Moahus are an artificial species imitating other species and cultivating plants on their bodies.
|Common affinities||Earth and subtypes|
|Ability to plan and abstract||Very high|
|Language||Any, written only|
Ability to reason
Any, but written. Moahu are mute.
No extremely hot, cold, or polluted environments. Heavily polluted environments tend to have acidic rain, which is harmful to most moahu.
Holiday Marsh in Owel, major coastal cities.
Earth and subtypes, Fire, Water, Air, and Spirit are common. Most moahu are Earth, and almost never have subtypes from any other element. They may acquire Fire, Water, Air or Spirit as secondary affinities if they have live in an area saturated with one of those elements.
Moahu are extremely skilled with Acid and are knowledgeable about its effects, but the element itself can easily damage them and interfere their abilities
Moahu are resistant to the destructive aspects of Fire, Plasma, Light, Aura, and Lava. Moahu may even absorb and gain them as temporary affinities if they are exposed or subjected to them for long enough.
Moahu are immune Poison. As such they are immune to both conventional poisons and conventional medicines.
Moahu have a great interest in the holidays of other cultures and societies, and constantly strive to gain a better understanding of them. They even named their city “Holiday”, in honor of them. Given the number of cultures on Owel, moahu are almost constantly celebrating something.
They don’t merely copy other cultures, however. The holidays moahu celebrate are inspired by their other cultures’ counterparts. Moahu believe that one of the greatest honors a culture or individual can receive is to have inspired the creation of something new, to be appreciated by all who would see it.
Moahu have gone to great lengths to create a society and city which combines the positive viewpoints and celebrations of every culture they know about. If they learn about a new culture, they integrate it into their own culture.
They are skilled at mathematics, architecture and engineering, and will often travel to other cities in order to share their knowledge and vision in order to enhance the infrastructure of those cities. Existing sewers, aqueducts, dams, bridges, roads, coliseums… you name it, and most moahu can easily draw up blueprints for heavily upgraded versions of them.
However, when something breaks, such as a bridge, they will never “just” repair it. They will see the break as an opportunity to change the bridge, to upgrade it, or give it a different aesthetic. This mentality is present in all moahu for everything, including themselves. They never miss an opportunity to express their creativity and inspiration.
Moahu are completely mute. They are able to communicate with others by summoning magical glyphs, which float and glow in the air. The glyphs remain until they are dismissed or the moahu that summoned them leaves their immediate vicinity.
These glyphs have the ability to be understood by any individual, regardless of what languages that individual actually knows.
Moahu do not have an innate ability to read or speak every language, so they must make an effort to learn different languages if they wish to hold actual conversations with other races.
Moahu are able to incorporate the bodies of the recently deceased into the construction, or creation, of a new moahu. The moahu community considers this the greatest compliment they can give an individual.
This new moahu will often share the behavior and personality of the body that was used to make it, but the moahu community stresses that this is not reanimation in any sense of the word. It is the creation of an entirely new soul and individual, using the old body and its former identity as a base.
New moahu created in this fashion often have the same affinity the old body had, but as a secondary affinity.
Moahu are made out of almost any kind of earth-based material. Brick, clay, cement, concrete and rock are the most commonly-seen types of moahu. Glass is sometimes used, and gemstones can be incorporated into moahu as well, but are usually in their raw, unpolished forms.
Moahu can modify their bodies as they see fit, although they will usually take on the appearance of a race or individual they are most inspired by.
Moahu are usually made from raw materials, but this is definitely not always the case. On thing that is constant, however: they cultivate plants on their bodies native to their current place of residence.
They are never made with a functioning mouth. They don't seem to require any specific food or sustenance… except for inspiration. Without it, a moahu can survive, but it will gradually become more and more lethargic. As a result, moahu are prone to spontaneity in order to fight off the sinking feeling of art block and boredom. they tend to enjoy trying new things and ideas out.
You would be hard-pressed to find a moahu that doesn't thing more arms are better. They think twice or thrice the arms, twice or thrice the output.
Moahu don't share traits of the species they imitate. For instance, a uniqorn moahu will lack the secondary form for which uniqorns are best known.
Moahu are created, rather than born. The specifics of the process are unknown, but what is known is that any number of moahu can be involved in the creation of a new moahu, and that the new moahu will often possess the affinity most common among their creators.
Moahu do not seem to go through phases like childhood and adolescence, but are considered fully-grown at creation. Researchers suspect that the creators pass down a good portion of their knowledge and experiences to the new moahu.
Moahu have a hard time dealing with the negative emotions of others, as it usually saps their inspiration. The hardest to deal with is destructive urges enacted by others — though moahu are extremely well-equipped to repair destruction.
If a moahu can move past the negativity of a situation, they usually can shine a huge positive light on it, instead.
Body mod is extremely common. Sometimes moahu even change the species they imitate during their life.
If you inspire a moahu enough, they may make one in your likeness.