About the Raxananikoa



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Overview

The Raxananikoa are human. They live mainly in the grasslands between the mountains that form their island, the most concentrated area being the coast of Lake Hukasal in the center of the island, although many now live along the southeastern shore in the port cities of Salkirax and Dektakx. Gudnaband, the oldest city, at the base of Mt. Zonsak, still thrives as a center of technological innovation.


Clothing

Because they worship Raxanazar, the Lord of Winds, they have a special place in their heart for birds. On formal occasions, all adults wear garments with "wings" on the back, constructed usually of wood and cloth, painted to look like real bird wings (priests are required to wear their wings at all times). High-ranking priests and priestesses, however, sometimes wear wings covered in real bird feathers sewn onto the cloth, engendering the widespread myth that they can actually fly.

Both genders also wear flowing robes, knee-length for children and ankle-length for adults, usually also decorated in the likeness of feathers. The long sleeves also usually end in long fringes to simulate wings.


Food

Food is plentiful on Raxanadon, as fish abound in the lakes and on the coast. Wild deer also live on the island, brought as beasts of burden by the ancestors of the Raxananikoa (Needless to say, it is illegal to kill a bird in Raxanadon). The lowlands, comprised of fertile volcanic soil, are also used to farm wheat and vegetables.


Art

Raxananikoan art is carving more than painting. There is ample igneous rock to be found in Raxanadon, and they carve and polish this into beautiful sculptures. Most homes have a statue or some other carven artwork, as a shrine or place of prayer.

Volcanic glass is cut and used for wind chimes or other decorations. These, however, are not commonly sold to foreigners, as they are used for religious meditation.


Currency

Raxananikoan currency is in the form of volcanic glass beads, which are strung together and weighed for value.

The Raxananikoan number system is base-7, as opposed to our base-10 number system. The standard bead weight, called the buk, is about one gram. Other sizes include the bukde, one seventh the size of a buk; and the kabuk, axbuk, and senbuk, worth two, three, and four buks, respectively. The largest bead weight, the tanbuk, weighs as much as seven buks.

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