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History of the tribe

the amazons are living in isolation in the deep rainforest. they look primitive, but their wood-based technology is more complex than it appears.

the amazons are uniquely adapted to their environment. They never had a chance to learn much about metals, which are scarce in their home environment. They are very rudimentary in mining and smelting. Instead, they mastered the use of the various kinds of wood. ironwood, a very hard and dense wood, is used for support in buildings and for weapons. balsa, very light, is used in the non load-bearing parts of buildings to make them lighter, and in some armor. They also extract rubber from resin and use it for padding in armor and for waterproofing. lacking iron nails, they use ropes for tying wood when interlocking does not suffice. they are also adept at growing trees in difficult environment, and have developed fertilizers to improve a poor terrain. agriculture and hunting weight equally in their diet. when amazons travel, they bring seeds of all their important trees, so that they would always be able to rebuild their jungle home from scratch.

having lived without major changes since before memory, and depending entirely on resources they could easily overexploit, amazons had a strong focus on making all their resources renewable. Their complex interdependence with their environment is best exemplified in their myth of mother jungle and father river, where those two elements are seen as aging parents; they take care of their amazon children, but they also need their children to take care of them.

on the down side, having adapted so well to their jungle home, they have a very hard time adapting to anything else. Even after coming into contact with other tribes, they could never learn metals, as they would require them to pick up something new from scratch, that would require generations to master.