A strange and uncomfortable religion revolved around listening to the sounds of shells.
GuardiansFive independent factions serve around a single personality who lives in colourful rags along the painted beaches with many followers and fellow priests.
AcolytesFollowers of the guardians who service at their personal pleasure. They are always the most veteran members of the cultists and exert direct control over the followers in the guardian's absence.
FollowersThese are more than likely the touring foreign visitors or locals exploring away from the beach communes and choose to stay on from a period of time for the minimalist lifestyle. Followers at this level of integration are free the leave and come back as they please or disentangle themselves entirely with on consequences.
Hidden GrottoesThere are rumoured stashes of treasure hidden away in secrete grottoes owned by guardians and for whom his acolytes protect with their lives.
Seizing EeatThere have been various preexisting beach religions throughout the times the painted tribes have existed. The Conch Cult came into prominence when they subsumed other groups and wrestled control of Eeat's ruins from Gaioor city state for two consecutive seasons. Gaioor struck Southern Siparia where was once the operational base of the Conch Cult. The resultant devastation succeeded in its intent of removing their upper hierarchy but also radicalized those remaining against the yatei for all time. Which inturn convinced future kolarchs to continue with what worked before.
The beach's seacoast is also home to several seasonal explosions of luminous algae that beat against the rock shield in glowing blue, green, red and orange waves. The algaes and their colours are the most valuable exports the painted tribes have to trade due to the high demand to make glowing dyes and limited time available to harvest. Some might skim the flooded surface on a boat to be the first to collect their prize, but it is just as prized to pick the teeth between the shield for the algae that washed ashore.
SharkmenThe shock troops trained and painted as ferocious sharks to intimidate the close melee fighters on land and sea.
MersmenSquads of specialized saboteurs and infiltrators unpainted and unadorned to be the fastest swimmers of any military order.
RaymenDeep divers trained and painted to hide under the waves for long periods to capsize and ambush.
Trade & Transport
Dye WavesWhile it is harrowing and ill-advised to be on or near the shores during a flood event; once the Floodlands have been flooded, is then when it is most optimal to trade the farthest per economic output. It is named for the slugs, snails and painted tribes who live along the painted shores that produce a multitude of its famous dyes. This trade route is nominally regulated by the Painted House but as they are further away, it falls to the Cults to control the flow of goods.
cloud clans' imperial cult and the even earlier Kean cult of the foggy cloud clan.
Members use chanting to relax the mind, when upset or are generally having a difficult time and focus the group’s energy infront the cult leader or his image.
Political Influence & Intrigue
Painted HouseThrough their followers, the cults have formed an informal faction within the painted house to resist the calls for peace with Gaioor.
HighwatchMany former cultists moved on to join the border guards and have carried snippets of their experiences with them. When they speak and socialize with their fellow guardsmen, they encourage them to vacation on the beach.
Means and Reasons for Recruitment
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