Size matters not in the case of a sharp, intelligent, swift Draian. Draians are the most "furrlike" or "humanlike" of the aershaa in their ways, from living in village settings, to their crafting industry, to their omnivorous diets. They have the greatest symbiotic relationship with furrkind as well, participating in their trading industry, exchanging crafts and foods with nearby villages and settlements. Their beliefs and folklore shape their entire society - it would be astounding to find a Draian that doesn't believe in anything, as they are surrounded by tales of gods and adventure right from birth.
Physique & Appearance
Markings & Wings
Draians have the same trait that Ices do, able to have claws of any color in desaturated tones. They say there were impure Stones with Ices in their ancestry among the founding fathers, which may have been the cause.
Normal Landspeed: 10-15mph
Wingless Landspeed: 15-20mph
Flight distance capable: < 3 Miles
Draians are a mixture of Air and Stone breeds of aershaa, and often their offspring re-inherits their ancestors traits. Manes down their backs and spurts of feathers are occasionally found in Draian offspring.
The Draian stature is a dominant gene, and so most, if not all Draian mixes will lose the height of the parent of another breed, either being the short 2 1/2 feet at the back that a Draian is, or somewhere in between the mother and father.
Draians are particularly intelligent and curious, tending to investigate the world around them further instead of taking it at face-value. This doesn't mean they're not religious - the next section will show you that, indeed, they are - instead, they relate their findings to their Great Mother and Her ways. Likewise, they tend to be a very creative breed, going hand-in-hand with their natural ability to use their forepaws as hands.
It's rare that a Draian gets into a conflict, outside of hunting, as they are primarily a peaceful breed. They would rather work out a mutual solution to a problem, or agree to disagree, then waste precious time arguing that they could be studying the world or diving into something more creative.
This being said, Draians are one of the few breeds that will venture into furr society to both trade and study. It is not unheard of for a Draian to be able to read. Writing on the other hand is very infrequent, as they prefer to pass knowledge by word of mouth. Though they may be studious, they're also very social, and the idea is that, if they wrote everything down, what would there be to tell that evening?
Draians have grown acclimated to the warmth and humidity of the tropics, prefering the massive rainforest of Sereven to anywhere else on the Drey. This doesn't mean that they don't exist elsewhere - Draians have also been found wandering the planes of Hassava in Hasseran, and on the rarest of occasions, various forests around the world. They do not do well in cold weather, so Draians living outside of Sereven tend to migrate south to their homeland for the winter, if at all possible.
Culture & Religion
Draians are so named for their love of Mother Draiah, one of the central dieties of the aershaa lore. To the Draians, Mother Draiah is a great spirit who flows through all things. She is the reason flowers bloom and the giver of life to all living creatures, as well as where the life returns once it has finished on the surface. Draiah's domain is, to them, a paradise on a plane deeper than the underdrey, unreachable no matter how far one digs, guarded by Time himself. Time is present in the Draian's beliefs as it is in most Dreyrullian belief systems - He is Draiah's great messenger, carrying the souls of the dead back to the Great Mother and returning the flesh of the lost ones to the energy that flows through all. For this reason, Draians practice burying their dead, so that the flesh can return to the energies that flow through the drey.
Draians do not believe in bonding like other aershaa do. Though they respect the other breeds of aershaa that do hold bonds, they believe that to truly be close to Mother Draiah, she must be their one and only "bond." Instead they run with familiars, serving as their connection to the Great Mother. It is between the first and fifth cycle of age that they have a coming of age journey to find the familiar that will guide them in Mother Draiah's ways. On rare occasions, an individual will have more than one of a single species that choose to follow and guide them. This journey is much like ancient vision quests of Earth, where the individual travels alone and fasts in the wilds until a creature or great vision comes to them and they learn a great lesson. In the case of the Draians, they await and / or seek out a particular creature, one which typically first arrives in the form of dreams. It is when the Draian begins to have "famiil" dreams that they are said to be ready for their journey.
Yes - attire! Draians are the only item-wearing aershaa, decorating themselves in woven vines, beads, feathers, and bones. A Draian who's familiar has passed away will wear sometheir of theirs on their person, such as a bone or feather. A female Draian who has found a mate would have a bright blue feather somewhere on her person, as part of the mating ritual of a male Draian is to present his heart's desire with the best blue feather he can find (much in the way an engagement ring works in the real world.) A second blue feather indicates that they are mated with pups.
A fallen Draian is given a decorative ceremony. Much like the bonedust pyre ceremony of the airs, the fallen one's body is fed to the giant ants of the rainforest, though the ants of Sereven will leave the bones behind. While the rest of the bones remain to be buried by the wild, the skull is removed on the following sun to be elaborately painted, placed in a collective shrine to the dead, a comparatively large mud-hutch near their regular dwellings that house the skulls of the previous fallen. Family and friends will offer the spirits of their food, leaving fruits and meats to sit in the moonlit hours for the dead to feast upon as a final feast before they return to the Great Mother, before feasting on the foods by the next sunrise in their honor, faces painted similarly in the ways the skulls are painted. Likewise, they believe the other spirits of the fallen whom have not moved on in the cycle will return to celebrate with them, carrying their comrade into the afterlife at the sun's highest pique.
Draians do not live in dirt dens or stone caves like other aershaa do. Instead, they build complicated huts of mud, clay, stones, and twigs, weaving them solid with lumivine and other vines as a source of structure and light. Draians tend to live in large villages of their own kind, much like furrs do, cooking their food and spending their days creating and trading craft. Furrs seek out these rare villages specifically for their rare carvings, dried meats, beading, and other unusual goods.
Draians are a souldancing breed. In a mizpup, if Draian is the dominant breed (the body type), they will age as Draians do. If the other parent is the dominant body type, however, they will age as a normal aershaa. Light x Draian mixes are unique in that, no matter which side is the dominant breed, they age like normal aershaa, yet will live to be approximately 100 cycles old.
Uncommon Mates: Water
Incompatible With: Barren
Draians are new to the tame world, called "Terra" or "Terrapups" by most of mankind. They are popular as companions and showla alike, valued for their size and wide variety, as well as their unique dual-type wings. Since Draians have not been exposed to the human world long enough to be raised by hand, adults are only ever captured from the wild, and in most cases, must be erased to be properly tamed. Only pups so far have been successfully raised tame, and it will be many long years to come before they reach adulthood. A Draian's slow rate of growth makes them highly valued as "designer" aershaa, as they are small, young-minded, and entertaining for young, wealthy children.
Draian naming is very similar to Water naming, but not quite the same. They have descriptive tribal names of one or two words, usually covering their appearance or talent.
- White Fang
Until they have reached an age where their personalities and talents begin to blossom, they do not have a name of their own, instead referred to as Son-of-(Father's Name) or Daughter-of-(Mother's Name)
Growth & Aging
Draians grow much differently than other aershaa with a much longer lifespan. They age much like most furrs and all humans do once they reach puphood (as their newborns grow into intelligent pups quite quickly - within the first moon [month].)
|18-30 Cycles||Young Adult|
|51-65 Cycles||Older Adult|
*Often referred to as a pup until in their teens.
Draians have two completely separate types of magic.
Draians can control the essence within plant matter, causing it to grow rapidly or move freely, as well as being able to harness the essence of plant matter for healing and the use of its light (such as in lumivine). This is both a defensive magic, an offensive magic, a ritualistic display, and a means of building strength and structure to their denhouses.
Draians have the unique ability to understand the tongues of other creatures. Though it is considered a magic, there is no display of anything magical, and thus could simply be a talent of the mind. While some Draians can communicate with all creatures - treasured, talented individuals called Leratongues - most Draians will only specialize in a certain species, such as snakes, myu'saa , or drix. It is this same bond between Draian and animal (or famiil, as they are called in their dialect) that births unusually sharp intelligence to the creature. They remain within the mindset of their species, thinking about what matters most to, say, a snake, but able to hold conversations, solve complex problems, and understand more in context that is typically restricted to a sentient, social creature.
Ostrydeo 23:10, August 28, 2012 (UTC)