Apolytam Pargalonian

The species typically referred to as Apolytam is a race of intelligent beings once found almost exclusively in small pockets in the north, primarily in and near Pargalo. The Pargalonian Apolytam were among the first tribes that formed the nation there and for many centuries were a well respected and feared faction in the aristocratic systems. However, over several centuries the Apolytam lords were pushed further and further out of their old domains and forced to the extreme south of Pargalo by other factions. Around 1800 CE a majority of Apolytam in Pargalo left. The rest were eventually exterminated by the rest of Pargalo.

Physiology

Apolytam, unlike most species in Pargalo, have no unintelligent analogue species. Apolytam have eight limbs in total, two of which are effectively vestigial. Typically Apolytam operate on their four hind legs, using their fore legs as arms, but when traveling or at rest, make use of all six legs for support and locomotion. They're body is covered in a series of bony plates that cover around 60% of their body, with the largest gaps being near joints. Apolytam also have a number of horns on their skull, but more dense than a Pargalonian Dragon's and make of less exotic materials. They also have talons on all limbs, including the two on their back, and carnivore style teeth. Due to their high natural land speed but low distance endurance, when outside of cultural influences, wild Apolytam tend to act as large predatory animals would.

Apolytam are warm blooded and have similarities in body structure and biology to a number of different species, including warm blooded dinosauroids, dragons, and mammals. Exact classification of Apolytam has not been decided upon.

History

Apolytam have appeared in ancient historical accounts for over 2500 years. Most of the accounts before 300 BCE depicted Apolytam as vicious beasts and nothing more. Between 300 BCE and 0 CE, some stories began to mention organize Apolytam whom acted in more civilized manners and whom hunted non-intelligent life for sustenance unless at war. This early organization lead Apolytam to be a factor in the founding of the Kingdom of Pargalo and were among one of the largest factions in the resulting government for several centuries. During the Lilumeleate Dynasty, Apolytam in great numbers were recruited as elite troops for the crown. This was especially true for Lilumeleate II whom used the Apolytam as shock troops against his enemies. After the death of Lilumeleate II, the Apolytam were badly battered as a faction and shunned by the others.

This position as outcasts was heightened by the Givig Um'Civ Dynasty renaissance efforts which expanded public education, which included historical accounts of the Apolytam's more feral times. Some Apolytam, believing the system had abandoned them and that they had served the kingdom faithfully, rebelled and took up more feral modes of living based off the old stories. This only fed more into the rest of the kingdom's view of the Apolytam as savage blood thirsty beasts whom spurned the efforts made to unite the nation (as Noot'Yel supposedly did).

Around 1300 CE this cultural divide between Apolytam and the rest of Pargalo erupted into a series of battles that pushed the Apolytam into the souther reaches of Pargalo. Over the next few hundred years the Apolytam would attempt to reassert their claims of lands further north, but each attempt resulted in a united backlash from the rest of Pargalo. By 1700, some of the other factions were arguing for the complete expulsion or destruction of the Apolytam. In response, others called on a forgiveness of past misdeeds and reconciliation. Despite the talk of bringing the Apolytam back into the fold, the expulsioners won out and the Pargalonian parliament passed a series of resolutions forbidding the Apolytam to pass certain locations north of their current holdings. Each resolution moved the barrier further and further south. In 1803 CE, Iphyot, last lord of the Apolytam, convinced a majority of the population to leave Pargalo, making a long journey to the south eastern edge of the continent. The remaining Apolytam were eventually killed by greedy land grabbers and anti-Apolytam bands whom had been harassing them for years before.

Culture

For the first half of the Kingdom of Pargalo, the Apolytam had a societal system similar to that of other factions in the kingdom, with a lord or lady as leader of each faction of Apolytam (there was typically one faction, but several points lead to the creation of several factions until infighting resulted in reunification by force). Pargalonian Apolytam spoke Pargalonian and sometimes a language used by the Apolytam before Glorvan called Hectoq. Before 400 CE, Apolytam were known to occasionally hunt and feed off rival factions, but that practice was discontinued until the reign of Lilumeleate II whom declared enemies of the crown as fair game for such practices. Few Apolytam took part in such activities however despite the decree.

After Lilumeleate II, the cutting off of the Apolytam from mainstream Pargalonian culture encouraged divergent cultural development. Several rifts appeared in Apolytam society as well. The largest being the feral faction whom renounced their obedience to the lord of the Apolytam (and as a result the kingdom itself) against the loyalists. Another set of fractures appeared over the years between loyalists, opposition (loyalty to a non-Apolytam faction), and liberalists (wished to do away with the lord and to eliminate the feral faction).

The divisions in Apolytam society left the overall faction open to abuse and repression from the rest of Pargalo and lead to the decline of the Apolytam as a force in Pargalonian culture and politics.

Family life for Apolytam was predominantly matriarchal, as retainment of the male parent as a father figure was often deemed unnecessary unless the father was well accomplished or held a title and needed to pass skills or heritage to the offspring. Even then, the father in the family was rarely the dominate force in family decision making.

Apolytam wore clothing only during the winter and spring months, where they would wear large tarp like outfits called caihc. Caihc were often decorated with complex patterns or scenes show casing the wearers accomplishments.

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License