Civilization Name: Ashitaka Empire
Civ Flag: See here
Civ Color: #800000 (Burgundy)
Border Color: #335C33 (Jade Green)
Species Description: The Yakkul
A bipedal, mammalian race derived from a quadrupedal, antelope-like ancestor species. The lower leg and foot has retained ancestral qualities such as a cloven hoof, and as a result, they are very naturally athletic, able to run fast and jump high with very little effort. Supplementing this are a large respiratory and circulatory system, allowing them to exert themselves for long distances and periods very easily. The size and shape of their legs can differ slightly depending on their habitat; for instance, mountainous Yakkul have legs built for jumping rather than running. Another vestigal ancestral trait is keratin plate armor covering the back from the neck to the rump and the upper legs, similar to that of the pangolin. They have been described as “armored satyrs.”
Their arms and torso are similar to those of humans, although instead of five digits on the hand they possess only three: two fingers and an opposable thumb. Their fingers lack sensitive finger pads, and are instead hard and bony, like a hoof. As a result they are slightly less dextrous than humans. Their faces are narrow and stern, with deerlike ears. Males are generally slightly larger and more powerful than females, and besides lacking mammary glands and large breasts are identified by a patch of black hair along the lower side of the face. They occasionally possess midsize horns as well.
They have an average height of 1.7 meters, and an average weight of 160 pounds, Earth standard. Sexually monogamous, with a gestation period of 8 months and an average lifespan of 80 years. Generally herbivorous, although have been known to eat other animals. They are generally described as stoic and unemotional.
History: The Yakkul homeworld of Sogen is 70% land, most of it flat and covered in grass. After a long period of nomadic, hunter-gatherer existence, communities established themselves along the coasts and rivers, Eventually a feudal system arose with lords and ladies ruling from the vast mountainous plateaus that dominated the landscape. One of these lords, a man named Ashitaka, was more successful at conquest than any of his peers or predecessors, and he and his progeny succeeded in unifying the entire planet under one flag. The line of Ashitaka has lasted for centuries and although the people govern themselves effectively through democratic and bureaucratic means, but the true unifying factor is the reverence the Yakkul hold for their emperor, whom they believe to be descended from heavenly beings.
The stoicism of the Yakkul is explained by their militaristic culture, which values discipline above all. For all intents and purposes, the military is the government, although it is generally considered to be a just and reasonable one. Their religion, called Tamashi, is based on the worship of spirits that are believed to exist within all things; although unorganized, most Yakkul practice a form of it, most commonly through meditation, self-reflection, and the visitation of shrines. It is the driving factor behind their way of life, as all Yakkul seek to better themselves within the confines and doctrines of Tamashi. Many believe this involves continuing the expansion of their empire into the stars…
Taiyo: Midsize yellow sun similar to Sol.
Jin and Mugen: two small, rocky planets in a binary orbit with each other. They are theorized to contain valuable mineral deposits, but due to their close proximity to the sun, they have not been exploited.
Sogen: Midsize world about 25% larger than Earth. The Yakkul homeworld. Atmosphere is a nitrogen/oxygen mix. Surface covered in 75% land and 25% water; nearly completely covered in grassland with large freshwater lakes and mountainous plateaus strewn across the surface. Various minerals and natural resources similar to that on Earth.
Mononoke: moon of Sogen. About 34% the size of the planet it revolves. Completely covered in extremely dense forest. Notable for metallic deposits within the soil, giving it a silvery sheen. Home to several clans of enormous, semi-sentient feral animals that are capable of communication but choose to live a primitive existence in harmony with nature. They are believed by the Yakkul to be the physical manifestations of spirits, and travel to the moon is strictly forbidden for these reasons, in addition to the danger presented by the beasts themselves.
Eboshi: A swamp world about the size of Mars. Due to its nitrogen-ammonia atmosphere, pressure suits are required to traverse the planet’s surface. Many of the native flora and fauna contain valuable chemical compounds.
Miyazaki: a large, ringed, Saturn-sized hydrogen gas giant in a retrograde orbit around Taiyo. Several moons orbit it:
- Kon: small moon with no atmosphere made colorful by deposits of various minerals. Very seismically active, with many volcanoes erupting daily.
- Oshii: small, barren moon with nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere. Covered in ice except for a marshy area on the equator. No major resources.
- Otomo: midsize moon. Atmosphere is a severely irradiated nitrogen-oxygen mix. Ruined cities dot the surface. Was believed to be a colony of some other power that was destroyed in an enormous burst of energy. Deposits of rare metals
- Yuasa: Large moon with nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere and huge deposits of Uranium and Plutonium. Huge forests of fungus and poisonous plants cover the surface, making it incredibly hard to traverse and impossible to breath due to spores floating in the air.
- Takahata: small, barren moon. No major resources.
- Anno: midsize moon with no atmosphere. Both the landforms and ocean contain large amounts of iron oxide, giving it a crimson red appearance. Enormous cross-shaped monuments made of a carbon-steel composite cover the surface in rows. Urban legend says it is a graveyard to some horrible, unknown conflict. No resources.
Maru: Ocean world. Completely covered in water. Nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere, unknown amount of resources. Largely unexplored.
San: Neptunian gas giant. Elements in the atmosphere give it a reddish color.
Part: Plutonian planetoid with lithium deposits. No atmosphere.
Eto: Plutonian planetoid with no major resources. No atmosphere.
Asteroid belt: celestial system furthest from Taiyo. Unknown amount of resources, has not been scouted due to distance and low temperature.