Mousari Tribe

Note: this article is a work in progress.
"Mom, when is dad coming back?"   "He won't, sweety. He is working in the cheese factory now."
 
The Mousari Tribe is one of the unseen factions of Bridgeport, living and working beneath the streets. Only a few people in the city have actual knowledge of the Tribe and its whereabouts and some even have contact to its members.   Mousari have everyday jobs like anyone else in the city as the growing Mousari tribe with currently around 8,000 members all over (or rather under) Bridgeport County has many needs.

Structure

The Mousari have copied the official organization structure of Bridgeport with their own Little Council of Ten and a military unit called Grey Guard. All Mousari are part of one of the following groups:  

Accountants

The Accountants calculate or estimate the number of things the Tribe needs and send out the Scouts, Gatherers, or Movers to locate those things and bring them in.

Mouse Accountant by HeroForge

 

Crafters

Things the Tribe needs and cannot be found are made by the Crafters. They also build and furnish the simple homes of the families.  

 

Research & Development

If there is something the Tribe needs but the Crafters can't make it, or if something is interesting enough to examine, the R & D team of the Mousari is coming into play. The team is examining, researching, experimenting and developing. Lately, a few members have taken interest in the works of Wummer Kolfe's Gnome Workshop and have started to copy their inventions. One day one might see a small Mousari airship armada.  

 

Gatherers

Corn, sugar, grapes, needles, nails, small sticks, everything that is carriable by one or two Mousari is collected by the Gatherers.  

 

Grey Watch

The Grey Watch is the military unit of the Mousari Tribe. Highly trained and equipped with tiny weapons, they defend the Tribe where possible.

Movers

Their job is to bring home anything the Tribe might need but is too big to get carried by the Gatherers, like half a pumpkin or a dropped bread.

Mouse Mover by HeroForge

 

Scouts

They check for danger, enemies or larger interesting objects that require the Movers to get retrieved.

Mouse Scout by HeroForge

 
"Whole pumpkin rolled off a cart in Burbon Street. Movers, go get it, you need 14!"
 

 

Small Council of Ten

The ten most experienced members of the Mousari Tribe come together as the Small Council of Ten and have the last word in all major business, political, and judicial decisions. They also have control over the Grey Watch.  

 

Family

Everyone else belongs to the Family. That's mostly very young, very old, pregnant or other Mousari that need the attention of others.

Public Agenda

"Live a good life!"
"Don't get eaten by the cat!"
"For the mouse, for the family, for the tribe!"

Assets

Mouse Spy by HeroForge
Several ancient basements underneath Bridgeport, that are not accessible for anyone larger, have been taken into possession by the Mousari, as the sewers turned out to be under full control of rats. Those basements are heavily guarded by several lines of defence, Mousari spies watching every entry and members of the Grey Watch guarding the pathways.




History

mousari-exodus.jpg
460 years ago the Mousari Tribe has been founded in Kingshaven (now known as Queenshaven) by a small group of 250 mouse folk. The eldest got elected to rule, and the tribe members were assigned to operational groups.   About 300 years later the 2nd Boresian War between dwarves, elves, and humans began. In four years of war, even Kingshaven could not escape destruction and famine, the size of the Tribe got almost cut in half. Using all their courage and wit the Mousari ended the war by stealing and placing battle plans of the different war parties strategically.   In over 140 years the Tribe regenerated and lived a good life until a devastating fire destroyed the whole city. Too many houses, too tightly packed together, nothing was left after the fire. All inhabitants had to flee into nearby regions, the Mousari did not have that much luck and many were just too slow. After many weeks outside the ruins of the city, the remaining Mousari reassembled and sent out scouts to find a new home.   A long, cold winter killed many of them until finally in the new year the scouts came back with a new place: Bridgeport. Packing up all their belongings the Tribe immediately left, using the next ship that arrived with material for Queenshaven's reconstruction.   600 Mousari exited the ship in Holinda and immediately started marching down the 14 miles to Bridgeport. Unknown predators from the woods attacked the group, causing 50 deaths among the Mousari.   Finally, the Mousari arrived in Bridgeport and moved into the locations found by the scouts. Bridgeport got officially declared the new home of the Mousari Tribe and the Tribe defined the current year as year one of the Era of Reconstruction. The tribe eldest died during the declaration due to exhaustion and excitement, making the Tribe replace the Ruling of the Eldest by Ruling of the Strongest (in body and will).   Within the next 8 years, the Tribe grew significantly, many mouse families spreading out into Bridgeport County. Soon more Mousari lived outside the city than inside.   With the beginning of the 3rd Boresian War, food in the city became rare and almost all Mousari moved to relatives outside the city. After the war, only a small number of Mousari moved back to Bridgeport.   One year later, masses of melting snow flooded one of the large Mousari home areas close to Bridgeport harbour, making it unusable for several months.  
The Mousari know a little bit more about the cause of the fire and Cimmerius Shade's involvement, but they kept it a secret until now. They are trying to find help getting justice for the tribe members that died in the fire.

Demography and Population

About 3,000 members of the tribe populate Bridgeport, another 5,000 are spread out over Bridgeport County. The oldest members are about 25 years old, the current average lies at 7 years.

Territories

Bridgeport and all the surroundings are claimed by the Mousari as theirs, which is a ridiculous claim, but it works for them. Inside Bridgeport the Tribe has taken over four large spots:  
  • The cellars and dungeons that cover the area below the Arcane Academy to the School of Arcane Arts
  • The crypt area and attached caves at the Old Cemetary
  • The whole area underneath the theatre and attached buildings
  • The hidden areas in the west part of the city that reach into the harbour
 

Technological Level

Mouse Researcher by HeroForge
Mousari scientists (part of R & D) have found out that due to their underground life, Mousari are not uneffected by the tiny bits of Aeum hidden in the ground, granting them their small part of magic power. Mousari magic is not performed by spells, it is rather allowing them to jump higher or wider, fall from heights without much damage or get away unseen when needed. The powers are used intuitively. Individual Mousari though may have found other ways of using Aeum magic.




Agriculture & Industry

Mouse Cook by HeroForge
Most of the Mousari food has its origin in the harbour of Bridgeport. Loading and unloading freight produces a (for the mouse folk) huge quantity of edibles. A fallen down fish or a thrown away piece of an apple nourish several Mousari families. The Gatherers also collect food behind bakeries or butcher shops, and there are countless fruits to find below the bushes and trees in the close vicinity of the city. Large groups of Gatherers are outside the city walls before dawn to bring in what the Tribe needs.

Everyone deserves good cheese!

Race
Mouse Folk
Founding Date
2401 PB
Type
Geopolitical, Tribe
Capital
Demonym
Mousari
Government System
Tribalism
Economic System
Mixed economy
Location
Neighboring Nations
Related Items
Related Myths
Bridgeport County
 
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Character flag image: Cheese by REXARD

Era of Struggle

... 2844 PB

  • 1

    1 Midwinter

    The Founding of the Mousari Tribe
    Founding

    In a cold winter night, about 250 mouse folk members in Kingshaven are officially founding the Mousari Tribe. The five oldest Mousari get elected to lead the Tribe and decide in all major disputes.

    Location
    Queenshaven
    More reading
    Mousari Tribe
  • 297

    301


    2nd Boresian War
    Disaster / Destruction

    The war between dwarves, elves and humans on the continent of Boresia exhausts many resources, food for the Mousari is hard to find, many of them die.

    Location
    Queenshaven
  • 442

    1 Tarsakh
    442

    17 Tarsakh

    Great Balls of Fire
    Disaster / Destruction

    A fire breaks out and Kingshaven burns for almost three weeks. The Mousari Tribe members flee from Kingshaven into all directions.   Cimmerius Shade immediately makes plans to rebuild the city.   Arturia takes care of Eleanor Rani of Farenia.

    Location
    Queenshaven
    Additional timelines
  • 442

    Kythorn
    442

    Eleasis

    The Gathering
    Gathering / Conference

    Survivors of the great fire of Kingshaven reassemble and decide to migrate the tribe to a different location. Scouts are sent out to find the best spot for a new home.

  • 442

    Shieldmeet
    443

    Alturiak

    Frozen
    Disaster / Destruction

    The winter of 442 is extremely cold. Without the warmed up city environment many Mousari freeze to death, only a third of the population survives.

    Location
    Queenshaven
  • 443

    2 Ches

    A New Hope
    Discovery, Exploration

    Explorers return with good news and a new destination for the Tribe is set: Bridgeport.

    Location
    Queenshaven
  • 443

    3 Ches
    443

    12 Ches

    The Voyage
    Population Migration / Travel

    The remaining 600 Mousari set over to Holinda onboard of ships transporting construction material to the ruins of Kingshaven. The march from Holinda to Bridgeport costs more lives, only 550 Mousari reach the target location.

    Location
    Holinda

Era of Reconstruction

2845 PB and beyond

  • 1

    1 Tarsakh

    Restoring The Order
    Political event

    Bridgeport gets officially declared the new home of the Mousari Tribe. The tribe eldest dies during the declaration due to exhaustion and excitement.

    Location
    Bridgeport
  • 9

    13

    16 Flamerule

    3rd Boresian War
    Disaster / Destruction

    Another war between the larger kingdoms devastates the continent. Even in their new home, hunger is once again a daily companion for all Mousari.

    Location
    Bridgeport
  • 14

    Ches

    The Deluge
    Disaster / Destruction

    Masses of water from melting snow flood the Mousari homes in the harbour area. Many dozen Mousari families get surprised by the water and die. The area is being evacuated for three months. It takes two months to rebuild.

    Location
    Bridgeport

Comments

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11 May, 2020 08:51

Love it.   Really like the indentation symbols on the background, BTW.   Nice touch.

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11 May, 2020 21:30

Looks great! I like the way the descenders break through the underline. May have to steal...errr... copy that.

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1 Jun, 2020 20:45

Some dads leave to buy cigarettes, others leave to work at the cheese factory.

10 Jun, 2020 17:10

This has a TON of charm to it! I really like it. Great formatting and content all around -- and I really like the Public Agenda too, haha.   The history section was a little bit weird for me to read, as I had to scroll down, then scroll back up, then scroll down to keep reading.   I like the magical enhancements the Mousari have as well, that's a cool touch to add!


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10 Jun, 2020 17:25

Glad you like it. :) Also going to check the history block.

15 Jul, 2020 04:58

Awww, that's so cute!   You might want to rename the "Technological Level" section though, as it is mostly about the magical abilities and not technology. And the actual technology level could be an interesting thing to add as well! The opening quote mentions a cheese factory, does that mean that mice have some kind of factories or advanced technology in general, or is it just a metaphor?

23 Jul, 2020 22:39

As promised, here’s your critique for making it to the top 10 of the regular league!

This is a really fun concept! This contest has really seen a broad range of themes, from the lighthearted to the grim, and from the grounded to the fantastical. Yours definitely falls towards the lighthearted and fantastical end of the spectrum, though isn’t without its emotional weight. It opens on the topic of a father gone off to a mythical “cheese factory” after all!

Using Heroforge for illustrations was a very clever idea, especially since there was such a variety to use for the Mousari.

What does stick out to me is that the article is very much all over the place. I understand that this is part and parcel with using the templated fields, but the result is that, when reading it from top to bottom, there’s little cohesion of narrative between one section and the next. A way to combat this is to tweak the text of each to guide you in from the previous point. For example, at the start of the Structure section, you could start us off with “as the Mousari Tribe formed within Bridgeport, several major roles began to form…”

Guiding us from section to section, making it about either the formation leading to the modern day, or working from broad strokes to tight definitions, makes an article feel very cohesive. For this same reason, I suggest moving some of the smaller sections into the sidebar.

For tiny societies like these I’m always curious how they handle many of the logistic issues of society while being small. What is their light source? Do they ever experience food shortages? What laws do they enforce to keep their existence a secret? Do they interact with other Mousari tribes? If so, how so? There’s so much to play with here. I think that’s the hallmark of a good worldbuilding article—reading so much and ending up curious about so much more.

Thank you for taking part!

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25 Jul, 2020 06:38

Thanks, I will revise the article soon, this helps a lot! :)

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
16 Apr, 2021 20:07

Great article! Stupid question, but are the mousari as tall as human or are they smaller?

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17 Apr, 2021 05:33

Thanks! Also they are mouse sized. :)

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8 May, 2021 11:31

Yes please mouse people are amazing. Love this!

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8 May, 2021 12:16

Glad you like them. :D

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