Design A New World

Welcome to Magdoria, a world in the Andromeda galaxy. Magdoria is one of only seven planets in it's star system, and is the 3rd planet from it's star. Magdoria has a range of climate generally similar to that found on Earth, but with a slightly broader temperature range, and unique geological phenomena resulting from the gravitational effects of it's two moons. The planet also supports a robust diversity of life, including a small population of Tegaro, a sentient species evolved from Dedugi, a bipedal class of creature with characteristics reminiscent of Camelidae. Tegaro live in clans ranging in number from about 30 to 150. Tegaro clans are scattered throughout Magdoria and local culture and lifestyle varies greatly depending on clan affiliation and region.

One of the more intriguing Tegaro cultures are the Meddako branch. The Meddako, which include the Meddaki, Meddar, Meddaro, and Meddari clans, live in caves carved into the sides of vertical sandstone cliffs at altitudes ranging from 80 feet and above. Meddako etch small, flat bottom holes into the sandstone in a staggered pattern up the side of the cliff face, and use these holes to climb to a desired altitude before beginning the arduous process of chiseling the opening to their cave. Sharp granite tools are used to chisel the sandstone, and despite the difficulty of the process, the Meddako have become extremely proficient in carving vast caverns into the sandstone mountains of the Shanoa region. Originally this was done as a means of defense during the clan wars against the Shunuki branch, who are inherently afraid of heights. A peace treaty has long ago been signed and adhered to by both clan branches. Some Meddako cave entrances are as high as 1,200 feet.

The Shunuki branch, which include the Shuneki, Shunuko, Shunero, and Shuneko clans live on the Shu'u islands East of the Shanoa mountains. The Shunuki clans have adopted a technique of using the alert signals of local wildlife to tell when danger is near and what type of threat it is. This is primarily made possible due to the social structure of the Tomo, a meerkat-like species of rodentia, which, like Terran meerkats, post sentries outside their burrows to watch for predators, and also like meerkats, have developed a sophisticated repertoire of vocalizations to alert their clan to specific types of threats and even the range of the threat. The Shunuki have also learned how to train wildlife to trigger traps built to target incoming enemies or predators.

... More to come.

- Chameleon

P.S. I am open to suggestions for plant or animal species.
On the lower West coast of the Western continent lives the Pattaro branch, which include the Pattari, Pattarel, and Pattaric clans. The region along the lower coastline here (called Menguu) is predominantly marsh land, and life here is very difficult due to both the lack of shelter and the frequent tropical storms that bombard the area from the Netuni ocean. The Pattaro have therefore evolved to become a very rugged and hearty people. When tropical storms are seen on the horizon, the Pattaro head inland and begin to burrow into the mud. They bury themselves completely and use the remarkably long and flexible stems of a type of water lily (called Nimi flowers) to breath through. As the waters flood the coast line, they carry up the highly buoyant lily's, which have a dome shaped flower that prevents rain water from entering the stem. For the duration of the storm, these lilies become their lifeline.

The Pattaro live in this harsh and inhospitable environment because they prize the root of a plant that only grows in this region. The Pekumi flower is a carnivorous plant whose red, purple or white bloom (depending on subspecies) resembles that of the Tettal flower, but with one important distinction. The Pekumi flowers petals are lined with tiny fibers that entangle with the hairs on the legs and bodies of pollinating insects. At the end of each day, the petals close and the center of the flower fills with a digestive fluid which is absorbed into the base of the flower. The Pekumi flower is unique also for it's symbiotic relationship with a 4 inch worm called the Peller worm. The root of the Pekumi flower consists of bulbous mass, about 3 inches in diameter, with 4 inch roots sticking out of the sides that resemble the Peller worms.

Peller worms will seek out and latch onto this root bulb and draw nutrients from it as the plant feeds. The protein these worms feed upon is created by the plant to attract and sustain the worms. If the worms sense that the soft soil the plant is in is depleted of nutrients or contaminated, they will wiggle the dirt out from around the roots, and transport the plant along the ground to a more suitable location. For this reason, the Pekumi are also known as walking flowers. These worms also release a chemical into the soil which repels underground pests. The root bulb of the Pekumi plant, once de-wormed and boiled, is the single most prized delicacy on the planet. The Pattaro fiercely protect these plants and the land upon which they grow, and only harvest a few hundred each year, selling most of the harvest for money, which is generally used travel during the winter months. The primary diet of the Pattaro is a bottom feeding fish called the Ch'kimi of which they never seem to tire. Pekumi root is so highly prized that in many cultures, just getting a taste of it is considered a right of passage. Many cultures also believe the plant to have been created specifically for Tegaro by a divine being.

- Chameleon

P.S. Feel free to ask about any creature, plant, region, or culture. I'm happy to elaborate.
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The Menguu coastal region is encompassed on the East by the Tiklomi mountain range which arcs from the center of the Western continent to a coastal point 3000km South, and is home to the Tiklota branch, which include the Tikloti, Tikloto, Tiklomo, and Tiklomi clans, as well as a multitude of smaller 30-50 member clans. The Tiklota are tremendously territorial and are respected as formidable warriors, a reputation earned through great battles against large invading forces throughout history. The Tiklomi mountains are prized territory because whoever controls this territory controls access to the Menguu region and the precious Pekumi flower. The Tiklota have a very strong friendship with the Pattaro and allow passage through the mountains to only a small number of Eastern traders at a time. These traders are usually from the Rikimi branch, who reside in the desert regions East of the Tiklomi mountains.

The Rikimi branch (which include the Rikima, Rikimo, and 20 other clans) are the most traveled of the Tegaro branches, seeking exotic plants from far and wide for their world famous spice blends. The most famous of these blends contains dried Pekumi root, and is called Shau'ma. It is this spice that they use to trade the Tiklota for access to the Menguu coast, it is however a completely different spice blend (called Mu'tia) which they trade the Pattaro for the root itself. The Rikimi and Tiklota were at one time blood enemies, and many of the historic battles spoken of above were to repel the Rikimi. The Tiklota only tolerate passage by the Rikimi through their territory because of their great love for Shau'ma.

- Chameleon
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In the far North amidst the towering ice mounds of the Chatiki region, live the Chatika branch (consisting of the Chatiko, Chatino, and Chatina clans) as well as the Nurica and Nurico clans from the Nurita branch. The Nurica and Nurico clans, who reside on the mountainous Southern edge of the Chatiki region, take cover from the frequent super-blizzards that plague the region by ducking into deep natural limestone caves at the bottom of the mountains. The Chatika, who live near the center of the icepack, have no such luxury. There survival in these harshest of environments depends on a uniquely advanced understanding of natural chemistry, but also upon an evolved tolerance to the cold.

During the summer, the edges of the polar icepack begin to break apart, leaving the polar ice cap as a giant island. During this time it is possible to break through the thinner parts of the ice along the fringe of the Chatika territory. Ice fishing and Mhal (seal-like creatures) hunting happens at a feverish pace, since, come winter, the ice becomes too thick for ice fishing, and the Mahl migrate South. During this time, the Chatika also lower scoops, made of Mahl skulls, attached to extremely long ropes made of sinew deep into holes cut in the ice at specific locations. The sea floor is shallow at these locations and chemicals deposited by nearby underwater steam vents are the target of this scooping exercise. These chemicals are dried in the sun on leather mats and carefully separated by hand.

A specific blend of these mined chemicals, combined with Mahl fat, create an extremely volatile and hot burning liquid called Fi'to (which translates as "Fire-breath"). The Fi'to is packed into the center of hollowed out Mahl bones and carefully ignited using a torch. The result is a sort of narrow, long burning flame thrower, which the Chatika use to rapidly carve out tunnels in the gigantic glacial mounds that dot the landscape. Areas on the surface of the mounds are also partially melted to create a strong shell of ice. Temperatures in the region range from 10 degress Celcius in the summer, to as low as -70 degrees Celcius in the winter (not including wind chill). All food for the winter is gathered during the summer and stored in the ice mounds where they live. Suffice of to say that refrigeration is not an issue.

- Chameleon