Amongst the flowing waters of the ocean floor, a group of Anomukin
gathers for a simple celebration, lining themselves up by size from the largest to the smallest. This is a delicate process, making sure that the line is correctly done and that even small differences in size are noted for what is about to happen. Without this precision, the following days and years could be difficult for the Anomukin
in line as their lives are about to change due to this line.
The largest in the line removes his shell, each in the line doing the same in turn. With a signal to all, they pass their shells to the next smallest, everyone receiving a new shell, a new home, as they have outgrown the one that currently resided on their backs. Such a simple gesture has become a ceremony of sorts for these people, a day of celebration and growth that happens frequently.
Shell Passing is an important celebration of the Brachyur
, although only the Anomukin
tend to take part in this tradition. As creatures that molt, the Clawfolk
will regrow their own shells, but the Anomukin
cannot, causing the need to change shells as they grow. As a way to help each other, the Anomukin
line up frequently throughout the year, passing their smaller shells to others while the largest in the group is aided in finding a new shell.
Time passes differently on the ocean floor as the sun cannot be used to track the passing of the days. Those that travel to the surface for the Brachyur
often note the passage of time when they return, but there is little need for these people to track time or define a specific day for a certain occurrence. The only way they truly mark the passage of time is growth and their molting, often marked by the celebration of Shell Passing for those that do not grow their own shell.
Depending on the area and the group of Anomukin
involved, the Shell Passing ceremony can happen numerous times throughout the year depending on how fast the Anomukin
grow and how quickly shells need to be passed on. Some Clawfolk
are assigned the duty of scouring the ocean floor for larger shells to give to the Anomukin
that are the largest and have passed their shells on and require a new one.
The ceremony of Shell Passing is very dependent upon the area in which the Brachyur
live and how many people live in a given area. Some of the larger cities throw parties where food and companionship abound but the smaller villages may only watch as the Anomukin
line up and the shells are passed, often cheering while it happens.