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the lifespan of Tylwyth (tuh-loo-ith
) depends entirely on the living things that they reincarnate as. Some Tylwyth have survived thousands of years. The lifespan of a Tylwyth in human form
is 200 years.
Tylwyth are unremarkable in their human form. Tylwyth often bear close resemblance to one or both of their parents, but their appearance is as varied as their culture. Men stand at approximately 6'0", and women a few inches less. Any color of skin, eye, or hair may be found. They dress very plainly, making do with what skins are available to them, as there is little else that can be used for clothing. The attire that the New Men don is uncomfortable and stiff to them, but regarded as fashionable.
Tylwyth are quite remarkable for their incredible ability to reincarnate and retain the memories of their former lives. A Tylwyth is born as a living thing, and will live as long as can be expected for such a thing; after death, they will be reborn into another body, and remember everything of their prior existence. Common Tylwyth forms are trees (surviving for centuries), plantlife (surviving for as short as a few months), birds and animals (surviving for a several decades at most). As not all of these bodies have a cognitive process alike to our own, a Tylwyth may not even recognize that they are a tree in the time that they are such a thing, only coming to recognize it when they are born again and recall the world as it was once around them. A Tylwyth will never be born into the same form twice (i.e. a Tylwyth will never survive one life as a wolf, then return again as a wolf). All will endure one existence in a human form, and the rest may be any of the aforementioned forms. This is what makes the Tylwyth such a diverse group of people: their individual histories being so entirely unalike. Tylwyth will endure nine lives. This is fact which cannot be proven, and is not known to the people, but it has endured the test of time. Nine lives, each in a different form, but all memories vividly clear.
The majority of the Tylwyth civilization on the continent lives in a series of seven towns: three coastal, and four slightly inland. These towns are heavily interdependent, though each is run by a community-elected leader till said leader's death. Trade is important between the coast and the land, but navigating along the hostile terrain is increasingly difficult. This is the origin of the great division between ideologies within these towns. Because the Tylwyth vary prominently in age and background, they're a culture which is not considered to be unified or consistent. Depending on the circumstances of their former lives and deaths, Tylwyth tend to either favour environmental protection or favour the progress of urbanization and expansionism. These two rarely go hand in hand, and the communities are divided often according to these beliefs, leading to further disunity within the government. The most advanced and largest of these cities is Goeden Arbre, which is most independently functional than the other towns, due to the availability of natural resources, and the presence of several mundane industries/factories. On other matters: when it comes to arts, clothing, and lifestyle, each Tylwyth is likely to bring something unique. They have a considerable and fascinating variety of items and lifestyles. The dwellings that people live in are significantly varied, as well, and some may live in homes of compact snow, others in caves, and some in homes built by the great trees on the landscape.
Leadership is constantly changing as the Tylwyth age and change forms; for this reason, the society is run by a council of 7 elected community officials (council information: XIV
. It is unquestionably patriarchal. The first law for all women is the word of their husband. Women are considered to be marry-able at 14, and those who are not wed by 20 either do not have the social/familial means of doing so, or are considered to be hopeless cases, whereupon they are reduced, generally, to taking care of the children born in the towns.
Tylwyth reproduce through sexual reproduction. A Tylwyth in human form will always be born to two Tylwyth parents, and grow in the same way that any other human would. They will gain memories of their past lives as their mind develops with time. When born in any form other than human, a Tylwyth is likely to have non-Tylwyth parents (i.e. a Tylwyth child in polar bear form will be born to two natural polar bears). Reproduction between a Tylwyth and any other race is unlikely, and children conceived are never carried to term.