A Whole New World

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Location: The jungles situated in Terras on the west side of the mountains which form a rain-shadow across the narrower eastern strip.



The Crohet and Losaa are two separate species that share a symbiotic relationship wherein the two function as breeding partners. The Crohet are leather-skinned, crab-like creatures, with a fifty centimetre body span and eight legs that are each tipped by three opposable digits. They are fully arboreal, and live in wicker huts suspended from the undersides of enormous evergreen trees. The Crohet have developed the art of training vines to grown between boles as natural highways, and as a result entire forests are easily traversable. The Crohet subsist on a diet of fruit and occasional small game. They have a simplistic religion in which the entire world is actually a tree, and souls travel to the great branch that leads to heaven when they die, after having climbed up from the underworld at the start of life. They have few tools, making use of their multi-segmented mandibles for most tasks, and warring using clubs and packs of trained bombardier beetles.

The Losaa are baboon-like, non-mammalian creatures, standing two feet at the shoulder, and a tawny brown with chocolate dappling and ochre stripes across the forehead and lower limbs. They live in lean-tos on the forest floor and hunt and forage using bone axes, digging sticks and light wooden spears. They have yet to discover the means of making fire, and instead capture the embers from brushfires and carry them inside of hollow sticks, sustaining the flames with the pitch-like inner rind of the khwoli fruit. The Losaa are territorial nomads, each tribe moving within a small area that is also a part of the greater territory of the parent clan. Clans are united by region and usually named after the predominant plant life of the area, with the tribes adding an adjective. They are organised on a hierarchy of strength.

Reproduction between the two species works by means of the Losaa dung, which the Crohet collect and consume to obtain certain minerals and enzymes excreted by the mature Losaa. Within the dung are contained the parasitic larvae of Losaa, which takes root in the Crohet intestinal track and eventually passes out with the stool, taking to the trees in the first years of their life as small, predatory possum-like animals. These Losaa infants in turn have been infested with Crohet parasites whilst gestating, and will vomit-up small egg sacks at the age of one year and bury them at the bases of trees. The sack casing hardens rapidly, but dissolves when the Crohet young, ready to hatch, excrete a solvent enzyme. The Crohet then crawl up into the trees and, eventually, reach the villages of adults and are integrated into society, being welcomed by an annual festival. Impregnation within individual species occurs whilst still immature, inside the intestinal tract in the case of the Losaa, and in the egg-sacs beneath the trees in the case of the Crohets.

The Losaa, when they reach adolescence, have taken-on most of the physical and mental characteristics of the typical Losaa, and will approach a tribe and reassert a place within it.

Due to the nature of their reproductive cycles, Crohet are entirely ignorant of concepts such as sex and parenthood, and sex is a purely-recreational act amongst the Losaa.
 

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polymorphikos said:
...Ktyarak itself was founded mostly as an adventurous lark, like one of those attempts to establish a new Utopia in the South American rainforests...

PM, is this still a prevailant driving force throughout this floating city? They sound like they are all going to be 'high' in more than one way :D !

Ok, they originated in a rather remote corner of the land masses, SW tip of Terras, according to my map. (Yeah, I got the map, folks, ha ha haa ;) )

Weather systems of the world of Culh are relatively gentle and stable, then.

Small systems land mass constrained...


Ktyarak folks make a yearly pilgimage to where the Crohet and Losaa are found in Terras and seek out Crohet eggs for their own, to incubate. The newly hatched Crohet are quite easily tamed and appear to 'enjoy' the company of the Ktyarans! But they dont live long. Too much fun! They do serve a good purpose in binding and maintaining the vines amongst their balloons, though. And the more vigorous ones gain quite a status. They are know as 'Maintainer Cross'... They are well built for getting around all that 'rigging'...
 

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cornelius said:
...There is in fact some sort of occult laboratory ( based on magic...) In Algrins keep, where the Last of this folk try/tries to create another Portal to Netherhmn.

So has Algrin himself been abroad capturing peoples to do this research for him? Maybe those that are magically inclined?


...I was thinking... maybe the magic that the Banarai are familiar with is actually dampened or altogether halted in and by WATER (especially the salts in the Sea's and Oceans of Culh). Pure water or any salt-water, bodily fluid etc, hinders their magic... Humans that are magically inclined are extremely weak in magicks, and (its unknown that) if they were able to change the salinity or constitution of their own bodies they could channel more magic! Painful thoughts. Over coming that terrible thirst...

So what makes up the body of Banarai? Some organic oil? A light organic oil, one immisable with water. Should a Banarai fall in water, their magic is almost quenched. But they would not sink...

What is it about the Silithuans that frightened the Banarai so much? Was it this dampener to their magic? No, I think not. Not in truth. For a long time this was believed to be the case. But there is something more insidious than this 'plainly obvious' reason.
 

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HieroGlyph said:
PM, is this still a prevailant driving force throughout this floating city? They sound like they are all going to be 'high' in more than one way :D !

Ok, they originated in a rather remote corner of the land masses, SW tip of Terras, according to my map. (Yeah, I got the map, folks, ha ha haa ;) )

Weather systems of the world of Culh are relatively gentle and stable, then.

Small systems land mass constrained...


Ktyarak folks make a yearly pilgimage to where the Crohet and Losaa are found in Terras and seek out Crohet eggs for their own, to incubate. The newly hatched Crohet are quite easily tamed and appear to 'enjoy' the company of the Ktyarans! But they dont live long. Too much fun! They do serve a good purpose in binding and maintaining the vines amongst their balloons, though. And the more vigorous ones gain quite a status. They are know as 'Maintainer Cross'... They are well built for getting around all that 'rigging'...
Ktyarak doesn't have much control over its direction. It would make more sense that the Ktyarakians trade for the crohet eggs with more mobile ground forces when they occasional drift over Terras, or already have a breeding stock in-city modified to be able to reproduce under uncharacteristic conditions - this would require some form of genetic manipulation by science or magic, but since they bred the scutroet toads that doesn't sound too far-fetched. It's also important to remember that the Crohet are fully sentient and quite bright, and if they had any place in Ktyarak at all it would probably be as voluntary immigrants. Otherwise the Ktyarakians are enslaving another species, which would seem unlikely when they have enough weight problems without adding more. Unless that's what yu meant and I missed the point.

In regards to the foundation of Ktyarak, it started-out fun but got more serious as time progressed. Ktyarakians run a lot of drugs under the counter, but most of them might probably hold-off outside of festivals due to the whole "we are in a floating city that might easily drop" thing.
 

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Concerning the Kty.

Good point, PM. Aye, Kty's will have to trade for fresh eggs. [Reduced the name of Ktyarakians even further, since Im stumbling over that fresh new word in my old head ;) ]

And yea, they are a clever little folk, so theres no forcing them to remain in the rigging. Something else in return for their 'services' then? 'Tis a mutual agreement as such. They (Crohet) have an affinity with certain vines, remember... And no reproductive organs. In fact, they could be all too 'mystical' about just how they themselves 'come about'.

Festivals abound, pilgrimages do not!..."
 

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