According to the Ontiba, Poria were created to aid Porrair in cataloging of her experiements, and to conduct experiments that she could not perform herself. As such, the Poria value scientific progress over almost all other aspects of life.
Poria as a culture value function over form in nearly all aspects of their lives. They have no real family structure, and most power in government comes from the citizenry. Despite all Poria valuing the scientific process above most other ways of life, Poria scientists are not actually viewed as citizens of a higher class. Culturally, they seem steeped in tradition because they are uniformly willing to abandon any tenet of their society if they find a better, more efficient way to to anything – often creating the illusion that they have been operating any particular way for long periods of time.
As stated earlier, there is no real family structure in Poria culture. Poria are produced when two Poria exchange magma from inside their bodies. This can be done by one Poria sticking their hand inside another and pull out lava, which then mixes with their own, or by Poria offering each other bits of lava. This lava then cools and hardens into a shell. Once hardened, it is left on the ground for tracers to find. Once found, they are collected and cared for as part a series of groups of Poria who take care of it until birth, then as it ages.
The Poria run their government as a Constitutional Monarchy that functions more like a democracy, as any law created has to be ratified by every level of government beneath, including the citizenry. With this model, the citizens as a collective have the highest political power, but the Hanullzis, the acting Monarch has the most political power of any individual.
Early Poria music was composed largely for religious ceremonies to honour Porrair and other Deities before they shifted as a culture away from open worship. Presently, Poria musicians are funded and employed by the government for single purpose music. Each peace is composed to either increase worker productivity, or to induce higher quality sleep more quickly. This music is then pumped into work and residential environments respectively at appropriate times of the day.
Poria, as being made from molten material, do not quite eat as compared to most other forms of life. Poria use lava ported across cities and countrysides much in the same way that electrical cable and transformers power homes on Earth. In this way they also use this lava as sustenance, a more literal refilling of their bodies’ lava supply.
Poria do believe in the Deities as an overall species view of religion, but do not see any benefit of worship. They believe the deities when they claimed at the Timekeeping Reset that they would no longer meddle in mortal affairs, and as such do not find worship a productive use of their time. The logic is thus: If the deities already were going to do what you ask of them, there is no point; if the deities were not, they have promised not to change things on behalf of mortals.
There is no sense of fashion among the Poria, as it directly contradicts their value of function over form. The first and last outfits are for general use by elected officials, and a majority of the citizenry. The second and third outfits are for hot and cold environments, respectively. The third outfit is for environments where Poria safety is easily compromised, such as working with lava flows, and the final outfit if for most scientists and their lab work.
The zoning concepts at the top left of the concept represent the four stages of a Poria city block. Initially, most of a block is residential. As residents consolidate into buildings and/or move out of the block, the community zone (square open space in center) is reduced. Poria blocks also have monorail that serve as public transit on perpendicular outer paths for each block.
Poria buildings are fairly blocky. Their zoning values square building footprints, so whether or not the buildings themselves are square, the footprints are usually, as seen in the concepts.
To get around their own communities, Poria employ a rail system. The rail cars are held up by a series of plasma thrusters built into the railing system itself, which also supplies the particles needed for fission – used for stopping and starting the rail system – in a stream collected on the underside of the cars. The cars themselves are moved by drawing in and expelling air, which is powered by low-scale fission. This system achieves smoother acceleration and deceleration than previous systems.
Space travel works on the same principles, with their ships being much larger in scale/size. Before the advent of the rail system, Poria did not travel as often in mass transit, and as a result their ships were smaller and bore no resemblance to the monorail style ships currently.