Tapuria [PROCESSED]

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Tapuria [PROCESSED]

Post by Stella » Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:52 am

lol not done.
Tapuria
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Overview: Tapuria, also known as the Sacred Bird Islands, is Pal Tahrenor's equivalent to New Zealand. It is quite distinct from Sahuli and its surrounding islands. At the "edge" of the world, it has been cut off from other geographic land masses for over 80 million years, and was a haven for most native species during the Changer's war. The astral plane has introduced new creatures to the islands' inhabitants, which caused much of the pre-astral wildlife to become extinct. The islands act as an incredible refuge for hundreds of bird species. The environment is extremely hostile for people because of its untamed nature, mirroring the effect magic has had on Ayana. Tapuria is the birthplace of many great birds of myth who broke through the astral plane, including the Ice Rukh, Tempfirus, and Rheanite. It is also a stronghold for endangered or rare birds of other regions, including one type of phoenix.

The islands are split into north and south, each with its own set of smaller islands surrounding them. They are called Outiaroa & Waivunemu, the latter being south.

History: Separated from the mainland for 80 million years, Tapuria's environment is typical of islands in that its plant and animal species are generally quite specialized, filling every possible ecological niche available. The islands were uninhabited by hyper-intelligent races until around 600 PW, less than five centuries ago. After the Changers' war much of the island's native wildlife was pushed to extinction, but the natural lack of mammals and overwhelming number of bird species did not change. The area also became a refuge for distant birds whose populations had plummeted due to human (and otherwise) pressure.

The first and only settlers of Tapuria are called the Mikur, who originated from Setkhantos, bringing the Kiore rat with them. The kiore destroyed much of the remaining populations of pre-astral birds, but as their population increased, so too did the populations of animals who specialized in preying upon small animals. The kiore population eventually stabilized.

The Mikur people tried much the same thing as the rats did, but were immediately unsuccessful. The number of large, predatory birds on Tapuria made normal life almost impossible. The Mikur were forced to adopt a nocturnal lifestyle to avoid the sharp eyes of the birds, and for over two centuries the tribes of Mikur barely managed to cling to survival. As time passed. The Mikur adopted new skills like tiaju, a practice in which an individual effectively hypnotizes their enemy, much like snakecharming. They also began domesticating animals such as the moa and even the tempfirus, the latter used for protection from predators and other tribes while the former was used for food and down.

The Mikur's culture evolved around the hostile environment of Tapuria, and though generally quite peaceful amongst themselves, they are not open to newcomers. Many explorers and other settlers have been killed by the Mikur people if the predators did not reach them first.

Since the initial settlement of the Mikur, no other settlers have survived on the islands. The many tribes have seen their fair share of wars between each other but in present times it is not a common occurence.

Outiaroa
Outiaroa is the Northern island of Tapuria, a lush place with a subtropical climate coated in a patchwork of rain forests, waterways, and volcanic areas. There is no land on Tapuria that is truly flat, and Outiaroa achieves this rule with its great rolling hills and volcanic- activity. Outiaroa has three active volcanoes, which shape the land around it and produce plenty of black plains. The animals that live on Outiaroa, as well as the Mikur tribes that have settled here, are used to this. There is plenty of rain in the north, and fish stocks do well on its surrounding beaches. The forests, though, house some particularly dangerous creatures within it.

The rainforests are comprised of mostly large, grand flowering trees, but there are conifers too. Ferns and smaller plants cling to the floor, and pathways appear to open tunnels through the sea of trees where large animals and the Mikur often walk and hunt along. It rains often here, and the surrounds sing with the songs of small, exotic birds, insects, as well as the cries and screeches of larger animals.

Many of the plants have specialized defenses against anything with flesh on it, although why these extreme defenses evolved after the war is not known. Anything without spines on it is probably poisonous, and two species of "plant" (their apparent ability to move makes them difficult to place into a kingdom of plant or animal) have developed very odd survival systems. At night, every so often these plants lure anything they can by emitting a pleasantly calming, humming sound by vibrating a few altered leaves and produce an odd light that spills through darkness. When looked at close up, the plant's protected flowers are actually made of bio-luminescent petals, which make the entire plant appear to glow. When a creature steps foolishly close enough, either out of curiosity or hypnotism, huge spines protrude from the plant's major stem suddenly so as to impale the victim, which it then engulfs with specialized vines that slowly consume the prey. These plants are rare, and only need to feed a large meal about once every few months, but they are easily the most dangerous part of the environment on Tapuria.

Waivunemu
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Fauna
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Reptiles
Nāgati - small creatures that resemble dwarfed Tian Xian dragons. They help keep the rat population in check.
Skinks
Tuatara

Birds
Ice Rukh - giant falcons, usually white, naturally imbued with ice magic. Found only in the mountains of Waivunemu.
Kakapo
Kiwi
Moa
Mōhu
Phoenix
Pokoriki - large flightless bird the size of a small moa. feeds on small animals.
Pouakai - a very large eagle which feeds on moa and occasionally humans.

Rheanite - Rheanites are named after Rhea, the daughter of Uranus (the sky) and Gaia (the earth). They are large, flightless birds found on Waivunemu which are carnivorous. They have large, broad beaks with a devilish hook at the end of them, which they use to slice downwards and through when they bite, much like hatchets. There are several different species of Rheanite on the island, all of which are large and all of which prey primarily on moa and humans. The red-crested rheanite is the smallest of the three as well as the fastest, with heads that come up to a grown man's shoulders. It forms flocks of individuals unlike the other two species, and is distinguishable because of its grey and black coloring pattern and the crest of feathers atop its head, which it uses for intimidation. The raptor rheanite is the largest of the three species, and is usually found in forested areas of the island. Its second toe is more flexible than the other three and is sometimes used to help grasp prey while attacking. Tribal rheanites come in many different color patterns are are called such because of the dark or colored markings usually found on them. They are thought to sometimes possess magic, but not much is known about them.

Simurgh - Migrants endemic to the southern regions of the Sooqui plains. These giant birds have brilliantly colored feathers, which can come in nearly any color but are typically shades of the rainbow or white. Conflict with dragons has pushed them to more remote areas, Tapuria being one of several. These birds are large enough to easily carry humans, but their interest in humans and other races is friendly in nature. They are said to be benevolent creatures, and many are capable of speech.

Tempfirus - Also called firewalkers or land phoenixes, the tempfirus is a large, flightless bird of Waivunemu which is sometimes mistaken for the rheanite because of its similar appearance. Tempfirus have several key differences that distinguish them from other birds on the island, the most obvious being their shockingly colored plumage, usually a shade of red or gold combined with black. They have strong, long black legs built for running and walking long distances. Their heads resemble that of an eagle, with sharp eyes and hooked beaks which are far smaller than the rheanite. Their wings are far larger than rheanites and are used for show. The tempfirus is one of the animals on Tapuria which was successfully domesticated. They are native to Tapuria only, but the first wild flock of tempfirus was exported to Setkhantos where they were bred for many purposes, often used as war animals or for traveling great distances quickly. They are also used for racing in some regions. They are still considered exotic animals and are generally very expensive. These birds often have the striking ability to cast fire on themselves, which they do by waving their wings in a specific way. The fire does not harm the animal, but they will charge their attacker while on fire, as if their dangerous beak and claws were not enough. They are also known for having very short tempers. Even domesticated tempfirus are not really tame, and are very dangerous animals to work with.

Other
Calcatrix - The calcatrix is a form of cockatrice which is flightless due to its smaller wings, which, rather than feathers or scales, are covered in scale-like spines, usually green or blue, sometimes brown and in rare cases, black. At the initial bend in the wings, the front-most region, the spines can be raised defensively similar to porcupine quills, which they thrust forward to their enemy. An adult stands at anywhere from four to five feet, with females being smaller and duller in color. Calcatrix have lost their ability to petrify with a stare alone, and petrify through only the touch of their quills. Their beaks are razor sharp like daggers. They are dangerous to humans, although their sprinting speed is the same as ours and they are not well-suited to long chases, preferring ambush. They usually prey on small animals but will also openly attack children and small adult humans, and are found only on Outiaroa.
Griffins
Kiore - the only mammal on the islands, introduced by settlers. They are a type of rat which would likely devastate the flightless birds if not for the nāgati and other predators that feed on them. This has dwindled their populations. They only do particularly well around Mikur camps and villages.

Tapurian Sea
The Tapurian Sea is quite large in comparison to the land mass itself, and this is because several of the monstrous species of animal found in this part of the ocean are unique to the waters near Tapuria. It is clearly visible when sailing upon it because the water appears to be forebodingly black in color. The sea is known for being considerably dangerous, as it effectively blocked contact to the islands for many centuries once the Changers tore through it and introduced many new creatures.

Environment: The surface of the Sea appears from dark-blue to black because of a particular kind of seaweed-like plant that grows throughout the majority of the area, which is understandably named tar weed. The plant can grow to extreme lengths because of its ability to extract nutrients through the water itself without the direct need of sunlight, and can reach to miles in some parts. In the eastern-most patch of sea there is a large area covered with so many of these plants that they reach the surface and can entangle animals, and ships, within their spiny tendrils.

Because of the invasion of tar-weed, corals and the colorful fish that survive because of them are nearly nonexistent but for a few small coves on the northwestern coastline and the expanse of shallow water between Outiaroa and Waivunemu. In these hideouts, however, thousands of beautiful fish and thousands more species of coral survive and flourish, painting a colorful landscape on the shallow sea floor.

Elsewhere, the seas have a cruel, empty feel to them that perhaps is derived from Yorfallia and its dangerous underground network of monsters.

Fauna:
Sea serpents
Orca
Sharks
Baleen whales
Baskacore
Vouricore - The vouricore is easily the largest predator in or around Tapuria, and possibly one of the largest in Pal Tahrenor. They are vast creatures that resemble pliosaurs, with body lengths that can reach thirty feet or more. They live for hundreds of years, and never stop growing. Their teeth are jagged and criss-crossed like a crocodile, but far more dangerous, with heads that are around a fourth or fifth of their body length and long, extremely powerful jaws. These animals are one of the forces that keeps ships away from Tapuria and much of the surrounding ocean. With four large flippers, they have a swimming style of a bygone age, where they alternate each pair like great wings of the sea. Their tails are used as rudders for directional purposes, as they are not particularly agile swimmers. They rely on ambush to catch their prey, although they are capable of short bouts of speed in which they use all four flippers at once to propel them forward. Vouricores are rare here, as the water has a tendency to be shallower in these parts of the world and they are extremely territorial, but nevertheless it is always an animal to be watched for. There are tales of a vouricore that was so massive, it simply swallowed a ship whole.

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Last edited by Stella on Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:27 pm, edited 2 times in total.
(09:20:49) Kahmari: and can't even specificly put what their lore is from then complains when someone knows the lore of their char
(09:21:13) Stella: I too enjo specifcly lore chars.

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Re: Tapuria

Post by Arusa » Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:32 pm

THIS IS GREAT. Except for it being New Zealand. :evilgrin:

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