Post by Prophet_of_Plague on Mar 30, 2017 17:55:13 GMT
It’s well known that in World War Three, Ireland’s surface was rendered uninhabitable. Millions fled, the majority of the population, but some were left behind. Afraid to leave the great bunkers built in fear of this scenario, they remained below. And when the last bombs had dropped, they no longer had a choice. The upper tunnels sealed and their communications destroyed, they were assumed dead by the outside world.
The bunkers were made for a decade, not a century and half. The inhabitants knew this and dug as best they could for the surface, but no tunnel ever seemed to climb without collapsing. Occasionally tunnels intersected and within 3 years, all the bunkers were connected. The digging continued if only for something to do and it suddenly paid off not long after the bunkers were connected. While making another attempt for the surface, they broke into a strange tunnel. While they originally thought it was an old tunnel they had made, they soon realized it was something else entirely. They had stumbled on the old tunnels of the corrigans from the time they dwelt underground to avoid contact with the earliest humans who came in.
It was here that the bunker dwellers first met the world that was yet to return for the surface dwellers. They discovered an impossible world in the strange system of tunnels and caves, and much to their rejoicement, edible mushrooms, growing on forces they did not yet know. This quickly became the staple food source of the bunkers, and acquiring them became a motivation to explore these new tunnels.
It was only another year before they started to find strange things. Tiny stone tools from the iron averse Corrigans. Then deeper, larger tools. Then the wildlife, things that fed upon the mushrooms and the things that fed upon those. Nothing especially dangerous, but still unsettlingly strange. But it took 8 years to find the strangest discovery. Deep in the tunnels they found strange burials of three varieties. First they found catacombs with dessicated bodies wrapped tight, clearly inhuman when unwrapped. Second were burial mounds marked with rings of stones. Standing inside of the rings, the miners felt a strange panic coming upon them until they left. Third they found sarcophaguses formed of black metal, sealed tight and becoming agonizingly hot to the touch.
For a long while the humans were just baffled by these discoveries. A study of the dessicated bodies, the only they could properly study, revealed something inhuman, bipedal apes but no closer to us than that. It was only when they accidentally wet one of the corpses that they learned the secrets of the burials.The corpse moved when a fire alarm sprayed her with water, sponging up the liquid and gaining a normal mass. Within five minutes she was alive. The shocked humans were incapble of stopping her from fleeing back to the catacombs, and when they followed she was at work resuscitating her people. After a brief fight spurred by panic was a long period of diplomacy while the two races learned of each other. The strange beings identified themselves as Cessairians, the first sapient inhabitants of Ireland, gone into stasis to survive a changing world, and within ten years there was some degree of uneasy integration.
It was then that the two races worked together to study the other burials and found that they too were strange beings suspending themselves as well, and together they found ways of raising them. After another period of diplomacy, the races managed to make a new society together, turning the connected bunkers into Bunkertown.
Bunkertown is the center of the known Underlands (as they are called by the Bunkertown inhabitants. It is entirely made of connected rooms. Some are huge, but there’s never the impression of a surface city, as much as they have tried to make it so, with wall murals and graffiti. There are no roads, no street lamps. Light is provided mostly by lights on the roof, although magical lights have been added over time to save power.
The government of Bunkertown is democratic. The head position’s title is Mayor, and is voted on every 3 years with no term limits. The position is open to all those born in the underlands, although Fir Bolg rarely make an attempt. The current mayor is Ethedrus, a Cessarian woman in her second term.
There are no barriers to the outsides of the city. There’s little risk from the creatures of the Underlands and they don’t like the lights of Bunkertown anyway. The great mushroom fields just outside are guarded by bright lights in place of fences. Outside of that there’s an expanse of caverns and tunnels, most small, many too small for a human or even a Cessairian.
The people of Bunkertown:
Bunkertown is a fully integrated society out of a lack of choice. The four races are forced to work together and after several generations, many of the younger folks barely hold any tensions at all. A full 10% even hold ancestry from more than one of the native species to various degrees.
Fir Bolg: 15%
Cessarians are bipedal apes much like humans, but unlike us have features more like a chimpanzee. Their faces stick out and their noses are like a skull. They are covered in hair coming in all human colors, quite thick and curly. Females are shorter on average than humans. Males are on average only as tall as a female human (average 5’4”) but are rather bulky. They do wear clothing in the city, but often don’t during physical labor.
An odd racial trait of Cessarians is their strange gender ratio. Females have a 20:1 ratio advantage. As a result, they follow a very loose harem system. Many females will mate with one male, but he does not have any social control over them. Rather, the females in a harem bond in highly cooperative social units.
The Fir Bolg are the strangest physically, resembling quadrupedal burlap sacks, roughly bear shaped. All of them have features painted onto their faces or bodies. They are filled with rich soil that grows in them, excellent for the mushrooms of the town. They have no need of food and were created by the Fomorians to improve their crops. They are sapient in their own right, with a complex society, but do not speak.
Fir Bolg have a hierarchy based on fertility. Only those who can grow plants (or fungi) the best can produce new Fir Bolgs by placing its soil in a burlap sack. They have complex rituals around painting new features on their bodies to make an identity at various portions of their life.
Fomorians generally resemble humans of every skin color, hair color, etc. Male and female both tend to be rather tall and muscular, considered strikingly attractive, but every one down to an individual is deformed in some way. One eye, too many fingers, no feet. In addition to being physically capable, Fomorians rarely have a special ability linked to their deformity.
Fomorians are the most like humans of the other races in the underlands. This is both physically and mentally, although often they have mental quirks as well as physical ones. They are however more prone to displays of physical ability, extremely important to them given their combination of deformity and physical power. They hold yearly Olympics style events with both competition in multiple categories and simple showing off of talents.
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