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The Kikengese, a fictional human culture from a temperate coniferous forest climate.

The Kikeng Culture

This culture is called the Kikeng. Its people are the Kikengese, and they are a human society.

They speak Kikeng. Kikeng is a nasal language. It uses an abugida writing system, with characters composed of flowing lines and half-circles. The sample phrase "Hello! It is good to see you, friend." in Kikeng is said "kakke! Kin chan chan keng geng, kachim. "

They originally came from a temperate coniferous forest region.

Common Names

Male Names

  • Chaen
  • Kingin
  • Genoon
  • Chanin
  • Kipgonoon
  • Kabkemeen
  • Gepchengoon
  • Gongoon
  • Chimeen
  • Gitkengeen

Female Names

  • Chongmi
  • Gengnia
  • Gukinini
  • Chammi
  • Chagkemini
  • Chekgenmi
  • Kanini
  • Kotchagchinini
  • Geggingmi
  • Kopchami

Family Names

  • Kegi
  • Ghugchencheng
  • Chikkangkim
  • Chikchangi
  • Gebkongi
  • Kamge
  • Gikemcheng
  • Kakange
  • Chemge
  • Gegan

Buildings

Buildings have walls made of wide bricks interspersed with narrow columns, and roofs are flat and made of wooden shingles. Doors are made of heavy wood and ornately carved. Windows are small and ornate. For decoration, people often plant small trees around their homes.

Music

This style of music has a single rhythm with a moderate beat. It is very quiet, with simple harmony. It has a simple melody with a high pitch in a major key. Usually, it has a reedy timbre.

Clothing

As the Kikengese hail originally from a temperate coniferous forest region, their clothing style is appropriate for that kind of place. They often wear the following:

Male Clothing

  • shirt with broad sleeves
  • pants
  • heavy boots
  • conical hat
  • belt

Female Clothing

  • robe with tapered sleeves
  • sandals
  • sash

Common colors include moderate grey, dark red, and moderate blue. Decoration tends towards stylized animals.

For jewelry, some of the following are common:

  • large metal anklets decorated with gems
  • twisting metal bracelets
  • simple metal bracelets set with gems

Food and Drink

Common main dishes for the Kikengese include:

  • salty and sour roasted spaghetti squash
  • sweet and sour roasted hedgehog on long oat noodles with brahmi, rosemary, and salt
  • aromatic and sweet raw venison in wide einkorn noodle soup with salt, brahmi, and rosemary
  • pungent and savory stewed eggplant with brahmi, rosemary, and salt
  • sweet and spicy roasted possum in wide oat noodle soup

Common desserts include:

  • pineapple pudding
  • blueberry
  • blueberry custard
  • partridge eggs yogurt
  • mudhen eggs pudding

The most common alcoholic beverages are:

  • oat beer made with pineapple that's pale
  • very strong blueberry brandy made with pineapple that's orange in color
  • weak einkorn beer that's golden

As far as eating customs go, they have the following:

  • use minimal spice
  • serve food cold

Religion

The Kikengese have a polytheistic outlook. They gather in temples.

Deities

The deities of the Kikengese are as follows:

Kepgiin

Kepgiin is the god of language, animals, and nobility. He is short. He is brutish and skittish. His holy item is an amulet, and his holy symbol is a beast.

Gemen

Gemen is the god of thieves and plants. He is attractive. He is clever and bold. His holy item is an amulet, and his holy symbol is a pierced circle.

Kopgengini

Kopgengini is the goddess of air, time, and light. She is ethereal. She is serious and unknowable. Her holy item is a hourglass, and her holy symbol is a cloud. Kopgengini is the rival of Komeen and trysts with Gukinini.

Gepchengoon

Gepchengoon is the god of fire, revenge, and autumn. He is ember-eyed. He is firey and perpetually vexed. His holy item is an orb, and his holy symbol is a leaf. Gepchengoon wars against Kabkagkania.

Kabkagkania

Kabkagkania is the goddess of foxes. She is fox-eared. She is short-tempered and lecherous. Her holy item is a fox tail, and her holy symbol is a fox's face. Kabkagkania wars against Gepchengoon.

Chokgimin

Chokgimin is the god of trickery. He is hefty. He is peaceful and tricky. His holy item is a two-faced mask, and his holy symbol is a face bearing an evil half and a good half. Chokgimin is a lover of Chachein.

Chatchommi

Chatchommi is the goddess of lightning, fertility, and fear. She is nebulous. She is seductive and cruel. Her holy item is a ring, and her holy symbol is a screaming face. Chatchommi tends to avoid Kupchanen.

Gedchanmi

Gedchanmi is the goddess of good and darkness. She is shadowy. She is peaceful. Her holy item is a necklace, and her holy symbol is a black circle. Gedchanmi loves Chamini and is the daughter of Gukinini.

Kadkameen

Kadkameen is the god of trade. He is stocky. He is greedy and vicious. His holy item is a staff, and his holy symbol is a scale. Kadkameen is a child of Chamini and wars against Kupchanen.

Kupchanen

Kupchanen is the god of justice. He is chiselled. He is lecherous. His holy item is a staff, and his holy symbol is a blind woman. Kupchanen suspects Chatchommi and is the hated foe of Kadkameen.

Chachein

Chachein is the god of harvests. He is stocky. He is fae. His holy item is an amulet, and his holy symbol is a sickle. Chachein desires Chokgimin and is amused by Kieen.

Ganen

Ganen is the god of the sun, hope, and sky. He is lantern-jawed. He is patient and quiet. His holy item is a ring, and his holy symbol is a circle. Ganen wars against Komeen.

Kieen

Kieen is the god of earth, oceans, and death. He is skeletal. He is mercurial and practical. His holy item is a shell, and his holy symbol is a mountain. Kieen owes a debt to Chachein and is the father of Kagongmi.

Chamini

Chamini is the goddess of art, war, and demons. She is spined. She is bellicose and aggressive. Her holy item is a necklace, and her holy symbol is a paint palette. Chamini trysts with Gedchanmi, is the mother of Kadkameen, and is a parent of Chikeginini.

Chikeginini

Chikeginini is the goddess of summer, mercy, and balance. She is plain. She is measured. Her holy item is an amulet, and her holy symbol is a wreath of vines. Chikeginini is the daughter of Chamini and is an ally of Chekgamoon.

Gagchingoon

Gagchingoon is the god of strength. He is slender. He is nervous and courageous. His holy item is a gauntlet, and his holy symbol is a fist. Gagchingoon wars against Kagongmi.

Kagongmi

Kagongmi is the goddess of knowledge. She is beautiful. She is studious and belligerent. Her holy item is a ring, and her holy symbol is a pyramid. Kagongmi is the mother of Komeen, fights with Komeen, is the child of Kieen, and is the hated foe of Gagchingoon.

Komeen

Komeen is the god of nature. He is barefoot. He is moody and insidious. His holy item is a staff, and his holy symbol is a flower. Komeen fights with Kopgengini, wars against Ganen, is a child of Kagongmi, fights with Kagongmi, and is the son of Chekgamoon.

Gukinini

Gukinini is the goddess of horses, healing, and dawn. She is slender. She is destructive and compassionate. Her holy item is a necklace, and her holy symbol is a radiant sun rising. Gukinini trysts with Kopgengini, is parent of Gedchanmi, and is the mother of Chekgamoon.

Chekgamoon

Chekgamoon is the god of winter and the moon. He is filthy. He is thoughtful and cold. His holy item is a plate, and his holy symbol is a snowflake. Chekgamoon is an ally of Chikeginini, is parent of Komeen, and is a child of Gukinini.

Keghchein

Keghchein is the god of life. He is haloed. He is fierce and sly. His holy item is an orb, and his holy symbol is an ouroboros. Keghchein is a parent of Chenin.

Chenin

Chenin is the god of protection, thunder, and hunting. He is enormous, with metallic skin. He is greedy and enduring. His holy item is a ring, and his holy symbol is a drum. Chenin is the son of Keghchein and fights with Chepchengnia.

Chepchengnia

Chepchengnia is the goddess of water and wisdom. She is always leaning on a staff. She is short-tempered and moody. Her holy item is a book, and her holy symbol is a wave. Chepchengnia fights with Chenin.