Wolf Nomads

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Greyhawk Realm
Wegwiur
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The arms of the Wolf Nomads, as depicted in the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer (2000).
Motto/Nickname
Region Bitter North
Ruler The Fearless Wolf Leader, Tarkhan of all the Wegwiur, Commander of the Relentless Horde, Bargru
Government Loosely allied nomadic tribes; the hereditary ruler of the ruling clan has some authority over the other khans
Established Circa 320 CY
Capital Eru-Tovar
Major Towns Eru-Tovar (pop. 4,200), Ungra Balan (pop. 8,300)
Provinces Two towns, no provincial structure
Resources Fur and hides, copper, horses
Coinage None; Perrenland coinage used in Ungra Balan, and barter everywhere else
Population 120,000
Races Human 96% (Bf), Halfling 2%, Elf 1%, Other 1%
Languages Ordai
Alignments CN*, N
Religions Ancestor cults, Geshtai, Istus, Kurell, Telchur, the Great She Wolf
Allies Rovers of the Barrens
Enemies Iuz, Tiger Nomads (sometimes), nonhumans and bandits from Blackmoor and the Cold Marshes

The Wolf Nomads, properly known as the Wegwiur, is a political state of the Flanaess. The name also applies to the tribes of nomadic horsemen who dwell within these lands.

History

The Wolf Nomads are descended from the Relentless Horde, which swept into the area around 320 CY. After the death of the Kha-Khan Ogobanuk, the Tiger Nomads split from the Horde and the Wolf Nomads came to be ruled by a ruler known as the tarkhan. Since then, the tarkhans have ruled according to the decrees set forth in the Great Yassa of Ogobanuk, which describes the traditions of illusion, leadership, and the proper way of nomadic life.

The Wolf Nomads have opposed Iuz since he first appeared on the borders of their lands. Iuz claimed the Howling Hills, where the Wolf Nomads have traditionally buried their honored dead, including Ogobanuk himself. They defeated him at the Battle of Black Water Bend just before the Greyhawk Wars, breaking the Old One's siege of Eru-Tovar. After the wars, Tang the Horrific encouraged them to invade Iuz's kingdom, and many of the cambion's nonhuman troops were slain.

Geography

The lands of the Wolf Nomads are situated in the Bitter North region of the Flanaess, north of Perrenland on the far shore of Lake Quag.

Notable flora of these lands include a tough, fibrous grass known as stringweed, which grows on the steppes.

People

The native folk of the Wolf Nomads are primarily Baklunish with a great deal of genetic mixture with the Rovers of the Barrens, to the east. As a result of these Flan characteristics, Wolf Nomads have slightly darker complexions than their Tiger Nomad cousins.

Each Wolf Nomad warrior must capture a wild wolf cub as a rite of manhood, raising it to be his companion. "Civilized" Wolf Nomads in Eru-Tovar sometimes simply buy wolf cubs.

In Rose Estes' novel Master Wolf, the Wolf Nomads use Roanwood to brew a type of tea, which is used as a cure for hangovers derived from drinking too much mandrake wine (page 90).

Population

Religion

The Wolf Nomads revere the Baklunish deities Geshtai and Istus. From long-ago contact with the Oerids, some of whom also became part of the Relentless Horde, they revere Telchur and the Black Wolf, their name for Kurell. Ancestor worship is prevalent among them as well.

In Rose Estes' novels, the Wolf Nomads revere a deity they call the Great She Wolf, whom they refer to as the "mother of us all."

Languages

The Wolf Nomads speak Ordai, a language closely related to that of their Paynim ancestors.

Government

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Heraldry

The Wolf Nomads' coat of arms is blazoned thus: Sable, three wolves courant in pale gules.

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