According to the Ontiba, Kettlah were created from Haket being spread too thin to properly fulfill his duty of reporting notable events of every creature’s life throughout Omneutta shortly after their death to Porrair for a cataloging. In their very early history, all Kettlahs were nomads, and this is reflected in their current tribal culture.
A Kettlah takes the name of their tribe and combines it with a given name, which may or may not have some inherent meaning. As mentioned earlier, Kettlah live in tribal societies governed by the eldest and youngest. Most middle-aged Kettlah are found far outside the Vale Reef, studying from and teaching other cultures.
Both genders of Kettlah can bear children, though same-gender relationships will produce the gender of both parents. Kettlah mate by entangling their tendrils. Certain sections of each tendril are for mating, and all eight tendrils need to be in contact with another Kettlah’s reproductive sections in order to mate. For seventy-nine weeks a parent carries the child or children on its back, growing out of the Adult’s skin. This extra weight leads to hunching as the child grows.
As said above, Kettlah do not have a family unit in regards to parent-children relationships. Instead, young Kettlah are raised by the older Kettlah for the first 10 years of their life.
Kettlah live in tribes that are ran by the eldest member, regardless of gender. In a tribal setting, Kettlah are considered newborn for the first ten years of their lives. During this phase, they are raised by the parents or the tribe at large if no parents remain alive. At the end of this phase, Kettlah are members of the tribal council and make decisions on the fate of the tribe with the elder leaders. This not only matures the younger Kettlah, but passes the knowledge and leadership ability from generation to generation, and keeps the eldest Kettlah young in spirit. Kettlah are required to leave the tribe between 20 and 30 years of age, and usually spend the majority of their lives outside the tribe. They may return to tribe leadership as elders if they so choose.
Main Article: Kettlah Drum
Kettlah music is composed almost entirely of the drum that bears the species’ name. The mist that separates the tops of landmasses from the fertile grounds below has a pitch that varies from location to location as well, which is usually what tonal center music from the area is based in. Due to their mental communication, groups of Kettlah playing together can be in sync with each other despite not having a metric or rhythmic structure to build from.
Kettlah are vegetarian by nature, and also have no mouths. They are able to eat by squeezing vegetation with their hands and absorbing the remains with their sponge-like tendril ends. They prefer to eat the bioluminescent plant life found on their home worlds across Vale Reef as these plants have higher concentrations of essential minerals, but any vegetation will do.
As a race, Kettlah have been privy to the details of what happens to souls after death across Omneutta for their entire existence, and what happens is a whole lot of nothing according to Kettlah. As such, as a species they find themselves at odds with other Sentient Species who believe in an afterlife of some sort. When it comes to worship, Kettlah prefer to practice their faith in areas with large numbers of the dead nearby, as they believe this strengthens their connection to the Ontautt, specifically Haket. This is why their religious temples almost always have tombs underground.
Kettlah do not usually wear clothing around other Kettlah, as they have no exposed genitalia or any other reason for body modesty. All Kettlah wear delicately crafted necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry adorned with beads of various meanings, most notably a bead per year of life. Colouring of these beads varies by tribe, and some Kettlah that do not return to their tribe choose to not wear their beads. However, they are aware of other species’ views on modesty and will don clothing when non-Kettlah are present.
As a species-wide rule, their designs eschew straight edges or any forms that come to a point. The two clear aspects of their architecture are the white-purple stone they use to build made from the deep purple rock they dwell on, and the multi-coloured glass they use for windows. Their stonework borrows from Greek influence while building more rounded structures.
Kettlah ship design borrows from their first large structures; the bridges the Kettlah built long ago to traverse the distance between the land they can live on. They incorporate a thicker, more hardy version of their stained glass in some of these ships as well.