"A warrior from The Cluster is easy to recognize due to the red paint on their lower face and chins."
- (Description from a Caravan Trader)
"Tactics? Bah! Time is of the essence! The loot is up for grabs and I deem to claim it for my own!"
-unknown Cluster Warrior
|Agenda||Restore the world|
|Spread||Southern Sweden. Last seen in the county of Småland|
|Trade||Trading, Extortion, Raiding, Farming|
|Ethics||Curiosity, Innovation, Usefulness, Nearness|
|IRL Counterpart||Western Sweden|
The Cluster has a relatively small population compared to other groups in the wasteland but don't let their few numbers fool you. Every girl and boy born in this family have been trained in the skills of survival, warfare, medicine, alchemy and biology since they were capable of walking. This makes any member a cunning, fierce and a strident opponent in battle. Besides combat and spending time with loved ones, the Cluster warriors love to host great parties for themselves and their allies and friends.
Before the great calamity, an expedition took place far north in the swamps of Finnmarken. A group of scientist had traveled there to do some research on radioactivity and the effects of a substance who produced a new type of bacteria in this area. The team consisted of a bunch of scientist including a chemist and a biologist. The freeholder had also decided to come along and so did a environmental politician who was conviced this expedition would be beneficial for the upcoming elections. After a few weeks, when the team was deep into the marshlands, strange light phenomenons could be seen all over and suddenly, all communications and electronics stopped working. They tried to re-establish contact by moving to higher ground but without success. After a couple of weeks wandering through the wildlands the group had started to run low on supplies. Eventually the isolation started to drive people mad. When all hope was lost, the team encountered a group of soldiers lead by a Colonel. They were given food and the Colonel told the expedition of the apocalypse and the civilization downfall. The expedition was invited to join the Colonel and they all traveled south to the central part of Sweden were they finally parted from each other.
Post- Apocalypse (2144)
The Cluster used to be farmers but had to adapt in order to survive. When the soil no longer were fruitfull, the group became nomads, drifting from place to place, raiding, looting and trading what little resources they had. Thanks to their traditional knowledge, they managed to stay alive even during the hardest conditions.
After the great calamity, the survivors of the expedition created guidelines and protocols in order to preserve knowledge and ensure future survival. And so the five nodes were created. The Colonel The leader of the group. The Colonel is chosen from day to day.
The Apothecary A doctrine in medicine, healing, chemical warfare and mixing beneficial substances.
The Collector Herbs, plants, crops. The collector knows it all. Uncertain if that glowing root is eatable? Just ask The Collector.
The Pathfinder A person with a high sense of ethics and morality. Studies the history of The Cluster and knows pretty much everything about its origin. Also act as a spiritual leader.
The Corrector Interprets the rules of the group, what is right and wrong according to the old laws. Acts as a judge in disputes and regulatory violations.
The Cluster as whole is ruled by one ruler, called “The Great Ruler”. This person is chosen by the members every third year. All members can vote and all members can candidate. During the elections, all members are gathered at their main base.
The Cluster is also split into smaller groups called Modules, consisting of 10-15 members. Within each module, the five nodes (The Colonel, The Apothecary, The Collector, The Pathfinder and The Corrector) are represented.
The Colonel is chosen by its members each day. Usually a small ceremony is performed. Sometimes the group can't decide or a rival candidate is unhappy with the decision. When that happens, the leader can be challenged into a duel. The winner becomes the Colonel for the day.
Outsiders who wish to become members must pass several trails in order to deem themselves worthy. It is not uncommon for the recruit to die during one of them.