FAQ Added and Backstory Update 2: Kalinago Origins
A massive thank you to our backers old and new that are getting us almost three quarters of the way to being funded! We've added many new questions with answers our fans have been asking us to the FAQ section to share more details about the game.
Here's the backstory we've been creating for The Archipelago and the Kalinago Origins:
In the 13th century, the Amerindian people discovered the islands which today we call the Caribbean, and the Kalinago culture was born. A century after this discovery, a volcano erupted giving birth to the islands of The Archipelago. In `the mid 14th century the Kalinago settled on these islands and prospered thanks to the ash-rich soil which yielded a plethora of flora and fauna.
For years they worshiped a new god: Arkanaguno, the volcano god, as she was the birth-mother of their prosperous land. Whenever spurts of magma would arise the Kalinago of this new religion would present a human sacrifice to Arkanaguno by jumping into her heart, the volcano’s crater, as to appease her. For almost a century they enjoyed a peaceful and plentiful life, as long as they gave sacrifice to thank their god for her gifts.
In the mid 15th century, darkness was cast over the Archipelago as the sun vanished for decades. Glaciers formed and the prosperity of the islands was ravaged by cold. There was much dispute over the origin of this disaster. Many natives began worshiping Solwe, the sun god, in place of Arkanaguno as they believed he was angered by their abandonment of him for the volcano god. Thus, the first schism occurred in the new Kalinago religion, fracturing into two separate sects: that of the sun god and that of the volcano god.
The disciples of Solwe determined they had to demonstrate their unwavering devotion to the sun by human sacrifice. They did so by volunteering themselves to be burnt on a pyre at the summit of their temple to prove that they’d rather die in flame than live in cold.
Eventually, some time during the 16th century, the ice age ended and the natives rejoiced. The Solwe’s followers were validated by their worship and Arkanaguno’s believers thanked her for bringing' heat back to their land. The Kalinago once again enjoyed prosperity on the islands of The Archipelago.
Not a half century elapsed before ocean storms began to regularly destroy the prosperous ecosystem that the islanders lived off of. Once again, theistic debate arose over the origin of these acts of god and many Kalinago began to deify Buwanu, the moon god. They firmly believed that he controlled the ocean tides and thus its storms. Those who kept with Solwe believed that once the sun returned the hurricanes would end as they only brought darkness to the waters. Those who worshiped Arkanaguno decided the storms were a manifestation of their god’s anger with those who abandoned her for another false god. With this, the second schism occurred and the third sect of the new Kalinago religion was born.
For decades the moon pupils euthanized elders and the deformed out of mercy for they would die painful deaths by the powerful storms the angry Buwanu kept summoning. They believed that the moon god only wanted the strongest to survive, and that in order to stop the tempests they had to take matters into their own hands.
Several years passed and eventually the ocean calmed. Buwanu’s followers knew they must maintain this divine intervention in the lives of the weak, and continued this ritual as to never anger their god again.
While the shamans of each sect disagreed on which god should be worshiped by the Kalinago, they all shared one universal truth: that life is cyclical. The circle of life remained an essential part of each of these faiths and not only justified but dignified the sacrifice of human life. Every native of The Archipelago truly believed that all birth ended in death, and that all good things must come to an end.