Listed on this page are all of the currently known hanasei belief systems on Koegama. Hanasei are free to adhere to one or multiple of them, and as with any belief system, enthusiasm varies from one person to the next.
Below is a chart exhibiting the religious makeup of hanasei society:
Agnosticism is defined as “the belief that it is possible there are gods or other higher powers.” Most hanasei believe this way, as they are a largely non-religious species. The strength of their beliefs in the possible existence of gods varies; some believe strongly that there must be more to life, but most are content to acknowledge the possibility and then go on with their days. In place of organized religion, many hanasei treat their occupations or honed skills with the same ardency that is sometimes associated with religion.
Atheism is a rejection of the belief in gods/the possible existence of gods. Many hanasei believe this way, as they are a technologically advanced species and have records of their creation and eventual evolution at their disposal. Atheistic hanasei tend to pay no attention to questions of higher powers, as these concerns are not a priority in their lives. While atheism is less common than agnosticism, it is still vastly more common than organized religious beliefs.
Permiism is a religion centered around the shared belief that the saurian folk that preceded hanasei were actually gods, and that they had a reason for creating them that has yet to be found. Their religion is built upon the records hanasei have of their evolution, which does credit hanasei creation to a species that left Koegama hundreds of years ago, after the sea levels began to rise and the climate had been irreparably changed. Believers in Permiism are often scientists and anthropologists, as they have the most access to these records. While this is one of the dominant hanasei religions, it is still fairly rare.
SETTLEMENTS & CULTURE
Permiist settlements are incredibly rare; they are usually settled near ruins of their creators’ civilizations, but most of these have long since flooded, so Permiists have few options. Instead of dedicated towns or villages, some Permiists tend to cloister in places of learning and research. It is not uncommon to find a small Permiist community in any large hanasei city, especially if there is a laboratory or university nearby. However, they usually have a reputation for going against current science and historical records, and a fear of criticism can keep them from being open to outsiders.
Despite their reputation for being anti-science, they are usually drawn to the latest in technological advancements, believing that these bring them closer to their creators. They honor the saurian folk as something between gods and ancestors, and their ultimate goal is to contact them once more someday. As such, many Permiists become inventors, engineers, and doctors. They believe that hanasei as a species are all working towards progress, and as such do not usually try to convince others of their beliefs. However, they do often use their faith as support in scientific or anthropological debates, as science and faith are one and the same to many Permiists.
Permiism has several “ranks” to its faith, though they are mostly tied to the amount of accolades a Permiist has under their belt. Infighting and petty squabbling is common, as what one believes is an achievement can be somewhat subjective. That being said, Permiists are united in their love of science, and most operate from a place of passion for the matter at hand. It is not uncommon to find a group of Permiists debating well into the night, as this is one of their favorite social activities. This tendency can, too, drive away newer members of the faith.
They study aether as a component of biology, but they do not attach any special significance to it, outside of a belief that their creators must have produced it as well.
Clothing & Iconography
Permiists love the most high-tech accessories, and they tend to adopt whatever fashion is trendy in the place they live. Permiists are commonly seen in bright colors (especially white, red, and yellow) and any prosthetics they may need are nearly guaranteed to be slim, colorful, and multipurpose. As many Permiists are scientists or scholars, they often wear clothing that reflects that, such as lab coats. Their accessories are usually very delicate, and they love fin piercings, as most of their time is spent in archives and laboratories. They love gemstones and precious metals, especially silver.
There is a subset of Permiists that prefer a more durable, functional sense of style, however. Those drawn to adventure or exploration (for scientific reasons, of course) tend to like thick gloves, more muted colors, (especially browns and maroons) and outerwear. They forgo jewelry in favor of adventuring packs and utility belts, and protective eyewear is common. However, they share a love of jewels with their less outdoorsy siblings, and some jeweled studs are fairly common on their belts and other accessories.
Symbols commonly associated with Permiists are helix fossils, sea shells, and stars. They feature all of these very heavily in their accessories; especially their jewelry. They also sometimes utilize the image of a clawed hand holding a torch. Many Permiists with prosthetics are especially fond of using one (or many) of these symbols in the design of the outer shell, and colorful edging to emphasize the form of each plate is very common.
Ichorism is founded on the belief that the planet of Koegama is a living god, and that the aether all living things produce is actually its divine blood. Believers in Ichorism are often older hanasei, as many of the younger believers are born and raised in several isolated settlements, and most do not leave until they are established adults (if they leave at all.) It is one of the dominant hanasei religions, but it is not widespread -- religious hanasei are fairly rare.
SETTLEMENTS & CULTURE
Ichorist settlements are often built near oil caches; as oil is a waste product associated with aether, Ichorists believe it, too, is a blessed resource. Despite the technological advancement of most hanasei, Ichorists tend to favor oil lamps to light their homes, and much of their machinery is oil powered as well. Their settlements are usually secluded and hard to reach for other hanasei by design. Ichorists are of the opinion that new followers of their faith will feel the “call” of the aether and find them. They do not believe in canvassing or coercive conversion techniques, and they are content to leave other hanasei to their own faiths without intruding upon them. However, they are generally welcoming of curious hanasei, and they are usually happy to explain their beliefs when asked.
Ichorists value a mastery of and attunement with aether and its properties, and as such they hold the creatures of Koegama (with their natural abilities to harness and access their own aether at will) in high esteem. Some Ichorists choose to become ranchers or conservationists, fueling their passions for aether and the planet with each other.
CLOTHING & ICONOGRAPHY
While all hanasei may choose to express themselves through fashion, Ichorists are often easily spotted by their accessories. As most Ichorists are from one of several isolated settlements, they tend to have distinct styles, though they may choose to dress differently when they are exposed to new textiles, patterns, and fashions.
Ichorists favor heavy, durable clothing, such as thick knits, nylons, and leathers. They tend to prefer dark, muted colors, as their work with oil often stains whatever they’re wearing. Easily broken accessories (like thin chains or dangling piercings) are unpopular with Ichorists, but they like to wear woven bracelets, necklaces, and belts. Clothing made from natural materials is also generally seen on Ichorists, as many of them practice some form of animal husbandry. Additionally, though their everyday wear tends to be plain, dark, and durable, they like to dress in brightly-dyed silks for formal events. Ichorists prefer gradients and rippling patterns that mimic water, especially in greens, blues, and purples. Reds and yellows are rarely worn, as the dyes are harder to acquire than most others.
The most common Ichorist symbol is a hanasei egg with a glowing flame at its center, in place of the growing larva. This symbol is often stamped into the bracelets Ichorists favor or (sometimes) tattooed onto their bodies. Ichorists also like single, teardrop-like shapes surrounded by sparks, as well as seedlings sprouting from shells. Most of their iconography combines an angular shape with a very round one.