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Kanya Homin

So here is a picture of my character, Kanya. She is a humanoid alien known as a homin, who typically live in forested areas on the planet, Kaf.  In particular is a tropic homin, an ethnotype typically found in the tropical rainforest and their signature combo of frizzy hair and epicanthic eye folds.  This time I added a background similar to her home village so I don’t always keep my characters in blank white space, I hope it becomes a trend as it looks nice to me. Let me know what you think!

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Fairy: Part 1

Overview

Fairy are a sapient extraterrestrial species of humanoids, with pointed ears and two pairs of insect wings or bird-like wings growing on their back. From birth and throughout their childhood, they are the size of average bugs until puberty when they have a growth spurt to their adult size in less than a week. In addition, when an adult fairy dies, their bodies rearrange overnight into that of a juvenile fairy, where the previous sense of self is lost and a new one is born. Males are called Sprites and females are called Nymphs.

Quick Species Profile
(Faerie yosei)
Life Expectancy
Average: 2000 years   
Max: Biologically Immortal
Average Height: 2’6”-4’4″/76-130 cm-for adults, 
1-3 inch/2.5-7.6 cm-children
Average Weight: 40 to 80 lbs
Hair: Black, Brown, Blonde, Green, Red/Orange, White, Pink, Purple
Eyes: Brown, Hazel, Amber, Green, Blue, Gray, Purple
Creature Type: Faye Humanoid

Biology

Appearance

Appear as short yet proportionately slim humanoids with lightly pointed ears and two pairs of (insectoid or avian) wings that grow from their backs. Their height is uniformly small, where from birth they can fit in the palm of a hand, up to the size of an older child, around 130 cm; there is hardly any fairy outside of this scope. Peri fairy subspecies are different as they be as tall as 5 feet/152 cm.

The children are very small in stature, often able to fit in the palm of an adult human or fairy. Often born less then an inch, they average from 1 to 3 inches during childhood.

Physiological Traits

  • Mana & Magnetic Field Generation– From childhood, fairies can create a personal mana field and small magnetic fields from their palms that both get stronger by adulthood. These fields can be used as an invisible cushion off the ground to provide lift for flight. They have significant amounts of naturally occurring magnetite in the lining of their wings, bones of their hands and fingers, and their eye sockets. These allow for navigation by the planet’s magnetic field. They also allow for a fairy to use these fields as a defense mechanism by repulsing the air with magnetic or magic energy into pressurized streams.
  • Rejuvenation-Typically when adult fairy begin to age due their body cells being unable to replicate, their bodies surge violently with biological magic. The fairy’s entire body undergoes programmed cell death and gene expression shuffling until it becomes that of a prepubescent pixie, often with a different phenotype. For roughly eight hours, the cells of a Fairy body are repaired, restored and reorganized, resulting in a wholly new physical form. The majority of nervous cells are also rearranged meaning that memories and their sense of self from their previous life cycle are typically lost, meaning a rejuvenate fairy has to live out a new personality and life from scratch. This process is often caused by old age/fatigue, severe illness, or lethal injury in the adult stage of life, as the restorative energy is built up during puberty. It can only happen when the dying body is mostly intact, for example, missing limbs are fine but the head needs to remain attached to the torso.
  • Wings– Fairy of all ethnicities and sub-species have four wings that grow from their upper back, where the shoulder blades are located to enable flight. There are those with clear veined wings like dragonflies, those with scaled wings like moths or butterflies, and the rare feathered wings that belong to the Peri subrace. These are wings most important for the flight patterns of pixies. Although the wings are not necessary to get adult fairies into the air, they are the major means of propulsion once levitating off the ground.
  • Fairy Dust Production– Fairy dust is a special enchanted substance made from the scales (or feathers) of Fairy wings and shed skin (like dandruff) infused with some of their biological magic. In its raw state, it can cause temporary hallucinations or deep slumber when breathed in or be applied to objects to make them levitate and fly. Fairy dust is often used as a reagent in alchemy, so much that a branch is called fairy dust alchemy.
  • Keen Color Vision– Humans have 3 receptive cones in their eyes, allowing them to see red, blue, green and all the colors derived from them. Fairies have 5 receptive cones, meaning they can see two more colors than humans and see a massive spectrum that human brains may be unable to process. For example, fairies have excellent ultraviolet vision.
Innate Abilities
  • Flight– Pixies fly by constantly flapping their wings like that of insects or humming birds to stay aloft. Adult fairies need not flap their wings as often since they can rely on their natural mana field for levitation and propulsion. Instead their wings are more important for steering and speed.
  • Magnetoception (magnetic sense)– Biogenic crystals of magnetite, a naturally occurring mineral, can be found in certain parts of their skeletons, generally in the eye sockets, and the bones of the fingers and palms. This allows them to detect the magnetic field of the planet to navigate while flying and generate small fields within their palms. However close by magnetic materials can distort this navigation to point of disorientation.
General Diet

Berries, nuts, and various grains make up the majority of a typical fairy diet. Then what follows are various vegetables and larger fruits packed with carbohydrates to maintain their the metabolism needed for flight. For protein, most fairies are inclined towards eating various insects, snails, poultry, and seafood except for Peri who are traditionally herders of hooved mammals.

Reproduction

Fairies reproduce sexually via copulation between a adult Sprite (male) and an adult Nymph (female). A nymph will gestate her babies for roughly 4 weeks on average. A pregnant nymph will often crave foods with or direct sources of magnetic minerals like iron, nickel or even lodestone (which they typically avoid otherwise) for their babies.

A Fairy mother will experience sexual pleasure similar to orgasm rather than pain while giving birth. Some of which may have to do with the small size of the babies as they are born basically as helpless embryos, in a marsupial like fashion.

Most often a group from 2 to 6 baby fairies (pixies) are born and they feed off their mother’s milk from her 2 breasts on her chest or 4 small milk ducts that run vertically along both sides of her belly.

Lifespan and Growth

Fairies are effectively biologically immortal due to their rejuvenation ability. As such, they don’t die of natural causes like aging but can be killed by lethal injury, certain toxins, and specific diseases. However, Fairies are the most vulnerable as young sprites when they can easily be crushed or eaten if they are not careful.

Near the end of their bodies natural life,  smart and educated fairies will often write “regen wills“, that give their new personality in the newly rejuvenated body an idea of what happened and where to go.

Baby: Babies are born extremely small, essentially as helpless embryos. Because of this, they have to cling to their mother’s very thin body hair and stay near their mother’s nipples or milk ducts for a month.

Pixie (Childhood): During childhood, they are often small enough to fit in an adult fairy’s hands. At this stage, they love mischief the most as they do not have a particular preference towards good or evil and are chiefly concerned with doing as they please and having fun.They play pranks on larger people such as stealing their belongings, throwing things or calling out their names.

Puberty “Growth Spurt”: For pixies, puberty involves their bodies undergoing hormonal changes give the individual the appropriate proportions, muscular and fat distribution and other secondary sex characteristics of the their adult bodies despite still being miniature sized. Once that happens, their metabolisms go into overdrive, enabling them to reach physical maturity in less than a week.

Second childhood: Called so because it is a period of disorientation due to adjusting from the size of a few inches they had for a hundred years or so to a larger permanent size in a matter of days. Also they have to adjust to a new way of flying. In their sprite sizes, they maintained flight by constantly flapping their wings in the air. Now because of their adult sizes, their personal mana field becomes large enough to reliably provide lift off the ground. So instead their wings only flap periodically to maintain flight.

Adulthood: As a full grown sprite or nymph, the Fairy has enough residual mystical energy in their bodies to undergo rejuvenation once their cells be come too old to replicate. Once they do, they will revert to a childhood pixie and go through their life cycle again. If a fairy is a rejuvenate personality, it is possible to regain a few memories from the previous life as they age.

History

Fairies have been around for a large part of Kaf’s history believed to be the offspring of Wood elves and sprites (the race not the male fairy term), each using size-shifting magic to better live with each other. During the global project designed to colonize the moon Qarin, fairies and High elves made a joint project to use humans who came via portal to determine the livability of the newly transformed lunar surface. This made the fairies one of the higher privilaged races of the Seelie Court. During the Ghul Wars, many fairies were being hunted to obtain their innate ability to revert to their youth but none of the experiments were successful.

With the destruction of near every  environment and ecosystem from the many Ghul Wars, the fairies of Kaf couldn’t stand to see the dying planet, wiped out peoples and just the whole world going to crap. Maybe out of an atonement for every faction’s involvement or a chance to save a world from the brink of destruction, fairies everywhere began efforts to restore the environments of Kaf.

A large territory known as the Fairy Kingdom was set up and spread around the great forests to encourage other forest dwelling species to support the growth of forests. Fairies all over learned to commune to nature, understand the natural cycles, the life cycles of local animals and plants in order to properly maintain the ecologically balance of their own habitats. Some fairies moved from the forested areas to understand and restore other biomes of the world like grasslands, wetlands, and semiarid deserts.

It was to the point where other beings thought that Fairies spring forth from nature itself. While not exactly the case many fairies did develop innate affinities to aspects of nature, giving them an important niche to maintain the natural balance. In the era of globalization, the kingdom gradually dissolved as the United Sentient Species came to fill the role. Today many cultural occupations in fairy society revolve around maintenance of an aspect of nature and many ecological activist groups were founded by fairies.

Homin Appearance

So since my species Homins have been getting a bit popular, I though know would be a great time to show off their general appearance in art. (The censored though the uncensored one isn’t very graphic or detailed but just in case.)

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As you can see they resemble humans in many ways but diverged a bit from our ancestor’s terrestrial lifestyle to an arboreal one accordingly.

And a link to the Full written Homin articles:1, and 2

Homins: Part 2

See Homins: Part 1

Culture

Ethnic Groups:

Tropic


Geographic Range: tropical rainforest, humid subtropical forest, mangrove forest

Provisioning: arboreal foraging, horticulture (agroforestry)

Vegetation/Agriculture: Palm fruits, mangosteens, granadillas, tree nuts and berries, bamboo shoots, truffles, cocoa, coffee bean, black tea leaves, mango, papaya, soybean, fig, almonds, cashews, macadamia, kola nuts, banana, plantain, avocado, yam, sugarcane, bell pepper, hot pepper

Livestock: worms, snails, ants, termites, chicken, peafowl, meal-worms, bamboo worm

Game: beetle grubs, dragonfly, gecko, frog, small river-fish, bird eggs, honey, grasshopper, tarantula, mopane worm, bee larvae, centipede, cicada, cricket, flying ant, stink bug, louse, sago grub, scorpion, water bug, lemon ant, leaf-cutter ant, hissing cockroach, millipede

Common distinctive features:

  • Curly or frizzy hair common, other rare
  • Black & Brown hair common, Auburn uncommon, Blonde and Blue rare
  • Epicanthic folds of the eye (mono-lids) very common
  • Brown, Green, Hazel eyes common; Amber uncommon; Blue, Gray rare
  • Tawny, Tan, Olive, Brown Skin
  • Small, broad low bridge noses
Societal Behavior:
The tropic cline was the original and thus all other ethnic groups of homins descend from their tribes. Many of the jungle groups of homins employ a hunter-gatherer method as their sole means of food collection. This involved combining stationary food sources (such as fruits, grains, tubers, and mushrooms, insect larvae and aquatic mollusks) with wild game, which must be hunted and killed in order to be consumed. As such homins are high level predators and are rarely preyed upon, except by large animals like wildcats, or carnivorous dinosaurs.

Tropic homins build nests via foliage, specialized for both day or night use. These are carefully constructed; young ones learn from observing their parent’s nest-building behavior. In fact, nest-building is a leading cause in teenage homins leaving their family group for the first time. From childhood onwards, they practice nest-building and gain proficiency by adolescence.

Due to the humid tropical settings, it is the norm among most ethnic and family groups in daily life to not to wear any clothes. Adult male homins however are likely to wear clothing on their lower bodies to cover their genitals when hunting, foraging. These can be as simple as penis sheaths or more covering like loincloths or wrap skirts. Women are expected to lack clothing but some may wear decorative versions to stand out or during festive dances. Tropic homin groups often decorate their bodies with semi-permanent tattoos from various materials such as ink or clay. They serve as a visual shorthand for an band or tribe and serve as an important marker for newly created bands to establish themselves.

Ancestral tropic homins were able to find shelter in trees occupied by spirits and forest faye by paying their respects to their neighbors. Astounded by their innate magic, homins myths and legends revered them and local traditions and religions revolved around learning how to pay their respects to them. As such many families have permission to cohabit in the canopy of fairy homes or dryad maintained trees, as long as they protect them.

Forest


Geographic Range: deciduous temperate forest, monsoon forests and woodlands

Provisioning: horticulture (agroforestry), arboreal foraging, pedestrian foraging

Vegetation/Agriculture: pome fruits (apple, pear), drupes (peach, cherry, plum), berries, bamboo, legume trees, mushrooms, bulbs, maize, rice, peanuts, soybeans, pecans, hazel nuts, chestnuts, acorns, walnuts, locust legumes, bell peppers

Livestock: snails, ants, bees, silkworm, mealworm, earthworm

Game: beetle larvae, beetles, termites, trout, bass, raccoon, rabbit, squirrel, opossum, turkey, locust, bee larvae, bamboo worm, cicada, centipede, dragonfly, fly pupae, grasshopper, hornworm, june bug, midgefly, pill-bug, wasp, wax worm, caddis fly larvae (zaza-mushi)

Common distinctive features:

  • Wavy hair common, straight uncommon, curly and frizzy rare
  • Black hair & Brown common, Auburn & Blue uncommon, Blonde Rare
  • High noses bridges common
  • Monolids common
  • Brown, Amber common; Green, Hazel, Blue uncommon, Gray rare
  • Widest complexion range: Beige, Cream, Tan, Olive, Brown Skin
Societal Behavior:
Forest homins first made their homes in the temperate woodlands and the surrounding subtropics.Like their jungle based ancestors, they have a good standing with other tree dwelling sentients like dryads, wood fairy. Certain forest homin tribes live near garter and lamia territory and wetlands where brackish merfolk dwell. They are also in contact with certain varieties of henge, often having celebrations or being tricked on depending on the species in particular.

Their shelters are crafted and fully furnished in the tree tops, with multiple ones forming a town. They often share the tree with wood fairies living in the trunk and/or dryads living as the spirit of a tree.

Different classes of these homins wore different clothes. Upper class Homins wore cotton clothes and feather headdresses. Ordinary people wore clothes made from maguey plant fiber. Men wore loin cloths and cloaks tied with a knot at one shoulder. Women wore wrap around skirts and tunics with short sleeves. It was normal for children to go naked. Later in their history clothes became more elaborate and colorful.

Forest homin cultures often have a high affinity to music and an extensive variety of instruments are used by their people. Dance is also a large aspect as forest cultures as many festivals will also have mass dance groups to entertain the masses.

Island


Geographic Range: tropical rainforest, wet dry subtropic forests, coastal swamps

Provisioning: arboreal foraging, aquatic foraging, horticulture (agroforestry)

Agriculture:plantain, banana, breadfruit, legume trees, palm fruits, coconut, mangosteen, granadilla, drift fruit/seeds, warm season grains, sugar cane, pulses, mango, pineapple, taro, macadamia, cashews, almonds, seaweed, kelp, red kelp, brown kelp, sugar cane, bell pepper, hot pepper

Livestock: pigeon, bees, termites

Game: bird eggs, dragonfly, mealworms, centipedes, flying ants, pill bugs, sago grubs, tarantulas, water bug shrimp, hermit crab, coconut crab, sea cucumber, lobster, codfish, clams, oysters, mussels, squid, octopus, fish, cane grub

Common distinctive features:

  • Straight & Wavy hair common, Curly uncommon, Frizzy rare
  • Black & Blue hair common; Brown & Blonde uncommon; Auburn rare
  • Prominent cheekbones rounder faces
  • Broad and low bridge noses
  • Blue, Hazel common; Green, Brown, Gray uncommon; Amber rare
  • Olive, Brown, Dark Brown Skin
Societal Behavior:
Island homins are more often isolated and smaller than other clines of homins. That being said, their native ranges have a similar climate  as those of the jungle but they are more inclined to forage near the shorelines. This leads to their diets and recipes contain more seafood than other homin clines and thus their diet and cuisine have more crustaceans and mollusks than insects.

Not surprisingly given the hot climate island homins wore only light clothing. Men wore a loincloth and a kind of kilt. Women wore a long cotton dress called a huipil.  Islander homins created leather sandals and wore them when walking on hot beach sands.

They commonly have contact with both brackish and marine merfolk when they go to the shoreline. Depending on the island chain in question, they can be close to those of tropical lamia, wood fairy, even traveling giants.

Their close proximity to bodies of water means their people often forage for aquatic forms of life to eat. Many even go as far to build canoes and boats to sail and fish, unlike the majority of other homin clines. Of the few seafaring homins that have been acknowledged, the vast majority were island homins. Such island homins tend to be good swimmers and divers, many women in particular are assigned to dive for objects like seashells or pearls.

Taiga


Geographic Range: Boreal forest, northern swamps and bogs, alpine forests, montane cliffs

Provisioning: arboreal foraging, horticulture (agroforesty)

Agriculture: pine nuts, pome fruits, temperate berries, shrub berries, leaf vegetables, tubers, bulbs, mushrooms, walnuts, chestnuts, acorn

Livestock: silkworm, earthworm, mealworm, bees

Game: ants, scorpion, maggots, wax-worm, wasp, hornet, centipede, millipede, shrew, silverfish, pill-bug, vole, dragonfly, caterpillars, crickets, grasshoppers, frogs, toads, newts, lemmings, muskrat, possum, woodpecker, sparrow, swallows, minnows, pike, trout, bass, perch, lake sturgeon

Common distinctive features:

  • Straight & Curly hair common, Frizzy uncommon, Wavy rare
  • Brown & Blonde hair common; Black & Auburn uncommon, Blue rare
  • Hazel, Green Gray eyes common; Brown & Blue uncommon; Amber rare
  • High nose bridges
  • Beige, Ruddy, Cream, Tawny Skin
Societal Behavior:

Native taiga homins live in more northern and in colder regions than the other groups. While most make their homes in mountainous evergreens, a few have made a living under rock cliffs. In the summer however, the areas they live in become rather swampy.

The weather encourages the taiga cline to dress most of the year round, especially as adults. It if turns cold  both sexes wore a cloak called a manta. With this, their clothes are intricate as most families sow in special patterns in them.

Homins of the boreal forest are much more in contact with species of the youkai culture such as Huli Jing and Bake-danuki. As such apsects of their culture are seen such as purity rites when dealing with their dead, cleaning places to prevent corruption of its personal spirit, or wards to protect themselves from troublesome spirits and magical beasts. Rituals are a very important part of taiga culture. The homins celebrate a good harvest with a big feast to which nearby villages are invited. The village members gather large amounts of food, which helps to maintain good relations with their neighbors. They also decorate their bodies with feathers and flowers. During the feast, the Taiga homins eat a lot, and the women dance and sing late into the night.

Architecture


Structures are built around or in trees like tree houses

For tropic and island homins, initially, a suitable tree is located: Homins are selective about sites even though many tree species are utilized. The foundation is then built by pulling together branches under them and joining them at a point. After the foundation has been built, the homin bends smaller, leafy branches onto the foundation; this serves the purpose of and is termed as the “mattress”. After this, they braid the tips of branches into the mattress. This increases the stability of the nest and forms the final process of nest building.

Homins may add additional features such as “pillows”, “blankets”, “roofs” and “bunk-beds” to their nest. Homins make “pillows” by clumping together leafy branches with the leaves in the center and the twig shoots pointed outward. They bite the twigs to blunt sharp ends. Pillows are added to night nests but are usually absent from day nests. A “blanket” consists of large leafy branches with which orangutans cover themselves after lying down. Homins may create a waterproof overhead shelter for the nest by braiding together a loose selection of branches. They may also make a “bunk-nest” or “bunk-bed”, a few meters above the main nest.

Forest and taiga homins used various material like fallen wood to construct shelters with the strongest branches of a tree. The result typically resembles a tree house which can have many variations in size, design, carrying capacity, and the like. Many have side or hanging gardens to plant flowers, crops or animals that would normally only be on the ground.

Spirituality


Early in their history, they encountered various local spirits and many had to determine which were helpful or harmful. This resulted in early societies having animist beliefs rooting in appeasing the local spirit creatures around them of called Deshsa. When djinn missionaries entered their settlements, they brought with them their major religions and the concept of divinity.

The variety of Deshsa followed by taiga humans has many purity rituals and a stronger focus on the exploits of spirits animating nature due to their history of contact with those of the youkai culture.

Djinn missionaries began the spread of monotheism, particularly Islam and Christianity within the homin tribes of the Eastern Zomia Tropics and surrounding island chains.

Education


In general, children are socialized and educated informally education basically anywhere.  It involves imitation of what others do and say as well as experimentation and repetitive practice of basic skills.  This is what happens when children role-play adult interactions in their games.

Urban centers provide much more formal education where teachers provide knowledge to students in a specific area.

Dress/Modesty


Homins in humid regions are very lax about modesty as most differentiate nudity from sexuality. As such children innocently go around with relatively little or no clothing, symbolizing innocence.  Even most adults are not likely to take note of others nudity in most settings, exceptions including settings where they operate heavy machinery, office administrations or places with heavy traffic of other species less comfortable with homin nudity.

The is somewhat different for taiga homin cultures where the need for clothing in subartic environments developed more expectations of dress at a certain age.

Science and Technology

Transportation


Most of their history involved walking or climbing among trees. Some homins began creating devices that made this easier for special populations like grappling hooks. With the introduction of large cities, inventions like cable cars had to set up to get people around the cities.

Weaponry


Like humans, homins started out with wooden or bone tools such as knives, clubs, axes, and spears and slings for ranged attacks. Some Homins have also learned metallurgy from neighboring species to create metal weapons like swords. Soon homins adopted to the use of firearms as projectile weaponry.

Communications


For most of their history lacked long distance communication and mostly relied on oral records and stories. Slowly came the adoption of recording things in books and video but the rapid efforts of globalization meant young homins found use in cellular phones quickly.

Energy


Majority of societies are fueled by various biofeuls and biodiesels extracted from vegetable oils, algae, and unused cellulose waste.
Due to lacking ordered spellcraft, homins that use charms or alchemical generators to power their homes, had rely on preternatural/supernatural neighborhoods to resupply them. In response, homins were able to come up with similar charms or reactors that could be resupplied with their own mana plasma sorcery.

Medical Treatment


Herbalism from past traditions remains alive and well but are intergrated with antibiotics and vaccination administration. The holistic approach often favors the doctor to talk with their patient and helping them to prevent a condition or common ailment, many doctors taking house calls.

Manufacturing


Using small strings of bark and roots, they weave and decorate baskets. They can use these baskets to carry plants, crops, and food to bring back to their nests. They are also known to dye the baskets with berries and clay, as well as to paint their bodies and dye their loin cloths. After the baskets are painted, they are further decorated with masticated charcoal pigment. Similar processes were copied for other materials to trade with others.

Contributions

  • Rope
  • Sandals
  • Basket-weaving
  • Anesthesia
  • Parachute
  • Cable cars
  • Styrofoam
  • Helicopter
  • Handheld cameras
  • Organ replacement
  • Utility belt
  • Handheld grapple pistol
  • Genetic engineering
  • Genetic testing for inherited diseases
  • Gene therapy
  • Vaccinated fruit
  • Zip-lines
  • Cochlear implants
  • Chocolate

Homins: Part 1

Here it is, part 1 of the lore about my original species and one of the major peoples of the Arcane Realm stories.

Overview

Homins or Kaf Humans are an extraterrestrial species of humanoids that live on the planet, Kaf. Homins have long, prehensile tails and hand-like feet capable of well-articulated movements. In fact, H. prehensus walk upright on two legs while on the ground, and crouch on two or climb on all fours along the branches of trees. Even with humble beginnings in the high leafy canopies of tropical forests, their drive, curiosity, and determination allowed them to settle in various forests the world over and plant various species of trees to extend their ranges. They also still have most of the traits shared by all species of humans, making them as at home on the ground as they are in the trees.

Quick Species Profile
(Homo prehensus)
Life Expectancy
Average: 65 years
Max: Possibly 180 years
Average Height: 3’8-4’2”/110-127cm
Average Weight: 50-90 lbs/30-41 kg
Hair: Black, Brown, Blond, Auburn, Midnight Blue
Eyes: Brown, Hazel, Amber, Green, Blue, Gray
Creature Type: Natural Humanoid

Biology

Homins are a sentient species that belong to the simians, a subgroup of the primate order of mammals. As such, they were similar to a number of other species variously designated as apes, including the non-sentient chimpanzees, gorillas and number of mammalian humanoids with a similar physiology.

Homins are endotherms, or “warm-blooded” animals, meaning they maintain a constant body temperature independent of the environment using the energy from their food. Homins are in fact omnivores, subsisting on both animal tissue and plant-based foods, as their gastrointestinal system was much longer than that of carnivores. Many Homins are partial to food products that have a high fat, sugar, or salt content. As is common to many humanoid species, Homins has two sexes: male and female, with the latter being distinguished by their pronounced breasts, overall smaller stature and lesser quantity of body hair.

Appearance

Homins are bipedal beings with a bilateral symmetry, having a front and a back end, as well as an upside and downside. Their body comprises of one head perched atop a torso by a neck, and four limbs. The upper limbs, called arms, ends in hands which have five fingers each; the lower ones, called legs, end in feet with also five digits called toes. Homin arms are unique in that they are long enough to reach their knees without bending. The homin fingers and toes have multiple points of articulation, and one of them is an opposable thumb that allows for fine manipulation. Finally, unlike most humanoids they are all born with a fully prehensile tail that extends from the lower base of spine and sports a fine layer of hair, the same color as that on their head.  Unlike other natural mammalian species such as, they have only a light covering of body hair. Most of it is concentrated on the head, underarms and groin after puberty and, in the case of adult males, face.

As for hair and eye color, some also have a natural shade of dark blue hair.
Their hair can be grown, cut, and styled for aesthetic or ritualistic reasons—The facial hair grown by adult males could be grown, styled, or shaved completely. Their hair color ranges from blond to black, sometimes with hues of red or brown, changing to gray or white as years passed and could be straight, wavy, or curly or frizzy. In addition to those varied hair colors, their eyes come in shades of blue, green, gray, or brown. Gradiation of skin tone was also seen among baseline Homins, usually limited to various shades of brown, ranging from pale yellowish brown to light brown, and dark brown. Despite the variations in skin color, homins tend to have more intermediate shades with pale or very dark skin being rare although lighter shades of skin are more common in children and females.

Physiological Traits

  • Prehensile Tail– Prehensus humans have long, flexible tail from the bottom of their spine covered in terminal hair that they can use to hold on to branches and alternatively, carry objects.
  • Prehensile Feet– Homin feet have a grasping opposable big toe, similar to great apes. They are capable of a precision grip as well as a power grip, having the the same range of articulation as the hands. Unlike the great apes, a particular bone embedded within the foot tendon helps keep the foot rigid, especially when jumping from one surface to another like humans.
  • Thin body hair– Although covered in hair from head to toe except their palms and soles, it’s so thin and fine they look hairless. Their thinner body hair and more productive sweat glands help them avoid heat exhaustion while running or climbing for long distances. Thick hair only grows on top of their heads, under their arms, their groin, their tails and the faces of some males.
Innate Abilities
  • Arboreal locomotion and expert climbing– Homins have roughly three forms of moving through the trees:
  1. On all fours, grasping the branches below them.
  2. Because they share the modified pelvis and spinal column of humans, they can also crouch bipedally on top of branches and walk straight up on the ground.
  3. Lastly, Homins are brachiators, and can move around in trees by swinging under branches with a hand over hand motion from limb to limb.They can also quickly adapt to climbing on rocks in cliff faces.
  • High Agility- They can leap well above their heights due to high power to weight ratios launching them.  The arms of Homins are very long (they can put their hands on their knees standing up; take a moment and try to do the same). When climbing a cliff face, they can typically travel up seven feet per second on average.
  • Strong Grip-Their grip strength can allow them to easily carry their own body weight on only their fingertips which tend to be longer than other humanoids due to bulkier knuckles.
  • High power to weight ratio– Homins bodies are relatively robust, and can withstand and exert a high amount of power. An untrained homin can lift around 4 to 6 times their own weight, while professional lifters can reach up to 12 times.
  • Raw Sorcery– Being natural humanoids, when homins channel mana from the environment into magic, the energy generates a substance known as mana plasma. Their magic involves manipulation of mana plasma to do various things such as act as a projectile, barrier, mimic other substances, or alter preexisting magical effects.
Comparison with Kaf Homins and Earth Humans

Compared to sapiens, Homins lag behind in long distance running, but they are the fastest and longest distance climbers in the animal kingdom of Kaf and are much better suited to it than other human species. Due to their large power to weight ratios, the average Homin can lift and move up to four to six times their own body weight, with their athletes and warriors obviously outclassing them.

General Diet

Homins are opportunistic omnivores, capable of consuming a wide variety of plant and animal material. Staples of their diet is fruit, region specific tree nuts, edible flowers, leaves, eggs, and various invertebrates likes insects or mollusks. They will also hunt for edible fungi and small vertebrates such as lizards, rodents and small birds. Communities with agricultural practices will make the efforts to grow crops like shrub berries, starchy tubers, beans, and gourd vegetables within constructed gardens in their treetop dwellings.

 

Reproduction

 Homin females are fertile year round, and in which no special signals of fertility are produced by the body. Opposed to many animals, female homins have a menstrual cycle roughly every month. Homin women will also go through menopause, typically after 50 years of age, in which they will no longer bare children. Homin males remain fertile much longer, many well into their 70’s.

As with other mammals, homin reproduction takes place as internal fertilization by sexual intercourse between an opposite sex couple to produce offspring. While developing in their mother’s womb, the child gives her a distinctive “baby bump” accompanied by a significant weight gain. Being mammals, the homin females give birth to live young, either one or several at a time. Two children born at the same birth are referred to as twins, and three as triplets. The delivery itself normally takes place after nine months of pregnancy. It is a painful process that can take as much as ten hours. In some circumstances, women could die during childbirth, although it became less common in places with access to top-notch medical technologies. During their first months of existence, Homin babies are usually fed with milk from their mother’s breasts.

Lifespan and Growth

The period during which a young Homin develops from a child into an adult is known as adolescence. According to top therapists, that stage of development is emotionally hard to endure without support. Regardless of physiological and psychological changes, the legal transition from childhood to adulthood depends on culture. While some societies treated their members as adults as early as the age of 13, others considered that full adulthood was only attained at 21.

Adult Average Height:

Male: 3’8”-4’2”

Female: 3’6”-4’1”

Largest Recorded: 5’8” male

Etymology

hom·i·n \ˈhä-mən
Homin is based on a shortening of hominid, the proto-human ancestors of the genus Homo, including modern humans.

History

Human ancestors (likely Homo erectus) found their way to the forest region of Kaf by random temporal portals linking to prehistoric earth. Basically this gave their ancestors millions of years to adapt to the tree filled areas as they were pushed back by foreign and hostile creatures like mega fauna. Eventually their Kaf native descendants developed arboreal traits intrinsic to other primates such as the reintroduction of grasping big toes and longer arms. Random chance and sexual selection favored the development of long prehensile tails to better aid climbing through trees. Still they retained their bipedal walk and posture even in the trees, and developed traits similar to that of modern humans, such as increased brain size, similar facial features, prominent  breasts in females, use of advanced tools, fire and a complex social culture.

Homins first appeared in tropical forest areas and after the Ghul wars, were able to spread to island and temperate regions. A few went as far as mountainous and boreal forests. Another group learned to construct simple boats allowing them to populate various islands as well. During the standardization era, they were able to grow forests in order to increase their range, along with other forest beings.

The trees where they first settled were massive enough for the branches to interconnect them and allow for climbing between them. The trees were also able to support small huts they eventually built among their branches. Because they have mega fauna and magical beast enemies on the forest floor, homins survived by only going down when they are gone, and eventually building weapons to fend them off when they needed to.

Before the United Sentient Species, Homin settlements were either nearby or cohabited relatively peaceful with brackish merfolk, lamia, wood fairy, and various spirits of the forest. With various empires cropping up from the jinn, and faye, homins in occupied territories grew a sense of nationalism and wanted their own nation. However the various major ethnic groups of homins couldn’t agree on a single territory which resulted in three homin created states. These nations and a few surrounding territories where controlled by monarchs until the events leading up the creation of the United Sentient Species led to them taking on ceremonial positions.

Nagas and Lamia

In the realm of fantasy world building, certain creatures are so familiar that it is debated which to use or what is the difference. One such is that of Lamia and the Naga.

Actually, Nagas are from Vedic Indian mythology and folklore as well as from some Hindu and Buddhist holy scripture. They were a race of immortal (or thats what i’ve come to believe) beings whom, as you can see, were human from the waist up and serpent from the waist down. They had a high affinity to earth and water, in which they were often credited for being the keepers of the earth’s waters. they were also shape-shifters, capable of taking full human or full serpent form (sometimes with multiple heads). Females nagas frequently became spouses to several historical rulers in India, supposedly.

The Lamia, however, was a Greek monster. She’s similar to a vampire in some ways. According to the story, she was a woman who had an affair with Zeus and that ticked Hera off, so Hera took away her children, which in turn drove the woman mad and she eventually turned into a half-animal creature
(depicted as either a half-serpent, half-lion or half-goat), and began abducting and devouring children herself.

In modern pop-culture, Lamias and Nagas grow to be more related, often showing up in anime, comics, video games, and the likes, quite often as some form of magic-using snake-woman.

And that’s all i can give ya without actually researching additional info on it.

Merfolk: Part 2

Part 1

Culture

Ethnic Groups: habitats-provisioning(food gaining)-agriculture-livestock-game-clothing-other notes

Brackish

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Geographic range: swamps, marshes, mangroves, lagoons, large lakes, large rivers

Provisioning: foraging, shifting cultivation, free range farms

Agriculture:sea grass, duckweed, cattails, wild rice, watercress, water pepper, water spinach, wasabi, water chestnut/caltrop, taro, lotus, bulrush, bamboo, cord grass, shrub fruit and nuts, peanuts, chestnuts

Livestock:carp, small mouth bass, cod, salmon, duck, crayfish, goose, river mussels, tilapia

Game:large dragonflies, large mosquitoes and larvae, large mouth bass, catfish, bullhead, crappie, bluegill, black buffalo, pike, lake sturgeon, war-mouth, paddle fish, rainbow trout, fathead minnow, river otter, beaver

Common physical features:

  • aquatic skin resembles coloring of following fish: goldfish, koi carp, guppy, catfish, molly, rainbow-fish, tiger-fish, angelfish, discus
  • darker shades of hair
  • fined tail changes to legs slightly faster

Societal Behavior: Brackish merfolk tend to be insular and distrustful of strangers, but individuals, especially adventuring Merfolk, break the mold and can be quite boisterous. Often they are more open to beings that live within their regions like Lamia who are similar in appearance and culture. Brackish merfolk are more likely to venture on land and even have alternate land based settlements near bodies of water. Adolescent merfolk often have a vacation season at the same time as adolescent and emerging adult jungle and island homins and fairies, resulting in mutual party going, dancing, and temporary romances and sexual experiences.

Marine

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Geographic range: coral reefs, kelp forests, tropical sea-grass beds, half-submerged caves, cliff-walled caves, mangroves, oceanic islands

Provisioning: foraging, fisheries, seabed and tide pool gardens, coral gardens

Agriculture:giant kelp, green algae, sea grasses, beach grasses, drift fruit and seeds

Livestock:sponges, parrot fish, tuna, striped bass, crabs, shrimp, clams, oysters, scallops, barnacles, soft corals, lobsters, krill, sea cucumbers

Game:
forage fish– anchovies, reef squid, menhaden, sardines, herring, pollock
large pelagic– bill fish, bonito, mackerel, salmon, small sharks, large squid, octopus, sea urchins
birds-gulls, auks, gannets, pelicans
mammals-sea otter, ringed seal, Caspian seal

Common physical features:

  • aquatic skin resembles coloring of following fish: clown-fish, butterfly-fish, cardinal-fish, damsel fish, parrot-fish, dragnets, file-fish, rabbit-fish, gobies, hawk-fish, yellow tangs, trigger-fish, blue wrasse, rainbow wrasse, lion fish
  • lighter shades of hair
  • ears are more likely to be finned
  • legs change into finned tails slightly faster

Societal Behavior:

Marine merfolk started off as bands and tribes of nomadic foragers and some of these still exist in less traveled waters who mostly consisted of forage fish. With the creation of nation states, they were able to collect larger pelagic creatures to feed their populous but this lead to the creation of distinct classes and a ruling government. Marine merfolk themselves are quite playful with various sea creatures primarily dolphins, most whales, and sea turtles. Being the only beings in the sea with fine articulation has allowed them to manipulate many materials unique to the oceans such as kelp, animal secretions, and coral.

Marine merfolk generally shelter themselves in hidden communities, fiercely protecting the territory they hold from outsiders. Merfolk historically have been distrusting of surface races, and went to great lengths to conceal their presence from those that live primarily on land. This has changed since the United Sentient Species attempts to foster unity between races by funding for large underwater cities filled with buildings, connected by networks of reinforced glass tunnels, bathysphere transport systems, and submerged railways. As a result, most smaller merfolk settlements remain unknown to those on the surface, and encounters between marine merfolk and surface dwellers are uncommon, outside of urban areas.

Architecture

Merfolk structures often incorporate unique materials and features which results in distinct a architectural style. Wooden materials are uncommon due to the effect of woodworms. Instead, Merfolk make use of a variety of durable marine building materials:

  • Kelp – Many merfolk buildings are made by weaving living kelp into a hollow ball that floats in the water while anchored to ocean floor. There can be several rooms arrayed in a daisy chain, one above the other, all constructed from only a few plants.
  • Sea grass – Sea grass is used as a filler material in thatching and living sea grass is planted on the roofs of buildings as an anchor or decoration.
  • Coral – Coral is tough easily workable, and abundant in tropical climates. It is used all over the aquatic world.
  • Stone – Used in alone or in combination with hydraulic cement, stone is one of the best materials for durability
  • Hydraulic cement – hydraulic cement is a building material in use since ancient times and is known for its ability to harden underwater. Hydraulic cement is combined with sand or other materials to create concrete structures, or is used in mortar to create masonry buildings
  • Giant bones – The bones of giant sea creatures such as whales and sea serpents are and strong and durable enough to be excellent building materials
  • Giant shells – Some sea shell are large enough to be used by themselves as rooms in buildings. smaller ones are used in “shell masonry”
  • Wood – Freshwater merfolk often use wood to build their structures, because woodworms do not live in freshwater.

Spirituality

Many indigenous merfolk beliefs followed deities that had dominion of the seas and tides. After the collapse of divine pantheons, groups transferred faith to nature itself or the idea of an living force in magical energies or “wild magic”.
As an extension of this idea, certain animals were sacred and culturally treated with respect no matter ones belief or lack thereof. Frogs and newts are this for the brackish, and dolphins and whales for the marine community.

Various introduced religions followed by various Merfolk individuals include:

  • Islam (Jinn)
  • Naturalism
  • Buddhism (Mostly Theravada)
  • Deism
  • Hinduism
  • Pan deist
  • Secular

Gender/Family

Mermaids far outnumber mermen. In merfolk culture, mermaids typically hunt. They also, by virtue of vastly overpopulating their male counterparts, tend to rule merfolk society. Mermen, by contrast, tend to be “soldiers” to their “queens”.
While promiscuous outside of their race and, in fact, known for their loose sexual attitudes, merfolk nevertheless often choose to mate for life with each other. When couples marry, the man leaves his mother’s family and goes to live with the woman in her family. Married men often have two names, their own and their wife’s, while women only ever have one. The duties of a husband are to be a partner and aid to his wife, including doing all the physical work that needs doing in the family group and also helping to raise their children.
Since most merfolk live & travel in pods of up to 12, once children are added into the mix, raising them is a group effort.

A merfolk is officially adult once he or she copulates. This may sound strange to other cultures, but the merfolk see it as a sign that the now adult merfolk is responsible enough to conceive children of her own.

Education 

As a merfolk ages, they are given a sort of tutelage. This tutelage consists of all the necessary skills to live in the harsh aquatic environment. They learn to hunt, communicate in their language and a set of other useful skills for survival.

Those in developed nation states may go on to continue their education for specialized professions in centers of formal education.

As spell casters, they tend to be quite good in specific areas. Their mystical relationship with water makes it easier for them to use magic related to liquids and gases. The legendary water magic that altered their ancestors to live in the oceans were lost since ancient times, but some of that affinity still remains.

Dress/Modesty

Merfolk weave a crude kind of fabric from seaweed drying along the shoreline, called seaweed cloth, that is used for garments, rope, and even baskets. Shells or pieces of coral with small holes in them form necklaces the merpeople may wear around their necks and sometimes loop along their tails.
Merfolk of both major cultures are very liberal in their views on appropriate clothing. Nudity is a non-issue for children and is also the case for un/contacted clans and tribes. Being a species where females traditionally hold community and household influence generally means that chests of both sexes tend to not be covered.

Societal Organization
The  major Marine merfolk countries are an oligarchy, in the form of a coalition of queens who are from the same family instead of a single queen. Therefore, if one queen produces only sons, the loss of her lineage and office could be offset by another queen producing multiple daughters who all become queens instead of just the eldest. The queen is chosen from women of a suitable age from one of the ‘royal houses’. The female ruler can even keep several male consorts, it doesn’t matter because only her female children will inherit the throne, though male kids may be granted small lordships or minor offices to make them useful to the crown.

The upper class, at least, is organized into houses or family groups, each lead by a Matriarch. Regardless of the wealth or status of each family group, the women are the ones that make the decisions.
Brackish Merfolk societies are a bit different due to being generally smaller and more influenced by the lifestyles of local land species. As such they may adopt similar forms of government like  tribes, chiefdom, or states while retaining a core matriarchal household (albeit they are generally more egalitarian compared to the Marine varieties.)
There are still recently contacted merpeople whose societies are almost strictly hunting/foraging and organized only by bands or maybe tribes. Because of their small populations, the roles of males and females are different but considered to be equal in importance.

Science and Technology

Weaponry

Many weapons suffer reduced effectiveness under water due to hydrodynamic drag. Merfolk therefore use weapons that are specially designed to eliminate drag and increase ergonomics for submerged use. Some weapons are unchanged but the techniques for their use underwater is radically different.
Mermen commonly employ tridents and javelins as weapons, although spears, daggers and underwater crossbows are also common.
The Merfolk have developed their martial arts strongly on thrusting and grappling, since those are the most efficient ways to fight underwater. They therefore prefer polearms and short swords above all other weapons, though they have also been trained to use longer swords quite well.

Traditional Weaponry

  • Partisan – A partisan is a pole-arm similar to a spear but it has a much larger spear point and prongs on either side of the blade. it could accurately be described as a sword on a pole.
  • Great trident – This trident has 3 large bladed points and is capable of delivering grievous wounds.
  • Mersarissa – A very long spear for use in underwater army formations. it has a large blade and reach.
  • Chain Net – A net made of fine chain links or cable instead of rope.  It has small barbs that cut a trapped creature as it struggles.
  • Katar – A short sword that attaches to the forearm instead of being held by the handle

Armor and Shields
There are several considerations to make when using armor underwater, drag and buoyancy. Merfolk armors are usually form fitting and flexible. Medium and heavy armors usually use some form of buoyant material for padding such as kelp pods or cork. Shields are designed to have as little drag as possible when moving them laterally and also have small buoys distributed to the inner surface. Tower shields are extremely rare in the underwater world because they are simply too unwieldy and the reduced danger from ranged weapons. They have been reduced to specialty applications or for merfolk fighting on land.

  • Sharkskin leather armor – Basic leather armor has the same properties as land based leather armor.
  • Padded – This padded armor uses aquatic fibers to give its wearer some protection.
  • Chain shirt – Chain shirts built by merfolk smiths tend to be tighter fitting than those on land to reduce drag.
  • Scale mail – Scale mail is more popular with merfolk than chain because it has less drag.
  • Breastplate – Breast plates are very popular in in the underwater world for their ease of manufacture, good protection, and freedom of movement
  • Lorica Plumata – This armor is a combination of chainmail and scalemail. It consists of metal scales that are attached to a backing of tight fitting chainmail. It is expensive but gives excellent freedom of movement, low drag, and good protection.

Energy
A majority of their energy comes from geothermal energy from deep sea vents. As more cities rise, the use of mana motors that rely on oceanic environmental essence has been increasing as well as hydrogen fuel cells for domestic technologies.

Brackish merfolk societies mainly rely on firewood and vegetable oils and grasses for domestic power. Larger brackish run civilizations are switching to supplement with offshore wind turbines and hydroelectric plants.

Medical Treatment
Herbal and medicinal baths made up the majority of treatments. After the Medical Revolution, liquid and pill form medication became prevalent, along with injections that remained effective even underwater.

Communications
Below the water they communicate in a series of whistles, fluting sounds, sub- and super-sonic pulses which humans cannot hear. It is thought that whales, dolphins, and other large fish may also hear and comprehend this language.

Manufacturing
Merfolk tools are made from bone, discarded land glass, or the sharp teeth of sharks. These tools are often bound at one end with eel skin.

Other materials include

  • Bronze – a poor quality but inexpensive metal that resists corrosion
  • Stellite – a common type of metal that resists corrosion and is similar in strength to steel
  • Byssus/Sea Silk-strong fibers from mollusks that are immune to water degradation and can be woven into fabrics to make clothing, rope, nets, and other tools.
  • Sharkskin – Leather made from the skin of sharks. it is very tough.
  • Orichalcum– a rare and mysterious metal dug from out of Seamounts, Orichalcum has a golden or coppery color. Orichalcum shares many properties in common with Iron such as strength and magnetism, however it does not rust in salt water. The only thing preventing it from being more widely used, is that it is rare and expensive. Large Orichalcum (and iron) deposits can be found by observing where sharks congregate due to their electromagnetic senses, the large number of sharks also makes extracting the ore difficult at best and further increases the rarity of this much sought after metal.

Merfolk: Part 1

Mermaid color

Overview

Merfolk are an extraterrestrial sapient species of faye that originated from Kaf. Merfolk have well-built and attractive humanoid upper bodies and lower halves consisting of the tail and fins of a great fish or whale. Their hair and skin span a wide range of hues, with Merfolk in a given region closely resembling each other. Merfolk aren’t as limited on land as some myths suggest; their tails will quickly reform into legs once they leave the water (and, likewise, their legs will quickly reform into a tail should they ever enter water). Communities exist in mountain lakes, coastal reefs, rivers, and even swampy wetlands.

Merfolk:  Part 2

Species Quick Profile

(Sirena amphíbios)

Life Expectancy
Average:90 years
Maximum:500 years
Average Height: 5-6ft
Average Weight: 150-350 lbs
Hair: Blue, Green, White, Black, Red, Silver, Blonde
Eyes: Blue, Green, Blue-green, Hazel, Purple, Indigo
Creature Type:  Full Torso Humanoid Faye (Amphibious, Shapeshift to Humanoid)

Biology

Physiological Traits
  • Amphibious skin– portions of skin on their shoulders, arms, lower back, and lower limbs (legs or tail) resemble the look and color of local fish species. Despite the scaly look, the texture is smooth as hairless skin and is similar to amphibians in that Merfolk can breathe through it when moist. It is also what merfolk to breathe underwater in place of their lungs. The skin is also shed periodically more or less in one piece throughout their lives for new healthy skin underneath.
  • Slime Coat– a thin coating of slippery slime to help their skin stay moist in order to breathe through their skin underwater and on land.
  • Amphibious Adaptation-In the water, merfolk are full torso humanoids and on landing their shape changes to Humanoid. From adolescence, their tails can quickly metamorphize into legs with webbed feet, able to walk when most of their bodies are exposed to air. When their legs are submerged in water, they metamorphize into a finned tail. This process however is not instant, the transformation from one form to another usually takes a few minutes for their bodies to adjust. Apparently, it involves a magical ( arcane mana charged) hormone similar in structure to thyroxine for land and is counteracted by a hormone similar to prolactin for the aquatic change
  • Watery Hair– Once their hair grows to certain length, the rest becomes water imitating the hair’s length. The cutoff length is shorter for males than females.
  • Fins-They possess frills on their forearms, and some have finned ears
Innate Abilities
  • Expert swimmer– Because of their fish tail and webbed hands(and webbed feet on land and shallow waters), merfolk are naturally an adept swimmers. Their tail is strong enough that it can propel one several meters out of the water for high leaps.
  • Echolocation-can use low or high pitched echoes to locate things far off in the water.

Appearance
From the waist up, a merfolk’s body resembles that of a human; a merfolk’s lower body, however, is comprised of a tail and fins similar to that of a giant fish or cetacean. Despite the scaly look, the texture is smooth as hairless skin. By the time they are adolescents, they are able to transform completely into humanoid form with legs to move on land. Distinctive features in both forms include portions of skin on their shoulders, arms, lower back, and lower limbs (legs or tail) resemble the patterns of local fish species. The “human-looking” section of their skin have various human skintones and short, fine, light-colored, and barely noticeable vellus hair covering. They also have fins on their arms, webbed fingers, and webbed toes on land and the ends of their tails in the water.

General Diet
Typical diets are composed of native fish and aquatic plants. They will also partake of other aquatic animals such as mollusks, shellfish, and water fowl. Brackish merfolk also partake of a few insects, reptiles, and are more likely to eat foods closer to land. Marine merfolk have the advantage of hunting large mammals on occasion. Fruit and nuts that drift in the waters to propagate are a delicacy and are often grown by experienced farmers.

Reproduction
Copulation is internal sexual fertilization and can occur on land or underwater. Whether the transformation has them in their Sea forms or Land forms, the Merfolk retain their humanoid sexual organs. The males often have a sheath that remains hidden for a great part, only coming into view when sexually aroused, and the females is nigh invisible till they’re aroused, then the scales around the females vulva change hue, signaling their ready for sexual relations. Often times the coloration ranges from intense reds to fiery oranges or other ‘loud’ colors. A mermaid will gestate her baby for five months and return to the water to give live birth.

Lifespan and Growth
A newborn merperson is born with exposed gills on the side of their abdomens and a lateral line system on their backs. During infancy, the gills become internalized and covered with skin. Their lateral line system becomes redundant and will be reabsorbed as lungs develop during childhood. By adolescence, hormonal changes during puberty allow for the transformation of their finned tails into legs on land and vice-versa.

 

History

Origins of merfolk lie within the early days of the Ghul Wars. Basically there were a lot of factions rising up and civilians getting caught in the crossfire, the usual stuff. So there were a lot of refugees of all kinds of species but lets focus on High elves for now. I say that because many High elves that escaped the ravages of war fled to areas which they could not be found, one of them being large bodies of water like the seas. There they used rare water adapting magic to transform themselves into forms that could breathe and move about in the ocean.

Of course they weren’t alone, as the seas held many aggressive animals and monsters but also various water faerie like sulkies and . The smart sea elves were the ones cooperated with the native faye of the waters and within time they became neighbors and lovers. The children of these unions and even those strictly between the sea elves slowly acquired new features for life underwater like lateral lines and gills from birth. They differentiated to the point where they considered themselves as beings different from their forebears.

Of course, this peaceful coexistence wouldn’t last forever because although the seas provided them safety from the battles of war, it could only suppress so much from the environmental effects. A nasty combo of over fishing from up-top, a previous nuclear winter created an ice sheet which lowered sea levels and messed with the chemistry of the oceans saw to the wiping out of many forms of sea life, especially the sentient ones. The traits inherent to the merfolk allowed them to out-compete with the other sea faerie to survive by the end of the Ghul Wars.

Throughout the Post Ghul Wars, merfolk mainly kept to themselves, away from land based peoples until some found their way into freshwater ways more inland and settled in various wetlands there. That was how most Brackish merfolk got their start. These merfolk would often converse with the lamia, humans, and fairy living in the wetland areas. Around the beginning of the Interspecies era, contact was made with marine merfolk settlements, introducing many ideas and technologies with them. Currently there are at least two large underwater cities in the ocean designed as places for land species to see, work, and play with merfolk in their natural habitat.

Crash Course in Magic #4

Do I have the magic in me?

Sentient beings have a greater capacity for magic, mainly due to  “higher” order functioning such as thought, reasoning, and abstraction having a greater effect on the flow of mana and more dramatic effects. In fact magic is believed to be creation’s gift to sentience in many of Kaf’s cultures.

Another unique feature of Kaf is the different types of sentient beings, giving researchers clear examples of how magic manifests between them. For example, they have established 3 forms of magic that differ in how magic manifests and broad capabilities based purely on the type of being an individual is.

Ordered Spellcraft or Arcane Magic is the type of magic that can be performed by supernatural and preternatural creatures, namely the majority of spirits, faery, and magical beasts.

Manifestation

Ordered spell craft is called so because raw mana has to be converted or ordered with the user’s intent and will before it can do a specific action.

Spells are basically ritual formulas that aim to give a intention or order to a collection of magic power and have it do something. This can be done with various actions such as Sign (tracing a symbol in the air), Gesture (Specific or precise movements and stances), Ward (geometric mandalas sketched on to surfaces), Incantation (specific words and phrases), Component (spell specific ingredients), Focus (magic assisting device).

Species that can perform arcane magic also have inherent abilities that resulted from magoi being naturalized into the genetics and biochemistry of their ancestors. That is to say there are magic-like but natural actions they can do without actual spells. This is often called Innate Magic to make them distinct from actual spells.

The appearance of spells can be observed in any number of ways such as puffs of smoke, bolts resembling lighting, energy rays, glittery sparkles, or things spontaneously happening.

Natural beings (like humans) are incapable of directly ordering mana to manifest as spells and effecting the physical world and its laws. They can however make use of materials and devices (like a wand) that can pull of the indirect manipulations possible with spell-craft.

Applications

By being able to converse with and give mana special orders, it allows them to reproduce natural phenomena or create those that manipulate or run counter to everyday occurrences. It affects the caster’s world mainly by bending the current physical laws like the traditional idea of magic. The major limit is that Users are limited to defying the laws of physics, and cannot rewrite or manipulate universes themselves, save for artificially created pocket dimensions. (Gravity still pulls down, even if it takes a really long time to do so. Unless gravity in a confined area is reversed, then vice-versa.) Arcane Magic can often disregard certain observed scientific laws such as thermodynamics and energy conservation based on the users intent, but only as long as the spell is in effect or the source of it is supplying.
Raw Sorcery, Primordial Magic, or Natural Magic is the type of magic capable by all creatures, though typically its greatest potential is with sentient natural creatures like humanoids.

Manifestation

In this type of magic, the magic user taps into and resonates with the vibrations and wavelengths of the magical forces. During the process, the practitioner becomes a conduit to the rush of magical energy flowing within their general area, instantaneously. The influx of raw mana energy ionizes the air at a rate that generates a room-temperature ionized gas (35-40 C) called mana plasma. The mana plasma when first produced is light and airy like a multicolored flame, and is mold-able by a person’s movements and internal flow.

Creatures that are supernatural (like spirits) or preternatural (like faye or magical beasts) only have a very limited use of raw mana. They can only simply concentrate and firing it as relatively weak bullets or spheres of energy doing minor to moderate concussive force. As such they much prefer to transmute the mana into a physical phenomenon a la ordered spellcraft.

Natural humanoids, on the other hand, have much more control and potential with directly manipulating mana in its raw and purest form. As such, for raw sorcery they are referred to as skills as opposed to spells. Below in applications, are a list of what natural sentient beings can do with mana plasma and raw sorcery.

Applications

Although most of the natural properties of this cool plasma are bound to the laws of physics, mana plasma does have a few properties outside the norm.

  • Reinforcement: involve enhancing the force and speed behind movements of an object or one’s own body.
  • Constructs:Users can turn generated mana plasma into tools, objects, weapons and other items, and/or create structures/buildings of varying permanence. Once a person has mastered the construction of a certain object, they can conjure it and dispel it in an instant, whenever they want. The skill of the wielder can determine how fast they can make the amount of mana plasma they have behave like other states of matter such as a liquid or a solid. The consistency of the object can be changed in different states, for example, it can be made into an amorphous glop that either hardens upon impact or absorbs the shock by staying soft, depending on the user’s skill. It can even be made to dissipate in explosion-like shockwaves without producing shrapnel.
  • Sanitation: Mana plasma can actually kill microorganisms like bacteria by damaging microbial DNA and surface structures without being harmful to human tissues.
  • Transmutation: A person can change the properties of their mana plasma to mimic copy the properties of real things. . Transmutating mana plasma can also give it properties that don’t necessarily mimic real things by combining the properties of other substances.
  • Channeling energy: Mana plasma can be used as a medium to channel the kinetic energy of various types such as mechanical, thermal, even the magical energy of active spells. In certain cases, natural magic can be used to direct the flow of internal energies like a person’s bio-electric field.
  • Meta Magic: Although not exclusive to Raw Sorcery, channeling magical energy can produce meta-magical effects; being able to directly alter the effect of skills or even spells and bend it to your will. They can be made to last longer, shorten the duration of a harmful curse, negate a spell altogether, amplify a spell’s power or range, make one’s skills more difficult for someone else to dispel,
  • Mana Manipulation: Directly controlling mana allow the user to manipulate the latent mana within non-living things in a certain way, generally by moving them around akin to telekinesis.

It is generally believed that this kind of magic evolved as an extension of martial arts, particularly breath work called qigong. In fact it seems that the best way to develop this trait is with qigong training, sensible since both rely on their inner willpower.

Inter-Species Arcane Realm (Current Era)

Well that concludes the rough timeline of the Arcane Realm. It’s been a long process outlining an entire world’s history but I’ve had fun learning things about real world events and periods that I didn’t know before and seeing how my fictional world would differ in its progress. I might come back and tweak them as needed but for know they should give a good general idea of the setting that a particular story could take place in. Well I hope people found these interesting!

Analogous Era: Information/Digital Age, Near-Future
Genre/Setting: Post-Cyberpunk/Bio punk/Dungeon punk
Tech:
Power- Electric grid, Mana power station, hydroelectric dam, wind turbine, solar panel farms,

Transportation- bullet train, overboard, hovercraft, hover-boots, personal helicopter propulsion, wheeled automobile, cable car, grappling hook, hover bike, Jet Pack,

Medicine- prescription pill, topical agents, vaccination, stem cell therapy, bone marrow transplant, regenerative cloning, nuclear medicine, dream recorders
Cooking- frying, broiling, gas grill, charcoal grill, slow cooker, pressure cooker
Food storage- refrigerator, deep freezer, flash freezing
Communication- cellular phones and towers, high definition color television, high definition radio, internet(Sonfar), internet radio, video phone, 3D film, Translator Collar
Weaponry-Hand pistol, Shotgun, Assault Rifle, Automatic guns, Taser, Stun batons, Riot Shield, Coil gun, Rail gun rifle, Superheated Blade, touch activated gemstones, portable particle throwers, Ectoplasm nozzles, Ionized Plasma Barriers, Kinetic Drop Satellites, Electrolaser, smoke-bombs, EMP, pulse hand grenade, acid grenade, enchanted ammunition, Plasma Cannon, Powered Armor, Sonic Stunner, Vibro Weapon
Kaf
Living Races:
Civilized 
Have significant residence in cities/suburbs
  • Djinn
  • Fairy
  • Homin
  • Lamia
  • Bakeneko
  • Inugami
  • Genius Loci (some)
  • Merfolk
  • Harpy
  • AGI
  • Huli Jing
  • Tanuki
  • Giant (some)
  • Usagi
  • Jorogumo (few)
  • Oni (few)
  • Dryad (few)
Wilderness
  • Homin
  • Fairy
  • Merfolk
  • Lamia
  • Harpy
  • Huli Jing
  • Tanuki
  • Tengu
  • Okami
  • Usagi
  • Amazon
  • Giant
  • Elementals
  • Dryad
  • Genius Loci
  • Jorogumo
  • Yukionna
  • Kappa
  • Oni
Monstrous
Avoided/spurred by civilization
  • Demons

Significant Events


  • Individuals challenge and subvert stereotypes about their species and ethnic races, lessening prejudices and providing more opportunities
  • Progressive (societal issues), young adult love, club/house become the popular and dominant subjects for music
  • Alchemical reactors are reworked into turbine-like mana power stations which are safer and more efficient. Smaller portable gemstone stations are sold as generators for family houses.
  • Stem-cell research brings medical and cosmetic advances for hospitals like spray-on skin cultures, and low rejection rates for organ transplants.
  • Utility Belts become  common for service based employment or in large treetop cities for movement devices like grapnel hooks
  • Integration of information based technology into household and commercial settings causes it to rapidly increase; Sonfar network is set up as a way to link the information between all public databases that can be accessed by magic books or computers complete with program, hacking, and virus spells.
  • A large amounts of conservation efforts are begun to counteract the effects of anthropological resource use and climate changes.
  • Various ruins and artifacts from advanced ancient Lunarians are still continually being discovered.
  • Marine Merfolk construct a few undersea cities for terrestrial species using reinforced glass and plastic, powered by geothermal vents.
  • Electronic games become a  popular form of entertainment and form of media. Magic energy speeds up the advancement of augmented reality games.
  •  A recently popular activity amongst the young and less young these days is the recreation of the classic age of guilds via dungeoneering. These large, commercial and often underground buildings attempt to recreate the dungeons of old. While the traps, weapons and monsters are benign in nature, the mood and setting are known to create a strong sense of presence. Such activities are often compared to a real life RPG.

“Qarin”

Analogous Era: Information/Digital Age, Near-Future, Solar punk

Tech:
Power– Mana power stations, fusion nuclear reactors, Ectoplasm-electric convertors
Transportation– desert animals,  hovercraft, monowheels, hover bikes, personal spacecraft, airliner space rockets, Artificial Gravity, Dowsing Device, Inertial Dampening, Jet Pack, Orion Drive, Ramscoop, Solar Sail, Reinforce Field, Dimensional Portal Generators
Medicine– nuclear imaging, nano-surgery, tissue regenerating prosthetic, nano machine blood scrubber, x-stat, vaccination, gene therapy, neural relaxers, portable x-ray viewers
Cooking– pit roasting, microwave, hearth oven, pressure cooker, slow cooker, stir frying
Food storage-flash freezing, vacuum seal packs, irradiation, preserve jars
Weaponry– Coil guns, Rail gun rifle, electrolaser, superheated blades, super-chilled blades, deflector shield generators, EMP, mana-charged gemstones, anti-magic zone generators, microwave gun, Plasma Cannon, Wave-Motion Tuning Fork, Wave Motion Gun

Communication- Audio headsets, Cellular phone, Video Phone, Holographic TerminalFacial Recognition Software, Arcana Database

Living Races:

  • Lunarians
  • Qarin Faye
  • Gyokuto
  • Elves

Siginficant Events


  • Lunarians periodically use satellites and man spacecraft to monitor the events of both Kaf and the Earth.
  • Qarin Faye on the lunar surface develop cultural practices and technology meant to benefit natural flora and maintain ecological balance like those of Kaf Faye.
  • Arcana database serves as a network similar to the Sonfar on Kaf.
  • Several advanced models of spacecraft are made via competition between private companies and government agencies.
  • Rabbit henge (Gyokuto) make sizable populations on Qarin praries and woodlands, along with Elves who roam these places and part of the desert region.
  • Telescoping technology emerges in developed societies and revolutionize personal travel and storage.
  • Lunarians enjoy new age of prosperity as separate cultures that differ in mode of living allow fluidity of travel, allowing adults to explore and live in any culture they wish.
  • Genetic manipulation/therapy is fairly commonplace in but is strictly regulated by international law. Enhancing existing abilities is legal; adding new ones to the point of trans-humanism is illegal. Alliance soldiers routinely partake in some basic genetic modification to improve lifespan and resistance to disease upon entering the military, and almost all children are screened before or just after birth and provided treatments to fix genetic defects.
  • Bladeless wind turbines generate electricity by shaking, not spinning.
  • Biggest government expenditure is on science research and scientists are the biggest celebrities.
  • Biochemists with hugely popular talk shows for adults and children.
  • Morning radio giveaways to the first caller who can correctly answer a physics problem.
  • Children styling their clothing after personal protective equipment and decorating it with fake chemical splashes.
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