Mark Ellis Harmon and Susan Van Camp
Grandilar Tigreans. Mark Ellis Harmon and Susan Van Camp
The Pylos brought Tigreans to Grandilar during the first Pylos invasion some 2,500 years ago. Tigreans were warpspawn whose ferocity gained them a reputation as fearsome warriors. When the Pylos were driven from Grandilar, they abandoned their Tigrean servants, leaving them to fend for themselves. Within a couple of generations, the Tigreans adapted to the normal zones of Grandilar. They moved out of warped regions and made their way by hunting, raiding and becoming mercenaries for anyone who would pay.
As they adapted to life on their new home, Tigreans forgot most of their original culture. They formed a new way of life centered on a tribal society. Despite these changes Tigreans remained pariahs, despised by dragons for their part in the war. Unlike Foxwings, who had changed sides shortly after arriving on Grandilar, Tigreans had remained loyal to the Pylos until they were abandoned. Many people believed that they were still tools of their old masters. Tigreans remained outsiders, shunned by mainstream mortal cultures, employed only as mercenaries (and not very trustworthy mercenaries at that).
When the second Pylos invasion came about 1,250 years ago, many mortals feared that Tigreans would rejoin their old masters. They drove the mercenaries from their cities and villages. Embittered and confused, the exiled Tigreans broke into three factions. Some joined Grandilar armies that would accept them. Others rallied to the Pylos cause. The rest took to living by banditry against all sides.
The second Pylos invasion was a bloody affair, broken by an all out draconic counter attack. Again, defeated Pylos abandoned their Tigrean allies. Again, Tigreans were branded traitiors, whether they had fought with the Pylos or fought against them. The Tigreans were beginning to see a distinct pattern here, but somehow they prospered, despite their lack of friends. They became entrenched as mercenaries and bandits all over the Stormlands.
After the Pylos engineered the Deathday Massacre, necromancers recruited Tigreans as allies in their wars to conqure the Stormlands. Most Tigreans ended up working for death mages. During this period, a mighty Tigrean warrior rose to prominence as a fighter and leader among his people. The warrior's name was High Crown Blue Claw. He led an huge army of Tigrean mercenaries, which he hired out to any death mage who could pay well. This army, known as the Blue Claw Hoard, terrorized the free people of the Stormlands for many years.
Fifty six years after the Deathday Massacre, a powerful necromancer set out to conqure Selany, the last kingdom of any size that had not fallen to death mages. The invading necromancer built a huge army, including the Blue Claw Hoard. Marching south, the invaders met a defending Selenese army at the edge of an enormous blight line created by seasonal dragon storms. The Battle of the Blight Line changed the history of the Stormlands. Until this fight death mages had won every important war. This time their invasion was thrown back. They retreated in chaos, their army broken, because of Tigreans.
During the Battle of the Blight Line, Blue Claw turned to his Tigrean troops and roared like thunder, until all eyes were turned towards him. Then he shape shifted into a Winged Tiger! Shifting back he cried "I have the blood of dragons in my veins. Many of you do also. It is time we face this truth and claim our heiritage. Turn against the necromancers!" Many Tigreans, impressed by the courage of his guesture, fell upon necromancer's soldiers and savaged them. Distracted by this attack, the Death mage's forces could not defend themselves against the Selenese. Their lines broke. They fell into chaos and routed. This was the end of the largest necromancer army ever to be created in Selany. Never again would the necromancers put together such an enormous army. Ever since this battle, necromancers have mistrusted the Tigreans, leaving them more friendless than ever.
After the Battle of the Blight Line, many Tigreans went back to banditry, or found jobs as mercenaries. Some contined to work for death mages. Others joined the Valarian Champions. So now, as always, Tigrearns are found on all sides in the battle for the Stormlands.
Tigreans are emotional warriors who fight ferociously for whatever side they are on. Tribal Tigreans are mostly hunters. Only a few have taken up magic. Those few magic using tigreans tend to be wizards or shamans. Rumors persist of both witch and necromancer tigreans, but these stories have not been proven. Tigreans tend to dislike fighting among themselves. After all, they are their only real friends.
Tigreans (Previously published in book 2, The Kanchaka Valley, reprinted here for referance.) The Tigreans were brought to Grandilar as mercenaries by the Pylos Lords several hundred years ago. When the Pylos were driven off of the world they left behind many of their scattered mercenaries. The Tigreans were among them. The Tigreans have settled into Grandilar and made it their home. Now they can be found scattered throughout the world on both sides of this war. Since the Tigreans appeared to be a favorite of the Pylos, older Dragons are suspicious of them.