A Wheel Story

A buddhist-fantasy webcomic

Glossary

(author note: I originally had this page explaining buddhist terms, but the more I wrote it the more I realized it was too complicated. I'd encourage anyone reading to look up buddhist terms/ideas they don't understand, but it isn't necessary to understand the main story. Any buddhist termonology you "have to know" will be explained in the narrative.
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Philosophica De Rotomae: A Comprehensive guide to Rotomae's Species and People
by Dr. Shasta Leaucanthemum, royal scholar of the Impatiens family.


Races:

Naga: The Naga are old and mysterious snake people. Having once lived in the sea, they now make their home on the banks of the Forca rivers bordering Verbenas. During the befouled war (also known as the 108-year war) their population has tragically dwindled by almost 85 percent. Since the Naga rarely reproduce, they had few numbers at the start of the war.
Nagas can appear in many different forms, some as giant snakes, others having a more human appearance with a serpentine lower body. They can sometimes appear entirely human– all except for a few key features. Slitted pupils, sharp ears and sharper canines are commonplace.
Nagas are known for the beautiful art, tapestries and songs they compose over their long lifespans. This is because Nagas tend to forget important details of their lives since they live so long. Thus, they create art to remember moments that are pertinent to their lives. While Nagas tend to speak the wheeler language, they have their own form of writing which they use exclusively for art and other forms of writing. Why they do this is unclear, even to them. Scholars have theorized that they once had their own language, but interaction with the founders of Rotomae changed this. 
Sadly, many of these beautiful works of art have been lost to the war, no thanks to the nagas dwindling population.
Nagas have an other-worldly beauty to them– because of their eternally youthful appearance, the Naga live (relatively) carefree lives and prefer to relax in the peaceful springs and waters they call home. Nagas have a much higher female population– but please don't think anything uncouth. Nagas are physically unable to reproduce with other species or humans. Also, do not think that a naga could be mature because they "look" young. Nagas age at the same rate as humans do until they are about 21; where thereafter they're appearance halts almost completely for another 7 thousand years. Therefore naga children and juveniles should never be considered adults.
Nagas live under a similarily monarchial structure, having a king which they usually appoint themselves.

Garuda: The Garuda are bipedal, avian people- with an average wingspan of 8 to 10 feet. They possess two clawed appendages at the end of each wing, which they use for intricate work and occasionally combat. The Garuda people have feather patterns belonging to a particular flock (or clan) but primarily come in the colors of black, white, red or gold.

Another distinct trait of the Garuda is their growth rate- Garuda hatch from the egg as adults, having a gestation period of 5 years. After this birth, they live as juveniles for only a few months before learning to fly. From then on they are considered adults within their flock. Because they have almost no elementary period, the Garuda people do not form familial units. They simply have eggs when they feel it is necessary.
They have a much longer lifespan compared to a mortal man, with an average of 180 years.

The Garuda make their nests at the base of kapok trees (or red silk-cotton trees), which added to the great plain's name. They use the tree as a home for their entire flock– dividing sections of the tree into parts based on functionality. They use the numerous chambers of these trees for building other structures- as well as it's cotton for their clothes. The trees are so important to their society that once a tree is sick or otherwise too destroyed to continue inhabitating, they burn it. Shortly after they move onto a new tree, performing a complex ritual to appoint another tree as their new home. 

The Garudas appoint leaders for each individual flock and seem to have no over-seeing leadership. Despite this, inter-flock conflicts have been very rare.