The tribe is largely pagan, worshipping the Slavic and Germanic Pantheons, with many revering gods from both. A small minority of the population follow Arian Christianity, and many of the Slavic nobility are open or secret Latin Christians following their conversion outside Ariminum.
The Sclavenians are a strangely egalitarian society, often being referred to as living in anarchy by the Romans. They have little in the way of a class divide or an entrenched aristocracy, although war leaders may assume a greater role by acquiring wealth and fame in the Germanic manner. They live in simple dwellings in small communal groups, and often move from place to place. They resent all attempts by steppe and Germanic peoples to impose a leader on them. They operate a strange practice by which any Slaves they acquire serve a limited term of indenture, before being forced to choose between banishment out of Slavic lands of becoming a Slav. This strange policy combined with many agricultural improvements has made membership of the Sclavenian community a popular prospect, with even their Roman enemies describing them as a hospitable people.
Every time the Sclavenians take slaves, their free population also grows.
Retinues: Slavic Raiders: Favouring guerrilla tactics and speed, Sclaveni wear little armour but favour the use of two short spears and a shield. 1,000 Aurei to recruit. Slavic Cavalry: Where available, horses are adopted quickly into Sclaveni warbands, favoured for the speed and flexibility they provide. The riders wear no armour, and can vanish as quickly as they appear. 1,750 Aurei to recruit.
Slavic Drugi: These elite companion cavalry are armed with Roman equipment, or Roman-inspired equipment: Mail, helmets, cavalry shields, swords and spears. 2,000 Aurei to recruit.
Ghomara Tribesmen: With the cooperation of their Romanised 'king', the Tysoti are free to hire soldiers from the north Mauretanian tribal confederation known as the Ghomara. Ghomara tribesmen are adept at desert warfare and raiding, and are equipped with spears and swords, but little or no armour. 1,500 Aurei to recruit.
Romano-Berber Knights: These Latin-speaking Christians have not wholly forgotten their Berber heritage, and provide an excellent source of skilled cavalrymen. These medium cavalry are armed in the Roman style, with mail, helmets, spatha swords, and spears (though mail is sometimes foregone, or otherwise covered with an outer garment, in order to cope with the heat). 1,500 Aurei to recruit.
Mauretanian Legionaries: Armed in the standard Roman-style, these skilled and disciplined infantrymen are all Roman citizens, but their ancestries come from all over the Roman world, and from across tribal divides within Mauretania. 1,500 Aurei to recruit.
Huns: Powerful steppe cavalry, armed with composite bows or lances. The Huns may be integrated in the embryonic Slavic elite, if they can keep their unruly subjects in check. 3,000 Aurei to recruit.
Sclaveni:The great bulk of the Sclavenian population. In battle they are armed largely with spears, some adopting the two short spears and shields of the raiders, others with one longer spear. Some adopt axes of various sizes, some designed for lumber not men, and others carry what basic implements they can. Many are armed with bows and slings.
Robi: Prisoners of war and victims of raids, the Robi are a class of Slavs that live amongst the Slavs and are necessitated to serve them. After a few years their bondage is up, and they are free to return home, or stay as fellow Slavs and as friends. They are armed in the manner of the Sclaveni.
Keel: Having lived near and traded with Goths and Gepids for many decades, the Sclavenes may build ships in the Germanic manner. Manned by around 100 Slavic pirates. 1,000 Aurei to build.
Alternatively, the Slavenes may perform raids along the coast or up rivers using only rafts, built for the occasion.