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Brugen

"One of the species at the centre of that sense of hope and glory is very clearly the Brugen.   It is so delightfully quaint to watch one of their many traditions as though they hold any kind of importance. It reminds me of when my son first presented me with something he'd made - I forget exactly what it was. But the insignificance of the object and the undue pride in his little face is what I'm reminded of whenever I think of the Brugen. It's just adorable to watch them try."  
— Extract from A System Of Hope And Glory: Travels Through The Aspiration System
by Peacekeeper V'Kly

Sophisticated

  The Brugen pride themselves on their ability to think and create. They consider themselves more enlightened than the Nebrug and any other species on their planet (and many off-planet too).   Artists, creatives, writers and performers as well as philosophers and thinkers are highly prized in their society.
 

Thinkers

The Brugen are not actually called the Brugen. Their name is more accurately pronounced as a thin, whistling and rapidly rising "brueeeet". In their own language, this roughly translates to 'those who always think', with the word they use for 'think' having additional meanings around create and acquire.   However, as part of their agreement with the Peacekeepers, their name was changed to something more palatable to them. The Peacekeepers chose Brugen because it was far easier for them to pronounce and lined up roughly with what they heard when the Brugen spoke their name.

Basic Information

Anatomy

Brugen have evolved from birds, but have long since lost their wings. They have two legs with thin legs and webbed feet, a feathered torso, two feathered arms, and a head. Their tail and slightly dumpy posterior remain, allowing them to easily take to the water. They also have long bills which they use for feeding and are extremely sensitive.   The shape of their eyes allows them to see things near and far simultaneously and in sharp focus. And since their eyes are located on either side of their head, they are able to see almost 340 degrees around. They can also move each eye independently and are able to sleep with one eye open which comes from an evolutionary need to keep an eye out for predators.

Behaviour

Brugen are extremely sociable as a species, they connect with others quickly and form strong bonds which last their entire lives. This starts before they hatch, with Brugen being able to communicate with their nestmates while they are in their eggs.   They show a lot of empathy and sympathy, even for those they may not necessarily have a lot in common with or have a preference for.

Civilization and Culture

Naming Traditions

In the time since joining The Alliance, the Brugen's naming convention has changed substantially. As a result, there are two groups of names, some choosing from the "pre-Enlightened" style, while others take a more modern approach to naming, known as the "Enlightened" style.  

Pre-Enlightened Naming

The focus of pre-Enlightened naming is the Brugen's social position and connections.  

Naming Format

  HONORIFIC ABBREV. [space] NEST NAME [hyphen] INDIVIDUAL NAME  

Honorific/Title

  Traditionally, the Brugen abbreviate their honorific, which is assigned by those who know them and associated with the respect they garner from others.   e.g. Lord (Ld.), Lady (Ly.), Duke (D.), Duchess (Ds.), Master (Mr.), Mistress (Mrs.)  

Individual Name

  A person chooses a rolling name as their individual name, which they can add syllables to as they grow and get older, to indicate the ups and downs of life experiences.   Child names: Pip, Kan, Lir, Gli, Blop   Adult names: Pippoplopkantir  

Nest Name

  The nest name is 3 syllables and is a combination of the mother's Nest Name while replacing one syllable with a syllable chosen by all the nestmates.   For example, if the mother's Nest Name is Haltropklad, the new Nest Name could be Ploptropklad.  

Example

  Ly. Blipklopklad-Grantrimprib  

Enlightened Naming

In modern naming, the Brugen follow much more closely the Peacekeeper style of naming.  

Naming Format

  HONORIFIC ABBREV. [space] INDIVIDUAL NAME [space] FAMILY NAME  

Honorific/Title

  The Brugen hold on to their tradition of shortening the honorific, but choose something which describes their ambition or profession rather than their social status.   e.g. Creative (Cr.), Artist (Ar.), Space Traveller (STr.), Diplomat (Dt.), Public Speaker (PSr.)  

Individual Name

  Rather than constantly expanding their name, Brugen who follow this tradition choose to pick a single syllable in the first way that the Peacekeepers do. Generally, they do stick to it, but it has been known to change if a Brugen decides they outgrow it.   e.g. Bip, Kor, Tip, Plag, Fren  

Family Name

  The Family Name follows the father's line rather than the mother's.   They may choose to drop in a Nest Name syllable, but this is very much optional.   e.g. Grophil, Blipgan, Marpapkin  

Example

  Cr. Kor Grophilmap  

Beauty Ideals

Brugen are extremely clean as a species and prize cleanliness and presentation above the actual appearance of the individual. For example, a Brugen who is clean and up to date on the latest fashions, presenting themselves well, will be considered more attractive than a Brugen who has any socially agreed "ideal" physical attribute, such as symmetrical features or under- or over-sized aspect of their body.

Culture and Cultural Heritage

There are a lot of traditions which are carefully upheld by the Brugen. As with many traditions, there are variations within them both on-planet and off-planet.  

Courtship Cavort

  These meetings are held regularly and are an opportunity for the male Brugen to show off their dancing in the hopes of attracting a partner. These Cavorts are extremely formal and take place at least once a month during 'the season' and less often (if at all) during 'the off season'.   During a Cavort, which usually lasts from midday until well into the night. Food and drink are served, but the highlight is the dancing, which involves a male Brugen taking centre stage and presenting his best moves. If a female is interested she might join him on the dance floor, with the more popular dancers attracting multiple dance partners. For the song to finish and for no one to join the male Brugen is considered a mar on their character.
 
Variations
  For those living off-world, a platform has been developed called CAVORVID which allows users to post videos of them dancing. Female Brugens can peruse the dance moves and post their own video as a response. This opens up the opportunity for communication between the two, allowing them to take things further.
 

Stone Sup

  Every ten to twelve days, Brugen gather together to take part in a Stone Sup. This involves meeting in an outdoor space where small stones and pebbles can be found (or are provided) and swallowing several while discussing the weather or the latest fashionable artist.   These Stone Sups are less formal than some of the other traditions but serve two important purposes.
  1. As a social lubricant to allow people to meet or discuss things in a more casual way
  2. As a biological lubricant to provide the Brugens' stomachs the hard elements they need to break up their food
 
Variations
  Stone Sups are a very good way for those living offworld to connect to other Brugen, and are more common than many of the other traditions.
 
 

Group Swim

  The point of a Group Swim is to allow the Brugen time to reconnect with their friends and members of their family. These Group Swims are normally performed by nestmates when they are younger but soon are likely to branch out to include other people.   For younger groups, Group Swims consist mostly of races and diving games, while as Brugen mature Group Swims become less energetic and more about spending time reconnecting with loved ones.
 
Variations
  For those offworld, Group Swims may be less water-based, depending on the availability of water in that particular location. Where no water is easily available, it may become a walk, or some other form of exercise instead.
 

Workday Waddle

  All working Brugen join the Workday Waddle as they make their way into work. Groups of Brugen who work in the same area or do the same type of work, meet and walk to work together. This happens every morning and gives the Brugen an opportunity to warm up to the day.   It has been proven that Brugen who partake in regular Workday Waddles live 27.32% longer than those who don't.
 
Variations
  This is only practised where there are communities of Brugen who are able to waddle to their work.
 
 

Hatchday

  A Brugen celebrates their Hatchday with their nestmates every year. For younger Brugen this involves games and an exchange of gifts, but as they get older this is more likely to be sharing a meal or partaking in some intoxicating beverages.   Hatchdays are usually exclusively for nestmates, but may include other family members, including siblings from older or younger nests and parents.
 
Variations
  Nestmates who are offworld are likely to make a special effort to connect via technological means.
 
A stone sup
A workday waddle

History

pre-1726 PT
Age of Illumination
 
1726 -1902 PT
Education Conflicts
 
1902 - 2149 PT
The Enlightenment
 
2149 PT
Brugen officially initiated into The Alliance
 
2302 PT
Aspiration System founded
 
  The Age of Illumination stretches beyond the realms of recorded history and is a period of Brugen history of great growth, technologically, socially and artistically.   This period of growth caused an expansion of their territory into that of the Nebrug, the other major sapient species on the planet, which led to years of war known as the Education Conflicts. From the Brugen perspective, these wars were about educating the Nebrug so that they could learn to appreciate culture. The Nebrug were happy with their own culture which was the crux of the conflict.   In 1902 PT, the Peacekeepers officially made contact with the Brugen and kicked off The Enlightenment, in which the Brugen were able to learn from the Peacekeepers and appreciated art and culture from other star systems.   During their negotiation period, the Peacekeepers patched up relations between the Brugen and the Nebrug, and officially named the planet Unity, making it part of the Peacekeeper Alliance in 2149 PT. Roughly 150 years later, their star system was named Aspiration and became part of The Alliance.

Related Articles

Organisations Peacekeeper Alliance, Aspiration Command
Locations Peacekeeper Territories, The Aspiration System, Unity
Lifespan
45 years
Average Height
4ft 5in
Average Weight
50 lbs
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Usually white feathers and an orange bill, but subspecies vary wildly

Comments

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Feb 6, 2024 17:58 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I just love love love the bits about their culture. The workday waddle is my favourite.   I really love how you craft your cultures. I am curious about the Negrub now. :D

Feb 6, 2024 20:20 by Elspeth

Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I need to firm up my ideas about the Negrub, but they'll hopefully be coming soon. :D

Feb 7, 2024 01:59

I adore how these turned out; it’s a wonderful piece.

Feb 7, 2024 13:38 by Elspeth

Thank you! And thank you so much for your help choosing pictures. It really helped define their traditions and characteristics! <3

Feb 18, 2024 02:41 by jyliet of the house

This is fantastic! I love the Stone Sups. What a great example of connecting a species' biological needs with common cultural activities. :)

Feb 18, 2024 11:51 by Elspeth

Thank you so much! :)

Feb 28, 2024 17:49

Oh man, I couldn't stop reading, really a great article with lots of wonderful ideas - I liked the cultural aspects best and I can only agree with the previous comments. I love it.

Stay imaginative and discover Blue´s Worlds, Elaqitan and Naharin.

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Feb 28, 2024 21:38 by Elspeth

Thank you so much! That's so kind. The cultural aspects were so much fun to come up with. XD

Mar 23, 2024 18:12

This is so cool!

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Mar 25, 2024 08:05 by Elspeth

Thank you so much! :)