LIFE IN THE NEW WORLD
Selected early artworks by Grand Apostle Xhasthrai, circa 2318
[OOC credit: Yamamoto Takato]
As a result of considerable genetic alteration, the physical appearance of Khoronzonites possesses a notably atypical and distinct character relative to the peoples of the rest of the world. They invariably have significantly pale skin, more so than any foreign ethnicities, with those who live further away from major urban centres having a tendency to bear vaguely less pallid complexions. Hair colour generally ranges from black to light brown, and texture from straight to slightly wavy. Eye colour is mostly light brown, with fairly sizeable minorities having dark brown, blue, and grey eyes. Hair dye, contact lenses, and surgical alteration are not particularly infrequent, resulting in a somewhat broader range of physical characteristics than would otherwise be phenotypically dictated.
In addition, Khoronzonites tend to be taller than baseline humans due to exceptionally rapid growth in adolescence, with an average height of 191 centimetres, and possess increased muscle and bone density and accelerated tissue regeneration. Sensory, emotional, and cognitive capabilities are also heightened, discounting further psionically-derived augmentation - examples of said sensory enhancement include greater tactile sensitivity, tetrachromacy, and limited nocturnal vision. However, Khoronzonites are known not to age well - many of the aforementioned capabilities decline with senescence, and mental degradation is especially sharp. In addition, Khoronzonites are notably more susceptible to various forms of cancer than baseline humans - more specifically those affecting the blood, bones, and nervous system - and the A-class eugenic elite in particular is known to have an increased incidence of certain behavioural disorders.
Khoronzon is, for the most part, a monolingual state - while Ashkhorol is officially recognised, very few people use it, as it is extremely difficult to pick up, considerably impractical for common purposes, and potentially dangerous to use improperly, while most foreign languages are seen as useless and belonging to inferior, dying cultures. Khoryaz is the only language most citizens use, and there is fairly little regional variation in dialects and accents. Most Khoronzonites who do learn languages other than the two recognised by the state do so out of historical interest, particularly for research on ancient religions; consequently, Khoronzonites tend to be more familiar with long-dead foreign languages than with existing ones, seeing the cultures they represent as superior and more worthy of study than those of the contemporary world. Though Ashkhorol is extremely rare in day-to-day life, it is employed semi-extensively by the Ministry of Truth, most notably the Shrouded Ones and their subdivisions - as an example, Shrouded initiates are typically given a new, Ashkhorol-derived name to replace their birth name, indicating their special status.
Some basic Khoryaz terms:
Numbers from 1-10: kha'dn, dvaph, thris, chyet', pyat', shest', shem, vosh, dyev, dyesh
Hello: zdthrashchy' (formal), pryvft (informal)
The birthing chambers themselves possess four subdivisions designated K, M, P, and A in descending order of size, production capacity, and gestation speed, with the latter three referring to the "class" of embryo being raised within their walls, while the first is dedicated for the spawning of bio-constructs rather than citizens. While all three classes are subjected to the directed evolution process with the aim of generalised improvement across physical and cognitive aspects, and are overall superhuman in many regards when compared to the unmodified baseline, the degree to which fine-tuning of genetic adjustments is prioritised over ease of production varies - as such, M-classes are the most numerous, but bear the least inherent enhancement, while A-classes are few in number but possessive of significantly advanced capabilities. In effect, A-classes are biologically tailored to serve as a ruling elite, P-classes as a broader administrative intelligentsia, and M-classes as the bulk of the citizenry and moderately skilled labour force, with tasks below them being relegated to automation, bio-constructs, and thralls.
Besides serving as a high-efficiency industrialised replacement for natural reproduction and greatly facilitating eugenic development, a notable side effect that Hatchery-based spawning has had on Khoronzonite society is a dramatically different view of sexual relations. In essence, sexual activity is considered to have two aspects - the biologically necessary reproductive aspect being the "lower" half, and the social, recreational aspect being the "higher" half, due to the latter increasing in prevalence as biological limitations are progressively weakened. Prior to the development and proliferation of Hatchery technology, the lower aspect was prioritised over the higher out of necessity for population growth; however, with the former being entirely phased out, the latter is all that remains. As such, both halves that formerly existed as burdens to each other have been made to flourish separately, with procreation being revolutionised from an inefficient small-scale process into a far superior productive force, while the bonding and pleasure inherent to the sexual act is released from the restraints of demographic demands.
Variations in attire between individual citizens tend to be less valued than collective aesthetic synchronicity, and are thus somewhat less prominent or widespread than in more individualistic societies, though that is not to say they are nonexistent. Outfits are typically modular, with "base" clothing being easily fitted with various utilitarian or decorative attachments, and tailors are commonplace to provide assistance with adjustments and sizing. The degree of variation in clothing is usually based on sociopolitical standing - a moderately-esteemed P-class, for instance, is granted notably more elaborate outfits, as well as a wider degree of choice and customisation, than a typical M-class. Rather than being due to exchange value and financial stratification, though, this restriction is directly linked to sociopolitical rank through the Oversight Network's credit scoring systems.
Besides clothing, various adornments such as makeup or jewelry are commonplace even among those of low sociopolitical status - these tend to be relatively modest, such as simple eyeliner, small ear piercings, or mildly-decorated bracelets, rings, or necklaces, though elaborate jewelry and makeup tends to become more widespread at increasing hierarchical levels, mainly within the Ministry of Truth. In addition, Khoronzonites tend to have medium to long hair and be otherwise clean-shaven, which, combined with the relative frequency of makeup and jewelry as well as the general tendency for most clothing to not lean particularly heavily towards a specific gender, often results in a vaguely androgynous appearance.
16, M, Student, Thalarion V8-5
19, F, Musician, Xura K4-1
27, F, GenSec, Exorias I5-2
23, M, Acolyte, Aira A3-2
21, F, Nurse, Akhra V4-4
24, M, Aegis, Shugara Hades-7
16, F, Student, Serannian K7-6
31, M, PGSS, Akariel K1-3
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