Myros - Cultures (Ebomok)
The Ebomok are a race of humans similar to the Inuit, or Eskimo, peoples of our own history. They live in coastal areas at the continent’s frigid southern end, hunting in kayaks for seal, walrus and whale. When the migratory patterns of waterborne game move away from Ebomok lands, these humans turn to hunting wooly mammoth, caribou and wooly rhinoceros. Throughout the year, the Ebomok diet is supplemented by Wintermoss, a bluish-green lichen.
Ebomok government is decentralized, with each village having its own matriarch. The matriarchs tend to meet yearly, though they also gather in times of great danger to the Ebomok.
They have knowledge of fire, but not of metalworking. A handful of metal items may find their way into an Ebomok village by happenstance, but most implements are fashioned from driftwood, animal hides, sinew, bone, blubber, soapstone or flint. Their equipment tends to include kayaks, umiaks (hide-covered boats with a payload of up to one ton), barbed weapons, fishing spears, bird darts and bolas.
The Ebomok view themselves as part of the natural world, no different from whales, wolves, seals, or even the snow. Their spiritual philosophy is best represented by the Druid class, and nearly all Ebomok elders are Druids of at least sixth level. There is also a primitive level of arcane magic use in Ebomok culture; ebomok spellcasters can cast spells in the heavy fur garments they must wear (treat as hide armor proficiency), at the expense of reduced powers.
The social alignment of the Ebomok is unaligned.
A talent peculiar to the Ebomok is the Wolf Dance. Although the dance itself is often conducted before going on a land-based game hunt, it has special significance for a fighter reaching paragon level: such a fighter may actually create a mental bond with a winter wolf. The wolf will join the warrior on the hunt and will serve as his steed. To be bonded in this manner with a winter wolf is the highest distinction in Ebomok society.
A popular legend in Ebomok lore is the Tupilak, a magically-animated snow statue that is capable of great destruction; many fables discuss these constructs being turned upon their owners.
While the Ebomok have no written language, they have a rich oral tradition that conveys history and life lessons from one generation to the next. The Ebomok so love storytelling that many disputes are resolved through storytelling competitions, in word or song.