Races
Nanbu study

Summary

The Nanbu, as a species endemic to the southern subcontinent of Pannotia, were originally adapted for an almost antarctic climate. Discernible by their faintly translucent skin, lean figure, and webbed extremities the Nanbu are known by the other races for their swimming ability, affinity for colder climates, and remarkable singing voices.

Physiology:

With naturally accelerated metabolisms, Nanbu are typically of a narrow and slender build, they also stand at an average of 6 to 7 feet. Their specialized elongated feet are curved into a hook-like shape which allows for higher speeds and efficiency when running at the cost of a slower start. This, combined with wide webbing between cartilage digits, high lung capacity, and a transparent second set of eyelids allow Nanbu to move as swiftly through water as they do on land.

Nanbu have narrow streamlined heads with elliptical eyeballs and horizontal pupils. This gives them a wide panoramic view of their surroundings, useful for spotting threats on the flat expansive Jōvonese tundra as well as along the surface of calm waters. Their nostrils and ears exist as narrow slits on the sides of their faces, and can be held shut while submerged.

Society:

Due to the removed nature of the Nanbu homeland of Jōvon, Nanbu culture and society developed largely independent of continental influence. Coastal and island fishing settlements are common and fruitful thanks to the race's amphibious nature. By the same token, after the use of effulgia became widespread, Nanbu swimmers pioneered the practice of synchronizing with aquatic animals.

In a world where large scale watercraft are rare and expensive, Nanbu with aquatic syncs were able to corner the market on trans continental travel. Working as navigators and ferrymen throughout the waters off the southern shore of Panultima.

Nanbu farmers, in addition to cultivating many of the otherwise rare plant species native to Pannotia also coined the profession of aquaculture farming. The numerous islander communities that dot the ocean between Panultima and Pannotia have made use of their abundance of shallow coastal waters to become the world's main supplier of starfish and sea cucumber meats.

Cultural Divide:

There exists a significant distinction between the Nanbu societies of the Pannotian mainland and their islander counterparts living throughout the south ocean and along Panultima's southern coast. While the 'mainlanders', as they are colloquially known, for the most part possess pale nearly translucent skin, the 'islanders' are distinguished by their darker hides and various regional accents which form as a byproduct of living in smaller more isolated island communities and extended contact with mainland races.

This divide also carries socioeconomic implications as mainland city states have a history of extorting and raiding the traditionally smaller and poorer nearby island communities. Though developments in transportation and aquacultural trade have recently shifted this dynamic in the islander's favor, old prejudices still remain.

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