"Hebeans, mostly consisted of people from Zelos and Ishtar. Known for their tawny skin and dark hair and eyes, these people are well known for their beautiful tapestries. They are the closest to The Great War's Ground Zero, so a large portion of their land is somewhat arid. As an adaptation to Hebe's subtropical biome, Hebeans invented breathable fabrics."
---The Almanac of Humanity, penned by an Azalean travel agency
Major language groups and dialects
The ethnic zone of Hebe has two distinct language groups, unsurprisingly from Zelos and Ishtar.
- Soloñol, the official language group of Zelos. Considered a Tito-Hebean language, it is most notable for its rolled consonants and tight syllabic timing. The languages within this group sound indistinguishable from each other to the untrained ear, but have subtleties that can make conversation between them one-sided. Examples of Soloñol loan words in the Universal Human Tongue include bodega and embargo.
- Inanni, the official language group of Ishtar. Considered a Cero-Hebean language, it is most notable for its nazalized vowels and greater phonetic distinctions compared to the Universal Human Tongue. Both it and Soloñol are syllable-timed, but unlike Soloñol, Inanni holds its stress depending on particulate syllabic weight. Examples of Inanni loan words in the Universal Human Tongue include jungle and shampoo.
Culture and cultural heritage
Hebean culture is all about togetherness and interconnecting with one another. Their philosophies focus on the beliefs of the individuals on themselves, others, and the world around them; this keeps them conscious about their own environmental impact, with many sources stating Hebe as the ethnic area with the lowest carbon footprint.
Hebean families typically stay interwoven: multiple generations living under one roof is fairly common, even after marriage. It is a customary belief that a marriage is not only a union between two adults, but a union of two families. This means that families tend to be a large part of both the dating and marriage process.It is important to note that Hebeans are not monolithic, and all have a vastly different perception of the world, through their art, language, food, and customs. What is outlined above (and below) are but a few elements that a vast majority of Hebean subcultures share.
Art & Architecture
Hebeans are well known for extravagant attention-to-detail and vivid colorations in art. For Hebeans, shape language in their artwork is important, and their most ornate scuplted patterns apply key art fundamentals such as negative space and areas of rest. Depending on the area of Hebe visited, art can be angular or soft.
This artistic form of expression is also detailed in their architecture, where pillars and building fronts tend to have precise angular patterning or sculpted scenes from either their belief systems or family history. These elements become focal points, with the areas around these details holding fairly simple shape or patterning.
Due to the arid environment, Hebean architecture doesn't hold much vivid coloration outside of the more ornate palaces and temples; if color is seen, it is usually with predominantly reddish hues and blue or green accents. This is likely due to access of materials, or natural weathering causing these buildings to lose their vividness.Most importantly, Hebean art and architecture holds a strong emphasis on the spirituality of those within the ethnic zone. Sometimes these spiritual deities are depicted as humans, but it is uncommon. Depictions of the Serpent of Kani and Stoat of the West are seen frequently in this region, as these two deities are told to have a centuries-long feud with each other. Art of Shi'a, the founder of time and mother of Sha'ism, is also seen.