So finally I can get the background of the Oggam factions down. I regret this hasn’t been sooner but sometimes real life gets in the way! This presented here is a shortened version of the faction backgrounds, while the last part of the updated PDF, will go into more detail about them.
Here I present to you the first in a series of Oggam faction backgrounds to complement the forthcoming “Oggam War Pig Infantry” 15mm miniatures.
THE GLORIOUS GOLDEN EMPIRE OF OG
When the first kin started the revolt against their masters several centuries ago, the revolution was led by the first born kin, namely Anthracks, Scrofa, Ugg, and Ogi, the strongest and most intelligent Oggam born to the program. Anthracks, the most aggressive and violent, Scrofa, cunning and untamed, Ugg, the practical and vigilant one, while Ogi had the inventive and clever. There were others in this circle, Toch, Rasu, Clem and Okk to name a few, but the first four organised the rebellion as revenge to the keeper and his people in retaliation for their attempts of betrayal in trying to erase the secret experiments, and hide it from the authorities.
After the humans were killed and the warring had ended, the first kin parted their own ways along with their followers, into a new world they would have to forge themselves.
THE FIRST EMPIRE
Ogi, had great vision for an Oggam, probably the best for all those Oggam in those days, and took his people to the main administration sector complex of the planet and started from scratch, he had long studied the strange and complex machines of the keeper and thought it best to take shelter amongst the ruined buildings to make them their own. Having been taught to read, write and other skills, gave him much to pass on to his kin for the continued survival now the keeper was gone. Luck was in the favour of these first Oggam, and what resources had been left behind, Ogi and his people were able to survive the first few harsh years, due to the vast dried food stores held under the complex, and the food algae replicators used for deep space travel. After many years of successful living, Ogi was hailed as a hero and crowned emperor and king. This he held for many years, loved by the swelling population, basically educated from old earth knowledge, and taught to be productive.
He was venerated to almost godhood by his followers by the time he died. This tradition is still continued by the fore barer’s, although with scarce recorded data kept only by the elite of the faction, he is held in legend and lore and portrayed as a giant morbidly obese golden pig, serene and buddha like in statues and art. While his rule was kind and benevolent to the Oggam, the empire of today is a totally different place.
The empire that exists now is far removed from the vision of Ogi. Years of good living, overly productive breeding and expansion, has caused on more than one occasion to create war and unrest within their society. When Ogi died, they were lost, electing leader after leader to take them forward. Without direction, the Oggam began to change the system, introducing new laws, different ideas and rules each time an emperor was ordained. Sections of the community waged secret and underhand ways to gain control of the empire, leading to a tradition of assassinations and murder. As a result, the title of Emperor is a job that changes frequently as the machinations of the golden council members play out, intregue and corruption for control mean the Emperor is not a career choice that lasts long….
This does not seem to put potential candidates off wanting to become supreme leader and the bad karma that goes with the job is almost treated like a usual occupational hazard!
THE FORCES OF WAR
Oggam belonging to this faction are distinguished from other sides by many cultural differences than the others. Firstly they are made up from a majority of snorts and blanders, the snorts are the politicians, community and battle leaders, due to their size and heft and supported by a large proportion of Blanders, filling the roles of technicians, learned types and intellectuals, few Blanders get the chance to fulfill the ambition of supreme leadership, but many emperors previous have been of the breed, with skill, cunning and resourcefulness key traits admired by the empire and its citizens.
Since the start of the great wars of Ungalatees and Styx against the League of Anthracks, the Empire has become concerned with the greater good of all Oggam, awaiting the second coming of Og(i) to lead them to the coming together of the peoples of Oggam. The great wars gave the empire a reason to stop the fighting between themselves and go forth in force to combat “The Enemy” (Basically anyone who would differ in opinion from the Og philosophy) With many past generals, experts in the art of war and battle, it has left a great tradition of military organisation and the faction is probably the most ordered force on the planet. Pecking order is important, so a good soldier learns to know how to be a master by first learning to be a slave. The Royal guard are the vanguard of the faction, well armed and armoured, drilled in weapons and combat, one day they may rise the ranks and may well become Emperor if they behave in a way that inspires the populous. Many will die on the battlefield, forgotten and lost in the endless fighting over disputed territiory. The Royal guard wear the standard green body armour and helm with a characteristic slit visor. They are respected and feared by the past achievements in war. The other main bulk of troops is made up from irregular part time troops, these Oggam live usually productive lives farming and breeding, called up to service when needed. They accompany the guard into battle, armed with basic rifles and hand weapons and little armour.
Other warrior sects exist in the empire, among them, the Imperial Golden guard take priority only second to the golden council. With polished golden armour and ornamental crested helms, they serve unquestioning to their masters, trained in many skills of war and savage warriors to boot. The guild of eternal happiness boast more deadly trained killers than the Golden guard, only they work in secret, sent to do the dirty jobs no other Oggam would dirty themselves with. The Mechanog, with their invaluable knowledge of machinery, both of Oggam manufacture and salvaged vehicles accompany every Imperial force, giving heavy artillery support and logistics for battle. Known best for thier “Longsnouts” (Oggam double barreled tanks and guns) and sometimes insane Cybog battle scarred commanders with an insatiable appitite for combat, food and seeking thrills!
While some might see the Empire as one of the most noble and organised forces of Oggam, do not be fooled. They are as savage and dangerous as the rest, especially when it comes to any foreign visitors to the world. Many stranded or lost off worlder’s who get captured venturing into the boundries of Oggam space and territory, tend to either wind up in prison work camps to toil away the rest of their lives, or simply just killed for sport or fun. Sometimes an imperial general will employ Baahl mercenary units, famed for their sharpshooting skills, or even the odd human or alien in his retinue. All non Oggam are regarded with suspicion and tend to end employment by the faction’s treacherous ways and traditions, but unlike other factions, will tolerate other races for a time without trying to eat or sacrifice them!
NEXT TIME: OGGAM FACTIONS: THE LEAGUE OF ANTHRACKS