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Bodhi Village

Index:
Description
Geography
Climate
History
Economics
Demographics
Society
Government
Important Figures
Defense

Description

Bodhi Village is a rural tropical rainforest town. The residents live within various parts of the native trees at various heights. Various birds often fly in through the windows of homes. The heavy rainfall saturates the soil and lets the trees grow tall.

Geography

Bodhi Village resides in the Zomia Tropics, east of the Amazing River. The settlement is also home to the smaller Bodhi river and the nearby Spotted Lake.

Climate

Bodhi Village is in a wet tropical setting, meaning it is warm year round with no sign of frost. Located in a rainforest, rainfall is a common sight and there is no real dry season, just a time of year where it rains a little bit less than the “rainy season”.

History

Bodhi Village was founded by a small band of homins in the Zomia Tropics. They encountered various other species roaming the area like fairies, dryads, lamia, and merfolk. Together with these races, the protected the area from being deforested by a djinn development company. Later running water was found at high altitudes and thus that area was settled by homins and fairies, with lamia following suit. The merfolk are at a lower altitude living within the Spotted Lake.

Economics

Subsistence:
Pedestrian/Arboreal Foraging, small scale horticulture

Economic Distribution:
Gift economy with aspects of market

Agriculture: Bodhi Village has a large amount of various tropical fruit trees which are harvested including  papaya, jackfruit, mango, mangosteen, langsat, longan, pomelo, pineapple, rose apples, durian, lychee, ginup, dragonfruit coconut and banana. In addition to their being a market for tropical fruit, the village also exports tropical flowers to distant lands. Bodhi also grows a variety of different herbs including  kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, spearmint, holy basil, ginger, turmeric, fingerroot, cilantro, pandanus leaves, and lemon basil. Some of the herbs are extremely rare but while most are used in the village itself, there is a market for herbs. Spices grown and made include curry powder, and fresh and dried peppercorns, cumin, cloves, long pepper, star anise, prickly ash seeds and cinnamon. Vegetables which are often grown and eaten in Bodhi Village are yardlong beans, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, tomatoes, cucumbers,  kale, choy sum, soybeans, sweet potatoes, and a few types of squash. Several types of mushroom that naturally grow in thee village are harvested to eat such as straw mushrooms, shiitake, and white jelly fungus. Flowers are also commonly used ingredients in many Bodhi dishes, either as a vegetable, such as Sesbania grandiflora and the flower bud of the banana, or as a food coloring, such as with the blue-colored flowers of the Clitoria ternatea, which can also be eaten raw or fried.

Livestock: Most of the animals raised for consumption in Bodhi Village are insects and their larvae such as beetle grubs (mealworms), grasshoppers, crickets, bee larvae, silkworm, ant eggs and termites. Cricket farming has developed into a significant animal husbandry sector and is the main source of income for a number of farmers. Besides insects,  animals like frogs, chickens and duck is also raised on a much smaller scale mainly by lamia farmers for meat and eggs. In addition to the livestock on the land, there is an increasing amount of fishing near the river and by the lake. The fishing provides a large percentage of the meat which is consumed by merfolk and lamia as well as some fish being preserved and shipped. Aquaculture of species such as tilapia, catfish, tiger prawns, and blood cockles, now generates a large portion of the seafood sold in and exported from Bodhi Village.

Industry: Bodhi village has a group of artisans who work with local materials. Banana leaves are large, flexible, waterproof, and impart an aroma to food that is cooked in or served on them. They are fully dried and used as packing material for foodstuffs, and are also made into cups to hold liquids. Common are materials made with banana leaves such as baskets, hats, food wraps and plates.

Magic Items & Services: Due to the large fairy population, fairy dust is collected and sold. A variety of gemstones native in the village soil are often used within charm satchels as a source of domestic power.

Demographics

46% Homin
25% Fairy
18% Lamia
10% Merfolk
2%   Dryad
1%  Other(Harpy, Amazoness)

The largest population in the village are the Bodhi Homins, a group of tropic homins who originally founded the settlement.  Next are a rather large population of slyvan fairies that once roamed the region. There is also a population of python and boa lamia who helped find the settlement. A minority of brackish merfolk also moved into the area, mostly among the floating islands in the nearby lake. There is also at least one family of Si’lat Djinn that resides in the settlement.

There are also some nomadic groups that often migrate to and from Bodhi village depending on the season. These include various harpies who come for their breeding season although a few stay. Similarly their is a migrating group of Amazoness who periodically come to Bodhi for trade and producing offspring.

Society

World View: Indigenous
Modal Personality: Tradition-oriented

Medicine: Traditional medicine in the village is mostly herbal remedies practiced by previous generations to cure common ailments. For more serious illnesses, a clinic with imported medicine and medical devices was set up for medical practice. The largest body of medicine practiced in Bodhi is Ayurvedic medicine and techniques.

Education: Traditionally learning and socializing children is centered on the home or with those in the community who were known for being exceptional in their field. Most of what people in village are taught includes foraging, agroforesty agriculture, small scale animal raising, river fishing, tree care, cooking, and cloth weaving, their native languages, and arithmetic. With outside influence, Bodhi children are also being taught in addition the natural sciences, health needs of the resident species, social sciences and the history of the town, personal finance, and operating electronic equipment like mobile phones. These more recent subjects are often looked more in depth at community groups which function like informal schools.

Magic teaching for homins starts at home, typically the father will show his children the basic art of producing manaplasm. As they age, further tutelage is almost always overseen by a village master teaching a group of adolescents their techniques and forms via large demonstrations. The preternatural creature population goes through a similar process with their particular biomagic traits and spellcraft go through a similar process, they learn basic spells from parents and go on to be taught via an apprenticeship with a well renowned local spellcasters.

Media: Residence of Bodhi Village mainly communicate by writing on banana  and palm leaves. Recently trade with other nations has introduced mobile phones and laptop computers. Both of which has provided ways to access banking systems, education and information, as a few towers have been set up near the village outskirts. Bodhi village effectively skipped the stage of copper-wire landline telephones altogether.

Dress: Attire is largely dependent on one’s religion and race’s culture. Being a tropical and humid area, clothing is at most very light. Dehesa and Naturism has no dress code so homins, fairies, lamia, or merfolk who follow these have no problem with forgoing clothing, instead decorating with semi-permanent tattoos. Buddhists are more reserved and thus wear thin attire that covers various parts of the body. These range from as simple as loincloths to body length tunics to sarongs.

Residence:

The majority of the population lives within the large and wide trees at various levels. The homins and lamia live among the tree tops, the foundation for their resting places are built by pulling together branches under them and joining them at a point. After the foundation has been built, the homin bends smaller, leafy branches onto the foundation; this serves the purpose of and is termed as the “mattress”. After this, can use more altered leafy branches or moss to make blankets, pillows, tarps, pockets, etc.
Fairies live within the trunk of the trees, usually there will be a doorway in one side of the trunk, and a substantial space inside. The more elaborate of the abodes are furnished with front steps, windows, back doors, and visible from the outside. While hallowing out a dead tree is an option, many prefer keeping a furnished tree alive by only taking out what they need for a living space and using nature magic to maintain the flow of nutrients. Most homes use magically enchanted lighting and heating generated by household satchels. Squat toilets are the norm and most of the pluming is done by bamboo reeds.
The Merfolk mostly live on the floating peat moss islands of the lowland Spotted Lake or in the lake itself.
Transportation thorough the village is done by climbing up the tree trunks, swinging via dangling vines, or the rope bridges between public places. Due to the physical exertion needed for such a lifestyle, the residents are all healthy and fit.

Medicine: Traditional medicine in the village is mostly herbal remedies practiced by previous generations to cure common ailments. For more serious illnesses, a clinic with imported medicine and medical devices was set up for medical practice. The largest body of medicine practiced in Bodhi is Ayurvedic medicine and techniques.

Ownership Model:
usufruct ownership in which an owner normally can “own” land and other substantial property only as long as it is being used or actively possessed since society as a whole is the real owner. The individual “owner” is responsible for looking after the property for the society–he or she essentially only has stewardship over it.  If the “owner” no longer needs the property or dies, it is reallocated by the society to others.
Descent Group: Ambilineal, matrilineal (lamia, amazons)
Kin Naming System: Hawaiian

Religious Groups: The largest one is the Indigenous Homin belief called Deseha due to the majority homin population. Second is Naturism, followed mainly by fairies and some lamia. Next are Buddhism and Hinduism which both share similar amounts of adherents mainly in the lamia and fairy community. There is a single family of djinn in Bodhi Village with followers of Deseha and Sufi Islam.

Government

Bodhi Village has a very loose form of government. There is a community council that solves problems within the community but don’t really set down specific laws. They also represent the village when interacting with separate states.

Law Enforcement / Police: Because Bodhi doesn’t have a true police force, there is instead a small militia of village warriors who apprehend criminals within Bodhi.
Trials / Court System: Trials are simply both sides showing whether the accused is responsible to the elders. They review both sides and decide the sentence on a vote.
Punishment: Ranges from community service, to imprisonment, to exile, to the death sentence.

Important Figures

Somachi: Successor of Preecha and one of the founders of Bodhi Village.

Scheherazade: One of the founders of Bodhi Village.

Preecha: Original leader of the Bodhi band of homins when they were exiled from their previous homes.

Kanya: Lamia Matriarch of the Boa lamia near the future site of Bodhi Village.

Defense
Standard Combat Equipment: Spears, shortswords, elemental wands, tonfu, boomstick, round shields, simple bow, quarterstaff

City Guard: The main protective force of Bodhi Village, they are a militia of trained warriors and combat magicians who protect the population from outside threats.
Ground Troops:While they are trained in the use of close range weapons, their role is expected to be the support of village guards troops using arrows as well.

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