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Modern Times, Culture, Lifestyles and Appearances

Post by Raeta on Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:59 pm

The Modern Era

As life continued elsewhere in Sliinkaa, with progress in technology and life among other races, the Murihnam had slowly caught up with the times, but even as their ships sailed and went into trade routes with other nations across Sliinkaa, they became two very isolated nations. They had very little trust in humarans and other anthropomorphic species that lived on Sliinkaa. The xenophobic nature of the Murihnam was strong to the point that it was rare to ever find another sentient species in Nolnare or Solnase. Even when they were abroad it was seldom to even find them in relations with anyone but their own kind. This often resulted them being viewed as very unfriendly to anyone that was not a Murihnam, and anyone that was of bi-species of Murihnam and another race was often looked down upon greatly, considering the parents to even lack self-respect and pride as a Murihnam. Even if that was the case, in modern era their populations had gotten larger, which lead to population increase, they had to expand and even start living elsewhere in the world. Their beliefs still strong, but those that lived among other races most of their lives were generally more friendly compared to a native from Solnase and Nolnare.

Despite what could be defined as harmony in the two continents, their tensions did turn elsewhere and have looked at the world with wary eyes. Some of what they distrust the most were the Lupinossai and the Humarans. They knew of the Silver Council and knew that the humarans created the Lupinossai as a means for wars. Given that Lupinoss was located directly to the south of the Murihnam caused them great concern. They would make as little contact as they could with the Lupinossai, as well as staying prepared for a possible war with them. Given the Lupinossai were a race that actively used what they called “magic” and had extraordinarily powerful people among their population, it gave them even more reason to despise the Lupinossai race as a whole. This even lead to the Murihnam to research and progress their technology as quickly as possible to put them on an even playing field with the Lupinossai and the world, and to study their Flair and Kindling as effectively as they could if they ever wanted to stand a chance in a war.

Aside from extended tensions, many old traditions and celebrations continued to the current time, but new ones were also created to remember all the hardships their people have been through to be where they are now. Tensions still remain rough between Nolnare and Solnase, but never did another war break out. Instead, they have relied on special events and celebrations to ease the tension between the two nations. It was proven very effective to be a means to an end rather than another genocide of their race.

As for actual life in the Murihnam continents in the modern era,their lives had relatively stabilized and become what could be considered normal if compared to their past. Slavery was to a minimum as was violent aggressions. They lived in ordinary homes, had work schedules, families, bustling economies, markets, corporations and small businesses, sport events and more. Life was becoming far better than ever before, even if some negative social behaviors still lingered, which likely was more than off-putting to other races in the modern era.

Current life and cultures

The Murihnare and Murihnase have a some things in common, but at times live their lives very differently as well. The major differences were often in special celebrations involving their own nations and their war efforts, as well as their lifestyles, social behavior and how their governments functioned.

The common traits, culture and behavior

Life Expectancy, Growth and Breeding – Murihnam grow unusually fast compared to most species, given they were designed to be rapid breeders for constant, cheap workforce and in massive numbers. The period in which a pregnancy lasts is commonly 4 to 5 months. By the time a Murihnam is of the age of 8-10, they are considered near adults as far as body maturation is considered. This means around this age they are capable of breeding. Their bodies will often finish fully grown by the time that are around 14 years old. They are known to be quick learners, but their mental capacities still require time to fully develop, which often leads towards the 30s. This leads to a problem that their bodies mature faster than their minds, and may have resulted in their frequent irrational past, as well as their social problems. As Murihnam reaches towards their age of 30s and 40s, this is considered their prime age. They are at full mental capacity as well as body health.

Unfortunately, their body begins to degrade severely by the time they are in their 50s. The imbalance of how their bodies grow leads to severe genetic defects, and often by the time they're in their 60s they are often blind, deaf, mute, unable to walk and even result in paralysis. This comes as no surprise as they were not designed for a luxurious, long life like most species and their genetics are unable to support long extended life, since the previous expectancy of them was much shorter when the humarans developed them.

Kindling and Flair - As the history would discuss, the Murihnam decided to use the terminology of Kindling and Flair to describe the alterations to their bodies after being effected by the toxins in the water in the Central Sea.

The Murihnare of Nolnare, are those that have Flair. The term Flair can be interchanged with terms such as Magic, Powers, Abilities and more. It is known as Flair due to lack of knowledge of what magic was at the time as well as it is seen very differently in their eyes than the rest of the world. Flair is the power that the individual may have, although it is noted that no one can simply learn Flair and practice it. This is a complete attack and alteration to the genetics inside the people themselves. The genetics will allow people to only have certain types of Flair, or none at all. Yo either have it or you don't. What type of flair the individual has is what they are destined to stay with. It is extremely rare that an individual may be capable of more than one Flair type.

As for Kindling, this is specific to the Murihnase of Solnase. It is basically a fuel in which Flairs must have in their bodies to be capable of using their powers. After they run out of Kindling in their body then they are incapable of continuing any use of their power. It is essentially a chemical and nutrient the Flair's body requires to function, but their bodies cannot reproduce. The Murihnase though are able to create Kindling within their bodies after being affected by the toxins in the central sea, which leads to the description of the different types of Kindling. There are three forms of Kindling in the modern era. Raw Kindling, Natural Kindling and Processed Kindling. Raw Kindling is what the oil and toxens in the Central Sea are referred to. This is the required toxins for the Eye of the Sea ceremony for people to gain their abilities of Kindling and Flair. Natural Kindling is what the Murihnase are able to create in their body. This chemical is within their very bloodstreams and often their blood is drawn out for the Natural Kindling they produce. It can be used as is or processed into something further. This leads to the last type of known as Processed Kindling. After Raw and Natural Kindling is taken (almost all cases are the latter in modern times.) they are taken to a facility where it is processed to filter out the blood for the purest possible Kindling. Processed Kindling is far more effective and can be injected or ingested in smaller doses for higher efficiency for those with Flair.

It should be noted that Processed Kindling is even a commercial product and can be bought with money. Kindling and Flair is very ingrained part in the Murihnare and Murihnase life.

Eye of the Sea Ceremony – This ceremony is very important to the Murihnam entirely. Whether it's from those in Solnase or Nolnare, they take odd pride in being able to be a part of the Eye of the Sea Ceremony. While the start of the ceremony in history was of horrid events and the violence it later caused, it now stands as part of the very culture that Murihnam live on. The major common ground the Murihnase and Murihnare have in the ceremony is they take the young, generally those of about age 8, when their bodies are well enough matured and they are thrown off the ships and into the Raw Kindling. This is generally to have them acquire the Flair or the ability to produce Natural Kindling. The even happens four times a year, at the same times each year. But there were slight variations in how they went about this ceremony.

Murihnares from Nolnare were much more aggressive in their methods. When people were thrown overboard they were not assisted in any way. This often leads to some drowning if they're unable to swim or stay above the surface due to the thick Raw Kindling. Those that are strong enough generally swim back to the boats and climb back up. The second task is if those in the ceremony survive the mutations. Generally, they are often killed due to the severe body changes that often killing their internal organs. But those that live will get to live on freely with their newly acquired Flair. In the chance someone lives and gains no alteration, then it is viewed as an embarrassment and even a shame on the family they live with. It should be noted that this is a required ceremony in the Nolnare culture.

Murihnase from Solnase take separate ships or boats from the Murihnare so there is no conflict. Instead of throwing those participating in the ceremony overboard, they let them dive into the water themselves. They are often more likely to save anyone drowning if possible. And when all are brought back on board they are most often cared for and helped with any difficulties they may face. Any that return to the ship and never gain the ability to create Natural Kindling in their body are left to live a normal life. They are neither shamed nor exiled for their inability to create Kindling. The Eye of the Sea Ceremony is not required in the Solnase culture, but most go through with it anyways.

Outcasts - There are seldom cases where a Murihnase may gain Flair and a Murinare gains Kindling. There are agreements with both nations that those with Flair and Kindling may voluntarily leave to go live in the other nation, but if they choose not to associate with those of similar abilities then they are subject to possible hardships when living among those with the opposite of their abilities. This does at times result in public shunning and not wanting to associate with the Outcasts and this causes them problems in being able to live normally in their culture. Those that do go to associate with those of similar abilities are often subject to major culture shock and often find it difficult to live with the opposite nation. Both scenarios have often resulted in either death from those that hate them, suicide from being able to cope and even leaving homeland to go far elsewhere in Sliinkaa where they may be accepted.

Non-Native and the Ceremony – Those that are not native of either Murihnam continent are not obligated to take part of the Eye of the Sea ceremony. These Murihnam generally do not take part in the scenario and often go on to live normal lives. However, those that do are free to join the ceremony whenever they wish and afterward they are obligated to return home or live in the more appropriate place in Nolnase or Solnase as they desire. They are also not obligated to the more strict culture of how either side participates in the ceremony. In the chances they do go to live among the natives, it's often viewed as the “right choice” among their standards. If they don't go to live with them then it does not matter as they'll likely never see them again.

Native vs Non-native Murihnam – There is one large social difference between a Native and Non-native murihnam. While they do not mind each other personally, it's how they interact with other races. Native Murihnam often have an extreme dislike of other races and do not like to associate with them. This often leads to them not leaving their homeland due to distrust of the outside world. Non-native Murihnam are those that come from families that were either brave enough to venture out into the world or came from families that were still under humaran control that never lived in Solnase or Nolnare. These are often more friendly and are willing to communicate and associate with other races and visit other lands. Their numbers are very small compared to Native Murihnam, though, so they're less often seen.

Naming Structures – The Murihnam in general use a first and last name. This was something that stayed with them ever since the humarans had ruled over their people and has become a part of their culture. Although, their names are pronounced and written differently than the average humaran name. They had taken a liking to apostrophes and hard pronunciations around those apostrophes. While pronunciations of all the letters were often based on English, it was at least the apostrophes that were enough for them to set a difference. For the most part, a form of English is their main language, due to close relations with the humarans and it being the only language they were ever taught and able to function with. As for examples with apostrophes and pronunciation, the name Rane'Isa E'Taisa is a good example of how they sound out their names. It is pronounced Ray-een (as in Rain) Ee-sah and last name is 'ee' 'tay-sah'. It should also be noted that they also took habit of English pronunciations that some letters may often take on different, multiple sounds and often at times ignore some rules of sounds. So never be surprised if their names are oddly spelled and sound odd at the same time. This is no doubt the result of their troubles of their mentality when growing up and trying to understand while having a very rocky and unstable culture.

Murihnare cultural and life differences:

Relationships and breeding – In the Murihnare culture, relationships with others is often viewed as a very disconnected or even overly aggressive form of partnership with others. While love is not void from these people, they often indulge in themselves to take who they desire. This often ends up in a form of spouse-enslavement situation where the aggressor may even use their Flair or another method to even brand their mate.

In other cases, the disconnected forms of relationships are often when individuals often choose someone they like and often mate with them, many times by force which those outside their culture could even be viewed as unwanted and forced. This form of relationship often leads to single parents (often single mothers) to be left with children, only for that spouse to come back for them for more, while also having no obligation to remain with that mate.

The latter most often results in the mother or father (whomever is stuck with the children). Instead of carrying this burden, it is not uncommon that they give up their children to the System of Nolnare, who then takes the children, places them in orphanages to later be used as a workforce and indoctrinate them with their own form of education to continue and enforce their cultures and beliefs more easily. System of Nolnare also uses these unwanted children to grow up and continue this lifestyle, essentially keeping SoN in permanent control.

There is no limit to the amount of breeding that goes on in the Murihnare life and it often starts as early as possible among their people. Breeding is also important in their life due to very short lifespans and the mortality rate of new births is high. The odds of a child dying is often 1 out of 3. So even when having a litter of 8 children, some of them are most likely to die. Infertility is also a problem among the Murihnare due to the major defects the Raw Kindling has caused with their bodies. All of this leads to what may often be as excessive breeding by some standards, but to not do this means the death of their population.

Lifespan, life and death – Life for a Murihnare is extremely short. Due to their constant use of Flair and their bodies being genetically altered in unnatural ways and being poisoned by Raw Kindling, the average lifespan of Murihnare is approximately 37 years. This nearly half of what a very normal Murihnam lives. Those that rarely use their Flair, but are still poisoned by the Raw Kindling are known to live up to 45 to 50 years. Genetic defects that often happen in their later years are also expedited by the Raw Kindling, making crippling effects happen by the time they are in their late 30s. This means their body's health goes down rapidly before death. Given how common this problem is, the term for this scenario is called the “Collapse”. So, when it is said someone is suffering from Collapse, this means they were literally dying and likely only had a few years at most. Many die within a year due to the rapid downfall.

Given how short life is in the Murihnare, they generally do not waste time by celebrating with special events or holding life as something precious. Instead, they often live life to the fullest. This relates to their aggressive and careless mating behavior to continue life and to enjoy it while they can. When death comes for them, their afterlife is not celebrated either. Death is so common in the Murihnare life that it is treated like a normal circumstance. There is even very little mourning time for the dead. Bodies are generally burned as there is no possible way for them to constantly make graves with the large death rates.

Labor and Education – With short lives and constant need of workforce and educating people to help continue a growing nation, the Murihnare mix both work and education together. By the time oen is of the age of 5, they have already entered the workforce. While they may still be growing, they are big and strong enough to start doing simple and straight forward work, even with their young minds. During this early introduction into the workforce, they learned the skills necessary that they would need later in life to work in more complex jobs and how to survive and adapt to the world. Males, and females that cannot give birth, work more physically demanding jobs. Later in life, females that come of age and are able to have children are taken from physically demanding jobs and put in more social work. In the chance they're in relationship in which the spouse may actually help with the children, then they may be more stay-at-home mothers.

Murihnase cultural and life differences:

Relationships and Breeding – Even if there is no love, care and respect is essential in the Murihnase relationship. In their minds, it is a duty to continue to procreate and keep the Murihnase population from dying out. While there are semi-aggressive relationships, there are also many of consent. The aggressive-like relationships consist of one or more actively going after another and essentially force with intimacy and relations, but doing this often means that the aggressor is willing to be obligated to staying with them and keep raising families and continue to procreate, as well as care for each other. This can lack the aspect of love as mentioned, but it is accepted in their culture due to the fact that it shows responsibility and that people are to left behind to be used. Those that act in the manner of the Murihnare are looked down upon greatly.

Relationships that are of consent follow more normal aspects of doing such behaviors like dates, seeing if each other are compatible and most of all if they can also help each others life to be better. This type of relationship most frequently will involve love, but they can equally exist without such emotion as well. Consensual relationships are often more preferred and show the respect for individual lives. The hardships that the Murihnase have had to stay alive in the civil war created this respect among themselves.

Breeding is very essential in the Murihanse life. With their lifespans being short, although longer than the Murihnare, it is seen that to continue their way of life and to keep a proper population it is encouraged to have as many children as possible. Infertility is also a problem among the Mruhinase, but the chances of their children living are 1 in 6. The Natural Kindling in their bodies does cause infertility as well as some of the death rates, but since it is not an actively used part of their daily lives they generally suffer less from the poison in their bodies. Although, it should be noted those that frequently donate their Kindling often suffer from a brief period of higher infertility, miscarriages and infant deaths after being born. This leads to females donating less in Kindling to help constantly be healthy for breeding purposes.

Lifespan, life and death – Everyday to be alive is a good day to be alive in the eyes of the Murihnase. Multiple times they've experienced directly what it means to be alive and fight for your existence and freedom. To them this makes life precious in a way, despite all it's hardships. Murihnase most commonly live to be up to 60 years old. The poison from the Raw Kindling, and the Natural Kindling in their bodies, shorten their life compared to normal Murihnam. Considering they cannot actively use the energy their body processes in the blood, there's no way for them to actively destroy their average lifespan. Although, they also suffer from the Collapse towards the end of their days. Often by the time they are in their mid 40s, they start to feel crippling effects from the Collapse. Deafness, blindness, seizures and more. Although, given they still often have years ahead of them to live they focus on medicine and treatment to help continue people to live to their last days.

While the Murihnase suffer from the Collapse and large numbers in death, they cremate their dead. The ashes are generally sent back to the family where ceremony and mourning is allowed, and often times ashes are sent back to the Eye of the Sea, where the ashes are dumped into the Raw Kindling. With the longer lives they are allowed to live, though, the Murihnase often get to realize more how precious life is and this leads to their lack of disrespect towards the dead.

Labor and education – The Murhinase have a three phase system for work and education that goes from their youthful to their elderly days. First there are what they call “Early Starter” jobs. These are often menial tasks like cleaning floors, stocking items on shelves and other very small tasks that can be accomplished by just about anyone and do not require much skill and knowledge. These jobs often start at around the age of four years old. During these years that eventually lead into adulthood, they learn skills, responsibilities and how to most importantly work. Once they start entering their teens and early 20s, they are ready academic teachings as their minds are developing and being able to understand more. This is when they learn more complex forms of math, sciences and other need-to-know material that they would not have learned in their basic jobs. They will go into these schools for several years and by the time they are in their late 20s is when they will go back out into the world and be able to work in more sophisticated areas, such as specialized laboratories for research, advanced construction and even becoming the new teachers to replace those that will be aging in another decade. This was their way of handling everyone being part of a community, learning skills and having some purpose in life and having a chance to excel. In their eyes, it is not a form of slavery forcing everyone to work in some way since that is the reason they were all made, but the reason for working and the real rewards skill and training brought is what made the major difference.

Murihnam general appearances:
The Murihnam are not precisely of one shape or type in body and actually encompass a variety of mouse-like species. They have varying genetics in them that allow them to have a variety of gneetics to choose from, thus giving them also capabilities to avoid recirculation of bad genetics that would otherwise be more harmful than the ongoing flaws that already exist in them, allowing the variety in genes to continue to be well spread among breeding.

Fur and eye coloring
The fur that is on their bodies is very short and the most common colors that Murihnam have to fur is generally of dark and light browns, charcoal grays, light grays and in somewhat rare occurrences black and white fur. Fur colors do not really represent anything that may or may not be wrong with them or hint to anything special about them.
(dark and light brown, charcoal grays, light gray, rarely black and white)

Eye coloring is found to be Greens, Yellows and rarely Reds. Parti-color eyes are also common.

Body and weight
Height of Murihnam, regardless of their lifestyles, where they come from or were born, are all around 4ft to 5 ½ ft tall. Their average weight is around 110 to 150lbs. Compared to a humaran, the bodies of the Murihnam are on average to be slightly weaker in strength, even a bit more fragile in comparison with bone structure, but they have large amounts of natural energy and senses that often make up for their weaknesses.


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