A species overview for Gobbleins.
Some more facts that aren't included in the diagram:
Poison abilities will wreck a Gobblein. Some are more resistant than others. Earth and Fire Gobbleins have a better resistance and Tree and Water Gobbleins are very susceptible. No one knows how Herb Gobbleins are affected because no one dares attack one to find out.
Acid abilities are also harmful to Gobbleins but not as much as poison, with peppers being completely immune to it.
Gobbleins cannot mate with anyone outside of their species although that doesn't mean they can't have meaningful relationships with others.
Gobbleins can also be the victims of many different diseases and vermin that affect plants such a root rot and bark beetles.
Sanctuary Custodians are cycled out of the roll every five years through a roster. It's to make sure that every member gets out to see the world, lest spending time within the sanctuary makes them misanthropic.
Grook is the Gobblein native language, although it varies in dialect from Affinity to Affinity. Herbs speak True Grook, and are trained to understand the other dialects. Gobbleins also speak Plant (but I forgot to add it to the diagram...)
Gobbleins are mainly herbivores, only eating the fruit and vegetables they grow, but some do eat meat such as Vines who eat fish on occasion, and Trees who eat bugs.
For more information on each species look here:
Gobblein diseases inspired by Naguzoro: naguzoro.deviantart.com/
These are the neatest! I'm especially in love with the herbs. c:
I'm really curious, this is a reaaally odd question but...
What are their marriage ceremony's like and do they have any special holidays?
it's not odd at all!
Marriage ceremonies are usually between two Gobbleins, overseen by an Herb (which is why most marriages happen when Herbs come to town, mainly so they can be documented). There are minor parts to the marriage ceremony that I need to flesh out but the most important part is that those being bound in union must eat a piece of each other's fruit/vegetable. It's like the Gobblein version of exchanging a kiss and saying "I do."
Concerning holidays most of them are centred in planting and harvesting. There is the planting festival during spring where the community has a large feast on half of what remains in their winter stores so they have the added energy to spend the day planting the crops/tending the trees/re-fertilizing. Summer is the water festival where they pretty much spend the day playing in the water, eating the early crop and partaking in spices brought by the Herb visitors (who make it out to communities around this time). Fall is obviously the harvest festival, when everything is harvested and preserved and a large feast is had is celebration. Winter is the sun festival, where the community will light fires and have a small feast to lift their spirits and try and beckon the sun.
Not all races celebrate these holidays like Peppers and Vines because they never really have a winter. Some have holidays unique to their culture alone, like the Trees who have the blossom festival where they all get drunk... but I need to better flesh them out haha.
I'm so glad I wasn't the only one to think of putting some sort of decoration between their horns! My other Tree Gobblein (Pompei's sister, Pim) has a pendant that helps slow down her tree growing process
A pendant that slows down growth! That would make sense since some of the younger Tree generation probably don't want to become immobile as they get older. Makes me think of modern day contraception... betacha it's frowned upon by the older Trees (like who doesn't want to be an Elder??).
Hmmm now I'm thinking about a Tree Gobblein culture that clips back their branches for cosmetic reasons kinda like bonsais!
Yeah!! You are so creative! But Pim has a disease where her tree is growing too fast for her age and is growing all over instead of just her back side. The branches grew over and into her eyes so she is blind. She is basically turning exactly into the tree itself. So she got a pendant to help slow the growth some.
Oh no! Poor Pim!
But that's also really cool! I never though about the possibility of the plants on a Gobblein's back being volatile, like perhaps turned ill by a disease or a birth anomaly? I always figured everything was balance and hunky dorry when it came to the symbiosis between Plant and Gobblein...
Thank you so much for sharing you character ideas! This is giving me so much to think about!
I'm glad that you're so open to ideas! Normally everyone would put me down for giving input. But yeah, exactly that. The plants feed off their body's nutrients and what not, making it grow faster than the normal rate.
I LOVE all this feed back! Your ideas and those of everyone else has helped me so much in fleshing out this species! I can understand though why some people would be a little possessive of their creations and not want input but considering how open Flora is I figured "dang yeah! I wanna hear what people have to say about my stuff!" I am sorry you've been shut down by other people though, I know that feeling can really suck :c
I'm thinking about compiling a list of diseases and illnesses sheet later on and I'm so down with your "overgrowth" disease idea! I've been getting some really cool input from another Deviant Naguzoro on diseases and I'll link back to you two when I do everything up.
As always thank you for your input ^u^
Is Sabine a Mint Herb by any chance?
no she is Thyme.
Ah, still, very nice~ Thyme tea was great for my cold recently lol
Herb Gobbleins actually make tea out of the dried plants from their plants! Although this is mainly done to help in meditation and isn't shared with the other Gobblein races.
(also I feel I must try Thyme tea sometime)
hoho, the last one is especially charming!