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Pek'ins are a not spacefaring, primitive sapient species, currently in some sort of post-tribal age. Pek'ins alongside with all other lifeforms on Miteris, are fruit of a now extinct alien race bringing an unicellular species to the planet.

Biology

Tall birds with long legs and necks, their bright orange and yellow collors blend with the vegetation of their natural habitat, they have vestigial wings with fingers. Their diet is based mostly on fish and smaller birds, but it may include other small creatures; to suit this diet their beaks have adapted a shape optimal for both fishing and stabbing. Pek'ins vocal cords are capable of producing and mimicking many different sounds, they use this to attract and/or distract animals. The fertilization of their eggs occurs externally.

Culture

Pek'ins are religious zealots; they worship their mythological figures out of fear, their natural cowardice makes them susceptible to do silly things to avoid possible dangers. In pek'in calendars, weeks are formed by nine days, each day named after a deity from the concarnatistic religion. Each deity receives their offerings in their respective day, except for the moon goddess, which has her name on the first day of the week. Pek'ins measure years in An and Po; An being before the first arrival of Tala, and Po after.

Pek'in eggs are fertilized externally. When a pek’in hatches from the egg their parents marry. In pek’in society, marriage is a religious union between two pek’ins to facilitate nurturing. The commitment isn't be kept once the hatchling(s) have grown past nurturing age (~5 years and 18 days). After growing past the age of nurturing, the young pek'in is assigned a tutor, who is responsible for the young pek'in until after they are past learning age/ after they're in a chosen career.

They are separetad in southern and northern tribes.

Southern Tribes

  • Located in the orange colored forests pek'ins originated from, the settlements on the south were pek'ins first tribes.
  • The Pek'in writing system was created somewhere in the southern tribes.

Northern Tribes

  • The settlements on the north were developed by pek'ins that had migrated from the original southern tribes.
  • Many of the pek'ins that inhabit the northern tribes were exiled from the main tribes, normally form petty and silly reasons.
  • Domestication is wildly practised amongst the northern settlements.

Homeplanet

Main article: Miteris

Miteris is a hot terrestrial planet, it has most of its surface covered in water, with a single huge landmass; home to pek'ins and many other creatures. Its vegetation has two main colors: blue and orange; the planet is cut in half as the southern hemisphere is dominated by orange plants and the northern by blue ones.

All life on Miteris came from a single unicellular species brought to the planet by an unknown alien race. Eventually, the single species branched, and with time, pek'ins came into existence. Wild, primitive pek'ins are still able to be seen running throughout Miteri's forests, they are taller than modern pek'ins and the males lack yellow feathers.

Religions

A very huge portion of pek'ins are very surpesticious and believe in many unscientific stories. Pek'ins have two main beliefs, divided between north and south tribes. (obs: the religion names are just placeholders)

Concarnatism

  • A religion based around the personification of natural elements as deities.
    • Mostly practised by pek'ins of the south

Tala, deity of the moon, metals and such many things, had banished her nine siblings to the moon. She is said to have been a protector of the pek'ins, coming to check on them every few generations. But as she vanishes, her siblings return from their banishment and terrorize pek'ins, demanding them offerings in return of not bringing natural disasters. The deities are given offerings by believers to this day

Deities (Obs: there are supposed to be nine in total; I need to make two more)

Deity Image Attributes
Tala
Tala
Goddess of the moon and of metals, she imprisoned her siblings into the moon, they were freed from their imprisonment after her disappearance. She is seen as a protector of pek'ins. Pek'ins still wait for her to maybe one day return.
Luxus
Luxus
God of the sun, fire, and heat; he is enormous and the biggest deity, He is said to be able to see with the sun. Most of his offerings consist of fruits and other edible material. He is the twin of Dau, the daylight deity.
Usk
Duskk
Nocturnal deity, it is only seen during the day. It dances in the air, appearing to the observers as only a shadow in the sky. It is the personification of nightfall and the twin of Tala, moon goddess. It is the personification of daylight and the twin of Tala, moon goddess. It is associated with shadows, nightime, the dark, and dusk.
Daw
Dau
Diurnal deity, despite of its association with the day, it only appears at night time. It is the personification of daylight and the twin of Luxus, sun god. It is associated with electricity, daytime, light, and dawn.
Oh-shun
Oh-shun
Ocean god, he is associated with water, storms, and sealife. Oh-shun is also associated with death, war and violence. His offerings consist mostly of remains of deceased sealife.
Urth
Urth
Earth deity, Urth is associated with minerals, stone and mud. Also associated with life, protection and peace. Urth's offerings consist mostly of flowers and plantlife.
Wind
Wind
Wind goddess, associated with clouds, the air, and sand. She is associated with flying animals. Her offerings include feathers and

Bestialism

  • A somewhat recent religion, revolving around haunting mythical beasts that lurk through the world.
    • Practised only by pek'ins born in the north

Millions of creeping beasts roam throught the planet, each with a different gruesome taste in food. These myths originated from the nourthern tribes

Relationships

Pek'ins haven't come in direct contact with many other species, as they are not spacefaring. However, they have come in contact with the other sapient species in their homeplanet.

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