World Building: Critainian Traditions, habits and technology
This is an expanded explanation of the different races. Each race has their own unique traits and aspects about them. In this section, the Critainians.
The Critainians have a long standing tradition, that dates back to the times before the Great Crossing. Among all of the intelligent life forms in the Lupine System, the Critainians are the only species that lay eggs. One tradition is that when a female is about to lay her eggs, she travels to a central “Hatchery Medical Facility” where she rests for several days, and a company of doctors and nurses assist with her clutch. When she has lain her eggs, she returns home, always keeping in contact with the hatchery the condition of the eggs, if they are close to hatching, and what arrangements she needs to make to return to her clutch. Critainians will often lay three or four eggs at a time, and will do this four times throughout their life time. It is not uncommon where one or two of the eggs do not hatch.
At the central hatchery on Critainia, doctors and nurses work around the clock to ensure the safety and care of every egg. At times, there are over three or four hundred eggs being cared for. There are several central hatcheries dotted across Critainia, and it is estimated that there are over sixty to seventy five thousand eggs being cared for at a time. When the eggs are ready to hatch, mothers will be contacted and special carriers sent to bring them to their hatchery. All information about the eggs and the mother is recorded so that there is no error and that no mix up in who’s eggs belong to whom. It has also become habit for Critainians who are members of cargo cruisers and even war ships to return home during egg laying seasons.
The Critainians also have another very unique aspect regarding their biology. They are the only race that resides in the Lupine Star System who’s gender is fluid. Meaning that it is not uncommon to meet one Critainian and see that person several times throughout their entire life, and to have met them as male and female. It is not uncommon for Critainians to spontaneously switch genders to conform to the needs of the social group they inhabit. This is one reason why both male and female Critainians dress in similar fashion.
Many of these habits and traditions of the Critainians were brought upon by necessity. Especially during the Great Crossing. One massive ship was built specifically for egg laying, and Critainian engineers had to build it properly. The system of record keeping was also something that began quite earnestly during the Great Crossing, as all aspects of their lives were recorded for future generations. This is still evident, as many tomes are brought in to the ever expanding library on the main continent of Critainia.
Unlike the other races of the Lupine System, Critainians are strictly vegetarian. Many of the dishes they have brought with them have become popular on other planets as a good source of nutrition. It is because of this that many Critainians act as nutritional experts throughout the system. Many Pantherans, who have create an advanced medical science, study with the Critainians to learn all they can about the nutritional and medical practices. The Critainians and Lupine have worked together to create a vast agricultural system in the main Lupine territories of Lupinia, along with a vast irrigation network.
Critainians live much longer than any of the other races. Often, a Critainian cargo cruiser may have a crew that has seen eight full rotations of Vulpine sailors of one Vulpine ship. Each rotation of a Vulpine military vessel lasts three decades, barring promotions or death in the event of combat. A good example is the first mate of the Barrow’s Revenge, a Critainian named Gor’lon. Gor’lon has been first officer of the Revenge since Sylvia Clarendale became captain. Crena Clarendale is the fifth captain in line while Gor’lon has been first officer. Each captain has held that rank on average for 15 years. Gor’lon brought his own space traveling experiences to the Revenge before he became first officer.
Critainians are said to have very long memories, that happen to match their long lives. They will often be able to recite, word for word, any communication, negotiation or small conversation that would have occurred decades before had they been present for it.
Critainians have their religion, but they keep it very close to heart and don’t often share their practices. They believe that a spiritual aspect is one’s own choice and that person need only keep it in their mind and heart. They will discuss it if asked, but they are not about to attempt to make any converts and often will try to dissuade other species from following Critainian religious spirituality. They believe their religion is for Critainians only and that it is one thing that definitely does set them apart from other races.
Critainians do not ever make intimate relationships with other species. They do believe in close friendships and honour those very well, but they have never in Critainian record, ever become romantically tied to someone outside of Critainian life.
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