Excerpted from "A Catalog of Races of Starmourn Sector"
The Nusriza are a fierce, sexually-aggressive race with perhaps the most difficult language among the core Starmourn species.
|Reproduction||They reproduce via eggs, with the female laying 1-2 eggs that will hatch 120 days later. They hatch as flying four-legged lizards and grow until they get to be about 4-5 feet long and 15 Galactic Years old or so. About that time, they become very sexually aggressive, and mate furiously with each other for a couple of years in a period known as the Quickening. The females can't get pregnant during this time, however. The mating is actually a complicated, evolved drive to force their bodies, both male and female, into a highly nutritionally-deprived state. In this state, their bodies intensely crave the meat of the algerion - huge, non-sentient creatures that create gas balloons out of giant air sacs in their bodies. The algerion secrete an exotic blend of chemicals that are lighter than the air of their world, and allow them to fly - something the Nusriza have taken advantage of as a novelty method of transport.
Certain enzymes in the meat of the algerion slowly change their body - they begin to grow larger, and more musclar. As that happens, their hip muscle structure changes to permit upright walking, and their forelimbs gradually gain more mobility. During this process, their wings become first very tender, and then finally shrivel up and are discarded by their bodies. There are, however, a very small percentage of Nusriza who are genetically unreceptive to the change the alergion meat causes, and as a result, stay in the Quickening, alternating between seeking sex anywhere they can get it, and collapsing from exhaustion. Most of these Nusriza, unless they're being taken care of and their sexual needs provided for, starve to death or are killed after seeking with the unwilling.
|Lifespan||About 160 years.|
|Preferred foods||Aside from algerion meat, which is largely eaten during the Quickening, they're carnivores with a strong love of grubs, worms, and small insects. They eat these in a thousand different variations, full of spices. They might be fried, baked, roasted, eaten raw, poached, boiled, or any number of methods. They also enjoy smoking a substance made from the dried skins of tiny grubs called 'leesa' that gets them very mildly high, but is mainly about social lubrication - it's nothing like the drugs the Nabia peddle.|
|Romantic relationships||They are generally long-term monogamous.|
|Family structure||They live in Throngs, where after the egg hatches it is raised communally by others in the Throng, which consists of multiple families, unrelated by blood.|
|How do they treat 'others' within their society?||Largely with disdain, though they do venerate their elders.|
|Notable rituals||On the age of maturity of a Nusriza - 17 - their relatives hold a celebration that involves a 2 day event called, translated of course, called Seventeen Mirrors. In the first day, 17 people spend time with the young Nusriza in a ritualistic circle, speaking the truth about the shortcomings of the young one with the aid of an intoxicant they brew from the shells of their eggs called 'poivirn'. On the second day, the virtues of the person coming-of-age are extolled and gifts are presented by each of the 17 to the subject of the ritual. At the end, that Nusriza is formally welcomed as a full member of the Throng.|
|How do they view kith users?||They have a fairly equal mix of void and star kith users, but they're a new race to kith. The Echanine religion prohibited its use until the Schism.|
|Entertainment||Their language - Nusrizan - is renowed for its musicality and the difficulty with which non-natives speak it. It's both a tonal and gesture language, with 14 different distinct tones lending shading to the meaning of words, and a wide variety of subtle hand gestures that shade the meaning of those toned words further. The result is that those who can't move both their hands sound 'flat' to Nusrizan ears - their meaning can certainly be understood, but to them it is like listening to someone speak without inflection, tone, or variation in pacing. They are similarly skilled singers, and vocal competitions are very popular with the Nusrizans.|
|Government||Monarchy. Ruler is titled the "Tajhan". It's a hereditary post, though there have been times in its history where the ruling family was wiped out by accident or assassination, typically leading to war among the Throngs until a new power structure emerges that is capable of choosing a leader strong enough to hold onto the position.|
|Current Tajhan||Abelin Artunduaga (m).|
|When did they achieve spaceflight?||About 24,000 years ago.|
|Sources of wealth||They're experts in sensor technology.|
|Religion||They have a monotheistic religion called Echanism that worships a single god they call Echanine, but it is by no means believed in by all Nusriza. It is a warrior, protector God, and much of their race lost faith in it during the Bushraki Wars, when it became clear that Echanine either wouldn't protect them, couldn't protect them, or didn't exist, and they joined into the Song Dominion with several other races. Echanism prohibited fraternization with other races until then, as well as the use of kith, both of which were restrictions large swathes of Nusrizan society were sick of and, under threat during the wars, rejected completely. This led to the Echanine Schism, which took place from 31 A.E. to 35 A.E. This internal religious war split their society, and over time those who reject Echanine have come to dominate Nusrizan culture and leadership.|
|Architecture||Their buildings have large open portals to the outside for young Nusriza to fly in and out of, and they also build large living environments above the clouds, supported on huge, rigid supports.|
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