Life in Thrundank
Who Are the Timukua?
The Timukua are one of the three formal Kinds of Gheni , a cat-like people who had once been elves but were forcibly changed into what they are now. The Timukua live in a swamp called The Thrundank. They are the smallest of the Kinds, averaging four feet tall and swift built. Timukua are noted for having no head hair though they are not bald because of their spotted fur and lean build.
Timukua and Magic
At the time of the change, the Timukua only knew the Low Arts of Nature Magic. They were often called rangers or warders as they had once been the elves most often patrolling their forest homes. Hidden in their swamp, the Timukua have kept the Low Arts alive. The Timukua have taken to learning the ways of wizards as well, finding it a very practical magic.
Timukua and Travel
The End Of Instant brought an end to instant travel all over the world. Finding a means of traveling the world without instant travel, has become a challenge for all the peoples and realms. The Thrunkdank is a very wet place. The Timukua have mastered boats to travel the swamp and rivers.
Within a few generations after the change, the Timukua, with the rest of the Gheni, gravitated towards three gods: Byldur, the god of of music and poetry, Nufthesy, the goddess of practical knowledge, and Kilo the god of conquest. These gods together came to be called the Ghenzhee Pantheon. Of particular interest to the Timukua is the goddess Nufthesy as going out alone into the swamp for days, and sometimes weeks, at a time requires practicality. Most settlements have a simple church to Nufthesy. Largers towns have Ghenzhee Temples with the main altar and nave devoted to Nufthesy. Teaching is an important duty of the clerics. Two smaller chapels, one for Byldur and one for Kilo, are also a part of these temples. A third, even smaller, prayer room is provided for visitors of differing faiths. Such places are respected and provide a shelter of the faithful for those who believe.
Gheni have been creating their own traditions since their abrupt change. Since they did not have a language of their own other than Elven, they have taken to building one through names. It is not a language with sentences but one of unique names with unigue meanings, they embrace it as completely theirs. All Gheni names are dashed together like this: Given Name-Birth Gender-Mother's Syllable. Belle, or female, names all have a middle syllable of Bey. Rex, or male, names all have a middle syllable of Ra.
For example, the Gheni pirate called Bane has a proper Gheni name he keeps to himself. His full name is Penge-Ra-Orr. Penge means brave. Ra means born male. Orr is a syllable from her given name, Orrahna. His mother defines his name as meaning Brave-Son-of Orrahna. The Timukua have taken to adding a second name, Timuk. Had Bane been a Timukua his name would have been Penge-Ra-Orr Timuk.
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