Arcanum 1780: A New World
The Nadilog Rebels
The Nadilog Rebels
Long before making allies with the Europeans, the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and Wyandot (Huron) had been sworn enemies. Like the Haudenosaunee League, the Wyandot Confederacy was formed by several tribes banding together to the brutal feud that had lasted centuries – According to tradition, this Wendat (or Huron) Confederacy was initiated by the Attignawantans (“People of the Bear”) and the Attigneenongnahacs (“People of the Cord”), who made their alliance in the 15th century. They were joined by the Arendarhonons (“People of the Rock”) about 1590, and the Tahontaenrats (“People of the Deer”) around 1610. A fifth group, the Ataronchronons (“People of the Marshes or Bog”), gained their membership as a breakaway division of the Attignawantan. When the British-backed Haudenosaunee became a unified force, the two Tionontate tribes – Deer and Wolf – joined the Confederacy.
After the Gomorrah Event and the following Great Winter, the French pulled out of the area, taking most of their support of the Wyandot with them – though many French people moved into Wyandot villages when New France consolidated their power in the south. When the Haud began conquering and assimilating their neighbors, the Wendat Confederacy was broken and the Wyandot people who didn’t submit were pushed south.
Resources scarce and loosing territory in an alarming rate, New France abandoned most of its grand designs of a vast empire in North America. Among those abandoned plans was a regiment of Mughal warriors and their full supply camp of Hindi support civilians. Cut off from any outside support and knowing that the Great Winter smothered any chances for a large scale war anytime soon, these abandoned people soon turned to finding a way to survive. With a stroke of serendipitous mercy, the regiment and their support were assimilated into a local tribe of Choctaw.
As the Choctaw-Mughal tribe were pushed north by the swelling borders of New Orleans and the fleeing Wyandot were pushed south, cultures met in The Great Banquet – where people came together in great feast lasting several days that ended with the formation of a new people – the Nadilog. Living in the borderlands of the Mississippi Valley claimed by both New Spain and New Britian, but controlled by neither, the Nadilog are a people in the infancy of a new culture – snatched bits the stories of the Ramayana have melded with the stories of The Great Spirit – where stories of the Monkey King have quickly evolved into tales of the Raccoon Prince; clothing, food and language have begun to meld together as the close-knit tribe intermarried and looked beyond the past and into the future. The process has been comparatively rapid, but it’s only been two generations, and the Nadilog still speak a patchwork of Wyandot, Persian, Urdu, French and Choctaw, though the wholly new Nadilog language is developing, complete with Persian-based alphabet.
As a people, the Nadilog are festive and colorful, but fiercely independent of any New European advancement. They would be content to stay isolated in their network of tightknit villages, engaging in trade and developing themselves as a full-fledged nation, however, thing rarely work out that way. In response to skirmishes with the British and Spanish, the Nadilog developed a system of brutally efficient border scouts that have gone from reactionary to preemptive ambushes. The French consider the Nadilog traitors, despite the fact that it was the French that initially abandoned the parent groups that formed the Nadilog. The Nadilog, for their part, consider the French untrustworthy and spineless – but this disdain pales in comparison for their cultural animosity towards the Haudenosaunee.
The warrior culture of the Nadilog is quickly becoming legendary – in such a short time, the exotic weapons and dance-like fighting arts of the Ancient East has been woven into the bold bravery of the Northern people and the patient cunning of the South.