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World Building: The Water Kingdom

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World Building: The Water Kingdom

Post by Thunder-Paws on Mon May 02, 2016 6:07 pm

An open discussion for the Water Kingdom. Ideas will be expressed in posts, then added to a collection here once completed.


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Water Kingdom

Location



  • The Water Kingdom is really two separate places. One is a large, sunny, tropical island, full of lush forests with a large mountain rising up from its Northern edge, meeting at the edge of the Ice Kingdom. It’s surrounded by a saltwater ocean, but there are several freshwater lagoons and rivers running through the island. Waterfalls are common, and it’s said to be one of the most beautiful places to visit in all of the Elemental lands. The other place is basically an underwater bubble, where wolves who’ve learned to adapt to undersea life live.



The main island is aptly
named Parádeisos, or “Paradise”. The water wolves frolic all about this enormous tropical island, investigating all it’s beautiful sights. The landscape itself is a major tourist attraction, while the activities are also big attractors towards this island Kingdom. Hiking up Mount Palírroias, or Tidal Mountain, is a commonality. Angel Falls is frequently visited, and the lush tropical forests house thousands of different species of plants of flowers found nowhere else in the Elemental regions. Their city, a towering series of sand castles cemented with layers upon layers of salt water and brine, is decorated beautifully with all manner of shells, underwater plants, and various other paraphernalia that have been dredged up from the ancient ruins of their city that was covered in waves. The city appears to sparkle and shimmer as sunlight reflects of the thousands of salt crystals. In places, patches of sand show through, creating a rippled look to the entire city.





Hidden deep underwater within the saltwater ocean that surrounds the main island is O ýfalos, or The Reef. It’s home to the more specialized water wolves, who’ve evolved fish-like tails, fins, and other such things to live more easily within their watery environment. Thanks to the Water Kyklos, there’s an air bubble surrounding their city, allowing non-water wolves(and the wolves themselves!) to remain in their watery abode for large periods of time. Due to their sometimes large and cumbersome tails though, many water channels run through the city instead of streets, leading to an interesting architectural design. Especially since this is built partially upon the ruins of the old city that these wolves covered themselves. Most of the city itself is old coral reefs, thus the name. This leads to there being some interesting spires and natural artwork that is created on the buildings.






Physical Appearance



  • The land dwelling wolves typically have some shade of blue as a base, but white isn’t an uncommon colour either. Pastel yellows are also common, to fit in with the sand. Every once in a while, you can even seen a turquoise-green water wolf, to fit in with the trees that fill up areas of the island. Speckles, zig-zags, swirls, spots, and various shapes can often be seen on these wolves, creating intricate patterns on them. As they spend so much time in the water, they often don’t wear things such as dyes that will quickly wash out. However, many water wolves are known to style their long fur into various different styles by coating them with salt and seaweed, and leaving them to dry in the sun.



An interesting element of all water wolves is the fact that water rolls right off their fur, rarely leaving them wet. Damp, perhaps, but not truly wet. Oils coat their fur, giving it a luxurious shine when they bask in the sunlight. These oils also repel water, keeping waterbound wolves from being bogged down by all their heavy fur.


The thick, heavy fur was bred through solely for the purpose of keeping the wolves themselves warm when they were in the water. Water can drop to cold temperatures, and with the amounts of time spent in the water, having short fur that would easily let the chilly water get to their skin would prove disastrous for their homeostasis.


On the flip side, the more fish-like wolves often have very short fur, so as it doesn’t float around in their faces when they’re swimming through the waves. As they spend all their time underwater, their inner temperature is lower than most other wolves so they can live comfortably in their underwater city. As their tails have become more fish-like, these wolves are typically coloured and patterned like the various fish that live around them. However, colour hybrids are common. Bright colours are most apparent, but the common colour blue is still ever-persistent. Wavy stripes, slashes, dots, and zebra-like patterns and streaks are commonly found on these wolves.


All fish-wolves also have fins on their body, although placement, shape, and size differ per wolf. Some have more spiny fins, while others are more curved. The same holds true to tail shapes and sizes. Fins can be gauzy, stiff, shiny, or dull. It’s common for there to be some sort of fade or pattern on fins not found elsewhere on the body, and certain families of wolves can all share similar fin traits that can make it easier to recognise them in a crowd.


Don't think these wolves can't hold their own on land though. Although their tails make it difficult to move through forested and other such environments, their city itself is built with said tails in mind. All floors are marble, and due to wolves jumping out of water, often coated in a thin sheen of water that allows tails to slide across floors easily. For those wolves that dislike water, galoshes are offered at the beginning of the tunnel to the city.


As an effect of living with the turbulent waves, all water wolves have muscular body and thick, webbed paws. They’re the fastest swimmers of all wolves, especially the more fish-like wolves. With their thick muscles, they can easily propel themselves through the water at great speeds. It’s rare to find a thin or wiry water wolf.


Accessories



  • Water wolves are known for commonly wearing all types of stones, gems, and shells to decorate their pelts. Typically threaded into necklaces, tail braces, or anklets, those of higher rank are also known to wearing tall headdresses with flowing silks behind them that billow in the wind.



When in a formal situation situation, it gets more complex. Different coloured stones have different meanings, and the type of stone and it’s patterns also depend on the meaning. Where it’s placed also plays a factor, and what shape it takes. Depending on what area of the island and what sector of the Reef you’re in, the meanings can also differ.


However, if it’s not in a traditional sense, many water wolves simply choose these stones because they find them attractive in their own opinion. A lot of accessories in the water kingdom have little to no actual meaning outside of the formal context. Most wolves choose not to wear accessories at all, what with their active lifestyle. Many a pearl have been tragically lost in the forest...


Specialty



  • The water wolf specialty is, to be frank, tourism and fun. About the only tradeable item they have is a few exotic flowers and plants, which the Earth kingdom frequently use. Besides that, their naturally beautiful island attracts wolves of all kinds. The water wolves also house a large array of ancient artifacts, being one of the older and more mystical nations. Parts of broken tablets that appear to depict some sort of random event in history have been found on the sea-bed near the fish-wolf city, and brought back to the surface to be displayed inside of the capitol building.



On the Fish-wolf side, the stunning architectural prowess displayed in their city astounds many. With their strong tails, the wolves are able to climb steep water channels to move among buildings. Creating this small utopia under the sea wasn’t an easy process though, and many a wolf perished due to architectural failures early on. Due to their small population, each and every wolf that died was memorialized in an enormous statue in the center of the city. 13 wolves in total died, which was a good 15% of their beginning population. The statue is over 3,000 years old, and is made of a mysterious metal the water wolves zealously guard, due to its only known location being found in a deep undersea rift. The metal is just as clean and polished as the day it was placed, and shows no signs of age.


Personality



  • Both species of water wolves are generally very carefree, but their emotions can change as quickly as the sea itself. Water wolves are deeply intuitive, and some devote large portions of their life to contemplating the existence of it. Many a great philosopher have come from the water kingdom. However, water wolves are also shy around others, and it can take time for them to warm up to others. Don’t mistake these wolves for cold though, as all water wolves are naturally nurturing. It’s reputed across the kingdoms that there has never been a lonely water wolf in existence that lives within the kingdom, as they’re surrounded by others from the moment they’re born.



The land water wolves are more commonly known as the “funner” water wolves. Mass events are held daily, ranging from a bonfire to a massive game of tag. Wave-riding is a popular activity for all ages, and there’s even a Kingdom-wide championship level wave-riding competition. These wolves enjoy a very laid-back beach lifestyle for the most part, although typically they tend to work all morning. Once the afternoon soon comes out, the thick-furred water wolves can overheat quickly, so there tends not to be much serious work done once the sun climbs to its peak in the sky. To the more industrialized nations, who work longer days, this apparent lack of drive can be infuriating.


Most water wolves tend to be very hard workers though, although very relaxed about what they do. To others, it can seem as if they don’t care about what they’re doing, but in most cases the opposite is true. The water wolves strive to be the best they can be when they are doing work. They aren’t always the most efficient though, and may take the long way instead of the short way. You’ll never hear them complain though, but instead you’ll hear them remark about the small, beautiful things that are involved in what they’re doing.


The fish wolves have a slightly more serious temperament. Due to their city being housed in basically an underground bubble, they rarely interact with others outside of their own kingdom. Not to mention transport through other kingdoms is practically impossible for them. While very similar to the land-based water wolves, the water-based water wolves have a few distinct differences. While land wolves are very open and friendly, fish wolves have a hard time trusting wolves not of their own kind, and have even banned fire wolves from their city at a few points in history. They regulate who goes in and out of the air bubble tunnel by posting two guards at the front of the tunnel gate. In order to gain access, you must apply to the land water wolves, who then go down to the fish water wolves. Very few are refused though.


When not being serious, fish wolves are very much into the more wolf-like aspects of having fun. With their tails, it makes traditional wolf activities difficult, so they modified their system of sports. In the fish city is an enormous arena, in which there is a giant tank of water rising all the way to the top row of the arena seating. In it, many events are held. There are races, fishing competitions, brawls, tamers, and waterworks shows. It’s a very open environment, in which all tensions(but for those within teams) fades away. (Think of the Olympics)


However, be wary of any water wolf when they’ve had a bad day. Due to their turbulent nature, they could just as soon break down crying in your… paws, as they would figuratively bite your head off. Water wolves can easily fall into deep depressions, in which it is difficult to escape from. The mood of one can affect the mood of all the wolves around, which is never good. One moody water wolf is a problem, a group of them is a catastrophe. In their moody states, the water wolves have been known to do some drastic things, which never leads to anything good.


Remember though, water is deep and mysterious, holding many great secrets in its inky depths. And water never forgets...


Politics



  • The water wolves have a very loose political system. They have a traditional pack system, with an Alpha pair, and then from there on down. However, the Alpha and all other high positions are both voted in, and fought over. One could potentially fight their way to Alpha, but it’s more like they’re a delegate than anything. The old alpha, or even a completely different wolf can be “voted” into office. After all, a single wolf can’t stand up against an entire kingdom.



Most wolves aren’t actively concerned with politics, although there’s definitely a ranking system within events. There’s generally a wolf or two in charge of different types of activities and work around the island. How they get there? They’re generally just the one who steps up and takes the leadership position, or just kind of is floated into that position. There isn’t much more to their political system than that, as they’re generally too busy relaxing, playing around, or leading tourists around.


In emergency situations, the entire wolf community can be pulled into the capitol building, or Great Hall, for a mass meeting.


Economy



  • The water wolf economy is based almost exclusively on their tourism industry. Although they trade a few of their plants and herbs to mainly the Earth kingdom, they rarely if ever export anything else. However, they do import large amounts of food from other countries, seeing as how they really only have fish. Besides that, there are many stores on-island that sell a variety of trinkets and bobbles to adorn the body. Their beadwork is known to be one of their most reputable art qualities.



Military



  • The water wolves have an incredibly effective military, but it usually doesn’t do much on land. Underwater however, a military job is considered a serious career choice. There are many hostile creatures in the ocean, and the gate always need guarding. They're trained from six months of age, but joining isn't compulsory. Very few wolves speak ill of any military personnel, as they go to through intensive training.



Ancient History



  • In the beginning, the Moon birthed the first water wolves. At one point in time, they were one and the same species, all appearing as the land wolves currently do. They were given a great city, with towering domes of marble decorated with beautiful murals and paintings in never-fading blue ink. The water wolves treasured their city, working to keep it as pristine as they could. At this point in time, their current home wasn’t currently in existence, as it was just a plateau they payed no mind to.



However, when the Ice Kingdom came into existence, they were overjoyed. That joy wasn’t to last though. The water wolves considered the Ice wolves an extension of their own family, although they were more like a colony than anything. If you can find any of the older water wolves, they’ll tell you that they were close friends with the ice wolves, at least on their side. Although it was probably more energetic-brother-glomps-emotionless-younger-brother type relationship. When the Ice wolves wanted their own independence, the water wolves took it the wrong way, thinking the Ice wolves were abandoning them.


Thus so, they moaned and howled, feeling deeply hurt. They implored their Kyklos to help them, to bring them their “family” back. One of the twin water Kyklos took pity, and sent a massive tidal to wipe out the entire Ice Wolf population but a few, who would breed a new ice wolf nation under Water wolf control. However, the Ice Kyklos, upon seeing the tsunami headed to wipe out his people, sent a blast of ice magic at it, freezing it and the landscape up to exactly half of the mountain that makes up their current home.


As a punishment to the overly-emotional water wolves, their lands were covered completely in a deep saltwater sea, and they were relocated to the top of a plateau that was now their island home. However, some wolves refused to leave their submerged city, and were willing to drown to stay down there in it.


Seeing this, the other twin endowed these wolves with the tails of the various fish around them, and put a magical bubble down to the city with a tunnel leading to the surface. Since then, the water wolves have tried to atone for their previous mistakes, frequently inviting the ice wolves to their more organised festivals, although they rarely, if ever visit...


Relationships



  • Within Water- The fish-wolves and the land wolves typically don’t mix often, due to their different lifestyles. However, they do enjoy each other’s company, finding the other amusing, in their own special way.



Overall- The water kingdom has fairly good ties with most of the rest of the elemental lands, but very little trade values with anyone. They don’t have much to trade, after all.


Sun- The water wolves don't have much interaction with the Sun wolves. They rarely have any need to trade with them.


Moon- The same as Sun, although they frequently commune with them in order to trade knowledge and such.


Wind- Water and Wind tend to chill around together a lot, as their lifestyles are fairly similar. Wind wolves get some of their oddly-coloured and shaped feathers from birds that reside only in the tropical forests of the water lands, while the water wolves get an odd, ruddy-red stone from the cliffs the wind wolves are attached to that can be polished to slightly resemble a clearer fire agate.


Fire- Water and Fire have a long history of having never gotten along, although they know the necessity to trade with each other. Frequent debates are sparked, almost on a weekly basis, between the two. Any reason they have to fight, they will. Tourists are allowed, but are thoroughly watched by each.


Earth- Water and Earth have a very good relationship, what with Earth frequently wanting to trade with them for the plants that live only in their Kingdom. The water wolves also enjoy visiting the earth kingdom, since it’s so drastically different from their own kingdom.


Lightning- Water doesn’t interact with lightning much. They find their realism boring, and their lightning dangerous, after all. It’s a rare case that water wolves use any of the lightning wolves’ advanced technology, finding their more simplistic life better.


Ice- Ice and Water have tenuous relationship. While they still interact with each other frequently, there’s always hostility. The water wolves feel deeply apologetic for their actions, but realise that the Ice wolves may need a long period of time before they’d ever forgive them.


Space- The water wolves rarely go around the space wolves, due to their distance from them. However, they’ve been known to occasionally traverse great distances to speak with them of things they’ve seen, or when in times of great sorrow.


Time- The water wolves mostly trade with the Time wolves, finding their silks to make amazing headdresses for their leaders and elite. Besides that, they often ignore the wolves, acting as if their pilgrims weren’t even there. They don’t want to mess with them.


Culture



  • Water wolf culture is based largely upon enormous group activities. It's rare for there to have an activity that doesn't have at least ten wolves. In fact, a small game of tag can grow to encompass the entire city. If a few start running, they all start running. If a few start anything really, they all start running after. Water wolves are deeply intuned with each other, and twice a year, all land and fish water wolves come together for a great feast, known as Megáli Giortí, or Great Feast. It’s a rowdy party, and any non-water wolves are strictly forbidden.


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Re: World Building: The Water Kingdom

Post by Robin on Mon May 02, 2016 11:36 pm

*that's

But yes, I'm considering having them based on tropical islands for a majority of the wolves, while a smaller subsect went so far as to develop tails in order to better live in a water environment.
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Post by Robin on Tue May 03, 2016 8:18 am

No fabulous colours, since phone.

My idea for this is that there are two species, and a rivalry between them. The wolves who grew tails, and the wolves who live among the tropical islands. I imagine almost a Hawaii typwenvironmwnt, if that makes sense.

I also HC water wolves as being rather laid-back, go with the flow(Heu), but not lazy like the wind wolves. They're all about relaxing and enjoying life, with mass games. They're very friendly in general, but are also never really serious.

Do these sound like good qualities? I also imagine them being fiercely eco-friendly, and almost working as... Environment police? Going to other nations and (grudgingly) working with the electric wolves in order to create standards and filters and stuff
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Post by Thunder-Paws on Tue May 03, 2016 2:11 pm

Water elements are like mothers... very nurturing... xD

And "laid back"... eh...

Water is turbulent. One moment the waters are calm, the next you have a tsunami on your hands. All in all water is sensitive. They react to beauty and tragedy, and experiences seem more meaningful than they do to others. It is not an element of "living in the moment". It takes everything in deeply. That is why water traditionally views Wind as insensitive and aloof in astrology. Water is a serious element in regards to these things.

They are mild in a general sense, yes. It is an understanding and compassionate element, phlegmatic in nature. A bit shy, but they make good friends. However, never mess with a water element on a bad day... never... just... don't...

And Ice and Water are an interesting pair if we look at their characteristics... The main HUGE difference is that water is FEELING, and Ice is THINKING. While Water follows the heart, Ice follows their mind.

Once I put my Ice thingy up, you can read it and we can discuss relationships from there.
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Post by Robin on Tue May 03, 2016 3:23 pm

Alright. And those are interesting qualities for water wolves. I know water to be very turbulent, but I also see them as being wolves who like to chill, and havew fun.

For some reason, I Leo think Romeo and Juliet when I think of these wolves. A bit over dramatic, but with the best of intentions.
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Post by Thunder-Paws on Tue May 03, 2016 3:39 pm

Yeah, they're not emotional as in the freak out over everything. They are.... ARTISTIC yeahthatstheword

Besides...tropical islands? Who wouldn't want to relax? Also, water inst a very rebellious or risk taking element either, so they much rather relax than go do something crazy.
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Post by Robin on Tue May 03, 2016 3:51 pm

Yeah. Although I imagine them fishy wolves being... Angry xD not quite the word, but... We need some not-so-happy wolves man
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