This is a new series of articles that will discuss various ethnolinguistic groups within Bukana and beyond. An ethnolinguistic group is an umbrella term for a number of tribes that are joined together by common language and traditions. For instance, today we are looking at the Berani. This is a term that may or may not be used by members of this culture to describe themselves. Many “Berani” would instead refer to themselves by their specific tribal name, without acknowledging any relation to another Berani-speaking tribe. Players are encouraged to work with GMs to come up with a character’s tribe and think about how they relate to other nearby tribes. We have recently discussed how we intend to handle “racial” stats in Bukana, by using Cultural and Tribal feats that are not tied to any particular ancestry (race) or bloodline (subrace).
At the southeast corner of Bukana, lies a cluster of islands of Akar Kusut, the Tangleroot Isles. In the dense jungles that give the region its name, the Berani tribes reign supreme. These people live in tandem with the natural world, supplementing their farming, fishing, and hunting with frequent raids on local communities and vessels. The Berani are notorious headhunters and anyone dealing with them is extremely careful to avoid their ire lest they become embroiled in their bloody ritual feuds.
Each tribe is led by a powerful warrior, who is counseled by druids and shamans. They have no pantheon and no native clerics. The Berani are pure animists, they pay homage to a multitude of nature spirits as well as their ancestors. However, they do not hold any spirits, regardless of power, as gods. The Amethyst Church has sent out numerous missionaries from the nearby sultanates and have made some limited success in converting the Berani tribes. This has caused trouble, as the tribes that embrace the new religion are then targeted by their more traditional neighboring tribes.
Prerequisites: Starting character, can speak Berani, and either human ancestry or Bukanese Human Society feat
You are a member of one of the fierce Berani headhunting tribes of the Tangleroot Isles. You have learned to appreciate strength and unbending traditions. You gain the following benefits:
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