A rite of passage for the Mantis-folk.
The Chrysalis Rite is the sub-adulthood initiation ritual of the Mantis-Folk. The ritual marks the passage from larva to a thinking being of the tribe, and is conducted when a larval Mantis-folk emerges from its chrysalis in their nymph form. Since the Mantis-folk are tribal, there is significant variation between tribes in this ritual, but there are more commonalities than differences; at least, from a humanoid perspective.
Mantis-folk biology almost demands a momentous celebration when they transition from larva to nymph, since the larva enters a chrysalis and makes a dramatic transformation. Part of this is likely fueled by the high attrition among Mantis-folk larvae. If a Mantis has survived to metamorphose, they are much more likely to make it to adulthood. Part of it is also likely fueled by the fact that a larval Mantis is not entirely sentient, because they lack the necessary nervous system to develop coherent thought in the same way.
Once all the nymphs of a particular clutch have emerged, which could take several days to complete, a feast and celebration ensues. At the culmination of the feast, and only once the new carapaces of the nymphs have fully dried, the tribal mystics etch the symbols of the tribe into their carapaces. These designs are unique to each tribe, incorporating elaborate geometric patterns and colourful dyes. Some of those patterns are made by unique bioluminescent dyes. This process will have to be repeated again through each successive molt between nymph and full adulthood. Once this has been accomplished, the tribe begins its seasonal migratory route, and leaves the relative safely of the nursery.
Components and tools
Acidic solution for etching carapaces, dyes for designs, feasting offerings
The mystics of the tribe conduct and organize the ceremonies, and are responsible for etching the carapaces of the nymphs. The best musicians of the tribe are responsible for leading and coordinating the music. The parents of the nymphs also have a prominent role.
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The Wyrd West Chronicles
Generic article | Jun 7, 2021
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