Nevreans(ネウリア Néuria) are a race of feathered dinosaur-like creatures. Among the races of the planet Tal, they belong to the Eltus race group.
Females are stronger than males clearly. They are oviparous, and don't have a navel or breasts. While their appearances have been described as being similar to birds, they display many feature of feathered dinosaurs. (e.g.: They have teeth, and their head is crowned with a set of visibly stout horns swept backwards.)
Each gender has it's own specifications and is completely different from the other. In comparison to humans, the gender roles of the nevreans is both lopsided. The difference between the two genders can be described as "black and white", "shadows and light", or "Yin-Yang". Made very clear due to their opposing appearance and differing ways of thinking;
|Females||Dinosaur-like, unattractive appearances, tough physical constitution, hard at work and combat, serious, severe, realist, and unamiable personality, and have passive and secretiveness nature. Can't take flight, have a ability to run instead of ability to fly. They are symbolized as "shadows", "land", or "Yin(陰)".|
|Males||Bird-like, beautiful appearances, fragile physical constitution, good at musicians and dancers, hedonism, facile, idealist, and amiable personality, and have active and publicness nature. Can take flight, and some of them have an ability to fly. They are symbolized as "light", "sky", or "Yang(陽)".|
That aside, even if the accent has been put on gender differences here, they do have some common unisex features, such as being truly skillful with their hands and generally being smaller and leaner than other Eltus races. Both gender love a music as racial sense, generally females are audience side and males are creator side.
There are big racial difference in culture and behavior between Native nevreans and Urban nevreans. Because their national seclusion-like exclusive homeland have maintained civilization of their own for a long time, most of them did not know a foreign country and other races at all. Some people who emigrated to the city have a very hard time and completely change by the urban cultures.
Canon representative members of the race would be Yung Yagili and Quu.
Important note: Most of this article is completed but is still in need of revisions, mainly proof-reading. Also more information may be added in future.
Important note2: This article have only modern information of New Age. Old history and canon went to "History of Vilous Development" article.
Gender differences and features
While there is some individual variation among nevreans, there are strong features common to individuals of each gender. Their gender differences is completely opposite each other, but two gender make a whole like Yin-Yang.
Everything will be written at next section so that no confusions happen.
A person who have both gender features may be treated as 'androgynous' one among nevreans.
They don't have an external penis in any way, they perform the cloacal kiss now to mate, like modern birds. Due to this genitalia structure, they are expressed as "no penis race" figuratively. Originally, nevreans don't consider sexual intercourse like an entertainment, and save it exclusively for reproductive purposes. But a part of Urban males can do sexual intercourse like other species, via body modification (discussed below).
They have very unique culture about romance. Briefly, "clean yaoi" is important and traditional culture in Natives. Therefore they generally don't have antipathy or aversion to gay romance.
A irregular person (e.g. fragile female and unattractive male.) are caused by special case. They generally pass bitter life unlike regular person. Among Natives' case, regular persons maybe support them. Or if they try too hard, will get good life.
If they can't have such way, they become corrupt like Out Ring, especially for females. But as for new generation of urban area, most of irregular nevreans belong to "Sabi no Wa" that is progressive group for all Urban nevreans, for peaceful way.
They have raptor-like tough body, a stern look, taciturn and serious nature. Their basic personality show strong "static" and "passive" nature as they don't say anything if they are not talked by other person. Always keep a realist, careful thinking and behavior. Also they are so nervous to those, such factor of their personality is close to "maturish" nature. They are very severe and true to their role, therefore they carry on with life without freedom of them. Generally they consider it is "taboo" that they depart from their basic role. Have instinctive secretiveness nature, they don't publish their information about from personal matter to business things. Because they instinctively worry about any "information leakage", it has led to their taciturn, keeping poker face, unamiable behavior. Also they don't do sharing even one's hobbies positively. Due to those nature, they are easy to give "weird, spooky, and doubtful" impression to other races. Moreover, their serious severe personality add more bad vibes to this. Then finally, many other races have antipathy to female nevreans, and it has caused the big racial discrimination to nevreans in Gold Ring after world war. See Also: Gold Ring
They are symbolized as the "shadows", the "land", or the "Yin(陰)". It means they generally stick to audience side about any entertainment. They don't carry out initiatively creative activities. (But urban females depart from such nature since "Sabi no Wa" has been founded.) Native females join to great chorus as they will set the rhythm with their lower pitched voices and percussion performed with their beaks, but main melodies are entrusted to males. (Females are awkward at singing and fast talking due to their structure of the throat.)
Relationship with males: They are protecting males while get "spiritual healing" from males. They enjoy any entertainment like songs and operas that are given by males. Those function as "simulation of enjoyment" for them. For it, they set free life to males instead of themselves. In a sense, they do psychological projection to males who are treated as "avatar" of them.
|Build||Saurian, especially similar to raptors. Despite their slender bodies their bone density is higher than their male counterparts and their lower body muscles are more developed, especially among those who run frequently.|
|Plumage||Mainly dull colours and dusty tones.|
|Tailtip||There is a small decorative feather, although it lacks an eye catching pattern like the males’.|
|Height||Slightly taller than the males, average height of around 150 centimetres. (4.9” feet.)|
|Horns||Conspicuous, firm and stately looking.|
|Fangs||Large, sharp and clearly visible. Their frontal fangs protrude from their beaks even when their mouths are closed.|
|Beak||Stout and solid, closer to a dinosaur’s muzzle than the bill of a bird.|
|Legs||Dinosaur-like legs with thick talons. they have a sickle-shaped talon like that of deinonychuses. And their toes show pamprodactyl.|
|Wings||Lightly feathered compared to the males’. They essentially flightless.|
|Diet||Foods rich in calories, fats and vitamins like meat, nuts, insects and other exotic dishes from Tal.|
|Personality and behavior||Serious, severe, hardy, careful, quiet, unamiable, and realism. They generally keep poker face always, are taciturn due to their secretiveness nature, and their speech is reply mainly. Especially as for native females, they don't say anything if they are not talked by other person.|
|Vocalisation||Deeper in tone than males, and prefer to talk in their natural voice. And they are awkward at singing and fast talking due to their structure of the throat.|
|Role||Diligent workers; combatants, guardians, hunters, secret agents, and backstage workers.|
|Impression||They often are unfavorably impressed from other races, due to their taciturn and secretiveness nature, and unamiable behavior. Their basic behavior as female nevrean look weird, spooky, and doubtful from other races. Because of this, most of them are prejudiced and are discriminated as villain, without reasons.|
Notice for good perception:
Females are not necessarily masculine like a human male would be, most can display a stronger nature of diligent worker.
They don't have a navel or breasts.
And they maybe don't have clitoris. ::Note:: This is has not been decided yet.
Their large talons may not develop in rare cases. Fragile females may be supported by other females in Natives. But in Out Ring case, it has led to getting bullied by other members.
Natives culture set them taciturn behavior, due to this, talking to anyone without important message is considered as rude female. But urban females may be talkative like males, because some traditional gender differences have been eroded in city.
Females who are belonging to "Sabi no Wa" carry out initiatively creative activities, and dye their feathers in vivid colors.
Out Ring females are representative example of "corrupted female", all of them try to evade it as worst situation.
They have fragile body, bird-like adorable looks, talkative and hedonism nature. Their basic personality show strong "dynamic" and "active" nature, as they talk to anyone positively. Always enjoy as idealist, hold optimistic thinking and behavior. Also they are some careless due to those things, then such factor make them having "childish" nature. They don't mind to their role, therefore they carry on with life with wide freedom. They are delighted to find things that they find interesting or amusing, and try to do or join to those. Have publicness nature, as they prefer to publish any information about themselves. They enjoy many "information exchange" very much, willingly do sharing one's hobbies with each other, it has led to their chatty, glib talker, amiable behavior. Due to those nature, other races get blindly good impression against them. Moreover, their beautiful, adorable appearances give more good vibes absolutely. Then finally, unlike females, they were treated well soon since they came over to the Gold Ring city.
They are symbolized as the "light", the "sky", or the "Yang(陽)". It means they are suitable to creators such as artists and musicians, and any entertainers. They positively carry out initiatively creative activities. In Netives land, any entertainments such as songs, music, and operas depends on them. At Gold Ring also, they brought big influence that led to a major shift in the every entertainments of whole of city. See Also: Gold Ring
Relationship with females: They are protected by females who function as "defensive wall" for them, due to their careless behavior and lacked physical strength. They just live their life the way they would like. But, those behavior naturally give the "spiritual healing" to females. Hence, males always play role as the "inhibitor" to female's brutality even if they do anything.
|Build||Avian, their body is slender and their bones narrow and hollow to enable flight. Individuals who fly frequently may have a puffy and well-rounded chest.|
|Plumage||Their feathers are vivid and striking in colour with bright and exotic tones.|
|Tailtip||Every individual has a unique and beautiful decorative feather similar to a peacock's or confuciusornis' plumage. Twins may show mirrored patterns.|
|Height||Slightly smaller than females. Approximately 140 centimeters. (Around 4'6" feet.) on average.|
|Horns||Small and discrete, and may be covered with long hair.|
|Fangs||Similarly small and discrete. Cannot be seen when mouth is closed.|
|Beak||Very similar to the classic bill of a bird.|
|Legs||Slender legs like a bird with thin talons. And their toes show anisodactyl.|
|Wings||Feathered enough for gliding, some younger and lighter individuals can fly.|
|Diet||Softer foods like fruits and worms.|
|Personality and behavior||Hedonism, facile, innocent, cherubic, chatty, amiable, glib talker, and idealism. Their mentality is some childish and youthful forever. They are easy to become emotional, talk to anyone positively due to their talkative nature.|
|Vocalisation||Individuals who have learned to sing have a high pitched voice, and can sing aloud in beautiful tones. Those who have not still possess a squawky and chirpy voice, and can communicate with simple cries when not speaking.|
|Role||Entertainers; musicians, artists, singers, dancers, actors, and models.|
|Impression||They often are favorably impressed from other races, due to their glib talker mouth, amiable behavior, and adorable appearances. Because of this, being opposite to females, most of them are treated well blindly.|
The first Nevrean design displayed males with three fingers, meanwhile they now have four fingers.
Notice for good perception:
When it comes to males in particular, it could be said that their personality is akin to a young little kids from Earth. The adjectives hedonism and idealist are here to define a specific trait reflecting their habit of being dreamy and to live off in their own world. But we should keep in mind that they are not fool.
Males have a slit, and their penile structure is identical to reptiles. Their penis is not normally exposed, even during sexual intercourse. Copulation is possible even if the male does not use the penis as their mating is similar to the intercourse of modern birds from earth.
However, it is still possible for males to expose their penis with special training, but this is usually only done to satisfy the sexual demands and fetishes of other races. Some urban male prostitutes may have surgery performed allowing to expose their genitalia at all times or when circumstances require.
Due to their oviparous nature, urine is not expelled from the penis, which is used exclusively for semen.
As an aside, Native nevreans consider sexual intercourse exclusively for reproductive purposes, and do not pursue it for pleasure.
Though males that show a muted or dull color scheme like that of females are regarded as inferior or ugly male, in Natives, they are evaluated if they are good at singing. And about their inferior appearance, it is evaluated as individuality.
But in city, even if such males have too beautiful singing voice, they are not evaluated because urban people evaluate only appearance. Since founded "Sabi no Wa", such males match to them, and work at some kind of progressive activities.
Their wings of ones who have not any abnormalities in their health, continue growing throughout their life. But some of urban males may cut their wings for ones' jobs or personal reasons. Because their flying ability don't make sense so much at urban areas.
They are known as there are big gender differences, but both genders also share some common features as racial nature of nevreans.
Nevreans feature a small breastbone (the keel) or keel similar to that of sergals in the middle of their chest.
Compared to other Eltus races, their bodies are shorter and thinner. And have long, thin whiplike tails with ornamental feathers on tailtip.
Aged nevreans show some white feathers sparsely, also some person maybe have chipped wounds in their beak or horns.
If they grow fat, their chest will have a fat than an abdomen, it make them like a pigeon breast.
Head and face
Their beaks take up the center of their faces; the ends of their mouth has freedom to move, while the beak moves around their eyes. A front of their scalp are a set of smoothly contoured, small swept back "horns". Both genders own small horns above their eyes.
Their eyes face forwards, and their eyes are comparatively big.
Voice and cries
Both genders have a voice that echoes a lot. Their natural tone oscillates between tenor and soprano. Basically though, male voices are high-pitched, and female voices are low-pitched. Both genders are excessively noisy when they quarrel. But females are generally quiet and taciturn due to their traditional culture, and females' throat structure make them difficult for singing and tongue twister.
Ecology and behavior
They lack physical strength than other Eltus races, but they possess remarkable intelligence and manual dexterity. They are skilled at precision engineering, but lack the ability necessary for manual mass production.
Though they are divided into creator males and audience females, both genders greatly value music, arts, and beautiful things. And they consider spiritual sense to music and poem important.
Family and childcare
Both genders have an equal role in child rearing. However, the tougher and more serious females take this the most seriously, and males may choose own time to play.
Native nevreans would feed their young regurgitated foodstuffs. Urban nevreans make use of commercial food preparations, though they may still feed through regurgitation if they are unable to afford these.
They are generally carnivorous, but they will eat various seeds, fruits, nuts and berries depending on what they are able to harvest. Beans are also a staple food.
Females in particular will seek out and consume small game animals such as mice, birds and insects. On occasion they may hunt and kill larger game up to the size of a deer. Males tend to prefer more tender fare like fruits and worms, but their diet is overall quite similar.
All nevreans love a music, as racial sense, and they treat it as important traditional culture that have been handed down from generation to generation in nevrean race history. They never forget, abandon it from their culture. Even as for urban area, musicians and composers include many nevreans. But we should keep in mind that they show clearly difference according to gender role also in musicality, generally females devote themself wholly to audiences, and males become positively creators. And there are big regional difference in musicality between Native nevreans and Urban nevreans;
|Native music||No lyrics, and no musical score because there are no text in Nevrea land. They use traditional musical instrument, and males traditionally provide the melody with their high pitched instrumentation and voice, while females set the rhythm with their lower pitched voices and percussion performed with their beaks.|
|Urban music||There are lyrics and musical score unlike Native music. They use electronic musical instrument, hence electronic music is main genre.|
Natives songs and music include special spiritual metaphors hiding the "Secret of Vilous". But, those things are able to understand by only nevreans. If other races listen those things, they may get something like "insanity", due to feeling incomprehensible, enigmatic, and arcane against those. Therefore, to prevent the occurrence of such case, female nevreans gene made themselves instinctive secretiveness nature. Then native females unconsciously try to hold their songs and music among only nevreans.
Many of urban male musicians prefer to create electronic music as a matter of course. It is caused from genetic nature and role of male nevreans in all probability.
Children and adolescents
Nevrean offspring are born with a gray and fluffy coat regardless of their gender, a common feature shared by all Eltus races.
They begin to grow their light brown plumage at around 2 years of age. Although traces may be visible beforehand, they will not begin to show their true colors until puberty.
A females talons are of a slightly different shape, though this cannot be easily determined before their other gender characteristics begin to show during puberty. In rare cases this change will not occur at all.
Little difference between genders is apparent either physically or in personality prior to puberty. This is reached at around 11-12 years. Nevrean children of both genders may engage in "play" flight.
::Note:: Whether these times are in Earth years or Tal years has not been decided yet; the difference between time on Earth and time on Tal also has not been decided yet.
During puberty, their sexual characteristics begin to become obvious. Males may grow faster in earlier puberty but females will ultimately grow taller and stronger over a longer period.
Males will undergo a loss in bone density and their body will become relatively more lightweight and fragile as they approach adulthood. Females undergo the opposite and continue to gain bone and muscle mass, thus they require a diet higher in fats and protein, while males will develop fine on their usual diet of fruit and tender animal food.
All juvenile nevreans possess wings capable of flight prior to puberty, however, they will become increasingly heavy as they start to reach puberty, at which they will no longer be useable for flight. Females will most often have their wings cut and removed, and if not they will eventually fall off naturally. For Natives, every female will have their wings cut as a coming of age rite.
Learning for adults
Native nevreans have a specific ceremony that involves a proper rite towards adulthood for females where it is required of their wings to cut them properly in order to succeed in accomplishing the passage. And Native females come to learn that females cannot fly in future. And the females learn how to use weapon. But especially about archery and music, all of Natives learn it because archery and music are their common culture. Native males specifically learn songs and how to dance, understanding the fact that boys must not be involved in weapon making/usage too much.
Urban nevreans such as those of Gold Ring will have a less traditional upbringing due to their cultural interaction with sergals and agudners.
Weapons and Combat
Nevreans specialize in ranged weapons such as a bows, a crossbows, a blowguns, a rifles and a slingshots, and will use a knives, a stilettos, a sabers and a bucklers in close quarters combat.
Their most favoured weapon is the bow and arrow. Less skilled individuals may stick to lightweight firearms and knives. They perform best at longer ranges, and while their weapons can be used at middle range, they are less proficient in this area. Urban nevreans use relatively light guns, but females can use heavier guns and bows if they are physically capable of handling them.
In nevrean culture, weapons are considered for female use . But there are not antipathy to males handle bows because archery is common culture for both gender, and their accuracy with them is on par with females.
In unarmed situations (females only)
Talon kicks, bites, scratches, pouncing attacks taking advantage of their sharp appendages and natural agility.
Their strategy is to inflict deep cuts resulting in major blood loss. They show lethal efficiency at close range due to their expertise with knives and melee combat.
A female nevrean’s body is naturally gifted with many natural weapons, far more so than the males. Possessing a rugged physique, large raptor like talons and strong jaws filled with razor sharp fangs. A females jaws are stronger than any sergals', and inflict serious injury.
Talon kicks and knives are the favorite weapons of bandit females.
Combat style and ability
Nevreans are light and quick, and their jumping ability is excellent due to their light weight. They can move and change direction in a flash, giving them excellent mobility. Due to their relatively small size, they can negotiate smaller areas than other Eltus races. The trade off is that their running speed is outmatched by sergals, though it still exceeds the agudners.
An additional weakness is their reduced leg strength and stamina compared to other Eltus races. Their overall physical durability is poor, and they are less likely to survive serious injuries.
Combat is generally the reserve of females, but in urban areas males may also be employed as bodyguards by merchants. However, they will usually be relegated to rear guards and other areas less in need of protection.
Although physically superior to males, female nevreans are nonetheless still not as robust as other Eltus races. Consequently, when they encounter primitive creatures, they will attack from the back ranks using ranged weapons. In combat with larger beasts, they will stop short at killing and merely attempt to drive them off. Close to mid range combat with primitive creatures is beyond the capability of even females.
Due to the location of Nevrea land, combat with other races is a rare occurrence and they are not exposed to the ancient primitive creatures that the sergals share their territory with. As such, they are not reliant on the resources these creatures provide. In cases where close combat with other races is unavoidable, they will attempt night ambushes, attacking their targets vital areas with their fangs, talons and knives under the cover of darkness.
Female nevreans, while lacking in brute strength, may compensate with lethally accurate bow strikes and lacerations with their blades that incur grievous blood loss.
Case of males combat
Males however, are nearly powerless in direct combat but can serve a support role in battle. Since some can fly, they can use elevation to their advantage for reconnaissance. Their beak still has the strength that is able to sever fingers and appendages like cutting pliers, and their piercing and echoing cries can serve as rescue signal, so any friend, ally nearby, or even individual will most likely rush in to see what's going on after hearing it.
Society and culture
The natives of Nevrea Land, in contrast to Urban nevreans who have made Gold Ring their home, show distinct differences in their culture and personality.
Native Nevreans are written as "ネブリャン" or "ネヴリャン"(Névuryan). in Japanese notation.
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Why females protect males?
While female nevreans' appearance and behavior have been described as "masculine", however female nevreans differ from human males and mammals of earth in that they do not compete with others of the same gender. Females will play a protective role towards males, attempting to guard and preserve their beauty, having platonic love and worship like faith, rather than attempt to monopolise them sexually. As such, females have a strong faith in the trust of their mates, and will have no issue with sharing their partners. As such they do not see sexual intercourse as entertainment.
Because the female is the primary caregiver, they invest much of their physical resources into this role. By contrast, the males main role is merely that of sperm-donor. Hypothesis; If females don't have humanity at all, it was accepted for females to kill the males once they had played their reproductive role to avoid their competition for resources.
Males cultivated their own beauty to give "spiritual healing" to females. They use their beauty to inspire sympathy from otherwise cold hearted females and encourage them to live with them as "a whole". Male nevreans' role, "the beauty" is able to limit females' brutality.
There is little physical affection shown by females towards their offspring as they do not breast feed. They place more social value on their male partners instead. The children learn to see their parents bond as a model to follow, and forge their gender identity from observing this relationship.
Loss of valued males can see a breakdown in the social order of remaining females. Having lost a partner to place their faith in, they may turn to lawlessness after losing their place in society. Widowed females may conspire together as bandit, and kill and pillage travelers. They will have little trust for each other, united only by a common interest in their own survival. Their traditional lifestyle values the survival of the males to avoid this sort of situation occurring.
Miscellaneous nevrean knowledge
There exist a small number of nevreans in Shigu territory, but they are generally only workers and merchants captured while travelling the eastern lands. nevreans would not visit Shigu territory voluntarily due to distance and language. Only a few Native nevreans, mainly males, have been captured from the western nevrean lands. Most workers in the Shigu clan are captured from other races with combatants being entirely sergals. Had captured nevreans been used in combat, General Rain's invasion of Gold Ring may have been more successful.
There is a misconception that females can be "noisy and foul-mouthed" However such behavior is generally the preserve of the males. Females are wary about the repercussions of careless banter. Female bandits use profanity to curse and bully their victims, or if they have a clear intent to kill. Those who inhabit bars or cantinas may use rough language while drunk or in casual relationships.
Urban and new age nevrean females are more likely to banter like males as their traditions have faded. Out Ring females are especially foul mouthed, expressing the emotional pain caused by the loss of their males who is a role to limit their brutality.
Male nevreans generally like to spread meme, especially urban males can be fond of gossip, and are prone to spreading misinformation, especially when they have access to communication networks. Females may attempt to limit the spread of harmful gossip.
Their origin for the name is the anagram of "raven".
About the originally base of nevreans, while their appearances have been described as avians and feathered dinosaurs, but there's also "alien", "doll", and "fairies such as hobbits and dwarfs". Particularly their appearances without feathers are considerably similar to alien. The elements of "alien" and "fairies" show a whole of them, and "doll" mainly shows male nevreans, means abstract concept of "a virtual body such as avatar". In contrast, there are abstract concept "a physical body in real world" for females.
At first, their gender differences and role were explained as opposite to humans, but this explanation is an wrong as rigorous concept. Exactly, they display symmetrical natures are similar to element of Yin-Yang. A meanings of Yang(陽) that corresponds to male nevreans includes "male principle", and Yin(陰) for females includes "female principle".
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