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Are you interested in the occult and magic? Have a look at the Tribe, one of Liberte's factions.

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Ethnicities & Origins of the Tribe

In Liberte, we can advocate one of four factions. One of them is Tribe, which, according to many, is the most interesting option for anyone interested in the occult and magic. So let's take a look at the inspiration behind this faction and see what motivates it.

The Tribe constitutes a group of several ethnicities and origins. The mix includes people from the Nordics, Slavic regions, the Caribbean, and many African tribes. Also, due to the changing socio-cultural landscape in the city, poorer Parisians tend to join. This also results in conflict with the Church.

Their religion combines the beliefs of all those origins; therefore, the mythology finds three deities:

Torado is the God of life and death, and his appearance brings to mind the Caribbean and African descent. Eder rules the sphere of nature (roots in pagan beliefs), meanwhile, Grieslund is the God of evil (France).

Ori of the Tribe concept arts
Ori of the Tribe concept arts


All the deities are critical to the rituals of the fraction. The Rite of Passage is understood as a kind of funeral. The priest escorts the dead soul through the land of Garcon, all the way to the Gardens of Eder. There, the soul is purified and ascends to Torado's kingdom. Torado sends the cleansed souls back to Earth so that they can watch over their relatives.

The most potent priests can conduct The Ascencion - a massive rite of passage needed during wars or when many dead are not escorted.


Each God has a distinct symbol:

skull

Torado → bones and ornamented skulls (symbols of ancestors watching over their living relatives)


horns

Eder → petals, flowers, and plants (connection with nature)


snakes

Garcon → snakes (deceitful animal)


The strive for perfection

The cultists have a solid moral backbone embedded in their religion. They strive for perfection, which means achieving a balance between nature, life, death, and all the other surroundings; the concept of natural evil means that wrongdoing constitutes a part of the life cycle and each individual should diminish the impact of evil but cannot live without its presence; vengeance is an act of pure evil and therefore is not accepted among the believers, as it is as far from the balance as one could be.

Shrines are made in houses. There are no enormous temples, often abundant in symbolism referring to the Gods, and no division between shrines dedicated to a particular deity.

The cult is based on several existing religions, cults, and systems of belief, including Yoruba (West Africa), Santeria (Cuba, South America), Pagan beliefs of Slavic and Nordic cultures, Umbanda (Africa), Haitian Voodoo (Haiti and other Caribbean countries).

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Eli of the Tribe concept arts


This religion heavily influences the story. The deceased king Louis was infertile and turned to the Old Seer for help. They had a child together, Eli. The scandal had to be avoided, so the Old Seer was assassinated by Madame Tallien to cover up the tracks linking to the bastard son. Her best interest is to place Prince Phillip on the throne. When he learns about it, Eli seeks vengeance, which turns him closer to evil (vengeance is the evilest deed).

Ori's mission was to steer him back onto the right path (guidance to the balance) and help him lead the Wilderpeople (Eli's prophecy). However, Ori's incapable of doing her duties as a priestess, and she messes up the Ascension, after which the many souls return to the world of the Living as vicious creatures seeking revenge (therefore their look, a blend of petals, plants, bones, and snakes).

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Eli of the Tribe


We've barely touched on Tribe, with plenty more tidbits about it in store. Let us know if you find it interesting and would like to read more on the subject!

Until next time,
SuperStatic team

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