So, with the help of the Storytellers, I've made an academia-style summary of the Neoprimitive memescape, with a LOT more detail than the Archive has in it. Give it a read- it isn't long, and I tried to make it interesting (as interesting as this sort of thing ever is, anyway).
Some Neoprimitive Lore
Character: Nikolai Locke, Martian Engineer
Player: Michael Bushee
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@Nikolai-Locke So good! If I can add a bit of headcanon...
I like that this details the social structure. Indeed, spiritual fellowship and shepherding is the only real 'leadership' in the Tribe. The Shaman's role is not to make decisions per se, but to encourage each member to introspection and support them along their life path. Often Leadership is appointed on an issue-by-issue basis by the entire tribe's vote.
Other roles and archetypes exist: Guards, Caretakers, Teachers - and those mantles are earned/self-dedicated/chosen by the members of the tribe, but tend to be more logistical than religious, and a single tribe member may have many roles they play.
In this light, the Shaman is like the heartbeat of the tribe, checking in with each member to ensure that the tribe is 'healthy' and helping the members move as a single unit through Life, with all the tragedy and pitfalls that it holds. It's very rare to find a Tribe without one, but it has been known to happen - usually while a new Shaman is being found.
Many outside the tribe may mistake the Shaman as being the Leader, but they are really more like a public servant. They may be the voice of the tribe, but it is only because the entire tribe puts their faith and input into the Shaman's actions and gives them their trust. A Shaman who misuses that trust will soon find themselves stripped of the title.
Player: Theresa Garcia
Character: Aza Sinra - Neoprimitive Shaman
"Don't you start talking to me about drawing straws yet." - Samuel Gander
"Fancy pants committee adjourned!" - Aza Sinra
This is a really well-written essay! Two thumbs up.
I missed it when you first posted it.
Character: Michael "Misha" Huang
Player: Todd Cole