Faeloras

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Concept sketch of Faeloras with photoreceptors (the leafy whisker things)
Concept sketch of Faeloras with photoreceptors (the leafy whisker things)
nothing here is canon

Appearance

Faeloras are feline "spirits" or "fairies" with large bunny-like ears. They can be either quadruped or biped and can come in all shapes and sizes.

There are no color restrictions for Faelora coats. However, their clothes and accessories often reflect the color of their ensha (see below).

Ensha and Clarity

Faeloras are born with a natural affinity to specific types of ensha. There are eight main types of ensha, all of which correspond to different elements:

  • Red-Type (Fire) - Faeloras with this affinity are often hot-tempered and quick-witted. They are always ready to get the job done and have high offensive magic.
  • Orange-Type (Wood) - Faeloras with this affinity are warm and friendly. They prefer to stay in villages and are the best at building, gardening, and farming. They have medium defensive magic.
  • Yellow-Type (Lightning) - Faeloras with this affinity are extremely fast and make the best messengers. They have medium offensive magic.
  • Green-Type (Wind) - Faeloras with this affinity uniquely have wings. They are strongest at scouting and weather prediction. They have medium defensive and offensive magic.
  • Cyan-Type (Ice) - Faeloras with this affinity are stoic and quiet. They have high offensive and defensive magic but are extremely weak in warm regions.
  • Blue-Type (Water) - Faeloras with this affinity are calm and collected. They have medium defensive, healing, and offensive magic.
  • Purple-Type (Stone) - Faeloras with this affinity are stubborn and traditional. They have the highest defensive magic and medium offensive magic.
  • Magenta-Type (Crystal) - Faeloras with this affinity are curious and kind. They have high healing, defensive, and offensive magic. However, they are generally pacifists and do not practice offensive magic.

The magical potential of Faeloras depends on the clarity of their ensha. Faeloras with little-to-no magical potential have "cloudy" or "muddy" ensha, which is represented by the color grey. While it is not impossible to master their element, Faeloras with grey ensha have to work harder to increase the clarity of their ensha. Faeloras with high clarity (saturation) ensha have high potential in their element and can easily master their craft with a bit of honing.

Mastering ensha is a lifelong process that all Faeloras work towards. Each type of ensha offers a different specialty or "trade" that the Faeloras can use to contribute to society. From an early age, Faeloras are taught by their families to master their tools of trade. Faeloras inherit their natural affinities from their parents. They experience faster growth when honing these innate affinities.

It is not unheard of for Faeloras to branch out and attempt to master other types of ensha instead. Sometimes, a Faelora will choose to master a new type of ensha after they mastered their innate ones. Other times, they may choose to pursue different types of ensha altogether and ignore their innate affinities. It takes Faeloras twice as long to master an element they have no affinity to versus an element they do have an affinity towards.

It is heavily looked down upon and dangerous for Faeloras to attempt to master multiple types of ensha at once. Soul trees reflect the ensha that Faeloras have mastered or have affinities to. It takes the mastery of an element to maintain a stable "color" in the soul tree. Until the ensha is mastered, Faeloras have almost no control over how the soul tree handles ensha. Mixing different types of ensha can lead to multiple results, including but not limited to: stasis, conversion, and corruption.

Ensha Subtypes

Magic potential is classified based on the color and clarity of ensha. Aside from the eight types of ensha listed above, there exist the following:

  • Grey-Type ("Cloudy") - Ensha that is desaturated/cloudy indicates a weak affinity towards magic.
  • White-Type ("Wild Card") - Baby Faeloras with white-type ensha are able to adapt with the highest clarity and mastery to one element of their choosing.
  • Black-Type ("Double Affinity") - Baby Faeloras with black-type ensha are able to adapt to two types of ensha with the highest clarity of their choosing (but no mastery).

Soul Trees

Faelora lifespans depend entirely on the well-being of their soul trees. Soul trees are embedded with high concentrations of ensha, which provide magical power to Faeloras. Every soul tree displays visible ensha veins; however, only creatures blessed with magic are able to see these veins. To normal humans, soul trees look like natural flora.

Soul trees are normally planted in safe, well-hidden or guarded places. Faeloras are very secretive about the locations of their soul trees. They only share these locations with their family and most trusted companions. The knowledge of the location of one's soul tree could be extremely dangerous if fallen into the wrong hands. Soul trees can be destroyed when a being of equal or greater magical power; however, the destruction of soul trees is very rare because the same amount of ensha destroyed from a soul tree is also taken from the Faelora who performs the act. (Does that make sense? Equal trade-off kind of thing. You hurt someone else = you hurt yourself.) In addition, the more a Faelora destroys another's tree, the cloudier their ensha becomes (and thus, the weaker they become).

Every time a Faelora uses magic, it consumes a bit of the ensha stored in their Soul Tree. Faeloras who deplete their ensha reserves will fall into a coma-like state. When this happens, their companions only have a certain amount of time to replenish or "donate" their ensha to revive their friend. As a safety guard against this risk, Faeloras will keep "reserves" of their ensha, bottled and stored in a very safe place - just in case.

Upon mastery of a certain type of ensha, soul trees begin to produce flowers or fruit. Many Faeloras adorn their soul tree's flowers as accessories, while some carry bottles of their ensha extracted from said flowers. The ensha extracted from soul trees can be used to enchant clothing, weapons, accessories, etc.

Also another tidbit about this before I sleepo is that the more masteries a Faelora has, the larger their soul tree grows. Senka- and higher-ranked Faeloras have the ability to "hide" their soul trees from the world with illusions, while Omni-Kai Faeloras are able to move their trees altogether to a hidden realm accessible only to them (and those they trust).

Society and Hierarchy

Faeloras live in villages that are grouped generally by their affinity. [OK I"M TIRED I WILL ADD MORE TO THIS LATER. But basically they live in groups of their colors, but some villages/more developed cities have higher mixture of diff affinities. Sometimes peeps are hired or will move to diff villages to perform tasks only they can do. Villages trade with each other to make up for another's weaknesses, etc etc etc]

Several factors build up the hierarchy of Faelora society which are defined mostly by a Faelora's soul tree and ensha. While most Faeloras spend their lives mastering one type of ensha, there are many other Faeloras who have mastered multiple. Faeloras are given titles and are ranked by their level of mastery.

  • The lowest ranking Faeloras have grey-type ensha. They have no strong ensha affinities and do not have any masteries. They do not carry any titles.
  • Faeloras who have high affinities to at least one type of ensha but have not mastered a type have the title, Isha.

After Faeloras have mastered a type of affinity, their titles become:

  • Hoka for 1-3 masteries
    • Hoka-Ra is the title given to Faeloras who are mastering their fourth ensha
  • Rasha for 4-6 masteries
    • Rasha-Sen is the title given to Faeloras who are mastering their seventh ensha
  • Senka for 7 masteries
    • Senka-Om is the title given to Faeloras who are mastering their eighth ensha
  • Omni for 8 masteries

In addition, the title Omni-Kai exists as an extension of Omni for Faeloras who have walked among the stars and been blessed by the gods. They are immortal.

Lifespan and Breeding

Faeloras are born when two parents make their pilgrimage to the Fountain of Life at the base of the Great Tree. There, they must pluck a spirit lotus, fill its seed head with their combined ensha, and place it back in the water to incubate. During the first night, the spirit lotus closes its petals and begins the incubation process. Incubation takes 3-5 nights to complete, and most parents stay for that long to guard their lotus from potential thieves. The genders of the parents do not matter.

After the lotus is done incubating, it will bloom again on the last night to reveal a baby Faelora hugging a small seed, surrounded by crystallized ensha. After the baby is "born", the parents will return to their home and make a "milk" paste using the petals of the spirit lotus and ensha crystals. This ensha-infused milk is fed to the baby to help it grow.

Baby Faeloras are born with at least one type of affinity towards ensha. Parents who have different affinities or have mastered multiple types of ensha are not guaranteed to have their child inherit all of their masteries. The color of a Faeloras ensha is revealed at birth. Often times, if a Faelora is born with multiple affinities, there is a strong presence of one type of ensha and small amounts of others. Faeloras born with multiple strong affinities are rare but are exceptionally gifted children.

Faeloras are fully grown by the time they reach 2-3 years, during which they are eligible to breed. They have lifespans that are proportional to their masteries. Grey-type Faeloras only live up to 5 years, while Isha may live up to 10. With each level of mastery, Faeloras can live 100-150 more years. Omni Faeloras have been known to live up to 1000 years. Omni-Kai Faeloras are immortal.