Chindi

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The Chindi are unique among the Five Tribes in that their society is a matriarchy, with women filling most of the roles of power. The Chindi migrations took them to the equatorial forests and beyond to the north and east, and even today their lands lie on the fringes of the Known World.

The Chindi are slight and diminutive, with distinctive pale skin that often contrasts sharply with their black hair. Occasionally, a member of the Chindi tribe will be born with white or silver hair. Even more rare is the Chindi born with long, pointed ears, a true sign of good fortune. Most Chindi have light eyes, particular gray or silver, and tattoos and skin painting are common among their kind.

Chindi traditionally wear mesh fabrics with other cloth woven into the mesh, as well as small gems, metal ornaments, beads, or ceramic tiles. They also commonly wear capes with many small pockets stitched into them. Chindi villages often have a sense of impermanence to foreigners, as they often consist of light wooden structures with paper or leaf walls interspersed with colorful tents.

The Chindi are suspicious of sorcery and have been even before the worst of sorcery’s wrath, though the recent punishments for dabblers in the arcane only reinforce their mistrust. As a protection against sorcery, every Chindi has a secret name which is almost never shared outside of one’s family and exposure of one’s secret name carries a cultural stigma.

Literacy is common among the Chindi, as is at least a basic understanding of herbology and agriculture. Chindi spiritualism tends a sense of interconnectedness and naturalism, with Chindi seeing a link between themselves and the elements of nature such as the sun and the moons.

Chindi

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