Southern Clan | Angniku of Angnikuyaak

The village is set many miles north of the settlement Nauruk. The first settlers of Angnikuyaak (or called Angniku by its people) decided to keep themselves sheltered from the tundra by creating small rooms to huddle in inside of the mountain. Many years after, a whole society was built inside and outside of the mountain. Upon mining further into the mountain, the people had discovered crystals in the ground that soon became the center of their society.

The Angniku believe that each crystal represents the extension of one’s spirit and their placement in their society. These are determined by the Elder Shaman of the village as they are believed to carry the ability to see what crystal resonates with each child. The Elder Shaman is the leader of the people, and they’re essentially the Chieftain of the Angniku. The crystal the child is given shortly after birth becomes that person’s name [Example: Kya Clear Quartz] and it also represents their social standing/job in the tribe.
If someone was to break their crystal then they are to be banished from the tribe as it is believed that the spirits who break your crystal curse you. Those who are deemed cursed may only return once every 5 years when a traditional ceremony is held to honor the spirits. During this time the banished ones may plead for forgiveness and bring an offering to them in return for a new crystal. If one does not get accepted then they are sentenced to exile forever. Once someone is banished their families may not speak to them ever again or they too will be banished, for they chose their family over their own culture.

Diamonds - Elder Shamans: These are very rarely given to a baby. They’re only given to the next chosen Elder of the tribe. Those who own them are treated like royalty, and train their whole lives to become the next leader of the Angniku.

Moonstone - Shamans: The other spiritually gifted shamans are the aristocratic people of the tribe and are often advisors to the elder or work closely with them. They hold rituals, rites, and give offerings to the spirits. More on them can be found below.


Angnikuyaak Shamanism and Spirituality
Some insight to Angniku’s spiritual outlook

The shamanistic and spiritual practices in Angniku don’t disclude the practices of general shamanism, however there are a few additional values and practices in it due to the unique culture surrounding the crystals assigned to someone at birth.

Crystal Readings

While not commonly done, certain skilled Angniku shamans can read the energies, feelings and possible imbalances of one’s spirit and heart, using their crystal as an ‘anchor’ of sorts (this only applies to those with crystals). The shaman must place their right hand over the person’s heart, and another over their crystal. This represents the heart and spirit. The person must place their right hand over the shaman’s crystal to complete the exchange.

From here the area around them must be silent, or it will disturb and break the exchange. Some spirits are fragile, as are the crystals held by every citizen of Angnikuyaak, so while it’s not exactly known what might happen if the connection is broken suddenly, it’s not recommended to try and find out.

When a shaman taps into someone’s crystal through this type of reading, they will be greeted by nothing but darkness all around them. Typically they will not see anything during the reading but instead experience the same feeling(s) the other person is experiencing at the time. While this does not tend to get completely specific or direct the shaman towards what is causing the feelings, such feelings can include mourning, sorrow, jealousy, greed, rage, hate, pride, longing, regret, joy, etc.

The purpose of this type of reading is to unlock emotions and imbalance that might be held further inside someone’s spirit, whether they’re aware of it or not.

Spiritual Offerings

In Angnikuyaak, the spirits are highly regarded and respected for allowing the people of Angniku to live there in peace, for blessing their hunts, healers, and weather, and most importantly, for granting them their crystals. In return for the generosity of the mountain spirits, the people of Angniku have built shrines to give offerings and prayers to them. These shrines can be located outside in the snow, or in small form inside people’s homes.
When giving an offering to the spirits, one may place the item of choice on the mantle of the shrine and light an incense stick. Then, the person says a small prayer and allows the item to stay there for two nights. The item could be food, rare stones, any matter of physical presents.

If one is simply offering a prayer, they must kneel in front of the shrine, light the incense stick, and say their prayer in a quiet voice. Then, one must sit there for a little longer than the prayer was in perfect silence, with their head bowed in respect. After this one must stand up and leave quietly, and not speak until they are further away from the shrine.


Blessings are already quite a common occurrence in terms of shamanic and spiritual practices, so while Angniku shamans follow through with those, they also have their own ways of sharing blessings.

Angniku shamans, when sending off blessings, tend to center them around their crystals. For example, if they wish to bless a hunt for good fortune, they would simply bless the quartz crystal. This is because those with quartz crystals are hunters. Another example would be blessing Angniku’s warriors for strength and bravery in battle. The shamans would center their blessings around the agate crystal, because those with agates are Angnikuyaak’s warriors.

For this to be done, it is best if all (or in general, many) of those with the crystal type who may be embarking on that journey or task are present when the shaman(s) is/are sending their blessings. If the shaman is blessing only one person, it is best if the shaman places their hand over the person’s crystal while saying their blessing.


Dancing isn’t the most common among the general population of Angnikuyaak, unless it’s for a special occasion. For shamans, dances can be used as another way to ‘give thanks’ or offerings to the spirits. Oftentimes these are performed in the moonstone temple, and can be achieved with waterbending or without.

The dances typically consist of graceful sweeping motions with the arms, and quick movements of the legs to go from place to place across the ground. One’s eyes may be open or closed, although closing one’s eyes may allow for the dance to become more immersive and simply allow one to focus on the moment and what they are trying to convey rather than their surroundings (given they know how to not bump into anything).

If the shaman is a waterbender, they may pull water from the fountain in the temple and move it in streams around their body and above their head in the same type of sweeping motions as their arms, as to mimic the motions of their body to become in sync with the water. The pattern and speed of their legs may become hastier but still as graceful, to keep the water moving around. It should never stop flowing throughout the dance.

By the end of the dance, depending on the shaman’s skill level with bending, they may take the water from the dance, spread it in a ring around the fountain, and allow it to sink back into the flow of the fountain as if they were never there in the first place. From there the shaman must bow three times in the direction of the fountain before leaving without saying anything else, thus completing their offering.

Rules and Customs

Angniku shamans live by a strict set of rules, as they grow up with a very special role in their society. To begin with, a shaman is not to date, marry, have kids, or partake in any other romantic affairs with other citizens of Angnikuyaak. Their duty is to the spirits and nobody else, and to have a child or dedicate your time to romance towards another is to squander one’s duty to their clan. Should a shaman break this rule, it is up to the Elder Shaman what their punishment shall be. Hiding it will grant the shaman a much greater punishment.

Shamans are not allowed to learn how to fight, for it isn’t necessary anyways. If they are benders, their bending will strictly be used for ritual and spiritual purposes, and nothing else. Growing up much of their time will be spent training with the Elder Shaman, learning all there is to know to fit into their role. They must go to the Elder every day, in the early mornings and then late at night. It is up to the Elder to decide when a trainee is ready to become a fully-fledged shaman.

Agates - Warriors: The Warriors are the defenders of the tribe and highly respected for doing so. Their strain of agate will determine what kind of warrior or strengths they possess.

Quartz - Hunters: The Hunters are responsible for bringing food and pelts back to the people from outside of the tribe itself. They’re very important to the survival of the tribe.

Pearl - Healers: The Healers are very obviously respected and needed for their abilities. If you do not have a pearl and are a bender it’s very disrespectful for you to be taught healing.

Topaz - Traders: The Traders travel to other villages and exchange mined materials for other goods like fish and agriculture.

Sapphire - Teachers: The Teachers are responsible for training the youth whether it be in bending, combat, or the history of the entire tribe/world.

Zircon - Cooks: The Cooks are obviously important for their providing of the whole tribe food. The cooks are also the ones who arrange feasts and such to honor those in their tribe.

Other: Those with wildly specific other gems will get to join nearly any job and still be respected. They may not be Elder Shaman or Healers due to societal standards, however.

Names: A child’s first name the parents give at birth, and once the child’s crystal is chosen the crystal becomes their middle and last names.

Attire: Clothes of any kind are allowed, although the Angni tend to wear outfits with many furs to keep themselves warm against the cold mountain winds. Your crystal needs to be secure and visible on your clothing or hair, as it is a part of you and defines your role.

Rites: When a child is 8 they will be sent out with 2 other children of their tribe and tasked with returning home with a dead polar bear. No matter what crystal you have it is important that you use your skill to return home with the bear. If you return without it you will be banished.

Greetings: One would say “Spirit shine on you brother/sister” and grip the forearm of the other person while extending their index and middle finger to displace peace.

Insults: Clod, Dim One, Kuum!

Social Norms: The people of Angni are very close knit and respect each other’s roles in the clan, as everyone is deemed important, although there is a greater respect held for people such as shamans. Outsiders are not treated with much kindness and will be shunned socially or forced out if they manage to enter. They aren’t banished, however, unless they do something extremely disrespectful and/or rude. If one leaves the clan to live permanently outside of it they will be banished. There is no way for outsiders to become Angnikuyaak.

Relationships: Those in the Angni don’t have many restrictions on them when it comes to relationships inside the clan, unless one is a shaman or the Elder Shaman. Shamans do not date, marry, or have children. More on shamans can be found in the document pasted above. Those who leave the clan to have a relationship with someone outside of it will be banished.

Marriage Rituals: ----------------
To propose to someone, one must first receive a blessing from their parents or any other close family member should their parents be absent (if the person simply has no family to do this with, one shall use a close friend of theirs instead. If this doesn’t work either just skip this step). From here one must take their time throughout the day to present the person in question with gifts and offerings, and spend their entire day with them. Finally, when it is midnight, one must bring their significant other to the top of the mountains under the stars (it is said that the clearer the sky is that night, the more successful the proposal will be) and present them with one’s own crystal, which is a sign of utmost admiration, trust, and love towards the other person. If the other person accepts, the two will exchange crystals and come back down to the village to sleep in their own homes with their significant other’s crystal for the night. This is the only time where it is acceptable for someone to give their crystal to another. Then right at dawn, one must return back to their fiance and give their crystal back. The ritual is complete and the two are now engaged.
---------------------------------------------- Death Ceremonies:
When one of the Angniku dies, the clan first begins by arranging a spot atop the mountains for the body to be buried. They say the closer to the sky you are, the better the spirits will take care of you. The people gather around their body, not yet buried, and sit in silence out of respect. Then everyone stands up and departs back down the mountain, except for family and close friends. They stay for additional prayer to wish the departed’s spirit well before burying them in the snow.

Pets: Pets such as arctic hens, hare sheep, and white hamsters are common, but there are a few pets that have significant connections to stones. Polar bears, and polar bear dogs respectively, tend to only be owned by agates who may use them in battle, and wolves are owned by those higher up in the clan. To have a wolf means one is worthy of great respect.

The Night of Yukara
There is one night of the year where the stars in the sky are at their brightest, and dazzling meteors fly through the pitch dark. This night always falls on the first full moon of January, and is called the night of Yukara by the Angniku people, named after the moonstone who discovered that this night was the brightest of them all in the first place. Those who stay up late in the night to witness this event to its fullest will see the night sky dotted with thousands and thousands of bright stars. Water Tribe constellations are fully visible from the ground as one gazes up. Families and individuals alike gather together outside their homes and in the snow to just look at the stars, and sometimes bond over making up their own constellations. People also love to watch the meteor showers as they find it quite beautiful.

To the vendors and stalls around the market, this is a day where they can sell special sweets that would usually be in lower stock such as joon berry sauce and mooncakes, which are popular with the excited children taking part in this day. They eat the treats under the stars with their family and friends.

For shamans, especially those who follow Xiyue, this is a blessed day where the spirits are at their most prominent and powerful. They will hold a special Yukara rite in the moonstone temple and pray for Angniku’s safety, fortune, and luck. To the Xiyue followers, the constellations mean even more than just simple naming and beauty. Constellations are said to be families reuniting, and they treat these constellations with respect and mourning. Every star is someone who has passed, and someone the spirits will watch over with their gentle care.

The night of Yukara isn’t a holiday that’s celebrated with a grand festival, or any type of party. It’s a quiet, peaceful, yet powerful staple of the Angniku’s culture, and this day brings them together in a way they can share and look forward to each year.

This version written by River/Tama. Credits to Tae/Sasspai for creating the original Angniku lore and document, click here to view the original.

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