Shanata

Knowledge Level: 
3 - Very common, noble born children are taught this during classes.
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Energetic
Wise
Shun technology
Territorial
Darwanistic
Druidic
Skin Colour: 
Pink, light brown
  • Shanata are the intelligent hunters of the forests. They live both in Midgard and Asgard forests. The plural of Shanata is Shanata.
  • Average time of life: 50 years, but Shanata can "reset" their life cycle by living fused with a tree for half a year. They can do this 8 times on average but they lose more wisdom every time, slowly turning into savages with each passing cycle.

Shanata Life Cycle

Shanata live for roughly 50 years but can reset there lifespan by living under a tree for half a year. The Shanata digs a hole under the tree and buries him or herself in it. Once closed off and safe The Shanata will connect with the roots of the tree for life support. During the 6 months under ground the Shanata will form a cocoon out if its old skin and fur. Slowly all cells inside its body will start to create a huge amount of stem-cells that will replace most other cells in the body. The cells with the most entropy in it will be discarded in to the walls of the cocoon. A Shanata can rejuvenate its whole body except for its bones and brain-cells. Going through this cycle is very stress full for the body of a Shanata. The brain cells will also die out about twice as fast during the cycle.

Shanata that have lived trough 4 or 5 of these cycles get increasingly asocial and dumb. They are mainly used as shock troops and are always warriors. Most Shanta who have gone through their 7th cycle will start to behave as wild predatory animals. Other races often won't see the difference between these Shanata and other predators who roam the woods. There have been no reports of Shanata having a strong enough body to live trough there 10th cycle. Most of the Shanata die at their 8th or 9th cycle, but even more often before that trough violence.

Shanata Values

The Shanata are energetic and highly territorial, even more so than the Nymph. They shun technology even more than magic and claim that technology is only used to cover up the parts where the races that use it are weak. The precise definition of technology is disputed amongst the different tribes. Some rare tribes even refuse the use weapons and armours, but on the other extreme some shanata only see "machines" (like mills or magical devices) as technology.

The Shanata take care of the forests by cutting down weak or sick trees and letting them rot to feed the strong and healthy threes. They have the same approach towards animals, kill the weak to help the strong. They are very fanatical about evolution and find that "natural" evolution moves to slow to there liking. They will therefore fasten the process of evolution by the means stated above and will kill themselves or drive themselves into danger if they find their body unfit to take care of themselves.

Culture

Shanata culture is even more bent on practicality. They shun anything that is not necessary for survival or gaining might. They do not mourn or bury their dead, they have little emotion and they posses little to no ethics, and no laws at all. For survival reasons however, they almost always respect the laws of other environments.

The mother does nothing to help the children grow up and simply leaves them to die or fend for themselves in a relatively safe part of the forest. No shanata knows his parents.

Love is almost non-existing. Lust in female shanata only surfaces when a female encounters a very strong (strength however is not just physical strength) male, and lust is always present with the males.

The shanata frequently test themselves with self-imposed limitations or challenges.

Shanata do not want to understand the world around them unless it gives them a direct notable higher change of survival and only practice religion when the god or angel or demon in question will give them direct might in return.

Shanata mages only have 2 names, or 3 names at max. Some shanata tribes shun magic and therefor these "mages" only use spiritual magic, within these tribes, magic users are always priests or shamans.

History

Not much of the history of the Shanata is known. But not much has changed either. The shanata have evolved, and therefore become stronger, and adapted themselves. But no other notable changes in the race where reported. Ever.

Diet

Shanata eat everything they can get there hands on and nurtures them. They are not above hunting and killing each other for food unless they gain more by working together and hunting in groups (which is often the case).

Language

Most shanata don't speak unless the venture out from the forests (which they don't do often.). They prefer to communicate trough body language, odour and hand signs. Silence is golden when hunting in groups.

Art, music and literature

There is no shanata art, music or literature.

Physical appearance

Shanata look like elves. They have pointy ears but have broader shoulders, and sometimes have long sharp claws and fangs. Shanata usually have very long wild hair. Long manes cover their neck and their shoulders. Most Shanata have fur to cover their bodies and keep them warm. Shanata who live in the forest are frequently naked. Their fur hair is filled with green forest waste. Twigs, leaves and moss. If the shanata skin is shown, it is often greenly colored by the moss they sleep in. If shanata venture out from the forest, they sometimes buy or make a pair of pants and cover their breasts because of the emotional stigma attached to the naked body by the other races.

When a Shanata fuses with a tree to reset the life cycle his skin will thicken and the claws and fangs will grow. Making them look more like wild animals with each passing cycle. After a Shanata has fused with a tree it will loose its fur for a period of time. The climate of their habitat determines the time it takes for the fur to regrow. Most Shanata are forced to wear clothing during this period.