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Dhamashi
Posted: Posted September 14th, 2017 by bbbourq
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Dhamashi
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Introduction

Dhamashi is a circumbinary planet which has two natural satellites. The planet has three major land masses: Kashti, Lamona, and Mashonu. For this section, I will start with the continent Lamona.

  • Lamona
  • Introduction

    Lamona is the only landmass that has a bridge to the north pole. This is where the Kalanune (lit: people) are situated. The are near the southern region of Lamona. To the north is the forest and to the west is the coastal mountains in which Molhi Dharakhi, Great Mountain, is located. Molhi Dharakhi is a religiously significant landmark for the Kalanune. It is the location of their deity Lor, from which all life is said to originate.

  • Language

    The language of the Kalanune is called Lortho (pronounced LORT-hoe or ['loɾ.tʰo]). It is an agglutinating language which means that all changes to words are formed by adding affixes (prefixes, infixes, and/or suffixes). More about Lortho can be found here.

  • Fauna

    The fauna of Lamona is quite diverse; however, little is known other than a few species. Two of the apex predators are described below.


  • Toshani

    Introduction

    The toshani is one of the most well-known and most feared of the large predatory animals. It lives within the rocks and boulders at the base of the mountains at the edge of the Great Desert, Molhadhi Pashinalo (lit: Ocean of Sand). Sightings of the toshani are rare and few who have had the unfortunate encounter of this animal have lived to tell about it.

    Description

    The toshani is a six-legged, diurnal reptile which resembles something you would expect to see if a Spinosaurus and a Mosasaurus had offspring, just a little smaller. The largest animal described was approximately 30 to 40 feet in length (a system of measurement has yet to be created). The head is nearly a quarter of its body length. Its teeth are knife-shaped to tear through flesh and bone with ease and has the crushing power equal or greater than that of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. With its six legs, it is very agile and can climb up, down, and around rocks at astonishing speed. Its legs are sprawled, much like that of a crocodile giving it the ability to stay low to the terrain. Its outer skin is scaly and armored and has a pattern of red, orange, and tan pastel colors giving it the perfect camouflage for the rocky terrain. If it were compared to a creature on Earth, one might consider it to be [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/]'[/url] cousin.

  • Badu

    Introduction

    The badu is another predatory creature which lives within the deep forest of the central part of Lamona. The badu is a pack animal and has similar behavior we see in wolves.

    Description

    The badu is a hoofed, diurnal, predatory animal that resembles something you would expect to see if a warthog and a wolf had offspring. The badu is about the same size as a bull moose and its legs are similar in length. It has short fur and the colors are very dark which makes it easy to mistake it for wet stone in the dense forest. The legs are black and the body is a charcoal grey. The badu has a black mane, similar to what you see on a mustang stallion. Since it has hooves, the badu must rely on its pack to help hunt and kill their prey. In other words, if you see one badu, chances are there are about five to ten more in the area, depending on the needs of the pack. Its teeth and jaws have developed a similar structure to a wolf; however, the mandibular fangs are long, protruding from the top lip making its snarl quite ferocious. Its tail is short in comparison to its body length; however still long enough to provide balance when needed.


  • Flora

    The flora of Lamona is also as diverse as Earth. As each plant with any kind of significance (cultural or otherwise) is discovered, this post will be updated.

  • Kansapune (Trees)

  • Neilanu (plural neilanune)

    Description:

    The neilanu is a large evergreen tree which grows to approximately 65 to 100 ft (20 - 30 m) tall and has a circumference of about 40 ft (12.7 ft in diameter). The tree is dioecious, meaning that there are male and female trees. The leaves are long needles that reach lengths of up to 12 in which gives the tree a likeness to a weeping willow. The bark is medium rough and is a dark brown and grey color. The trees are very old, the oldest reaching the age of approximately 3,000 Earth years.

    The trunks of the neilanu exhibit extensive deformations due to weather, animals, and growth. Many trees have multiple burls giving the illusion of faces in the moonlit night. These "faces" are believed to be those of the ancestors and therefore the trees have deep cultural significance to the kalanune.





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    I like the look of the neilanu tree. Tell us more about the significance it plays in local cultures!

    Posted October 2nd, 2017 by elemtilas
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  • Flora

    The flora of Lamona is also as diverse as Earth. As each plant with any kind of significance (cultural or otherwise) is discovered, this post will be updated.

  • Kansapune (Trees)

  • Neilanu (plural neilanune)

    Description (continued):

    For the kalanune, it is extremely important that these trees are protected and respected. Since they embody the physical representations of their ancestors, any malicious act against these revered organisms is taboo and punishable by banishment to the toshani territory at the base of the mountains. There is no record of anyone surviving this punishment, therefore the kalanune view this punishment as certain death.

    Any member of the kalanune can visit these trees (read: their ancestors); however, before they are able to do so they must endure a vetting process that convinces the Guardians[color=#4040FF]* that the visit is genuine and in good faith.

    [color=#4040FF]* This remains to be explained




  • Posted October 13th, 2017 by bbbourq
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    Lamona

  • Fauna (continued)

  • Nuphi

  • Introduction

    The nuphi (IPA: [ˈnu.pʰi]) is a carnivorous animal that lives in the forest (kansaptha). It primarily hunts and feasts on mole-like creatures that live underground near the roots of trees. It is a solitary animal and is often quite skittish, leaving the existence of the creature to the imagination.

  • Description

    The nuphi is a mammal that most closely resembles the now extinct gymnure, Deinogalerix. It is a carnivore and it primarily digs at the roots of trees to get at its meal. The nuphi can grow to the approximate size of a full-grown German Shepherd. The nuphi is a formidable animal and can be quite dangerous to the kalanune if it feels threatened; however, due to its solitary life the kalanune rarely see this animal in person. There is an amusing set-back: because of its voracious appetite to these mole-like creatures, there have been nuphi carcasses found at the base of the neilanu trees. This is due to the immense focus and complete disregard to their surroundings once it finds its most wanted food at the base of these trees. One of the defense mechanisms of the neilanu is to quickly close its bark and roots on the intruder, many times trapping only its head, leaving the rest of the body exposed to the elements and other animals. Often the nuphi starves to death and attracts scavengers and insects to devour the remnants; however, it has been known to be eaten alive by other opportunistic carnivores, especially during times of food scarcity due to times of drought or other weather phenomena. Because of this occurrence, to call someone a "nuphi" is considered derogatory as it points out a person's misfortune.

  • Posted December 21st, 2017 by bbbourq
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    A Glimpse into the Discovery of Lortho


    I look at the development of Lortho and the culture surrounding it as a discovery. My view is that each word created is another step to cracking the code and the ultimate full translation of Lortho's lexicon and cultural significance.

    Case and point: I discovered the neilanu trees and described that they tend to have many burls. At the time, I did not understand whence these burls developed; however, after discovering the nuphi, I inadvertently also discovered a defense mechanism of this old tree. The tree closes its bark on an intruder which, in this case, was the nuphi. Then it dawned on me: the burls are caused by whichever animal had the misfortune of succumbing to this rather abrupt demise. Therefore, the burls have some sort of resemblance to faces of animals or, as the kalanune see it: their ancestors.

    Now this leads to another investigation: how many kalanune have been trapped in these trees and why?

    Posted December 21st, 2017 by bbbourq
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    .... discovery ....

    Good attitude!
    :headbang:

    Posted December 22nd, 2017 by chiarizio
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    Good attitude!
    :headbang:

    Thank you! I think it is important to make that distinction. Besides, not only does it draw others to my work, it also keeps me motivated to make new discoveries!

    Posted December 24th, 2017 by bbbourq
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    I'm looking forward to more!

    Posted December 25th, 2017 by chiarizio
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    Lamona

  • Fauna (continued)

  • Makashi

  • Introduction

    The makashi [mɑ.ˈkɑ.ʃi] is a nocturnal serpent which lives in the deserts of Lamona. It hides in the sand and is an opportunistic hunter, much like a spider.

  • Description

    The makashi most closely resembles the look and locomotion of a sidewinder rattlesnake. It grows no longer than about 5 ft long and has a long, slender snout. It hides in the sand during the day to avoid the heat. At night, the makashi positions its snout to the edge of the sand from which a long tongue with tiny tentacles darts out and ensnares unsuspecting prey and then darts back down into its mouth to devour the animal. Its main food source is insects.

    The makashi has two different defense mechanisms which work in tandem with each other:

  • Escape. When threatened or too close for comfort, the makashi violently shakes its body out of its sandy camouflage and moves just like a sidewinder until it feels far enough and buries itself in the sand again.

  • Sting. The tail has a ring of quills, which look similar to the quills of a porcupine. It whips its tail out towards the danger as it shakes itself out of the sand, ejecting a few quills at a time often striking the face of the predator. The quills are coated with a venom that causes intense pain immediately upon impact and gives the makashi enough time to escape while the predator stops dead in its tracks. The venom is not deadly, but due to the immense pain it causes the makashi has few natural enemies.





  • Posted January 13th, 2018 by bbbourq
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    makashi [mɑ.ˈkɑ.ʃi]


    I do like the look of that script! I'm guessing you made the quill yourself? Neat anyway!

    And about discovery vs creation, you and I share that particular perspective. I definitely view the revelation of The World in terms of discovery rather than conscious building. Ideas just make themselves known, and it's just for me to write em all down! Or draw them as the case may be.

    Posted January 14th, 2018 by elemtilas
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    I do like the look of that script! I'm guessing you made the quill yourself? Neat anyway!

    The "quill" about which you speak is actually a qalam. It is a pen made from a reed normally used for Arabic calligraphy. Alas, I did not make this myself; I had a qalam maker carve it for me. All I needed to do was make the split at the end to hold the ink.

    ... Ideas just make themselves known...

    I could not have said it better myself.

    Posted January 14th, 2018 by bbbourq
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