Avotoc (pn. ah-voh-tahk) are a small species that somewhat resemble human skeletons. Because of their time and experience living underwater, they are masters of making things waterproof. As a culture, they live near and take up nautical trades so this comes in handy. They are among the longest living species, living to 130 years on average.
The Ontiba says that the first generation of Avotoc were all creations of Davoto made possible by Aster. This first generation of Avotoc were gifted singular portions of Davoto’s powers and were asked to repay him by assuming some responsibilities. The first generation had exclusively one-syllable names that began with consonants and usually ended with a vowel. The second generation was usually reproduced through mating, though some were direct creations of Aster and Davoto again. Those who were offspring of two avoc adopted both the names of their parents—usually the father’s followed by the mother’s—separated by an apostrophe. This practice was changed around the Timekeeping Reset, where it became practice to have the (closest, if from two different families) lineage come before the apostrophe, with the name after being chosen.
|Average Height||Average Weight||Distinctions|
|1.4 m. 4′ 6″||57 kg. 125 lbs.||Skeletal appearance, Small stature|
What appear to be external bones is actually skin that covers the surface of their bones. Additionally, their eyes are sockets with nerves in the back that do the ‘seeing’. If these nerves get agitated they can detach rendering an avoc partially or fully blind. Their lower jaws merge into their upper jaws when they reach maturity around 11-13 years of age, with the mechanisms that used to open and close the jaw reform into a grinding apparatus just inside their three mouth openings so they can continue to eat. The openings and the tops of their eyes can move and form facial expressions. Their ‘ribcage’ houses all organs aside from the brain.
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. There are 26 combinations of shapes that form recognizable letters and phonetic letter combinations. There are 9 symbols that use vowel sounds and 17 consonants.
Government and Social Structure
Each community of avocs are mostly self-governed, with the eldest members of the more prominent families being delegated to make any important decisions that should come up. The organizational structure on a per-planet-star and -community basis is much less organized than other species’ governing bodies, though they do have a formally recognized capitol in Vanpog. Crimes on smaller scales are dealt within the community by this process, and within the family on an even smaller scale. Like most Sentient Species, they are willing (to a degree) to acquiesce when members of O.L.A.H. are present. Most communities function on a capitalist market, allowing business leaders to police themselves.
Avotoc organize themselves by clan, which are shown by surname. Surnames are before the apostrophe, while given names are after. Avotoc who have left their clan are signified by a single name, likely their given name. Clans are organized by seniority with few exceptions. This is due to the eldest’s closer proximity to Davoto; in this context those Avotoc who have been pronounced dead but continued to live are frequently elevated to seniority.
The reproductive cycle for Avotoc mimics humans’. In their 130 year life cycle, females are able to bear children around 40-90 years of age, while males are able to produce offspring from 50-80. Female Avotoc carry the young Avotoc in a sac made of water inside their hip cavity for a year (~50 weeks), give or take a couple of weeks earlier or later. When the bones of the young Avotoc are hard enough to piece the water sac, the Avotoc is born.
Most Avotoc are practitioners of Uatti, the belief that accepts the first book of the Ontiba as true. Avocs in particular hold the belief in a specific afterlife. Since Before Time—according to the Ontiba—the Avotoc have buried the bodies of the 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. Their destination depends on their actions and adherence to Davoto’s tenets in life. There are a few separate Avotoc denominations that go against some core parts of Avotoc faith, though most denominations agree on the majority of their religious beliefs.
Relations with Other Species
Avocs are generous and amicable with other Sentient Species. Generally, the avocs have a subconscious hierarchy of trust, and non-Avotoc they do not know tend to fall towards the bottom, though this usually does not factor into inter-Species interactions. Avocs can be found in nearly every corner of the Known Universe where water can be found, and sometimes in places where it cannot.
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. Around 900 A.T., some Avotoc musicians had begun to experiment with non-standard tuning to make more notes accessible at once.
Though they are capable of technology, shown by their use of high-powered engines for ships and the creation of equipment like sailboards, nautical scales, and solar sails, the species tends to avoid technology that will remove them from their sailing/maritime aesthetic.
Main Article: Avotoc-Space
Avotoc-Space is close to Astran-Space for the most part and on some maps due to the colouring of both Astran- and Avotoc-Space can be hard to distinguish which is which. Avotoc-Space is characterized by four large star-planets in the middle. The climate of Pale Shores, like its inhabitants, 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.
Main Article: Davo
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.