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Common Jobs: Subterranean explorers, Miners, Taxis.
Likes: Caverns, Minerals, Warm places.
Dislikes: Bright lights, People who treat them like dumb brutes, Cold temperatures.
Attack Method: Charge head on and attempt to crush with sheer bodyweight while foe is down.
Subterranean dvmeret tend to worship "the great cave", a personification of the caverns they live in. Mountainous dvmeret have no single subject of worship and tend to believe in any god that catches their fancy. The few Surface dvmeret left worship nature itself.
NOTE: While the main variety of dvmeret, the subterranean variety, is described in this entry due to being the most well known and often seen one, it is not the only one out there. Please check the subspecies section to see other dvmeret varieties. For convenience, we will be referring to the subterranean dvmeret as just "dvmeret".
Dvmeret are large reptiles with uneven and jagged scales, and with two large tails that end in shovel like formations made of bone, they also have long claws. Both of these are strong and sharp enough to dig through stone. While normally dvmeret assume a quadrupedal stance, they occasionally assume a bipedal stance, usually to reach objects high up. Their scales come in various colors, from a dull grey to a neon orange, as there was no evolutionary need for camouflage as many cavern creatures are blind. Older dvmeret tend to have stumps on their backs. These stumps are located where the wings used to be in surface dvmeret long ago. Nowadays most dvmeret are born without these stumps due to a lack of need for them.
Dvmeret eyes are especially photosensitive, thus they often have adverse reactions to staring into bright lights. The kind of adverse reaction a dvmeret has when their eyes are exposed to light often varies from one to the other, but it usually results in pain, discomfort, or, in rarer cases, vomiting.
Dvmeret stomach acids are powerful enough to melt most rocks and minerals, and in fact, dvmeret, and the mountainous subspecies, rely on consuming rocks and minerals to sustain themselves. Oddly enough most minerals on the dvmeret homeworld, Stkaye, have the strange property of containing nutrients and proteins that could sustain an average notail, it is presumed that this is some sort of strange effect caused by its formation.
Though they are able to consume minerals, dvmeret can also eat plants, though they can only be sustained by these for a limited time, as dvmeret get violently sick if their diet does not contain enough minerals.
Dvmeret only have one gender, and reproduce through parthenogenesis, pronouns are decided purely on personal preference. They lay a batch of two to four eggs every 50 or so years after they reach maturity at the age of 63. Dvmeret eggs have a rocky texture to them, and taste somewhat metallic, the yolk inside them is extremely hot, so it ill-advised to eat them.
The eggs are usually put near warm places, such as near magma or a fire, so as to provide the egg the proper heat it needs to hatch. If a dvmeret egg stays in the cold for too long, eventually the yolk inside of the egg will solidify, thus rendering the egg into nothing but a rocky orb for any other dvmeret/other mineral eating creature to gobble up.
Dvmeret are individualists by nature, and there is nothing more the average dvemeret loathes than being helped when they did not ask for it, as such they tend to brush off advice and do things "their own way." They tend to not hang around large groups often. As soon as a dvmeret reaches adulthood they are given money, basic supplies, and sent off to start a life of their own. This is not due to law but simply due to ancient custom. Some dvemeret regard those who do not practice this ancient custom as childish or immature.
Dvmeret have extremely long attention spans, and can fixate on a single subject for weeks or months on end, the longest a dvmeret has spend fixating on something was approximately half a year, with only a few breaks inbetween for eating, drinking, and other basic necessities. They also posses extremely good memory retention, and tend to not forget things often.
Dvmeret do not like monotony or events staying the same for too long, typically making changes to their life or general environment often. One day one might see a dvmeret working a paper-pushing job, another day they might see that same dvmeret working a mining job, and then another they might just see that dvmeret not working a job at all.
Early dvmeret history is foggy at best, and nearly no records exist of it, written or otherwise, most info in this section before the great poisoning is pieced together from the few surviving records, mostly from surface dvmeret city ruins.
Stkaye, long ago, was used as a dumping ground for all kinds of anomalies. The status quo there was seemingly that the anomalies would terrorize the local fauna, and in turn the local fauna would provide food for the anomalies. This went on for decades and decades, maybe centuries. Some of the fauna though, got more and more intelligent, and learned to avoid the anomalies, and use basic tools.
These surface dvmeret had wings which they used to fly through the sky, evading the anomalies below. They would manage to develop complex weaponry, which they used to combat the anomalies, and finally settled down in the lands below, farming the living anomalies and using them for their own purposes.
They soon discovered great caverns underground, but paid no mind to them. Only using them for attaining materials for their constructions. And thus was life for the surface dvmeret. They lived and prospered peacefully.
Then something happened, that would change their lives forever.
A peculiar anomaly fell from the sky one day, one that was more powerful than the ones that the dvmeret had seen previously. It rampaged through their towns, releasing a toxic gas, and due to treatment methods then being rather rudimentary, most exposed to it died within hours afterwards, soon this anomaly had spread its toxic miasma through all of Stkaye. The dvmeret fled in terror like their ancestors did so long ago, and retreated into the caves, sealing them off. Those who remained in the surface were unfortunately left to die. Those lucky enough to live in mountainous areas, though, retreated to their peaks, and eventually became the mountain dvmeret, and those in the caves became the subterranean dvmeret.
Dvmeret society seems to have progressed uneventfully after that, adapting to the life in the caverns. By the time they were contacted, they had reached post-industrial technology, having finally connected people from across the caverns of Stkaye.
Subterranean: The one detailed in this entry, they eat minerals and have eyes better adjusted to the dark, at the cost of being very light sensitive.
Surface: Surface dvmeret are a rare, near-extinct subspecies of dvmeret, their scales are green, and they have mighty wings which let them fly through the skies. They are the ancestors of both main dvmeret subspecies. The number of currently living surface dvmerete is around 48 individuals.
Mountain: The mountain dvmeret come from the surface dvmeret who retreated to the mountains during the great poisoning. Instead of scales, they have something more akin to a transitional state between scales and feathers, and they come in many colors. They are far larger than even the largest subterranean dvmeret, and are known to hoard precious items in their homes.
Lava riders: All dvmeret are completely fire and magmaproof, if submerged in lava or set on fire, even for extended periods of time, a dvmeret will be just fine. Note that they are not immune to any discomfort that being set on fire or getting thrown into a volcano might entail. Some harvest and sell dvmeret blood as some sort of "fire immunity potion", not only does dvmeret blood not give one fire immunity, but harvesting and selling it is also illegal.
• It is said that the anomaly that caused the great poisoning in Stkaye is still alive, and in hiding, while there has yet to be any sighting of it, of note is that the poisonous gas covering Stkaye's surface has not dissipated, seemingly as if something is creating it, even centuries after the great poisoning.
• Due to their large size, dvmeret can be used as war mounts by other species. They do not enjoy being used as such, and were almost subjected to this in exchange for species status, were it not for the person they sent to do a interview had done crystal meth with O-6. /*Editor's note: Yes we reviewed this trivia and yes this is not a joke. Taking the time to explain how this happened would overshadow this entry in size.*/
• There has been at least 1 case of a dvmeret entering a museum, stealing a fossil, and eating it. Upon being asked the taste of it, the now-convict responded "It was like the taste of a god!" and "It was totally worth the prison sentence!"
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