A Finiku road-side town of the Soronan desert.
Montore is situated on the Central Rim, north of Edonor and Renate, and is one of the largest cities of the land, second only to Edonor. It is known for its extravagances, for being technologically advanced, with a giant wind-powered cog generating power for the whole of the city. There is talk of the city converting to gas for power, thanks to Beobug. Food stamps are prevalent here, and is the main source of nutrition. Coin was also invented here, to simplify exhanges. Montore is the residence of the Grand Leader Monty.
After the fall of Ministe, some of the surviving Terins created the sanctuary to provide a safe haven for growing sproutlings. It became a seed repository, for all the plants in the Soronan desert.
During the Raids, the Iridi established colonies in far-away camps, used as relief stations for soldiers, but also as temporary camps for captives. These stations were equidistant, getting from one to the next in cover of darkness was possible — a requirement for Iridi soldiers. Most of the camps were evacuated when the raidings ceased, but rumor spread that Bao left two standing. These settlements were built over mines, known for their abundance of chloromyce shroos.
A library in Irideri, consisting of books written by its habitants only, with hand-made books.
Ministe is the Terin capital, once a grand and green place, where every variety of greenery could be found. They were the main exporters of fruits and vegetables, and its habitants often went on long pilgrimages to other cities to help them create green spaces. The pilgrimages and the exports stopped when the Iridi attacked the city, taking all of its workforce to work in the Irideri mines.
One of three cities, built on the back of the Ilk Vol. Volare is also the name of one of the founders of the three cities, the ones who befriended the desert walkers, and that first settled on the Ilk. Lupin and Mago are direct descendants of Volare, which earns them the right to be the Voice of Volare.
The Soronan Desert is a vast desert wildnerness stretching over the Central Rim and the Northern and Southern Plains. It is a continous body of sand which occupies most of the planet.
The Ash Plains is a dead zone, where nothing grows and nothing lives. The land is covered with salt. Terrible storms brew here.
Dorake's passage is a long pass south of the Andenuis Mountain ridge, a pass that has claimed many sandfinners over the years.
A mountaineous ridge, bordered in the south by the Southern Dust Plains, to the NW by Renate, and to the NE by Edonor. On the North end of the Mountain, is the city of Irideri, the realm of the Iridi.
The capital, and only city of the feared Iridi. The city is protected, lying in the mountainous ridge belt of Mount Nui. The city is exposed to light, but connects to numerous passes that lead inside the mountain itself.
A region of flat lands which rims the planet, and where little grows. Many sandfinners travel through here to make quick passages to other areas, since the land has no protrusions, the wind screams by unhindered.
The Rupture, although feared by many, is a place of passing. It is a deep chasm, seemingly infinite, a rip in the ground. The dying, or the sick, accompanied by family, will journey there to take a leap into the Rupture.
A belt of semi-arable land that circles the planet. Most of the water stone wells are situated in this area, others be can found elsewhere but may be further apart and more difficult to locate.
A road-side down in the Soronan desert, inhabited by a handful of Finiku.
Renate is an old refugee town, now the residence of many Aodals that has evolved into a massive tent city. Many sought shelter there after the Iridi Raids of Moera. A famous steel-master resides there.
The birthplace of Orin the tailor, and their grand-mapa Nok. Edonor is a modern city, a fortress, made this way to keep out the Iridi foot soldiers during the raids. It is now inhabited by a mixture of Finiku, Terins and Aodals.
Where the Voice of the Ilk goes to converse with the great carrier, the Ilk. Everyday, the appointed Voice goes to stand by the ear of the beast, as per tradition.
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A sickly Aodal, a refugee who has little hope in the world.
A corpulent leafhound and resident of Zucca's oasis. Waldek is always hungry, but also deceptively wise.
Nono's dependable messenger woth, knows the whole of the land by heart!
A giant, often seen atop a Hyroo named Kit. Not much is known of this being, but it is thought that Uno is very, very ancient.
Etyl is a famous Finiku, grand-mapa of Nono. This Finiku is a sandfinner, known the world over, for having traversed the whole of the land—including the ash plains and Dorake's passage—alone by sandfin.
Klev is the appointed Voice of the Balandri Ilk. A strong and wise Verido.
An Aodal, and cartographer based in Renate. Mapoleon has traveled all around the Sononan desert to map it, and continues to travel as word comes of new constructions, whether it be cities, bridges or any other large structure.
A Finiku, an old acquaintance of Nono. Gree is the captain of Beobug II.
An Iri, servant to Kurono.
The Light of Lights and head of the Iridi people of Irideri. Demeri is a stern leader, feared by all.
Enji is an Iridi and the head guard of the Court of Light.
Renzo is an Iridi and former guard in the Court of Light, now resident of Renate.
Maka is an Aodal and unofficial leader of the city of Renate. A kind person, trusted by all. Maka is a skilled metal-worker, and is mentoring the young Eno.
The young heir to the throne of Irideri. Kurono is hard-headed, and cares little for the tantrums of the Crown of the Realm, Sovereign Demeri.
A Verido, in the running to become Voice of Volare. Lupin is a curious creature, but hates being alone.
A Verido and head of the Volare nursery, responsible for ensuring the sprouts grow healthy, and for making sure that the population on the Ilk is kept in good numbers.
A Terin and resident of Montore. Kuzi has an addiction to Kavava, and has much trouble functionning in the world. Kuzi means well, but doesn't navigate well in this world without the aid of this mind-numbing plant, paralyzed by a lack of purpose in the world.
An Aodal and guard of the city of Montore. Averet longs for bigger things in life, but never makes the effort to move towards that goal and complains of it constantly.
Ence is a Verido and skilled builder, currently sits in the town council.
Lupin's parent, now deceased, was stricken with an impairment that involves a progressive loss of language, behavior and executive functions in the end. Levi's work as Hand of the Ilk, saved Vol from a major parasitical infection many years ago, one that threatened the creature's digestive system.
A Finiku, appreciator of Bonan wine and captain of a sandfin. Grand-sprout of famous sandfinner Etyl.
Levi's parent, the one who built their family home and that helped to create the security system to the Ilk's head, following the death of a Voice who fell after the Ilk stumbled.
A Verido, and sproutling of Pumra, living in the Ilk city of Volare. Rosmus is being trained as a pattern reader, but cares more for pottery nowadays.
A hyroo and friend of Eka, and the one that carries the two travelers across the desert plains.
A hyroo and friend of Uno.
Parent of Mago, and now retired Voice of Volare.
The second monarch of the Iridi, stern but just, this leader thought it necessary to put a stop to the raids, and attempted to make peace with the world, but it was poorly received, given how many were still held captive in the mines. Bao thought it best then, to close the kingdom of Irediri to the world.
A famous Iridi and puzzlemaker, creator of the prism prisons.
Current caretaker of the puzzle museum in Irideri, former collegue of puzzle maker extraordinaire Hori.
Sproutling of Hori, died at a young age.
The first monarch of the Iridi, responsible for the infamous Iridi Raids. This monarch was obssessed with the Chloromyce shroos, this caused the Iridi to become a fighting, cruel nation. Moera renounced the sun entirely, and brought the Iridi people into an age of perpetual darkness.
Armyn's mapa, and Mago's grandmapa. Adel fell from the Ilk's head early as Voice, this loss motivated Laggra, Adel's cousin, to add security lines leading to the head.
Child of Armyn, in the running to become Voice of Volare, and also cousin and best friend to Lupin.
Vol is the short name of the Ilk of Volare.
The eldest in the village, Pumra is the only one who can interpret Verido markings, and assign a new Voice.
A red haired wonder, that Lupin awoke atop a mountain with no name. They now travel together, although there is a lot of mystery around this Eka.
Melanza is a Terin, infinitely kind and generous, known for traveling amongst the three Ilks to give them advice, on how to grow food with limited resources. Melanza also taught them to care for the Ilk, and to keep the population under control.
Orin is a Finiku, child of Nok and grand-mapa of Bou. Orin is a skilled tailor, trained by Nok, both worked in their workshop in Edonor. Orin loves fine thread, and loves to make risque items, using bright colours and complex patterns.
A Finiku and representative of the Great Leader Monty. Dot addresses crowds in Monty's name, and has many plans for the city of Montore.
Grand leader of the city of Montore, revered by many. Monty is a genius and inventor who has propelled Montore to fame, with such inventions as: the great cog and food stamps.
Grand-mapa of Orin, a Finiku, and renowned tailor from the town of Edonor.
A Terin and caretaker of a hidden oasis in the desert. Known by many, Zucca has a reputation for being a grouch. This Terin has much knowledge when it comes to garderning, but is reluctant to share it.
Sprout of Orin, a Finiku that lives in the road-town of Tiputa. Bou is a mechanic, they have a shop in the village and tend to the repairs needed by travelers, and inhabitants of the small city.
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Leafhounds are orange, leaf-tailed and have a set of antennae on their heads. They live amongst Terins, there are less of them now because of the events in Ministe and Suvalba. They guard nurseries and fields of produce, keeping them safe, while checking on their health with their antennae.
A round floating creature, that changes colour depending on its mood. It is orange when normal, red when angry, and yellow when confused. They have a set of tiny wings on their sides, tiny black dots for eyes and a slit for a mouth. They live in small groups, and love sweet grass. If threatened, the creature will throw itself upon an enemy, its skin is like goo and sticks to its victims. The skin can become as hot as hot coals, prolonged exposure can kill.
A creature, feared by all, because of its horrid stink. Pomparu are plump, pale, six-legged creatures, they bear spots over their bodies. They like stinky things, and are drawn to them. The word 'pomparu' is sometimes used as an insult, or used to describe a foul-smelling food , person or object.
The Ilks or The giant walkers of the Soronan desert. These creatures are old, and walk around the planet all year long. Its distinctive features include its long neck, narrow chest, a heavy pointed tail, a carapace and collection of hairs on its throat and shoulders. The coat is generally a shade of dark blue, red and green. There are three Ilk in existence: Otora, Balandri and Volare (named after the three Verido founders). Each Ilk bears a city on its back, its inhabitants are mostly self-sufficient, but rely on outside help to feed the Ilk because of its immense appetite, and size.
To communicate with each other, Ilk produce low-frequency vocalizations at high amplitudes such that they couple with the ground and travel along the surface of the desert. Far away Ilk are able to pick up these seismic signals, these vibrations can be detected by the skin of an Ilk's feet, which relay the resonant vibrations. Their large size permits great propagation range.
Sooty agocets are small agocets that live in the sand, their fins pushing them through grains with ease. Although, they enjoy staying still, their bodies buried while their heads stick out. Their bodies are black, and they're only found in the Ash Plains.
They like to leap out of the sand and to glide to evade sand-dwelling predators, although while in flight, they are weak to avians and reptavians. Because their bodies match the sand, it is difficult for predators to see them from overhead. They eat smaller agocets and tiny organisms hidden in the sand, imperceptible to most.
Passari Tremblers are small, sand-dwelling avians. They've got long, thin bills, which they use to pick food through sand. They have a big, colorful head crest. They are rather skittish creatures. Passari Tremblers are creatures who prefer quiet areas, they stay away from cities and most creatures.
Crested-hirudines are reptavians with a wide range, spanning the entire Soronan Desert. Their head crest is bright red and their body scales are blue, shifting to bright green at the throat. It's recognizable by its quick jerky flight. It is a sociable reptavian, a dozen to many hundred pairs will nest close together. The nests are in tunnels in the sand. Crested-hirudines are very common, they eat almost anything, but they enjoy loobery fruits the most.
Hololomimo are small reptavians without tails, big mouths and red eyes. They have furry yellow and orange bodies and scaly heads. They have a small wing span, permitting them to fly, but they spend most of their time crawling on ceilings and walls. Their thin winged arms are topped with hook-like fingers that permit these sorts of acrobatics. Hololos used to live on nests in mountains, but have adapted to living in constructed city dwellings. They've been sighted in Montore and in Irideri. They primarily feed on shroos.
Imperias are considered to be some of the largest flying reptavians. They have the largest wingspan, which may reach up to 39 mirits. They fly like soaring avians, keeping their wings streched and rarely flapping. They have long, strong beaks, that are narrow and widen at the end. Their body is grey and white, but their heads and beak are yellow and black. They primarily eat cactubs, effectively paralyzing them by clapping their wings. Like Ilk, these creatures are more and more rare.
Shy creatures that like to retreat within their shells, they move very slowly and sleep for most of the day.
Pale insects that like to burrow inside fresh produce, making homes of them. Their presence in the fruit causes them to rot, many farmers despise them for it. They hate lemoni grass, planting some near other produce helps to keep them at bay.
Insects that mimic mosslings, they have curvy antennae, unlike the true mosslings. Unlike the insect that they mimic, they like lemoni grass, and hate mepperpint. This is a relatively new species.
Tiny little insects that burrow into waterstones, they ooze a substance that can be very poisonous.
Messenger woths are sturdy creatures, they fit in the palm of your hand. They have excellent memories, and can travel long distances. Many use them as a means of sending messages to other cities. They can carry items many times their own weight.
Papilions are tiny fuzzy creatures, that have no visible limbs or features. They travel with the wind and in the hairs of passing habitants of the Soronan desert. It is said that when they find suitable soil, they sink within it and will sprout into Hespers, fabled creatures of old. A famous expression makes use of these creatures: 'having papilions in your throat', means being kept from speaking due to anxiety.
Hespers are very rare, they bloom into existence every hundred years, but most never see them. They are large winged creatures with soft plumage, they remain in constant flight, soaring on the wind. It is thought that they have short lives, and that they regress to a polyp stage into the earth, to bloom again at a later time. Hespers are thought to be immortal.
Vennecs are large, humpbacked, furry beasts with thin snouts, large pointy ears and a long slender neck. Their ears are big to better dissipate heat. They are often used to pull heavy carts, because they are very strong and can walk a long time without being hungry or thirsty. Vennec carry water in their humps and store grains in their cheeks.
Hyroos are large creatures with big rounded ears and strong hind legs, they have sand-colored fur, with darker spots on their bodies. Their snouts are large, they can smell and hear things from far away. These beasts are known for being able to run and jump long distances with little effort, they grow in moist environments, although they are thought to be extinct.
Snakadil are reptavians, they slither through the sand. They sleep buried in sand, and are difficult to see and avoid, for this reason, many step on them which angers them. Snakadil will grip onto aggressors, and squeeze until its victim stops squirming, or until it decides it is no longer a threat.
Seshell krabs are pearly white creatures that bear a shell with a face. It is thought that if you do them harm, they will remember your face and chase you to the ends of the deserts. They have a near indestructible shell, it is used to make pottery and other hard materials. The world used to be populated by many of these creatures, changes in weather have caused many to die, but the disintegrated shells have contributed to much goods in the land. The sheshell krab dust helped form a hard membrane around the pearled-up water, thusly preserving the water of the planet near the surface.
Terins are a race of growers and carers, they have green thumbs and can make any garden, and population healthy. Their numbers are fewer these days, given the Iridi raids in Bao's time. They have dark skin, bright eyes dark eye. They have larger foreams and fingers, thick legs and two-toed feet, their physique is strong and permits long hours working the soil, these beings don't tire easily.
Aodals are the most common race in the Soronan desert, they are tall, and have small pointed ears, their skin is brown and their hair comes in a variety of browns and blacks. Their faces are relatively flat, and round, with thin eyes. They live primarily in cities like Montore and Edonor, but are also found in Renate.
Verido are a race of traveling merchants, that reside on the backs of the giant desert walkers. They are divided onto three Ilks, and the coloured patterns on their bodies reflect this. Verido have sand-colored hair, trumpet-like ears that stick out horizontally, they are not short, nor tall, and they enjoy adorning their hair in bodies with colorful trinkets.
The Iridi reside within the protective ridge of Mount Nui in the city of Irideri. They revere the light of the Chloromyce shroos, their very way of life is centred around the harvesting and ingesting of this fungus. Like the chloromyce, they live and operate in the night, and sleep during the day. Ingesting the fungi, have caused the Iridi to become sensitive to light. The entire realm is alit with chloromyce, especially the reigning monarch who wears them.
Finiku are a race of sandfin travelers, or at least, they used to be, many have left their nomadic ways to settle in towns. They are sandfin experts, and know the world, all nooks and crannies of the Soronan desert by heart. They are very short, pot-bellied creatures, with long droopy ears and large wet globulous eyes. Their skin is tan, their faces round and flat. Finiku also have small hands and feet. They love to drink, every household produces their own wine.
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Conks are hard, woody, cave-dwelling shroos. They are found in mountainous areas, and used to make a variety of objects. Conks can also be eaten, but the texture makes it difficult to chew.
Looberry is a fruit with a hard outer shell, once cut open, the sweet fruit inside can be harvested and eaten. It can be grown on the Ilk, and feeds off of the fungi living in the numerous creases of its carapace. The looberries are dried and ground into powder, and used to paint the face during special events and celebrations. The looberry plant is represented on the insignia of the city of Volare, and is widely used as a dye for clothing.
Lemoni lime is used widely as a culinary herb, it has a subtle tang and be dried or powdered, or used fresh. Lemoni lime has antifungal properties and can be administered to the sick in the form of tea.
A type of grass that is hair-like and sweet-tasting. Many creatures have an intense attraction towards them, especially floaters.
A Volare favourite, these root vegetables are small and heart-shaped with cream-colored skin. Their stems are equally as short and topped with a single circular leaf, which is covered in tiny soft hairs. Looma roots become sweeter in flavor when grown in the shade, and develop even more taste when grilled or stewed.
A large purple root vegetable, its skin is covered in scales. The scales can be peeled off, revealing the bright and soft red flesh underneath. Plumpkins can be processed into juice, or fermented to make plumpkin ale.
A Cactub is a nutritious, bulbous root vegetable primarily found in the Northern Plains, where water stones are scarce. Their outer core is hard, and covered in tiny protrusions called 'nubs'. These nubs helps the cactub move in and out of the ground. The flesh is a white colour, and has a markedly higher fat content than other vegetables. It can be made into cactub oil, it has a high smoke point, making it the ideal cooking oil. Cactubs are a Finiku favourite, served sliced on muckwheat bread. They spend most of their time underground, and only emerge at night to gather moisture from the surrounding air. Cactubs are sensititive to loud noises and movements, and they temporarily seize when panicked.
A plant cultivated for its grain-like seeds. These seeds are rich in complex carbohydrates, and can be ground down into flour. It is popular with the Finiku people, made into bread or cooked into stews.
A type of flower, bell-shaped, tall and of a bright yellow colour; very popular with the Verido. It is often uprooted, and offered as a gift during green days and other special events. The bottom part, or 'bowl', contains a fluid of the plant's own production, which is syrupy, and that is used to drown its prey. On green days, water is mixed into the bowl of the plant, and is shared amongsts all who attend the celebrations. When the undiluted fluid is drunk, it becomes a very strong and delibilitating drug.
A tall tree-like plant that thrives in desert conditions. Its trunk is wide and dense and it is often used as a material to build houses and other hard structures. Its top leaves are often used as brooms and to weave baskets and other decorative items.
Yukwood grows quickly in full sun and hot temperatures. It is an excellent shade, drought-resistant tree, able to grow 80 mirits high. It has bright-green foliage with leathery leaves. It produces yellowish puffy flowers in the colder season.
Sandfinners like to use yukwood to build sandfin masts, and interiors. Older sandfins were built out of this wood entirely, but that practice is rare now.
One of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber, but it has fallen out of style in recent years. Sandfinners continue to use it to make their sails, as it is a sturdy material. The plant is large, with thick broad leaves. It can be found in the Central Rim, near waterstone pits.
A purple bulbous flower that is often dried and used in homes to cover bad smells or freshen a room. When the dried and crushed leaves are mixed with a waterstone, the powder thickens into a gel. The gel is often smeared under the nose in situations where a nearby stink is too strong. This plant also leaves a pleasant feeling on the skin.
A starchy tuber, pink on the inside, that becomes nice and soft when cooked.
A leafy plant, tall with a thick stem and hundreds of tiny leaves. It is very hard to grow, it requires much water and attention, and takes years to grow to maturity (the only time when the plant gains its medical properties). It is used to reduce inflammation and can help in healing. It is thought to relax the body. It can be consumed as a tea, but is often made into a poultice when treating wounds.
A type of fungus that emits strong phosphorescent light, it grows in caves, underground where there is no light. It is an object of desire for the Iridi, who have fought wars in its name.
A type of fungus that grows in habited areas, like cities, they even grow on the skin of Ilks. Many residents promote their growth on their own houses, nutshroos like growing on materials like banabo. Banabo often has colonies of this fungus already present, residents do not strip them of the material, they keep them, this assures a constant supply of food.
One of most common grains in the Soronan desert, the cheapest too. It is easy to grow, and requires little attention or water. It is a staple for many of the worlds habitants, and the main food source of the Ilks.
A green plant with a thick stem, and tiny rounded bulbs hanging from the central stem. It is a Finiku favourite, they brew tea with the dried and crushed leaves. It is often consumed with bam cakes, and consuming too much of it is said to make your ears sprout.
Chilabi was a popular ingredient in Aodal cuisine. A hot, pungent condiment that burns the nose, and that is be painful depending on the amount consumed. It is a short, and stout pink rhizome. It is grown on the outskirts of Renate, in a valley with a few yukwood trees. Chilabi grows over waterstone pits, its roots digging deep and latching onto stones. Their roots are strong enough to pierce them. This plant is only ever consumed in Renate, as it loses its pungency not too long after harvest.
Nuni is a starchy tuber with bright yellow flesh, it has a taste and smell that could best be described as being robust. If eaten, it stains the inside of your mouth yellow for a time.
A sweet, and bitter fruit with a thick rind. It has a fragant smell, and can calm the mind. It pairs well with norcorn patties.
A spicy octagonal vegetable, enveloped in a thick black rind. The inside is soft, and can be scooped out with a tool. Bobonion taste just as strong as they smell.
The leafy stalk of the norcorn plant produces inflorescences called nubs that yield bright yellow seeds. This plant is heat tolerant, its root system is deep and reaches deep underground. There are 5-6 seeds per nub, these can be ground up and made into flour to make Soronan Desert favorites like norcorn patties. The entire nubs and their seeds (which are held together by a stalk) can be grilled as is. With enough heat, the seeds explode into bright orange puffs which are eaten as a snack during special events.
There have been events when the environing heat was too hot that an entire norcorn field exploded into puffs, referred to as the 'Puff Event'.
Mapples are heart-shaped fruits with smooth ribbed skin that grow to be the size of a fist. The fruit is a bright orange, but can also be spotted with yellow. The fruit should be peeled if eaten raw, but if braised the skin will soften and thusly be made eatable. Mapples are either very sweet, or very bitter, only those who have experience in picking these fruits known which is which.
An flowery herb that is often infused to make tea. It is a light purple color, the color leeches into the drink.
Licky root is typically grown for its roots, which may have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. This plant grows tall, and has deep roots, which curl deep into hard soils. It is difficult to harvest because of its long roots. Long, skinny, pointed leaves make this plant easy to identify, especially in the warmer months when its feathery red flowers emerge. This plant is very hardy, it grows in high-altitude, like mountains, but also thrives on the back of the Ilk.
Verido people like use the roots to make tea. They scrub them to remove the bitter rind, and soak them in water under the sun for many days. The roots release a dark syrupy liquid that can be drunk as tea. It has a mild relaxing effect and a spicy taste. They too enjoy eating the liquid-soaked roots afterward.
Kavava is a leafy plant, but the roots is what most people choose to use. The roots are harvested, cleaned, dried and broken up into smaller bits and sold. It can be chewed as is, or pounded to a powder and made into a tea, although it loses some of its 'numbing' properties this way. If chewed, kavava numbs the mind and body for many hours, it may also cause some minor hallucinations. Many become addicted to it.
A berry, with soft flesh rich in starch covered with a rind, which may be orange or purple when ripe. The seeds are roasted and brewed for tea, or eaten as a snack. Finiku love to make wine with it. The rind of the berry is used to make plates, and other recipients for cooking.
The Kaba plant has a thick orange trunk, with thousands of stems growing from its sides, each, with a two-headed red flower. These plants have the unique property of growing onto other living beings, like plants or large creatures. They have a symbiotic relationship. A strong alcohol — with numbing properties — is made from the fruit of the Kaba plant
Laniva plants grow almost completely underground, with just a single flower sticking out of the soil. The flower is a bright yellow, and is very sensitive to changes in the environment. It is said that if music is played near a Laniva plant, that the beans will grow to be larger and sweeter. Laniva bean pods develop underground, and each pod can contain up to three beans. These pods are circular, the size of a fist.
Laniva is sweet tasting, the roots can be ground up and used to augment dishes. The beans can be eaten as is, or each bean can be sliced open, its insides scooped out, to be eaten or cooked in savoury dishes.
Waterlillies are small plants with long, and complex root systems that dig deep into the sand to reach far-away sources of moisture. Habitants of the Soronan desert use them to locate waterstone wells, they typically grow overtop of such sites in great numbers.
Because of their ability to find water, they're a common target for thirsty desert travelers. They protect themselves from predators by folding in their petals. The outside of the petals secrete an irritant, used to deter attackers. If ingested, the poison will attack the nervous system and cause generalized paralysis. For a thirsty, dehydrated traveler, laying out in the sun can result in death.
Large avians are well-adapted at hunting them. They beat their wings and cover it in sand to soak up the poison, then break it off its stem with their talons. Only strong avians can manage this.
Waterstones are a liquid essential to life, that is preserved in a hard membrane. The water can be extracted, usually with a water stone press, or a heavy tool. There is also the possibility of putting the stone in the mouth; overtime, liquid will seep from a collection of pores on the water stone's surface. Using this technique can aid to prevent dehydration, especially when traveling long distances in the desert.
The water stones are found in pockets of air underground, some wells may carry as much as thousand stones or as little as a hundred. Waterlillies are used to locate the wells, they typically grow overtop of such sites in great numbers.
Is it thought that the planet originally had no water, and that it came via sky rocks. There are 4 craters: the Lorana crater, the Toko crater, the Norlok crater and the Ratus crater. All of these were once basins full of water. Overtime, the water receded into the soil and began to pearl, a result of the composition of the sand on the planet, which helped to form a hard membrane. Because the planet is mostly sand dunes, some of the craters were partially filled.
Waterstones also double as a way to transport and preserve water for a long long time. The water inside of the membrane is perfectly preserved, and is not affected by the sun. It expands in the warmth and shrinks in the cold.
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One of the moons circling this planet, commonly referred to as the twins.
One of the moons circling this planet, commonly referred to as the twins.
Sky rocks is what the world's habitants call the celestial bodies in the sky.
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A strong wine made from the bonan plant, a starchy berry that grows in the central rim.
An alcohol made from the fruit of the Kaba plant. It is left to steep in sugar water for many months. When drunk, it numbs your mouth and body, it is a very strong intoxicant.
A patch that if applied to the skin ensures good nutrition, it comes in a variety of flavors mimicking real food. It was invented by the grand leader of Montore Monty, and helped to stave off hunger during the Iridi Raids.
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The donmol is a traditional Verido plucked instrument, it has 4 double strings, a long neck and a raised fingerboard. It has a flat back, with the soundholes being triangular-shaped.Listen to the sound of the donmol.
The koutra is a homemade-style plucked instrument, usually made and used by children. It has a small round body, made from the hard outer shell of a looberry plant, and is affixed to the body with braids of isilk. The neck is about a mirit long, and pierces the body. There are two tunable isilk strings.
A strategy game, played with flat blocks of wood with squares of varying quantities painted over one face. The goal of the game is to overpower your opponent, by choosing to bid higher in the start or end of each round.
Renate residents like to play a game called Chilabi Plusa—to mean, chilabi with somethings extra— where each gets an identical dumpling and must eat it in turns. All contain chilabi, but only one of dumplings has 10x the amount, enough to make you cry, sweat or cough. The goal of the game is to hide your discomfort if you get the spicy dumpling, or to pretend you got it when you didn't. It's up to others to guess the truth. Chilabi Plusa is an acting game where the best pretender wins.
A history book written by Aristollo, explaining how the Iridi came to start ingesting chloromyce shroos.
A Montore company that owns 5 large double-masted sandfins, that follow the Ilks to catch their droppings. They use this to turn into gas.
Voices are direct descendants of one of the three founders of the Ilk cities, tasked with speaking with the ilk. It is a traditional role, instated to make sure that the desert giants are content and healthy. Only the Voice can converse with the Ilk, whatever is said is then communicated to the rest of the people.
The Hands of the Ilk, are responsible for directly caring for the Ilk. They physically inspect the creature's body thoroughly, for signs of disease or wounds—no easy task, considering the size of the beast. It is dangerous work, many have fallen and died while on the job.
Those who travel the desert by sandfin, a vessel powered by wind. Sandfinners are typically Finiku people.
Those who master the art of Pattern reading, a Verido tradition. There can only be one Reader per Ilk, a skilled passed down from master to student.
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A vessel for desert travel, that uses wind to propel itself forward. The sandfin is a Finiku invention, in fact, in the old times most were nomadic and traveled the desert in this way. The vessel is flat-bottomed, with twin keels on either side to prevent it from tipping in big weather. A rudder and tiller is affixed to the stern and aids in steering the vessel, although the main way to steer with a sandfin is by means of trimming the sails, kept up with a tall mast. Sandfinners carry a wide variety of sails (made from Hampa), for many strengths of wind. Some sandfins, like the Beobug supply ships, are much larger and can have two or more masts. These also, use other means of propulsion like gas, which they also process and produce onboard.
A fabric made from Ilk hair, very rare, and very sought after. It was popular during the Bao era, but the Verido stopped trading it out in fear that others would seek to harm the Ilk for it. Isilk is used by the Verido for clothing, and is braided into ropes. The hairs are dark, but under the sun comes a hue of red, blue or green.
A term of endearment, used by the sproutling of the bearing parent.
A set of ancestors or line of descent of an important person: the survival of a legitimate royal klorealine.
Klorea is any of several related green pigments found in the cells of beings of the Soronan desert. It allows them to absorb energy from light. Klorealines are important to the Verido and the Iridi.
A young habitant of the Soronan Desert who has lost its leaf, but that is not mature yet.
One that is young, having just recently sprouted out of the ground. Sproutlings usually still have a baby leaf attached to their heads, this falls away within a year or two. This term is sometimes used to refer to ones who are older but still young in the way that they think.
The mirit is a unit of measurement for length in the Soronan desert. The length of a mirit corresponds to the height of Mirit, the shortest Finiku to have ever lived. Thought to have originated in Montore, as people were using Mirit (a stone worker) to measure stones for the great outer wall of the city. Of course, they did this for a laugh, but it was soon adopted in other cities. People made rods of wood or metal with Mirit's height.
Tarka is the name of the sandfin of Eka and Lupin. They salvaged the disowned and damaged vessel on the border of Renate, fixed it up and made it their own.
Iri is the name given to all who serve the Court of Light, every servant shares this name. An Iri has no voice, no opinion and no value to anyone in the Kingdom of Irideri.
Name given to those in Montore who don't have ID. They are considered to not-exist, and cannot enter the city. It is also used as an expression, to refer to those who live alone, outside of communities.
A tradition amongst the Verido people, the Readers of every town can deciper the patterns on the faces of each Verido, and can in turn read their family history.
When Verido sprout into being, their skin patterns are deciphered by the Readers, the resulting combination of characters is the name of the sproutling. When young, the patterns are simpler, they get more complex with age and stop changing once the Verido has reached maturity.
The day that the sproutling was taken from the ground, it is usually celebrated within small closely-knit communities. Many throw elaborate parties, banquets in the honor of the young.
A special event that takes place when a being is ready to die, rarely do beings of the Soronan desert let themselves wilt and expire, most choose to leap from a high place to die at a time of their choosing. For the Verido, Leaping from the Ilk's snout is common practice, for others, many choose to do a pilgrimage to The Rupture in the Southern Dust Plains to do their leap.
All believe that when you make the conscious decision to die and leap, your consciousness separates from your body, it goes skyward while the body plummets to the ground. All people in this world are grown, and so your body falling means it is returning from whence it came. It isn't an end, but a return to normality, closing the cycle.
A difficult time for many, when the Iridi sent out soldiers to various cities to capture workers to work the Irideri mines, to collect chloromyce shroos. This event caused a great imbalance in the world, and nearly killed most of the Terin population.
The day of the year when the residents of Montore celebrate the greatness of their grand leader Monty. On this day, Montorians consume bam cake foodpatches, and gather in the center of town to offer tributes.
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The Common Tongue is the language of trade in the Soronan Desert, spoken by all.
Finic is spoken by the Finiku people.
Aodan is spoken by the Aodal people, but it is a dying language. Most Aodals now speak the Common Tongue, but some older residents of the Soronan Desert still speak it. Aodan stayed with the Iridi longer because of their policy of isolation.
Ilken is a whistled language spoken by the Verido, which are also playable with an instrument. It is used to speak over long distances, and to converse with the ilks. The language was adapted from ilk tongue, which was first deciphered and adapted by Verido founder Balandri.
A, E, I, O, U, Y and H are paired with notes and the rest consist of pauses and elongated notes.
|A Do||B .||L ___||T ....|
|E Re||C _||M .__||U ____|
|I Mi||D ..||N .._||V .___|
|O Fa||F __||P __.||W ..__|
|U Sol||G ._||Q _..||X ___.|
|Y La||J _.||R ._.||Y __..|
|H Si||K ...||S _._||Z .__.|
VOLARE = Fa(.___) Do(___) Re(._.)
VO V(.___) O(Fa)
To create single vowel sounds or words, the syllable is sounded by sliding from Si, toward the target vowel. For instance, to make the sound O, or Ho, the sound will be that of a sliding tone from Si to Fa.
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