Hounds of Hecate

Hecate is a tribal who truly believes herself as a goddess, and prophet in 2253. She is also perceived as such by a group of fanatics who worship her.
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BackgroundEdit
Though some people think she is insane, the genetic knowledge she turned into a religion is actually helping the wasteland. She lives in the American Southwest, in a place called Ouroboros. The Daughters of Hecate are her prime servants, spreading Hecate’s will to all the tribes. The Vipers, raider exiles from the West, have become Hecate’s fanatical army, and will crush anyone who challenges her. The other tribes fear Hecate’s power, and rightly so.
The Twisted Hairs tribe was one of the most domineering tribes in the wasteland. They regularly raided their neighbors for food, supplies, and slaves. They were merciless in their efforts and the other tribes began to fear even the mention of their name.

It was during the reign of the Twisted Hairs that Caesar’s Legion rose to power. The Legion taught the tribes to fight back, and the Twisted Hairs were soon driven from their lands. Weakened and on the retreat, the Twisted Hairs were then set upon by the Legion and destroyed. No one was spared, although one woman did manage to escape. She later became the supposed goddess known today.

She wandered the desert passing from tribe to tribe trying to find someone who would take her in and give her a home. The tribes spurned her and turned her away. They told her that she was cursed, that the Legion had marked her, and that she would bring death to any who provided her help. Consumed with anger and hatred she fled back into the desert from which she came.

On her own, she was driven insane by the sun and sands of the wasteland. Embittered as well, she eventually collapsed from exhaustion. Fortunately, she collapsed near the Nursery; a worker robot sent out by Diana of the Nursery revived her and gave her the name Hecate. It was Diana that taught Hecate much of her genetic knowledge, Diana not knowing Hecate’s state of mind and her consequent desire to use such genetic knowledge for less than noble purposes, much less her honest belief in both her own divinity and Diana’s.

Diana eventually had Hecate leave, and Hecate returned, refashioned with warpaint and braids, to the tribes. There she instituted a religiously-cloaked system of eugenics, slowly taking the strong sons and daughters to become warriors for the Hounds of Hecate, leaving only the weak and infirm. Hecate’s eventual plan would be to take these Hounds of Hecate to sweep down on the tribes as well as Caesar’s Legion in violent retribution.1

Background on Hecate’s nameEdit
“I see that you are awake at last,” it said with a woman’s voice. “I am Diana. Can you tell me your name?”
“I… I don’t…” She paused as she tried to remember who she was, struggling with the blackness that was her mind. “Dark Mother,” she blurted at last. “They called me the Dark Mother.”

“Did they, now? Well, I shall call you Hecate then. Do you mind?”

“Hecate…”

“Yes. Forgive me, I know you don’t understand, but I find it amusing. You see, I am Diana, and she was the goddess of the full, or bright moon. Hecate was her opposite, the goddess of the new, or dark moon. She was also known as the Dark Mother. So, I thought I would christen you Hecate.”

“Goddesses?”

“Yes. Both were goddesses of the moon… Forgive me; I must be confusing you to no end. I’ve been alone for centuries and I find myself babbling now that I have someone to talk to. Come. Let me show you my world and we will talk and get to know one another. There is much that we can learn from each other.”1


You dare ask for money to carry out Hecate’s will? We should kill you for such an insult.

— Drake
The most powerful tribals in the American Southwest are the feared Daughters of Hecate and their slave tribe, the Vipers. Led by an aging, possibly insane woman of fearsome presence, the masked Daughters of Hecate collect tribute from almost all other tribes in the regions they control. Failure to obey the mandates of Hecate often results in crop failure, poor hunting, disease, and barren wombs. The Daughters of Hecate reserve a special hatred for Caesar’s Legion because the Legion rose to power during the time of the Twisted Hair; a tribe that regularly raided other tribes for supplies and slaves. The Legion taught the other tribes to fight back and soon the Twisted Hair tribe fled. The Legion then set up on the Twisted Hair tribe utterly destroying every one apart from one woman who managed to escape for reasons unknown, she then later became The Goddess Hecate who is the leader of the Daughters of Hecate.
The Hounds of Hecate are a tribe of males who serve the all-female Daughters of Hecate. The Vipers are feared warriors, mostly feared for their uncommonly excellent health and large numbers. The Vipers often travel with Daughters of Hecate, protecting them from outsiders or foolish tribes who choose to stand up to Hecate.

The “Iron Lines” resist the Daughters of Hecate and have remained largely immune to the plagues that haunt other tribes who go against Hecate’s wishes. However, the Vipers never pass up an opportunity to butcher any Iron Lines they discover.

OriginsEdit
After Hecate braided her hair in the fashion of her lost tribe, painted her face so that none could recognize her, and then left the Nursery. She traveled to the very same tribes that had rejected her and aided them with her new found knowledge of midwifery and herbal medicine. Once she gained the trust of a tribe, she began to preach her life/death/rebirth religion. She asked that young women of the tribe join her and aid her in helping all the tribes of the wasteland. Thus the Daughters of Hecate were born.
Eventually the Daughters began to decide who could marry and who could not, who could have children and who could not. Only a Daughter was allowed to deliver a child into the world and it was done in a birthing tent set apart from the rest of the tribe. No males were allowed in or near the tent. Anyone who disobeyed their edict was either stricken with impotence or their wives bore sickly children. If a Daughter was ever harmed or killed the, men of the tribe were rendered impotent until a new Daughter was assigned to them. And so the Daughters grew in power and infamy.

Unbeknown to the tribes, the Daughters were taking the best of their children and replacing them with the weak or infirm. The best of the males were taken to the Ouroboros to become warriors in the Hounds of Hecate. The best of the females were taken to become Daughters. Over the years Hecate watched as the tribes grew subtly weaker and her followers grew stronger and stronger. Soon, vengeance would be hers.

Her plan was simple. When the tribes were weak enough, her Hounds would sweep down upon them and annihilate them from the face of the earth. The same would come to pass with Caesar and his legion. When all who had wronged her were gone, she and her people would march upon paradise and reclaim it as their just reward.

Hounds of Hecate

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