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The Thavdezheffan, a fictional hill dwarven culture from a tropical coniferous forest climate.

The Thavdezheff Culture

This culture is called the Thavdezheff. Its people are the Thavdezheffan, and they are a hill dwarven society.

They speak Thavdezheff. Thavdezheff is a musical and abrupt language. It uses an ideographic writing system, with characters composed of swirls, half-circles, and boxes. The sample phrase "Hello! It is good to see you, friend." in Thavdezheff is said "diltaf! Tif' chazhpel zhef baf kir, ðechta. "

They originally came from a tropical coniferous forest region.

Common Names

Male Names

  • Tithzhis'on
  • Thifion
  • Fothgafan
  • Ðesvoson
  • Vovbas'on
  • Befho
  • Zaro
  • Ðezfiro
  • Soson
  • Zhaðbeffen

Female Names

  • Vichdila
  • Chisa
  • Favchath'Tel'a
  • Zhazhisa
  • Sachpefa
  • Zale
  • Kuret
  • Zefet
  • Bilvofa
  • Vaftisia

Family Names

  • Gið'Zhirzhol
  • Dassol
  • Sal'Berzhol
  • Gol'Polðar
  • Pozesol
  • Kersol
  • Zasðar
  • Ziðchelðar
  • Ðe'Zil'zhol
  • Talba

Buildings

Buildings have walls made of thick bricks with large decorative arches, and roofs are slanted and made of thatch. Doors are made of light wood and tall. Windows are small and ornate. For decoration, wealthier houses and communal buildings often have small pools just outside.

Music

This style of music has a single rhythm with a slow beat. It is quiet, with simple harmony. It has a wandering melody with a medium pitch in a major key. Usually, it has a rough timbre.

Clothing

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

Male Clothing

  • robe with ribbed sleeves
  • turnshoes
  • sash

Female Clothing

  • short-sleeved robe
  • boots
  • belt

Common colors include bright blue, pastel blue, and black. Decoration tends towards simple embroidery.

For jewelry, some of the following are common:

  • entwined hide rings
  • large hide rings decorated with gems

Food and Drink

Common main dishes for the Thavdezheffan include:

  • sweet and sour dried gorilla on thin sorghum noodles with galangal, lemongrass, and cilantro
  • sweet and pungent stewed venison with lemongrass, salt, and turmeric
  • spicy and savory dried pork with turmeric, lemongrass, and cilantro
  • sour and salty dried gorilla
  • spicy and savory stewed pork ribs in narrow rice noodle soup

Common desserts include:

  • mudhen eggs cake
  • sweetened tart
  • coconut crisp
  • mudhen eggs tart
  • coconut yogurt

The most common alcoholic beverages are:

  • strong watermelon brandy made with cilantro and vanilla that's amber in hue
  • strong rice wine made with watermelon that's light pink
  • very strong honey mead made with honeydew and salt that's pale red in color

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

  • serve food warm
  • thank the cook after eating

Religion

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

Deities

The deities of the Thavdezheffan are as follows:

Zhafia

Zhafia is the goddess of wisdom, water, and war. She is spined. She is wise and jolly. Her holy item is a spear, and her holy symbol is a scroll.

Zhafia

Zhafia is the goddess of nature, foxes, and earth. She is muscular. She is moody and playful. Her holy item is a mallet, and her holy symbol is a mountain.

Zozpasdife

Zozpasdife is the goddess of light and strength. She is stocky. She is blunt and courageous. Her holy item is a ring, and her holy symbol is a fist.

Teð'Pii

Teð'Pii is the goddess of sky, protection, and healing. She is green-haloed. She is wistful and enduring. Her holy item is a kite, and her holy symbol is a cloud.

Zhil'Ða'on

Zhil'Ða'on is the god of good, fertility, and language. He is entrancing. He is playful and tolerant. His holy item is a shield, and his holy symbol is a vagina.

Sesa

Sesa is the goddess of hunting and life. She is surrounded by living things. She is full of life and peaceful. Her holy item is a bow, and her holy symbol is a bow and arrow.

Thabiso

Thabiso is the god of fire and plants. He is black skinned, with firey veins like magma. He is patient. His holy item is an orb, and his holy symbol is a fire. Thabiso is the father of Tethtathðefen.

Gevzathossi

Gevzathossi is the goddess of air and autumn. She is ethereal. She is jolly and nervous. Her holy item is a leaf, and her holy symbol is a leaf. Gevzathossi is a friend of Zhiion.

Fefila

Fefila is the goddess of revenge and death. She is tall. She is vengeful. Her holy item is a staff, and her holy symbol is a scythe. Fefila is the hated foe of Zofet.

Zofet

Zofet is the goddess of music, evil, and dusk. She is hefty. She is brooding and fierce. Her holy item is a drum, and her holy symbol is a sun setting on the horizon. Zofet is the enemy of Fefila.

Favgelan

Favgelan is the god of winter. He is completely white. He is nervous and callous. His holy item is an amulet, and his holy symbol is a snowflake. Favgelan is the father of Kathtiria.

Chefon

Chefon is the god of thunder. He is hairy. He is lecherous. His holy item is a drum, and his holy symbol is a drum. Chefon is a friend of Zhiion and fights with Zhechtaron.

Kapiron

Kapiron is the god of lightning and hope. He is surrounded by crackling sparks. He is emotional and peaceful. His holy item is an orb, and his holy symbol is a lightning bolt. Kapiron is an ally of Zhechtaron.

Zhechtaron

Zhechtaron is the god of animals, trade, and knowledge. He is dog-headed. He is brutish and cynical. His holy item is a ring, and his holy symbol is a book. Zhechtaron is the rival of Chefon, is a friend of Kapiron, and is the rival of Tethtathðefen.

Ga'Voen

Ga'Voen is the god of the moon. He is naked. He is wise. His holy item is an amulet, and his holy symbol is a crescent moon. Ga'Voen fights with Tethtathðefen and trysts with Zitifion.

Zitifion

Zitifion is the god of justice, fear, and travel. He is shadowy. He is callous. His holy item is a sword, and his holy symbol is a blind man. Zitifion trysts with Ga'Voen.

Vefan

Vefan is the god of harvests. He is stocky. He is short-tempered and hard-working. His holy item is a scythe, and his holy symbol is a sickle. Vefan is the son of Ðelila.

Ðelila

Ðelila is the goddess of demons. She is horned. She is pleasant and short-tempered. Her holy item is a three-legged bowl, and her holy symbol is an evil eye. Ðelila is a parent of Vefan.

Pethdoron

Pethdoron is the god of destruction, darkness, and summer. He is shadowy. He is boisterous. His holy item is a staff, and his holy symbol is a fire. Pethdoron is the hated foe of Ðaon.

Fithkor'Saret

Fithkor'Saret is the goddess of dawn. She is gargantuan. She is vengeful and boisterous. Her holy item is a torch, and her holy symbol is a radiant sun rising. Fithkor'Saret hates Tethtathðefen.

Tethtathðefen

Tethtathðefen is the god of art and luck. He is rainbow-hued. He is vicious and humble. His holy item is an amulet, and his holy symbol is a grinning face. Tethtathðefen is child of Thabiso, fights with Zhechtaron, fights with Ga'Voen, hates Fithkor'Saret, and is the father of Ðaon.

Ðaon

Ðaon is the god of mercy and spring. He is plain. He is compassionate and fair. His holy item is a blunt sword, and his holy symbol is a wreath of flowers. Ðaon is the enemy of Pethdoron and is the child of Tethtathðefen.

Kathtiria

Kathtiria is the goddess of trickery, thieves, and nobility. She is shadowy. She is avaricious and mischievious. Her holy item is a two-faced mask, and her holy symbol is a crown. Kathtiria is child of Favgelan and enjoys the company of Zhiion.

Zhiion

Zhiion is the god of balance and horses. He is homely. He is ebullient and careful. His holy item is an orb, and his holy symbol is a horse's face. Zhiion is a friend of Chefon, is an ally of Gevzathossi, and enjoys the company of Kathtiria.