On Sandbender Tribes:
Sandbenders are the product of their environment, seemingly selfish, greedy and thieves. the Value survival above all things, having learn to make do with less, Sandbenders are experts at putting every thing to use, what some might see as junk becomes vital necessities to a sandbender. Sandbenders horde water and supplies form rival tribes and in harsh seasons ether from other members of their own tribe. Despite what other members of the earth king believe not all Sand benders are thieves, some tribes choosing to cultivate cattle, or work as merchants, in the years after the 100 year war one tribe has even been known to work as tour guides, leading rich earth kingdom tourists on safari. The Stereotype that Sandbenders are raiders and thieves are well founded however, Several Tribes Exist solely on taking the belongings of travelers and other sandbender tribes, Freely taking water, cattle, valuables, and in some cases even people as ransom or slaves. even in Tribes that officially disdain from this dirty work, members looking to increase their own fortune will indulge in this banditry
Sandbenders are very spiritual, Believing all of Si Wong desert is the mortal coil for a Great spirit who protects and punishes them accordingly. many Shamans and spiritualists walk straight out into the desert wearing nothing. if they can survive for 3 days they know the great spirit watches over them. Individual Tribes also pay tribute to individual spirits like totems for example a Tribe favoring Wisdom would pay tribute to Wan Shi Tong and venerate owls.