The Ontikinté (The People of the Deep)

The Ontikinte (än-ti-kin’-tay), are cave dwellers, living in large underground caverns which delve just under the surface of the Ontiki Furrows. They are a unique people, dwelling in caverns or dwellings carved out of the sides of the hills and mountains. Generally, 8-10 families will live within a single cave, with the next closest one 10 to 15 miles away. As a majority, the Ontikinte travel by foot, although there are those who have tamed cave bears as pack and riding animals. They are one of the few tribes who wield non-imported stone or metal weapons.

Real World Association: Southwestern American tribes (Pueblo, etc.)

Capital: Hearthguard

Regional Population: 3,750

Government: Tribal Chieftain

Religion: Éna or Kerr

Tribal Information
  • Sister Tribes: Obanoka (ä-bä-nō’-kä), Ontiki* (än-tee’-kee), Opawnee (ä-pä’-nee)
  • Dragon Sponsors: Copper, magma, red, underworld
  • Tribal Beasts: Badger, bat, brown bear, cave bear, cougar, dire bear, fox, jack rabbit, python, wolverine, dire wolf
  • Tribal Dwellings: Cliffside houses, cavern complexes
  • Tribal Arms: Battleaxe (copper), flail (light), hand axe (copper), hand crossbow, heavy mace (copper), light mace (copper), short sword (iron), shortspear, spear, throwing axe (copper); leather armor, hide armor, chain shirt (copper), wood shield 
  • Imports: Fruits and vegetables, blankets, bows and arrows, exotic foods
  • Exports: Stone weapons, rare fungi and cave plants, raw gemstones (rubies and sapphires), raw metals (iron and copper), trained bears
  • Alignment:  N, CN, CE
  • Allies: The Ganakowa (steady), The Uwananoke (conditional)
  • Area: The Ontiki Furrows
  • Environment: Warm hills