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Walaran

Written by Pookas Kreations

Walaran are a race of walrus-like animalfolk. They are Medium-size with a stature similar to a dwarfs.

Basic Information

Anatomy & Morphology

Walaran appear to be an aquatic bear with long tusks, that have flippers instead of hands and feet. The are very muscular with thick hides.

Biological Traits

Walaran at first glance, appear to be a common walrus, but with a closer look you'll see humanoid traits. At need their front flippers become hands and their rear ones can split to become legs.

Some tribes of Walaran are vegetarian instead of carnivorous.

Genetics and Reproduction

Walaran's don't often make permanent relationships, whichever male wins the strength challenge usually gains a harem for a few months. Gestation lasts almost 1 1/2 years. Out of this union one pup is born.

Growth Rate & Stages

They nurse for over a year before weaning her offspring, and they can stay with her for 4-6 years afterwards. The pups grow slowly until they mature at around 7, but aren't fully mature until their 15th year.

Ecology and Habitats

Any shallow water, preferring to be near coastlines, islands or sandbars or land near water.

Dietary Needs and Habits

Walaran will eat anything that they can catch, but they prefer shellfish like clams, muscles and oysters. Clams are their favorite.

Additional Information

Social Structure

They believe in apprentice/master relationships and guilds, but not royalty or nobility. Merit is more important than birth. Meritocracy.

Facial characteristics

Their face is stiff and not very expressive, because of this it is hard to show emotions.

Geographic Origin and Distribution

Any shallow water, coast or swamp or land near water.

Average Intelligence

Walaran are of average intelligence and they are extremely curious.

Perception and Sensory Capabilities

Darkvision 30 ft, and shortsighted 20 ft.

Civilization and Culture

Naming Traditions

Tonraq (Spirit), Uiritsaktak (Playful), Arnaaluk (Female sea spirit), Pikatti (Companion), Ikniqpalagaq (Lightning), Qimmiabruk (Puppy), Kinalik (Duck), Kussuyok (Cowardly), Chulyin (Raven), Kanguq (Snow Goose)

Major Organizations

Guilds

Beauty Ideals

Females like long tusks, and body size; while males like body lines, flipper and face shape.

Gender Ideals

Females like strong, vocal males and tend to flock to them like a harem.

Courtship Ideals

Shows of strength, and loud boasting attracts and keeps females around the males.

Relationship Ideals

Most Walaran don't form lasting relationships. They will claim their young, but its not up to them to raise the pup.

Average Technological Level

Walaran are skilled at stone-working and training coral to form buildings. Their technology level is equivalent to the industrial evolution without the pollution. They use a combination of magic, and steampunk technology to achieve this.

Major Language Groups and Dialects

Walara. Also Aquan, Mer and Lutra.

Common Etiquette Rules

They treat everyone with polite courtesy, but often talk them in circles about any subject that comes to mind. They are honorable and slow to anger but also believe in justice and mercy.

Common Dress Code

On land they like wearing leather shirts or vests and loincloths or shorts.

Culture and Cultural Heritage

Walaran society is similar to tribal Inuits. They are good merchants and like making contact with others to trade equably with.

Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals

The seasons, nature, birth, marriage and death.

Common Taboos

Some are murder, not sharing with those in need, being selfish (hoarding without need).

History

They are another example of Atlantean meddling. Walaran were used as forced labor in mining colonies south of Atlantia and nearby areas. Because of their body type, blubber, and build/strength; they excelled at their job. They're only detraction is their slow speed, curiosity and lack of gills.

Interspecies Relations and Assumptions

Allies: with all good-aligned aquatic races, Lutra and Badgen; Enemies: Atlantean, Krestean, .

Genetic Ancestor(s)
Scientific Name
Odobenus aquavi sapia
Origin/Ancestry
Walaran can be broken up into groups depending on location: northern, equatorial and southern. There aren't many differences besides weight, the colder areas need more blubber to stay warm; and coloring.
Lifespan
50 years
Average Height
5 ft
Average Weight
200 lbs
Average Length
12 ft in water
Average Physique
They have short with stubby legs and arms, which makes them slow and clumsy on land. While they become a little more dexterous in the water.
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Young walaran are deep brown and grow paler and more cinnamon-colored as they age. Old Walaran tend to lose pigment as they grow older. Underwater their skin color lightens to almost white.

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