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Greenskin Tribes ~ The Bloody Handz

“Right you maggots, dis day we’z gonna load up on dem barges and I dun’t wanna hear a grumble from any git ‘ere! If yer afraid o’ water den close yer eyez! An’ if youse gonna fall over da edge den shut yer mouth and don’t make any noise and sink like a gud git! Ain’t no git stoppin’ to fish youse outta da water so you keep yer feet on da ground and stay steady. One maggot less dun’t make a difference to Brukka! Just means more room for hummie loot and dose hummies got lotsa loot for da Bloody Handz!”
~ Brukka da Flaya, Warboss of the Bloody Handz tribe

The name of the Bloody Handz is often spat out with contempt by the traders and merchants of the world, particularly those of exotic goods. It is said that the phrase ‘a bloody earned coin’ spoken among merchants refers to the dangerous trade and need for highly defended caravans and convoys due to the pirating of the Bloody Handz tribe. Likewise the saying that a good ‘passed through the bloody hand’ does not refer to some illicit trade, but rather that the goods made the difficult journey past the raiding grounds of the Bloody Handz tribe. Where the Black Gulf might prove an impassable obstacle for most greenskins, the Bloody Handz have turned it into their raiding ground.

The Bloody Handz tribe calls the western foothills of the Dragonback Mountains their home, a strip of land between the Black Coast and the rugged mountains. Along this stretch of coastline, a trade route known as the Arabyan Trail runs from the safety of the dwarfen port of Barak Varr towards the dangers of the Swamps of Terror that surround the delta of the Great Mortis River. It is this stretch of coastline that the Bloody Hands terrorize, making overland travel particularly dangerous. The other option left to traders is to travel by sea across the Black Gulf, but not even this is safe from the reach of the Bloody Handz. Prowling the shores of the Black Gulf, the Bloody Handz tribe prey on the weak and steer clear of Barak Varr, in as much as they know how to steer of course.

Being located so near to the Badlands, the Bloody Handz have not strayed too far culturally from their savage orc kin. This much is evident by their choice in name and the banner they have taken on to mark their territory and presence. While the orc barges are hardly a sea-worthy vessel, any mariner from Tilea or Araby feels terror at the sight of the Bloody Handz banner. It is off of these terror-stricken merchants that the Bloody Handz have grown both fat and wealthy, though the measure of wealth to other civilizations doesn’t really translate over to the greenskins who amass wealth in belly-girth and bone trophies. At any rate, the wealth of the merchants has been plundered to such a degree that the Bloody Handz sit on heaps of fine cloths (which they likely use as toilet paper), exotic spices (which they likely burn to produce colorful smokes), and other finely crafted goods (which likely get smashed or hammered into crude weapons).

The only real check on the rampant pillaging and looting of the Bloody Handz is the dwarfen fleet of Barak Varr. The steam-powered ironclads and monitors of Barak Varr are powerful enough to hold off dozens of orc barges, and should a dreadnaught ever emerge from Barak Varr, then the Bloody Handz would stand no chance in the open sea. Fortunately for the Bloody Handz, they have in their tribe a few hungry-hungry giants who are more than capable of providing the artillery power to damage the dwarfen fleet, making the open seas a dangerous place for all. So long as the Bloody Handz avoid Barak Varr and limit their raiding to the coastline towards Araby, and away from Barak Varr, they are not likely to run into a dwarfen patrol.

Under the leadership of Brukka da Flaya, the Bloody Handz have grown bolder in their raids across the Black Gulf into Tilea, and with the promise of more loot, more giants are flocking to the tribe in hopes of good eating. With these bolder moves, it is only a matter of time before the ramshackle fleet of the Bloody Handz is tested against the dwarfs of Barak Varr.

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