I was hoping people could help me out. I have been working on a culture for a sci-fi novel that I have plotted out. I have put in bold the important information in case you don’t care to read everything, but still wish to share your ideas. Any ideas will help me. Often people’s ideas lead me to other concepts. Any ideas you might have to help me further develop my culture would be helpful. I don’t want to share too much about them, though. Anyways, they live high up in the trees. Huge trees like in the Amazon Rain Forest. They are somewhat primitive but not ignorant of technology. Think of the Fremen in Dune. Their houses are built high up in the trees, and the trees are connected by suspension bridges. Think about the home world of Chewbaca in the video game Knights of the Old Republic. Large beast, some are several stories tall, roam the surface. They are fierce meat eaters. I was thinking I could study monkey’s that mostly live in the trees to get ideas about society. Their mythology will most likely consist of surface dwelling gods. Just like we surface dwellers invented a lot of sky gods, these sky dwellers invented a lot of surface gods. They practically worship the trees for a very specific reason. I will briefly go into that reason. The trees produce these large fruits, but they are not fruits. They are not editable. I just didn’t know what to call them. They are about six feet long and about the width of a soda can. They have the wild winding shape of an oak branch. The main color is that of pearl, sort of pinkish. They have cracks going through them that look like crystals, of the colors teal, violet, and orange. These fruit contain some of the genetic information of my alien species. I will call this species Treehoppers for now. The Treehoppers bodies decompose and the trees absorb their genetic information, which is how the fruit contains it. Once a Treehopper comes of age, he/she decides to merge with a fruit stick. When they merge with the fruit stick they gain genetic memories and instincts that are necessary for survival in their society. They have contraptions that gather rain water. The scouts are trained to go close to the surface and gather food. Okay I think that is enough information for you to get an idea. Thanks in advance. Once they merge with a fruit stick, their skin changes to the color of the fruit stick, with the cracks and all. It also changes some of their structure, sort of like the comic character Witchblade.