Codex: The Chimi People and the Origins of the “Chimera”

The Hill People of Central Ovid, known in their old times as the Chimi, were an early human society along the Heartlands River. Although the relationship between ethnic, linguistic and cultural factors in the Chimi people remains uncertain and controversial due to their complete extinction at the hands of the Kingdom of the Heartlands in ancient times, many theories are considered legitimate given the quantity of cultural artifacts found throughout the region. The exact geographic spread of the ancient Chimi is also disputed; in particular if the ancient peoples of the Malundi plain are, in fact, the eventual descendants of these people.

It is believed that the Chimi were a hunter-gatherer people with few permanent holdings, and these seem to be almost exclusively places of religious importance. While their stonework is crude, what is immediately impressive about their ruins are the sheer size of the materials used. Giant boulders are stacked and carved into their buildings, and magical surveys by the Versity Magical Academy have found elements of arcane energy, especially planar energies, suggesting that the Chimi were known to summon extraplanar entities for their purposes.

Iconography at Chimi Ruins are almost exclusively focused upon three deities:
Mab: Giver of gifts and fickle mistress of luck.
Gein: Bringer of the harvest and mother of beasts.
Morrigan: The calamity on the horizon.

These three were depicted as three women, Mab the child, Gein the mother, and Morrigan the crone. While a similar pantheon to most central Ovidic cultures, the inclusion of Morrigan as a being to be honored and revered rather than calamity held at bay by other deities (such as Tamberlain in most of Ovid or Jack in Taintsville) is unusual. The Chimi worshiped Morrigan first and foremost, and offered great sacrifices in her name to keep her appeased. Morrigan, it was believed, was ever on the horizon. As with death and decay, her arrival was a surety that could only be postponed by conspicuous self sacrifice.

The Chimi, over time, came to sacrifice those captured from other tribes of humans to Morrigan as their own birth rates declined. It is believed that this was, in part, part of the justification for the King of the Heartlands to invade their lands and systematically slaughter each settlement and family of their people. This campaign is remembered in history as bloody and violent, with the Chimi fighting with spell and spear and with trained beasts, eventually called “Chimeras,” which means “Beast of the Chimi” in ancient Heartlander. This term would later grow to be used to encompass animals, werefolk, demons, dragons, outsiders, and more by the Heartlanders, which makes isolating exactly what the Chimi used in their wars nearly impossible. As the Chimi were friendly with local werefolk, and tamed war beasts were common in the era, it is anyone’s guess as to what these early Chimeras truly were.

Whatever they were, though, they were terrifying enough to remain in cultural mythos of the Heartlander Kingdom, and the eventual Kingdom of Ovid that replaced it, to this day.