The Turath (pn. teur-aehth) are biped felids born with dark blue or black fur but can through the study of various magic from around Omneutta can become very colourful. They inherit this ability from their parent Deity Taruthe, and like him they also posses a strong sense of justice and righteousness. Turath are known to be very welcoming and are generally seen as the friendliest of the Sentient Species.
Turath were the last Sentient Species to be created before the Timekeeping Reset, though nearly three full generations existed before the event. Despite their newness to Omneutta the Turath have flourished over time, creating a diverse culture and economy that values many different kinds of labour and capital. Unlike every other Sentient Species, they were not created by their parent Deity and Aster, but rather a gift from the latter to the former for his compassion and determination do .
|Avg. Height||Avg. Weight||Distinctions||Skin Colour||Eye Colour||Hair Colour|
|1.9 m. 6′ 3″||95 kg. 210 lbs.||Patches of colour, mane, thin long tail||Black, Bluish-Black||Blue, Varies||Varies|
On average just under 2 meters, turths are fairly tall among other Omneuttians. Along with the Turath, the Sha’an also have tails but turths’ tails are longer and thinner. Turath have the unique ability to learn the magic native to other Sentient Species, as well as Taruthe’s own. Their educational history and knowledge is reflected in superficial changes: the first magic they become adept in will change the colour of the fur on and around their heads, followed by their chest and arms, and finally their tail and legs. Very rarely, a turth might become so proficient in a specific kind of magic that their eyes change colour, though they are generally a deep shade of blue.
Seen in the pronunciation guide below, Jistlek (pn. yEsht-lehzj) contains letters and letter combinations for all of the available sounds across other Omneuttian languages. In Jistlek, consonants are made from symbols divided vertically over a horizontal line, where vowels are made from symbols divided horizontally across a vertical line. The language itself is made from lines, curves, and rarely dots.
Government and Social Structure
Turath government is somewhere between a bureaucracy, a republic, and a meritocracy. All youth attend compulsory education to become well-rounded turths. At the conclusion of this education as they become young-adults they can seek trade jobs, become elected officials, religious figures, continue their education, private work, or a multitude of other options. Heads of any organization are eligible to become a city or local leader: religious leaders, Heads of local Kolegi (higher education), and Trade-Union heads are eligible. Elected officials are not allowed to run for another office while currently in office, so the post must be vacated for a term (how ever long they served, depending on the position) before pursuing another election including reelection to the same post.
Family life is among the most diverse amongst the Sentient Species, perhaps second only to Avotoc culture. Most households contain three generations of turth families, and some non-related families live together. Monogamous family units are the most common but other familial structures exist and are welcomed by most. Because all turths are required to have the same amount of basic education, all generations can help aid the distribution of knowledge to the young and families often pursue the same trade over several generations.
Religion for the Turath is more of philosophy than worship. Their approach is philanthropic and more practical towards the Deities—but should not be mistaken for a refusal of their existence. Turths believe the Deities to be involved minimally if at all in modern times, a belief that assumes the Deities remain true to their word after the Timekeeping Reset. For turths, it makes no sense to believe that a Deity or specifically Taruthe would choose to allow a young turth or Omneutian born into a poor family to suffer a lack of basic necessities like food, water, and shelter since they had done nothing wrong. Instead they see those who suffer in the mortal life as cherished and celebrated in the after life for having to suffer through circumstances largely out of their control. A simple doctrine that comes from the Ath and guides most denominations is this: “Blessed are not the able, the pious. Blessed are the weak, the suffering.“
Relations with Other Species
Other than Poria city-centers such as Ohr, communities in The Hilt are the most diverse in Omneutta, especially those on the Eastern and Southern edges of the majority, as these are often nearby or are shipping and industrial centers themselves. They are very welcoming to other Sentient Species, and welcoming of turths around The Hilt from a variety of walks of life. Their emphasis on education does not stop at their own young, and non-Turath young also learn the same basic education as they are members of the community. However, the non-Turath young do not often pursue higher education unless it is to explore the magic of their own Species.
In addition to the ambient soundscapes created to represent The Hilt, turths create their own music, preferring resonating instruments such as bells and plucked strings on top of drones. In the services of some religious denominations voices are also used in addition to instrumentation. Throughout The Hilt, just as there is variation in geography, there is variation in music that manifests in taking various ‘Turath’ motives (whether rhythmic, melodic, or both) and altering it in some way to fit the local instrumentation and aesthetic preference. Some local groups will prefer specific subsets of instruments, or have their own otherwise local sound.
The use of technology by turths is best seen in their architecture. Though they posses the capability to create large metal structures (as seen in older buildings that still stand), they overwhelmingly prefer to conserve the finite resources needed to create metal and instead opt for rounded, amorphous structures that rely largely on the natural landscape for their shape. One of the more advanced technologies the turath have pioneered is used in their creation of the glowing blue glass-like material, which is partially reflective, captures and conducts energy fairly efficiently. In the past, they have used powered vehicles for transportation but have largely shifted back to animal-drawn vehicles to preserve fuel for necessary space-traveling vehicles, in addition to reducing several kinds of pollution at the local level.
Main Article: Turath-Space
The Hilt was originally conceived to be a geographic microcosm of Omneutta. Despite Taruthe not finishing his plans, the geography of The Hilt varies a great deal between local groups, though mountains and highlands tend to be found throughout.
Main Article: Pommel
The singular homeworld of the Turath is unknown and this discovery has eluded researchers and historians for many centuries. What is known is that the Turath originated around Pommel, as Aster surprised Taruthe with them as he was creating his own mini-Omneutta in a corner of the Known Universe.