Nestled between the mountains peaks Five Tribes have settled, lead by the Great Dong (Pillar, in the language of the Five Tribes).
With the sun’s warming rays filtering through the lone path of mountains, a valley opens. Five hills surround a lake basin, fed by a series of small rivers, that lead to the softly rushing waters of a river that eventually leads to the great sea.
On the northernmost hill, reside the Noriaki. Gluttony and avarice would describe them, but not to a total fault. Large of frame and as passionate as length of their stride, they live a hardier life than most of the Hill Tribes and focus their efforts on raising livestock and the hunt. Most often the warriors in the tribe find training amongst them on their pine covered land.
The Byeol are perhaps the oldest of the settlers and are often looked at as leaders, atleast in regards to the world of spirits and the unknown. Living around the north eastern most hill, they live sparesly and in small numbers, keeping mostly to their own families The Byeol maintain more knowledge of Spirits and dark magic than the other tribes, and as such a fugue of ominous foreboding seems to enshroud them.
East of the lake and along the most gently sloping hill reside the Ghao. Keeping to a less intrusive and mostly vegetarian diet they appear sickly when compared to the other tribes of the Hills. Whatever the Ghao lack in physicality they make up for in knowledge and understand, excelling at applying form to the world around them. They are well known for being the keepers of the written word of the Five Tribes, and whatever knowledge they once knew in the lands they left behind generations ago.
To the south the Shu reside. Their land is thick with pine trees and close briars and vast, all but impassable to the unskilled. The Shu spend their days guarding the lone mountain pass and prevent all outsiders from entering the valley of five hills. Though this act is aggresive at time and standoffish, the Shu are anything but. When called upon to act within the valley by the other tribes (or for their own needs) the Shu stand as consumate intermediaries and the most socially gracious, able to share the breadth of their experience in their wide land to all, finding common ground with all.
The rockiest of the hills, barren of thick treelines is the demense of the Hue. Ruddy of skin and as sharp of tongue as the metal they work with. It is their skill with mining and metal working that provides the brass, tin, bronze, and copper the Five Tribes use in ritual and to survive in the valley. They excel as raw craftsman and spend many years mastering their skills under their elders tutelage.
Along the southern most edge of the valley lake, the mouth of the river through the mountains, flowing south and east, the central village of the valley stands. Simply called the Village of the Elders it stands as a place of communal gathering, trade, and hub of law and religion. Populated by the elders of each of the tribes, and those they need to take care of their needs, the village would be considered unremarkable. If it wasn’t for the fact that every action of importance stems from this central place a cynic would simply call it the waiting room for death’s embrace. It is a honour to be called to speak to the elders or to live in their village, and every noted Chief has spent some of his or her youth her.
Elder Byeol, Seppun of the Five Tribes, has called the names of several of the Five Hill’s most promising youths. Whether this is for a task that needs to be completed, or simply some local match making no one is entirely sure. Regardless, the Elders have called forth the names of 5 young tribesman, and they have all come to the village in the manner they were summoned, unknowning and uncertain…..