Commonly misnamed as “orcs” due to an age-old transcription error, the Matu of the far eastern islands are proud, strong, and incredibly creative.
Matu people are proportionally larger than most other humanoids, with broad torsos and sturdy limbs. Their skin ranges from tan to dark, and due to their partial elven ancestry their ears are a bit larger than a Mehraviilic human’s. Matu also have an impressive lung capacity, which when paired with their efficient spleens gives them a diving range considerably greater than other human subspecies.
Ecology and Habitats
The Matu hail from the Oamatu Archipelago, an extensive tropical island chain off the eastern coast of Manteia. They are seafarers by nature, and very comfortable both in the water and on land. They do best in warm, wet environments, but are inherently adaptable and can be found in island and coastal settlements worldwide.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Matu have an uncannily keen sense of direction, and some scholars think they have a limited magnetic sense to help them navigate relative to Aedrynn's magnetic field.
Civilization and Culture
Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals
Tattoo art is an axial element of Matu culture. Body art is used to express one’s life in an artistic format, and older Matu are quite heavily tattooed as they have lived longer lives.
Primitive humans arrived in the Oamatu Archipelago several tens of thousands of years ago, followed by the arrival of primitive elves a few thousand years later. The two groups intermingled to the point of full integration, and subsequently evolved into the modern form of the Matu.
Homo sapiens oamatuensis
Manteian Proto-Humans, Mehraviilic Proto-Humans