Formed about a thousand years ago, just prior to the invasion,
the Brigantes were a thousand-man team of mercenaries hired
by a large international bank.
The bank had originally issued a loan to an African country
that had gotten its freedom from some people called colonialists.
The loan was used to hire personnel and purchase equipment
to form up a military coup, but once it had done this the
country refused to repay the loan.
The bank's response was to assemble a team of mercenaries,
"soldiers of fortune," to go into this nation with
nerve gas, wipe out the government and seize control of the
Wearing gas masks and fully armed, these mercenaries were
hiding in some old salt mines, just about to make their raid
on this country's government, when the Psychlo
invasion occurred. Their target was completely wiped out
This group was comprised of soldiers of many different nationalities:
Belgians, French, Senegalese, English, Americananyone
the bank could hire. They were, however, a fully skilled military
unit. After some time passed, lacking another name, they started
calling themselves the Brigantes.
Drifting south, the Brigantes picked up women from missions
and villages, white and black, and kept going. During this
travel they were masked from the Psychlos'
recon drones by the thick canopy of the African forests and
they managed to elude the Psychlos
enough to survive.
After a couple of hundred years they established a working
relationship with the Psychlos.
Apparently they used to capture people and deliver them to
the Psychlos for
torture in return for whatever scraps of material the Psychlos
cared to leave. They never went close to the Psychlos,
as the aliens could not operate in the swamps very well with
their heavy bodies and tanks and the trees were too tall to
The Brigantes keep their numbers down to a thousand men,
leave their old ones to die and don't marry. They also have
a high mortality rate, especially among children.
Constructing grenades is another skill they have. They know
how to make crude black powder using charcoal and saltpeter
from dung heaps and sulfur from a mine. They put it into a
baked clay receptacle that is studded with stones, and stick
a fuse in and light it with a cigar. They use grenades for
hunting elephants. They have to get right up close to the
elephant, light the fuse and run, and this is presumably part
of the reason for the high mortality rate.
As a clue to their mentality, they are very cannibalistic
and eat their dead. Their general appearance is also incredibly
sloppy and dirty. Over the years their language has decayed
and they now speak a strange form of English that sounds "like
they have oatmeal in their mouths."
As the long-ago international bank had a firm agreement with
the Brigantes that they would be pulled out and relieved at
some point, and since they don't have a clue as to what has
happened to the rest of the world, they have waited all this
time for their relief crew, which has become a legend of sorts.