Children of the Sun
The Pestrib are well-organized, tough, and smart to match. They were the first civilization to spring up, and they stood standing through over five thousand years of history. I have nothing but the utmost respect for their abilities. But, as a border commander, I also have my orders to defend my state against them.The Pestrib are an ethnic group of Brown Halora concentrated in the southeastern regions of Zentland. They form the majority of the Kalian League, and are said to be one of the oldest civilizations in the world. They have not much distinguishing marks, but over 80% of the population has blue eyes, with a sizeable green-eyed minority. Their plumage tends to be darker in color compared to the Brown Halora in other regions.
What? Why can't I be Catherine? It's a feminine name? What's a feminine name?In the Pestrib culture, there are no masculine or feminine names. Due to their logographic language, in which each character represents a word, each name has a given meaning. For example, the naming call for both a famous female astrologer as well as a male general means "iron and ice". However, some names slightly skew males, and some for females.
I am William Orewood of Linsent Gate, for example. Our family names derive from the original villages we came out of.The Pestrib have three names: the clan name, the matrilineal family name, and the first name. The original Pestrib were divided into nineteen regional tribes, which later conglomerated into a tribal union. Each of the regional tribesmen, wanting to keep their tribal identity, took on the name of their tribe. For example, one might fashion himself "Eren of Arcum Mors", if he or she originally came from that tribe. Besides the tribal name, there were also the matrilineal family name. This name was passed down from mothers to daughters, and generally came from a specific agrarian village. This name was said to have originated from the population boom following the establishment of the Kalian League, where the populations of Linsent and Port Nora surpassed 25,000. After this boon to population, more and more people took on surnames based on their location, or their occupation. While there are by now over five thousand surname calls, most of the surnames are extremely rare, and the collective expression for the Pestrib is still "People of the Hundred Names". Those hundred surnames make up 94% of the Pestrib population.
Major language groups and dialects
The Pestrib speak a branch of the Proto-Halorese language tree. The Plains-Range language tree is characterized by a logographic writing system, a subject-object-verb sentence structure, and a highly analytical language. Almost all ethnically Pestrib peoples speak a Plains-Range language. Notable examples include the ubiquitous Pestribian, as well as Collisian, spoken by a sizeable minority.
Culture and cultural heritage
Those Kali-worshippers with their rituals... such pagans. The one god is Tukod and all should bow before him!Rituals were held once every planetary month in large urban centers. Smaller villages generally celebrated rituals at least once every year. The content of the ritual was determined by the ruling (and later non-ruling) priest class. The ritual content tended to depend on several things.
- The phase of the planet (gas giant)
- Equinoxes and Solstices
- The success of the village
- Commemoration of historical events
- The phase of agriculture (harvest/sowing etc.)
Art & Architecture
Towers spiral up to the sky: turrets, elegantly built out of sandstone. The art here is heavily based on curves; even their roads form a coil out from the city center.The architecture of the Pestrib most emphasizes a merger with nature, with large, communal nests (and later houses) built around tall Turrim trees or large Kava plants. On the ground level, there are many short, squat, one-story stone buildings. These buildings generally serve an administrative and mercantile purpose: the residential trees are all far above. First built out of sandstone or marble, they are generally immune to the firebombing that happens occasionally during Pestrib wars, and therefore serve as fortress areas and barracks.
Common Customs, traditions and rituals
Unlike humans, the Pestrib have more matriarchal gender ideals. This may be due to the female's more powerful role: she is often at least as strong, if not stronger, than her male counterpart. In militaries across Zentland, females are subjected to similar if not greater challenges than males. The record long-range flight as well as the record weight carried over ten kilometers were both set by females. Family names are similarly matriarchal.
The Pestrib serve as the majority of the Kalian League citizenry, and therefore are also a major political force there. Nora, the legendary sage-archer who founded the league, was a Pestrib, as well as several others. Notable minority populations of Pestrib exist in the East Bay Gate Coalition as well as the Great Steppe region of Zentland.
Children of the Sun
Author's NoteThe halora was the most relatable race of sentient species for me. It is not strong, nor immortal. The species is not stubbornly analytical and near-perfect, like the Sigitor. Instead, it is human: maybe even more so than humans themselves. Their world is fading, their age is ending; it seems the Sigitor will dominate the centuries to come, being simply better equipped than them. But a Sigitor is too lofty to really respect anyone outside their own race. They will not fight unless it is in their own interest, in their own small game of world-chess. They were raised by the moon, indeed, and the moon's cold light did little to instill in them their passion, their compassion, and soft skills. A Child of the Sun will raise their spear and fly at your back at a moment's notice, as a friend. And still, the Halora has a promise, written in myth. Their legendary founder still is said to return when she is needed, and her cross still shines bright in the sky, a symbol of love and compassion. Maybe the embattled species has hope indeed...
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