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After the fall of the Albedon comet, over the course of the centuries, the Nontu tribes went their own ways and settled in different areas of the planet.
The presence of Keitu was to prove decisive for the Nontu. The radiation from Albedonite, activated by the passage of the Albedon comet, accelerated their ability to manipulate the elements, in some cases triggering extraordinary physical and mental mutations.
The Amakhi settled in the colder mountainous zones of Krenus and assimilated the Ice element into their body, learning to manipulate it both to immobilize their prey and to defend themselves.
The Ukuba, whose city is built on the ridge of an active volcano, became the lords of Flame and Stone. As a result, their body is covered with plates of lava rock and magma runs in their veins.
Since their arrival on the planet, the Majas have lived in close contact with a vein of Keitu. Consequently, they have been able to glean its deepest secrets: they possess the ability to manipulate the Keitu that courses through their own blood and that of their enemies.
Finally, there are the Elhanii, nomadic desert plunderers, often forced to tackle poisonous creatures, who have developed a strong resistance to poisons and toxic substances, but are also able to extract them to use in their weapons.
During the first of the Albedon Wars, Jarnis infiltrated A1 with a handful of Nontu with the aim of isolating the citadel and taking control of it. Yani, at that time the Vertu Queen of War, intercepted Jarnis’ manoeuvre and gave the order to destabilize the Keitustream to prevent the Nontu from taking A1.
In a violent struggle, Jarnis killed Yani, but together with his men was swept away by the crude Keitu flowing from the Keitustream. Jarnis ended up being sucked into the bowels of the city by the unimpeded rushing tide of Keitu.
The return of Jarnis, more than a thousand years after his disappearance, temporarily restored unity to the faction, but by now the differences between the tribes ran so deep that the rifts in their relations were difficult to heal.
Lately, the relations between the Nontu of different origins have been deteriorating. Above all, the coexistence of members of different tribes within the same army often leads to violent clashes between the ranks because of ancient grudges and disagreements.
To contain this infighting, Jarnis continues to take advantage of his scarce resources and the looming threat of the Vertu, the common enemy. The hatred of eternal rivals appears to be a more than valid reason for fighting shoulder to shoulder. For now.
The Social Organization of the Nontu[edit | edit source]
Jarnis, supreme authority of the faction and general of the troops, returned to his tribes so changed as to be almost unrecognizable. Possessed by an uncontrollable anger and the darkest madness, he is now worshipped by the Amakhi as a divinity, the sole survivor among the settlers from Nolaos who defied the impact of the Albedon comet.
With his strong influence, Jarnis established the Council of Tribal Chiefs, based in Jaganar, to keep the entire faction under his control. However, the tribes had by now acquired their own identity, in some cases very distant from that of the Nontu who had originally landed on Krenus.
The Council has different tasks: it establishes the common line of conduct between the tribes, acts as a court of law for disputes arising between members of different tribes – if they manage to reach the Council – and lays down the military tactics and policies against the Vertu faction.
The Head of Amakhi and the Council as well as Supreme General of the faction is Jarnis himself, a skilled strategist but unable to arrange effective long-term tactics because of his thirst for revenge against the Vertu.
The Council Members[edit | edit source]
The representative of the Majias is Jir, the eldest of his people. Shy and reserved, he primarily attends the Council meetings and delegates Markaj, the First Wise One, to look after the tribe's public functions.
Shapa, the head of the family, occupies the seat of the Elhani inside the Council. Astute and extremely sagacious, Shapa has wielded command inside his own tribe for a long time, much longer than the canonical year established by Elhani law.
Hirdaya, the “Volcano God”, is the regent in charge of the Ukuba tribe and occupies the role of councillor. He employs the powers of Fire and Earth, however, the instinctive temperament typical of the men of his tribe, too often makes way for a diplomacy that has very little to do with his element.
The Albedonite Hunters[edit | edit source]
When the first signs of contamination by Keitu appeared, Jarnis set up an Albedonite Hunter corps: The Huntakhi, an elite branch of the Nontu army offered by the various tribes as a tithe to their faction.
Above all, the Albedonite Hunters were expected to be the armed wing of society and, at the same time, to act as a cement to avoid the Nontu ethnicity flaking apart.
There are profound cultural and social differences among the tribes, which makes it difficult to heal the feuds that have been created over the centuries.
Underground Conflicts and the Unstable Balance of Power
Teghn, the head of the Huntakhi elected by Jarnis, seems to be the only one aware of the general’s real intentions. It is rumoured that Teghn has a privileged link with Jarnis: in fact, it seems that he was part of a tithe of children offered to Jarnis himself when he became chief of the Amakhi.
In general, the Council members endure his orders with mounting intolerance. Were it not for the murderous madness that plagues the General, the Elhani and the Majias would have already tried to get rid of him, being closer to the administrative management and social development of the Vertu than the Amakhi and Ukuba barbarians.
In this precarious equilibrium, despite Jarnis’ power and the reign of terror he has introduced, the Nontu army is not easily governed.
The Four Tribes[edit | edit source]
The Nontu are a heterogeneous faction, and every tribe has developed its own physical and mental mutations in symbiosis with the dominant element of the host country. This has also had an impact on the temperament of the faction’s members.