|Location:||Northern Nevada and Southeastern Oregon|
|Motto:||Hail the Queen|
- "Who doesn't want an all-female army who obeys every word you say? I'll tell you: feminists. But they're not here, and that's the beauty of it."
- —Joshua Morgan, rejoicing over his aquisition of the Cazadoras
The Cazadoras are an all-female tribe located in eastern Nevada and most of the surrounding states like Utah, Idaho, and Oregon. They are the descendants of the humans that once worked for the Elysians after the Great War. Do to their ancestors protection by the Elysians in the post-war times, the Cazadoras believe that the Elysians are their benevolent masters, and serve them exclusively. They control Tierra de Oro, or the Land of Gold, which is a constituent member of the Republic of Liberty.
They've managed to sustain their kingdom through a complex fuedal system, and sustain their population through agricultural techniques taught to them by the Elysians. They have recently been trying to modernize with the Elysians' assistence, as the Cazadoras lack many gunpowder weapons, and even fewer energy weapons for that matter. Despite this, the Cazadoras trive in the deserts in Southwestern America, and despite what many think of their warrior culture, the Cazadoras are rather passive farmers and traders. The Cazadoras are, however, a threatening force to any who would dare challenge them.
The tribe known as the Cazadoras (Spanish: huntress), got their start sometime after 2085, when the families of that were once protected by the Elysians, began to flee the town of Ely for Lund just to the south, to escape the feral ghouls that took over the town. When the Elysians began to retake portions of the town in 2083, some of the townspeople returned. Those who had kids in the desert while they were hiding, noticed that the children's skin was chalk white, and that they lack any form of emotion. No one could understand why until most of Ely (renamed Elysium in 2091), was restored, and the hospitals up and running again. It was discovered that the radiation in Lund, mutated the eggs in the women, and the normal emotional development of the children was altered.
Additionally, the radiation damaged the normal sperm production of the men, causing them to produce X chromosomes only. Plus, the SLC24A5 gene in both sexes, was heavily altered, rendering the child's skin color chalk white. Finally, all of those born in Lund had no pupils, and had absolutely no melanin in their hair, resulting in pure white hair. Down to this day, how radiation so greatly altered the Cazadoras greatest features is unknown. These girls, about 54 of them, were sent out of Elysium by Erick Morgan II in 2082, to reside in Lund, without the assistance of their parents. The hope was that they would die, and that would be the end of the story.
In 2101, mysterious disappearances around Elysium began to rise, with over 16 in total. What made the disappearances even more disturbing was that they were all men. In late June of 2106, Joshua Morgan and a small group of guards placed a volunteer in the open one night, and settled in to await the kidnappers. At around 3:17 in the morning, and group of chalk white women armed crossbows and machetes attacked the bait. However, instead of killing him, they knocked him out and carried him away. Joshua and his detail followed the group all the way to Currant, Nevada, about 60 miles away from Elysium, and all the way there, avoiding numerous more of these women. Upon arriving in Currant, the group dropped the man off at a small house.
When he was taken inside, the Joshua and his men rushed to a window, were they found 13 women, all with chalk white skin, in a small room with the volunteer. Upon closer observation, they acknowledged that these were the girls that Joshua's father had exiled 19 years ago They watched as the women fed him some liquid substance, and proceeded to knock his out with the bottom of their crossbow, upon which they proceeded to rape him. Horrified, Joshua and his men began searching for others that may have been kidnapped, and rescue them. One of the victims told them that the women needed to expand their numbers, and kidnapped men from all around the region, feeding them what his described as "liquid Viagra", and rape them. Upon hearing this, Joshua went back to the house to free the volunteer, and put a stop to the attacks.
When Joshua got to the house, he was immediately captured by some of the women who had been covering the kidnappers rear on their way back to Currant. He told them to let him leave with his man, and upon hearing the name Morgan slip out of his mouth, the women let him go. They told their colleagues to free the man, and let him go with his master, and told them that he was a Morgan. They fell to their knees, bowing to the man they revered as their god. Joshua was no doubt deeply confused and equally as disturbed by the act. They told to the best of the ability, that their parents spoke highly of the Elysians, and that they owe their allegiance to him, and no other. Seeing an opportunity in this, Joshua accepted their pleas to serve him, and had his men go back to Elysium in advance of the women. When the women asked Joshua what he would could them as they had no name for themselves, he decided to call them the Cazadoras, primarily because of their habit of hunting for men in the wastelands.
- "Gotta give the Elysians kudos. Out of all the tribals in the wasteland, the Cazadoras are perhaps the only ones who don't worship a malfunctioning nuclear generator, some jerkass opportunist trader, a Brotherhood paladin, or some dirty old skeleton in some radioactive RV. Plus, their cities aren't crap. They put work into 'em. Respect."
- —NCR agent, upon turning in his report of his examination of the Cazadoras and their cultural background
The Cazadoras are a complex warrior society within an even more complex fuedal nation. One can hope to reach the ranks of the elite, but only through constant battle. Cazadoras hunt men to bare children for the Cazadora nation, and war aganist neighboring tribes to gain respect within their own tribe, and to continue capturing men. War is the only way one can advance through Cazadora society, and one of the few reasons they go war. For that reason, Cazadoras will look for any excuse to fight, and if the other is a man, they will put forth the effort to make sure they win. Since Cazadoras hunt men in the manner in which do, they are advent slavers, and many will make sure to avoid purchasing a Cazadora slave knowing very well the dangers they will bring, especially if the purchaser is a man. Because of their man-hunting and routine slaving, the Cazadora population has exploded, and as the Queen stated herself, there are a lot of needy men out there.
The Cazadoras are rather primitive and superstitious, but this can not be taken for naivety or backwardness. They strive to learn more from their surroundings, and request the aid from the technologically superior Elysians living in the city of Elysium. In fact, the Cazadoras have been able to establish a kingdom along the Reese and Humboldt Rivers, spreading out to the edges of southern Idaho, southwestern Oregon, and western Utah, and they've even developed a number or aqueducts to carry the unradiated water to other towns in the kingdom further into the desert. The desert itself has also shaped the culture of the Cazadoras. Every city in the kingdom is adore with ancient Native American art, and their pottery and weaving can be found in many of the markets (the Cazadora capital of Ciudad Dorada for example). Also, old Spanish-style missions can be found in every town square, and virtually all of their cities are made out of adobe.
The Elysians too have an important role in Cazadora society, as every Cazadora, including the Queen, is duty-bound to serve any Elysian they happen to run into or that request their aid. For this reason, Cazadoras can be found where ever an Elysian may happen to be, and number can also be found in any towns of settlements run by Morgans. The current Queen of the Cazadora, Gabrielle, is half-Elysian, as was her mother. The Queen has traditionally been half-Elysian, and this is the only reason aside from the benefits of a loyal army of born warriors, that the Elysians continue to help the Cazadoras expand their nation, viewing them as relatives and thus desiring of their aid.
The Cazadoras are organized into tribal fiefdoms called feudo, with each led by a Chieftess chosen from amoungst the most senior warriors in the tribal. When a feudo is established, it usually consists of about 70-80 Cazadoras when it is created, after which it then sets off from their old home in search of a new area to settle. They typically chose arid eviorments, as they require far less water than a human to survive (usually a cup or two can get them through the week). These fiefdoms are centered around a fortress town called a fortaleza. A usual fortaleza is build in a neat circle, with wooden walls and watchtowers. The usual population of a fortaleza can be anywhere from as low as 60 to 1,000.
Upon reaching a population of 1,000, a fortaleza is then given the rank of ciudadela, and expected to provide the Queen of the Cazadoras with warriors and resources, and build stone walls and maintain a defensive force of a least 200. If a draft or material quota given to a ciudadela isn't met in the time alotted, the chieftess of the ciudadela is depending on the mood of Queen, executed or replaced by another more promising chieftess. The former chieftess is exiled, and is then known as a nómada, and no longer allowed to dwell with any other Cazadora fortaleza or ciudadela, under pain of death for either her or the inhabitants who chose to shelter her. Through this system, the Cazadoras have settled the greater portion of eastern Nevada, western Utah, south Idaho, and southeastern Oregon, and have a population estimated to be somewhere between 35-50,000.
The warrior culture of the Cazadoras is organized in such a way that each Cazadora is subservient to a certain warrior or a group of them, and knows exactly who they are to report too. At the bottom is the escudero, who is required to wear their hair long as a sign of youth and inexperience. They aren't allowed access to the Cazadoras' better weapons, and carry bolt-action rifles and machetes. Above them is the guerrero, who forms the majority of the fighters in a Cazadora fiefdom. They wear their hair at shoulder-length, showing that they've had battle experience, and typically wear more armor than an escudero. Above the guerrero is the campeón, who has fought numerous battles, won many duels, and has been chosen to serve on the front lines, the greatest honour for any Cazadora.
They're provided heavy armor, and allowed to wear their hair short, and are the first rank a Cazadora must reach to gain access to firearms. Above them is the caballero, who has been selected from amoungst the campeóns to serve in their chieftess' personal guard. The caballero accompanies the chieftess everywhere she goes, and fight by her side in battle. They were the best armor available, are the only Cazadoras permitted to use energy weapons, and can wear their hair any way they like. In the usual order of succession, if the chieftess lacks an heir before or after her death, two caballeros are chosen from the guard, and fight each for the position.
The Cazadoras maintain an elaborate governing systems, allowing the towns of the kingdom to operate on their own, and still contribute to the Cazadora nation. The system itself was created by the Elysians to help the Cazadoras become a more cohesive unit, despite the vast distances between the capital and the fief. The Cazadora nation of Tierra de Oro is divided into 21 feudos, or fiefs, each of which is governed by a chieftess, who is selected by the Queen in Ciudad Dorada. A feudo is centered around a special fortaleza or ciudadela, which serves as the capital of the feudo. The fief is responsible for all of the activities taken by the Cazadoras, and represent the Cazadora nation when outsiders visit. As such, a chieftess is tasked with a rather dangerous duty, as one false step, and the Queen or any Cazadora believing she has failed in responsibilities, can have her killed.
The fief is defended by local warriors who form a militia known as the Ejército de la Ciudadela, or Army of the Citadel. The Ejército de la Ciudadela is responsible for the protection of the entire fief, and is usually the ruling chieftess own warriors, who go to cities under attack, and help bolster the defenders. Thus, the Ejército de la Ciudadela is really nothing more than a mobile army of well-equipped warriors. The cream of the crop within the fief's army are the Centinela, who receive better training and equipment than the chieftess' own knights, primarily because they serve the kingdom and not the fief. Their job is to ensure a fief pays their tithes, obey the laws, and maintain the loyalty of the fief. They are part of the central army, and the not the defensive force of the fief. Thus, while it may be drawn from the best warriors a fief can muster, their loyalties are automatically transferred to the kingdom, and not their home fief.
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