History of the Barbarian Tribes
Centuries ago the barbarian tribes were fractured, warring groups who primarily lived in the southern and eastern plains. The plains to the south of the Mountains of Death were overrun with multitudes of monsters. As they occupied a much smaller area they were constantly fighting each other for land. Legend has it that one of the great chieftains took a half-giant woman as his mate and from this union came the hero Thunhil. His father was killed in an attack from another tribe and rather than submit, young Thunhil went north and wandered tribeless for many years. During this time he learned to fight against orcs and giants and grew determined to drive the creatures off the plains and back into the mountains. At the age of 17 he returned to the barbarian lands and challenged the chief of the first tribe he came across. He defeated the chief in single combat so quickly and easily that the tribe and all its warriors accepted him as the new leader with very little resistance. From there he went on to unite all the tribes under his banner, some willingly and some by force. With his new massive army, he began claiming the plains piece by piece for his people. The process took 2 decades, but by the end they had driven all of the monsters out of the plains and claimed it for themselves. Thunhil kept the tribes united throughout his long life and sired many children. Upon his death the barbarians were unable to find another leader as strong as Thunhil to keep them united and they splintered into small tribes within a few years of his death. Since then the orcs, ogres and giants have been encroaching further south every decade. The tribes hold them back, but they have been losing ground. There is a prophesy from the time of Thunhil’s death that someday another warrior will rise and unite the tribes again to defeat their ancient enemies.