Friday, February 28, 2014

Kiortin

Kiortin 


ROUGH DRAFT. I'm not a writer.
Size: Alphas 12' tall in shell and 3' out. Betas 6' tall.
Diet: Kiorin are omnivores with adult alphas losing the need to feed. Adult alphas gain most of their sustenance from photosynthesis,water,fruits and air. Adult alphas have cone-like arms with rings of hard shell that can flex and pull back from the sponge-like tissue underneath. By holding the arms perpendicular to the ground these can catch rain water to feed the alpha or they can flex open underwater to collect nutrients and filter feed. The same can be done to fruits and animals. The shell is also capable of photosynthesis for additional energy.
Natural Habitat: Kiortin have spread to most climes of the world but it's rare to find any adult alphas in swamps and deserts. While they can survive underwater they're too heavy to swim while attached to their shell which leaves them vulnerable to large sea creatures and soft river beds. Deserts are troublesome for Alphas because they use up a lot of energy walking in sand.
Society: They naturally form packs and often those who appear to have used their quills the least are chosen as leaders. The logic is that these members must have exceptional wisdom or cunning to have not used their quills. If an alpha is in a pack, they will be given leadership responsibility. This often seems odd to outsiders that leaders are just accepted as leaders without much dissent or intense social maneuvering. At least one member of every pack needs to be protected from using their quills so that they can grow to be alphas for reproduction.

Kiortin wear clothes but it's considered impolite to cover one's shell entirely. If a beta covered their shell entirely they would be considered barbaric and not worthy of trust.

Kiortin homes usually do not have roofs as the sunlight boosts their energy and mood.

Race Relations: Kiortin sometimes leave their packs due to alpha overpopulation, adventure seeking or to join other groups. They assimilate well with others but betas tend to look to others for direction on important group decisions while alphas expect their directions to be followed. Kiortin will always feel that other races are a bit cold and can misunderstand sarcasm since they can't read others emotional states as readily as their own race. Young kiortin can even believe that other races are psychopathic.

BIOLOGY

Adult kiortins can be divided into two groups;alphas and betas. The rarer alphas are small kiortin living in large symbiotic shells. Betas are tall kiortin's with small growths and many pointy quills.The kiortin hunt and protect themselves with their quills. All kiortin begin life about the same size with a hard lump attached to them somewhere. The growths slowly expand unless the kiortin loses quills. Losing quills stunts the shell's growth and lets the kiortin grow taller. Alphas only exist by not losing or using many of their quills. Somehow the growths thrive on the growth hormone and chemicals used to produce the quills. This results in the alphas usually being the less physically aggressive and more vegetarian members of the race. Alphas are often the wiser members of the race, not having needed to use their natural weapons for defense or offense.

At full size the symbiote has enveloped the kiortin and is connected to the host's senses. A large eye vibrates on the front to create parallax for depth perception and relays the information to the host. This eye is particularly good at picking up a wide spectrum of color. A kiortin's natural vision is heat vision. A kiortin requires their symbiote to reproduce with other kiortin. Despite being enveloped, the kiortin's voice can still be heard due to channels and openings in the shell that give the voice a haunting echo. Kiortin's have extremely sharp hearing but an alphas' hearing and sense of smell is greatly impaired by their shell. Communication with one must be done extremely close to it's head. An adult alpha can often flex muscles under their shell to cause parts of the shell to pull away and allow the kiortin to leave their shell.

Shells are very diverse in their growth patterns and final form. The only consistent features across all alphas are the eye, the segmented cones and a birthing hump. Some kiortin perform exercises much like yoga and meditation to attempt to guide the growth of their shells to a desired shape while others attempt a more direct route of having molds sculpted and strapped to their shells. These molds can cause health problems but the end results are often worth the risk. The cones can become spikes, the upper parts can have a face,etc. They become walking art.

Kiortin shell's are the window to kiortin emotions. Their shells are capable of changing to a wide variety of patterns and colors that convey emotions to other kiortin. Sometimes kiortin will add tattoos to their skin or shells to indicate a more overarching emotional state they would like to convey.

Kiortin alpha's can live to be nearly 200 years old with shells reaching maturity at 100 while betas only live to be 50 or 60 years old. An alpha's shell can continue to live(but not grow) beyond the life of it's host and another kiortin can sometimes use the shell but sometimes are rejected or worse; trapped inside. Most kiortin would find the thought of getting into another's shell disgusting. Even if it weren't disgusting, the new host would find itself very clumsy in the shell. Kiortin usually prefer to die in their shells and are cremated after death.

It is possible for a kiortin to live without it's shell and this is sometimes forced on criminals as punishment. Rare kiortins will remove the shell themselves making it impossible to ever reproduce and making themselves an outcast in kiortin society. They would be viewed as criminals or savages. The benefit of painfully removing a shell would be the increase in height and muscle mass. Kiortin without shells can grow to be as tall as alphas. While the shells are incredibly durable they do require some maintenance as they can suffer from a number of diseases and a kiortin can even lose a shell to disease.

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