Dying of the Light
The Cackling Horrors
The Cackling Horrors are a small tribe of barbarian raiders from the mountainous foothills south of the Spine-across. They were united by Ruck the Bonegnasher, a particularly savage, but not very bright man. They number in the dozens, definitely not one of the contenders in the area, but they survive by being opportunistic, usually stalking other warring tribes and picking a fight with the surviving victor in their weakened state. They also have no qualms about scavenging what remains after bigger tribes fight it out. Most of them have no concept of honor or camaraderie, the tribe being gathered together from the refuse or remnants of other tribes for the most part. They follow Ruck blindly, and out of fear.
Maybe the one smart thing to say about the so-called Cackling Horrors is that they do not have any illusions of grandeur, as such they would never consider attacking the Stonefast or any of the truly fearsome tribes in the region, preferring to avoid any confrontation unless they have a clear advantage.
For the time being, it seems Ruck has set a new goal for the Horrors, to track down the fugitive Mara, and bring back that which she has stolen.