Last Stand of the 5th Crusade

Barca Sechabo – Where do I come from?

Barca's Journal: addendum

Ever since meeting the mysterious group of Pathfinders, and if he admits it to himself, even before that; Barca has felt something has been missing from his life, and the more he contemplates on it, he falls asleep many nights wondering about his past and his heritage.
Barca’s lineage from his Mother’s side is that of the Bonuwat people of the Mwangi Expanse. Barca knows little of their culture and heritage because his mother, along with most of his tribe, were killed or taken as slaves by a warring Bekyar tribe, who are commonly referred to as “flesh-merchants” and “demon-worshipers” by many in the surrounding lands. Knowing that their village was being targeted and that the odds were not in their favor, Barca was hidden away by his mother with only some carvings and a ceremonial great-club for remembrance. He was rescued by his estranged father, an explorer for the Island experiment which is Promise, and brought back there for the remainder of his childhood.
Unbeknownst to Barca, the great-club left to him by his mother is covered in totem carvings not just honoring his people and ancestors, but the Goddess Shimye-Magalla, who is a deity mostly unknown outside the Mwangi Expanse, and venerated by the Bonuwat people.
The different tribes and peoples of the Mwangi Expanse are very spiritual and tend to combine different types of spirituality. It would not be uncommon to meet a Mwangian who worships Gozreh but also recognizes the spirits of nature, totems and the people around them, including their ancestors. Shimye-Magalla is a form of this amalgamated religiosity, and is a combination of two revered deities, Gozreh and Desna, and Desna.jpgdeveloped in Bonuwat mythology over many generations. It is unknown whether Shimye-Magalla is her own entity, or if her worshipers receive benefit surreptitiously from both Gozreh and Desna, but those that follow her seem to genuinely receive a blessing.

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