Mountain Cloud Tribes Ethnicity in Valley of Man | World Anvil
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Mountain Cloud Tribes

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Culture and cultural heritage

Body Paint

Body painting is a form of body art where artwork is painted directly onto the human skin and last several teut or sometimes up to a few weeks. Unlike the painted tribes tattoos and other forms of body art worn by courtiers, body painting is only temporary.

Common Dress code


The typical male attire was a loincloth and a simple tunic (unqo) made from a single sheet folded over and stitched at the sides with holes left for the arms and neck. Under strong ocean winds, a cloak or poncho was worn on top and patterned simply with common square designs at the waist and fringes and a triangle marking the neck.  
Military Tunic
One standard design consists of a black and white checkerboard design with an inverted red triangle at the neck.


Women typically wore a single large cloth wrapped around the body which was pinned at the shoulder and held in place with a waist belt or sash called a chumpi. On top of this a cloak could be worn, again pinned at the front, to protect against the ocean winds.

Art & Architecture

Mountain Painting

For all the complicated set up and elaborate design; it is less about representing symbols of significance than expressing the love of the art.
mountain artist describing his craft
  Sightings of these painters hanging from long lengths of brightly coloured ropes and siting on coolly dyed harnesses are visible for leagues in both the dry and flood seasons. Most art is fairly modest in scope but a few teams and patient persons create massive pictograms meant to awe and inspire anyone who look upon them.  
It may as well be a means of bragging; as contributing so much effort to a project that returns little, can only be conducted by a tribe with numerous resources.
Elkin Observer

Carved Caves

There are two distinct styles to a cloud tribes' cave architecture.
Homes for the Living
A great deal of grandeur and effort is put into replicating the perceived perfection of the Ñuñu Hills. And though not as expansive, is more intricate in comparison.  
Homes for the Dead
Excavations into the slope sides are hollowed, cleaned and maintained as hallowed ground for lonely community catacombs.

Funerary and Memorial customs


Typical to cloud culture, burials involve the dead being wrapped in multiple layers of fine textiles and a small votive figure doll dressed in cloth made by the deceased and left in specifically carved burial chambers on the mountain sides.

Common Myths and Legends

The Immortal Kings

Four of the twelve immortal kings of the Floodland stories were of the clans. One of them is rumoured to have acquired his immortality through the flower girl. These individuals have been remembered as the most bloodthirsty in history; and for the times when they came from cloud country was an increase in the civil violence to unprecedented levels.

Historical figures

Yumurco the Wisher King

A former governor of the Yatei Hills who successfully rebelled against the Cloud Empire. He is accused to have unleashed the painted plagues that overtook the country. Afterwards, many refugees and plague survivors were relocated to be overseen by the tribes, who were relatively unscathed.


Gender Ideals


Martial Skills
Tests of speed and physical strength were held four times a year; with competitions of swimming during the flood season.   Men also practiced weaving so they could maintain proper garb and their appreciate their ropes for climbing the cliff faces.


Domestic Skills
Women of all classes are expected to be accomplished at weaving.   In this they used the backstrap loom for small pieces and either the horizontal single-heddle loom or vertical loom with four poles for large pieces, such as rugs and blankets.

Courtship Ideals

Premarital Affairs

It is common for teenagers and young adult couples to engage in sex. It is even expected for partnered pairs to live together for several months before deciding to marry in order ascertain their overall compatibility.

Relationship Ideals

Monogamous Marriage

Marriage for the tribes' people is monogamous or, under a less formal setting, that within a sexual relationship with only one person at a time. Marriage is not strict, however, as formal separations are easy and fairly common among couples.

Major organizations

Long Step

The cloud tribes are not a very influential people within the Step, as they prefer to conjugate around the high shores of Floodlands at the Flooded Slopes or Siparia Slopes and stay away from the cities of decision. They are generally considered pacifists, so are opposed to most wars Long Step have declared in the past. But they have supplied food and medical services to passing battle groups in their territory.

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STR (Choose the lowest roll as modifier)
Armour 2d6
HP 3d6+6 ([min+max]/2)
Speed 2d10+10 ft
Flower Girl
Myth | Jan 15, 2024

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Long Step
Organization | Jun 2, 2024
Settlement | Jun 2, 2020
Corn Court
Organization | Jan 15, 2024

Cover image: Cliff Painting by Alen Rocha


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