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Solcatán (player island) - Proletario - 11-01-2017

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Creator: Proletario
Tech level: Civilised primitive. Obsidian is the main material for tools and weapons.
Basic description: A large island and some islets covered mainly with dense jungles and some marshlands. A dormant volcano can be found on the west part of the mainland with access to a large cave system.
Climate: The weather is hot and humid with frequent rains and snow is nowhere to be found.
Animals found on Solcatán:
  • Jungle: Allosaurus, compsognathus, dilophosaur, dimorphodon, dodo, gigantopithecus, meganeura, mesopithecus, moschops, parasaur, pegomastax, pteranodon,  pulmonoscorpius, raptor, sabertooth, stegosaurus, tapejara, therizinosaurus, titanoboa, titanomyrma, triceratops, troodon.
  • Swamp: Achatina, baryonyx, beezelbufo, dilophosaur, dimetrodon, diplocaulus, kaprosuchus, leech, meganeura, paraceratherium, piranha, titanoboa.
  • Volcano and surroundings: Argentavis, ankylosaurus, megalosaurus, pteranodon, quetzalcoatlus, raptor, wyvern1.
  • Cave system: Araneo, arthopleura, dung beetle, megalania, megalosaurus, onyc, wyvern1.
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Accesibility: By sea or air. Accesing it by portal does not seem to be possible.

Basic lore:
Three main tribes can be found on Solcatán:
-Maiztec Empire: The biggest of three groups on Solcatán, the Sama-Laut are vassals of the empire and the Yoali hide from them beneath the ground.
Ancient and mighty, the Maiztec Empire claims ownership over the whole Island and all its inhabitants. For centuries,agriculture flourished, hunt was abundant, smaller kingdoms and tribes payed tributes to it (or faced the consequences) filling the temples's coffers with gold and precious stones and the gods were pleased with the blood of captives.
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Then the Great War began and it all changed. At first Solcatán and it’s surrounding kingdoms were unaffected by the war, since they were far on the west. But then, The Conquerors arrived. No one knew where they came from, somewhere far on the east, it was said. At first they arrived with promises of wealth and mutual benefit, but soon their real intentions were clear. The Conquerors wanted to steal the riches amassed by the maiztecs and conquer their land, bringing death and disease with them. The Conqueror’s shiny armors and loud weapons were unmatched by the maiztec’s primitive armament. The empire was crumbling when suddenly the barriers rose, depriving The Conquerors from any reinforcements. It took many years and hundreds of lives to finally wipe out The Conquerors from Solcatán, but finally the maiztecs secured their land. One could have thought that it meant salvation for them, but they were yet to face another problem. Isolated as they were, there was no one left to pay tribute and no more slaves to be taken. These factors made the situation almost untenable and famine scourged the land. It was then when emperor Yacatl made an unprecedented decision and the maiztecs began to sacrifice their own people to seek the help of their gods. The Carnage, as it is known today, solved nothing and in fact only made things worse. Yacatl reign ended when a mob lead by the general Octemoc killed him and his supporters, which lead to the council selecting Octemoc as the new emperor. It was then decided that no more maiztecs would ever be sacrificed. The isolation continued and the maiztecs managed to survive through the use of new agriculture methods, such as the use of chinampas, artificial islands built on lakes in order to grow crops. Still, they were just a shadow of what they once were.

When the barriers fell fear struck the hearts of the maiztecs, since The Conquerors were now free to come back. However days passed and they were nowhere to be found. It was then when Octemoc saw profit on the new situation. Expeditions were sent to new lands with a mission, seek knowledge and technology that could help to rebuild and protect the empire. But they also carried a secondary mission. The high priests decreed that in order to regain the gods favour, they would have to once again be fed with the blood of outsiders…

-Sama-Laut: The Sama-Laut are native to the wet and swampy areas of Solcatán. More peaceful that their maiztec neighbours, the Sama-Laut were absorbed by the empire long ago and have been part of it since, but they still retain some of their culture and manners. Their houses are either elevated on pillars above the water or floating on rafts. Their main roles on the empire (besides paying tribute), are fishing, exploration, transportation over water and sea warfare.

-Yoali: Almost unknown to the other tribes, only rumours and stories about vicious cavern-dwellers are told about them. The truth is that the Yolai are actually the more peaceful ones on Solcatán. They are the descendants of a group that split from the maiztecs long ago, renouncing to their gods and sacrificial traditions. They live by hunting the hideous creatures that populate the caverns and farming mushrooms.

Notes on local creatures:

  • Dilophosaur: A very common creature on Solcatán, dilos are usually seen on maiztec cities and villages kept as pets and guard dogs.
  • Diplocaulus: It is not only found on Solcatán’s swamp, but also on the canals among the chinampas. It is common for both farmer and sama-laut children to keep them as pets, using then to play and swim in the canals.
  • Gigantopithecus: Fully integrated into the maiztec army, gigantopithecus are armored and used as shock troops.
  • Paraceratherium: Along with canoes and rafts, one of the main trading transports used both for inner and foreign trade.
  • Sabertooth: Known as “jaguar” by the inhabitants on Solcatán, the local sabertooths are adapted to the dense jungles and their fur presents a distinctive pattern.
  • Wyvern: They are really scarce and it is highly unusual to see one. Only the fire and venom variants can be found and they are smaller than their desert cousins. They live on caves found around the volcano and only come out to feed. They are revered by the maiztecs and currently two couples are kept at the Great Temple.

Relationship with magic:
Both alchemy and mysticism are widely used on Solcatán. Although the maiztec prefer mysticism and the Sama-Laut favour alchemy. Magnificient temples have been built below the green and red obelisks, consecrated mainly to Colatl and Ehecatl respectively, while the Great Temple(consecrated to Huitzi) has been built on Tectitlan, the capital. Regarding technomancy, it is unknown on the surface, since the blue obelisk is small and hidden deep beneath the volcano. Only the Yoali have access to it.

Maiztec culture and traditions:

-Economy: Maiztec economy is based on agriculture and warfare. Trade is secondary and the only animals kept into captivity for meat are dodos.
-Agriculture: Maiztecs grow a wide range plants, but their main crop is corn (longrass). Nowadays they center their farming around the chinampas, artificial islands built on lakes that prove to be the most fertile farming grounds.
-Religion: The maiztec worship many gods and believe that they need to be fed by human sacrifice. Some of their main gods are Huitzi, god of war and the sun, Ehecatl, creator and god of the wind(quetzals are said to be his heralds), Colatl, god of water, fertility and thunder and Tezpotl, god of the night, obsidian and battle.
-Social structure:
  • Commoners: There is compulsory military service for them, taxes payment, work on road maintenance and monument construction. Education is free for them and clothes, alimentation and land to work are given by the government.
  • Slaves: A common punishment is to be a slave for the community or the damaged individual. Slaves can still have possessions, own land, marry, and their children are born free. Chances of liberation are plentiful.
  • Traders: They form a powerful and independent guild that owns the monopoly of foreign trade. They are usually secretly used as spies by the government.
  • Dignitaries: They have high military or civilian functions. The emperor, members of the Great Council, judges and so belong to this class. They pay no taxes but are bounded to fulfill their role or face the consequences.
  • Priests: They are fully separated from the government. There are two High Priests, one is consecrated to Colatl and the other to Ehecatl. They are not only in charge of worshiping, but also education and keeping the track of history. They also form special units in the army.
-Military: Serving in the army is a good way of improving one’s social status in the maiztec society. The son of a peasant can become a noble by capturing enough foes in battle.There are many ranks in the maiztec army, but some stand out and are not found in common armies:
  • Argent warriors: These warriors of noble origin choose the argentavis as their totem. They decorate their armor with feathers and prefer swift tactics and range weapons.
  • Jaguar warriors: These warriors of humble origin choose the jaguar (sabertooth) as their totem. They wear jaguar skins and prefer devastating tactics and melee weapons.
  • The shaven ones: The most prestigious within the army ranks, one can only join them after capturing at least 12 enemies. They shave their heads and cover their body with tattoos. They act as shock troops and special operations units. They swear to not to take a step back, doing so would mean death in hand of their comrades.
  • The night brothers/sisters: This special operations unit specialises on fighting at night, assassination and thievery. Their selected creatures are troodons, pegomastax and megalosaurus. They’re known by their famous blood feasts, where they drink the blood of their dead enemies. Their loots are always delivered to the Huitzi temple as a donation to the war god, to ensure all of their victories. You have to do a blood oath to be a part of this unit. In this oath, you serve your blood to Tezpotl and hand your life to the emperor if you were to let down the brotherhood.