The Losterlies — Wanderers, the people of the Gypsie King

The first arrivals to the Losterlies were Wanderers, 2 males, 3 females, 1 pre-teen female, and 1 young boy with their cargo of small, alpaca like, beasts (who’s descendants become known as king’s sheep) and a number of seeded food plants and herbs.  Having lost their boat to a storm, they develop a life-style on the main island of the Losterlies.

The coming of the Whale-Talker,  the fellow marked by the bear clan, reduces their population, narrowing it slightly in the third generation.  Several generations after that, conflict with the Fomorians reduces their population and drives the wanderers into the mountains.

The Wanderers develop a herder/hunter-gatherer life-style on the bones of their earlier agricultural society.  The folk still seed favored plants and use fire to control undesirable ones.  They maintain mobility and, to a lesser extent, develop stealth almost incidentally, but these traits serve them well when the Seabrook colony is established.

The wanderers have some association with the agrarian and fishers of the original Seabrooke colony, but avoid the domination of the Celts.  Hiding away — drifting into the misty hills, they stay free and maintain their distinctiveness.

They and their alpaca “king’s sheep” live among the hot-springs and steam vents of the volcanic mountains.  They know the landscape, where the water is good and bad, where the lava is safe, where it has formed tubes and caves large and small, and they know where they have planted gathering gardens and where among the basalt wastes grass and wild flowers have taken root.  They have cultivated trees too, and they hide in crevices among the rocks.  They have a small grove they call the Ribbon Wood where they go to have council and “be of one mind”, but it is only a memory of that origin from which they spring, in part.

By the time of “The Man Who Forgot Himself” (TMWFH) the wanderers trade personally with outlying farms, coming out of the mist to exchange pleasantries, crafts, and food only to disappear, magically it seems to the farmers, back into the same mists.  

There are a handful of fairs in which wanderers participate.  For the country folk it is a chance to meet and mingle.  Dancing and song are part of the social event and the wanderers distinguish themselves in both.  The fairs are as long as a week and leading up to them are surrounding market days where there are dances and trading at crossroads and in villages.

There are other “meets” before and after fairs where mostly youth of the Seabrookians, Celts, and Wanderers meet and mingle.  Mostly the young islanders meet each other in ways that lead to marriage alliances and the magical, sensual wanderers lend a magic to the festivities.  Rarely the connections are between islander and wanderer, but these loves bridge alien worlds and do not often survive those differences.

Though wanderer clans are independent there is a recognized King and the wanderers use fairs and meets to conduct their business.  More rarely a King might gather the folk or their leaders to the Ribbon Wood.  Since the Wanderers are a world of their own, they might favor a particular market day or even meet over the fairs.  Such a meet is a glimpse of magic to the islanders who find their small meet is a major gypsy gathering.