Foyii / Woodsmen ([fɔɪi] / [wʊdʒmen])
The Foyii (also known as the Woodsmen) were evolved descendants of Paràntii ancestor who lived in, nurtured and defended the The Forest of Doon. With superior agility and vision to rival even the Kyadii, they could swing from tree-to-tree even on the weakest branches and that with near-silence.
The Two ClansAlthough it led to no cultural or societal division, the Woodsmen within The Forest of Doon were, in fact, divided into two people-groups. In Foyiitùn, the two clans were the Foyverii and the Foyruszii.
Foyverii (Pronounced Foy-vair-ee)Those “green-leaved people” were, for the want of a better word, “pure Woodsmen” - descendents of two Woodsmen parents. Spiritually sensitive, they revered Erdé and all that sprung from it. Such was their affinity to Erdé, that they attributed spirits, or souls, to most plants, especially trees. Whenever trees needed to be felled, a ceremony would take place with the Elder and Seers, where they “released” the spirit back into the Air before cutting the trees. To not carry this out was believed to cause physical pain to the trees and destabilise the Elements.
Foyruszii (Pronounced Foy-roosh-ee)These are “red-leaved people” and were mostly those descended from mixed marriages and partnerships between Foyverii and Paràntii. They carry extra sorrow from the deaths of the Gem Rush and therefore have a strong affinity with the Ghastrusz (an archaic Foyiitùn word to mean "The spirit of the Red Leaf"). While their armour was in all other aspects similar to the Foyverii, they utilised red leaves instead of the traditional green ones. Because of their own historical scars, Foyruszii were more aggressive than their Foyverii counterparts. For this reason they were usually the frontline defenders against aggressors, but were also not welcomed on hunting trips when a Gathering was needed, as they did not honour the animals as much as the Foyverii would have liked. Together the two ‘tribes’ formed a symbiotic relationship: the Foyverii would house and feed the Foyruszii while the latter protected and defended the former. Foyruszii were generally physically stronger, but less able to move as silently. This extra strength gained them honour in war (where war was forced upon them) and in physical construction of their homes. The characters Lyssah (of the Foyverii) and Calledth (of the Foyruszii) are key Foyii characters within the Chronicles of Qal'ath.
Was There One Term for All Woodsmen?Yes, although this was not used between the tribes. They were simply “Foyii” - the “Leaf People” in Foyiitùn.
Foyii Not in The Forest of DoonWoodsmen could be found in various pockets, both in the regions around Qal'ath and The Forest of Doon but also further afield across Erdàn Savànii.
FoyblàniiThe "White Leaves" lived East of Frostplain in the very North of the Known Lands in the self-named Bruhaii Foyblànii. This blanched wood was very alive, despite appearing dead to anyone brave or careless enough to stumble that far North. Guarded by the Daìn da Vyt, a sacred set of six tall mountain-like peaks, the Foyblànii had a more spiritual nature than those within the The Forest of Doon. But they were known of by the Foyverii and Foyruszii as distant relatives, but only a genuine emergency or disruption of Element Erdé, would either group travel to the other's homes.
Foyi CampsWithin the region of "Qal'ath ikà Doon" (which geographically included The Verdant Hills - Bevérohii, even though diplomatically independent), there were various Foyii camps or hamlets.
- Vévé-Rusz: the nearest village of the The Verdant Hills - Bevérohii was Vévé-Rusz. This was a hamlet of sorts, with homes made of tied branches or similar that could be easily rebuilt after high winds. It was a small community of both Foyverii and Foyruszii that served as a liaison between the Foyii / Woodsmen and the Elelupii.
- Yi-Foyverii: This tiny wood had no name, officially, so became simply known as "Here are the Green-Leaves". It was close to the Hillsworn Fort and on the North-East corner of Tolmyr Sands. The purpose of this camp was
- Inimàr: White technically part of The Forest of Doon, Inimàr was geologically separated from it by the Aszilousii River to the West and the high cliffs to the North. Its name means "the watching of friends" - a dual meaning of "we watch over our friends" and "we are friends who watch". It is the farthest East location for the Foyii to be permanently based, so became an intelligence watch-post as they looked South, and a guardpost at the base of the cliff North, cliffs that protected Elorah (more to follow about the references not linked here).
- Byanté Territory: The lands Erdàn Blànvyta are home to the Byanté Alliance. Foyii / Woodsmen from birth and those who adopted their style of culture were found in the multi-nation Alliance.