Alubra

Average Lifespan: 160 – 175 years
Average Height: 5 – 7 feet
Average Healthy Weight: 90 – 140 pounds
Pregnancy Duration: 6 months – 4 months in the womb and 2 months as an egg

Enjoying life to the fullest while still maintaining harmony with the world around them has been what the Alubra have desired for as long as anyone can remember. They not only wish for joy for themselves, but for the rest of Valindir, and have often gone on trips about the world to learn what others do for fun and merriment. A peaceful people by nature, they have generally tried to stay out of the petty squabbles of the rest of Valindir, choosing to stay neutral in nearly all conflicts. They have a passionate love of the arts, primarily music and literature, and some of the greatest bards in known history have come from the Alubran race. Dwelling together in one community, the Alubra live high in the skies above the Khabren Mountains, atop a cloud that has been magically enchanted to support their city in heavens.

Physical Characteristics

The Alubra look similar to birds, as that is the creature their creator admired most, but are not identical to their avian inspiration. Their height can range from only five feet high, to a full seven feet, but they all tend to be lightweight, weighing normally ninety to one hundred and forty pounds. Their hair is made from soft, silky feathers with thin, flexible quills and grows just like natural hair, so it can be cut and styled like anyone else. Their faces are humanoid, free from any feathers, and their skin is generally pale. The only other place their skin can be seen is on their hands and feet, as the rest of their body is covered in a layer of feathers that can range in color and length. The most striking feature about them is the set of wings that protrude from their backs and is how this race is able to soar through the skies.

What most people around the world note about this race is the wide range of colors and patterns that can appear within even one family, let alone the entire race. Some display muted colors of browns, blacks and whites, looking more like a sparrow or hawk. Others have manifested brilliant colors of red, gold, blue and every other color of the rainbow and look more like tropical parrots or peacocks. Longer tail feathers along the back have been noted in some, while others have shorter feathers all over the body. No one knows what causes the vast difference, even from parent to child, but the Alubra like to believe that it is an expression of art on the body, and each person is proud of the patterns on their form.

History

The God of Revelry sought to make a race that could understand the need for enjoyment, and so he created the Alubra to join him in his merriment. Like the skies lay no roots but soar high above the land, so did the Alubra, at the heels of Bidika. Throughout history they never settled in one place for long, and often travelled as one unit throughout Valindir, impressing some with their song and dance, while flustering others with their constant chatter. The Alubra were just as content to move along, and saw much of Valindir this way, chronicling the days before Al’Drenra in song.

It is said that the Alubra were the only race ever to see the home of the Dragons on the other side of the Khabren Mountains, and this is a fact that infuriated Regvier. At first he simply tried to scare Bidika and his flock away with the might of the Dragons, but time and time again, he found them soaring over his skies. Finally the day came, three years after Al’Drenra had begun, that the God of Pride had enough, and began openly attacking the Alubran people. The God of Revelry is said to have been driven mad at the sight of the Dragons devouring his young, and so he began using his own children as weapons. He would enchant their bodies, claiming it to be an impenetrable armor, but it was in fact, a spell of explosive proportions, that would maim any Dragon as it sunk its teeth into the Alubra. The war between the two raged on for years, and the population of the Alubra began to dwindle.

Swienya, another child of Air, is the only reason any of the Alubran race still lives to this day. When she beheld what was happening to the God of Revelry, she tried to intervene, but her brother would have none of her meddling. He openly attacked her as well and as she desperately tried to save an enchanted Alubran woman, the creature exploded in her grasp, a present from Bidika for her interfering. She knew then her brother had lost his sanity, and she had to stop his children from being slaughtered. One by one, she stole them away, and hid them in groups of three or four all over the realm. Of the thousands of Alubra that once graced the skies, only about six hundred and twenty survived Al’Drenra, one of the lowest counts recorded of any of the races.

They were able to recover, and because of this, they were granted a seat in the Assembly at Isavra. Their horrific treatment by their own parent had not tainted them, and they again showed their peaceful desires when smoothing out a disagreement between the Dwarves and Kithras. They defended the Kithran people, as they had dealings with them long ago, and offered to take what is now Soluma as their home. It was the Elements who then stepped in to aid the race who were giving to others before themselves. The nine deities came together and enchanted the skies above the mountains so that the clouds themselves would support a civilization, and so the Alubra began work on Lomaisa, the city within the heavens.

Culture and Religion

The Alubra have developed a rich culture since the times of Al’Drenra, and their city has become one of the premier places to visit, especially for relaxation. They have insisted on both neutrality and balance, staying out of petty squabbles while still seeing to the interest of all people. This is reflected in their leadership, as the country is overseen by three separate leaders, each of a different Shao, which literally means “spirit.” While the Alubran society disagrees with the terms “good” or “evil” they do believe things tend more to the light or dark, even a soul. They believe that all aspects of life must be respected, and for some, the darker side of things brings them joy. In order to properly provide for each taste, three leaders are chosen; one that represents each group. The Shao’Nai represents the darker side of life, the Shao’Mei represents the lighter half of life, and the Shao’Lae represents a balance of the two, helping ensure that no one side is ever favored over the other.

Many have mistaken their openness to new ideas and their acceptance of different lifestyles means that the Alubra live in lawlessness and without any type of order. This is not true, and the Alubra proudly follow the laws that are set down by their government. They believe that when a law is made, it has been properly debated so that it contains the most benefits with the least freedom taken away. To break a law is see as shameful, and most Alubra will no longer associate with someone who cannot follow their rules. They also believe in following the laws of the land they are in, for they understand that it is what brings that place order and happiness, even if that individual Alubra disagrees with its implementation. Chaos to any Alubra is deplorable, as is any form of anarchy or unrest. They believe in peaceful resolutions so that all parties are free to pursue what brings them pleasure.

While Alubrans do believe in pursing all types of pleasure and have a courtesan house for such things, they are generally monogamous in their relationships and marriage is considered a deep and sacred bond. To want to be divorced from someone is considered shocking, and while it is legally permitted, it is looked down upon as appalling and degrading. Those who were the instigator in ending a marriage (either by wanting the separation, or ending it by making it unbearable for their mate, such as cheating or abusing them) often find that it is difficult to ever find another mate, and they are often avoided by the rest of the population. The other spouse is looked upon with pity, and often other Alubra will go out of their way to provide comfort and support to the wounded soul. There is never any shame for them, and they often find some of those who come to comfort them are also courting them.

Arguably one of the most religious of all the races, the Alubrans have dedicated their lives to the Elements, but also to the proper homage to the Avatar Swienya. Without her, the Alubra understand that they would have been wiped out, so a church in her honor has sprung up in Lomaisa. Whenever her current incarnation is identified, she is always welcomed into the Alubran culture, no matter what her race, and they often travel with her, taking up her mantle of spreading not only fun, but joy. They often refer to her as a surrogate mother, as they have abandoned all love they may have once held for their creator.

Geography

The Alubrans live in Soluma and are the ones who control the land, even though they don’t dwell on it. They share the country now with the Mithyrn, but the two cultures remain completely separate, with Alubran law ending at the entrance to the tunnels where the Mithyrn dwell. The forests and mountains have remained untouched, and have become nature preserves where endangered animals can repopulate without fear of being hunted. The only Alubran city in this country rests high in the clouds and is called Lomaisa, meaning “Land of the Sky.” It was the Elements that enchanted just these clouds to support not only weight, but plant life as well, and a massive tree was transplanted to the city center that acts as the palace of The Shao. It is a tree that grew against all odds at the top of a peak in their lands, and the Alubra have used magic to shape its living branches to their needs.

Relations with Other Races

The Alubra have always sought peaceful relationships with all races of the realm, and actively try to smooth over any quarrels that someone might have with them. As far as other races disagreements with each other, the Alubra are just as happy to stay out of it, unless they are asked to provide aid. Even then, the Alubra are hesitant to get involved with fights that are not theirs.

Centaurs – The Alubra cannot understand why the Centaurs insist on such a rigid caste system, and find that it inhibits them from enjoying all the world has to offer. They are to be pitied for that and they hope that one day the Centaurs will learn to give themselves freedom to live their lives.

Danava – Relations with the Danava have always been sought, but the two cultures are so vastly different that the two don’t often interact. Many Alubra become claustrophobic deep in the oceans where the Danava dwell and the Danava become terrified of being so high off the ground in Lomaisa. They do meet on the shore to trade goods, especially jewelry, as the two found they share a love for gemstones.

Daphinae – The Alubra and the Daphinae have always had a close bond, as it was the Daphinae that aided them in transplanting their tree palace, as well as showing them the magic needed to coax its branches. The two often patrol Soluma for poachers together, and they share a desire for preserving the wildlife that lives there.

Drakien – While the Alubra still hold little love for the Dragons, they have learned to forgive for the trespasses of long ago. The Drakiens are viewed in the same way, as they are descended from Dragons that devoured people, just as the Dragons had done to them in Al’Drenra. Still, the Alubra try to be accepting, even if it is difficult for them at times, and have not openly criticized them for many years.

Dwarves – While they do share a border with the Dwarves, they don’t share much else, as the two cultures are incredibly different. The Alubra see the Dwarves as cloistered, superstitious, and a people that are hardworking and industrious. Some may take that as a compliment, but the Alubra see focusing on work and negating enjoyment as something to be pitied.

Elves – Visiting Enaryn is on nearly every Alubra’s list, as it is seen as a place of culture and the arts. Alubra often visit with the Elves, although at times they find them a bit stoic and refined, but the Alubra have learned that their ideas of revelry are just different. A favorite event has been some of the balls that the Elves host that are open to the public, and no Alubra in Enaryn would miss it.

Gryphon – Sharing the skies with this mighty race is seen as both a privilege and a duty. The Alubra hold a deep respect for a race that has sought to protect another and keep the peace, but worry that the Gryphons don’t allow time for fun. They often challenge them to races through the clouds, and find there is enjoyment for both parties in a bit of friendly competition.

Humans – The Alubran people have always been accepting of the Humans, especially since they share the bond of a shorter lifespan compared to the rest of Valindir. While they don’t always agree with the way Humans go about things, they appreciate their love of fun and enjoyment and so often visit with them in Danzibar.

Kithras – Closest with the Kithras than any other culture, the two races have been that way since the days of the Assembly. The Alubra love that the Kithras are so open to joy and revelry, and often indulge in having fun, and so the two cultures often interact. There is even a holiday the two share on the anniversary of the Assembly meeting, celebrating what they see as a victory for two people who truly understand one another.

Kren – Respecting their deep ties to the community, the Alubra still take issue with the restraint the Kren place on themselves. They cannot fathom why a culture would so willingly choose to ignore the parts that make them unique, individual people in place of such a serious style of living. They often try to invite the Kren to visit them in Lomaisa, but few have taken them up on that offer.

Melrog – The Melrog are seen as fascinating, and what can happen when someone puts their imagination and talents to good use. The Alubra have always pitted that the Melrog had no home of their own, and have offered up some of their lands for their colonies. While no cities have been built, a handful of the Melrog have started to dwell in the mountains.

Minotaur – Minotaurs are often a subject of great debate among the Alubran people, as no one is quite sure what to think of their society. They greatly respect a people who live so closely with the world around them without destroying it, but cannot understand why they would choose to spread themselves out, breaking the strong community ties the Alubra find so necessary.

Mithyrn – The Alubra were amazed that a race could so long keep itself segregated from the rest of the world without once being tempted to be a part of it. They deeply respect the Mithyrn for staying neutral, and see them as a rich culture that is just waiting to be explored. More than pleased to help another, the Alubra never thought twice about letting the Mithyrn continue to live in their ancestral home.

Orcs – While the rest of Valindir may see them as warlike and barbaric, the Alubra understand that there is much more the Orcs than violence, even if they do not agree with their militaristic outlook. The Alubra introduced the idea of art to the Orcs long ago, and the two have shared a relationship over that, even if their ideas of what is beautiful are vastly different.

Sidhe – Alubran people hold a deep reverence for a race they see as the ultimate peacekeepers of the realm. They firmly believe that without the Sidhe, thousands of people would be dead throughout the years, and that the world would have delved into chaos. A Sidhe is always welcomed among the Alubra, and the two races often enjoy making music together.

Senai – The Senai and Alubra have a friendly relationship, but the two do not often see one another, save for perhaps in Puan or Fwi. They admire the Senai for staying so neutral in petty squabbles of the world, but wished they were more open to other cultures. Senai sculptures and other pieces of art, however, are passionately sought after by the Alubran people, and are often sold for high prices in Lomaisa.

Talmori – Because the Lithorians are so close with the Talmori, the Alubra, by extension, are as well. The two races often compare notes on how to properly preserve a species that is close to extinction, and the Talmori give the Alubra advice on maintaining the untouched nature of Soluma.

Language

Yasei is the primary language of the Alubran society, and it has always been that way since they were first created. It is a language of musical sounds and to hear an Alubra speak it is almost like listening to a sweet melody being carried along the winds. While they did learn to speak common to interact with the world, it has always been difficult for them to use it, as it doesn’t sound quite right to them. They do study all the languages of the realm, to better understand their literature; they just simply prefer to speak in their native tongue whenever they can.

Names

Alubra pick names for their children based completely on sound. Most parents want their children to have lyrical, playful names that may have no real meaning whatsoever, just a pleasing sound.

Male Names: Quito, Suwaemaki, Rodilai

Female Names: Lumomei, Phobika, Kimilo

Player Difficulty Level

Moderate – Alubra have a very free way of thinking, and have deep ties to the community as well, which makes it a bit more complicated to balance their individualism with fitting in. They are also a race that has a decent sized set of wings on their back, which can make them a bit more cumbersome in RP situations, but otherwise, this is one of the easier races to play on Valindir.

Notes on Role Playing this Race

A common misconception is about the way an Alubran face looks, so we thought it best to go into more detail here. They have a very human face: two eyes, a nose, a mouth and two ears on the side of their head. They don’t have beaks, or even super long noses, and the only feathers on their face are sideburns. They do grow regular hair for beards and mustaches, and the colors often match their feathers, but are not made of feathers themselves. Their wings come out of their backs, right along where shoulder blades are, and have a separate set of arms. No Alubra has to flap their arms about to fly, and has their hands free during flight. Think of them like angel wings almost. Their hands and feet also look humanoid, and they have five fingers and toes, including thumbs on their hands.

Alubra are not bird brains nor are they super crazy. They love having fun, but that doesn’t mean they can’t ever be serious. They are also not “hippies” or live in a hippie colony. They have an appreciation of the arts, but to RP one like a stereotypical hippie would garner strange looks. They are also not all on drugs. Just because Alubra are passive people, does not mean they don’t know how to fight, they just simply refrain from doing so unless absolutely needed.

No one eats Alubran eggs. No one. Any sentient creature would find that appalling, and it would be the same as cannibalism. It is not a delicacy anywhere because would be the same as offering children steaks on a menu.

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Posted September 21, 2011 by belimedra

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