Listed on this page is information about hanasei culture and settlements.
Hanasei lack an evolutionary need for mated pairs, and as such, romantic and platonic relationships tend to have their lines blurred. They do not experience sexual attraction and, because they reproduce using aether, they generally do not form relationships with the intent of siring offspring. As such, larva are raised communally, and most do not know who their "blood" relatives are.
Instead, their relationships usually take the shape of one of these setups:
The most common grouping for hanasei. A den is a group of hanasei (consisting of 3-8 members) that have bonded to one another and live in one home. They have no internal hierarchy and choose to divide tasks evenly amongst themselves. Dens are the reason that much of hanasei architecture is tall instead of long, as it allows for the housing of many dens without sacrificing the limited groundspace. Dens are somewhat akin to a familial unit, though they generally lack any “parental” role.
A fairly uncommon relationship dynamic for hanasei. They are comparable to a standard romantic relationship, and they tend to be most prevalent within an established den. It is much rarer to find a pair without a den, and it’s very unusual to find two hanasei living together without any larger group at all. Loners, travelers, and adventurers are the most likely candidates for pairs outside of dens, as they are constantly moving and don’t usually settle down.
A somewhat common grouping of hanasei. A court is larger than a den (typically formed with 5-10 members) and functions somewhat similarly, with one major difference. Courts have an internal social hierarchy, with older and more skilled hanasei generally being ranked higher. Courts are usually formed with one central talent or goal in mind; they often work as merchants, hunters, mercenaries, etc. Courts are mostly nomadic, and because they function as a small community within themselves, it is not uncommon for courts to pay for new eggs to be created as a way to carry on their skills and legacy.
Every hanasei has three names, though they may choose to only go by one name or to drop some parts of their names for personal reasons. The order of their names is community name, profession/skill, personal characteristic. Below is an explanation of each name.
Similar to a surname. These are shared names that every member of a den or court has. Sometimes, when a hanasei doesn’t have a group they belong to, they may choose to use their birthplace or hometown in place of it. Their community name tends to describe the place they feel most connected to, and as such, may sometimes change if they feel something else might describe them better. For example, Buriyalla is a common community name that means “red lake.” When translated literally, this name would be [personal characteristic] [profession/skill] of the red lake.
The middle part of a hanasei’s name. It refers, literally, to either their profession or their most prominent skill. Hanasei sometimes change this name if they feel it no longer fits them, and this name is often representative of a hanasei’s growth as a person. Some examples of these names are artist, doctor, carpenter, engineer, etc. Using the hanasei from the previous example, their name might be [personal characteristic], artist of the red lake.
The last part of a hanasei’s name. Their personal name is usually the first name they receive or choose, and it is often simple and direct. These names tend to be used in casual settings, with friends and denmates. However, many hanasei change their personal names when they decide they like the sound of something else better. It is rare to find a hanasei that keeps the first personal name they were given. Some examples of personal names are Blue, Riptide, Dodger, Ryo, and Velvet. Personal names can be just about anything.
Hanasei are a very technologically advanced species, having inherited their predecessors’ leftover tech and then built upon it themselves over hundreds of years. Many of their advancements have to do with accessibility, and prosthetics research tends to be a profitable field.
Though hanasei have yet to rediscover the secrets to space travel, they have managed to create sustainable sources of food, drinking water, and electricity in most areas of the world. They have pods to travel quickly over and through the water, as well as seafaring ships. They have telecommunication and the internet, though they interact with it more as a source of information than entertainment.
Social media exists, but it is used more as a way to keep in touch with far away loved ones than anything else, as hanasei are a very community-oriented group overall.
Hanasei are a very creative species, and many are drawn to the arts as a way to express themselves and expel their creative energies. Clothing design, pottery, and jewelry making are particularly common interests, though they don’t limit themselves to these. Hanasei are fond of the visual arts, but they enjoy others as well.
Dancing is less an art and more a community activity, as far as hanasei are concerned. It is not uncommon for a particular settlement to have a specific dancing style, and many hanasei use dancing as a way to connect with the others around them. Additionally, acting is a well-respected art; especially theatre acting.
Actors and other performers tend to congregate in larger cities, where they are more able to make a name for themselves.
Hanasei are more focused on the spectacle of sports than the competition itself. As such, things like sumo and wrestling are very popular. They tend to prefer endurance sports over speed-based things, though underwater racing is also popular. That being said, they love friendly competition, especially when it comes with a fun show.
Music is very important to hanasei as a culture. They sing together communally and love to experiment with different styles, instruments, and genres. Drums and string instruments are especially popular, as hanasei have difficulty with wind instruments due to how they breathe and speak.
Eating is a communal activity for hanasei. While favored flavors vary by location, dining halls with long, shared tables are some of the most popular eateries in most settlements. The first meal of the day is almost always shared with one's den, and oftentimes dinner is eaten in one of these dining halls. Hanasei love to share food, and tea is a very popular drink. Tea mixes are a common gift to new denmates, and chefs are well respected members of their local communities. Eating alone is a very rare occurrence; even hanasei with no denmates are welcome in public dining halls.
Hanasei tend to have many, somewhat smaller towns clustered in one area, as opposed to large cities. However, larger cities do exist, though most are completely submerged. Ruins from the previous dominant species litter the world and are occasionally repurposed for hanasei habitation, though most of these settlements are Permiist in nature.
Most hanasei settlements are built in or around lakes. They are very tall in construction, and most are easily seen from far distances due to the heights they reach and the light they give off. The lighting color and form of each settlement is generally very distinct. Many traveling hanasei compare their cities to the stars, as they can navigate by them in nearly the same way.
Hanasei settlements almost always have their nurseries at the center, in the deepest part of the lake. Radiating out from the nurseries are community hubs, such as libraries, markets, and centers of learning. The buildings along the edges are usually tall domiciles, where dens of adult hanasei live together, and places like concert halls, gyms, and studios. The farther one goes from the edge of the lake, the less infrastructure there is, though many larger settlements are built along rivers as well.
Hanasei construction tends to focus on height, rather than spread. Because the ground is so fractured and waterlogged, most of their architecture is built on stilts. Entire settlements are built this way, with rivers and other waterways acting as roads. Hanasei buildings are elegant and angular, and it isn’t rare to find some buildings whose lowest floors are entirely underwater.
Their underwater cities tend to be built mostly of glass and metals that don’t rust, such as galvanized steel, gold, bronze, and copper. The hues of their buildings depend entirely on the metals available in the area. Bioluminescent corals and algae are utilized in the construction of their cities, and many of their buildings are surrounded by and covered in the stuff to ensure the settlement is well lit. Many of their smaller underwater towns and villages are lit the same way, though they take advantage of caverns and saurian ruins instead of more modern architecture.
The climate of Koegama trends towards the tropical. Sea levels are very high, with smaller, fractured continents and islands making up the majority of dry land. Due to the vast amounts of water, (taking up nearly 90% of the world) temperature changes are very low, with only slightly chilly temperatures in the dead of winter. There are very few mountains and almost no ice or snow, with the only known ice cap being at the northernmost point of the world. There is more ice in the deep ocean, though most hanasei cannot survive there. Additionally, there is no discovered arid/dry desert.
Most of Koegama is made up of swamp, marsh, and tropical forests. It rains often, though most rain is moderate to light outside of the rainy season, and the average temperature falls somewhere around 80° F/27° C.