dwarf influenced kalazotz

kalazotz and West Meckelorner dwarves  have been allied to some extent for over a 1000 years.  Kalazotz have been allied to Stahlheimer dwarves for over 500 years.   While Stahlheim and Meckelorn are culturally distinct are sort of rivals, the kalazotz of these two nations are not rivals.  kalazotz are far more likely to travel between Meckelorn and Stahlheim than dwarves are, and many in fact seek marriage partners from as far away as possible to maintain genetic divesity.  Because of this cross polination, there are no substantive cultural differences between the two enclaves of kalazotz though some argue that to Stahlheim kalazotz are allies and to Meckeleorn, kalazotz are friends.   The dwarf tied kalazotz are growing both because the kalazotz are having pups and because unaligned kalazotz colonies have been immigrating to dwarven lands.  Even if they don't move into dwarven lands, kalazotz colonies within and without dwarf lands are willing to meet and even exchange marriage partners leading to trade and cultural diffusion.     Kalazotz are nearly universally family oriented, but since assimilating dwarf values they have taken to recording the deeds of their long dead ancestors and practicing active filial piety.  Many colonies have begun keeping written records of their family across generation and celebrate major family milestones with stone carvings near their nests, including artistic stelae which are often like upside totem poles carved on stalactites.  Given that most dwarf-allied kalazotz nests are hanging from cavern ceilings, a lot of their art and writing is upside down.   It is common for dwarf-allied kalazotz to recite their lineage in formal settings, though unlike dwarves kalazotz are matrilineal.  Son or daughter of ________ daughter of (grandmother) daughter of (great grand mother) etc.  The rationale being you are never 100% who the father is.   Starting in 1313 when the Great Stone was liberated, a lot of the most celebrated kalazotz heroes took on vaguely dwarf-like clan names for their families.  Since then, more kalazotz have been adopting clan names.  In the centuries since then, more and more kalazotz colonies have chosen clan names.  There are over 120 recognized clan names in Meckelorn and over 50 in Stalheim and about 20 clans with colonies in both nations.  The numbers are growing as more kalazotz decide to adopt clan identities.     Some kalazotz clans, about one-in-four Meckelorn clans and about one in ten Stahlheim clans have formalized clan wide alliances with dwarf clans. Ordinary clan alliances between dwarf clans are sealed by marriage but obvious that does not work for kalazotz-dwarf alliances.  Even so, kalazotz and dwarves in allied clans consider each other honorary family.  These are the kalazotz that dwarves invite home for dinner and visa versa despite that both kalazotz and dwarves find the others' eating habits a little off putting.  Allied clans also fight side-by-side in times of war (or you know with dwarves on the ground and kalazotz flying over their heads).   Kalazotz scouts and skirmish troops are present in both the Meckelorn Armed Forces and the Stahlheim Armed Forces, but their main contributions are in peacetime.  Kalazotz are prodigious weavers and provide their dwarf allies with a lot of their clothing and nearly all of their rope.  The dwarves provide their kalazotz allies with metal tools.  Both sides share food when able.   One thing the kalazotz picked up from the dwarves is literacy.  The kalazotz speak their own language, but they use they never had an alphabet so they use the Dwarven script to write.  More than a few kalazotz are messengers cause they can carry messages much faster than dwarves can.     Another thing kalazotz have picked up from dwarves is a fondness for fermented spirits.  Sometimes kalazotz drink the same sorts of beverages dwarves do, other times they ferment their own food drinking alcoholic versions dwarves of things dwarves would not normally touch such as fermented rabbit's blood or mashed up grubs (though dwarves have drank such things on a dare).   Flying under the influence is dangerous. Most kalazotz stay on the ground when they drink, ideally drinking with some dwarf friends to keep them grounded both figuratively and literally, but there is a controversial custom of using safety nets in designated drinking areas.   The reason this practice is controversial is because safety nets are ordinarily for very young pups to practice flying safely which effectively infantilizes an adult kalazotz.  Because of this most choose to drink in moderation or stay on the ground.   Another controversial move is a few hardliner kalazotz have instituted the bat equivalent of a temperance movement saying proper kalazotz should not drink at all.

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