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OACIANS

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The Essence of Water

Oacians are creatures embodying the element of water. A race of meticulous perfectionism, societal class, and loyalty to their mother queen.

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Anatomy

Oacians are amphibious creatures, meaning they can traverse, and survive both terrestrially and aquatically. However, Oacians spend most of their time in water, and most are unaware that they can even survive above water.

Tails and Legs

When an Oacian is out of water, their tail splits down the center and melts away to reveal a set of legs. Legs will align with the length of the Oacian’s tail, and their previous fins will become a proper covering for the parts of their anatomy that are to be kept private. These legs will retain the same scales present on the rest of the Oacian’s body. However they will be closer in color and size to that of an Oacian’s torso or forearm. Tail scales are sometimes larger and patterned differently. They will also appear different in color to that of the rest of the body. Oacians do have toes, and toenails. Nails are made of the same material as their scales.

 

Skin

Oacian skin retains a set amount of moisture as a regulator for their body functions. This also means that their skin has a damp and even wet feel to it at all times. Depending on build, Oacians have a set amount of time before they need to return to water. If an Oacian dries out it can cause them to be very weak, uncomfortable, and vulnerable to diseases and even injury. Dry skin can lead to cracked, or breaking off scales which is painful and reveals sensitive flesh underneath. Oacians do not need to be fully submerged in water to retain moisture, water can be applied to the skin like a cream. Ingesting water internally will help with this process somewhat as it aids in the production of moisture on the skin, however external application is best, especially when the skin is drying out. Oacians always travel in some form of water.

Gills

Gills also need to be moistened, but this works mostly through ingesting water or products that contain a high percentage of water. Oacians can breathe in both salt or freshwater but their breathing will be cut off if the water is hazardous or filled with impurities like dirt, silt, or sand.

Abilities

As water elementals Oacians powers work to employ water to do their bidding. Oacians can manipulate water to use as weapons, heal one another, keep themselves cool or for cleaning. Oacians can draw water out of objects, and can increase water pressure and force at will. They can locate water by instinct and are drawn to it as a result.

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Culture

The Lotus

Lotus blossoms are one of the cultural symbols of the Oacian people. They represent prosperity, peace, and loyalty. The specific variety of flowers that grow in Oacian cities are known as Mahkmal Lotus’ and their pollen is what provides them with their dim glow. Mahkmal Lotus' don’t require the growth of a leaf or a pad to survive and can most commonly be found as flowers ranging from 2” to as large as 8” in diameter. They come in a range of colors from pink and cream to lavender.

Oacian culture is built around a distinct societal system. 

Religion

The Varsyllus are a religious body but are not practicing in the way where they let religion guide their day-to-day actions. They rather lean on their religious beliefs for a sense of general direction and when making big decisions. There is no semblance of routine prayer or required practices. Prayer, sacrifice, and rites only occur when the Varsyllian is compelled to do so.

 

However, they do have set holidays where they observe and give back to their faith in a meaningful way. It is also very important to a Varsyllus to allow their deities to be present within their homes to receive favor during specific times of year.

The Four Dieties

The Varsyllian Religion [] exists to recognize, respect, and serve their four gods of the seasons: Aanik, Reqiv, Valiq, and Telo each representing the seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. During their four recognized holidays they pay homage and thanks to each god representing that season. Offering them ways to enter their home and paying their respects to the blessings they have brought to their tables.

 

Maidens of the Tide

Oacian religious practices involve daily prayer at sacred sites. Maidens of the Tide, those devoted to their religion, upkeep these sites by offering lily and lotus blossoms to the water. Their hands are anointed with holy oils before handling the blooms. Offerings are provided at shrines for good fortune.

Manatees

Manatees are seen as sacred animals within Oacian religion, and there are many shrines devoted to worshipping them. It is a sacrilegious action to kill a Manatee and an action punishable by death. Eating a manatee is even worse.

 

However, manatee milk is a highly desirable and revered substance. It is only collected at a specific time in the calendar year: during the season of [] and is used only for religious means like birthright ceremonies and weddings.

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Traditional Dishes

Mahkmal Harav - Stuffed Mahkmal - Main Course

Lotus blossom petals layered with a seasoned shrimp and krill paste steamed to cook and drizzled with a brine kelp sauce.

 

Mahkmal Ocia - Buds of the Shrine - Appetizer/Side

A selection of small lotus blossoms roasted and served with a jammy sea grape dipping sauce.

 

Boganaa - Verdant of the Deep - Salad

Purslane, Kelp, and Seaweed salad served

 

Daari - Salad

Badderlock leaves torn and seasoned with Hanjah (Arame)

 

Sajian Pattai - Soup

A brothy soup of Morai (Ogonori), Woragaa (Wakame), and Unalah (Guso) seasoned with a kelp oil and garnished with Pagaara (Hijikki).

Cuisine

Oacian diet and cuisine mainly consists of an intermingling of ocean floor ingredients including seaborne vegetables, spices, and animals. Oacian food items that are liquid will contain a higher salt content or liquid density so that they sink in the watery atmosphere. Many dishes are eaten raw, but cooked meals are prepared atop natural heat vents found on the ocean floor. In some cases, hot water from geothermal heat vents are redirected through systems of tunnels by means of Oacian enchantment, and are accessible in homes and certain buildings for everyday use. 

Sanitary Practices

Within the Oacian culture, food must be cleaned properly. To serve unclean food to an individual is a severe insult. Since their society is so self-contained, Oacian's despise sickness amongst their population because it has the ability to spread so easily.

Eating Practices

Oacians commonly eat with their hands, and usually pick up mouthfuls of food within torn off pieces of seaweed. However they do utilize utensils for harder to handle meals, such as soups, and for particular cases of serving food. Despite eating with their hands, serving someone with your hands is frowned upon in general practice. The act of being served food is seen as possessing a level of status within Oacian society so going to restaurants is common, if not everyday, amongst those who can afford it. This is also why cooking for yourself is generally looked down upon as participating in a "lowly" profession. 

Courses

Full Oacian meals consist of a set number of courses starting with a small salad, followed by a soup, transitioned into a main course, and finished with smaller dishes and then a dessert course. Depending on the time of day, some of these sections are omitted for quicker meals.

Military

The Varsyllian military is an extension of the government and tasked to uphold the nation's security and borders as well as defend the archives within the capital of Osveria. It possess its own branch of management because it serves all four branches and the people as a whole. However some of the governmental branches work specifically to regulate and direct the Varsyllian Military.

The Military is divided into the following divisions:

 

  • Marksman Division

  • Pikeman Division

  • Mage Division

  • Frontline Shield Division

 

The power and command hierarchy of reporting order for each division is as follows:

 

  • Arch Mage General

  • Combat Major

  • Captain

  • Lieutenant

  • Mage Private

  • Private

All Varsyllus Military Officers are taught advanced healing tactics in both [] and [] as apart of their basic training.

Uniforms

Varsyllian Military Officers of any rank wear a sleeved badge on their arm with an insignia that displays what division they are a part of. It will also display their rank and whether or not they are currently serving. Uniforms also consist of dark green cloaks that are worn for camouflage and protection. 

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Festivals and Holidays

The Varsyllus calendar contains four major holidays for each of the four seasons of the year. Each holiday celebrates the cycle of blooming and bounty of plant life within the Varsyllian territory and takes place during the peak of the season. 

Spring - Aanik - The Dancing of the Flowers

Varsyllians decorate city streets and homes with budding branches and plants that bloom on the day of the holiday. When the petals of the blooms fall they create a carpet of color signifying that the festivities are over and that the spirit of spring: Aanik has paved the way to summer. 

Summer - Reqiv - The Verdance of the Branches

As the leaves on the trees begin to open and the forest is covered with a canopy of green, the Varsyllus prepare for the summer months. Varsyllians collect branches and trim dead branches from trees to place in dry storehouses for the cold fall and winter cycles ahead. Green leaves from trimmings are collected and used to decorate doors as a reminder of the national color of the Varsyllians: green and as a way of welcoming the spirit of summer: Reqiv into their homes. 

Autumn - Valiq - The Bounty of the Soil and Gilding of the Forest

When the trees begin to turn and the harvest season approaches is when this autumnal holiday starts. Varsyllians collect and keep the highest quality goods from their harvest and combine them together into a feast of the best Varsyllians have to offer to one another. The dinners are usually held communally and each family possesses a signature dish that they bring involving a good that their family produces. Sometimes craft goods are exchanged to neighbors and relatives as a means of gratitude. The golden leaves of the trees are collected into bouquets and placed as centerpieces to thank the spirit of autumn: Valiq.

Winter - Telo - The Blessings of Years Past

During this winter tradition Varsyllians retrieve fermented and preserved goods from their storehouses to remember the blessings and bounty they were provided with during the year. 

Fallen pine cones, conifer branches, and holly decorate the eves of the houses and ask for protection from the spirit of winter: Telo.

Language

The Varsyllus possess two distinct languages as apart of everyday usage and communication: Wrenqi and Evros.

 

Wrenqi

Wrenqi is the common language of the Varsyllus and is both spoken and written. Wrenqi is written with common letters specifically and is seen in everything from regular speech, to literature, and religious prayer. Many interactions between Evros and Wrenqi exist and Wrenqi is usually intended to clarify how Evros as a language is intended to function.

 

Evros

Evros is the written only language of the Varsyllus. Used for encoding and formatting Varsyllian knowledge, Evros is used to consolidate ideas and keep information hidden only to those who are allowed to learn and utilize the language. Varsyllian scholars are the only individuals allowed to learn and understand every facet of Evros and can translate and understand the majority of texts. Other individuals only learn Evros for understanding information pertaining to their occupations or everyday life. Classes to learn Evros are conducted within the capital city of Osveria or are done by traveling scholars who traverse the territory of the Varsyllus to bring education to remote areas. Foreigners are strictly forbidden from participating or understanding any of this language.

Evros Idik is an offshoot of Evros used for the enchantment and enhancement of spells and incantations into objects to give them other worldly properties.

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