Walaran are a race of walrus-like animalfolk. They are Medium-size with a stature similar to a dwarfs.
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.
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.
They believe in apprentice/master relationships and guilds, but not royalty or nobility. Merit is more important than birth. Meritocracy.
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.
Walaran are of average intelligence and they are extremely curious.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Darkvision 30 ft, and shortsighted 20 ft.
Civilization and Culture
Tonraq (Spirit), Uiritsaktak (Playful), Arnaaluk (Female sea spirit), Pikatti (Companion), Ikniqpalagaq (Lightning), Qimmiabruk (Puppy), Kinalik (Duck), Kussuyok (Cowardly), Chulyin (Raven), Kanguq (Snow Goose)
Females like long tusks, and body size; while males like body lines, flipper and face shape.
Females like strong, vocal males and tend to flock to them like a harem.
Shows of strength, and loud boasting attracts and keeps females around the males.
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.
Some are murder, not sharing with those in need, being selfish (hoarding without need).
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
- 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.
- 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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