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Enter the N'dee and the Blood Apache Nation

 

This is an exerpt from our campaign fluff, the UTDF Sourcebook, its unofficial, but serves as a guide to our campaign background. - Charles Cruz Dueno

 

Part 1: Overview

The Blood Apache are both a fascinating and savage collective of organizations with a dark history embedded into that of the N’dee people in general. There are similar relations in existence, dark criminal empires that play a heavy hand in politics; Like the Triads to the Chinese, the Yakuza to the Japanese, or the Mafia to the Italians. It is important to understand these relationships that while most Blood Apaches are N’dee, most N’dee ARE NOT Blood Apaches.

 

Unlike the original N’dee (Dine People) of Meso-America, modern N’dee culture is a fusion of many of these ancient aboriginal cultures originating from North, Central and South America on Earth. N’dee is the common word used to describe these various peoples regardless if they are Athabascan, Cherokee, Tiano, New Atzlan or Zulu. This factor makes the N’dee a highly adaptable culture, independent of any particular culture, but drawing on the strengths of each one. N’zinga culture draws on a heavier African influence, but is still considered N’dee.

 

All N’dee value fire as a symbol of purity; in their belief, fire is the purest form of energy which is representative of the spirit. N’dee communities are centralized around a “Pedestal of Flame” which is a sacred fire that is kept burning continuously. This fire is said to represent the spirit of their community, and N’dee rituals are centered on these pedestals of fire. This practice has earned the N’dee the moniker of “Children of the Flames.”

 

Typical rituals consist of “Stomp Dances” and “Ghost Dances,” a religious reflection of their ancient traditions, but in this day and age, a means of social gathering. N’dee don’t necessarily practice any centralized religion, but through their contact with the Amazulu, adopted a “Universal Moral Code”, a simple seed truth that can be applied anywhere to anyone.

 

N’dee Elders called Arroco-al practice a form of meditation by focusing on the centralized fire, often regarded as the tradition holders. They are considered like walking encyclopedias with a wealth of knowledge on many things, often incorporated in stories they call “legends”. Oral tradition is very important in N’dee culture; N’dee feel that written words often don’t capture the essence of what is being said, so the Arroco-al are important towards clarifying the context of these legends.

 

N’dee practice what they called active “democracy” in the form of counsels, usually of 3 to 7 leaders, one of which is the elected counselor. These counsels may be tiered to where each counsel member may actually be a counselor of a subordinate counsel. The Blood Apache counsels are very similar, but are more violent in its methods of changing leadership.

 

Blood Apache counsels practice a form of initiation called “Sangre por Sangre”, where members are initiated by completion of a task, often the assassination of a rival, or military exercise. The initiates are “blooded” into the Blood Apache Nation by a trial of combat; in their views, the true measure of a man is in his abilities during conflict. He/she is closely watched during this initiation period, and judged on his/her perceptions as well as actions.

 

The Tolucan Death Matches are often used as a recruitment effort for the Blood Apache Nation, pitting mecha crews in a life or death struggle against each other in ritualistic combat. These tournaments are illegal, so the location and time of trials is often secret and sporadic. However, May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, also known as the Day of the Dead is the grand tournament which earns one of the contenders a sponsorship by one of the Blood Apache sects.

 

N’dee people although a bit inclusive, are actually very social; it’s not uncommon to hear two strangers, refer to each other as brother or sister. Family structure is very important to the N’dee, and it’s not uncommon to see 3 or 4 generations living under the same roof. It is customary for visitors to be given a meal and even a stranger can be offered temporary residence. The negative side to this is, N’dee conflicts tend to grow personal very quickly; a minor dispute can grow into an epic clash fairly quickly.

 

N’dee people are highly festive, often celebrating the arrival of spring and fall in a Mardi Gras fashion. Stilt walkers, called “Mokujambe” parade through the streets while playing congas and timbales along to Soca, Calypso or Reggae music. Many of the original tribal dances are performed by the children, and the Arroco-al, teach the crowds the history of these traditions. During these festivals, there is a mish-mosh of traditional fashions; an N’dee person may choose to honor his/her Sioux heritage one season, and Cherokee heritage in another season.

 

Another tradition is the sexually provocative “Tramp”, an ongoing party where a truck with a flatbed sound system drives around the mainland for the duration of the summer. DJs play music continuously and N’dee people follow the truck around, dancing and socializing until they tire and leave the parade. N’dee popular dance is highly sexually suggestive, and the style of dress associated is, highly revealing for lack of better term. Tourists with children wishing to visit Awenasa during “Tramp” season are thus forewarned.

 

N’dee culture is highly matriarchal, whereas N’dee males assume the last names of their wives and the family tree is carried by the mother, instead of the father. Women in N’dee culture can be found doing many of the same tasks as men, even in the military. It is not uncommon to see women infantry; however the tough infantry standard is the same for both male and female.

 

Attractive Blood Apache women can be extremely dangerous, especially as covert operatives. As of which many Blood Apache insurgents are indeed women; deadly as a charm. Part of the Awenasan myth of its women,(that N’dee women are sexually assertive) are the result of interaction with Blood Apache insurgents.

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Part 2 History of the N’dee- Where did they come from?

 

The Nation of Amekekia is central to the belief of all N'dee, Blood Apaches are sworn protectors of this "nation." Amekekia was the great unification of the pre contact peoples, the Aztec, Maya, Tiano, Dine, and various tribes under one identity; the word, N'dee is used to define this identity in this story

 

IGS 120 (Sol System), in the North and South American continents of Earth is the ancestral home of the N’dee people dating back over 4000 years. Some archeologists date back even 10 thousand years earlier to a group of “Paleo-Indians” who crossed the Bering straits. Although much of this history is been lost, there is still much historical information that has been passed through the ages through oral traditions and various legends. A method still utilized today by the N’dee today.

 

It’s important to understand the N’dee because the Blood Apache heritage is steeped in the remnants of the ancient mysticism and tradition of the original N’dee people. The word N’dee itself means “The People.” and is very evident in their socialist political perspective. The word “Apache” is possibly a Zuni tribe or Yuma tribe word meaning “Enemy” or “Fighting Man.” This is the major distinction between the N’dee and Blood Apache of today. Blood Apaches are warriors of the N’dee.

 

With the arrival of the first European settlers in 14th to 15th century, the N’dee way of life, as well as that of every other tribe in North and South America was faced with disaster. Countless wars of attrition, slavery, genocide, and disease threatened these tribes to the point of extinction. Much of their traditions were lost as many tribal members were converted by Christian missionaries into their faith.

 

By the 20th century most of the remaining tribes in the North and South America found themselves isolated on impoverished reservations in what seemed to be a futile last hope of their self identity. Many tribes were simply “bred” out of their existence and its younger generation assimilated into the dominant cultures.

 

Sometime in the mid 21st century, this would all change with the collapse of the federal government and the assertion of the states into claiming the last of these reservations. Many tribes found themselves trying to survive in the urban areas of North and South America with little or no support. This presented a severe social crisis, particularly in the former United States, where many N’dee found themselves sharing prisons with yet another subculture; the prison gang.

 

The Blood Apache perspective was born out the prisons of North America and represented the unification of the new civil rights movement and the reactionary “gang” mentality. The gangs of America have always presented themselves as protectors of their “hood” or “barrio” but the plight of the tribes brought most of these gangs under one cause; the “Peoples” cause. This is important to understand because prior to that era, most of dominant American gangs fell under the following ideologies, The “Peoples” Nation, the “Folk” Nation, the “Aryan” Nations, the Bloods or the Crips.

 

With the exception of the “Aryan” nations, most of these ideologies merged under the “Blood Apache” perspective and what followed was a repudiation of the European culture. This unified identity and nationality presented a challenge to state authorities, which found themselves, overwhelmed with the increase of organized crime and resistance. The “Peoples” cause became parallel with the plight of the disposed tribes and African descendants who were brought to North and South America as “slaves” centuries before.

 

The ideology of yet another militant political group, The “Black Panther Party” founded in the later 20th century by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, also held significant influence in the social order of the Blood Apache. The Black Panthers were established as a socialist revolutionary political party to answer the plight of the African slave descendants in North America. In fact, the “Declaration of the Blood Apache” closely resembles the “10 Point Program” of the Black Panther party.

 

Unlike the Black Panther Party, the Blood Apaches accepted anyone, of any ethnic background, even Europeans, who were willing to die for their cause. The N’dee of today are actually a collective of these disposed tribes and those who were converted to their cause.

 

The gang structure cultivated a “survival of the fittest” approach by utilizing the philosophy of “Blood in- Blood out.” This meant to enter this group, which was directed by a counsel consisting of the subordinate gang leaders, you had to kill an enemy of the counsel’s choosing. This could be a rival gang member, a political figure or even someone within their own ranks who have shown some kind of weakness or fault.

 

Entire gangs or even militias could be entered into the Blood Apaches with the completion of a mission designated by the counsel, and thus found access to military grade equipment and special operations training. While the illegal operations of the Blood Apaches continued to provide increasing funds for their movement, they also found support from countries outside the Americas to destabilize the region once the United States federal government could no longer function.

 

It would be the ideology of yet another social order, “The Zulu Nation” also founded in the late 20th century by a man known simply as “Afrika Bambaata” that would counteract the aggressive Blood Apache perspective. Under Dr Khalil Jones, the “Star Dancer” movement of 2105 was the belief that if peaceful coexistence could not be found on Earth, then they should be allowed to leave and establish their own governments on another world.

 

The Zulu Nation also shared a cultivation of many ideologies under its name, but was known mostly for their social programs and creative energy. Perhaps, it is safe to presume, their ideology was more acceptable to the masses, even now, and considering the best example of that influence was in Algoab, where Adonese youth hold to a belief that the ancient Egyptians of Earth were a space-faring race.

 

This was a belief cultivated and its research financed by the Zulu Nation since they came into being in 1979. They had even financed UFO and paranormal research among other things, but their biggest failure was to put the “Star Dancer” movement into practice.

 

However one tribe, the Keetowah N’dee or “Cherokee”, would set the example by coordinating their collective efforts to purchase a failing space import/export business and prepare it for their most precious cargo, themselves. To ease the social crisis, special incentives were given by TERA to all of the tribes to promote the colonization of other worlds. This dramatically shifted the focus from the Blood Apache ideology towards the Zulu Nation ideology.

 

Blood Apaches followed the N’dee people into space during these launches and account for probably some of the first Terran pirates to operate in space. It was not until the Vela Wars against the Rach Empire, that the Blood Apaches gained some sort of legitimacy in the eyes of the Terran government, even fighting alongside Terran Marines. This became the first major “distinction” within the Blood Apache ranks, where many members accepted and identified themselves with the Terran nickname “Wild Apaches” (also known as Apachero) given to them because of their unconventional military tactics.

 

We use the term “distinction,” because the N’dee today have many different perspectives of the same ideology and the various Blood Apache groups are associated with these N’dee “distinctions.” This is what is classified today as “Sects.” Every tribal “distinction” has a sect or several sects of Blood Apaches devoted to protecting them or their interests.

 

With the settling of Awenasa (IGS 160) in 2203, more “distinctions” would take place within the Blood Apaches as the N’dee people settled the land. Bear in mind there are N’dee who have settled other worlds or have decided to remain in space and so, more “distinctions” have taken place to accommodate them as well.

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PART 3 Understanding the N’dee- Who exactly are they?

Section 1: The Rainbow Warrior

 

According to popular legend, in 2012 there came a man with a vision of the flaming phoenix. This revelation symbolized the rise of a fallen empire, the Maya. This man simply known as the bearded one, led his 24 disciples (The Rainbow Warriors) on a quest to rebuild the great nation of Amekekia, the Blood Apache Nation has 24 core sects said to be decended from the original Arroco-al

 

Athabascan Sects

The Wild Apaches, Dog Soldiers, Black Mustangs, and Painted Horses

 

First of the major distinctions of the N’dee on Awenasa are the Athabascan, whose culture leaned to the western tribes of ancient North America. They share the northern most mountainous regions of the Northern Expanse. Of these N’dee, the six main traditional groups can be found. In fact each point on the N’dee six-pointed star represents one of these original tribes from Earth. The six tribes are the Western Apaches, also known as the Coyotero, the Chiricahua, the Mescalero also known as the Faeron, the Jicarilla, the Lipan and the Kiowa.

 

One of the major sects protecting the Athabascan traditional groups is the Apachero sect also known as “Wild Apaches”; they are the more traditional minded of the Awenasan N’dee; serving the majority of the Athabascan N’dee to include the Chiricahua, the Jicarilla, the Lipan and the Kiowa. Next is the aggressive Coyotero sect, also known as “Dog Soldiers”; these formidable warriors serve the Coyotero primarily.

 

Red Clouds, White Clouds, Seers and Black Flames

Two particular sects, the Black Mustangs, and the Painted Horses often combine their efforts to serve the Mescalero/Faeron people. Minor Athabascan sects include the “Red” and “White Clouds” who serve the Jicarilla, the “Seers” of the Kiowa and Lipan and the “Black Flames” who serve many of the space-faring N’dee still in the IGS 160 system.

 

Tiano Sects

The Black Stone Raiders, Black Widows, Red Faced Colibri, Wind Riders and Sacred Waters

 

The next major distinction of the N’dee on Awenasa are the Tiano-Boriken or “Boriqua”; whose culture leans to the Caribbean islands or southeastern Mayan/Awarok tribes of ancient North America. This is the group along with the New Atzlan that initially gave the original N’dee people, the population numbers and the strong “Spanish” influence. In fact, the name “El Ubeyo Sangre de Los Apaches” is Spanish in origin meaning “The Blood Circle of the Apaches” or “Blooded Apaches” taken from their practice of initiation.

 

The “Blackstone Raiders” sect is particularly known for their space navigational capabilities and is probably responsible for much of the pirating between Earth and Awenasa. Minor Tiano sects include the mysterious “Black Widows,” The “Red-Faced Colibri”, the “Wind Riders” and the mystical “Sacred Waters” or “Jiati-Bonicu” sect. Many of the lesser Tiano sects form a subordinate counsel from which its head then sits on the main counsel.

 

New Atzlan Sects

Reborn Aztecs, Aztec Kings, Matadors, and Savage Panthers

The next distinction of the N’dee of Awenasa are the New Atzlan whose culture lean toward the tribes of Central and South America. This is perhaps the largest of the N’dee distinctions, and also has a strong “Spanish” influence. There are few subordinate distinctions within the New Atzlan, which gives the sect leaders considerable influence within the Blood Apache counsel.

 

The “Reborn Aztecs” and “Aztec Kings “are two of the largest sects of all the Blood Apaches and boast a membership which each equals most of the Athabascan N’dee Sects put together. Minor New Atzlan sects include two of the more violent groups, the “Matadors” of Teotihuacan, and the “Savage Panthers” from the rainforests of east New Atzlan.

 

Cherokee Sects

Red Path Cherokee

A smaller, but influential distinction of the N’dee of Awenasa are the Keetowah-N’dee, who represent what is often called the “Red Path Cherokee” sect. Awenasan Cherokee society is structured more in line the typical republics on Earth but their history and tradition is incorporated well within its political and social structure. Still, there are Blood Apache sects devoted to the protection of the Cherokee, but they often find themselves in conflict with the “Cherokee-Templars“or “Cherokee Knights of the Lidean Order” named for the island protectorate established by the Templar government.

 

Minor Sects

Sacred Owls and Snake Men

The Cayuse or “Blue Mountain” population numbers were diminished during the 7 Years War when the Athabascans launched their offensive in 2261, but the “Sacred Owls” sect continues to serve their interests. This sect faces the threat of obscurity, which sometimes causes them to “prove” their value within the counsel. Although there is no true distinction for a “Sioux-N’dee”, the”Snake-Men” face similar problems.

 

N’zinga and Earth Based Sects

Voodoo Lords, 3 Sunz, Geronimo’s Few and Fire Seekers

The N’zinga (Sometimes called the “Carib”) represents a strange departure from the N’dee distinction altogether, yet several Blood Apache sects are devoted to their service. N’zinga culture is rooted in the African and West Indian cultures with a strong French, Patwah and Spanish language base.

 

The “Voodoo Lords” sect is known in particular for their atrocities carried out on military captives during the UFF incursion of 2227, and are considered the most violent of all the Blood Apaches. Another sect, “3 Sunz” also dedicate themselves to the service of the N’zinga, however the bulk of their numbers reside still in the Caribbean Islands and South America on Earth.

 

Other Earth-based sects include the coveted “Geronimo’s Few” sect of Colorado and New Mexico, who continue to resist the state governments today in an effort to reclaim their tribal lands, and the mystical “Fire Seekers” sect, sometimes known as “Born Apaches” or “Real Apaches”; They are also revered.

 

Section 2: Disciples, Tolucan Death Squads and Initiates

Blooded Disciples

Within the inner circle of the Blood Apaches is perhaps the most reclusive of sects “Blood Disciples.” They are not attached to any particular distinction, but rather act as enforcers within the Blood Apaches and serve the counsel directly. There is usually a Blood Disciple member or more embedded within every sect as advisors and scribes to each sect leader. In times of conflict, a Disciple may assume control of a sect towards a particular cause, then release control back to the sect leader. In extreme cases a disciple may assume leadership of the entire counsel.

 

Blood Apache Initiates

The most dangerous elements within the Blood Apache organization are not necessarily the Blood Apaches themselves, but rather their initiate groups. Once such group is the (IGS-144) Lacerta-based “Silent-Storm.” sect, comprised of former elite NDF military personnel who escaped from the UTDF War tribunals after the 7 Years War. There are many initiate groups in operation, so intelligence is often outdated when trying to investigate these groups.

 

Red Sentinels

Perhaps the most odd of the Blood Apache sects is the “Red Sentinels” sect devoted to protecting the Awenasan N’dee who are citizens of the Koda-Works Industrial Society (KWIS). This Rach-based UCOR maintains several facilities, which employ many N’dee people of which the “Red Sentinel” sect serves and protect. The Blood Apaches have shared the battlefield with and against the Rach Empire on many occasions; and through the course of time, have actually shared a mutual respect for each others cultures.

 

That should come to no surprise however, the Blood Apaches see the Rach as “true to their nature” claiming, “It’s easier to deal with the Rach Empire because you always know where they’re coming from.” Some high ranking counsel members of the Blood Apaches have actually been to Mohr to witness the Rach traditional “Season of the Storms” and on Awenasa, Rach have participated in many Tolucan Death matches against seasoned Blood Apache warriors.

 

On the other side of the coin is the Templar Government, who many N’dee in general have mixed feelings. The Blood Apaches have come into conflict with the Templar on several occasions and in the recent years, they have reacted to their activities with violence. The Malvernian Empire is also another source of conflict, due to the increasing frustration with trying to convert the Awenasan people to the faith of Khardulis. Almost every missionary effort has ended in dismal failure and in many cases, extremely violent clashes.

 

While the Ritterlich Confederacy still maintains some contact with the N’dee, they usually receive the brunt of the anti AEC sentiment that continues to increase among the N’dee people. Most people of Awenasa have a strong resentment towards the AEC because of their alleged involvement in the 7 Years War. To them, these allegations tarnished the AEC’s image of brokering peace within the galaxy, and their capitalist society have come to represent everything the N’dee people detest.

 

The UTDF has become increasingly involved in counteracting the growing N’dee hostility towards the AEC. It’s not too hard to realize that the Blood Apaches will act in the interests of the N’dee people, but the radical elements will continue to grow

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