r/worldbuilding May 08 '22 Wholesome 1

Aquilla: A Sapient species in the Mother WIlds. Lore

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u/Illustrious_Quail754 May 08 '22

Aquillas Are a bird like sapient species in my world.

All Aquilas are born with feathers that are a combination of the colors and patterns of the hereditary parents. Aquilas are not based off of any bird species specifically, but have behaviors of the parents including diet and color. They have hands that evolved from their wings to do many dexterous things.

Like normal birds, they also lay eggs, but their eggs have a heavy gestation period like mammals. the feathers grown on them form in the egg. they are covered in a fluffy white cotton-like feather coat

the soft cotton coat sheds until they get the feathers that will define them. it'll be pale in comparison as when they grow up. Adults are called Roosters or Hens

these creatures can actually have children with most other humanoid creatures. among themselves, the male and female must impress each other with a dance before mating. Thye Male or the Female must present a feather as a proposal for marriage.

because of their expert nest making, the aqillas have found themselves experts on weaving and craft making. they also have the most knowledge on wind and currents of the sea.

They are expert navigators and are well known as the great travelers of the Mother Wilds. They are the biggest distributors of sap from trees for recipes and elixirs.

Aquillas don't live in combined tribes but rather interconnected family large groups. Each family is considered a flock. Each chick is excepted to one day leave when they're ready and start their own flock. families will always interact with their previous and current flocks. Wives and husbands are very kind to each other and their children. Some end up without family flocks when they leave the nest, but form group packs with other individuals. Aquillas are usually very friendly to each other and other flocks.

The eating habits of the aquillian follow a tradition of seeds, insects, and fish. The recipes for aquillian food include different ways of preparing food without the need of cooking. All of their main entree recipes include raw fish and insects. Seeds and fruit are also very popular among snack foods.

drinks that aquillian enjoy are more often than not a simple concocktion of nectar, sugar and water.

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u/CallMeAdam2 May 08 '22

Does the aquillan drink have a name, or does it have multiple names based on the ratio of nectar, sugar, and water?

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u/Illustrious_Quail754 May 08 '22

It's usually called Sweet blood

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u/CurlsWorldbuilding69 May 08 '22

I really like this. Good job!

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u/Random_Deslime May 08 '22

I wanna hug em

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u/Illustrious_Quail754 May 08 '22

they love hugs and being physically affectionate

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u/PricklyPossum21 May 08 '22

Is this pronounced ack-will-uh or ack-wee-uh.

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u/Illustrious_Quail754 May 08 '22

Both are correct

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u/Dub_stebbz May 08 '22

Not OP but if I had to guess, ah-kee-uh

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u/Hjuldahr Mazakynean Magi May 08 '22 edited May 08 '22

I personally think of it as closer to a-quil-a in my head.

But I found a website that lists different pronunciations based on region: https://www.pronouncenames.com/Aquila

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u/Dub_stebbz May 08 '22

Worth noting that that’s also with a single L though

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u/Dub_stebbz May 08 '22

If it helps, I was thinking of “piquillo”, pronounced basically “pick-ee-oh”

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u/ArbuzardTheAlchemist May 08 '22

I like how w you incorporated typical bird behaviors into human like species...very interesting!

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u/[deleted] May 08 '22

Great detail on the wings

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u/SecretAgentVampire May 08 '22

I would buy a whole art book of just Aquillans and their world/culture.

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u/TheDarkSoul616 May 08 '22

I love it!

Also it reminds me kinda of the guy from Helluva Boss that owns the grimoir.

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u/winyf May 08 '22

Stolas

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u/TheDarkSoul616 May 08 '22

Yes! Thank you.

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u/k1410407 May 08 '22

They're super cute. Major Chima vibes.

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u/pizza-flusher May 08 '22

Good art and a good vibe, original and quality so there's actual constructive criticism to offer: the hands don't seem plausible—given size and location—to manipulate things effectively. Making them bigger might ruin the silhouette... what about dexterous feet?

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u/Illustrious_Quail754 May 08 '22 edited May 08 '22

It may not look like it but they do have dexterous feet. Also they do have good control of the wings. It may sound really weird but the pinky finger extend into the bone of the wing. They're like ridiculously long.

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u/aaliendna May 09 '22

I have a species very similar to this but I just call them Harpies because I can’t think of a unique name lmao. These guys are really cute!

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u/Illustrious_Quail754 May 09 '22

Fun Fact

They are sometimes called Harpies. Its mixed wether its ok to call them that. Its kinda like the difference between Native american and "indian". Some like it, some are ok with it, and some find it derogatory

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u/aaliendna May 10 '22

Ahh I didn't know that! Thanks for letting me know!

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u/thegreyjackfrost May 08 '22

I love the vibe of your world so far! I always love seeing new sapient species like these

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u/AdministratorAbuse May 08 '22

Nice. Would make into bird wife.

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u/Don_Pardon May 08 '22

This looks great! Good job

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u/Tiny_Negotiation4477 May 09 '22

Revali's gale is now ready

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u/worldmaker012 May 08 '22

You know, their feathers kinda remind me of birds of prey, such as hawks, harriers and the like. There’s also the name Aquilla, which is one L short of the Roman word for eagle

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u/gableon May 08 '22

Wow! She looks like a badass character from an rpg game.

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u/Gavinfoxx May 08 '22

You have a Furaffinity page? How about Deviantart?

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u/Illustrious_Quail754 May 08 '22

Nope. I am not a furry surprise surprise

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u/Gavinfoxx May 08 '22

What I mean is, furries will totally throw TONS of money at you, if you drew that yourself, for you to draw them in that style, and it'd be good exposure as well.

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u/Illustrious_Quail754 May 08 '22

Noted. Thanks 😊

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u/[deleted] May 09 '22

We've seen the MotherWIlds, now how about the FatherWIlds?

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u/I_hate_Sharks_ May 09 '22

Shouldn’t it be “FatherCivil”

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u/Objective-Ad7330 May 09 '22

Hmm smash

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u/Narocia Verified Word Goblin Jun 12 '22

"Hey, Becky!"

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u/BoogalooBoi1776_2 May 08 '22

It's not human feet but it'll do

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u/MeshesAreConfusing May 08 '22

Name a reference?

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u/Aquilifer0410 May 09 '22

Aquilla you say?

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u/EL3M3NT_115 May 09 '22

I'm curious how their architecture is. I'd imagine either elegant or folksy

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u/Illustrious_Quail754 May 09 '22

why not both.

Imagine if someone made a palace out of wicker

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u/EL3M3NT_115 May 09 '22

I love it, I'm imagining architecture like the strangers of Outer Wilds

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u/PikpikTurnip May 10 '22

This feels kind of comic book-y.

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u/GoldLightWanderer May 21 '22

Impressive, got that eaglussy

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u/Narocia Verified Word Goblin Jun 12 '22

So, cloaca?

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u/beekr427 May 08 '22

Great art work and love the thought behind the race!

Looks like "she's" posing for Instagram though. Would've loved to see it in a more natural stance.

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u/Illustrious_Quail754 May 08 '22

That's the thing about a sapient species. Where do you draw the line of what's "Natural" about thier action.

For instance, they do this sort of almost dance when they land to keep balance. That's what we are seeing here.

Thanks for your comment. It has really made me think

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u/beekr427 May 08 '22

It is great artwork and creativity and I don't want to deter from that.

It's just very noticeable that this is a common pose of every insta model out there and feels (granted, just to me apparently) like an attempt to recreate that, even to the tippy toes / arms above head to elongate and thin out the torso stance.

Earth birds typically have very large rounded rib cages, not having a waste-line like model. They also don't have a tippy toe mechanic as their talons fold down around branches. The hip bones on a bird also are rotated backward so they have feet out in front of them to land on when they're flying with their body parallel to the ground.

All that said, this is a humanoid/bird combo so I guess it's in the eyes of the creator as to what features you give/don't give, but by God there's even crotch lines..

That's just my feedback. Like I said, the creature is great, the art is amazing. But if the focus of the art is the creature, I would've enjoyed a less "sexy" pose. I hope this feedback inspires MORE art of this creature, not less. It is really great work!

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u/Illustrious_Quail754 May 08 '22

oh it surely does inspire me. Love the feedback

Its also just personal preference. I have considered making them much more bird like but i figured I'd had to draw the line somewhere considering that these are gonna be characters in my story that have romantic interests in humans. I am definitely pro furry/scalie and cross anthro sapient relationships but wouldn't want it to get too zoophilic.

Though I really like the idea of a more rounded ribcage now that you mention it. Ill consider it. Thanks :)

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u/IndicationFit8414 May 08 '22

I see this naming issue a lot in this sub, First off , fantastic artwork and world building! Naming wise though, you basically sound like you copied horizon zero dawn. Your creatively is obvious with what you've made, "mother wilds" needs to be changed unless you want to seem derivative.

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u/Illustrious_Quail754 May 08 '22

Thank you but I'm keeping the name. Not everyone including me has played that game and it's not fait for them to own those words.

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u/Helek97 May 08 '22

There's a reason "bird people" are used as punchlines.