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New Species - The Eodu
« on: May 16, 2006, 03:51:06 pm »
(Okay, so I posted my other race, the Ord, but I don't think they are a very good outlet for my creativity, so I thought I'd produce a new one. I don't RP much so the addition doesn't really affect anthing. :P )

The Eodu

Current Inter-Species Relations


The Eodu have agreed a treaty with the Auyuelcliads. Current relations are Positive.
The Eodu are wary of the Kor. Defences are being prepared as a precaution. Current Relations are Neutral.
The Eodu have entered into a strong friendship with the Tiki. Current relations are Positive.
The Eodu are gathering intelligence about the Torpals. No contact has been made as yet. Current Relations are Neutral.
The Eodu dislike the ViS practice of liquidating elders and disapprove of their restrictive use of logic. Current relations are Neutral.
The Eodu have been permitted to observe the Wexxian terraformed planet Azuron. Current relations are Positive.
The Eodu are attempting to discover what is happening with the XX. Current relations are Neutral.

Positive = Trade, alliance or other positve interaction.
Neutral = No contact or little interaction.
Negative = War or open hostility.

Contents



1. Homeworld (Reedu)
2. Physiology
3. Culture
4. Technology
5. Relations with other species
6. Puzzles
7. Music
8. Food
9. Cooking and meals


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Homeworld (Reedu)


Reedu and Kolophon (Artwork by Tark)

The Eodu evolved on Reedu, a small and watery moon circling the Gas giant Kolophon (A planet of unique chemical compounds that gives it a dark grey colouration with streaks of black). Because it orbits the Gas giant, Reedu has periodic 'dark seasons', when there is total darkness. Plant life on Reedu has evolved methods of storing energy in their roots in preperation for the dark season. The resultant tubers provide a tasty and nutritious food source for the Eodu. Ocassionally, when there is no cloud cover, the dark season can be a period of much beauty, the stars and the galaxy showing up vividly because of the lack of glare from the suns. However, as Reedu has so much water, and therefore such a heavy atmosphere, this occurance is unfortunately rare.

The soil of Reedu is a beautiful shade of blue/green, thanks to it's high copper content. Green plants, usually tall spindly trees and grasses sprout from the ground, basking in the shade of Reedu's twin suns that travel through the bluish-purple sky. Just over 70% of the planet's surface is covered in green waters, with most of the landmass being concentrated in large archipelagos.


Physiology


'Friend' by the Tiki artist Rewel (artwork by Neonlare)

The Eodu, like most of Reedu's inhabitants evolved in the sea. Smaller than many of the other species of the small planet (low gravity encouraged the growth of a number of large predators in the ocean) meant that the ancestors of the Eodu were always near the bottom of the food chain. Or at least they were, until an evolutionary change forced the first of the Eodu onto land. Originally they would have looked something like a trilobyte, a layered shell with scuttling legs and it's distinctive three circular, black eyes (the large central optic and two smaller eyes for detailed vision on either side) peering out from underneath, mandibles flailing.

Once onto the sparsely populated land, however, pressure from preadators eased and allowed the Eodu to develop freely. First of all they became larger as they fed off other smaller creatures that had also fled the deep green sea. Four of their legs grew into long bent legs, sprouting from the shell casing. It is believed that this was to help them traverse this new rocky terrain, quite unlike the flat ocean beds. The head of the Eodu slowly, over a number of generations extended beyond the shell as it now was free to eat without fear of its head being bitten off. In a massive evolutionary shift over many millennia, the head eventually extended upwards and a new upright torso section to the Eodu was formed, with the head at the top, the body below, and the shell and inner workings of the Eodu out behind. Legs that had once been part of the front locomotion of the seafaring Eodu (and had been made obsolete as legs by the quadruped evolution) now begame two arms, sited midway up the Eodu's torso section on either side. The feelers that had been on the ends of these limbs now became large 'tulipia' type manipulators. These would be instrumental in the Eodu's advancement to civilisation.

The flesh of the Eodu is a pale pink colour, and the shell casing is blue, an evolutionary hangover from when it was used to disguise the Eodu against the sea bed. The head of a Eodu is dominated by the central optic, a large, black, circular and lidless eye that gives the Eodu their general and wide-ranged vision. Next to this on either side are two smaller eyes of similar design that help give the Eodu both detailed vision and depth perception. An interesting point to note is that the Eodu never evolved colour vision. Below the eyes are the mandibles. Two small but powerful pincer-like 'tusks' enable them to crack the shells of the toughest Reedian crustaceans. A number of lesser parts of the mandibles enable chewing, and the typical Eodian chittering speech.

The lifespan of the Eodu averages at about 60-70 years, although The Elders (see below) can often reach 150-200 years of age.


Culture

Upon reaching land, the Eodu (who had been a fairly solitary species apart from mating seasons) began to form social groupings, probably out of mating pressure amongst the first sparse populations of the new land-dwellers. Being part of a group made it more likely to find a mate on your group of islands.

The Eodu began to shelter in sea-eroded caves, largely to avoid the periodic storms that battered the land (a new experience for the Eodu). This encouraged more socialisation amongst the Eodian population. Scratches on the walls became ever more complex geometric patterns, both evidence of, and food for, the increasing sentience of the Eodu. Necklaces made of the shells of hunted creatures etched with such patterns have been found from this time, as have spears made from the wood of tall trees with points made of sharpened shell, then later hard rock and eventually smelted copper. This is evidence of the increasing violence between different cave tribes over food sources and also the technological evolution of the Eodu. It appears that the pressure on food was eased when the Eodu invented agriculture, herding and rearing other less intelligent crustacean species on the land (possibly this originated in the Eodu taking these creatures and hoarding them in their own caves to keep them from rival tribes).

Eventually the five main island chains were conquered by five dominant cultures, each one represented by a different type of pattern seen on their pottery and in their caves. These cultures didn't interact until the invention of boats (simple things, shaped like upside down Eodu shell cases, which may have given them the inspiration). These craft were used for fishing, trade and later war and transport. With each added function they became more elaborate, with the additions of bridges, cargo bays and even cabins. Gunpowder (of a unique Reedian chemical mixture) was invented, adding a new dimension to warfare. By this time the original cave settlements had expanded hugely, the Eodians carving sets of functional rooms into the cliffs themselves, linked by stairways and occasionally bridges. The original caves, their artefacts and their carved designs were kept as 'sacred' or 'special' sites. The Eodu are not religious, apart from a faint degree of ancestor worship/veneration. This 'respect for what has come before' has also given rise to the method by which Eodian culture is governed. 

'The Elders' are the leaders of Eodian society. The eldest member of a nation becomes it's leader. With the structured mind of the Eodu, along with their incredible memory for detail, this is not a bad way to run the culture. The Elders act as the repository for all the knowledge of the nation, and make decisions of importance to all the Eodu under their command. An Elder can be male or female, as the Eodu do not discriminate on gender.


Technology

The Eodian advancement into technology came quickly. As evidenced by the first tribal carvings on the walls of their caves, the Eodu have a structured, geometric mind. Their ability to see shapes, patterns and interrelationships spurred them on to technological growth.

Eodian engineers became highly prized members of the nations, developing a form of combustion engine which allowed ships to travel great distances at faster speed. They rapidly improved the practice of metallurgy on Reedu, carving huge halls in which machinery smelted the ores that were mined from further inland. Air travel was quickly invented, largely by Eodian engineers that merely wanted to test out the principles involved.

This gives a deep insight into the psyche of the Eodu. They are creatures who have no real desire to explore their physical world, instead preferring the comfort and safety of hearth and home (the concept of where your 'roots' are is an important one for the Eodu). What they do have a desire to do however, is to explore the parameters of their own minds, which leads them to create things and explore largely as a bi-product. The average Eodu likes thinking things through and trying to figure out the world on a theoretical level (philosophers, mathmaticians and engineers form a large part of Eodian society, the first often gathering in communal, almost monastic orders that live in caves seperate from the rest of the populace - the closest the Eodu have to a religion).

Practical achievements are only measured by how much they tell us about the world, as such the advent of space travel was hailed as a great leap forward for the Eodu, not because of the star systems and planets it made available, but because of the opportunities for examining the cosmos it provided. Many of the Eodian ships that float around the galaxy are not government sponsored ships (the Eodians have never technically formed a planet-wide government, still being five seperate nbations ruled by five High Elders who now at least work in co-operation with each other, like a council). Instead they are mostly large communities of philosophers, along with mathematicians and engineers in support, who have cast themselves off from Reedu in their starship monasteries so that they might better contemplate the nature of the universe.


Relations with other Species

The Eodu are not known for being very forward as a species. They prefer to keep themselves to themselves. Recent information gained about other species have caused them to engage in building planetary defences (not something the Eodu would do naturally). This is largely just out of the Eodian desire for safety, the very same urge that drove them out of the oceans. The largest export from Reedu is bluprints and architectural designs. Other races are willing to pay quite large sums for the engineering genius of the Eodu, and competition between the engineers of rival nations mean that the prices stay competitive enough to draw the attention of galactic consumers. Eodian geometric designs, thought to be the most complicated of the galaxy, have taken the galactic art community by storm. Having an etched eodian design on the wall of your starship's cabin is this century's must have buy.

This influx of wealth has enabled Eodian cities to be massively upgraded. Where once rickety bridges stood, now high tensile suspension bridges span the cliffs. Elevators replace the traditional stairs (which still exist, for tradition's sake) and the stone-cut chambers of the past are now lined with metal, filled with screens and technology fulfilling various functions such as entertainment, information and data processing.

The Eodu have recently begun interacting with a number of species due to decisions made by the High Elders' Council. The long-term effects of this policy change have yet to be seen.


Puzzles

The Eodu love puzzles, gaining satisfaction, entertainment and relaxation from them. Eodian 'Puzzle Links' are extremely complicated bundles of linked metal rings of varying shapes and size (there are often as many as fifty intertwined links in any one bundle). The aim is to disassemble them (only possible in a set order of unknown movements). The few links that have left the home star system of the Eodu have caused much bafflement to other species, who find them impossible to complete. The Eodu themselves find them fairly easy, disassembling them in a matter of minutes and reassembling them in a different order that then necessitates a new method of disassembly. Many Eodu can be seen doing them with a single manipulator at blinding speed, disassembling and reassembling them, in a manner reminiscent of 'worry beads'.


Music

The logical and philosophical nature of the Eodu led them to create high mathematics. As an offshoot of this, they also invented music. Notable in Eodian Music is the lack of percussion, rhythm being expressed through the mathematical patterns in the music itself, rather than the use of percussion instruments. The main instruments in Eodian Music are the 'Crystal Rings'. These smooth rings of synthetic crystal (originally they would have been naturally formed crystal, or more often carefully blown glass) are designed with subtle flaws and differentials within their substance. They are suspended in the air with very thin high tensile cords, doused with water and played by drawing a manipulator around the surface, producing the hauntingly beautiful sound that characterises the music of the Eodu. A skilled ring player can produce great ranges of subtle variety in tone, timbre and volume by changes in direction, playing the inside or outside of the ring and by carefully using the flaws within any particular ring. Ring players usually have their own set of rings in a scale of sizes, this is because each set of rings are different and styles of playing vary between players. Music is usually played for relaxation or as an aid to contemplation.


Food

The Eodu are an omnivorous species, feeding on a number of Reedian vegetables and other crustacean species. Originally the Eodu would have been a foraging species, venturing further inland to find patches of tuberous vegetables (Reedian plants often have tuberous roots used to store photosynthesised energy during dark seasons) or to hunt herds of crustacean land dwellers.

There are two major staples of the Eodian diet:

Frikki

Frikki plants are tall and spindly above ground, a single green stem splaying out into wide leaves at the top. What the Eodu are interested in however, lies below ground. Frikki plants store energy and starch sugars in their bulbous roots, in order to survive the dark season. The tuber of the Frikki plant is roughly round in shape, with a tough dark red skin. On this skin there are microscopic 'hooks' that enable it to be firmly anchored in the ground, resisting high winds and storms.

The Eodu dig this vegetable out of the ground and cut the roots from the main body of the plant (Which are either processed for a number of domestically useful chemicals or left to decompose in fertiliser vats). The tough skin is peeled with a sharp blade, revealing the nutritious flesh of the Frikki.

Where once this would have been foraged from naturally occuring patches ('Wild' or 'Undomesticated' Frikki), it is now farmed deliberately along with other similar vegetables in the cliff-top agricultural lands above settlements.

'Fruit' does not exist on Reedu, as the tuber method of survival has become the dominant trait among plant life. When a plant or tree dies (although they often survive for very long periods of time, without intervention), the Tuber weakens at the point of contact with the main plant. When it detaches and topples over, a new sprout emerges from the tuber, beginning the cycle again.


Shrikk

Shrikk are herds of crustacean-like herbivores (they bear similarities with lobsters in appearance, just without a tail or claws). They have pink flesh and blue shells (much like the Eodu, not that they can tell without colour vision). They are farmed by the Eodu, who let them graze free within large wooden pens. When they grow big enough to be eaten, one sharp blow to an area of weakness in their shells dispatches them quickly and (it is presumed) without pain.

A number of similar species are also farmed by the Eodu, but the Shrikk have become a staple as their herd instinct allows them to be farmed in mass numbers.


Cooking and meals

If you don't like stews, stay away from Reedu. A pot in which one or two crustaceans boil, alongside a number of starchy vegetables is a common site in all Eodian homes. The Eodu don't need to de-shell the creatures they eat, as their mandibles allow them to crack even the toughest shells. The same principle could apply to the tough skins of vegetables, but the Eodu soon realised that boiling the skins produced a somewhat poisonous meal.

Meals are often eaten out of dish-like bowls, held in one hand while the other hand picks up food. The Eodu break shells with their mandibles and then turn their heads aside and spit out the fragments onto the floor (they can break the shells, but not digest them). This is usually cleaned up after the meal has finished (meals are considered a time of informality and socialisation, hence the relaxed attitude to mess created).


More later.  ;D
« Last Edit: May 23, 2006, 10:55:53 am by Havoc »


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Re: New Species - The Eodu
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2006, 04:00:06 pm »
I like the way that creature evolved. Sorta the underdog for a while.

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2006, 09:38:59 am »
I like the way that creature evolved. Sorta the underdog for a while.
Yeah, most creatures are the overlords of all they survey. i like your variety.
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2006, 08:44:07 am »
So they're the Architects of the universe?

Auyuelcliads- Annoying preacher types(?)
Rapaxeons- Bankers
Sombreons- Merchants
ViS- Accountants
Icthians- Pilots
Urshans- Farmers (?)
« Last Edit: May 18, 2006, 09:12:28 am by Balthamael »
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2006, 08:52:10 am »
They could be seen as that, but they are more like thinkers (mathematicians, philosophers etc) that produce outstanding architectural designs as a side-effect.  :)

The popular notion amongst the Galaxy that they are predominantly architects would be very widespread however, as that is the main contact and trade that species have with the Eodu.  ;D
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2006, 09:04:05 am »
ooooh...
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2006, 09:05:58 am »
For a possible analogy, consider them to have aspects of the Ancient Greeks. Big thinkers, which just so happens to give them the abilities to design things of great function.
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2006, 12:36:26 pm »
Wow I love your race  :)

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Auyuelcliads- Annoying preacher types(?)
Rapaxeons- Bankers
Sombreons- Merchants
ViS- Accountants
Icthians- Pilots
Urshans- Farmers (?)

Urshans farmers... Yeah that's about right  :)

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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2006, 05:41:14 pm »
this sounds great and the whole undersea underdog thing is good too, not many creatures with that kind of history, hell mines the exact opposite, and it suck you can't draw but give it a try, you'll be amazed at what you can do with alot of time.
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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2006, 06:00:48 am »
this sounds great and the whole undersea underdog thing is good too, not many creatures with that kind of history, hell mines the exact opposite, and it suck you can't draw but give it a try, you'll be amazed at what you can do with alot of time.

I really can't draw (one of the reasons I'm looking forward to spore, it'll give me a medium to bring my ideas to life) and the Eodu are a quite a complex design artistically.

If anyone could have a go from my description, I'd be very thankful.  :)

Now, some Eodian trivia:

Puzzles

The Eodu love puzzles, gaining satisfaction, entertainment and relaxation from them. Eodian 'Puzzle Links' are extremely complicated bundles of linked metal rings of varying shapes and size (there are often as many as fifty intertwined links in any one bundle). The aim is to disassemble them (only possible in a set order of unknown movements). The few links that have left the home star system of the Eodu have caused much bafflement to other species, who find them impossible to complete. The Eodu themselves find them fairly easy, disassembling them in a matter of minutes and reassembling them in a different order that then necessitates a new method of disassembly. Many Eodu can be seen doing them with a single manipulator at blinding speed, disassembling and reassembling them, in a manner reminiscent of 'worry beads'.


Music

The logical and philosophical nature of the Eodu led them to create high mathematics. As an offshoot of this, they also invented music. Notable in Eodian Music is the lack of percussion, rhythm being expressed through the mathematical patterns in the music itself, rather than the use of percussion instruments. The main instruments in Eodian Music are the 'Crystal Rings'. These smooth rings of synthetic crystal (originally they would have been naturally formed crystal, or more often carefully blown glass) are designed with subtle flaws and differentials within their substance. They are suspended in the air with very thin high tensile cords, doused with water and played by drawing a manipulator around the surface, producing the hauntingly beautiful sound that characterises the music of the Eodu. A skilled ring player can produce great ranges of subtle variety in tone, timbre and volume by changes in direction, playing the inside or outside of the ring and by carefully using the flaws within any particular ring. Ring players usually have their own set of rings in a scale of sizes, this is because each set of rings are different and styles of playing vary between players. Music is usually played for relaxation or as an aid to contemplation.


More later. ;D
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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2006, 06:05:32 am »
someone will draw it for you
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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2006, 05:21:05 pm »
Thread now updated with awsome artwork by Neonlare! Now you can see what the Eodu actually look like!   ;D

Have begun collating all relevant species information into the first post, to keep a record.

Also updated the 'Homeworld' section and will soon be adding a section on cuisine. Tasty.  :P
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« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2006, 03:26:14 am »
//Transmission Begins//

//Message Begins//


The High Elders' council has met, and has decided to accept your offer. We have been made aware of your species by our friends the Tiki, and have heard you are seekers of knowledge. Any race that desires to push the boundaries of their own mind is welcomed by the Eodu.

We have no desire to exterminate the Kor, we are not a species of aggressors. We purely wish to defend ourselves against them should they decide to attack Reedu. To this end, we accept your gift with great gratitude.

We shall be sending one of our philosophy craft to rendezvous with your ship in order to collect the technology and, more importantly, conduct a friendly first contact.

We hope that our two species can establish a lasting friendship.

'You are not my enemy, ergo you are my friend.'
                                      Eodian Philosophical Proverb

//Message Ends//

//Transmission Ends//
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« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2006, 04:12:47 am »
Lovely picture! Not at all what I imagined  :P

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« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2006, 07:21:51 am »
Well this is a really bad schematic sketch of what I had in mind. As you can see Neonlare's drawing includes all the relevant parts and is generally much more realistically suited to the evolution I wrote.  :)



I've also added sections on: 'Food' 'Cooking and Meals'
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