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Yokkerau: Wealth-Beasts

For what good is wealth that can't be flaunted?

The Yokkerau is an intentionally gaudy, abundantly lavish costume. The intent is to make the user appear animalistic while simultaneously putting the vast enormities of their wealth on full display. Structured with two or three body-length shells and bedecked with gold and jewels, Yokkerau were only used for upper-echelon parties, the singular nights when the poor would show their civil nobility and the rich would reject it.

Manufacturing process

Most Yokkerau patterns only used a pair of weroiki shells. Three-shell sets were a rarity, and collectors often didn't want to damage the value for frivolity's sake, even when displaying wealth. Physically weaker nobility would place the larger shells on their chests and the smaller shells on their backs. The two shells would be fastened together over the shoulder with either a string-like or a mortar-like material. The physically stronger nobility would tie two weroiki shells to their arms as shields, flaunting their strength as well as their wealth with each gesture. A third and smallest shell, if applicable, could act as either a helmet or a shield, though never as a mask. It was common practice to drizzle melted precious metals across the surface of the weroiki shell for added effect. Alternatively, those materials could be used for jewelry, which could be either connected to the base costume or worn separately.

Significance

The singular reason for which the Yokkerau was worn and developed was to flaunt wealth at social events. The elements and the services required to produce it were so expensive that one could not wear one without being economically formidable. Among the royalty and government officials, it was considered relatively taboo. However, for noble families whose wealth surpassed expectations but who didn't recieve the attention they felt they deserved, the Yokkerau was a statement, and a cry for attention that could not go unanswered. As the king pursued his own selfish desires, richer and richer nobility would adopt this trend, first in Wlitowa and then across the straits to Keyrityi and Tuhran nobility.
Because those who wore it were so apparently wealthy, they were beyond reproach, even among equals. At the beginning of this trend, users asserted their dominance in the most uncouth ways possible, ranging from snide remarks to drunken behavior. The term "yokkerau," roughly translating to "that rich thing," was an insult and a rightful description of the wearer as an uncivilized beast. Critics could deny nobility as much as possible, but they could not deny wealth. Many nobles much preferred being called "rich" begrudgingly than being called "proper" derogatorily.
The growing number of socialites who adopted this trend incorporated this degradation as part of the Yokkerau culture, exaggerating their actions and going out of their way to exhibit rudeness, turning their gaudiness into bestial behavior. Yokkerau parties were held in the woodlands, and attendees were encouraged to eat meat with their mouths. In the gaudiest of these parties, the nobility would employ and incentivize servants to hunt down the attendees with nets. Both those who survived and the victorious hunters would be provided with the most lavish experiences imaginable: burial in gold, grand processions, a feast of foods from the other end of Wouraiya, and like events. In the most brutal of these parties, the strongest of the nobility would fight each other to the death. The wealth and power vacuums left behind by these parties brought entire economic regions to their knees, only to be reclaimed by the industrious underlings who lived there. While death on this scale might have been rarer than most, duels for a woman's affection, even deadly duels, could be expected in certain pockets of society.
"I trashed about in the net, screaming, "I am caught! I am caught!" Ah, the liberation! Truly, money well spent."
-Hagt II, head of the Tuhran House of G'tokar

Once the last well-to-do critics (save the royalty, bureaucracy, and military) surrendered to the trend, indecency became the norm. Ironically, the Yokkerau's rebellion made the nobility significantly more elitist and exclusive. Everyone behaved abysmally, so the only distinguishing factor between participants became the costumes they wore, most specifically the size and scope of their extravagances. The contrast was uncanny, however, between those who attended and those who could not.
When Welkwu, her children, and her disciples came to prominence as the economic kingmakers of Wouraiya, they looked down on the Yokkerau, not as the indignant whims of attention-seekers as their predecessors had decried beforehand, but as utter wastes of good capital in pursuit of an old-fashioned tradition. Fads this large could never go completely extinct; indeed, Yokkerau parties are still held in Keyrit and mainland Tuhra. However, the event is now a rarity, the Yokkerau costumes more likely found in museums than in homes.
Item type
Clothing / Accessory
Raw materials & Components
The base component that unites all Yokkerau is a shell pair (or possibly triplet) of an eyeke weroiki. Elements that differentiate Yokkerau vary by society, culture, and income but usually involve platinum-group metals: gold, palladium, and similar non-corrosive metals. Elements range from simple jewelry to helmets and claws. Silk string is used to tie the components together, though some have been known to get away with powdered twine. For those who are serious about making their costumes rather than merely showing off their wealth, lime mortar or cement was used as an abler fastener.
Tools
Because of the rarity of the costume, no standard manufacturing process or tools exist. However, certain tools would never be used in the assembly of a Yokkerau. Hammers, mallets, and similar tools of blunt force could just as easily crack the weroiki shell as fasten a nail to the structure, so none were used in development. Rather, drills and other whittling tools were used to form holes into the shells and, since the drills were already available, objects of gold and similar valuable materials. On certain occasions, precious metals were set aside specifically for Yokkerau. If this was the case, small furnaces would be used to melt the reserves down for something more useful.

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Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
17 May, 2021 21:47

Nice article! I like the idea of using big animal shells to make an armour, as well as the idea of covering them in precious metal as a status symbol :D. I also really love the history surrounding the costume and how all the wearers just use it as an excuse to behave terrible XD   I'm wondering about the size and shape of the weroiki shells. Are they spherical or rather flat?   I just have a small remark: I was a bit confused at the beginning of the article about what it was about and so I think it would help if you start the article with a breath description of what your costume element is — I.e. an armour made from big animal shells.   Also this is more of a personal choice, but having either a short description, a tooltip or a mouse-hover snippet for some elements like weroiki would help make sense of what you're talking about without having to click to read another article, which I personally find disruptive and confusing.

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Benjamin B
18 May, 2021 00:15

I'm grateful for your appreciation! My personal interpretation of a weroiki shell is what would happen if the back of a smaller ankylosaurus was a single, solid shell: a little ovular, a little curved, and slightly smaller than a human (the largest going from the neck to the knees). As per your request, I wrote a brief summary at the beginning to explain what the Yokkerau was. I'm not as well-versed in tooltips or mouse-hovers, and most of the subjects highlighted seem too lengthy and tangential to warrant small blips of text. Regardless, I'm glad you liked it, even with such a beautiful article as yours to compare!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
18 May, 2021 06:37

Thanks :D   I like you intro summary - and I forgot to say earlier, but I also love the quote you have, it's a fun one XD   Mouseover snippet, are linked to other articles. To make one you have to go edit the other article. In the "design" tab, you have a box called mouseover snippet. Having a one sentence description there is really helpful and can incite people to click if they want to know more.   To use tooltips, you have to write [ tooltip:The info you want to appear when you put the mouse cursors over the word ]The word you want to appear in the text[ /tolltip ] but without the space next to the brackets.

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18 May, 2021 12:34

Nice read! This is quite the interesting outfit. Love the backstory of the completley bestial parties the socialites were organizing and how they were caught with nets. And a fun quote to go along with it xp Fun article!

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Benjamin B
27 May, 2021 05:40

I'm glad that you like it! I try to put a unique spin on things with each contest. When the costume wears the person more than the reverse, I hope I've reached that metric!

25 May, 2021 20:59

Interesting stuff! I liked how this outfit showed the value these people put on wealth over dignity. The history here was fantastic. And the magpie in me liked how they made it shiny. It would have been nice to have a description of the shells at some point, even just a small one, or a link to an article about the animal it comes from.

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Benjamin B
27 May, 2021 05:45

Thanks! I've posted links to the weroiki and the variant eyeke weroiki in the manufacturing and the raw materials sections respectively. I hope that these displays of bravado distinguish the well-to-do of my world, while still echoing the nihilism that well-to-do humans often have!

3 Jun, 2021 18:22

This is a very interesting outfit! I like the dichotomy of the animalistic nature of the outfit with the fancy rich folk. I like how it went from degrading the nobles to embracing the animalistic nature and tradition of the whole Yokkerau outfit. Is there any particular reason why the shells would not be used as masks? Or was that just something the nobility decided arbitrarily with the shells?

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Benjamin B
5 Jun, 2021 00:20

For the most part, with a few rare exceptions, shells are too large to be worn on most heads, with the exceptions of the exceptionally arrogant! Further, while small string-sized holes might go unnoticed, large eyeball-sized holes would damage or crack the shells beyond repair, depriving the shell of its value and the wearer of its pride. I'm glad you like the themes behind the Yokkerau!