Forods

In the days of the First Fires, a clan of early humans set out from Thaline to map the Wayward. They settled in the mountains, cut off from the rest of the world, surrounded by vicious beasts. To sustain themselves, they began seasoning foods with soft soil and, over generations, sand and gravel. Over tens of thousands of years, this habit changed the course of evolution for forods. Their features changed, giving their faces a chiseled look and their genetic makeup changed to be totally distinct from humans.
  After the stitching of the world, the granite mountain home of the forods crumbled. They emerged from the Wayward and returned to Thaline, and scattered to the rest of the world beyond.
 
  Forods and humans share a common ancestor. While the two groups split during the time of the First Fires, Forods did not emerge as a unique human race until the Drowned Age at around 50K BE.
  Forodian races are graceful, stoic, and cold. They pursue correctness and resonant completeness in all their endeavors. They are meticulous designers, architects, engineers, and artists - but often find difficulty working with those who do not share their obsession for perfection. Their bodies are very similar to humans, but they are less round and more faceted, as if carved from clay with a straight knife. Though Forodian culture varies greatly, they tend toward analytic values and place high importance on self-actualization - typically toward becoming the greatest in one's chosen field. To this end, there are those who consider themselves Paladion - who prefer symmetry and order over the chaotic tendencies of nature - and Zahadidian - who prefer smooth interweaving of themselves with natural elements. Culturally identifying as one or the other is a common Forodian behavior, but not exclusive to the Forodian races. However, many outsiders may find they lack the requisite passion to keep up with their Forodian ideological counterparts.
  Genetic variance in Forods will influence the angularity of their anatomical features. It is generally understood that sharpness is inherited from the mother's side, while depth is determined by the father. When sick or malnourished, these features may even out to the point a Forod may pass for human, however, with better health, their carved appearance can become significantly more pronounced. To that end, Forods tend to be quite healthy. Their bodies very slowly succumb to the ill-effects of a bad diet. They do not gather fat like humans do, rather their angular muscles begin to marbleize. They can be as short as 5ft, but tend to be taller than humans, averaging around 6 and a half feet tall.
  Forods are just as genetically diverse as humans in terms of skin, hair, and eye color. They follow many different religions and support a variety of political ideologies. Besides the angularity of their bodies, Forods quite often pass for human in colonies where Forods are not often encountered - whether healthy or not. Likewise, humans may pass for Forod in places where folks are unfamiliar with humans.
  It's not uncommon for a Forod to dedicate their life to the construction of a single structure. Not only is it a testament to their devotion to the craft, patience, and knowledge, but also requires that they stay in the same place--which offers biological benefits.

Basic Information

Biological Traits

Health and Diet

Forods prefer protein rich foods that are low in calories. They tend to eat mostly leafy greens with the occasional side of meat.
  Forods also have the unique ability to digest fine sand. This ability is dependent on how much time the individual has spent in an area and acclimated to it. The amount of time required can vary from person to person, as well as depend on the type of sand found in the soil. Very few Forods actually prefer the taste of sand over anything else, but it has made its way into a number of culinary recipes. It is generally regarded as "taking vitamins" since Forods will feel healthier after eating a handful. After a serving of sand, their skin may appear ashy for a short time - a condition that is elemental in many Forodian ceremonies.
  Forods never have trouble sleeping. They can drift into sleep as a conscious action and their bodies will not move at all until they wake up. Forod sleep cycles tend to be out of sync with other races as they can be found catnapping throughout the day to "acclimate."
 

Self Defense and Survival

Those of Forodian ancestry are typically quite resilient to physical abuse. Their muscles are lean and dense and develop with less effort than is typical of humans. Combined with their rigid self-discipline and ingenuity, Forods can scrape together a comfortable life in just about any climate.
  Many Forods practice Gum-Del, a slow and meditative form of martial arts that features conscious sleeping. Mastering Gum-Del takes years of practice but can significantly extend an individual's life. However, masters of this art may be perceived as sleep-walking through life.
  Forods lead the world in development of complex tools and weapons. Where there is a need, a Forodian gadget is not far off. This tendency leads to incredibly fair communities where Forods are present, however, because of their stoic nature, few Forods ever focus their engineering brilliance in the direction of fun or pleasure. Forodian toys are notoriously boring.
 

Reproduction

Forods have mostly human reproductive qualities. Female Forods carry babies in their bellies for 24 months, but never "show" more than a typical first trimester's baby bump. Forodian babies are born small and sinewy and the birthing process is painless.
  Forodian couples can only conceive if both partners have "acclimated" to the region of the world where they have sex. Because of this, family planning is incredibly simple; which has lead to a robust and highly nuanced culture surrounding sex for pleasure.
  Male Forods experience periods that indicate the fertility level of their sperm. While somewhat unpredictable, they can gain some regularity in the cycle by not traveling, eating their vitamins, and maintaining a level head. While menstruating, they experience cramping in their groin and bleed when urinating.
  Forods have a life expectancy of roughly 70 years, but this can be extended dramatically through mastering the art of Gum-Del.

Civilization and Culture

Culture and Cultural Heritage

Gum-Del is a martial art practiced all over the world by many cultures. The only masters are Forods because of the reliance on conscious sleep, but many without this ability have come close to mastering it. Regardless, the practice has many benefits even at the lowest levels.
  Kit-Curro or "dust painting" is a style of temporary art using hand-painted vibrant colors. Kit-Curros are typically displayed in crowded places and last no more than a few hours. Since the artwork is so transient and difficult to trace to an individual artist, it is often used to challenge cultural norms or make political statements with shocking imagery. Still, it is not uncommon for Kit-Curro artists to promote themselves and their craft.
  The Didian is a grand religious temple woven seamlessly into an ancient forest and covering thousands of square feet without disturbing the natural habitat.
  The Palad is a massive military structure, impossibly constructed on a synthetic island off the coast. The structure is perfectly symmetrical and the shadows cast by various spires can tell the time of day as well as track the solstice.

Historical Figures

Gish (1100 AE)   Zaha (1300 AE)   Palad (1300 AE)   Lumah (4500 AE)   Lop (7000 AE)   El Mar (11500 AE)
Genetic Ancestor(s)

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