Nomen Centaur Tribe
The Nomen tribe is an offshoot of the mighty Rashalkas (“thundering hooves”) that once roamed the northern Casmar steppes by the tens of thousands. In the distant past, the branch destined to become the Nomens migrated northwest into the fringes of Avistan, eventually coming into conflict with the indigenous tribes that would one day form the nation of Brevoy. The Nomens follow a tribal tradition that they serve as guardians against an ancient evil they know only by the name Vordakai although no Nomens remember the truth of this ancient menace today, for over the generations, the facts behind these traditions fell into obscurity and were largely forgotten. While the Valley of the Dead and the region of the Tors of Levenies above this mysterious site remain taboo to the Nomens, they know not the exact reasons for this tradition. To the Nomens, the tradition itself is all they need to continue in their ways.
The Nomens are a matriarchal society led by a war priestess, a centaur dedicated to the worship of Desna in an aspect they call “Mother Moon.” Due to heavy losses among their warrior males while fighting the Taldan Phalanx and Horse generations earlier and a preponderance of female births, the great majority of the Nomens are females, who now comprise their principal warrior class. Though males are allowed among their number, they represent a much smaller portion. Males are instead encouraged to take up the bow as hunters, a much safer profession, in order to prevent their potential loss in battle—the loss of enough males would spell the doom of the entire tribe as it could no longer reproduce in viable numbers.
The Nomens are currently ruled by the war priest Aecora Silverfire (female centaur druid 7). This nomadic tribe patrols its territory with its camps typically last from two to seven days.
Relations with Dun Malta
The founders of Dun Malta retrieved one of the tribes most prized artifacts a bow by the name of Skybolt. What is more they were able to defeat once and for all the ancient evil Vordakai and rescue Aecora’s way ward daughter Xamanthe from that evil. These actions has earned the respect of the Nomen tribe even making Schmidtaki an official member of their tribe.
The Nomen tribe now grants the kingdom a +2 to Stability checks. Provided Schmidtaki is a member of the ruling council and that the Dun Malta does not develop the hexes that are part of the Nomen territories, they will patrol the Dunsward and keep leaders of Dun Malta informed about possible threats.
GM Note: The Nomen Heights Centaurs are inspired by the Native American cultures like the Cherokee.