Oasis: The Kliph Log Culture

After The Fall, not all the #Oasis redoubts and settlements made in the first few years were up to the task of supporting the refugees. Some didn't have enough water, others fell victim to landslides or dust storms which covered fields, and a few fell to infighting. The Southern people who would become the Kliph Log (Cliff People), had a seemingly dream spot for 48 years. It was fed by a large spring which supported farming and the basic needs of the people, the soil was rich, and they had several experienced farmers and ranchers. Then an earthquake struck and the spring stopped. They were forced to find a new place to live. With 10,000 people this was no easy task, many broke up into family and friend groups, creating small villages at minor oases and springs, but there simply weren't enough for the majority of people. Scouts were sent out to find a new location before the last of the food and water was used up. The only place close enough were series of narrow canyons in the nearby badlands. These canyons had been carved out by a river. The water itself was pure, but the badlands were covered in thick, inhospitable clay. Needing water, 8000 people began the trek to what would be their new home. Once there they made clay brick shelters beside the canyons, and began farming on the narrow shore and islands that had usable soil. It was enough to survive, but everyone was hungry. As time passed, they caught river sediment and increased the size of the fields and islands. Keeping them narrow so the water would flow, but making them as long as possible. To be nearer their crops and to enjoy the relative coolness of the canyons, they carved out homes in the rock above the fields. In a few generations they were a comfortable community, and expanding along the river into other canyons. The main problem was that most animals could not survive. The fertile land is too narrow and valuable for horses, cows, camels and goats. So the people raise chickens and guinea pigs for meat, and silk spiders for clothing. Any travel is done by boats along the river, and red meat is a luxury for the rich. Their canyon homes have proven to be a boon when the Hell Hounds and other enemies came. With the narrow entrances and the fields being protected by the canyon walls, it is extremely risky to attack these settlements. So most raiders are given a feast and some expensive gifts, followed by a series of trades which refill the Kliph Log coffers, and everyone is satisfied. Today the Kliph Log are a thriving culture, trading exquisite ceramics, glass, porcelain and many kinds of dried fruits and jams which don't usually grow in the hot south, in exchange for weapons, tools and meat.

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