A Bralian Barrioby David Cummings; editing by Paul Westermeyer
Kayanerenh Manito is a small community perched near the edge of Bral, just off Lamp Street. There's a cluster of 5 buildings between Zada's Mounts(#98) and the Halflings' Burrows district. It's in Lowtown and by a buisiness many would like to avoid (because of the stench), but near the Edge and there are a few trees and bushes before the edge becomes a cliff. This community is a mishmash of cultures that find more in common with one another than they do with anyone else on Bral. These people tend to live more simply, closer to the spirits of nature than the they do to civilization. Though many are natives of Bral, they struggle to maintain their traditions in on this astroid city in the depths of wildspace.
For the most part, their cultures arose far seperate from those that seem to predominate on Bral. Some of their cultures remain hidden on their worlds, some only recently discovered. The culture clash shows in the different clothes, artwork, and housing one finds in Kayanerenh Manito. A few teepees can be seen on the grassy clearing, next to buildings of more standard design and the cliffside itself is home to a growing section of housing. The Azuposi of Toril, specializing in this type of construction, have built housing inside the sides of Bral's edge, the "porches" of each residence connected to one another in a webwork of ladders. It is interesting to note, however, that the culture of Kayanerenh Manito shows signs of blending, especially through family units of cross-bred tribesmen.
Kayanerenh Manito was founded by stranded members of two Azuposian tribes from Toril and a Rover band from Oerth. The name means "Nations of the Great Spirit" in a hodge-podge of their languages, as that was the only thing they could think of to describe the wonders of wildspace they had seen. It should be noted, that to the citizens of Kayanerenh Manito, all of Bral is named such, indeed, all of Wildspace, not just their little barrio.
Today, the community numbers perhaps 200 members from a variety of native cultures. The people are varied in origins but Azuposi, Eyaque, and Nahotopec from Toril and Rovers of the Barrens from Oerth predominate. They only make up about 50% of the total between them, however. At least 50% of the barrio's members are now native Bralians. Perhaps 100 others live elsewhere in the city but maintain their ties with the small community.
Below are some noted members of the Kayanerenh Manito community, both in their barrio and throughout Bral. (Some of what is listed may only be rumor, some may be true).
Chief Josef Perze (hm)
All communities need a leader, and Josef has been chosen by his People. The Chieftanship of Kayanerenh Manito is selected, not born. Josef has held this post for the past 25 years. Josef is the oldest native Bralian amongst the People of Kayanerenh Manito, and his parentage is so mixed, he truly has no claim on any groundling nation or tribe. He is a bear of a man, whom some say has never met his better in the art of wrestling. He has a soft spot for his tobacco (while honoring its sacred purpose). He does tend to find many (mostly legitimate) reasons to puff on an ever present pipe, however. A deceptively simple man to outsiders, he is known amongst his people to have his finger on the pulse of Bralian society. As the Azuposi build their cliff-dwellings closer to the gravity plane, it is believed Chief Josef is vying for the chance to build docks as a means of trade and income for his people. Whether he has enough pull on Andru to bypass the Dockworker's Guild remains to be seen, and may be years away (cliff-dwelling building is notably slow and who wants to climb ladders after a long voyage?).
Mato-Tope is the spiritual leader of the People. The eldest of the handful of shamans in the community, Mato-Tope is a member of one of the tribes the Mazticans derogatorily call 'Dog People'. Like most shamans, Mato-Tope does not specialize as Eastern Priests do, but instead, venerates all the spirits known to his people and has added a few from other worlds and tribes. Some Bralians call him a pantheistic priest, but he only shakes his head at their ignorance. Mato-Tope frequents the Steam Hut maintained by Mahmat Orca-Brother a priest of (naturally) Orca, a powerful spirit from the Great Glacier on Toril. Mato-Tope is a peaceful man of undisclosed power. He acts as Chief Josef's advisor in internal matters, and has also served as a diplomat for the People's interests. He is known to frequent the Elven Forest, as well, as the Forest is the largest concentration of nature Spirits on Bral. He is a welcomed individual there, and young elven priests learn from his wisdom as much as the People do.