Art by, Chimerii
Common Jobs: Constantly changing
Likes: Change, Variety, Collaboration, Sharing
Dislikes: Greed, Obscurity, Monotony
Attack Method: Bite the opponent with sharp teeth or kick at them.
The ageinolus honor whichever gods have been randomly selected for a short period of time.
The ageinolus is a semi-aquatic species with a long and thin body, plus equally long legs to support it. Their body is shaped similar to an eel's, with a pointed snout and a large fin off the back of their tail. A sail fin goes across most of their body.
They possess one pair of arms and one pair of legs. While their legs are powerful, they rarely used for swimming and instead for running. Their feet are slightly spread out on the ends to act as flippers despite their lack of use for aquatic travel. Their arms are long and often slightly weaker, and are also unused during swimming. Each hand possesses two fingers and a thumb.
Out of the same shoulders that an ageinolus' arms come out of, a short pair of flippers are also there. They possess a small amount of short spikes, and a fin that connects to the rest if the body. What constitutes as the shoulder for just the arms also tends to possess spikes as well, though they are typically shorter and duller.
At the end of an ageinolus' body is a sturdy fin coming out the underside of its body. On the tail, leading up to the fin, there are more spikes on the sides of its body. They start long and sharp and get smaller and duller as they get closer to the tip of tail. The amount of tail spikes an ageinolus can have on each side tends to vary between three to five spikes.
The head of an ageinolus is slightly pointed. There are two large fins coming out the back of its head, and its earholes are hidden behind said fins. They possess a slightly acute sense of smell, though one that often seems to work better in water. They have a small but bright throat pouch, similar to a pelican's, and its color tends to match the color of their eyes. Their mouths have two rows of sharp teeth.
The colors of an ageinolus' body often range between teal to blue-ish purple. They possess a lighter underside whose colors also extend to the inside of the arms, legs, and flippers. Each one of their fins except for their sail fin is a color that contrasts the hue of their scales, with a bright gradient starting from the inside, out. The color of said gradient matches the color of the eyes and throat pouch, and ranges from purple to red colors.
The sail fin, covering most of the length of an ageinolus' body, is often a darker color of their scales and is covered with small white spots.
As the ageinolus are semi-aquatic, they possess both lungs and gills, and can survive in semi-high altitudes and deep waters. Underwater, they are quick swimmers and can travel at a hastened pace for a fair amount of time before needing to stop or slow down. On land, they are slightly awkward in how they walk, appearing with somewhat of a waddle but still relatively normal compared to most species.
Their legs are not built for endurance, but are great for sprinting. Despite the length of an ageinolus' body, their tails rarely droop down too low compared to the rest of their bodies. The ageinolus very rarely wear clothing. They are adults by around the age of 8.
The ageinolus are a race built on change and variety. Doing the same task over and over again is near-impossible for them, even if in an occupation that covers a wide array of tasks.
To cope with their constant need for change, ageinolus society is constantly shifting, both politically, domestically, economically, and in the workforce. Leaders of various cities in the poles are switched out every week with ageinolus citizens who signed up on a queue, and ageinolus children are often traded between adults as they grow up, leading to many considering a very large group of people to each be their foster parents. The biological parents of an ageinolus giving up their child soon after they hatched is not only normal but encouraged.
In the workforce, most ageinoluses change professions within a matter of weeks. Due to the amount of time it would take to perform said jobs effectively, ageinolus jobs tend to be extremely specialized, reducing "biologist" to "researcher of aedelweard heart valves" in order to minimize education times. Jobs that are relatively simple and do not take much time to learn, such as janitorial duties, do not suffer from the same problem. If an ageinolus claims to be a worker in a rather broad and complicated subject, it's likely that their knowledge is only relatively surface level.
The ageinolus have no preferred job. It is likely that they will have dabbled in every major profession branch at least once before they die. On a ship, it is expected to have an ageinolus crew member change jobs every week. Refusing to let them do so often dampens the member's mood and makes them more likely to quit.
As a society, the ageinolus constantly trade items and other possessions as frequently as their jobs. Resale is extremely common, as is moving houses, even if only moving a few houses down the street. Items are rarely considered to be belonging to an individual ageinolus, but are rather items to the community that everyone takes turns sharing. Refusing to let something back into the market is seen as greedy. Permanent trades with other species are seen as odd, and the alien trader might get several requests to resell their item after a few weeks.
A large part of the ageinolus' insistence on community and constant trade is because of how frequently they switch jobs. Large projects that would normally take 100 people to complete would instead take thousands of ageinoluses, meaning that every home and every item in ageinolus society likely had a very large amount of people involved with its creation. Thus, seeing as though they all contributed to it, they all want to share the spoils.
Their unusual approach to belongings and occupations often leaks into their personality, where an ageinolus will always insist on trying new things and being the first to volunteer. This is not to say they are reckless- they generally take risk into account and will deny an opportunity if the danger is too high for the reward. However, they dislike traditions and will often try to break them if possible.
The ageinolus, in general, love space and travel. Going offworld at least once in their lives is extremely common for an ageinolus, as space provides many opportunities that their homeworld cannot provide. Returning home is just as common as never coming back. It has gotten to the point where a few planets nearby their homeworld have issued travel bans to the ageinolus in order to stop mass immigration, even if they leave just as quickly as they came.
However, offworld, the ageinolus are frequently cited as hoarders, though this is mostly due to buying items with the expectation that they would easily be able to resell it for the same price in the future, and then being disappointed when they find no buyers that are willing to meet such demands. They tend to collect a wide variety of knickknacks, and although they often have the intention to sell them, offworld ageinoluses create quite a large pile of items regardless.
The beginning of ageinolus history can largely be started with the steady heating of their planet. This divided the ageinolus and sent them to the two poles- some of the only places on the planet where they could be safe from their sun's sweltering heat. The two societies would grow independently for a long time until travel and advanced communications made the two aware of each other.
The steady increase of their sun's temperature drove the two societies to devise a way to redirect the sun's heat into energy, both managing to keep global temperatures at a stable (but still hot) level and inadvertently giving the ageinolus the energy source they would need to devise space travel. This would allow them to enter interstellar society on their own and secure a slot as a registered species.
Although the problem of the sun's increasing temperature had been largely solved, it still rose at a crawling pace, creating a noticeable effect in the centuries that had passed since the ageinolus had made contact with other species. The poles where the ageinolus lived started to become too hot, even for them.
Since then, frontier attempts at populating the abyss levels of their planet's oceans have started to rise among the ageinolus. Though they only exist as few and far between settlements, they are among the planet's last havens from the weather, and are starting to increase in frequency as more ageinoluses decide to move there.
Lynariold is a planet mostly governed by hot deserts and mountains everywhere except for the two large landmasses and archipelagos on each of its poles. These regions are where almost all developed ageinolus life is, and are the only areas of the planet that are mostly temperate in temperature. They consist of grasslands and forests in the mainlands, becoming more mountainous towards their coasts and the nearby islands.
The amount of land and natural resources on the North Pole is significantly smaller than on the south, and ageinolus cities in the region are accurately sized to reflect that.
The planet is about 80% ocean, and extremely deep trenches exist in the southwestern regions of the waters. Small ageinolus settlements exist there, lit by electric lights and kept from crushing through sturdy metal architecture. Land settlements on the poles fit trends for most other species' buildings.
Almost all life on Lynariold exists on the planet's two poles except for the hardiest of fauna and alien species.
Northern: The northern ageinoluses are outnumbered by the southerners by about 80 to one, and they are slightly more attuned to aquatic settings, thanks to the lower amounts of land on their pole. Their legs are shorter and less powerful, though they possess larger tails and fins. The colors of their scales are generally warmer than a southerner's. They are about eight inches shorter but six inches longer in size than a typical southern ageinolus.
Contrary to the southerner's constant cycle of change, northern ageinoluses tend to be more committed to their work, and are shown to change occupations far less frequently. They are among the few ageinoluses who ever become true masters in anything.
• Don't stick around to watch the credits of an ageinolus movie. It's never worth it.
• Ageinolus religion has largely adopted unidolencian traditions, in which they pick out gods from a large list and switch out who they honor every couple of years. Instead of picking 100 new gods every 100 years, however, the ageinolus pick out 20 new gods every ten years.
• It is common practice for items passed around by the ageinolus to have their previous owners documented and listed. Several items have been recorded to have had well over a thousand owners before finally being thrown out due to age and wear.