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Greetings & FarewellsCoulqepluex 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.
BirthA 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 ageAt 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.
DeathWhen 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
RelationshipsCourting 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.
BeautyBeauty 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.
GenderMany 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
ArtCoulqepluex 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.
ArchitectureLike 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.
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DressMost 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
NamingCoulqepluex 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.
TaboosThose 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 divideThe 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.
The future betA 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."It is said that if enough Coulqepluex were to make the same future bet at once— they could control even the weather.
One of the largest nations within Qet. An extremely wealthy, powerful land seemingly protected from destruction by sheer luck.
A seemingly bottomless, eerily cold lake— worshiped by the Coulqepluex people of the nation Rektouzk.
A glittering purple gemstone. A great source of wealth for Rektouzk, where it is exclusively found.