- Ontiba 3
- A Warning on Mixed Relations
- Report: the Balance of Sea-Dwelling Species
- What the Cold Brings In
The first generation of avocs were all creations of Davoto and Aster, and were gifted singular portions of Davoto’s powers.1 The following generation were mostly children of the first, though some were creations of the two aforementioned Deities.1 Their naming conventions have evolved over time from a combination of parental names to a family—referred to as a clan—name followed by a chosen name after an apostrophe.2 At some point avocs all lived under water as evidenced by several cultural practices and celebrations for leaving the water, though there is no record of this period.3
Avoc are small in stature at 1.4 m. (4’ 6”) though are considerably dense at 57 kg. (125 lbs.) on average. Adult avocs notably have no hinged jaw, as it merges around 11-13 years of age and turn into a grinding apparatus inside the remaining openings. Among the longest living Sentient Species, avoc regularly live to around 130 years.
Avocs are mostly self-governed in a communal basis, with elders of prominent clans being relied upon for important decisions.4 These governments are fare less organized than many other species’ governing bodies, though there is a capitol formally recognized by OLAH on Vanpog. Clans are organized mainly by seniority, though members of the species who are pronounced dead and lived are elevated frequently. Both of these are due to the avoc’s closeness to Davoto.4 Their reproductive cycle is roughly in the middle of the lifespan, with females able to bear children around 40-90 years, and males able to sire offspring from 50-80.2 Females carry the unborn in a sac made of water inside their hip cavity for a year (~50 weeks) until the bones are rigid enough to pierce the sac.2
Most avoc are practitioners of Uatti, the belief that accepts the first book of the Ontiba as true. Since their creation, avoc have buried the bodies of deceased Omneuttians in their seas, and their afterlife consists of these souls being transported to one of three star-planets at the center of Avotoc-Space.1
Though they are capable of technological prowess and advancement shown by their use of high-powered engines for ships and sailboards, nautical scales, and solar sails. However, the species has shown hesitance to adopt innovations that do not fit in their maritime aesthetic as they feel inexorably tied to the seas.3
Aevot (pn. A-voht) is the language of the Avotoc is made of connected squares, circles, and triangles. Specific combinations make letters and phonetic combinations, and letters are connected to form words; each word has a unique shape.
Avotoc music might be considered plain from a melodic and rhythmic standpoint when compared to some of the music of other Sentient Species. Avotoc music is limited in that the main focus is the Kaeoubo, a stringed-gourd instrument that can only play up to five different notes at various pitches for any given standardized tuning.
Main Article: Avotoc-Space
The climate of Pale Shores is one of extremes; both white-sand beaches and glaciers can be found on the same continent. Large seas are abundant across Pale Shores as the culture is largely sea and space faring.
Davo is the ancestral homeland of all Avotoc, and contains the GreatSea: the largest body of water in Pale Shores (on a planet-star), and perhaps Omneutta. It is in the GreatSea that the first graveyard on Omneutta was made, and reportedly where many of the first generations of all Sentient Species are buried.