Lliaqeu

The Lliaqeu are a proud people, disciplined in both study and fighting. They greatly value individual success and strength, if one cannot lift themselves up— the rest likely won't help them up.  

A Divergent Path

It seems clear that both the Hontualieu and the Lliaqeu originated from somewhere within Cipou Canyon, and both have adapted farther to their environments since this point.
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  The Lliaqeu possess lithe builds allowing for faster dissipation of heat. Their skin has taken an orange-tinted brown tone, almost as if to act as camouflage amongst the orange and red desert they inhabit. Some even appear to possess flecks of slightly different colors at different depths of their skin— almost like dirt.   Others seem to have almost unnoticeable cracks along their surface like the dry desert grounds they call home. Their obsidian-black hair grows only from their heads— those with facial hair are rare. They are taller than their Hontualieu contemporaries— typically standing around 5'9"- 6'3"— as they have a longer history living within cities, and better nutrition.    

Standing Proud

The Lliaqeu mainly lived in and around the city-state of Lliaq, which was situated within the Cipou River delta. With ample resources and fertile land, their rise to power was no surprise. This, combined with their hardy philosophy and emphasis on self-discipline, led to the creation of one of the strongest armies on Rqet.
  Not only that— but Lliaq was home to some of the world's brightest scholars, and had become a center of knowledge for the known world. Combining this strength and cunning, they were able to realize the goal of their beloved leader Tichan Zilopnou and unite the city-state of the canyon into a singular state.
  It's almost no wonder how they thought themselves to be better than their contemporaries.  

Shattered pride

However this only lasted a mere few decades, before The Devouring of Lliaq. The titanic, pale lizard Ytzkla and the armies of Ytzklapon which live upon their back were something no one could foresee.
  Now, those who managed to survive have become the very thing they despise— weak, and dependent on the aid of those they had for so long looked down upon.    

Traditions

Greetings & Farewells

Lliaqeu greet each other by firmly grabbing their lower left arms, regardless of how close they may be. The firmness of this may be increased or relaxed depending on their attitude towards the other party, however. Farewells are kept merely in speech.  

Milestones

Birth

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When born, Lliaqeu children are left on their own for a period of time that can last hours— so that they may first adjust to the world without coddling.  

Coming of age

By the age of 6, youth begin their military training and education. Both pursuits take place within the same schools, where their days are split between academics and training. Once children hit 17, they take their final exams. These exams not only include academic tests— but also tests of strength, stamina, willpower, and focus. These exams take place over the course of a week— during which the children do not return home. They do not take breaks. Sleep is severely limited. Those who fail— by passing out, falling asleep too early, or even dying— are banished from Lliaq.  

Death

Lliaqeu do not value corpses, a body is just that. Once one departs, their bodies are left wherever convenient. This may be the river, the ocean, a bush, a cave, behind a rock, food for pigs, or burned.

Eating

Patience must be exercised when eating, some Lliaqeu even eat with calculated intermissions between bites. If one can master discipline in daily life, they can master discipline when most needed.
 

War

The lives of the Lliaqeu build up to what they believe are the inevitable battles ahead. Ample rest, and hearty meals are taken before battles. Stretches, exercise, and war-cries for motivation— the Lliaqeu believe that war is not something to be muddled with superstition. Too often have they won against an enemy by taking advantage of this.  

Ideals, Love & Gender

Relationships

Lliaqeu courtship is somewhat utilitarian, as they are wont to marry their classmates— of course, after graduation. Relationships are a means to an end, ensuring the continued success of Lliaq.  

Beauty

Both men and women keep their hair short, in fact, many shave their heads completely— making it a daily ritual. Another means through which to ensure discipline remains ever-present in.

Gender

What good can it do to lessen your potential army? Both men and women partake in training and study, and can rise the ranks according to their prowess.
 

Art, Architecture, and Dress

Art

Lliaqeu art focuses on human subjects, great heroes, myths, feats of strength— everyone from generals to scholars. Man conquers world, not the other way around.  

Architecture

Most Lliaqeu architecture is built from the red stone and mud from throughout the canyon, flat walls are most common— though, sloped walls are not unheard of, as well. Most roofs are built from flat layers of compacted mud and gravel, placed ontop of a viga— a timber support which sticks out of the walls.
  For those without easy access to timber, and who are able to track down a skilled mason— rounded stone roofs dot the skylines of Lliaqeu settlements, often dyed in contrast to the structures benath. The Lliaqeu put more color into their structures, with colorful geometric patterns along the edges of their buildings, dying the walls or roofs, and integrating colored tiles along the walls and floors.  

Dress

Lliaqeu dress is very similar to that of the Hontualieu, but differing with many wearing coverings on the backs of their necks— be it a cloth tied around, or a metal bracer. This is a way of protecting a vulnerability.
 
Someone working indoors will typically wear sleeveless robes with a large hole cut at the back, tied at the waist by a colored cloth belt. Robe colors are commonly either off-white, or an reddish-orange color, iron being a common dye.
  If one can afford it, yellow, blue, and purple robes are not too uncommon, either. Along with differing colors, some robes may have a small split on the front— freeing more skin. More expensive robes will have woven designs within.
For those spending extended periods of time in the sun— such as farmers— these robes are joined by colorful capes which are wrapped around the shoulders and tied behind the head— protecting the back and shoulders from the sun's harsh rays.
  Capes are commonly a dyed into colors that contrast the robe, pairing reds with off-whites, pinks with blues, and so on. More expensive capes will have more intricate floral or simple shapes woven into their fabric.
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All will wear straw, leather— or rarely, metal— sandals made of a simple bottom pad, and a split string drawn through a hole in the bottom and tied behind the ankle.   Jewelry and other accessories are more common, with things such as rings, necklaces, and nose-piercings being the most popular. Bracers are often worn over the back of one's neck, or over the cloth covering it. In some homes, thick metal headbands are kept in cool areas to cool one down once they return from the day's work.  

Religion & Myth

The Lliaqeu, like the Hontualieu, believe that Auroul formed humanity from the mud of the Cipou river's shores. However— their beliefs differ. They believe that, as they live on the delta— that they were formed first, and as the first formed, are thus the strongest.
  Monsters, they believe, were imperfect creations formed from the dry dirt of the desert rather than the delta's shores.
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Naming

Lliaqeu naming traditions are shared with those of Qetlec.
  When married, the first names of both parties are combined.
  This name is then given to their children.
  Ex. Cuixo and Ponal marry, becoming Cuixoponal and Ponalcuixo. Their daughter is named Macuili Ponalcuixo.  
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Taboos

Anyone who cannot take after themselves is looked down upon, and will not receive aid.  

A beloved leader

By far the biggest influence on the current attitude of the Lliaqeu is the long-deceased Tichan Zilopnou.
  Zilopnou was both a renowned fighter, and a philosopher— penning many of the tenets of the effective Lliaqeu faith.
  He died in battle, before his dream of uniting the city-states of Cipou Canyon could be realized— and when it finally was, they named the new nation in his honor.
 
Stay still, simply put, means that one should hold their tongue rather than complain.
  Grit your teeth, grin and bear your burdens no matter what they may be. Injury, sickness, loss of a loved one— stay still. Endure.
  You shall become stronger as a result, focus on what you gain from the event rather than complaining.
— Tichan Zilopnou, Zilopnou's Law

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Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
11 Oct, 2019 00:42

Oooooo ok! Here goes. "appear to posses flecks" I think its possess. An S ran away from you here.     "...towards the other party, however. Farewells are kept merely in speech..." why is this? As detailed as this is, I wonder what is is about farewells that built this distinction. Are farewells more meaningful and spoken communication considered more important?   I love the complexity of the milestones section. they are quite different. I wonder if there are any inspirations from spartans?   FINALLY! someone discusses art in their ethnic groups. I'm happy as can be to see that, and its logical to the rest of the article! Love it. The discussion of fashion is just as impressive but the religion is what I want to compliment most here.   I love how its almost native in feel. You're world already seems inspired by Maya, Aztec, inca, and other indigenous cultures. I'm a huge fan of native American myths and this here fits the whole concept of it very well. Love this article.   Now my friend, I've been wanting to do this forever but could never figure out how. I must know how these headers are done. they are beautiful. Offer your knowledge to me dark one, tho I may be unworhty!

Sage Timepool
Garrett Lewis
11 Oct, 2019 02:34

Thank you! That it did— and my browser did NOT autocorrect me!
  Honestly I was kinda running low on energy and couldn't think of another unique nonverbal farewell! I mean. Uh. Yeah that's the main reason. Though yeah, you could extrapolate that farewells are more important— especially in a society that has some intense training procedures and military conflict. Who knows when you'll see someone again?
  Thanks! Yes, their training is inspired by the Spartans! The three-word idea I wrote these guys around originally was simply "Athens + Sparta."
  You can learn a lot about the values and ideals of a group by their art, it's important to include in my opinion.
  Thanks! That's one of the general pots I've been taking inspiration from for Qet, Mesoamerica in general, some native American sprinkled in.
  This information may BOIL YOUR EYES so BE WARY:

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You use the BBCode (aloud) (/aloud) but with the square brackets— and you pop your header inbetween those. You can then edit the background of the aloud element with .user-css .aloud ! The width should be around 737 pixels, you will need to find a height that works for YOUR fonts!

Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
11 Oct, 2019 02:55

....well I was wrong about the symbol... I'm so sorry but my dyslexic brain apartently works on pics now XD   AH I knew there was a little Sparta thrown in. awesome stuff, idk anyone brave enough to use the mesoamerican culture combined with greek. I salute you.   Oh dear, where are my eyes. Oh my (in all seriousness that's absolutely genius and thank you so much. The mad science that drives me to drink shall commence!)   Have a good one man. I do look forward to more!

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