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"The strong take from the weak, and in the taking, are made stronger."
Ullia
The Tenakth are a human tribe in Horizon Zero Dawn. Their homeland is located south of the Sundom. Not much is known about them, and contact with the Tenakth is rare. The Tenakth are described as raiders and reavers by the Carja, and they have a reputation for being bloodthirsty and aggressive.

History

Very little is known about the Tenakth tribe, even by in-game scholars. The Tenakth once attacked the Sundom during the reign of the 9th Sun-King Ranan, who personally led his armies against them.[1] The Carja were successful in defeating the Tenakth horde, although the Tenakth managed to horribly and permanently disfigure Ranan.

As contact with the Tenakth is rare, only one named member of their tribe is seen in the game: Ullia, who joins a bandit camp after escaping the Sunstone Rock prison.

Culture and Society

The Tenakth (according to Ullia) believe that the strong take from the weak, and in the taking, are made stronger. Thus, they seem to favor strength above all else, though they demonstrate this through violent means. They are known for being brutal and aggressive, often taking what they need or want by conquest rather than trading for it. Their methods of acquiring food and resources is unknown, though raiding is presumably a common practice. Based on the conversation with Ullia, the Tenakth are implied to kidnap children to add to their tribe.

Rumors also circulate amongst other tribes that the Tenakth are cannibals (though this was incorrectly attributed to the Nora at some point)[2]. However, the rumors are not entirely unfounded; the Tenakth believe that their stories and achievements in life will live on after death if their blood is drunk by another.

Concept art shows their clothing – notably skirts made of strips of dyed cloth, large collars, and armbands made of feathers, along with armor made of machine parts. Men have completely shaved heads, while women have one single long braid. Tenakth are notable for painting most of their upper body and head in blue paint with red and white accents.

Known Members

Trivia

  • A couple of Tenakth can be found at a bar in Sunfall. However, like the Utaru, they cannot be interacted with.

References

  1. The Sun-Kings
  2. The Nora