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This island was once considered a beautiful paradise like no other and solely inhabited by a group of humans known as the Gutos clan. With extinct volcanoes, foliage of all sizes and colors, sparkling waterfalls, and local creatures beyond imagination. The Gutos clan would tattoo their descendants with the mark of their ancestors, as per their beliefs of all being descendants of a "world-child", usually taking the form of a handprint outline on one's shoulder.
 
This island was once considered a beautiful paradise like no other and solely inhabited by a group of humans known as the Gutos clan. With extinct volcanoes, foliage of all sizes and colors, sparkling waterfalls, and local creatures beyond imagination. The Gutos clan would tattoo their descendants with the mark of their ancestors, as per their beliefs of all being descendants of a "world-child", usually taking the form of a handprint outline on one's shoulder.
   
Things changed, however, when, as also per their creed, they spoke of their home to others in the Steadfast, claiming that they were meant to share this elysian wonder with the rest of the world. These messengers, known as Gutonons, separated from their parent clan and spread the world to any and to all who would listen. Selling off bits of it to those with enough shins to their name, they claimed it was a place free of fear and disease, allowing the inhabitants to live forever. What followed was an island coated with tons of homes, businesses, and cities. With the influx of these new establishments came rapid deforestation, leaving whatever species that called them home either dead or dying. The once pristine waters soon ran afoul with black residue and filth. Eventually, civil broke out among the Gutos and the Gutonons, extending outward to envelop even newcomers to the island. What remained of their former paradise was a battlefield of blood and dirt, whose declining value drove its businesses to pack their bags up and leave. The Gutonons followed suit, having been practically cast out by their Gutos brethren and eventually assimilating into a much larger clan.
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Things changed, however, when, as also per their creed, they spoke of their home to others in the Steadfast, claiming that they were meant to share this elysian wonder with the rest of the world. These messengers, known as Gutonons, separated from their parent clan and spread the world to any and to all who would listen. Selling off bits of it to those with enough shins to their name they claimed it was a place free of fear and disease, allowing the inhabitants to live forever. What followed was an island coated with tons of homes, businesses, and cities. With the influx of these new establishments came rapid deforestation, leaving whatever species that called them home either dead or dying. The once pristine waters soon afoul with black residue and filth. Eventually, even civil broke out among the Gutos and the Gutonons, extending outward to envelop even newcomers to the island. What remained of their former paradise was a battlefield of blood and dirt, whose declining value drove its businesses to pack their bags up and leave. The Gutonons followed suit, having been practically cast out by their Gutos brethren and eventually assimilating into a much larger clan.
   
 
For the most part, all that's left to see are the decaying remnants of a desolate, collapsed society, filled with creeping vines, crawling critters, rusting machines, wild beasts, crumbling buildings, and otherwise empty cities. Yet slowly but surely, paradise is starting to once again return to the island, providing the surviving Gutos clan from deep within the island's heart a shread of hope for the future.<ref>Cook, Monte, et al. “The Steadfast.” Numenera Discovery, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 166-167. Numenera.</ref>
 
For the most part, all that's left to see are the decaying remnants of a desolate, collapsed society, filled with creeping vines, crawling critters, rusting machines, wild beasts, crumbling buildings, and otherwise empty cities. Yet slowly but surely, paradise is starting to once again return to the island, providing the surviving Gutos clan from deep within the island's heart a shread of hope for the future.<ref>Cook, Monte, et al. “The Steadfast.” Numenera Discovery, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 166-167. Numenera.</ref>

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