To shape life with his being is still the purpose of The Endless One. Many think The Endless One's sacrifice took his life, but true wisdom allows the Wular to truly see. The Endless One still experiences, his body latched to everything and everyone. He will one day return, and we will be there to greet him with open arms.
The Wular rose to sentience in the lush jungles of Q’Barran along the River of Mists while the world slept. While Erenel recovered from the time-lapse caused by the Great Sacrifice, monkeys, gorillas, and other primates clustered around the River of Mists awoke, but in mind only. Patiently waiting and unable to move for centuries, those who would become the Wular, lived shackled in their mind, touched directly by Al’Madoon’s subconscious. They felt his love for the Elves and his sorrow of their situation. They saw first-hand the wonders of life and how Al’Madoon’s Bond flows through all things, no matter how small or insignificant they seem. Their prison became an education. The final lesson left behind by Al'Madoon, the Architect, now known to the Wular as The Endless One.
Wular come in two distinct breeds, the large and powerful Hanno and the swift and slender Tarsi. Tarsi typically have colorful skin and fur in various shades of red, orange, blue, grey, black, and yellow. Smaller than the Hanno, Tarsi can stand 4 to 5.5 feet tall and weigh almost 150 pounds. They have long slender arms and legs combined with a tail almost as long as their body is tall. The Hanno resemble mighty gorillas, weighing up to 300 pounds with a maximum height of 7 feet. They generally have bland colors of skin and fur compared to the Tarsi with shades of black, grey, and white, although it is not unheard of to see a dark blue and red coat. The long muscled arms of the Hanno show a strength matched only by the most robust races of Erenel.
Civilization and Culture
A Wular will always have two names. One is given to them by their parents at birth, while the other is the family name, passed on once a Wular has reached their 100th birthday and crafted their ceremonial drum. Family names are community based with an entire village having the same name. The family name always comes after their birth name and generally is of Elvish dialect.Male Names: Bapoto, Chibuzu, Kamau, Ogechi, Tapiwa, Zuberi
Female Names: Akoko, Chiamaka, Ebele, Lumusi, Nbeke, Uduak
Family Names: Berevan, Firahel, Khatwani, Ostoroth, Rothenel
Culture and Cultural Heritage
The Long Day
All Wular are thought of as immature until they reach their 100th birthday and craft a ceremonial drum (ta’gool) during the Long Day. Children are given practice drums in their mid-teens and are taught from a young age the significance of the ta’gool. Young Wular will carry their childhood drum until the day before their 100th birthday, where they will begin the ritual of the Long Day. During the Long Day, a Wular will collect materials and craft their own ta’gool. Only materials found during the Long Day can be used in the creation, and the drum must be completed before 24 hours have expired. Wular elders and others within the troop will watch eagerly from a distance, acting as both referee and emotional support. If the Wular fails, they must wait one year before they may try again, burning the failed ta’gool in front of their troop. This act is seen as a way to move on from the past and look toward the future.
Ceremony of Endless Life
Once a year, when Wular celebrate their troops “birthday,” all living Wular from the troop gather to perform in the Ceremony of Endless Life. Wular play their ta’gool and allow the bond to flow freely through them, chanting predictions for the following years to come. People come from far and wide to witness the Ceremony of Endless Life with the hopes a Wular may shout a prophecy about themselves or provide access to hidden knowledge. While it is never certain who the prophecies spoke pertain to, the truth is often misconstrued or lacking but can range from the weather, politics, and even war.
Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals
While the Wular have a strong connection with Al’Madoon, he is not worshipped directly and instead shown gratitude for bonding with Erenel. The Wular believe in life for all things touched by Al’Madoon. To cut down a tree or kill a beast for food without showing grace is punishable. All life, no matter how minimal, is essential to the Wular. Even after a battle, Wular are often found showing grace to those who have fallen by their hand. Wisdom is valued over strength in most Wular troops. A goal to the continual understanding of what lies ahead acts as a fundamental principle in cultural decisions. This idea, taught from birth, leads many Wular to act as advisors to kingdoms, seats on high courts, and highly sought after monasteries in remote locations across Erenel.