THE DËYMOSÞAN

Average Lifespan:  Naturally between 5 to 7 Tam'nýer—a''n years.
However, due to their lifestyle and their belief about their women, they generally decide to 'take control' of their deaths, either by dying during a raid or being killed ceremoniously. 

Age of Maturity: Unknown


Aging Process:  For the Dëymosþan, aging is a tricksy business. While they may rarely live to have a natural death, they also believe that aging, such as greying hair, thinner skin and frailty are attributed to their women's spirits and living in the proximity of them. In essence, the spirits are wearing their physical beings down to the point that they can take over. This is why ceremonial murder or suicide is typically how they die.

Names:

When it comes to naming their children, it is extremely intensive. While we may know with modern technology and medicine that drinking and smoking is something you shouldn't do while pregnant, the Dëymosþan do the exact opposite; they drink, smoke and get high on purpose. This is because the women channel their spirit, or demon that they house and wait for it to whisper a name. Now this might seem strange as they culturally ply their women with alcohol to calm/tame their demon, but this is exactly why the ritual is to get into such an intoxicated stupor in the first place, because it is believed that whatever word the spirit whispers is their version of crying mercy, meaning that the child is being named after a demon's plea and submission, protecting it from being inhabited or the spirit taking over and wearing the child down in life quickly.

While this ritual may sound like fun, the women actually fast for 3 whole Tam'nýer—a''n Hours - that's 3 days on Earth - and whilst pregnant! You can imagine that they get pretty mouthy, but this is part of them wearing the demon down before imbibing heavily. It is common practice for the woman undergoing the ritual to get sick, but she is also surrounded by loved ones and all the women of the tribe are there to wait on her and support her. The men, however, are kept away from the pregnant woman, and strictly in the service of aiding the other women by means of hunting for food, water and on constant rotating shifts to protect the camp from invaders or if the woman going through the ritual breaks free and cannot 'contain her demon', in which case, in order to protect the tribe, they may kill her. 

Please know that Dëymosþan names can consist of anything, so long as it consists solely of what is in the alphabet of C'ërod and can vary from one word to three, and can be spaced out as three names or jammed all together.

Physical Attributes:

Dëymosþan have many particular and specific attributes that have evolved over the years thanks to their lifestyle out in the desert. Their main physical attribute which helps them, arguably the most, but would require one to be up close and personal to notice, is their eyes. 

 

Unlike most of the races on Tam'nýer—a', (aside from the Zdjętzami),  Dëymosþan have vertical pupils like cats and other predatory animals. Their pupils also dilate and contract as quickly as cats, even mimicking how they contract when a Dëymosþan is excited, tired and based upon the amount of light. That being said, Dëymosþan have great night vision, as it is easier for them to move during the nighttime to avoid the scorching sun. They also have an increased periphery, naturally can hone depth perception and keep track of anything they focus on, permitting them to keep track of fast moving objects. 


Due to all this, it might help to also explain that the average vision for Humans on Earth is 100-200 ft, whereas Dëymosþan can see roughly 3

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times that, averaging at 600-650ft, which again is perfect for their desert living as sand dunes, at the top-end average, tend to be 120 meters (395 ft approx) high.

Moving on from Dëymosþan’s eyes, they also are known to have horns, and tails. However, tails seem less and less among their people and are presumed to be phasing out, and Dëymosþan horns are not as diverse as Nkhya’jran horns; they never have an antler style and seem to have multiple sets of horns that are lower to their skull. Dëymosþan also vary between either having smooth skin, some fur patches, or a light fur all over their body with faint patterns showing through. No matter if a Dëymosþan is smooth skinned or not, they will have fur tufts coming out of their ears, this is to protect their ears from getting clogged up with sand.

The another physical feature the Dëymosþan clearly have are their claws. That’s right, claws. They tend to be about 1-2 inch in length and help with their scavenging and rending of flesh, since at their core, Dëymosþan are scavengers and use everything they come across, be it animals, or people.

The last main physical feature that they have ties in with their eating habits and how their claws are useful, and that's their teeth. Below you can distinguish the differences between a Dëymosþan's teeth and our own;

Human Teeth                                                                          

  • 8 Incisors.                                                                           

  • 4 Canines.

  • 8 Premolars.

  • 12 Molars (including 4 wisdom teeth)

Dëymosþan Teeth:

  • 4 Incisors.

  • 6 Canines (2 top larger than normal, 1 bottom)

  • 10 Premolars

  • 12 Molars (no wisdom teeth)

Diet:

Food in the desert can be a constant struggle. Luckily for the Dëymosþan, scavenging and murder are normal pastimes, making passerby's also a food source, not just the fauna that live in the desert. That being said, Dëymosþan have very hardy stomachs and digestive systems, and can tolerate some meat raw. By no means is this solely like us on Earth who can tolerate some fish raw in things like sushi, but the ability to eat small portions of red meat raw. They can also tolerate shells, not that anyone would want to eat them. 

 

Homes:

Dëymosþan homes are large, wide tents. Changing in size depending on the group size within the tribe, or family size, they also have a communal tent which is the largest, and ultimately belongs to the Chieftain and his family when it is time for the tribe to sleep. The bigger the tent the better too as it provides the women more space to roam when restless, letting the spirits calm by getting some movement in, so the bigger your tent, the more prestige amongst your tribe as well. 

A thing to keep in mind about Dëymosþan homes though is that they are a people that is in multiple tribes scattered throughout Trótskarr, and it is very much a survival of the fittest. That being said, they tend to have raids amongst themselves to vie for better territory in order to raid travelers or have access to water and agriculture.

 

On that note, most tribe settlements tend to put up markers to literally mark their territory and they are sculptures made out of rags that mirror the shape of people. To give you an idea of what this would potentially look like is given to the side of this.

THE ARTS

Traditional Music:

The main instruments of the Dëymosþan peoples are the Bombarde, the Binioù kozh & Ney

The sounds of the Dëymosþan can be heard from long distances, but rest assured that if you hear their instruments, while you might be in the proximity of danger, it is good news, as them playing their instruments tends to be a sign of them relaxing and partaking in camaraderie. The mainly high pitches of their music echoes through the sand dunes of the desert of Trótskarr like voices carry across bodies of water, and the sultry sound of their flutes seem to mimic the way the sands move with the wind.