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Sevateem
Also called: Survey Team
Affiliation: Xoanon
Bases: unnamed planet
Leader: Andor
Notable members:
Appearance: The Face of Evil

The Sevateem was an artificial cultural grouping on the Earth-like planet colonised by the Mordee expedition. The Sevateem referred to themselves as a tribe.

History Edit

The Sevateem were the degenerated remnant of the original expedition's Survey Team. Their development and behaviour were influenced by Xoanon as part of its experiments to contrast physical and intuitive development with mental and psychic development. (TV: The Face of Evil)

It is unknown how much of the retrogression in Sevateem culture occurred naturally and how much Xoanon was directly responsible for.

Culture Edit

The Sevateem had a warrior culture, living in a state of permanent war with their counterparts the Tesh. Men and women were both expected to fight. Crossbows, knives, and poisonous janis thorns were all common weapons. The test of the Horda, a trial by ordeal involving vicious native predators, was also part of their way of life.

The tribe's culture revolved around the worship of Xoanon, who they believed was held captive by the Evil One (a reflection of the computer's damaged psyche). The Evil One supposedly resembled the Doctor's fourth incarnation. The tribe's priest had access to Xoanon through an almost-derelict communications array. Many other relics hinting at the Sevateem's technological origins were visible although the tribe themselves were of course not aware of this. (TV: The Face of Evil)

They had a belief that the disabled should be slain on sight. (TV: Horror of Fang Rock)

When an elder of the Sevateem died, it was customary for other warriors to guard their body in order to protect their soul from evil spirits until sunrise. (AUDIO: Empathy Games)

The Sevateem believed that if a persons dies with their eyes open, their spirit will forever be condemned to wander. (AUDIO: Night of the Stormcrow)

They also believed in reincarnation. (AUDIO: The Time Vampire)

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