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Eastern Tribes


Surviving Near Deities, Telepathy and Magick: 

The short answer for those who touched "it" and are now stuck?   " Even to see the Uktena asleep is death, not to the hunter himself, but to his family. "

- Orange alchemy (not firearm) weapons hard, lots of physical builds

- Red by chemgnosis, some kind of amphetamine _prescription_ (so they quit walking the cop onto you),

- Black your weapon (understand its operation so you can use magical operations to produce the same effects). 



Cold/Angry Hos near god/goddess anthropology  (theosophy is way too theoretical)  (better be a damn good op to play here)

East - Air - Alchemy

    Ulunsuti: evoking your own knowledge with less affect - know thy self, and know the myths, make sure you beat the side effects.

\    AKA "Coyo" I've found her to be close to robin hood in an Azteca kind of way.  Cold, Poor and Angry pushes her buttons (as does mech red).  not a big Illuminati fan

    Thth - Sauce of Magic (ladles it out manyana)

    Sthis - Plague Star, destructive, but easily calmed/haxed (depending on point of view, pair with another to keep clear)

    ChiKara - the "dark" side of the force, ownt by the British imperials, make sure you have silicon haxors standing by.

    Thr, Enll,  hamstrung by '68 no-kill _anything_ ever ever in their area. (might be due to the water/earth idiots that go on cute fuzzy kill sprees)


South, Down - Fire - Magic (this is a split, look for "trad" magic power and op knowledge or get time and precision knowledge)

   M$huikez - Island Magic Proper tilts RHP, understand the closed ecosystem to travel with.

   The Gods of Time (pair with the proper bud to get precise earthquakes and phased RF/EM/ML, figuring out how to get an LHP accountant to go Chaos is the key

   Isum - Psych Royal - head games all the way backed by magic on tap (he rarely "ices" em, but you better be ready to "hop" for for every op trick in every book).


West - Water - Comm quiet (for colds this one is the key to the whole mess, get a chaos talker paired with unfamiliar for best blam)

   nun nanet- ms. pouty, takes some opping to get anywhere, knows a _lot_, haven't explored male personification

   Tegy V*el - keeps Ireland on the map, dark side RHP with imperial/Illuminati tendencies, loves the skeer. 

   Everybody else in the "trad" ChaosMag pantheon tends towards kitten killing, find your local pantheon and go with the underdog Chaotic Water warrior/storm god


North Up - Earth - Comm Loud

  Larumba - Illuminati half n' half (learn the white flippy bit or stay away)

   Freya and Jord, know your shaman shit first


Spirit - Void - Governor - President  (lots of "all in one" shamanic/tribal can go here)

  Ki - owns by survival against white ribbon/RF hax

  Odin - knowledge

  Nylon thotep - Corp and silicon Haxxor extraordinaire, lasts about 6 hours before getting hax'd back and tilting.





What about Demons?  They seem to know a lot, they will mis-lead you (you need to know what you are missing, and remembering to ask is hard) They tend toward individuality, invoking a demon has never been considered a particularly wise idea.  The flip side is magic tends to be an area of last resort for a lot of people in a bad jam.

Ulunsuti RedIce1337 progeny: V5 BallofGloryIntotheLongGoodnight (Slayer of Hodge machine room), V6 Strat Cannon, V7 Ripper d'Lorde, V8 SnoCone HgBr

Uktena is a dragon-like horned serpent of Cherokee legend. The first Uktena was said to be transformed from a human man in a failed assassination attempt on the sun. Most other Uktena tales have to do with Cherokee heroes slaying one. They are malevolent and deadly monsters.

Long ago -- hilahiyu jigesv -- when the Sun became angry at the people on earth and sent a sickness to destroy them, the Little Men changed a man into a monster snake, which they called Uktena, "The Keen-Eyed," and sent him to kill her (the Sun). He failed to do the work, and the Rattlesnake had to be sent instead, which made the Uktena so jealous and angry that the people were afraid of him and had him taken up to Galunlati, to stay with the other dangerous things. He left others behind him, though, nearly as large and dangerous as himself, and they hide now in deep pools in the river and about lonely passes in the high mountains, the places the Cherokees call "Where the Uktena stays."

According to Mooney’s informants, the uktena — born of envy and anger — was a representative of the Under World: the realm of darkness and decay. They were, he was advised, “as large around as a tree trunk, with horns on its head, a bright blazing crest like a diamond upon its forehead, and scales glittering like sparks of fire. It has rings or spots of color along its whole length and cannot be wounded except by shooting in the seventh spot from the head, because under this spot are its heart and life.”

Aside from the horns that resembled those of a buck deer, the most compelling feature of the uktena was the diamond-shaped crest on its forehead (the ulunsuti) that emitted flashes of light like a blazing star. Those encountering the serpent — especially little children — were doomed, moth-like, to become so dazzled by this light that they ran toward it and sure death.

“The Cherokees believed that their priests or medicine men were able to gaze into certain crystals and thereby foresee the future ... The Cherokees told James Mooney that according to their traditions only one man — Groundhog’s mother, a Shawnee medicine man and a great worker of wonders — was able to get possession of an ulunsunti. A great hunter among the eastern Cherokees still had possession of it in 1890, but he kept it hidden in a cave and would not show it to Mooney, but he did describe it in this manner: ‘It is like a large transparent crystal, nearly the shape of a cartridge bullet, with a blood-red streak running through the center from top to bottom. The owner keeps it wrapped in a whole deer skin, inside an earthen jar hidden away in a secret cave in the mountains.’


How Tlanuwa Defeated Uktena (Cherokee)

Pottery vessel decorated with Uktena image. Courtesy of University of Arkansas Museum
Pottery vessel decorated with Uktena image. Courtesy of University of Arkansas Museum
Spirit beings associated with the Above World are opposed to Below World inhabitants, which include monstrous snakes, amphibians, and lizards that sometimes come out of caves, rivers, and lakes to visit the Middle World. The most fearsome of these creatures is a serpent with wings on its back and horns on its head. The Cherokees call this monster Uktena, and tell a story about Uktena and Tlanuwa, the great mythic hawks. In ancient times a pair of Tlanuwa had their nest in a cave high on a rock cliff. They were gigantic birds who flew up and down the river, and while passing over settlements sometimes swooped down to carry away dogs or even young children. The people were unable to reach the nest, and arrows shot at the Tlanuwa merely glanced off their feathers. At last the people sought the help of a medicine man. The medicine man made a long rope out of tree bark, and tied loops at the end for his feet. He had the people lower him down to the nest, which he reached with great difficulty. There he found four young birds, which he threw over the cliff into the river’s deep water. The great Uktena rose to the surface and devoured the young birds. The Tlanuwa became enraged when they returned to their empty nest, so they circled over the river until Uktena showed its head. The Tlanuwa plummeted straight down; one caught the serpent in its talons and lifted it into the sky while the other one tore it to pieces. The Tlanuwa carried the flayed serpent higher and higher until they were no longer in sight, and the people never saw them again.




Legend of The Tlanuhwa and The Uhktena

As told by David Michael Wolfe, Inage. i Ani Yunwiya (Virginia Cherokee)

- This story was taught to me by William Webber, Danawa Destoti - a Kalohna (War leader) of the Ani Wahya (Wolf Clan)

When the world of the Ani Yunwiya was new all living things were great in size and strength. Two of the many creatures that had been created and placed upon Ani Daksi Amayeli by Unethlana the Apportioner were the Tlanuhwa and the Uhktena.

The Tlanuhwa were very large birds with markings much like the red-tail hawk of today. The markings or symbols of the great Tlanuhwa could only be worn by the ancient Ani Kituhwah warriors when they went into war. Some people say the Tlanuhwa were the original parents, Ani Tawodi, of the great hawks that live today.

The Uhktena are enormous creatures that live in the rivers and lakes of the great Ouascioto valleys and mountains (the Ohio Valley and Appalachians). The Uhktena come and go from this world to the underworld. They enter the underworld through caves that are found under the waters of rivers and lakes and also through certain entrances into the earth where there are springs.

The Uhktena have the body of a snake with very pretty and colorful circles all around their torsos. They also have wings like the great buzzard and horns upon their head like the great deer. Upon their forehead there is a special crystal which people prize because it has very special power over light and dark. This crystal is also a window into the future and the past.

The crystal is called an Ulunsuti stone; it is the most powerful thing a person can possess. The stone is carried in a circular buckskin pouch along with a little red pigment and must never be kept in the house but in a safe dry place outside the house away from people.

When one gazes into an Ulunsuti stone, one will see either a white or a red blood-like streak appear. Only certain priests of the Ani Kuhtahni of the Ani Yunwiya know how to use these Ulunsuti stones and can invoke certain formulas or prayers which are aides to humans when used properly. One such protection prayer (Igowesdi) that calls upon a great Uhktena is:

"Now! Nearby here the Great Red Uhktena now winds his way. Now! Now the glare of the purple lightening will dazzle the Red Uhktena. Also, this ancient tobacco will be as much of a thorough-going wizard. Now! The Seven Reversers (priests of the mounds) looking at me will be dazzled by the Great Red Uhktena. Udohiyuh!"

At a certain place the Ani Yunwiya call Hogahega Uweyu i which lies alongside the Wanegas (now known as the Tennessee River), there remains one of the ancient cave homes of the Tlanuhwa. Located high up in the cliffs by the river, it is at this place that an ancient fight took place between the Tlanuhwa and the Uhktena. Near the caves of the Tlanuhwa was one of the towns of the Ani Yunwiya.

The people living in the town never had any problems with the Tlanuhwa until one day, the Tlanuhwa began to swoop down out of the sky, grabbing young children in their talons and taking them away to their caves by the Hogahega Uweyu i. The people of the town became very upset and all the mothers started crying and shouting at the men to bring back the children stolen by the Tlanuhwa.

So the men made a plan; they went very near the Tlanuhwa caves and took vines growing there from some trees and made ropes to climb down over the cliffs to the caves. The men waited until they were certain that the Tlanuhwa were out of the caves. Then down the ropes some of the men went, into the caves of the Tlanuhwa.

All of the children that had been taken from the Ani Yunwiya town were there in the caves and, were very anxious to get back to their homes. Also in those caves were many eggs of the Tlanuhwa.

The men had gotten the children out just in time because as they started back up the vine ropes they heard the great screams of the Tlanuhwa returning to their caves with more children in their talons. So very quickly the men began throwing the unhatched eggs of the Tlanuhwa down into the Hogahega Uweyu i far below.

When the eggs splashed into the waters far below the Tlanuhwa caves, the great Uhktena came up from below the waters and began eating the eggs as fast as the men could throw them into the water. This made the Tlanuhwa very angry and they dropped the children and swooped down upon the Uhktena. The men waiting below the caves caught the children as they fell. Thus began a long fight between the Tlanuhwa and the Uhktena.

The Tlanuhwa destroyed the Uhktena and tore it into four pieces. Afterwards, the pieces of the Uhktena were thrown all around the country along with the great crystal, the Ulunsuti stone. Many people are still searching for that Ulunsuti stone in the mountains along the Hogahega uweyu I.

After that terrible fight the Tlanuhwa were so angry at what the humans had done with their eggs that they flew far away, up above the sky vault and have never been seen since. However, one can see the pictures that the ancient Ani Yunwiya made of the Tlanuhwa and Uhktena, on the walls of the many caves among the Ouascito (Central Fire) Mountains, the ancient home of the Ani Yunwiya.

It is said that today, far below the cave of the Tlanuhwa on the banks of the Hogahega Uweyu i, one can still see the rocks that were stained from the blood of the Uhktena and the Tlanuhwa from the fight they had that day.

Awanisgi (I am done)
Aya Wahya

Mr.Wolfe is an Original Native American Culturalist, Historian and Artist

Dakwa is the father of all the fish tribe. He lives in the Tennessee river.

The Hunter and the Dakwa

A Cherokee Legend

In the old days there was a great fish called the Dakwa which lived in the Tennessee River near the mouth of Toco Creek. This fish was so large that it could easily swallow a man.

One day several hunters were traveling in a canoe along the Tennessee when the Dakwa suddenly rose up under the canoe and threw them all into the air. As the men came down, the fish swallowed one with a single snap of its jaws, and dived with him to the bottom of the river.

This man was one of the bravest hunters in the tribe, and as soon as he discovered where he was he began thinking of some way to overcome the Dakwa and escape from its stomach. Except for a few scratches and bruises, the hunter had not been hurt, but it was so hot and airless inside the big fish that he feared he would soon smother.

As he groped around in the darkness, his hands found some mussel shells which the Dakwa had swallowed. These shells had very sharp edges. Using one of them as a knife, the hunter began cutting away at the fish's stomach.

Soon the Dakwa grew uneasy at the scraping inside his stomach and came up to the surface of the river for air. The man kept on cutting with the shell until the fish was in such pain that it swam wildly back and forth across the river, thrashing the water into foam with its tail.

At last the hunter cut through the Dakwa's side. Water flowed in, almost drowning the man, but the big fish was so weary by this time that it came to a stop. The hunter looked out of the hole and saw that the Dakwa was now resting in shallow water near the riverbank.

Reaching up, the man pulled himself through the hole in the fish, moving very carefully so as not to disturb the Dakwa. He then waded ashore and returned to his village, where his friends were mourning his death because they were sure he had been eaten by the great fish.

Now they named him a hero and held a celebration in his honor. Although the brave hunter escaped with his life, the juices in the stomach of the Dakwa had scalded all the hair from his head, and he was bald forever after.




Dagwanoenyent The spirit of the tornado, She is the daughter of the wind, and a malevolent witch. She can be slain, but even if She is burned to ashes, She will revivify at the time of the next storm. The only way of insuring Her subdual is to carefully separate Her ashes into three different containers, and keep those containers far from one another.








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