- 1 Table of Contents
- 2 Rules
- 3 Overview
- 4 Physiology
- 5 Territory
- 6 Commerce
- 7 History
- 7.1 Origin/Founding: BeetleWings
- 7.2 The Warring Swarms (3440-3540 AS)
- 7.3 Civil Issues
- 7.4 HiveWing Imperialism (late 4950s AS)
- 7.5 Postbellum (4980's - today)
- 8 Government
- 8.1 Leadership Systems throughout history
- 8.2 The Archkhan
- 8.3 Nest Chiefs
- 8.4 Khandom Officials
- 8.5 Laws
- 8.6 Punishments
- 9 Education
- 10 Culture
- 10.1 Naming
- 10.2 Languages
- 10.3 Religion
- 10.4 Social
- 10.5 Tribe Holidays
- 10.6 Swarms
- 10.7 Food
- 11 Intertribal Relations
- 12 Significant Members
- 13 References
Table of Contents
|Physiology||Appearance - Abilities and Weaknesses|
|Territory||Geography - Nests - Landmarks - Defenses|
|Commerce||Policy - Currency|
|History||Origin - Warring Swarms Period - Civil Issues - Queen Wasp - Postbellum|
|Government||The Archkhan - Nest Chiefs - Lesser Officials - Laws - Punishments|
|Education||General Education - Vocational Licenses|
|Culture||Names - Language - Religion - Social - Holidays - Swarms - Food|
|Relations||Pantalan Tribes - Pyrrhian Tribes|
|References||Gallery - FAQ|
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CentiWings are a flightless tribe based off of myriapods-- mainly centipedes and millipedes-- and other plated invertebrates with numerous legs. Their armored scales come in varieties of black, brown or grey with a banded or striped pattern. Their primary defenses are their tails-- which have a powerful vice grip-- and their nasty necrotic bites, which contain a nonlethal venom that inflames and blights tissue.
CentiWing culture revolves around individual work ethic and commitment to one's spouse and family, with the bond between child and parent being especially prized. Because of the tribal emphasis placed on duty and merit, adult CentiWings take on the name of their trade, which replaces their assigned birthname.
The CentiWing tribe is ruled by an Archkhan who earns the throne in a free-for-all tournament after the former ruler passes away. The winner is believed to have divinely ordained significance, and must govern by a code of conduct to defend their right to power in the eyes of the deity Hrringa. The current ruler is Archkhan Mapwright.
The tribe has been historically respectful and nonconfrontational with its business partners, but due to its habit of neutrality, it is prone to ignoring neighbors when interference is needed most. The LeafWings are on bad terms with the CentiWing tribe after it hesitated and failed to help them during the Tree Wars, and evidence of the tribe's existence has been censored by the HiveWing government after nearly driving it to extinction.
See References for more official art.
CentiWings come in shades of black, darker gray, and brown (including orange-brown or red-brown). All CentiWings have beady black eyes.
Most CentiWings have bright, warm-colored markings on top of their base color, running in either vertical or horizontal lined patterns down their armored plating. They are not limited to these stripe patterns alone, and can lack markings at all.
- Covered in chitinous plated armor
- Longer (mostly due to tail) and lower to the ground than other Pantalans
- Prehensile, expressive whiskers protruding from their upper jaw
- Permanently undeveloped wings
- Forceps at the base of the neck, used for anchoring the dragon after biting a target. When not in use, they are tucked tightly against the neck, disguised as spikes
- Elbowed horns which grow upward and eventually bend downward. This is the only requirement, otherwise make them whatever shape you like
- Generally short snouts, but lengths can vary
Similarly to how SilkWings undergo metamorphosis, CentiWings go through a molting process of shedding their skin in order to grow. Whenever a CentiWing molts, it leaves behind an armored, transparent skin of its younger body, and gains an additional pair of forceps.
Molting transpires over the course of a week and is precipitated by the dragon's skin appearing more cloudy, their scales experiencing more irritation than usual, and incessant hunger/moodiness.
A CentiWing is not considered an adult until it has molted three times (which occurs roughly at the age of six dragon years). Molting exponentially slows down as the dragon ages, with most dragons reaching a maximum of six forcep pairs.
All CentiWing hybrids MUST have the following traits:
- underdeveloped wings / incapable of flight
- cannot inherit special abilities (leafspeak, mind reading, firescales)
Abilities and Weaknesses
In terms of abilities, CentiWings have close-combat defenses.
- Withering Bite
CentiWings deliver a nasty bite that causes ulcers or inflammation in the affected area, usually with spidery patterns of skin necrosis around the bite mark. This is nonlethal to dragons but nonetheless excruciating if untreated. The withering bite is known to paralyze smaller prey animals.
- Vice Grip
CentiWings' tails are weaponized with strong pincers, allowing them to strike and latch onto enemies at a focal point. While tails can deliver a serious pinching force-- and a clamped tail can inflict worsening pain if circulation is restricted as time wears on-- they are not venomous. Tails are generally used to buy time, restraining dangerous opponents for long enough to administer a few painful bites. CentiWings' tails also strongly resemble their horns in both shape and coloration, so from the air, an enemy dragon might spot them and attack the wrong end.
- No ranged breath weapon
Due to being terrestrial, CentiWings are very vulnerable to ranged attacks and have to rely on their enemies getting close enough for them to strike. Their survival banks on the fact that Pantalan dragons tend to lack effective ranged weapons, while on the other hand the tribe would be completely extinct on the Pyrrhian continent.
Trained CentiWing warriors have a few consistent combat techniques, making it very obvious if a CentiWing opponent wasn't raised in the tribe. While there is variation in each member, there are some congruous tactics across the board.
- Tail tuck: Begins in a crouch with the tail folded under the stomach. The key is to remain low to the ground and flatten the body to decrease clearance, making it difficult for the enemy to wedge themselves under or flip the warrior. The warrior edges within striking distance, grabs the underbelly or legs of the target by thrusting their pincers forward from beneath their protected belly, and pulls its footing out, dragging the target under them. The CentiWing then goes into a tuck-and-bite where it arches its neck and tucks inward (drawing the target towards its body) after biting, like how a real centipede strikes. This ends with the target pinned.
- Disengage: Alternatively, the tail tuck can be used to throw an opponent away instead of using it to pin them. Sometimes there is enough momentum from dragging the enemy under to unbalance the CentiWing, causing them to roll forward during the tuck-and-bite. If the CentiWing takes advantage of this and turns it into a somersault, they can release the enemy from their grip at just the right timing to fling them away. The CentiWing completes the somersault and returns to their crouching stance.
The Harrowing Highlands
The khandom is situated in a semi-arid steppe region known as the Harrowing Highlands-- the extreme hillocks of northwestern Pantala. The maze of windy, arid valleys is blanketed in patchy grass, with inconsistent elevation and rough terrain that rises and falls steeply. Though they maintain arable tracts of land, the Harrowing Highlands rarely receive rainfall and cloud banks move very quickly over them, resulting in periodic droughts every 2-3 years. Most of the tribe's moisture is derived from the river (known as the River Raging) that cleaves through the highlands' center, or from underground aquifers.
Before Queen Wasp exterminated most trees on the continent, the region was sparsely blanketed by dry forests, including mopanes, African teaks, and Vachellia seyal acacias.
Weather in the hillocks is abnormal; the region is frequently visited by hot and ominous "fog banks" which are an optical trick resulting from dense airborne masses of smog and debris picked up by the wind.
The outlying hills create a natural border with the other tribes, and the steep drops in terrain enable certain cliff faces to fall out of view, which protects the nests from being spotted in the air.
CentiWings are semisubterraneous. They live in communal city systems known as Nests, which they bore into hillsides and fortify with an overcoat of roots and cobbled stones to imitate the surrounding terrain. A network of sister nests can span multiple valleys, with the vast plains between each residential structure being considered a resource basin on which the settlements can negotiate territory borders.
Canonically there are 13 Nests in the tribe, each managed by its own chief.
The inner cities feature a central commons area from which many smaller chambers branch off for each dragon's den, resembling a wheel-with-spokes pattern. Chambers are open to the outside air on one end, and on the other, are connected to the round or hexagonal commons within. This commons area serves many functions, and is considered a mess hall, forum, market, and occasionally a residential meeting chamber.
The interiors of CentiWing nests are cavernous, with ceilings hollowed into a conical dome shape to maximize vertical space. Most Nests are at least two stories, with a library, infirmary, dragonet nursing, and several other services located on the second floor. In particularly large Nests, residential is two stories, and therefore another story is needed for these services.
Drapery and carpeting are made from animal-based sources. Sheepskin and furs are a preferred material for curtains (as a standard these are draped over one's chamber for privacy), and for protecting stone walls from scratching. Sheepskin is also the main component in traditional tents-- which are used for festivals, markets, or tribe events to sell smaller wares that can be packed easily-- and pelt rugs are the carpeting standard, though the options may also include thatched grass mats in some nests.
Cave lighting is natural and comes from the open-air end of a dragon's chamber, behind their curtains, which can be partially pinned back to allow for a protected view. It is also popular to fill elongated soapstone or granite basins with natural oils and light them using rubbing-sticks.
Potted ferns are very popular decorations, and ferns do well in dim lighting.
Internal Migration CentiWings can cross the territorial holdings of Nests or move into another Nest without punity. No one will flip out if someone from Auric Fields walks over to Balding Basin.
Communal Land The tribe has no concept of land as private property, but CentiWings can obtain the right to exclusively use land if the dragon has a profession involving the use of land for business (i.e. mining, farming) and the land isn't unreasonably far from the jurisdiction of their original Nest. All new business ventures in a Nest's region which concern land use have to be approved by the Nest Chief to make sure that sharing the resources won't pose a significant unwarranted loss to the nest in question.
Khan's Peak is a steeply elevated ridge in the heart of the territory. It is the site of the tribe's citadel, as well as a historic hotspot for precious jewels and deposits of metal. The name "Khan's Peak" is used to describe both the geographical formation and the administrative building sitting upon it.
The citadel is shaped similarly to most Nests, but is surrounded by tall stone battlements-- each equipped with a catapult-- and walled off from the outside, save for three arched baluster columns which are palisaded when not admitting guests or permitting residents to leave. The four-story walled capitol features a domed roof tiled with colorful stone shingles, with a standard commons/courtyard on the interior to which all the individual chambers/living quarters have access via climbing down/up a series of tree-root lattice that runs down the balconies of each floor.
The Pelt Room
The Pelt Room is the chief foyer in which the Archkhan and their attendants eat, and is named for its inclusion of exotic pelts on the floor and walls. These are presented in excess to demonstrate how much the tribe values peace between nations, by exhibiting appreciation for the gifts of its allies. The softest varieties of these pelts are arranged like cushions around a shallow sand pit; the CentiWing tribe's officials sit on the floor while eating, discussing tactics and drawing strategies in the sand. To one side of the sand pit is a small rack of maps, for when a general overview of the terrain is too complicated to draw.
In comparison to all other rooms in CentiWing culture-- which are typically chamberlike and meant for one dragon-- the Pelt Room is incredibly wide, in fact horizontal enough to fit seventy CentiWings standing in a row from right to left. The Pelt Room is also markedly breezy and naturally lit by the warped-looking sunrays of the highlands; its entrance from the interior courtyard is an open aperture that is spaced in rows like colonnades by trefoil arches, the length of which runs from just beneath ceiling-height all the way to the floor and the width of which a dragon could walk through. The furthest end of the room is cast in shadow much of the time, but illuminated from the opposite end by smaller stained glass windows positioned at shoulder-level which are maybe four feet in height-- not very large by dragon standards-- colored in cool celadon and pale powder-blue with depictions of decorated warrior-dragons in each.
The House of Hrringa
The House of Hrringa is a sacrisanct underground hollow. It is enshrined within a subterranean labyrinth (built by Archkhan Stonecrafter) that is located beneath the main courtyard of Khan's Peak; this labyrinth was specifically designed so that only a dragon guided by Hrringa could hope to navigate to and from the hollow. Because of how difficult it is to find this place, it became an alternative method of succeeding the Archkhan, though only applying under particular circumstances.
The inside of the House of Hrringa is entrenched almost entirely in darkness, with unlit oil lamps positioned around the room which must be lit when conducting the Numenspeech or establishing contact with Hrringa (it is nearly impossible to see otherwise). The remnants of former Archkhans' last molts are reverentially arranged along the walls on small black granite pedestals, preserved under glass if possible. Important manuscripts, historical documents and personal notes are also archived in small shelves underneath the pedestals of the Archkhans who authored them.
At the heart of the House is a clear pool of water tapped from ancient aquifers, floating in a green soapstone bed and encircled by worn soapstone steps. The bottom of the pool is tiled with a mosaic interpretation of Hrringa.
The ground of the House is carpeted with moist soil, ferns, and decaying plant matter, and the chamber is said to have a misty, earthy smell.
The Forum is the site of the Chiefs' Convent and the Tourney. It is a public square resembling a campus, built at the base of Khan's Peak from yellow limestone and granite. It is wrought around a natural formation of slanted stone slabs that have been arranged into public perches, and surrounded by arid fields of stout bushes and gravel.
The Chiefs and Tourney organizers hold their meetings in a town-hall sized building at the furthest end of the forum that is furnished with granite council tables and engraved ironcast doors. During the Chiefs' Convent, the forum is closed to the public, and unauthorized dragons are prevented from loitering.
Located around the forum are clusters of private meeting dens, libraries, and public record offices.
Artillery technologies were first utilized during the Warring Swarms period. The military wing which handles artillery is known as the Khan's Highland Artillery (KHA).
CentiWing artillery is neither elegant nor known for sturdiness, and the spring force of a catapult decreases the more it is used. Catapults are also very inaccurate weapons, and it is no small feat to hit a flying dragon with one.
Usually these structures are delved into a hillside for support and built from wood, with chiseled stone joints and tightly woven ropes for tension. CentiWing artillery only includes varieties of simple catapults with varying arm lengths, which tend to launch large boulders, or are simply fired to hit incoming dragons with the force of the arm.
The catapults use tarp rucksacks filled with boulders as a counterweight at the opposite end of the throwing arm. The payload is inserted into the arm of the catapult, which is tightly bound to a lower wooden rung at the back of the machine. When ready to fire, the manning dragons cut the rope with their sharp horns, which releases the tension. This causes the counterweight end of the throwing arm to rapidly fall and the payload to rapidly rise until it is airborne.
Catapults generally include a sheltered compartment beneath them in the event of emergency fire, enabling the manning dragons to take additional cover. This is not a very large compartment and is a tight squeeze for winged dragons.
Most of these weapons have been destroyed or broken after intensive damage during the battle of the Great Fire and it has proven difficult to repair them with a forest of skeletal, brittle tree remains.
The CentiWings often live in periods of economic isolation, so the primary modus operandi of controlling the economy is to manage everything on a domestic scale. The khandom mandates compulsory payments from each nest, controls the flow of goods, and builds infrastructure within the tribe's boundaries as it sees fit.
The CentiWing tribe is technologically less advanced than the HiveWings and SilkWings in most respects, still living as though they are a hunter-gatherer culture despite adopting many of the luxuries of civilization.
For hundreds of years, the eastern side of the territory has been greener and more suitable for agriculture (even before Queen Wasp eradicated a significant percent of the tree population) yet it has traditionally been used for grazing sheep and not for growing plants.
- Sheep tend to take up more space for grazing and can't be raised on concentrated areas of land like drought-hardy crops, which can still make surplus yields on small arable tracts of land.
- Much of the original farmland has been lost to desertification over time, and modern CentiWings are having to be smarter about this.
- Recently the western production is related with "laying low" and shifting evidence of farmland out of sight from the HiveWings.
Before the tribe formally organized itself into its current state (pre-3540 AS) it used a bartering economy. However, this was deemed unstable after the tribe reunited, and it switched over to currency.
Due to the impracticality of depending on foreign money (Scales) while being isolated, the CentiWings currently circulate their own form of currency which is appropriately called Treasure. One Treasure is worth roughly half as much as a Scale, and resembles a small copper square pressed with the royal signature.
CentiWings are directly descended from the BeetleWing tribe, which arrived with the LeafWings on Pantala sometime between 0 AS and 3000 AS. However, unlike the HiveWings and SilkWings, the CentiWings do not share ancestry with Clearsight.
Ancient BeetleWings were not one unified tribe-- they were independent fiefdoms, each ruled by the most beautiful bloodline. The fiefdoms periodically challenged one another for resources or banded together to protect themselves from the wrath of the breath of evil plant. As a result the species was constantly undergoing a period of great genetic recombination, sharing, and culling between the groups. It wasn't until several years prior to Clearsight's arrival that a terrible outbreak of the breath of evil plant wiped out a third of these groups, many of whom were allied with the survivors. In order to protect their ethnic group from being assimilated to LeafWing rule, the BeetleWings reluctantly agreed to work together, and for several generations mended their resentment into a functional society.
The Arrival of Clearsight, 3015 AS
- Upon Clearsight's arrival, the BeetleWing royalty was reverent of her clairvoyance and insisted on a policy of intermarriage that she found difficult to refuse, resulting in the future hybrid families that would develop into HiveWings and SilkWings.
- After Clearsight passed away, the original BeetleWings began to cede fewer and fewer talons in marriage to the growing population of hybrids, which featured two dominant phenotypes and was in a period of utter chaos while both confusedly tried to organize themselves.
- The marriage alliances eventually did cost the BeetleWings their royal lineage, forcing them to resort to a new form of governance by divine nomination. For the first time, commoners were allowed to rightfully rule as queen. As these were generally the dullest and least vibrant members of their species, this laid the basis for one of the first shifts towards becoming modern CentiWings-- grey, black, and brown scales.
- CentiWings being descendants of BeetleWings who are able to have grey and black scales supports the idea that having black scales doesn't necessarily indicate HiveWings' descent from NightWings; this means that, while HiveWings are indeed descended from Clearsight, the black scales are not an exact indicator of heredity but are in fact another form of HiveWing propaganda.
Occupation of the Harrowing Highlands, 3114-3440 AS
- Over time the HiveWings and SilkWings began to compete with the BeetleWings for land, pushing them out of their original habitat range. The tribe moved to a geographically secure but perilous range of hills just north of Beetle Lake in response. The climate was conducive to advantageous adaptations in the BeetleWings' physiology, but as a result of genetic tweaks and macromutations, this population eventually lost its ancestral gift of flight. Despite each generation resembling the original BeetleWings less and less, they were reluctant to let go of their connections to their progenitor race, and continued to proudly refer to themselves as the BeetleWings.
- The tribe was still thoroughly challenged by the demands of the unforgiving environment and weakened by their forced change in diet. Half of the original settlers of the new territory--including the Queen and her retinue-- left to find a different homeland, swearing to return for the others once they did. This party was never sighted again.
- Out of necessity, the original settlement had to presume their Queen dead, and swore in her heiress Nightcrawler to lead this new generation.
The Warring Swarms (3440-3540 AS)
Because there was no way to confirm Nightcrawler's divine right to rule, the territory became unstable. Dragons doubted the legitimacy of her rule and accused her of using the throne for corrupt reasons. Civil disobedience and rebellion started to erode the power of the Queen.
By 3441, the social structure of the tribe naturally collapsed into an economic sinkhole of competing confederations called swarms, each led by a warlord known as the Khan, who claimed to be the rightful ruler of the tribe. The number of swarms is undocumented and believed to be centesimal, but there were only three swarms with considerable enough territory claims to merit attention.
Forced isolationism, looting, and warfare added up to a very costly waste of resources for the CentiWings. Watching the societal ruin from a distance, LeafWings and hybrid populations refused to trade with any of the Khans-- citing the lack of a proper government-- and wisely left them to quarrel amongst themselves.
To the tribe’s credit, the BeetleWings did not fight the entire time-— the bulk of the fighting petered out by 3480, and the actual conflict only dragged on until the sheer expenses of warfare halted them from picking battles with one another. That being said, they never made official treaties of peace, and simply chose to live in relative independence from one another, with no clear administrative power emerging to unite them all until practically 60 years later.
Unification of the Modern CentiWings
- By 3538, hopes of fixing the tribe were pretty much dashed— but the independent nests were starting to face administrative issues of their own, because they hadn’t exactly succeeded at claiming divine right themselves. Eventually, Nightcrawler's heir appealed to everyone’s dissatisfaction and proposed that if the different swarms allied, they could negotiate a method of determining divine right for current and future generations.
- After a hundred years of fighting (and some strongarming), the confederations met for three days near the base of the tallest peak in the land, where they agreed to unite as one tribe-- the CentiWings-- and gathered around a natural stone formation to discuss what challenges would prove someone to be a true leader. Ruling by those key values, they held the very first Tourney a week later, to continue their rivalries in a less destructive way. They ended the negotiations with a questionable but functional government that has lasted in more or less the same form up until the present.
- Led by the Archkhan Stonecrafter, the new tribe constructed the House of Hrringa to protect the tribe from future debates over leadership, and wrote several laws after consultation with religious scholars to establish what could and could not be done by the reigning Archkhan.
The First Archkhan Deposal (3793)
In 3793 the tribe faced a serious problem-- their Archkhan, the Spearmaker, was using his officials to maraud random dragons who had offended him, which defied the law of the land. There were signs of a famine coming, and it was unanimously agreed by the public that the Archkhan's divine right to rule had been revoked by Hrringa. But there was one major problem: there had been no law on how to actually oust an official from power without angering Hrringa (such as killing someone), because the tribe's founders had been so sick and tired of civil war (and had felt so thoroughly confident in their new laws) that they underestimated the possibility of returning to it. The tribe didn't have the right to force Spearmaker out of power, and killing him was against the law. Worried, the Nest Chiefs came together in secret and orchestrated a plan.
- At the next Chiefs' Convent, the Nest Chiefs did not bring any of their treasure which the Archkhan was entitled to, citing that there had been a massive protest and dragons were refusing to relinquish their money. They asked Spearmaker to send Inspectors to help them force citizens to give up their treasure. Frustrated, he agreed to such a favor, and spread out his Inspectors across the nests in small groups. Then in a surprise ambush, the Chiefs dragged Spearmaker and his officials away and locked them up in prison. Meanwhile, in every Nest, the citizens had the Inspectors outnumbered.
- After the incident, the Nest Chiefs decided to revise their laws so that tyrants who ruled despotically could be exiled or sentenced to death. They then had Spearmaker publicly executed for his crimes.
Great Famine (3793-3822)
Spearmaker's Famine lasted for nearly thirty years after he was deposed. Some were concerned that the length of the starving time was divine punishment for changing the tribe's laws, though everyone could agree that the famine had been caused by Spearmaker in some way. During this time, the CentiWings leaned on their close allies-- the LeafWings-- for food and aid. The LeafWings were very generous and the CentiWings thanked them graciously in the form of magnificent stoneworks depicting the LeafWing tribe and its queen, and in payment of precious metals mined from the hills.
- Treaty of the Sheaf, 3800 AS
Beginning in late 3821 AS, the tribe approached the LeafWings and negotiated an official alliance to protect themselves during an intense heat wave and accompanying famine. This was the first time the tribe had made an alliance since beginning its 350 years of forced isolation.
- Treaty of the Loom, 3831 AS
The SilkWings were the only tribe to approach the CentiWings for alliance first, believing that the alliance would strengthen SilkWing interests. The alliance wasn't particularly useful for either of the tribes entering it, but the SilkWing ambassadors had a market for weather interpretation and book-binding, so the CentiWings kept them around.
- Treaty of the Arrow, 3839 AS
CentiWings regarded the HiveWings as the brave warriors of the savannah and were quick to ask for their allegiance. As a gift, the current HiveWing Queen at the time sent for the pelts of many savannah animals, which are still currently presented in the Pelt Room. Included with this generous offering was a donation of HiveWing weapons which are still studied by the CentiWing military to this day.
HiveWing Imperialism (late 4950s AS)
After Queen Wasp rose to power, the CentiWings accepted her divinely ordained reign over the HiveWings. Being unrelated to Clearsight themselves, however-- and not believing the prophet to be a goddess-- they did not see why a divine gift would give Queen Wasp any power over the CentiWing tribe. They politely maintained their alliance and assumed a nonthreatening stance in intertribal politics.
The Assassination of Archkhan Vaultkeeper (4957)
- When the HiveWings began conquering their neighbors, the CentiWings first tried appeasement, and brought the Hive Queen many macabre gifts. These attempts at peace seemed to work until one "diplomatic meeting", when a HiveWing noble stabbed the softer underbelly of the Archkhan with a combustible toxin and fled. Needless to say, the encounter ended in bloodshed for the HiveWing ambassadors, and the CentiWings broke their alliance with them.
- The Numenspeech was collectively invoked, as everyone knew that Hrringa would not have sanctioned the Archkhan's death. Chosen by Hrringa was a promising young sentry, Watcher Fell, who soon became the Archkhan that would lead them into war.
- Unfortunately, Queen Wasp was of the philosophy that those who refused to join her were a threat to her power, and had attempted to create a power vacuum that would bend the CentiWings to her will. This failed spectacularly because she fundamentally misunderstood how CentiWings govern themselves. Instead of declaring war, the tribe decided that if appeasement would not work, then insulating themselves against their neighbors however they could-- be it defending themselves, or simply ignoring the HiveWings-- was the next best option.
- The HiveWings, on the other hand, interpreted the deaths of their ambassadors as an "unprovoked threat to their empire". They cited the incident as justification for...
The First CentiWing-HiveWing War (4957-4961 AS)
- The HiveWings staged a series of attacks on the CentiWings in private. However, the HiveWing tactics failed, and in order to convince the SilkWings that they must accept inferiority to the all-powerful Queen Wasp, they destroyed any evidence of their military failure, making it seem like CentiWings had never existed.
The Tree Wars (4962 AS)
- The Tree Wars were an intermission period in the feud between the HiveWings and CentiWings. Queen Wasp stopped rushing the CentiWings to deal with the LeafWing problem on the eastern front, recognizing that it is the CentiWings' accepted practice to only attack if it is in retaliation.
- The CentiWings were aware that their LeafWing allies needed help, and Archkhan Watcher appealed to the House of Hrringa for advice on aiding the LeafWings. Hrringa did not tell her to defend Queen Sequoia, so in accordance with her tribe's customs, she was forced to lose the LeafWings' alliance to keep her tribe stable.
The Second CentiWing-HiveWing War (4964-4971 AS)
- Fresh from their victory against the LeafWings, the Hives used the lessons they learned from the Tree Wars and attempted to drive the CentiWings to "extinction".
Postbellum (4980's - today)
- Modern CentiWings are currently experiencing a period of industrialization, becoming more adaptive due to their isolationism / resource limitations.
Nomination of Archkhan Mapwright (4986 AS)
- Though she sustained grave injuries in Queen Wasp's Charge, Archkhan Watcher held onto life for another thirteen years after the war before she eventually passed in her sleep. She was highly venerated for her service and greatly mourned.
- Tribe medics determined that she died early of chronic post-traumatic stress, which led to a debate on whether to use the Numenspeech or the Tourney to select the next Khan. It was eventually settled that, because she had lived thirteen prosperous years after the incident and died peacefully, a Tourney would be the most appropriate way to identify her successor.
- The winner of the event was a cartographer, Mapwright Hickory.
The CentiWings are ruled by a 'divinely selected' Archkhan.. It is believed that the god will pick a dragon for their contributions to the tribe, and most trials of leadership involve some contest of skill or luck.
The Archkhan manages their tribe under the guidance of limited laws. Laws measure whether their use of power is contradictory of divine right. An Archkhan can be seriously threatened by unfortunate events such as plagues or terrible weather, which the tribe might interpret as a sign that they are starting to stray from the moral path.
The general population is divided into systems of Nests. Each is headed by a Nest Chief, who has the quarterly responsibility to present their community's interests to the Archkhan. The Archkhan listens to everyone and then makes a choice for them based on what they think is the best decision.
Leadership Systems throughout history
- (0-????): independent fiefdoms ruled by queens and kings
- (3???-3440): fiefdoms are unified into one tribe, ruled by a queen or king
- (3440-3540): tribe breaks into swarms (political factions) ruled by khans
- (3540-present): swarms are unified into one tribe again, with an ultimate khan called the archkhan
The Archkhan is the tribe's supreme leader, responsible for exercising authority over the rest of the tribe. They assign roles to the appropriate dragons, oversee diplomatic relations inside and outside the Highlands, make mandates, and consult the divine. As long as they abide by the written laws and please the god which gives them power, they have virtually unlimited management.
Archkhans may settle these issues using their own judgment, or by accessing their sacred connection to the god Hrringa to ask for divine help (when necessary). Archkhans are the only ones who may enter the sacred inner chamber of Hrringa's temple and speak with them. When Hrringa gives them a command, the Archkhan must do it expediently and without question.
That is not to say that an Archkhan must do all of this by themselves; Archkhans live with a group of qualified advisors and guards who assist them in their campaigns (territory management, financials, paperwork, infrastructure, etc).
There are two ways that a CentiWing can become Archkhan, but neither of these involve killing one's own tribemates. New Archkhans are only nominated after the previous one has died, and will lead their tribe for life.
If the previous Archkhan died naturally, then the new one will be chosen through a contest of character and skill known as the Tourney. This process of succession is formally won by proving oneself to one's tribemates and to Hrringa.
The Tourney is known for lawlessness, roughhousing, and fierce competition among the participating nests. Nonetheless there are several rules governing who is allowed to attend and under what conditions:
- Competitors must have CentiWing blood
- CentiWings without a professed occupation are not allowed to compete
- Dragonets are not allowed to compete
- If no dragon manages to complete a challenge, points shall be awarded to the last /closest one standing.
- No minor challenges based on physical appearance may be held, nor any challenges which would give an unfair disadvantage to members of a swarm.
- The Tourney shall last exactly seven suns (one week)
Each day of the Tourney has one of the following Trials:
|Trial of||Points Earned||Procedure|
|Delegation||Up to 5 pts (1/each challenge)|
The Trial of Delegation requires CentiWings to select individuals and divide them up for a variety of strength and intellect challenges. This is considered by the public to be the most entertaining of all the trials, because it is largely dependent on public participation.
Examples of challenges:
Dragons have to cross two miles of terrain. Every so often, one action which they've been performing is spontaneously banned (not including breathing, eating, drinking or other such essentials), and they will have to find an alternative method. Each dragon is given a few of the same tools for this challenge, but the rest must be improvised.
Dragons are guided to the center of a dark cave while blindfolded, then left alone and given trivial detail-items to escape the fastest; the dragon who sees the big picture and chooses only the items which will most effectively accomplish the task is a leader who best knows how to judge articles based on their relevance. The dragon who solves the puzzle the quickest will be awarded points. Each dragon is given a separate turn to find their way out, similarly to the Numenspeech; they are not all left in the cave at once.
Competitors must prove themselves by seeing who is willing to sacrifice the most of their material wealth. For example, some dragons might have the largest flock of sheep, or bring the largest precious stone collection. Each dragon is allocated an area where they may pile their hoard into a giant heap.
At the end of the day, the challengers are forced to observe the entire tribe loot their piles in a massive free-for-all, meaning that the entire endeavor is an enormous economic loss for them.
The Trial of Patience places the candidates on top of a hill under scorching sunlight, only permitting them to move if they follow the cues of three colored banners (white, black, brown). At the signal of the white banner, no one can move; at the signal of the black banner, movement is permitted. The brown banner is designed to confuse, as it is very similar to the black banner.
Competitors travel from Point A to Point B (anywhere from 2-3 miles) while being harried by their tribemates; they are publicly dishonored through mockery, personal attacks on their character, and physical bucking (when close enough). The Trial is designed to break their wills and force them to stop running. The contending dragon cannot turn back and defend themselves either verbally or physically, and breaking down at any point on the path will result in no points being awarded for that trial.
This trial is always done on the final day. Competitors are sealed into a private chamber and forced to deliberate amongst themselves why they should win the throne. Until all dragons sealed in the room can agree as to which individual has the noblest and worthiest cause, none may leave-- and as there is no food and water in the room, the process of selection is incentivized. If a dragon has made it this far in the trials, they should be civil and clever enough to know when to concede.
If the previous Archkhan was slain in battle, then they died before it was time for their souls to depart, and so they will need to pass on their Providence to the next Archkhan through a two-part process called the Numenspeech. Fallen warriors who are trapped between the afterlife and mortal world reside in the House of Hrringa until a member of the tribe voluntarily comes forth into the House with them and partakes in a respectful ritual to take their place.
However, this is not a straight shot: the House of Hrringa is located inside a dark, subterranean labyrinth under Khan's Peak, and is supposedly constructed to be so unnavigable that it can only be found with divine guidance. This means that whichever dragon succeeds in reaching the end has already been favored by Hrringa to succeed the former Archkhan.
The ritual half of the Numenspeech commences upon entering the House. Around the room are positioned oil lamps; the dragon must locate and light each of these, casting a warm, dim light across a reflective pool in the center. To prove to the rest of the tribe that they have been to the House, the contending dragon must return with one of the lamps afterwards.
After lighting the lamps, the dragon chants selected poems to welcome Hrringa into their body and free the numen (soul residing in a place) of the former archkhan.
Each nest is organized to have its own community representative referred to as the Nest Chief. This is the most respected, informed, or powerful individual living in that nest. They will govern that Nest for life once they are nominated by the popular favor of their nestmates, unless they choose to step down willingly.
The Archkhan allows Nest Chiefs to make transient agreements on how to share the resources/territory around their nests, but the Archkhan can legalize all land-laws with permanent effects, which will take priority over those agreements.
Nest Liaisons must attend a quarterly meeting known as the Chiefs' Convent-- or whenever the Archkhan calls one into effect. They also bring a small offering of the Nest's earnings in Treasure with them to every other (regularly scheduled) convent as part of their allegiance to the Archkhan.
Becoming a Nest Chief
Nests have inconsistent and diverse methods of selecting their chief across the board, but historically the process involves some form of a public census, like a headcount. In recent times, however, many have made the voting process more anonymous due to the real likelihood of public brawling.
Because of this inconsistency, Archkhan supervision is necessary to verify the selection of new chiefs, to ensure that the victors truly won whatever competition was decided upon.
||Residents who wish to become chief take an eligibility test to ensure that they are both competent and willing to lead. Dragons who pass the test are then announced, and members of the community submit their choice anonymously on the day the Inspector arrives.|
||Votes are collected by calling the residents to a big public meeting in the commons and having them gather in groups for a headcount.|
|shared popular nomination||
||In some situations, nests might try to share a chief. It depends on the degree of sovereignty that each nest claims and how manageable such a proposition would be.|
Both nests involved would nominate a candidate in their commons by the typical headcount, then run these candidates against one another. Adults gather in surrounding fields between the two nests, where both candidates will give a speech, and then the dragons form groups for an ultimate counting to see which will be elected above the other.
|contest of physical prowess||
||An antiquated form of election, this contest of combatant skill is comparable to day Hrringnor of the Tourney and does not involve death.|
Due to the irregularity of the life term, there could be a matter of weeks, months, or years before a nest's chief is replaced.
Nest Chiefs gather quarterly at the Forum for a meeting (overseen by the Archkhan) to exchange information with, debate with, and request resources from each other. This is called the Chiefs' Convent.
- Nest Chiefs are required to appoint a stand-in before they leave for these meetings, to ensure that the Nest will be accounted for in their absence.
To ensure that a hearing of 13+ dragons doesn't devolve into utter chaos, the Convent works like this:
- Each Nest Chief gets a turn to report the current state of their nest, and to propose their solutions to any issues.
- If the matter concerns any of the other chiefs, those dragons may raise
- one talon to contribute their assent or
- two talons to suggest a counteroffer / make a statement representing their end of the issue.
Once a dragon who proposed a counteroffer has reached an agreement they are satisfied with, they put one of the two talons down so that they are only holding up one-- or continue to hold up two until they have reached an agreeable solution.
This goes in order of seating.
The Archkhan can also call a mandatory Convent into effect before the regular quarter has elapsed.
Most khandom officials belong to a subgroup of Inspectors. Inspectors are entrusted with determining whether the Nests are being administrated to the Archkhan's standards. The Inspectors' duties include stewardship of prisoners, policing domestic behavior, and presiding over lesser tribunals, but most of them specialize in just one of these duties.
They can be handpicked by the Archkhan, but generally are trained for the profession through study.
These officials meet in the Forum if they need to coordinate, and are typically scattered in small groups around the nests, keeping their forces spread out for surveillance purposes.
The CentiWing military is responsible for defending the tribe from outside threats and for protecting the Archkhan. It includes three main wings: the Khan's Highland Artillery, the Khan's Army, and the Khan's Guard. They have their own ranking system which does not apply to politics, and their own combat training programs.
High-ranking officers are expected to make sure the Khan's military orders are carried out but may use discretion in how the military arrives at the execution of those orders, unless the Khan overrides their decision.
The Archkhan appoints a few dragons to temporarily serve on their personal advisory panel if they have experience in a profession relevant to an ongoing issue. Though lacking lawmaking power, these temporary additions to the khandom retinue are valued for their counsel. They carry no distinguishing titles during their advisorship, and are humbly clerks and secretaries vital to helping the khan make decisions.
- Anyone who ignores the law will not be protected by the law, even dragons with power.
- The Archkhan can only gain their position legitimately through the Tourney or Numenspeech.
- The Archkhan cannot be a pure-blooded member of any other tribe.
- Only the patron god can declare war, because mortals are too impure to declare war justly.
Crime and Punishments
- Accused members of the tribe may be given a tribunal to deliberate whether or not they committed a crime.
- Killing, gravely injuring, and physically violating fellow tribemates are crime(s) warranting execution, based on the discretion of a tribunal.
- Theft is punishable unless the item is returned to its original owner or a compensation can be agreed upon.
- Prisoners cannot be killed, tortured, or starved after being allowed by tribunal to keep their life.
- Prisoners of war found to be reasonable or strategically useful should be respected for the efforts they made to serve their tribe, and should not be tortured or starved for their crimes.
- All vendors must accept Treasure as currency.
- Possessions given to a dragon by the tribe can be revoked for a crime.
In the event that an individual commits a crime, the Nest Chiefs with jurisdiction write a report of the incident based on information collected from witnesses in their nest. The offender is then brought in for a tribunal in front of two or three Inspectors who have been summoned.
A tribunal procedure begins with the Inspectors reading the reports word-for-word out loud and asking the offender to defend or refute the statement with their own explanation of the events. The accounts are measured against each other for inaccuracies.
All further questioning of both the reporter and the defendant is done by the Inspectors. Since reports are submitted by authority figures, the tribunals usually favor the Nest Chief.
The Tribunal concludes when it can be proven whether or not the offender committed the crime, not whether or not their actions were justified.
War criminals are not given a formal tribunal and are held in prison without trial unless someone from their tribe negotiates enough for their release.
CentiWings found guilty of a crime are sometimes interned in a holding chamber. Prison is the most available and likely punishment for even an egregious crime, and depending on the severity of the crime, the length of the prison term is extended.
During their time in this chamber, prisoners cannot earn money, and are not permitted any luxuries. Most prisoners are reeducated during their terms, to prepare them for returning to society (should this ever happen).
Especially dangerous prisoners, including prisoners of war/other tribes, are kept in their own facility in the Forum. They do not receive special reeducation privileges because they are unlikely to be introduced to CentiWing society.
For the better half of tribe history, the general population has been illiterate.
In modern times, however, each Nest possesses at least one library with required readings (law, history, culture, language, mathematics, and natural sciences). Starting at age 2, dragonets are instructed in the library for five hours every day and given encouragement in the required subjects, with a brief recess each hour.
The tribe's educational curriculum promotes social skills, learning strategies and development programs which draw from some religious philosophy to teach dragonets how to behave appropriately, but religion is not force-fed.
CentiWing education only covers the first seven years of primary school. Afterwards, dragons are expected to find a mentor who can train them in their desired profession and give them an examination to assess their competence.
The Nests work together to provide each other with instructional material, including books of residence information for artisans certified in any craft of choice. This gives young dragons the necessary supplies and teachers to embark on their own journeys of self-discovery.
Reward System Instead of being given scores for their performance on assignments, CentiWing dragonets who behave well and put forth the required effort are rewarded with a single-use trinket. The trinket can be exchanged in any shop at the nest's market, and the value the trinket carries will increase depending on the number of questions the student answered correctly. However, once it has been exchanged at a shop, it cannot be given back, including any amount left on it. The trinket enables the dragonet to buy anything that would be obtainable with Treasure. The whole system exists to encourage dragonets to participate in society.
A vocational license certifies that the dragon has graduated secondary education under a mentor and is capable of participating in the tribe's commerce. It is traditionally earned through examination. Dragons do not need a new license every time they change professions, it just acknowledges that they've completed secondary education. Once a dragon has one, they can legally offer their own goods and services, and will be able to live outside the guardianship of their parents.
Vocational licenses are generally printed on thin metal sheets.
Khandom officials can revoke a vocational license from dragons who repeatedly violate the laws.
Each CentiWing has two names-- one assigned by their parents at birth and another chosen by themself after coming of age.
For the sake of creating a unique wiki page, character pages would be formatted to include both names, but it's important to know that only one of the names is used in conversation, dependent on who they're speaking to.
||self-given vocational titles providing a quick profile of the dragon's job in society.
||assigned birth names describing their color, behavior, and physical attributes (i.e. size and shape).||USE
when multiple dragons of the same profession are present
Dragons lose their adult name if they leave the profession dishonorably or adopt a new primary profession.
If still in the same trade but between jobs / unemployed, this doesn’t happen.
// Dragon CentiWings are insistent on teaching Dragon to their young.
// Centipese Centipese is a tongue which evolved from ancient Pantalan word roots, and is intended to be comparable to the real-world language of Afrikaans. For most CentiWings it is their first language.
- Vocabulary Examples
- Splinterfall >> Spletthrie hwallt (damagedtrees falling)
- Treeharm >> Tthriehorrm (treethreat)
- Twigheart, Twigheartlot >> Twegrrt, Twegrrtlatth (dragon, dragon-tribe)
CentiWings worship the single god Hrringa, a genderless personification of the natural universe whose dreams are responsible for the wandering of fortune and power.
The religion associated with them is somewhat philosophical and service based, and less focused on direct worship of the god.
Hrringa is the patron of hope, and the influencer of fortunes. They unconsciously control the flow of all luck and power manifest in the world-- be it malevolent or beneficial-- and because of a number of factors (mainly the myths surrounding them) they are elementally associated with things concerning the interaction of earth and sky. Symbols of their might can be found in dragons, mountains, weather, or natural disasters.
Despite the indiscriminate nature of their powers, it is generally believed that Hrringa would care greatly about mortal life if they were fully awake. Sometimes Hrringa awakens in moments of clarity, often in cataclysmic times, to endow the tribe with mysterious instructions.
Hrringa experiences a different level of reality than mortals because their mind is entranced by the maintenance of holding together the planet as dragons know it, so they cannot lucidly participate in mortal affairs; instead of actively perceiving history as it unfolds in present time, they stand casting a magical field around themself in an eternal state of daydreaming, causing their magic to wander around the world unconsciously. This is the explanation for why Hrringa can never give a plain answer when clerics come for their help, or why they give very arcane advice to the tribe. It is also why luck is transient, rather than always staying with dragons.
Hrringa simply started to exist at some point in the distant past, and a lesser speck (the planet) came into being with them.
The sky and the earth were joined as one being, before Hrringa blessed the planet with the gift of hope, enabling it to grow. With this, the sky and earth each became self aware and threatened to partition themselves from one another. Their hope to be apart was so full of hate that it caused Hrringa to feel great emotional distress. To keep the earth and sky from drifting completely away, Hrringa began to cast an aura of power around themself which met the earth and sky together at their seams. This turbulent aura also created terrible plagues, swarms of insects, and most life on the planet. Hrringa is believed to be the parent of all living creatures, virtuous and destructive properties alike.
In CentiWing culture, each dragon possesses two compulsory souls:
- one soul of Vitality given to them by the earth and passed down to them through their ancestors, which contains their physical health and traits. It is associated with determination, heart, loyalty and family.
- one soul of Self given to them by the sky. This flows into them with their first breath and contains their special gifts and personalities, and is associated with the dragon's cleverness, intellect, problem-solving and inspiration.
Some dragons are blessed with a third soul known as Providence when they are visited by Hrringa's wandering magic itself. The soul is elusive and bonds only with dragons destined for power, but as power is believed to be a matter of luck, it is moreso named for the fortune it brings. This divine intervention endows Archkhans with the right to rule and is a religious explanation for the existence of the innate magical skill found in prophets, leafspeaks, and flamesilks.
- As might be surmised, Providence transcends the CentiWing tribe, and kingdoms who do not believe in Hrringa can still have Providence, because it is really a matter of luck to be gifted with power.
- The leaders of other tribes would only possess Providence if it is won through divine contest or if they are born with an innate magical ability such as those listed above.
- all power and luck has an ultimate source (Hrringa)
- dragons' fortunes are influenced by chance, but they have some influence over their own destinies
- killing creatures for sport reflects poorly on one's fortune
- power is neither good nor evil by nature, and can manifest as both depending on one's choices
- luck is a causal ebb and flow in the grand scheme of things
- good fortune in the present, such as finding something valuable, may indicate a calamity in the future that one is being prepared for
- Hrringa designed fortune to create hope, which was a gift to guide dragons through their confusing mortality
- faith that there is a purpose to life is the foundation for hope
Any certified, well-educated dragon can be a priest, though they won't connect directly to Hrringa like the Archkhan can. A typical priest is well-read in their doctrine and knowledgeable in the interpretation of complex rituals. While they do not have a direct connection to Hrringa like the Archkhan, priests are also experts at fortune-telling and personal counseling.
The traditional funeral of a CentiWing involves greasing the corpse in natural oils (which are thought to repel scavenging animals) and leaving it to rot in a cairn, thus returning its soul of Vitality to the earth to be reborn in its future descendants. The dismantled skeleton is wrapped tightly in its shed skins, similarly to mummification.
Priests use a common divination ritual which involves laying a small prey animal across a clean slate and cutting part of its cardiovascular system in a controlled environment to interpret the blood spatters. The animal in question is usually a small field mammal, and the location of the cut or incision varies depending on who is initiating the ritual and for what purpose.
The ritual forces open the mouth of the prey animal by placing a heavy stone on the roof of its throat to keep it in place as it is laid flat on its back.
Greeting One Another
Once they reach maturity, dragons are expected to rename themselves after choosing a profession; failure to do so will either result in simply not being addressed by others in formal greetings or insultingly receiving the informal title of "you".
Treatment of a dragon's molted shell varies with nests' perception of its cultural value. Most CentiWings toss out or devour their own molted shells, disposing of the evidence of good health in order for favorable molts to continue in the future. These become special-occasion meals, especially in the Third Molt Ceremony. Some Nests, however, are less superstitious, and do not believe that probability is successive when it comes to folklore. They may proudly display their molts like terracotta warriors to promote even more luck.
Third Molt Ceremony
- CentiWings come of age once they have molted three times, which occurs roughly at the age of six years. The corresponding coming-of-age ceremony with this molt is the most important ceremony in a CentiWing's life-- it determines their future career, their adult name, and is the day when they can occupy their own private chamber all to themselves.
- The coming-of-age technically occurs over the span of a week--which is how long the dragon spends molting-- and begins with an enormous feast to satiate the shedding dragon's hunger swings.
- On the day that the Third Molting is completed and the dragon emerges, members of different professions come to appeal to the grown dragon, bringing gifts to win over their interest. The individual declares their profession by accepting the corresponding offering, even though they may favor one of the other gifts more. After the selection, the individual declares their name for everyone, which is repetitively chanted as many times as there are legs present in the room.
Parenting and Mating
CentiWings do not usually mate for life-- they stay together long enough to raise their dragonets to adulthood and then amicably part ways for the time being. In fact, the CentiWing tribe has very few-- if any-- marital traditions, with the exception of a few swarms. As a rule the tribe doesn't complicate the concept of love, so they don't legally or formally bind themselves to one another-- they simply form close relationships with a few dragons and nurture those relationships for as long as they are enjoyable.
The tribe's culture is more celebratory of the act of creating a dragon than the act of loving a dragon. CentiWings relish having an intelligent being of their own creation that they can teach all of their knowledge of the world to, and are proud of their custodial responsibilities. It should come as no surprise that many CentiWings have closer bonds with their parents than their "significant other(s)". Of course, families can also become incredibly bitter with one another when it comes to occupational choice, since parents often try to encourage (or maybe even coerce) their children into learning a skill that runs in the bloodline.
CentiWings are very protective parents and naturally curl around eggs in a uroboric position-- encircling the nest with their legs, tail and underbelly for protection. When not being incubated by a dragon, the eggs are wrapped in wool to maintain warmth. Eggs are laid in clutch sizes of 3-4 and kept in the community nursery until they hatch, after which they are returned to their parents' custody. A CentiWing will coparent with as many dragons as they like, of any sex or gender, as long as they enjoy the other dragon's company.
Very rarely, the nursery will have to rear a dragonet due to changing circumstances, such as when biological parents decide they don't want to raise the dragonet together. This doesn't happen very often, however.
Faire of Reconciliations
The Faire of Reconciliations is a seven-day celebration commemorating the anniversary of the first Archkhan (and consequentially the tribe rebuilding itself from societal collapse). It is basically a tribe-wide Renaissance festival where the Nests rehearse folk traditions such as selling classical wares and dressing in ancient clothing, allowing the younger generations to share in blood culture and learn of the warring swarms' histories.
There are only a few rules to the Faire, with the most obvious of these being that any overt threats or act of aggression are strictly prohibited. Because the Faire celebrates the dawn of the tribe's golden age, it is also the only instance in which the tribe returns to its bartering economy and Treasure cannot be exchanged for goods.
During the century of the Warring Swarms, the tribe divided into a multitude of ancient factions, each guided by a founding khan and a set of creeds or traditions that set them apart from the other groups battling over supremacy. Though manifold in their goals and names, there were three main swarms which held sway: Lorelorn, Pragma Regnet, and Scrumstrider.
All modern swarms are descended from one of these ancient factions. Modern swarms could more accurately be described as a fellowship of dragons who come together over an extinct nationality, whether this enthusiasm is based on connections in the bloodline or on identifying with the ancient swarm's creeds. Most Nests once served as a swarm's stronghold, which may or may not result in a majority of the nest's population being related to its swarm counterpart.
Swarms have not been cohesively unified by any sort of overarching bureaucracy for centuries, and simply exist at the local level in their separate nests, serving the valuable purpose of connecting dragons from different professions to one another and bringing them outside of their narrow circles. This is part of why the swarm model has survived for so long: modern swarms serve as venues of political discussion and intellectual discourse among members of a nest, while also contributing to historical preservationism and reenacting many of the ancient traditions to keep them alive.
- (dairy) butter, chevre, whey
- (grains) millet, sesame, wheat
- (legumes) cowpea, lentil
- (meats) lamb, hare, rennet, tallow
- (insects) locust, mopane worm, wichetty grub
- (spices) basil, cumin
- (teas) nettle
- (Chitin Potage) = served exclusively on the final day of the Third Molt Ceremony in some nests; chitin potage is a stew made from the dragon's molted skin after being softened in boiling milk and sesame oil. Most recipes will also include basil and sesame seeds.
- (Haggis) = a meat pudding made from sheep organs mixed with cereal
- (Kashk) = fermented buttermilk porridge, churned by flask and dried into a paste with cereal grains over a period of weeks.
- (Manti) = lamb-meat dumplings steamed in a pot
Members of a Nest gather in the commons to buy or prepare foodstuffs during meal hours. There are two main feasting hours in each day: mid-morning and deep evening. Between the two meals, CentiWings often eat lightly filling snacks to keep their energy up.
Meats aren't typically eaten raw unless properly preserved, though CentiWings eat enough variety meat that other cultures might consider their diet raw. CentiWings also avoid leaving perishable foods outside, as the heat is prone to create spoilage.
The CentiWings began as an isolationist tribe for 350+ years of their history before their sixth generation ruler managed to arrange an alliance with everyone in the span of less than thirty years. CentiWings, as a rule, only choose to deal with other tribes when necessary, making them very inactive when it comes to helping out. Despite drawing up alliances, they sit on these agreements rather passively and are practical and non-confrontational with their neighbors. That means that these alliances are often moot and therefore long-standing.
At the beginning of the Tree Wars, the SilkWings forfeited their sovereignty in declaring allegiance to the HiveWings, which invalidated the treaty they had made with the khandom. Later, the HiveWing embassy assassinated the Archkhan Vaultkeeper, provoking the CentiWings into killing the ambassador and withdrawing their alliance with the HiveWings. This incited a miniature war that the HiveWings singlehandedly fought and altogether dropped to deal with the LeafWings, who were their main priority. After the HiveWings burned down most of the remaining forests on the continent and led an attack on the Poison Jungle, the LeafWings withdrew their alliance with the CentiWings for refusing to help them. Having lost its allies and sustained damages from the war, the CentiWings retreated back into isolationism.
The tribe continues to live in relative isolation, but occasionally sends individuals or small groups to attempt to find a route to the LeafWings.
- ♀ Nightcrawler, founder of the new BeetleWing settlement and khan of the Lorelorn swarm
- ♂ Stonecrafter Oxbow, earliest archkhan and creator of the labyrinth under Khan's Peak
- ♂ Spearmaker Tramp, despotic leader who led to the introduction of the death penalty for Archkhans
- ♂ Vaultkeeper Maunder, assassinated by Wasp's embassy; whose death is the cause of conflict with HiveWings
- ♀ Watcher Fell, led during the Tree Wars
- ♀ Mapwright Hickory, current leader
- officials here
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