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hm so i completely forgot worldanvil exists, so like, if i get enough of my worldbuilding for naduul written up and put it there would anyone be interested if i linked it? as like a handy compendium
ive decided that both linework AND sketching are INFINITELY easier and more tolerable in traditional media than in digital.... linework is literally the worst part of everything but thank god for pens with pointy brush-like tips......... no longer do i die
gift art for my girlfriend of her dragon Tyl on flight rising
two currently established and cleaned up glider racial profiles, Vulturines and Longways. worth noting is that functionally 'glider' refers to their genus, and each flavor of glider is an individual species. all of the glider species at present are closely enough related to interbreed, however, they cannot do so reliably and any offspring produced is infertile.
★ domestication, and also horses
across naduul, you will seldom see a civilization with no domesticated animals. in the och chochoch river valley of the western continent, birthplace of the valleyfolk, you'll see a smattering of goats and sheep, and in the north you'll often find small hogs being led along by the warm-hearts in their travels. domesticated birds and gryphons are also common across the western and eastern continents alike, primarily for meat, though breeds kept for their feathers are kept as well.
of horses, intriguingly, only one species has been domesticated-- the largest species of minor horse, and an extremely social one at that. only seen on the eastern continent, they are kept by gliders, typically by the sedentary societies. they are bred for meat, and are routinely clipped completely to ensure they cannot fly away. other species of minor horse go undomesticated for their skittishness and smaller stature.
there is good reason that only the minor horse has been tamed. major horses are towering and bulky, and though they are flightless they are wholly capable of using their wings for violence. they are often extremely hostile, and their groups are small and temporary, only in the interest of self preservation. most have a single, thick horn sprouting from the top of their head, excellent for goring their opponents during breeding season and any misguided sapient looking to domesticate another species. it is widely accepted that the only difference between the major horse and a god of death is that a god of death has the grace to kill you cleanly.
known for their compassion in spades, the valamin have been named for this most vital trait in almost every language except ones of their own. their names for themselves are numerous and varied, but the most common one, valamin, is often translated into common as 'wandering.'
originally hailing from a comfortable river valley in the western continent, the warm-hearts were driven off by the valleyfolk not too long after the two populations discovered each other. resources may not have been scarce, but they were fiercely defended, and it was significantly easier for the majority to flee to the north and live in snow than to face opponents who had already had significantly more practice in battle. though they'd been displaced, they were quick to adapt, and made quick work of thick-furred residents of the tundras to steal their warmth.
the warm-hearts are extremely sociable amongst themselves, though tend to be wary of outsiders. physical contact plays a significant role in all relationships, highly valued for strengthening bonds and sharing warmth, both of which often being hard to come by in the harsh north. it is considered good practice to greet with hugs.
SUPER mad about magic by the way because im thinking about naduul magic again but the system i had kinda Super Sucks like magic strings? is not the kind of vibe i want? what was i THINKING
i DO really want magic to be part of the world and involved in the cultures and shit but i cant really do that without a system that WORKS ... and im not super sure how to do that now ... :/ but if i do figure out something and spitball out here ill probably do some writing about magic?
the thing is i REALLY dont want to just go "no magic" because fundamentally this project first came around because i wanted to write about civilizations who used magic sensibly to their advantage (instead of having ice wizards in an ice place you have fire wizards in the ice place so they dont freeze to death) in like a way that made sense.. but i just dont know what to do...
dubbed the skadoun in their myriad native tongues and gliders in pidgins and those of other species, these often nomadically-inclined descendants of griffins are known for the cultures among them who migrate frequently across continents and seas. despite this, most of the population remains concentrated on one continent, and there are plenty of sedentary agricultural glider societies.
pigments are very frequently used for body and facepainting throughout various cultural groups, typically as a status symbol of some kind, though specific symbols, meanings, and the circumstances of using bodypaints are unique between cultures and some eschew them entirely in favor of horn carvings or crafted ornamentation. usage of these signifiers is often so specific between cultures that it is widely frowned upon to use the patterns and placements of other groups knowingly, as it is deceptively easy to misuse them.
🍀What’s considered good luck?
This one varies heavily between cultures and subcultures, but I'll generalize this a bit.
A good-luck tradition of nomadic groups, popularized by members of the valamin diaspora, is to bring a shiny or smooth stone with you and switch it out every time you camp for the night. The good luck of a smooth stone, however, is often considered to be cancelled out if you either forget to find a new stone, or if the stone you've been carrying cracks in travel. Details vary frequently depending on who you ask.
Among the lush eastern forests where roaming hunter-gatherer societies thrive, it is often considered a good omen for the season to see birds passing through the area. It is thought to signal a higher concentration of food and resources, but in most societies, killing the birds is either a rejection of the seasonal boon, or marks the beginning of a blight on the region.
In migratory subspecies of skadoun, it is thought to be a favorable sign to settle momentarily where dolphins and other sorts of cetaceans are congregating. These breaks are few, and far between, but are typically necessary to feed. Conversely, it is an ill omen to see a red dawn mid-migration, as typically a red dawn is a harbinger of storms to come.
Sedentary populations of valamin in the far north often consider the sentimental value of an object roughly equivalent to its luck, and keeping such items in dangerous places is simultaneously considered unlucky and frowned upon. This is all because of the weight and value that isolated, far-north valamin put on sentiment and personal bonds.
Random World Building Asks!cjadewyton -
🧜♀️How many sentient/sapient species are there?
⚔️What was the worst war in your world’s history?
🗺Which country(/continent/culture/faction) was your favourite to create?
⭐️What do people think the stars are made of?
🐉Explain a myth or legend that you’re proud of!
🐈Most common pet(s) of the world?
👑What sort of leadership is there? Are there kingdoms, empires, guilds, etc?
📚How does the education system work? (If there is one!)
🕷Are there any common phobias among the people that vary from our own?
🍽What might the average person’s diet look like?
🍼How are children treated?
🏏Name a common game or sport
🎭What do they do for entertainment, usually?
🎼What sort of music is there?
🚗What transport is available?
🌋Have there been any notable natural disasters in the history of your world?
🏩What is their healthcare/hospital system like?
⛪️How many religions are there?
💵Name a currency in your world
🚰Do they have indoor plumbing?
💎Are gemstones valuable?
🔪What sorts of weapons are there?
✉️Do they have a working postal system? How is it run?
🗞How do people learn about current events?
🔌Most common power source? (Electricity/coal/wind/magic/etc)
👓What kind of disability aids are commonly available?
💡Is there lighting in the streets, and what kind is it and how is it powered/maintained?
🎈Do they have balloons? (Or similar?)
👔Describe a common clothing style/fashion
🐓Is livestock common? Is it mostly on farms, or kept by regular households?
🍀What’s considered good luck?
🦠Describe a common illness found in your world
painting for artfight. 7/1/2019, took ~1hr 30min probably? character is Pumpkin, owned by Berserkdoodle.
it's time now to figure out some Bastardry that the bird government could get up to that people would get So Fucking Mad About