Linnh

The Linnh are a people that pride themselves in their artistic ability, musical talent especially. They are wont to avoid conflict, but are quite capable of defending themselves.  

Coastal Habitation

Bordering the lush, yet dangerous, rainforest of Ytoulch Chotol, the Linnh have evolved both physically and culturally to avoid their many ravenous predators which include numerous monsters and the terrible Ahndel Veha.
 
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  Their predators cannot swim, and so, the Linnh's long legs and elongated, webbed extremities allow them to swim to safety should they be pursued. Their hairless khaki brown skin is slightly rubbery to the touch, and seems to enable them to swim faster.
  Their enlarged eyes are dyed a bright red, mimicking the bright colors of other poisonous creatures living in the rainforest. Their eyelids rest half-closed— so that when faced with danger, they can quickly open and startle predators— giving them more time to flee. Linnh typically stand from 6'4" to 6'11".
  On the tops— not the sides— of their heads sprouts short, thin, dark-blue, dark-green, or dark-brown hair. In a coming-of-age ceremony— the eyahdve— Linnh have their teeth pulled out and replaced with those of the very predators they seek to avoid, and their cheeks cut at the corners of their mouths, giving them permanent fanged smiles. They believe this to scare away their predators.    

The Never-Ending Hunt

In the deep, lush rainforest of Ytoulch Chotol, lives a terrible predator— the Ahndel Veha, or — the Acoustic Maw. Hundreds of years ago, the creature was discovered by one of the original Linnh tribes— which was subsequently wiped from existence. Soon, other tribes began to fall, and they fled to those that remained. Eventually, the beast came upon the Viehl tribe— during a ritual involving the musical instrument known as the ceahv.
  The strange, abhorrent creature rippled like water— and split into many, smaller creatures like itself which scattered from the village. The creature later reformed, and tried again— this time slaughtering a number of families before being faced with a man practicing the instrument— and it split once again. The Viehl learned from this event, and began to have their musicians keep watch as the beast moved on to the next tribe. Eventually, the few surviving tribes fled to join the Viehl— and the creature's assaults became more frequent. Somehow— defying explanation— the beast appears within minutes of the music stopping— prompting a constant patrol of musicians along the newly formed nation of Hanviehl's borders to be set.    

Traditions

Greetings & Farewells

When greeting a fellow Linnh, one cups their hand and waves it upwards over their face. Farewells are the opposite, waving downwards. For outsiders they have yet to become close with, a simple long-held blink is used for both.  

Milestones

 

Birth

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The child's father will stay at his partner's side, and play music softly through a lightly closed fist to her swollen belly— believing to be coaxing the child into the world. The song chosen is believed to play a significant role in determining the child's personality. A frantic, energetic song will cause the child to be just that, and a calm, soothing song will have the opposite effect.
  Close family and friends will arrive the day after to celebrate with the new parents, playing music, bearing gifts, and all will stay around to see the parents present the child with their first instrument— a short wooden tube with a flat end to keep from being swallowed called a Ceh.  

Coming of age

At the age of 8, Linnh undergo the Eyahnvell— a ceremony where they have their teeth pulled out, ground to a paste, and used to promote bone growth and join with those of the Ahndel Veha which take their place. Their cheeks are then cut at the corners of their mouths, giving them permanent fanged smiles. They believe the visage this gives them to scare away their numerous predators.

Death

When a Linnh dies, someone close to them will remove the body's eyes and implanted teeth. The teeth can be used for another, without the need of a dangerous hunt. It is somewhat common to see teeth carried down for generations. The eyes will be placed on a tiny wooden boat and pushed out into the sea, looking upwards at the sky. The rest of the body is taken to a dedicated burial site along the coast, and sunk to the bottom with stones.
 

Eating

Warm water accompanies almost every meal, and must be sipped before taking any bites of one's food, and finished before the meal is done.  

War

The Linnh have a surprising lack of war in their history, while the original, separated tribes may have had battles from time to time— once the Ahndel Veha awoke, it was too great a risk. Even foreign nations, such as Louh, who first came into contact with Hanviehl, did not invade— given the ever-present danger the beast poses.
None but those who have grown accustomed to this lifestyle would desire such an ever-present danger at their doorsteps.
  However, the Linnh do send out hunting parties periodically to splinter pieces from Ahndel Veha and vanquish them. It is hoped that one day they may finally put an end to the complete horror once and for all, but this seem unlikely.    

Ideals, Love & Gender

Relationships

Relationships for the Linnh are strictly between a man and a woman, it is believed that both are two halves of the same eternal song, and to combine two of the same half is to create cacophony. Marriage is only decided when a woman becomes pregnant, though partners may stay together regardless. These events, like birth, are attended by close friends and family, who sing and dance to celebrate the occasion.  

Beauty

Men tie ornaments such as shells, polished coral, or even wooden beads to their short hair. Women will cover the apex of their heads with a single, larger object such as a shell or polished wood.

Gender

Men are expected to be proficient in at least one instrument by the time they reach adulthood, and women are expected to sing. Men take care of children at home, should any exist, but both parties are ultimately able to find the same jobs.
   

Art, Architecture, and Dress

Art

Linnh art is primarily musical, with a long history of crafting instruments such as the ceahv their instrument crafting is world-renowned and well sought after.
  Entire schools of music have developed within the nation, from acapella singers, to wind instruments and strings, to entire orchestral arrangements— each with their own groups of written works passed down and iterated upon through generations.
  Seashell art is popular, as well, where a collection of shells, corals, and stones are arranged into beautiful shapes and forms on a flat plate. More often than not, these are temporary works— sometimes left in the open for others to come across and enjoy, or even adjust to their own liking. Some areas have communal works for all to collaborate on, as well.  
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Architecture

Linnh settlements are riddled with a series of interconnecting canals, rather than roads. As their bodies are better suited for swimming than walking, this is simply more convenient. Not only this— but the water acts as an extra barrier should the music wane, and Ahndel Veha breach the walls.
  Their construction is heavily wood-based— often, even their foundations are built from pilings of wood. Buildings are typically triangular in shape, to conserve material, with the ends of boards often reaching over the apex of the structure, creating a small V along the uppermost edges of their roofs. Mud brick is often fired and placed around structures for extra support. Doorways will often open directly over canals, on occasion there will be dock-like pathways alongside canals.  

Dress

Given their constant need to swim, most Linnh do not wear clothing. Those who meet with outsiders sometimes will don clothing akin to their own, to give them more comfort, but that is all.  

Religion & Myth

There are a number of widely held beliefs by the Linnh. First, and most importantly, is the legend and belief that they have been placed in the world to torture the Ahndel Veha for a sin made in its past life. They believe the creature to be immortal— as despite hundreds of years of hunting and killing its split forms, it has shown no change in its full size. Music, they believe— especially that produced from the ceahv— is a manifestation of the creature's past sin, and the guilt it feels for this act.
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Naming

Linnh naming conventions are one and the same with those of their language, Lhehd.
  Family names are derived from a melody always played at birth, while first names are based off of the sounds heard in the song during the moment one is born.  

Taboos

A song cannot go unfinished, once one starts, they are obligated to complete it. Should you leave a song unfinished, it is believed that it will well up within your lungs and burst forth.
 
 
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Song of the shore

For Linnh who travel away from their home, there is a song that is believed to carry the spirit of their homeland. This is oft hummed when homesickness finds them.
 
O'er the winded sho~res;
  'ast the crashing wa~ves;
  'Dohe~!'
  She cries, and bra~ves;
  'cross the cacophony~;
  'Dohe~!'
  She wails, and cra~ves;
  that soft voice, agai~n;
  forever lost to~;
  hi~s gra~ve.
— The Song of the Shore, Unknown musician
 
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Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
16 Oct, 2019 01:57

OH! A bard people. This speaks to my soul on levels i cant quite put into words. This... This is art. I love that you created an instrument for them. I also love that they are named after songs (if i understand correctly) and the birth process actually has scientific basis. The sounds an infant hears in the womb has shown to possibly effect them. Excellent touch!   Now i'm trying to see a negative or constructive criticism here and I really cant. They are now my favorite. I do wonder... in architecture you don't seem to mention acoustics as being a factor. is it?       "Men are expected to be proficient in at least one instrument by the time they reach adulthood, and women are expected to sing." I found this interesting as well. why is it? just curious if there is a reason in particular.

Sage Timepool
Garrett Lewis
16 Oct, 2019 03:08

Thanks for the kind words! Glad you like them! You'll likely enjoy the article on their country, as well, Hanviehl, which is linked in here!
  Acoustics are mostly a factor in the orchestral halls, and the towers which musicians play from along the edges of their settlements. Hard to account for acoustics in every structure when you've got limited building materials!
  As to why the gender expectations differ, it is not known currently. Perhaps someone saw a couple, where the man was best with their instruments, and the woman with her voice— and this slowly but surely got overblown into myth and codified in their culture.

Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
16 Oct, 2019 03:14

oh thats fair lol. lacking materials can be detrimental. The gender stuff is also fair. lol ill check out the country here. im curious

16 Oct, 2019 07:41

Lovely stuff <3 I thought the naming traditions were particularly neat.   The coming of age tradition is basically the same in Coastal Habitation and in Coming of age section. I would suggest to either remove one section or word it differently or to add more details. As it stands now, it's simply repetitive.

Sage Timepool
Garrett Lewis
16 Oct, 2019 17:13

Yeah the repeat bit came from stubbornness and wanting to stay to my format. I want appearance to be easily and quickly discernible for players, but also have the OCD of needing to keep the coming of age section as it's my format. That said, I DO agree that it is simply repetitive, I will see about adding in a little more detail— trying to avoid too much here since I've got an entire article planned for it! Thanks!

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