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Humanoids: Darnuné

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Few even know of the existence of the Darnuné.

17. The Darnuné

Few even know of the existence of the Darnuné.  Dwelling only in a few high mountain top jungles, the Darnuné are the result of divine intervention.  A tribe of primitive humans begged their gods to save them from an erupting volcano.  Their sky-goddess, a feathered serpent, swooped down and brought them to safety on the mountains.  She blessed the tribe with traits of her own likeness, and forbade them to wander out of their new home.  Generations later, they stay obedient to their word.  Darnuné are covered with a layer of fine feathers with bright plumage in greens, reds, blues, and yellows.  They are tall and thin-boned, and prefer to keep their nails long and sharp.  Their faces superficially appear beak-like, with aquiline noses and weak chins, and their eyes are large and inquisitive.  The backs of the arms enjoy a much thicker layer of feathers than the rest of the body; though not true wings, they can ease the descent of a falling Darnuné.  They are critically endangered, with only a few scattered villages worldwide.  Because of their deeply held religious beliefs, they rarely copulate, resulting in a low birth rate.  With their shortened lifespan of about 50 years, their numbers are dwindling rapidly.



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Fear the Gods

       By: manfred

Culture/Religion: based on fear and respect. Gods are very dangerous creatures, sometimes friendly, often not. Temples are the way to make contact with them... if not easier, then at least more concentrated in one place. Were it not for the temples, gods could be running amok among the people. Therefore, mortals have to keep the gods close to temples, entertained and worshipped. It doesn't make the bad ones any friendlier, though (and is no guarantee some won't go on trips now and then). Still, there have to be priests that are hardy men, able to survive the rigours of their position, get a sufficient number of worshippers to make the gods feel important enough, and mediate the contact between mortals and immortals.

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