The Savage Tide
The finest fishers and aquatic hunters of the islanders, the bold young warriors of the Burowao prove themselves by braving the terrors of Widow’s Reef far from their cliff-top villages. Burowao sail war canoes and glide atop the waves on polished boards made from koa, a type of tree considered sacred and only found on the isle. Damaging koa groves is blasphemous and highly insulting to the Burowao. On the other hand, presenting the village with evidence of a great victory over a fearsome aquatic predator, such as a masher or elasmosaurus, goes a long way to winning the favor of the tribe, as does surfing the waves as the young Burowao do, or otherwise displaying magical power over water. The Burowao were the first Olman to craft and use shimalo’koa (see Olman Weapons), and displaying proficiency in its use gains their respect.
Their totem is the serpent, and great snakes are kept by their shamans as companions.