The ancient secrets of the Wyld elude almost every creature and clan in Armello, save for the ancient Bear Clan. Said to have walked the lands during the time of the Druids of Old, the Bear dedicate themselves to the perpetual cycle of nature, drawing great magical power from Armello itself. Ever-wise, the Bear are pillars of reason and foresight. The clan has served the Royal Court as soothsayers, spiritual advisors and sorcerers since its very inception, and was fostering magic practitioners of legendary power and ability long before that.
It is often whispered that the Bear Clan, mysterious and reclusive, continue the ancient druids’ ruthless, blood-soaked rituals. Although true to an extent, these tavern tales paint them as dark sorcerers and purveyors of death. The truth however, is that with little need for materialism, and pacifists at heart, the bear live peacefully amongst the great forests and glades of Armello, their relationship with the land and the mysterious power within providing them all the spiritual (and literal) sustenance they require.
From the cold north, fur thick and soul of steel, the mighty Wolf Clan emerged. With their prowess in battle matched solely by their infallible honour, it was not long before the clan earned a place -- often grudgingly -- within the machinations of Armello’s courts. Unashamed to make their disinterest in magics or politics abundantly clear, the wolves appear uncouth and brutish to most. In reality, their unique culture is widely misunderstood.
A wolf’s greatest compassion is for the clan, the pack, their kin. They draw their strength from a daily life built upon pride, loyalty and honour above all else… elements that make a wolf more deadly than the steel they wield.
I have often heard it said, let sleeping dogs lie. Words could not be truer of the Wolf. They are a force that when awoken, is seldom broken.
ROSE AND THORN
The Rat Clan are often said to be as invaluable to Armello as they are infamous. The largest of all the clans, rats and the various families under their banner are spread far and wide throughout Armello. Herein lies their power, for the rat sees and hears all. This omniscient presence has made them masters of mercantile, politics, and espionage. Wherever there’s trouble, there’s often a rat lurking nearby, they’ve found their place behind the scenes, governing Armello’s more unsavoury tasks.
As the true power brokers of Armello, power, wealth and status have become their greatest vices, at a cost of both great reward and sacrifice. Perhaps the greatest symbol of this is the lavish rat capital that sits precariously atop its shanty slums below. The rat clan may have become a symbol of contradiction, but knowing the rat, perhaps that is no accident either?
REACH HIGH, BURROW DEEP
The Rabbit Clan were the first to venture deep underground, uncovering incredible natural spoils that fueled generations of curious construction and privileged knowledge. After what seemed an eternity of tinkering and toiling tirelessly, they emerged into the world above, resplendent in gold, precious gems and artifacts of ingenious conception, and laid claim to the windswept plains of Armello. No longer would the clan need to cower in their burrows for their implements and knowledge gave them protection, at last, to enjoy life in the lands above.
A truly brilliant animal, even the elaborate underground burrows and their sky-vaulting marble towers do not truly attest to the magnificent splendor of their craftsmanship and the Clan’s refined culture and learned demeanor. On a quiet night, if you put your ear to the ground, you can sometimes hear the striking hammers of those ingenious artisans ululate a melodic and wise harmony!