Bunyip

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The Bunyip, though often mistakenly referred to as Fera, were one of the original fifteen tribes of Garou. Their kinfolk were the aboriginal tribes of Australia.

Bunyip

History

Victorian Age

The Bunyip were isolated from the other tribes for centuries until European Garou arrived with the white settlers in the late eighteenth century. The invaders sought to control the caerns of the Outback and fought with the Bunyip, eventually wiping them out in became known as the War of Tears.

Prior to their extinction, a few Bunyip (in the single-digits) had made their way to America and were living in the American West. Their final fates were unknown, but it presumed they have also died, and with them the secrets of the Bunyip.

Modern Nights

Thanks to the War of Shame, the Bunyip no longer exist; the last of their surviving animal kin, the thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger, went extinct in the 1930’s.

Organization

Nomadic and solitary by nature, the Bunyip had little in the way of central organization. The members of the tribe usually maintained a few important or precious contacts among the Bunyip, but their primary companionship came in the form of the thylacine and Aboriginal Kinfolk they were dedicated to protecting. This created a limited communication network among the members of the tribe, making it hard to organize, and perhaps giving the invading settlers an advantage.

Even in the last years of the existance, there was little, if no communication between the fighting bands of Bunyip. At the end, the Bunyip who remained were clustered in small groups, each waging their own battle against the settlers using the Umbra and guerilla warfare, never coming together to form a whole.

Tribal Culture

Perhaps the most pacifistic and spiritual of the Garou, the Bunyip never went out seeking a battle. They only fought for survival or to protect those they loved. The coming of the Europeans and the Wyrm changed the tribal make-up greatly, bringing them forth as true warriors for the first and last time.

Bunyip in homid form always resembed the Aboriginal people of Australia, while in lupus form they resembed the thylacine; although the thylacine strongly resembles a wolf, it is not actually in the canine family but is instead a marsupial. The Bunyip were nonetheless considered of the Garou, probably because of the thylacine’s strong resemblence to a wolf. No metis Bunyip were ever known to exist.

Thylacine

Political Culture

On rare occasions, the Bunyip and their human and thylacine Kinfolk would come together for a special meeting called a corroboree. Lasting a single night, the participants would both revel and engage in tribal poltics. Singing and dancing, storytelling, initiations and funerals, and, in later years, councils of war would all be held on this single night. At dawn, the Bunyip themselves would slip away into solitude, although their kinfolk would often remain together to continue the celebrations. It was due to the more unpleasant business affairs that the meetings were usually seen among the Bunyip as important business and not so much an outright celebration.

Religious Culture

Though little is known for certain, it is likely that the Bunyip were a deeply spiritual tribe who connected with the Umbra through the aboriginal concept of Dreamtime. In fact, Bunyip, unlike the other Garou, rarely if ever needed a focusing device before entering the Umbra. Frenzies were rare, even among the warriors of the tribe and wisdom was prized over all. Caerns, which were places of importance in Bunyip legend, were open to all Bunyip all the time, without need for ritual or rite; non-Bunyip Garou, however, could access only a few caerns, and only with the right outsider rituals.

Bunyip

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