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Revolution is coming


Industrial, magical, political; the dual-moon planet of Neyush is on the precipice of change.

People of many different species, reeling from the effects of the Great War almost two centuries ago, are accelerating into a new age, fueled by innovative discoveries and forgotten secrets. The event that ended the war and decimated an entire people is referred to as The Blink.

No-one knows how or why it happened, though many have theories.

Little fish, big pond


The Blink also brought change to the Dozen.

Empty metaphysical Spheres of existence, or the homes of unknowable, ancient gods? Opportunities for life-enhancing magitech, or eldritch traps waiting to ensnare the curious? Aspects of reality as normal as time and gravity, or complex creations of the Drake herself?

Whatever the Dozen truly are, something is different now. Something changed with the Blink. Something is coming to Neyush.

Are the secrets behind the Dozen the key to saving it, or the catalyst for its doom?


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Severed culture

Background

Most monoduga lack a strong sense of individuality thanks to their telepathic hive mind and collaborative approach to, well, everything.

That said, just as some people lose their sight or hearing through illness or injury, some Monoduga find themselves severed from the network entirely. These individuals often prefer to travel to other parts of the world than try and survive in a community built entirely around a psychic communication that they're no longer a part of.

To have a psychic link to everyone important you cauterised is jarring, particularly when you are used to that level of communication.

For this reason, the Severed usually work towards highly social vocations and projects. Once they have found a community that appeals to them in some way, they will often set down roots and stay there for the rest of their lives; getting to know a set of people well is much more familiar than continuing to travel.

Monoduga are the least adept Channelers across Neyush.

However, Severed monoduga often find that their increased individuality and decreased reliance on others makes it easier for them to form connections with the Spheres, often drifting away from the Anvil that the few non-severed monoduga channelers find an affinity with.

Communication

Before the Monolata language existed, Severed monoduga had a great deal of difficulty interacting with others.

Developing and evolving essentially in a vacuum on the southern continent of Monyus, they were inspired to create a spoken language after meeting other species on the planet. This not only allowed for better communication between monoduga and Severed, but between them and the rest of the population of Neyush.

Old words, new ideas

"Monoduga" is actually a term created by vena that means something like "single-mind people". When Severed monoduga started creating a language, they used the "mono" part of the word to refer to themselves and added "lata" to mean "language", using the tilken-derived word "llatä", meaning "tongue".

It has an extremely simple phonology and word structure, reflecting three things at once: their underdeveloped speaking muscles, their collective desire for logic, and their tendency to share and simplify ideas among themselves instantly.

How the turntables...

Even with this tool available, most monoduga struggle to communicate with non-psychic species, making severed monduga the best candidates for inter-species interactions.


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Joseph.Knight
Joseph Knight
11 May, 2022 15:02

Nice work! Do they look like regular humans?

Sage PanAndPaper
AS Lindsey (Pan)
12 May, 2022 12:57

Thanks! I need to do some work on that; in my head, they and humans share a common ancestor from some ridiculous number of years ago. They tend to be a little shorter and a little heavier-set than humans on average, but not by a huge amount.

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12 May, 2022 14:46

Poor Severed. :( That sudden loss of connection must be so hard.

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
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AS Lindsey (Pan)
16 May, 2022 16:25

Yeah, they have it pretty rough! Especially when they're then ostracised by most people.

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13 May, 2022 00:32

It must be awful to rely on something so important to them and then have that link suddenly gone, with no ways to communicate. I like the detail put into the language. Nice work!

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AS Lindsey (Pan)
16 May, 2022 16:26

Thanks! There's more work I'd like to do with the language as I think it could be an interesting one to play with, but it's just so far down on my list of priorities at the mo!

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