Name: The Caelae
Brief description: The Caelae are a semi-nomadic tribe, who typically rotate between three semi-permanent settlements every several years with their herd. These settlements are somewhat distant from each other, requiring a few weeks of travel. But the general trend is that these settlements were made in grasslands and plains that occasionally have small hills and streams breaking up the landscape.
The Caelae believe that everything has a spirit, from rivers to even the tiniest pebble, but the greatest of them all is the Solis, the spirit/god of the sun who leads a sort of pantheon of all the spirits and keeps things in check. Often, Solis is personified as male and appears as a stern, charismatic chieftain whose radiance is too bright to allow anyone to see his face. The Caelae worship him because the sun is both the bringer of life and taker. The sun provides warmth and light, but also can burn and dehydrate. Plants grow thanks to the sun, and yet the desert is proof of Solis's power to take life as well. To keep Solis pleased, the Caelae often hold various, lavish rituals, celebrations, feasts, and offerings. For example, the first day that the flowers bloom is celebrated with the creation of a large bonfire to represent the first Caelis being born once more and guiding the Caelae through divine providence. This bonfire is often then accompanied with the sacrifice of an animal and a feast.
The Tsulae, (what we know as the stars), are believed to be the family of Solis, trusted with supporting Solis when he rests. They are ranked in importance by their brightness and size. The largest, (the moon) is called the Tsulis. A great, large star that is believed to be the sister of Solis. If Solis is the flamboyant, bringer of light, then Tsulis is the calm voice of reason and clarity, helping to guide Solis in his eternal duty.
The tribe is lead by the Caelis, meaning first of the Cael (adjective form of Caelae), who is the eldest son of the previous Caelis. Legend has it that the first Caelis was born due to the grace and majesty of Solis himself and was made with a powerful flame/explosion. Thus, the Caelis is viewed as the direct descendant of Solis and is gifted with divine right to guide the people to prosperity in this harsh world.
Inhabited area and settlements:
The Caelae have three settlements that they bounce around every few years. The reason for this is because the Caelae believe that Solis powers is spread evenly throughout the world. Thus, if they continue to farm and live off of one specific area, then the crops, plants, and animals would slowly start to die out as a famous Caelae story tells of a time where the Caelae once overstayed in a location and it led to a mass famine as most of the crop failed because they had used up all of Solis' power in the region.
The Caelae are a relatively mobile people. Thus, they rely on the swift hunters of the tribe to make sure that no threat comes too close. However, in recent history some of the hunters have seemingly befriended some wolves who now help the hunters and herders find animals and keep them in check.
The origin story of the Caelae is that a group of starving cave dwellers saw a man approach them with the sun rising behind him. This man seemingly walked from the sun to them with a small herd of animals. The first Caelis was a nomadic shepard who came across these unfortunate souls and helped them learn how to take care and manage animals rather than kill them on sight and eat them. They learned that over time, these animals would continue to provide for them as long as they protected the herd. And thus, the Caelae are the descendants of the first Caelis and the cave people who have continued using Caelis' knowledge and skills through generations.
Caelis - The current leader of the Caelae.