The Chosen worship Zoot and his daughter, Brady, and seek to make real a world of “power and chaos”.
Who are the Chosen? And Chosen by whom?
The membership of the Chosen is partly made up by ex-members of the Locos. These are genuine followers of Zoot who want to continue what they perceive was Zoot’s mission. Some were upset at Ebony’s leadership style and left the Locos to follow the Guardian.
Some members of the Chosen have joined because they have been persuaded by the charismatic leadership of the Guardian. A visionary, the Guardian is a gifted preacher and through the force of his own speeches can transfix his audience. Many new recruits are spellbound by the Guardian’s sayings and “teachings” of Zoot, and with no direction to turn to in the world with no adults, they genuinely feel attracted to the Guardian’s vision of the future.
Other members of the Chosen are unfortunate people who have been absorbed into the group against their original wishes by force. Often, the Chosen will go into a sector or against a Tribe’s base and take away captives, who are then literally brainwashed over time. The Guardian will lock them up and only give them food or drink if they agree to follow Zoot. Eventually, even the most persistent captives find it hard to resist and will give up their ideals in return for food and shelter. Over time, they lose their independence and individuality and genuinely fall under the spell of the Guardian, becoming fully-fledged members of the Chosen.
A network of spies and agents has been established by the Guardian to infiltrate other Tribes. These Chosen undermine other Tribes by gradually converting members to believe in Zoot. They also report information on what Tribes are planning or doing (as well as internal strengths and weaknesses of a Tribe) back to the Guardian, who can then act on this knowledge. Chosen spies will sow the seeds of discord and try to set a group against each other so they become weaker as a whole – through “divide and rule”, the Chosen can then take over.
The Guardian is the undisputed leader of the Tribe. Intelligent and skilful, the Guardian is the interpreter of Zoot’s teachings and provides a direction and guidance to the Chosen. In the future when she is grown up, Brady will take her place as the leader of the Tribe – and society itself; once more people see the “light”. The Tribe is fiercely loyal to the memory of Zoot – anyone who tarnishes Zoot’s image will be subject to their hostility.
Members of the Chosen forget their own self-interest. They give up friendships, loves, their own ambitions – all is replaced under the need (they believe) to serve Zoot. Reflecting their common identity and uniform ways of thinking and behaving, the Chosen wear plain grey robes. As the leader, the Guardian alone is different and wears white to stand out. The lifestyle of the members is that of a bizarre new age cult or sect.
The Chosen encounter many enemies and “non-believers” – the Guardian is forthright that all adversaries must be conquered, and the Chosen have made themselves strong and powerful enough to overcome all opposition if needs be…
Whereabouts of The Chosen.
We know for a fact that the Mall Rats live in Phoenix Mall, the Locos’ main base is the rail yards – but where do the Chosen live?
Unlike the Mall Rats and other Tribes, the Chosen do not have any single “home”. The Guardian does not want to keep all his forces in one place (as the Mall Rats do) as he feels the Chosen would have less security and become vulnerable.
The Guardian prefers to spread members of the Chosen around the city in smaller enclaves/bases. This way, they can stay unnoticed and observe the activities of other Tribes from their hideaways, gathering information to send to the Guardian. Small bases all around can monitor the entire city.
From a series of small bases, the Chosen can also extend their influence far and wide. If the Chosen stayed in just one base they could only operate in a sector near the base. But smaller groupings of Chosen can operate from small bases scattered around and cover an entire sector, spreading propaganda and trying to bring new converts into the Tribe as a whole.
The Guardian also appreciates a psychological element by spreading his Tribe thinly around instead of keeping them together as one large force. Nobody outside the Chosen knows how many members the Chosen has, or how powerful the tribe is. Sightings of the Chosen popping up in different parts of the city spreads rumors and talk about the Chosen. Many believe the Chosen is much larger than it actually is because the Chosen seem to be everywhere – and they are, because the Guardian has skillfully divided them into small groups in several bases and this gives the impression the Chosen really are everywhere.
Having several places to operate from is useful in another important way. If the Guardian and Brady stayed in one place, they might be noticed by others and found out – the Mall Rats might be alerted to their exact whereabouts. But by constantly being on the move from base to base, the Guardian believes that himself – and Brady - are kept hidden and undetected…
Most Tribes are based in the city.
Once a place of government and the institutions of the country, the arts, and the social centre with its shops and restaurants - in Tribeworld, all has changed.
The city is largely recognisable in terms of the buildings, roads and structure that survived the virus. Most of the shops, museums, government buildings and houses are still there.
But the purpose of the buildings and the way they are used has now changed. Many are empty. Others are used as bases and the homes for the Tribes that have evolved and who have spread all around the city. Most shops have been looted as Tribes gathered possessions they needed to survive like food, medicine, and clothes. Government buildings have been abandoned and floors of offices are still full of office equipment and paperwork, untouched since the adults.
Before the virus, the city was divided up into different sectors. This was ordered by the government and authorities to help administer and control the fight against the virus. People and families had to stay in their sectors to prevent large migration and movements and to keep stability and order. Medical units were set up in each sector to care for the sick. Some of the young were evacuated into the countryside and this was determined by which sector they lived in.
The naming of different parts of the city into sectors has been kept in Tribeworld as Tribes refer to
sectors. For example, the Tribe Circus Casino is based in Sector 15. The Mall Rats shopping mall is located in Sector 10.
Some sectors have evolved to have reputations and qualities reflecting the Tribes who live in them. Sector 9 is feared because it is the base of the Locos.
From a distance, the appearance of the city is the same as it was before the virus - but all has changed in Tribeworld and the daily life of the city has taken on new forms.
CLOUDY THE DOG
Cloudy is a young dog who has become a new pet for the Mall Rats…
Cloe and Patsy found the dog wandering as a stray when they were out in the city. The dog was being ridiculed and treated badly by some older boys but Cloe and Patsy were luckily able to save the dog and escape.
Patsy and Cloe adore the dog and named it “Cloudy” because its wispy and fluffy appearance makes it look like a cloud. They don’t know exactly how old Cloudy is or who owned it before the virus, but the dog seems to be young and just out of its puppy stage.
Back at the mall, Cloudy provides a lot of fun and mischief, which brings a lot of enjoyment to Patsy and Cloe. They think some of the things Cloudy does is hilarious – other Mall Rats have reservations when Cloudy starts barking uncontrollably or running amok in the Mall. But Cloe and Patsy also recognise their responsibility to look after the welfare of the dog and see that it is fed, kept clean – and most of all loved.
Cloudy himself enjoys a loving home and is loyal to the Tribe, especially Patsy and Cloe. Cloudy has a terrific sense of smell and is useful for tracking down lost items – or people. But Cloudy is not really a guard dog (unlike Bob the dog) – where Bob the dog would bark and protect the Tribe from intruders, the more youthful and playful Cloudy is more likely to want to play and have fun, but as Cloudy grows up he may become valuable as a guard dog as well as a valuable friend.
Cloudy was born on 31st March 1999