Taha Pari is a small Tigalasi village on the northern coast of Claw Island. It is a hill fort built atop three stepped terraces and surrounded by a wooden palisade. It has one gated entry that is manned by two men, with a large wooden gong just inside the entrance. The village is pushed up against the edge of the cliff to the north, and a few hundred yards from the looming jungle to the south.
There are a few plots of sweet potatoes (kumara) on the terraces outside the village, but most food is gained by hunting in the jungle and spear-fishing in the ocean and marsh using simple light catamaran canoes. There is a well in the center of the village and two pits where the villagers store sweet potatoes on simple racks.
The population of Taha Pari is barely more than 100 villagers of Tigalasi ancestry. There are approximately fifty men of warrior age. The villagers don’t have a warrior caste, except for the chieftain’s family, but all men act as a kind of militia. There is little difference to them between hunting and warfare.
There are twelve families in the village. All members of an extended family live in a large multi-roomed hut. A woman who marries into another family moves to that family’s home.
The reclusive shaman Moana has a hut 20’ down the side of the cliff, connected to the village by steps carved in the stone. He is a devoted Hangareka and spends most of his time at the camp on the eastern side of the island. His acolytes Ahorangi and Megan Collins lives in his hut while the shaman is away. Shamans of the spirits give up their family ties once they join a spirit cult.
The shipwrecked guests of the chieftain dwell in a larger building that normally functions as a kind of hall. It is decorated with carved totem animals and stuffed beasts hunted down in the jungle, including a huge sabertooth tiger.
The villagers primarily use obsidian spears, slings, bola, nets, and blowguns with poisoned darts. A few have swords in the Imperial style as gifts from the missionary and his men. For armor they mostly wear leather armor made of exotic hides, predominately reptilian, though chitin and crab shields are common as well. The chieftain has a flintlock pistol and a large two-handed great sword. He also has a conquistidor-style helmet he keeps polished, but still wears traditional hide armor. His son has a matchlock arquebus. Both of these weapons were gifts of Father Vasay. Along the top of the terrace are several large boulders you surmise the villagers will roll down on enemies approaching the village.
The native religion of Taha Pari is the traditional Tigalasi animist religion that reveres the Spirits of the Islands. Whale and Dolphin are venerated, while Snake and Shark are feared. The cult of the nearby Hangareka is also influential, and the Sky Unicorn is worshiped as a great spirit.
With the arrival of Father Vasay and the other missionaries, the chieftain and his family, and many of the prominent families have converted to the Eternal Triad. This religion is foreign to the traditional ways of the Tigalasi, and recent sectarian tensions have grown between the native Trinitarians and the shaman Moana. The recent influx of shipwrecked foreigners with their strange customs has only added to the tensions in the village, especially as more of their native guides disappear on their expeditions into the jungle.
Goods and Services:
Because of Taha Pari’s seclusion, purchasing items and services is difficult, and the only city-made items can only be purchased from Father Vasay or the chieftain, who claims any item salvaged from shipwrecks.