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Segmented Societarian

The societarian, one of the two dominant species of the archipelago, are easily distinguishable by an extraordinary physical trait: Individuals look starkly different from each other even within the same family, with an endless variety of possible features.   They can be divided however into five subspecies based on their skin coverage. These are the featheries, covered in plumage, furries, covered in hair, scalies with rough, sometimes hardened skin, waterland silkies with smooth, moist skin, and the segmented with hardened outsides separated by thin joints.
Segmented, the least common of societarians, have their bodies divided into distinct segments by their very thin joints, and are usually covered in a hard chitinous shell.


Physical Characteristics

Distinctive Traits

Segmented as a group are the most unique of societarians regarding their physical structure:   Their joints, as well as their waist, come together in very thin unions and the segments these divide are most times covered by smooth chitinous plates, though sometimes their bodies or part of them are covered in fuzzy hair.   Most have a big section of their body resembling a plump tail, which contains their reproductive organs, part of their gut and houses the female's eggs before she lays them.
This is called the "abdominal segment", though informally people call it the tail segment.
They tend to have abnormally big eyes lacking a distinct pupil or eyelids, mouths that are formed by several segments, sometimes closing horizontally, and may have a pair of sensitive antennae sprouting from between the eyes.   A smaller group of segmented seem adapted for amphibious life, being able to breathe underwater.
These usually have harder chitin covering their segments, and their abdominal segment is sometimes curled forwards and pressed against the body when not in use.   Female segmented are generally bigger than males.


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Segmented reproduction defies expectations from other societarians.
They mate by connecting the tips of their abdominal sections, with the female or the male (depending on the phenotype) usually grabbing their partner's end with two or four clasper appendages during the act.
  After successful intercourse, the female segmented will produce between two and five eggs that she will lay after one month growing them in her abdominal segment.
They will hatch after two to four months of incubation, being born smaller and more fragile than the babies of other societarian subspecies. Usually not all of them hatch or live past the first days.  

Geographical distribution

Segmented are native to Larea, Stunveldt and Daltael, all lush areas covered in jungles.
They rarely emigrate from these places, though some can be found in Thaur Island.  



"So weird... Did you know their tail is actually their private parts? They don't seem to think they are very private though"
— Conversation overheard by a segmented
Segmented tend to feel excluded from the rest of the societarian's culture, being seen as a vey exotic subspecies.
Though Stunveldti segmented are very appreciated by their scaly and waterland silky fellow countryfolk, Stunveldti in general are also considered exotic by the inhabitants of other islands, adding to the alienating feeling.   As such, both Larean and Stunveldti segmented try to avoid too much interaction with people from other nations and feel more comfortable around other segmented.


As segmented usually live in dense, humid jungles, their clothing tends to be either minimalistic or hardy and protective.   Larean farmers cover their legs with thick trousers held by two laces that cross from the front and tie behind their mid section. They then place a robe made of light, white fabric to protect from the sun.   Stunveldtis use more elaborate outfits, usually relying a lot on decorative items such as collars, gemstone-embedded bracelets and kercheifs.
As with everyone else in their island, Stunveldti segmented are well known for the Admiration Medleys, a unique outfit each one gets designed for themselves and wears only during their Admiration Day.   Segmented do not cover their abdominal segment, which shocks people of other subspecies.  

Notable Individuals

Divina by Naelin
Divina: A quirky Stunveldti living in Thaur, they perform with the The Deep-Throated Auralists, playing instruments such as the organ, the hurdy grande and the aprehension engine.
Other segmented are critical of Divina for "adding to the generalisation of segmented as weird folk".
Distribution of segmented in the archipelago
Genetic Ancestor(s)
Geographic Distribution
Related Ethnicities

The brutal island

Daltael Island by Naelin
Part of the exotism of segmented is related to their biggest homeland being the island of Daltael, populated by them and waterland silkies.   Encounters with Daltaelians usually end in death or capture for slave trade and few risk crossing the waters close to their island.
This combined with the general distrust of the Stunveldti against outsiders led to people sometimes seeing segmented in general as dangerous people.
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Admiration Medley by Naelin

Cover image: Segmented Banner by Naelin


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Dec 8, 2021 16:49 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Are there crab phenotypes? Would crabs count as segmented? :O   I think out of all the societarians I am most intrigued by these guys.

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Dec 10, 2021 14:55

Yep! Crabs, lobsters and the like are the ones mentioned as "being adapted to amphibious life" in the distinctive traits section ;)

Dec 8, 2021 17:45 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Very nice people! I really like the idea of insect people and the name "segmented" fits them well. I like how you make your people all truly different from each other, with the strange biology that fits their origins, rather than have them be too close to humans.   It's interesting to see how they all perceive each other and the different prejudices they have, or difference like what body parts should be covered or not :D

To see what I am up to: World Ember 2023 list of articles.
Dec 10, 2021 15:50

Thank you Amé! It's kinda difficult to find places in other articles to talk about these prejudices, so I had a lot of fun writing this series. Glad you enjoyed it!

Jan 3, 2022 15:21 by Simo

Now I want to read the Daltael article and see where the stereotype comes from. The Stunveldtis segmented are cool though, they have the best traditions <3 I can't see Divina mentioned and not think about the impressive organ incident, I am so sorry XD