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The Uthgardt was a vast group of human barbarians of the North, united in their common worship of the chieftain-hero-turned-deity, Uthgar. The eleven tribes[note 1] each venerated their own distinct totem animal.[3]

Each of beasts were conquered by Uthgar,[3] but went on to represent an aspect of his nature,[4] and served as a mediator between him and his barbaric tribesmen.[7]

DescriptionEdit

The Uthgardt were predominantly larger than most others, with black hair and blue eyes.[1][4][6]

CultureEdit

Collectively, the Uthgardt people possessed a truly savage disposition. They preferred to live as raiders and pillagers, rather than cooperate with nearby settlements.[3] Their religious and philosophical pursuits reflected their war-like nature.[2]

No Uthgardt would willingly cut down a living tree.[4]

ReligionEdit

Main article: Church of Uthgar

While the Uthgardt feared magic,[2] they respected the powers of each tribe's shamans. They believed their other-worldly abilities originated from their deceased ancestors. They held their dead brethren in high regard, and interred them in cairns scattered across the North.[3]

Each tribe maintained an ancestral mound and revered their own totemic spirit beast, each of whom had their power taken by their god-creator, Uthgar.[8] Uthgar was held in the highest regard, above all other deities or totemic spirits.[2]

Some of the tribes venerated other gods, albeit to a lesser extent Among these were the Gods of Fury; Auril, Malar, Talos, and Umberlee;[2] Chauntea, mother-in-law to the totem beasts; and Tempus, father of Uthgar.[5]

All tribes were typically known to celebrate with a day and night feast for the spring and summer equinoxes, as well as the winter solstice. These celebrations were known as the "Birthing," "Fullness," and "Darking" respectively. Around this time a tribe's shaman would also seek out guidance regarding the coming months from their respective totem.[9]

But the autumnal equinox, on Eleint 21, was considered the holiest of days. This is when all the tribes would gather together at Beorunna's Well for a celebration they called Runemeet. On this day the tribes would set policies, venerate their gods, perform marriages, mourn deaths, initiate tribesmen into shamanhood, and perform a rite of passage known as the Runehunt.[9]

LanguageEdit

The Uthgardt barbarians spoke a dialect of Illuskan,[4] known as Bothii. It was only an oral language and utilized no known alphabet.[3]

OrganizationEdit

Every Uthgardt tribe claimed a swath of the Savage Frontier as its own hunting grounds, regardless of any intersection with lands claimed by other sentient species, including those from other tribes. A tribe was comprised of several different clans, each of which was led by its own chieftain. A Great Chief was selected from among these leaders, to serve as the ruler of the Uthgardt people.[3]

RelationshipsEdit

As a whole, the Uthgardt did not trust the "civilized" folks of the North. They were considered a fount of resources to be pillaged at their will.[2]

While they loathed giants and their kind,[3] the Uthgardt's hatred of the orcs was above all else.[2]

HistoryEdit

The Uthgardt originally consisted of Northmen raiders from Ruathym, Netherese Runlathan refugees, and various others who swore fealty to the mortal chieftain, Uthgar Gardolfsson. The came together in the Year of Greybeards, 100 DR.[10]

They became known the Uthgardt after Uthgar Gardolfsson's death from wounds suffered in battle with Gurt, Lord of the Pale Giants, in the Year of the Icy Axe, 123 DR. Individuals took up worship of the thirteen beast spirits that Uthgar had claimed to have tamed, and formed into tribes along this religious divide.[11]

The Red Pony and Golden Eagle Uthgardt tribes vanished into the Underdark in the Year of the Sunless Passage, 576 DR and were not heard from since. Most assumed Before their disappearance, both tribes shared the One Stone ancestral mound with the Sky Pony tribe and had attended the most recent runemeet. Some residents of the Underdark discovered the descendants of these tribesmen, as grimlocks living in and around the Cavern of Cloven Heads.[12]

In the Year of Watchful Eyes, 705 DR, the mages of the Covenant used their magic to create an alliance between the disparate tribes of Uthgardt in order for them to stand united against coming orc and goblinoid hordes.[11]

The mages tasked them first with hunting down and killing orc chieftains to prevent hordes forming behind them.[citation needed] Their first major engagement was during the Goblin Wars of the Year of Strife, 753 DR.[13] Then, while fighting an army of ogres, orcs, and goblins in the Evermoors, the Elk tribe was almost wiped out defending Flint Rock and the survivors descended into banditry. The alliance dissolved in the Year of the Patchworked Peace, 802 DR when it could no longer sustain the losses that it was taking.[14]

TribesEdit

Black Lion
This tribe held territory in the northern Silver Marches and Druarwood forest.[3]
Black Raven
Having claimed the Ice Lakes and western reaches of the Frozenfar,[3] this tribe counted the Griffon tribe as among their list of foes.[3]
Blue Bear
Previously thought to have been eliminated, this tribe took careful considerations when leaving their spirit mound of Stone Stand.[15]
Elk
Originating from Flint Rock, this tribe hunted throughout the Evermoors and a stretch of land north of the River Dessarin.[3]
Gray Wolf
These Uthgardt tribesmen were all cursed with lycanthropy,[3] and transformed into werewolves at every full moon.[15]
Great Worm
The spirit mound of this tribe was called the Great Worm Cavern and was located within the Spine of the World mountains.[3]
Griffon
For decades, the Great Chiefs of this tribe sought to raze every settlement located throughout the North.[16]
Red Tiger
This particularly ferocious tribe regularly raided the settlements of the Silver Marches.[16]
Sky Pony
These barbarians revered Tempus, along with their spirit totem and the chief deity Uthgar.[17]
Thunderbeast
Considered among the most civilized of barbarians, this tribe formed its own settlement of Grunwald for some years,[18] but eventually abandoned their hunting grounds and disappeared into the Lurkwood.[16]
Tree Ghost
Despite their conflicts with the local elves of the High Forest,[16] these elves dedicated themselves as guardians of the Grandfather Tree.[18][19]

AppendixEdit

GalleryEdit

NotesEdit

  1. The number of active tribes has varied throughout the years.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Dale Henson (as slade), Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend, Jennell Jaquays (as Paul Jaquays), Steve Perrin (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (The Wilderness). (TSR, Inc), p. 15. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Dale Henson (as slade), Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend, Jennell Jaquays (as Paul Jaquays), Steve Perrin (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (The Wilderness). (TSR, Inc), p. 16. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 66. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 168. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dale Henson (as slade), Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend, Jennell Jaquays (as Paul Jaquays), Steve Perrin (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (The Wilderness). (TSR, Inc), p. 21. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 65. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  7. Jennell Jaquays (as Paul Jaquays) (1988). The Savage Frontier. (TSR, Inc), p. 10. ISBN 0-88038-593-6.
  8. Dale Henson (as slade), Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend, Jennell Jaquays (as Paul Jaquays), Steve Perrin (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (The Wilderness). (TSR, Inc), p. 21. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Eric L. Boyd (1997). Powers and Pantheons. (TSR, Inc), p. 69. ISBN 0-7869-0657-X.
  10. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 61. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 63. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  12. >Eric L. Boyd (1999). Drizzt Do'Urden's Guide to the Underdark. (TSR, Inc), pp. 54–55. ISBN 0-7869-1509-9.
  13. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 101. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  14. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 103. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Dale Henson (as slade), Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend, Jennell Jaquays (as Paul Jaquays), Steve Perrin (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (The Wilderness). (TSR, Inc), p. 17. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 67. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  17. Dale Henson (as slade), Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend, Jennell Jaquays (as Paul Jaquays), Steve Perrin (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (The Wilderness). (TSR, Inc), p. 18. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Dale Henson (as slade), Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend, Jennell Jaquays (as Paul Jaquays), Steve Perrin (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (The Wilderness). (TSR, Inc), p. 19. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  19. Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 68. ISBN 978-0786966004.

ConnectionsEdit

Beast Totem Tribes
Black LionBlack RavenBlue BearElkGray WolfGreat WormGriffonRed TigerSky PonyTree GhostThunderbeast
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