Upstarts in Felac'Delb
The Hirogen territory spans from the Yara-Mal mountains to the channel, hugging the western and northern shorelines of Prack. The Hirogen nation was created because humanity disagreed on the authority of The Gods when they were made known to the world. The Hirogen accepted the authority of Gods, while the other humans, The Kalashek, did not. Most Hirogen distinguish themselves from the Kalashek by face painting or tattoos.
The Hirogen are composed of five different clans. Their territories correspond to their listing, moving along the coast from the Yara-Mal mountains to the channel:
-Clan Aurora: Auroran land makes up the Hirogen border with The Orcs, so they are in nearly constant conflict with them. As such, their culture is very similar to the orc border lords. Aurorans have almost none of the original technology of the Kalashek. They take slaves and favor the powerful, thus they tend to worship Dumat. Aurorans tattoo themselves with depictions of their great deeds, and will apply face paint only when going into battle.
-Clan Pimen: The Pimen favor Tanas, and they feel that the Kalashek believe the same things about the universe as Tanas teaches, so they occasionally try to evangelize within the Kalashek lands. Pimen have some of the advanced knowledge of the Kalashek, particularly in the science of firearms and weaponry. The Pimen use the least amount of face paint and usually have Tanas’ symbol tattooed onto their body.
-Clan Numiri: The Numiri are the crazy ones. That is, their patron is Caya, and anyone who comes back from their lands is likely to summarize their trip as fucking nuts. They have civilization, but the only motivation for making everything runs smoothly is so that when their work is all done and perfect its probably contributing to someone’s idea of what would be really really awesome. Most Numiri don’t utilize the scientific knowledge available to them, however those who understand the power of science exist within the clan and show off their experiments. Numiri skip out almost entirely on the face paint and get tattoos of whatever suits them.
-Clan Hesca: The Hesca live in near isolation, mostly because they left Kalashek to be free and happy, so that’s what they’re doing. Worship of Lamder is very popular here. There’s nothing bigger than a village in Hesca lands mostly because they’d prefer to just live simply and find true happiness on their own. Though human technology is available to them, the Hesca generally prefer to live simply. The Hesca tend to have tattoos that they build upon as they grow older, starting with a small mark and many times ending with a limb entirely covered.
-Clan Polaris: The Polaris tried to take as much knowledge and technology with them as they could during their departure from the Kalashek, so they are still very focused on that. They hope to change the minds of the Kalashek as well, and bring about a greater nation that will help to bring peace and justice to the world. They favor Jomades, and are known to enter Kalashek lands to do charity in the border villages. They take care to respect the Kalashek laws regarding the practice of religion on such missions. The city Shan is within Polaris lands. The Polaris have a structured system of symbology for their tattoos and painting which indicate one’s place in society.
Its important to realize that while most clans have a patron deity, the Hirogen strongly believe in the freedom of worship since it is their founding principle. For instance, its not unheard of for a Auroran to worship Lamder or even Semadra over Dumat.
Though very different in lifestyle, each clan is ruled in essentially the same way. There’s a despot who has come to power via popularity, guile, or brute force (depending on the clan mostly), and he makes the big decisions about defense, foreign interactions, and general law. There’s advisors of course, and many of them are priests. Its not uncommon that the clan leader is a priest as well.
The Hirogen are very interactive with other nations, though they too have to keep the Combine at bay. Outsiders seen the Hirogen as very open-minded and wise.