samedi 30 mai 2009


Edited from the entry.
Planet of Origin: Firekka
The Firekkans are an avian species that resemble seven-foot tall predatory birds. Firekkan males are slightly smaller than their female counterparts.
Firekkan culture relies heavily on a matriarchal flock system. Firekkan society values the interests of the flock, which consists of a matriarch and her family, above those of the individual. This creates a stable society, but one that can have difficulty adapting to new things unless it is forced to. Each flock grooms a specific child from birth to become flock leader. A flock leader leads her flock in many aspects of life. According to the tenet of the Living Spark, the acts of a flock leader shape the flock and the future. The overall leader of Firekkan culture, the 'Flock Leader of Flock Leaders', is known as the Teehyn Ree. Because of the strong subordination to a flock, and the flock's desire to remain close, few Firekkans, at least in the past, have left their flocks to go out into space.
Firekkan religion and philosophy are very spiritual and are based heavily on imagery of flight and nature. Midnight ceremonies are held at the Firekkan Fire-Temples. Firekkans commonly follow the Flame Winds doctrine, which emphasizes living in the moment and not worrying about the future or planning ahead. Any occurrence can undo any plans, so it is futile to plan ahead. The Firekkans also participate in a number of flying dances used for a number of purposes from bonding to mourning.
Firekkans are very social creatures, and as such have a complex system of greetings, gestures and customs. The first thing an outsider will notice is the Firekkan greeting. To be sure that their acquaintance will be free of pests during while in their company, Firekkans greet each other by searching the feathers, hair, or fur of their acquaintance for parasites and bugs. Also, an outsider should note that Firekkans display their amusement by leaning backwards and clattering their beaks in a gesture similar to human laughter. Other notable things include the ducking of one’s head between the shoulders when embarrassed and the involuntary moulting when frightened.
Firekkan architecture is distinct in that it is created for a race with flight. Buildings are arranged without stairs, or fences at large drops, which can be quite disconcerting to visitors. Bars and pubs have perches for their patrons, instead of chairs. Firekkan pubs are, quite probably, most famous for their potent alcoholic drink known as Firekka’s Finest. Along with socializing over a Firekka’s Finest, Firekkans have a number of recreational activities, including flight races.
The Terran Confederation made contact with the Firekkans in 2653, and pledged to protect them while Firekkan entry into the Confederation was negotiated. Shortly after this contact with the Confederation, the first Firekkans left their flocks and planet to travel between star systems.
By the year 2678, the Firekkan Planetary Alliance had been created and the Firekkans had claimed the nearby star system of T'kirsa.
Source: Wing Commander Universe

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