Coulqepluex

The Coulqepluex are famed for their luck, and skills in the art of trade. Their nation of Rektouzk is undeniably one of the most influential and powerful within Qet as a result. They seem to hold a collective secret within a religion that very few outsiders have ever caught a glimpse into.  

Transformed

Every Coulqepluex has been baptized within the waters of Chluetichlon at a young age, transforming them from Nouex into a new, distinct form. They are pale-blue-skinned— this pigment subtly lightens at their hands— with dark black hair that curls at its ends, standing commonly around 3'9" to 4'5". They tend to have shorter, flatter noses, which rest upon rounded features. Above this, their eyes are a reflective— almost metallic, gold without pupils or irises. On the end of each elbow sprouts a bony sphere that extends only 1-3" away from their bodies. At the very end of each sphere is a purple-tinted orifice that can excrete a sedative liquid at will. Anyone who has touched a Coulqepluex would say they were oddly cold, as if they were a corpse.   Some of those who have talked with Coulqepluex would note a certain coldness in their demeanor, as if something had dulled their emotions— though not completely wiped them away. Despite this, many report feeling a strange trust in them after looking into their eyes. To make matters stranger, corpses dissected by alchemists and scholars alike have been reported to be heartless. None have felt so much as a pulse from the living Coulqepluex— giving credence to the strange claims. When asked about this, most Coulqepluex will simply laugh and reply with something along the lines of "What does it matter?" Despite this, or perhaps as a direct result, they only live into their early 30s, all succumbing to slow deaths at the hands of an affliction known as Holi.    

Eternal Luck

At first, there were three tribes— including the Coulqepluex— living along the shores of the great lake Chluetichlon. These tribes had spent generations at war, a war finally resolved when the Coulqepluex procured gold and gemstones from seemingly nowhere— buying peace with the nearest tribe. Together, the two descended upon the remaining tribe, conquering them, and forming the nation of Rektouzk. It wasn't long after this that the Coulqepluex began to change. The gold and gemstones— couleuz— continued to be procured, and as their wealth amassed so too did their changes. At first, it was only the miners and a few leaders involved with the initial discovery who had begun conducting reclusive rituals underground. However, as the gems glittered ever so beautifully, and the shores of Chluetichlon seemed as if to sing every night— others slowly but surely began to join in the strange practices.  
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  Newborns were baptized within the bottomless lake's cold waters shortly thereafter, no order was given, no church formed, not even a call to action was made— it was as if the idea had occurred to many throughout the nation at once. These children would, over the course of their first year, slowly change.   Their skin would take on a blue hue, their eyes would begin to shine like gold, the spikes on their elbows would round into bulbs, and they would grow cold— as if dead. Oddly, this did not concern their parents. Quite the opposite, in fact— many seemed overjoyed at this development. Over the course of several generations those too old to have been baptized slowly died out, leaving behind only the transformed.   As other nations came into contact with them, the Coulqepluex discovered a shared uncanny luck— and a knack for trade. In one of these early cases, a foreign king's caravan just so happened to become lost in a storm and arrived in Rektouzk instead of their intended destination. Enchanted by the glittering purple gems and gold, plans for trade routes and economic partnership were immediately forged. Time and time again it seemed as if others were more receptive to their words, allowing their influence to quickly expand throughout the known world.   This luck would save them from disaster numerous times, and even aid them in war. The mysterious force behind this continues to work unseen to this day— and only the mad claim to known its source.      

Traditions

Greetings & Farewells

Coulqepluex greet one another by bowing their heads slightly while looking at who they are greeting. Farewells are executed in the reverse of this. When a deal is met— such as a purchase, sale, or partnership— both parties will clasp their hands together, and bow.  

Milestones

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Birth

A newborn must be baptized within the lake Chluetichlon within one week of their birth or they will never transform, leaving them to live as what most Coulqepluex see as a curse— Nouex. Thankfully luck is often on their side; the skies and roads will be clear, qukix healthy and uninjured, and even the wind will be at their back.   Many make the pilgrimage to Chluetichlon for this purpose, and a bustling transportation trade supports them. While it is ideal for one to be baptized within the lake itself, there are ways for those unable or unwilling to make the pilgrimage in time to still be baptized. Men and women called zetyiltz— or literally, water priests— wander the world carrying the precious lake's water so that all Coulqepluex may be baptized.  

Coming of age

At the age of 11, a Coulqepluex child is considered yiz, or, "viable." This means that they are able to aid their parents in their trade, or even begin their own ventures.  

Death

When a Coulqepluex dies, they are taken to Chluetichlon regardless of where they died. Once there, they are taken on a small barge, and cast into the cold waters below. Being unable to return to the lake is seen as a fate worse than death, though very few Coulqepluex would explain why that is. Some outsiders claim that their bodies turn to gold after a year, and they simply don't want anyone to claim it— but this is untrue.    

Ideals, Love, & Gender

Profit and wealth lies above all else, many Coulqepluex refuse relaxation so that they may live in a constant state of work and generating profit. Those who do not do this are often met with sneers and upturned noses— as if a day off was the sign of mental decline. When one is ill, they are likely to still refuse rest— and work until they fall over dead. This attitude strains relations with other ethnic groups, as those who subscribe to it find it difficult to imagine those who do not— especially those with more hedonistic approaches, such as the Tollouchi who they believe could be making more money— both for themselves and the Coulqepluex.  

Relationships

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Relationships are often mutually beneficial trade partnerships. Loving partnerships are not entirely uncommon, but they are not the norm for the Coulqepluex. Getting close with a potential rival can quell most future problems, and bolster the income of both parties. Many Coulqepluex also wish to pass on their wealth— this, combined with their short lifespans, leads many to marry in their late teens or early twenties.   Courting typically involves an abundance of gifts, taking one another out to parties, and, finally— paying a dowry to the other party. All of this proves the wealth and therefore merit of one as a partner.  

Beauty

Beauty and wealth are inextricably tied together for the Coulqepluex. Weight is often seen as an indication of wealth, and therefore worth, to them— the more, the better. Many adorn themselves with tattoos, often depicting currencies they have collected or trade routes travelled. Jewelry is also commonly donned to display one's wealth. Most common are large flat nose rings of jade or precious metal, earrings of similar shape and make, and beaded necklaces. To allow for more real-estate with which to adorn jewelry many tend to grow out their hair to at least shoulder length. Beads and metal bands are commonly seen here. Long bangs are typical. Men, too, will grow long curly beards which are often braided and adorned.  

Gender

Many Coulqepluex believe that, so long as an individual is capable of producing profit for someone, they are able to do as they please.    

Art, Architecture, and Dress

Art

Coulqepluex art only exists to sell to other cultures, or to be used for other Coulqepluex to flaunt their wealth. Paintings or statues are commissioned by their subjects, songs are seldom used as much beyond ambiance, and writing is used to keep funds in check. Paintings and jewelry are commonly geometric in design, and colorful so as to catch the eye. There are outliers, however; some artists create work with deeper meaning— there is profit in this, too, after all.  

Architecture

Like their art, Coulqepluex architecture is fairly simple in make. Stone is carved into rectangular, square, or occasionally triangular shapes— for the rich these shapes combine into larger forms. Regardless of their specific shape, their roofs always tilt slightly backwards to drain rainwater. Windows and doorways commonly have small rectangular lips above them as well, to protect from rain. As a show of wealth, geometric designs are often painted and carved into a building's facade.   Furniture is often foreign, when possible, as another show of wealth. Otherwise it is sturdy but simple wood. Expensive artwork and weaponry are often proudly displayed throughout affluent homes, as well.    

Dress

Most Coulqepluex wear long white loose-fitting robes with sleeves reaching halfway down the arms, fastened along the left side with metal buttons (sometimes precious metal). Those who can afford it will dye their robes— and even further, dyeing in patterns and embroidering. Popular colors are green, blue, orange, and yellow. Wide cloth belts are a popular accessory, and these are often woven with colorful geometric designs.    

Religion & Myth

The beliefs of the Coulqepluex are seldom shared with outsiders. Their rituals are secretive, and those attempting to witness them are often found missing or dead soon after. All that is known is that they revere the lake Chluetichlon, and they all descend into underground shrines at the same time every weekend. No call is made. No bells, no documents— it is simply known to them. Some outsiders wonder if the Coulqepluex even know, themselves, what they do during those weekend rituals. For unknown reasons, they are extremely eager to convert the Nouex to their faith— but do not allow anyone else to join their ranks.
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Naming

Coulqepluex naming traditions are one an the same with their native language, Qetlec.   When one marries they will append their spouse's name to their own. This name is then passed down to their children as family names.   Ex. Cipa and Tihe marry, becoming Cipatihe and Tihecipa. Their child, Calca, is named Calca Tihecipa.  

Taboos

Those unable to bring wealth to themselves or their nation are seen as nothing more than leeches.   Altruism, in turn, is greatly frowned upon.  
You only feed the leeches, you allow them to live! You receive nothing in return! Stop, I say, and let the parasites die off on their own.
 

A growing divide

The above is not true for all, however, there is a growing divide amongst the Coulqepluex over this particular attitude.   Some believe it to be more profitable to keep the Nouex downtrodden, that they will want to convert to their faith to earn a better place in life.   Others say that profit would surge should the Nouex receive equal rights— and if treated well they would convert of their own accord.  
 
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The future bet

A popular pastime among Coulqepluex is the future bet.   This is an activity where, usually while drunk, people make bold claims about the future and bet on the results.   Anything from political events, marriages, to storms and catastrophes can be claimed and bet on.   Self-claimed seers sell their services to those seeking to make quick money with these bets, and fights are not entirely uncommon when a bet is lost.  
"How was I to know that the storm would be early?! It was just luck on your part!"   "That's the point, friend."
— A Coulqepuex to a Tollouchi after a future bet
  It is said that if enough Coulqepluex were to make the same future bet at once— they could control even the weather.

Related articles

Nouex
Ethnicity | May 7, 2020

A proud people, who shun the chase of monetary gain.

Rektouzk
Organization | Apr 28, 2020

One of the largest nations within Qet. An extremely wealthy, powerful land seemingly protected from destruction by sheer luck.

Chluetichlon
Geographic Location | Nov 7, 2019

A seemingly bottomless, eerily cold lake— worshiped by the Coulqepluex people of the nation Rektouzk.

Holi
Condition | Nov 7, 2019

Condition which the Coulqepluex succumb to and die from in old age.

Couleuz
Material | Feb 25, 2020

A glittering purple gemstone. A great source of wealth for Rektouzk, where it is exclusively found.


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Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
30 Mar, 2020 17:15

Here we go. So I fauntly recall this one, but its nice to get reaquainted. They remind me if dwarves in a lot of ways. Their height, and focus on trade in particular. One thing I find strange is how you separate their luck from their knack of trade. you express many times how the luck works but I don't really see hope trade fits. is it part of the luck or something else like their way with words? How does the gens and gold win over the foreign king in a way that he immediately works on trade routes. I guess that could be luck, but riches alone won't make trade flow in most places, especially if there are not many who can afford such luxury goods as gems and such, though again luck is Prolly involved. Maybe more can be revealed in the nation article, as it probably has more of their trade goods. Regardless, what is it about trade that they have a knack for? Bartering? Their cooperation in Competition as specified in the relationships section? All of the above?     I love the discussion on art and. very well done. the focus on using art for trade and how its design is centered around it speaks alot to the culture.     A very nice culture that does stand out from the others I've read.

Sage Timepool
Garrett Lewis
30 Mar, 2020 17:32

Luck and trade are linked! Things like stumbling into people who not only have the funds but the want for their goods, winds being favorable for trade ships, having just a little extra stock, etc. They do also have a way with words, I believe this was mentioned a bit in them having few qualms being manipulative.   Winning over the king is part of that luck in finding people who also want their goods, not to mention— exotic luxuries have historically been sought after, and those gems are not normal geological formations to begin with. (Same with the gold even...)   Knack for trade is in several ways, generally they are raised around it and have a culture centered around it— so they're skilled with bartering, navigating trade routes, cutting costs and balancing their funds, etc.   Suppose you bring up some good points here, I could write some here that connects their trade and luck better.   Thanks!

Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
30 Mar, 2020 19:15

Since It's linked directly, it doesn't seem to be needed. I got confused on that point. I was thinking of overall economy, not just trade, which is not what discussed. I imagine there is much more to their economy that just that.     Upbringing definitely makes sense, and I feel stupid for not thinking about it.

Sage Timepool
Garrett Lewis
30 Mar, 2020 21:18

Nah it's not stupid of you to not think of it! That gets me thinking that I could/maybe should start adding an "Upbringing & Values" section to ethnicity articles.

Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
30 Mar, 2020 21:19

Oooo always good to add indeed. Offers a good answer to how people end up being in the ethnicity

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