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    Mimicry 25 Progress Journal

    Discussion in 'Progress Journals' started by DoctorDoom, Apr 23, 2016.

    I started this book last fall in the OYAN Sci-fi program and have so far gone through two drafts of unknown word counts and am currently at around 40,000 word mark on the 3rd and hopefully final draft. I intend to complete it this summer, and expect the finished product to be ~200,000 words, probably more.


    So far the cast of main characters include:


    Agatha - the first narrator, an ex-cult member and serial killer. Not a very nice person, takes social darwinism way too seriously. She is the funniest character though, and tries to only viciously murder scumbags (cult members). Her half-sister thinks she's a shitty baby sitter, which is true. Because she grew up in a cult and was raised by a sadistic mother, she doesn't know a lot of things about how the real world works, nor what is morally acceptable and what is not. She once made her adoptive family joe and sally burgers because she thought that people were a perfectly acceptable source of meat. She has either PTSD or psychopathy, or both, and is prone to going postal when something reminds her of her time in the cult. Her favorite pastimes are all combat oriented which only makes her more dangerous.


    Mave- the second narrator, the first narrator's albino half-sibling. Is an annoying know-it-all drama queen. Due in part to her being only 12 years old. She is generally empathetic and nice, however, she does snap at people and insult them if they harass her. She grew up outside the city and the worst thing in her childhood was when one of her (5) younger siblings put a centipede in her shoe and she stepped on it. She is the most intelligent character, and wants to become a doctor or a botanist. She hasn't decided. However, because her parents don't want to rain on her parade, they have neglected to inform her that she can't go to college because the cult Agatha came from thinks albinos are magical and would dismember her on site.


    Taba- Agatha's mother. Ever heard of Elizabeth Báthory? Taba is like Elizabeth Báthory combined with Adolf Hitler. She’s a nuclear physicist turned harbinger of the apocalypse turned cult leader, turned dictator, turned, as the urban legends would have it, god. Due to population deficits, she had to cut back on her people hunting (orchestrated events intended cleanse the population of heretics, inquisition style, except with more casualties, because the point was never religious purity.) and now faces a new threat, posed by more free-thinking populous in the other half of the city which has slowly been building up defenses in preparation for the inevitable battle between themselves and Taba. Taba was not as bad a mother as you might expect, in that Agatha was never actually killed at any point, just hospitalized on multiple occasions, thus her PTSD.


    Destre, or as everyone calls him, Des- is both Agatha and Mave’s father. He was comedian before he met Taba in college. Their relationship lasted about a year and a half and he is still traumatized by it 15 years later. After being forced to flee the city when Taba and her followers started massacring people in the streets and dropping bombs in rebellious districts, Des assumed that Agatha, whom he had been unable to stop Taba from taking, was dead and at the point the novel starts out at, has more or less moved on and married Maud, who is not an abusive psychopath. He is now the father of five kids who don’t know anything about the city, or, colony to be more precise, and certainly not anything about Taba or Agatha. That is, until suddenly they have a mean older sibling who treats their dad like an indentured servant. An older sibling who their mother very obviously dislikes and keeps them away from her as much as possible.


    Maud- Mave and her siblings’ mother. Was a pre-med student before the apocalypse and now serves as the community Doctor. Knows a lot about plants as she has to derive medicine from them. Is generally kind, but doesn't tolerate BS. Where Des is a pushover and a bit co-dependent, she's strong willed and independent, and has a good sense of right and wrong, and she's not the kind of person to harm others for the sake of justice and thinks such things are sinful no matter what.

    I still do not know what genre this is, and probably will not know until I'm finished.

    Scratch that. Is black comedy a genre? I think it is. This is black comedy.
     
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    Yep, black comedy is definitely a category. 200,000 words! Whew! Good luck. I'm assuming this is a science fiction or fantasy novel as they're the only genre that get that high in word count.
     
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    @ToDandy It's... a lot of things. Sci-fi is one of them. It's also a mystery and psychological, and at times either transgressive or horror, depending on whose doing the narration. Because of the religious aspect it's also sometimes more occult than Sci-fi. But because the narrators are both unreliable that changes based on whose telling the story.

    Agatha tends to present things as transgressive and occult, whereas Mave explains things, usually relating to Agatha's transgressive sections, as horrific, and the underlying mystery of the novel in terms of science rather than the supernatural. And it never says which perspective is correct, so that leaves gallows humor as the only thing that carries over to both narrators. So that's what I'm going with genre wise.
     
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    Today, and part of yesterday, I completed the genetic background of the azulians and am in the process of drawing anatomical models. :dead:


    General Azulian Traits: As you can see from the image below, from the perspective of humans, azulians fall somewhere in the uncanny valley. Their basic skeletal structure is similar, save shorter, double jointed legs, thicker bones, longer arms, a rib structure that looks like it belongs to a quadruped or a reptile and a completely different skull shape. Because their arms and legs are roughly the same length, it’s possible for them to run on all fours, though in practice this is really only used to climb things. Both their hands and their feet are prehensile, and their feet partially double jointed. They typically walk with their toes at least partially curled up, like how you would mime a cat paw with your hand. They use both copper and iron to oxygenate their blood, which looks like watery elmer's glue with a drop or two of purple food coloring.


    Specific Azulain Traits: Females favor the acirian portion of their genetics, whereas males favor humans. This is due to the way fetuses develop. All of them start out as female, and acirians don’t have Y chromosomes, (they actually only have one X chromosome) so for XY fetuses, the genetics of humans take over making them smaller than their female counterparts.


    Because acirians only have one X chromosome, (Thus only X chromosomes were spliced together) a female Azulian (XX) doubles up on the acirian traits, and without the lack of a second X chromosome and without the presence of a Y chromosome, their growth is uninhibited (so yeah, essentially acirians have Turner syndrome). This results in faster regeneration, a more acirian-like skull shape, sharper teeth, and a muscle attachment ridge on the skull, making their bite force much stronger. Another difference is ribs. As you can tell, the skeleton below is female, (I need to do a male one but haven’t yet) and as such it has more ribs than a male Azulian. Again, this is because acirians have snake like ribs and humans do not. Azulian females think more like acirians, have better depth perception and a more visual memory. They're also more aggressive and some are just plain territorial. They're more easily swayed by mob mentality and are more likely to start fights for no reason and don't particularly care about the outcome, they fight for the sake of conflict.


    An Azulian male does not have a muscle attachment ridge, doesn't have the exaggerated reptilian bone structure and tends to think more like a human. They have a lower pain tolerance, are less likely to start fights, tend to have a better sense of right and wrong, have better color perception, and live an average of ten years longer, despite their slower regeneration and higher risk for cancer. Their arms tend to be shorter and their legs longer, giving them an advantage when it comes to running and a disadvantage when climbing. Thusly track is considered a boy sport and parkour a girl sport. Muscle mass wise they're about the same as females when size differences are controlled for, so if a short female fights a tall male they're about evenly matched in terms of strength, except the female can bite through bone and the male cannot. Due to proportion differences, the fighting styles of males and females are different, females favoring punching and males favoring kicking. Though because of behavioral differences males tend to view fighting as less important than females do and so on average tend to be less fit. But because they're not incapable of it or terribly disadvantaged biologically, females tend to view them as smaller, lazy, crybabies and thus show them very little respect.


    Because of the differences in the way acirians and humans develop chimerism is extremely common among males, and less so among females but it is not unheard of. This results in a vitiligo and calico like hair patterns which is seen as attractive by females, thus increasing its prevalence rate. It also sometimes results in chimeras composed of male and female cells, which can result in anything from death to mixed primary and secondary sexual traits. Typically, intersex chimeras will ‘pass as female’ because the legal system and Trifecta Law allows females more rights than males. That, and it is seen as gay for a female to harass a ‘female’ chimera, but perfectly acceptable for them to do so if the chimera is ‘male’, in part due to the visual similarities between vitiligo and chimera. Which means that most females claiming to have vitiligo are intersex chimeras and most males females assume to be chimeras just have vitiligo.


    There are a number of genetic disorders that result from the gene splicing and usually come about in cases of inbreeding, which tends to exaggerate either human or acirian traits. I males, this can result in dwarfism, leukemia, bone neoplasms, deformed skulls, and club feet. In females, it causes completely unregulated growth to the point of organ collapse, skin cancer (green slimy patches), severe antisocial behavior, paranoia and psychosis. Yellow eyes and blueish hair are heavily associated with this disorder, the blue hair being most commonly found in males and the yellow eyes only in females. If a female has both they're typically only a few generations away from the above disorders as both traits are the result of genetic mutations that, if both parents are carriers of, results in either of the above disorders depending on the gender of the child.


    Azulian skeleton - female.png


    Please note that Acirians have their own profile which I will post at a later date.
     
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    Male Azulian skeleton:
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    Skeletons with metrics drawn on: (WIP)
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    Azulain female muscle structure: (WIP)
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    Finals. Oh how I adore you, you life sucking time hogs.

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    Acirian Biology
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    The simplest way to describe an Acirian is to akin it to a bipedal frog with a more angular version of an axolotls head and the regenerative powers of a flatworm on Gatorade. In order to most simply sum up their average personality one must only take the intelligence of someone with a 200-something IQ, pair it with the mentality of someone who entered and won the Darwin awards 5 years in a row and lastly throw in a twisted sense of humor and a proclivity towards insanity. But, I believe we already went over that last part.

    You may consider this the abstract.

    If we want to get into the specifics, Acirians are approximately 3-4 and 1/2 feet tall, green or violet skinned depending on their pigmentation or lack thereof, green being the pigmented version. A pigmented Acirians skin is actually a light yellow color and the intensity of the color will change based on diet. An Acirian who lives off standard space-fare from a wide variety of planets will typically be green while ones who eat a more restricted or electrolyte and mineral deficient diet will typically be a light blue or purple in color. If the Aciran has not regenerated recently the color intensifies in either pigmented or unpigmented types. It is possible for a green Acirian to turn Violet and vice versa. This is most easily observed after an Acirian regenerates 30% or more of its body mass as it takes awhile for them to regain proper electrolyte and mineral levels.

    An Aciran's 'brain' is not limited to its skull, it has small clusters of neurons and glial cells all throughout its body which serve as data caches for the central nervous system. This is an essential survival mechanism that allows Aciran's to retain back-ups of important information in case they lose their heads. Should this happen, the Acirian will remember all information it had deemed important, but will be unable to recall extraneous data resulting in memory gaps and subject-specific memory loss. The trick to Acirian regeneration is that there are specific gene sets that activate to regenerate specific organs and cell types. This, combined with the fact that they have undifferentiated stem cell clusters known as blastema stored in small grouping all throughout their bodies means that if a wrong gene set were to be activated artificially such as in laboratory tests, an Acirian could grow a kidney where they were supposed to be regenerating a hand. It is also possible for them to grow cell types and organs from other species that would normally not be compatible but that requires that all the genetic information that goes into making that specific organ be reproduced and held in the kamikaze protein transport unit that acts as part of the Acirian immune system specific to targeting foreign cells or cancer. All signaling information not presented in such a way is ignored. The only other species that has a immune system similar to an Acirians in that of Azulians who are in fact a splice between an Aciran and Human chromosome set.

    An Acirian's cardiovascular system runs their hemocyanin blood through a set of organs specific to their species called, shockingly, Liver-like Blood and Blastema Alteration System, or LBBAS, because Acirians inability to name things creatively has been around since their species started vivisecting themselves to determine why they didn't stay dead like other creatures. Anyway, the LBBAS, as the name suggests, is passably similar to a liver but that's as far as it goes. It functions as a blood filter yes, but it also generates blastema and can generate the full range of gene sets responsible for everything that makes up an Acirian, however it only activates if the Acirian goes into cardiac arrest in which case it functions as a reset button, taking inventory of the entire biological system through a system-wide reset-specific nervous system that, to put it simply, liquefies all damaged tissues by differentiating their cells using something similar to our neuropeptides which spread from the nearest severed nerve to the surrounding cells, telling them to revert to stem cell mode. Using the lymphatic system, the LBBAS signals the body to flush out everything after the severed nerve that isn't a stem cell. This allows Acirians to survive most poisons and toxins as the second they cause the subject to stop blood circulation, they get flushed out of the system with lymphatic fluid. However in the case of venoms, since they tend to remain in the bloodstream, after a reset has occurred, if the problem is not resolved by the LBBAS-related nervous system, the blood is then filtered through the LBBAS and the immune system put into hyperdrive which results in any proteins still in circulation being metabolized or isolated prior to them being flushed out of the subject via the digestive system, or more correctly, the upchuck thereof. Neurotoxic venoms, poisons and toxins still affect Acirians similarly to other creatures with the addition of the effects of its interference with the LBBAS related nervous system which can result in misidentification of stem cells for foreign cells and vice versa. It can also cause the LBBAS to go into reset mode without the Aciran actually going into cardiac arrest or for it to fail to do so in the case of cardiac arrest. Common symptoms of neurotoxic poisoning in Acirians are seizures, heightened allergic reactions, liquification of unaffected organs or body parts, inhibited or altered regenerative abilities, neurological degeneration followed by an imperfect reset in the case of an altered LBBAS reset. With no LBBAS reset or response, symptoms and outcome will match exactly those of regular subjects although in some cases treatment will vary.

    As a result of the above, if an Acirian goes into cardiac arrest resuscitation of any kind is detrimental to recovery due to damage to ribs and the increase in blood circulation interfering with LBBAS related functions which, due to organ liquefaction, can result in internal bleeding, falsely triggered regenerative shut-down, volume loss and later growth abnormalities and cysts due to the circulation of region specific neuropeptides and stem cells to unaffected parts of the body. Depending on the nature of injury resulting in cardiovascular shut down, side affects can even extend to later infections or substance related tissue damage due to transfer to other parts of the body. The only case wherein resuscitation is beneficial is when the LBBAS fails to engage as a result of neurotoxins inhibiting it's neurological signaling system. In this case it's best to administer anti-venom if available and resort to resuscitation only as a last resort. If that doesn't work, it may be necessary trigger regenerative function despite the fact that the system by which that normally occurs is out of commission. The easiest way to do this is to damage the LBBAS directly via a sharp pointed object like a knife, sword or spear. However this requires the knowledge of where the LBBAS is, and if one does not know, the certified medical procedure of chucking the subject off a cliff to reset everything in one go has been known to work. If no cliffs or other suitable objects are available, the 'stab/shoot till find' method will also work.

    As for Acirian personalities, they all typically have a built-in hatred for others of their species in a way that is similar to humans built in attraction for the opposite sex. This, unsurprisingly, is due to the fact that Acirians reproduce by effectively killing each other.

    So, it logically follows that Acirians more inclined to kill each other are more likely to create clones thus more likely to represent the majority of the Acirian population.
    it should be noted that Acirians with dietary deficiencies are less inclined to this behavior thus creating the assumption by some people that blue and purple Acirians are a less hostile subspecies. Due to the fact that Acirians are viscerally disgusted by each other and violently inclined in general, but also at the same time obsessed with all things logical, once they developed the technology to live entirely in space, the dispersed widely in an attempt to never see another one of their species ever ever again. This results in some people thinking that they are fictional, endangered or otherwise exceedingly rare as they've probably not seen more than two within their lifetime and certainly not more than one at the same time. However, while this assumption is wrong, Acirians are in decline due to the invention of space travel which aids both their dispersal and risk taking/accident prone tendencies. The subsequent invention of advanced incendiary devices which are the leading cause of permanent death among Acirians, simply does not jive at all well with their risk taking tendencies which tend to lead them into situations where encountering such devices is highly probable.


    Please note I wrote this when I was 14 and it is largely unedited.
     
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    Having just watched Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic Mr. Fox, I have come to the conclusion that if Mimicry 25 were a movie rather than a book, Mave, Destre and Maud's narrative segments would be directed by Wes Anderson.
     
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    If anyone has read the two chapters from my novel which can be found here: http://www.writingforums.org/threads/mimicry-25-morality-%E2%87%8C-morbidity-religion.145778/
    and if said people have ten minutes to spare and would like to help in the editing process, you'd be doing me a big favor by filling out this questionnaire: http://goo.gl/W4GWkU

    I have a trial account with the website and can only receive 25 responses per month so please do not fill this out if you haven't read the material or if you just skimmed it. That doesn't help me. Also, please create one submission for each chapter, preferably making one for the first chapter before reading the second so you don't bias your results. If you already read both, there's a box in one of the questions you need to click so I'm aware of that fact.

    And no you don't have to use your real name. That's just so I can tell each set of responses apart.

    Oh, and ideally this test will tell me what percent of my readers are apaths, empaths and psychopaths. Cheers!
     
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    Somebody asked me why Azulain women don't wear dresses.

    Well, there are multiple cultural reasons and several practical ones, namely that dresses really only came about because you could just squat down and poop wherever you were, and Azulians have always had toilets and live in a colony where pooping in the street is a unhygienic and gross, in addition to the fact that dresses, in the sense that we know them, would not logically develop as you can't exactly fight someone while tripping over your maxi dress. There is a reason why it's taboo for human men to wear dresses, (and yes I'm excluding skirts and tunics, because those aren't dresses) and that's because of the reasons they developed culturally. If you wore a hoop dress you couldn't ride a horse or do any sort of manual labor. If you wore a maxi dress, you'd be tripping over it constantly. And if you wear a tight dress or skirt, as the case may be, your maneuverability is restricted.

    So, if the gender role associated with a given sex involves manual labor and fighting, you don't wear a dress. And you probably won't wear a kilt either if you're not roaming the tundra or prairie and don't need to save the time it takes to pull your pants down every time nature calls.

    Also, there's the matter of secondary sexual characteristics. And by that I mean boobs. Azulain females who do not have children are just as flat-chested as males, so they don't have a boob fetish like some human cultures do. That, plus the fact that its a heavily matriarchal society, means that the concept of shirts being mandatory articles of clothing for women never really caught on. So if you're going to wear something like a dress and it's hot outside, why even add the top part? At that point you have a skirt. And we've already been over how long skirts are not combat friendly and short skirts aren't necessary. And, no, they don't really care about looking like what our culture views as 'feminine', as to them that makes you a dandy, frivolous and annoyingly vain.

    So, in short, they don't wear dresses because they don't have a reason to.
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    Azulian Culture



    Gender roles:



    Azulians, being a grex between acirians and humans, have a number of less than great traits.


    To start off with, because of the human genes, they are incredibly sexist. However because of the acirian genes, which are closer to female than to male, due to immunological differences, the females get their growth hormones jacked up while the males have their growth stunted once their testosterone tries to kick in. It’s for the same reasons that when you hybridize a tiger and a lion, the male tygons and ligers will always be smaller than the females. Because the tiger genetics inhibit growth in males which cancels out the effect of male lion testosterone, but female lions don’t have a growth regulator, so they’re doubled in size because female tiger growth regulation runs in the opposite direction as it does for males.


    This means that a female Azulian is on average 1-2 feet taller than your average male. So since they’re going to be sexist, they’re going to be sexist towards whomever is an easier target.


    Also because of the acirian genetics, both sexes have a tendency to abandon their young or not have any in the first place. Azulians with those traits also came with acirian-level aggression towards their own species, but not the regeneration that makes mass murdering your own kind a good way to further the evolution of the species which meant that they exited the gene pool pretty quickly, leaving mostly those with more dominant human traits. Mostly. Some were balanced enough to function within the society, and because of their disregard for life and limb, themselves and others, and the fact that the dominance of acirian traits made female offspring larger, meant that those with the acirian genetics tended to be high ranking in the social hierarchy simply because they could and frequently would beat the crap out of everyone else. A good way to spot these individuals was their tendency to have the same yellow eye color of acirians which also meant they had night vision where their more human counterparts didn’t. This spawned the idea that those traits were somehow more desirable because the people in charge had a higher percentage of those traits than the general population. Thus, Taba and likely her entire matriarchal line, were all sociopathic assholes who liked killing other azulians for fun because they were more acirian than human and that behavior is how acirians reproduce. It’s just that when you try it on species without regeneration, they tend to, you know, die. Permanently. However because acirians have no concept of death as a permanent destination, these people tend to also develop a bit of a god/immorality complex which has very un-pretty results.


    However, thankfully, most Azulians are not that way. It’s only when you get higher up the social hierarchy that you start seeing more and more of it. Most average Azulians are decent people, and if the sexism shows up, especially in the lower ranking communities, it tends to be mostly just passive aggression. Kind of like how humans are today. Except males were expected and allowed to hold jobs even when they had children they were expected to take care of, and being that they don't have child labor laws, children would often pick up and help out with whatever job their father held regardless of the child's gender, (making Carl and Ellis somewhat typical) the males seniority status typically granting them higher social status than would otherwise be attainable, though a female with seniority status will always outrank their male peers. There is some prejudice against males entering higher paying more stereotypically female dominated fields, though not if they have female offspring or a wife in the same workplace as the social status typically transfers to all relatives regardless of gender. Though paradoxically it is seen as undesirable to date people in your same field of specialization which means that only families of lower socioeconomic status regularly follow this pattern, as higher ranking family tend to have more exaggerated sexually dimorphic traits, both physically and psychologically.


    Their family systems, if they have a family system, usually consists of a female who spends most of their time advancing their status in the hierarchy through increased wealth and property (read: territory and game), a male who also holds a job, takes care of the children and sets them up with jobs of their own, (read: maintains the female's territory) and children who typically grow up to work in the class that their mother worked her family up to, regardless of gender. From there, the female offspring can work up to an even higher class, (or be bumped down if they lose a fight with someone who outranks them) and the males either stay at the level of their mother or inherit the level of their wife, be it higher or lower.


    The degree to which this is enforced varies depending on the culture of the region and the social class being examined. At the bottom of the barrel, so to speak, people are generally aware the system exists at some point, but nobody enforces it nor follows its rules. At the very top of the ladder, this system is extremely important and violently enforced as it makes a big difference in the status of that particular matrilineal line.


    Religion/Warring Factions:


    The Azulian religion is somewhat similar to that of the Greeks and the Romans. They all follow the same system, but that system has multiple deities, each with different value system, and each thinks they are above all other deities and will eventually become ‘The One God.’ Each faction in turn, has its own text, narrative and subculture.


    Phiede, is the spirit of death, judgement, insects, codes and agriculture. Phiede gets to decide who dies and how one dies, or more correctly, how awful ones death is, and where one goes afterwards. Phiede is the most uptight of the spirits, and has a long and extensive list of rules one must follow in order for one not to die a horrible death and be reincarnated as a flesh eating wasp or a dung beetle.


    The code of Phiede, a rather long and parabolic text, supposedly written by a matrilineal chain of Turins chronicles the entirety of Azulu’s existence through the written accounts of said Turins, or as they are referred to posthumously, narrators.



    The Turins, who can belong to any of the three spirits, are often the cause of the shifting of world powers, either because such things are predetermined, because it is in their nature or because only such people become Turins. Some have suggested that it’s genetic. Others that it’s simply the result of the victors always telling the final account of things. Either way, such texts, or chapters, are usually only found several generations later, hidden amongst the Turin’s belongings. It is unknown if such texts appear supernaturally, or if they are written in secret, because one thing is common among all Turins, and that is the fact that no one knows they are a Turin until the text is discovered. Not even other Turins will know, even if they are related as can sometimes happen. There may be suspicions, rumors and the occasional public execution, but no one owns up to anything until everything is said and done and the story concluded.


    The public perception of Turins, particularly those owned by Phiede is… complicated. Phiede’s Turins tend to be ruthless, combative, code and law oriented dictators who do the right thing by the letter of the law only. If not dictators, they will hold a similar position in some establishment, and serve to inflict the code of Phiede on the general population and enforce her rules. Therefor those that feel her rules should be enforced are supporters of anyone they even remotely suspect as being one of Phiede’s Turins, and on the other hand, those that think Phiede is missing the point of morality and using it as a justification for her own immorality, Phiede-Turins are dangerous and to be avoided.


    Agatha, for example, often says that she is one because it makes people uncomfortable.


    There are a total of 30 confirmed Phiede Turins, making them the rarest variety. The definition of Turin in general is one who for some reason or another is killed, rejected by Varset and resurrected by Avola as an Azulian, rather than being put back through the filter that is lower life forms. Why this can happen varies. Either in a past life that person had walked the line of morality such that Varset disapproved of them but Phiede thought they were perfectly acceptable and saw no need to exact vengeance, or they did so in the current life, which was recorded and they were reincarnated as an Azulian who behaved well enough the second time around to be accepted by Varset. Both halves can be recorded or just one. Sometimes the same Turin reoccurs five or six times before they’re finally accepted by Varset, sometimes it only takes a single iteration.


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    Avola, is the spirit of life, pleasure, status, survival/reincarnation, enlightenment, war, tides and the moon. Avola has no real rules, just that if one knows and aids in Avola’s destruction of all other spirits, that one will be protected from Phiedes judgement. Or, at least that's what it used to be. Since Taba took over the church of Avola and all its chapters, she has instituted a litany of rituals and requirements for maintaining favor in Avola's eyes, and thus immunity from Phiede’s rules. Why? Because Taba doesn't believe in religion and just enjoys messing with people in new and sadistic ways.


    Avola Turins tend to be prophets, the highly educated, emotional people who feel that they need to be the most highly praised, acclaimed or respected and typically will do stupid things to impress people or prove themselves. They tend to believe that each person is unique and that self expression is more important than following the rules. Their pre-Taba ideology was basically:


    When the messiah leads the rebellion *puffs joint* As long you fight for Avola, you can do whatever maaan. It's all good.


    Post-Taba ideology is: it's all good so long as you routinely subject yourself to physical and psychological torture and serve The One True God doing whatever she, through Taba, commands thee to do. And the minute you stop doing as you're told you're a rebel and your sins now count against you and are punishable by death.




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    Varset, is the spirit of personality, family, memory, victory, the sky and culture. Varset has control of, or more correctly is, a ‘realm’ called varsita which stores the lives and memories of those who they deem worthy. Varset is a hive mind, a conglomerate being, formed from the lives and memories of those it accepts and fuses with. People who do not fuse with the conglomerate upon death are reincarnated as something else. If varset finds them especially repugnant, Phiede gets to turn them into whatever she wants.


    Varset Turins are not called Turins, rather Conduits. Conduits typically have abnormal skin tones and are the only variety which can be of any gender. Conduits can channel whatever spirit is present at the time and are the only Turins which can break the ‘no one knows for sure whether they are or not’ rule. They are typically rather nice people who follow the spirit of the law rather than the letter of it.


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    Average life of an Azulian:

    You're most likely born into a family with both parents and four or more siblings who may or may not be a combination of adopted and half siblings on your father's side. You'll have an equal or greater number of younger siblings, which are either full siblings or adopted. If you live in a government district you will have school all day for two days of the week where you can choose your classes each semester, so long as you complete the required number of units for each subject. The rest of the week you will be put in a sort of daycare at wherever your father works, up until you’re old enough to start working there as well, often as an assistant to your parent. If you are from a district owned by Taba, then you have no education aside from what your parents teach you and instead devote all your time to learning your parents trade.


    If you are female, once you’re old enough or competent enough, you’ll start working with your mother instead, whereas your male siblings will continue to work with your father, unless you're a member of upstart masculist family, in which case you’ll probably work with your mother because she’s higher ranking, which some say defeats the purpose, but proponents of the activist group say helps educate the next generation of men by letting them know they can achieve just as much as women. This attitude is typically found in less wealthy and lower ranking districts, which the high ranking and powerful families argue is because the mindset is inferior, and the poorer districts argue is the result of the powerful districts being populated by deluded sexist arse holes, which is true.


    If you are a female from a traditional family, you're sent to college at 15, and essentially are free to do whatever you like. Once you graduate at around 20, you work on getting a job in your chosen field and advance yourself financially. On average, by the time you’re 30, you'll have moved up a class or two and shifted to a different subculture than your parents. You'll have had around 4-5 kids, none of which you have or want custody of. You'll then form a relationship with a male and adopt their 4-5 children. Depending on how traditional you are, you'll either grant only the adopted females partial inheritance rights or none at all. You'll then have another 4-5 kids live to be around 45 and pass your money and assets onto your biological children, your husband, if he outlives you, inherits your status and rights, which are traditionally reserved for females and his children start out at whatever class you had obtained before death.


    If you are a male from a traditional family, you start working in your mother's industry and take college level courses on the side at 15. You'll have one or two relationships until you're around 30, the children from which you are legally and culturally expected to care for. You may be trying to climb the social ladder, maybe not. Either way females aren't usually interested in anything long term until around 30 and the more children you have the higher the rank of the females potentially interested in you. Though after a certain point they'll only be interested for the added workforce your children provide in their ‘fiefdom.’ And in that case you're probably only in it for the money, resources and additional civil rights as you'll probably be their largely ignored 12th husband.

    Obviously, all the above is a WIP.
     

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