as a whole. Their background, personality, appearance, etc, most of them can be described in the tropes below.


Credits

Wiki Information
This wiki is constantly changing as the Tribe’s story changes. It was last modified on Jan 1st, 2018.

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Layout Information
The following is not entirely comprehensive, but contains general credits. Please leave the link-backs if you use this template!
■ Original template by Bancroft Gairn.
■ Adapted by Xheja Rajhera.
■ Tabs by Unnamed Mercenary.
■ Expanded bits by Lucaell Tareth'eian.
■ Header image inspired by D'lyhhia Lhuil.
■ Music bits from J'karu Rhome.
■ Relationships & OOC notes by Glioca Sargonnai.
■ Various formatting inspired by Odette Saoirse & others.
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