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The Bulwari
The Navas / The Fens / (&....)

The Bulwari are most known for their life on their houseboats, their tendency to suddenly come and go with the rains, and their famed song and dance displays. They are found around the ancient waterways of Dedrius, the Logger Sea, the bayous of Cypwater, the sandbars to the Pennants, the marshes near Doran, and on the waters that connect them.

The Bulwari migrated to Harper between three and four hundred years ago from a region far to the west. Their two-toned sails appeared around Harper, fleet depleted and the people ragged and desperate; they brought intact their language, a fleet of water pokemon, and a small collection of castform. The songs the Bulwari have passed down from that voyage mention a terrible storm that destroyed their last home… while others source persecution from ice-types. Whatever the true reason, they circled the Pennant Islands, spent a time there recovering, and then ventured up the blue veins of Harper’s mainland… and have continued to live there ever since.

Being a migratory people by nature, many Bulwari still pace the full extent of their range and even retain some sailing ability. Many Bulwari sporadically gather en masse at Cypwater Point and Fough Place—brightening the city squares with their song and dance and flooding the plazas with their unique wares for trade—and then disperse at a whim, dissolving into the waterways and morning mists like so many vaporeon. (When not docked the Bulwari almost become skittish—they are elusive and keep their distance.) Other groups of Bulwari have adapted to a particular body of water, gradually synchronizing with their surroundings and identifying with (and staying within) their self-imposed bounds; while they still consider themselves Bulwari, they have distinct cultural and life-style differences worth noting. Those ‘subsets’ will be detailed below.

Since settling into Harper some Bulwari have mixed some with other groups in the region; a hint of Bulwari ancestry can been seen in the guides around Dedrius and artisans in Fough, field workers in Doran and performers in Cypwater. It isn’t unheard of to see Bulwari in the spice-rice Navdia, either, where some Bulwari migrate to visit the crater lake.

As spontaneous and carefree as life as a Bulwari can seem, they are a hardy, hard-working people. They are bilingual but largely illiterate. Their communities are tightly-knit and everyone (person and pokemon alike) is expected to perform a function. Music and song/dance is the lifeblood of their culture and every Bulwari is trained in both from a young age. They govern through community counsel and use a complex blend of superstition, logic, and tradition to make their decisions. Their interactions with outsiders (outside their performances) are boisterous, colorful, and inviting, and yet it is taboo to step onto a Bulwari boat uninvited and they give others a wide berth when not anchored.

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What Bulwari wear to perform in what they wear day-to-day are very different; they save their silks for special occasions and otherwise wear wool or cotton. Different colors carry different meaning and are used in specific circumstances. Daily life is a matter of personal preference.
Physical Appearance:
  • Eyes are generally blue, green, yellow/gold, amber or a variation.
  • Tanned olive skin to a deep caramel.
  • Black hair or dark enough brown to make no matter.
  • The first Harper-Bulwaris’ noses had prominent bridges, but there is some variation.
  • Colorful
  • Lungis[/b] are extremely common for both sexes and worn short or long. Unless very ornate or silken, they are considered casual attire. It is common to wear one’s family/houseboat colors.
  • Sari are formal/performance wear worn by women. Men often adorn themselves with ornate clothing, belts, and hats for sacred dances.
  • Due to trading, sailor-style clothing (billowy shirts, vests, knee-length pants) are seen as is traditional garb.
  • Both men and women wear tight undergarments that they can swim in.
  • Both sexes favor jewelry; women wear earrings on their left ear, men on their right.
  • Braided hair indicates betrothal; otherwise
Personality:

The Bulwari are generally warm-hearted, spontaneous, proud, outgoing, expressive and emotionally demonstrative (ie, more Brazilian than German), and showy (color, wealth, dance/musical expression). They are also elusive, flighty, avoidant and surprisingly secretive.They tend to avoid physical violence as a general rule but will argue and shout until they turn purple. Bulwari vary greatly, of course; these are just general perceptions. However, even the quietest, most subdued (or clumsy) Bulwari are more expressive than the average person and are expected to express themselves in song, dance, or story-telling.

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General Bulwari Culture
All true Bulwari live in houseboats. They are wide, low, and long, with a single cabin on deck and living space below deck. There is one houseboat per family (children will come into their own), and is ‘as important as a shell to a shuckle.’ The crafts are carefully maintained and decorated with paint and valued objects in some cases and camouflaged in others. Items of value like pokeballs and coins are often attached to the cabin’s exterior, making the rounded houseboat tops appear like inverted showcases. Newlyweds, as well as bachelor(ette)s striking off on their own, have the plainest boats. Several community boats spread across the Bulwari range are rumored to hold the pod’s (or community’s) castform and are heavily guarded or kept hidden.
    Bulwari boats… look similar to this (flat-topped, made of wood, would have a smaller domed cabin on it and would be painted and decorated with the owner’s belongings). Here is a sample of the more plain Community Boat (housing the pod's castform / community center for decision making and events, storage).
Other Beliefs/Traits/Culture Notes:
  • Water is seamless; seamlessness, wavy lines and circles are favored motifs for clothing and pokemon/boat decoration. Earrings are round gold discs or hoops. Rings/bracelets/anklets popular for babes and the elderly; necklaces and waist jewelry for younger Bulwari that swim more often. Cracks in boats are bad luck, broken circles are a sign of trouble (betrayal, death).
  • Everyone is responsible for the well-being of everyone else. Unless a pod member is ostracized (for the better of the pod), everyone is cared for like a mother/father/brother/sister.
  • If voted out of the group, the elders/family heads spit on the individual, marking their rejection of that person’s very water. They are permitted to leave with their birth pokemon in only some cases, but never their water-type pokemon (as those belong to the water). That person cannot be readmitted without the elders of the pod allowing it.
  • It is popular to blend colors and clothing; strong divisions are generally avoided. This is especially seen in celebrations for marriage.
  • Silence is a sign of mourning, intimidation, and/or shame.
  • A family’s colors have to do with the type of water they hailed from (swamp = shade of brown, marsh = shade of green, cypress forest/bayou = shade of purple, sea = shade of white, lake = shade of blue, beach= shade of yellow)
  • Traditional Marriage involves competing for the woman's hand in pokemon duals and various water-related tasks. Anyone may participate, traditionally, so long as they are suitable. The tasks are based off of the feats of the hero Ca-La.
  • Women may pursue men as well and are not required to go through the marriage ‘games’ to wed; it is similar to eloping and not seen as being overly scandalous.
  • A man and woman build a boat together to mark their life as a couple; that boat becomes their home.
Beliefs and Customs: The Two Type-Triangles:

Fighting / Psychic / Dark

To the Bulwari, all people hail from beings that once had abilities and powers as pokemon do; they believe that their ancestors and the heroes of their stories/songs were Psychic, Dark, Fighting, or a combination of the three. Because people encompass typing that cancels itself out, their abilities are less apparent than pokemons’ unless properly trained and even then are much more subtle. The Bulwari say that some individuals gravitate more towards one type than the other, making horoscope-like predictions and discussions a popular pastime for the Bulwari (in love and relationships in particular); other Bulwari actively train themselves to try to hone what they believe to be their inherent Psychic/Dark/Fighting abilities.

Pokemon of those typings are seen as somehow different from Normal and Elemental types; because Bulwari identify with those three elements in a unique way, it is common practice to adapt a psychic, dark or fighting pokemon to represent one’s lineage/family, as much as a surname does. That token pokemon will take a prominent place in the murals of that family and may influence their choices in color; it is assumed that that person will have been given a pokemon of that species (by a parent or relative) or caught one if taking on a new pokemon ‘identity.’

The ‘Kapaala’, or First Birthday CeremonyThe infant is gifted a pokeball with their name painted on it (in beautiful script on the top of an apricot-core pokeball). Inside the pokeball the child’s fate is inscribed by an elder, and forever sealed from sight when a baby of his family’s trademark pokemon was caught with it. (It is traditional to gift young children an infant pokemon bred from their parents’ pokemon, which must be compatible.) The two infants are meant to grow together, each being taught by their respective parents and each other until they were old enough to work as their own team.
’Taken’ family pokemon: chimecho, drowzee/hypno, absol


Fire / Water / Ice

The Bulwari have a lot of lore, superstition, and culture built around the idea of Water, Fire, and Ice[/color]. Water represents people, destiny, journeys and the physical realm, amongst other things; fire represents the essence of life, the life-giver and the cause for blood being red—it is seen to be one’s spirit water.

In being people of the water, Bulwari are very egalitarian; a wife to prepare a meal for herself and her husband is water swaying one direction in a bowl—it is fully expected to be met in kind. Children are treated equally and resources are passed out fairly amongst the members of the community. (For this reason they are very compatible with those of the Balican faith.) For someone to take and not give is seen as an obstruction of the natural flow of things and either treated like a sickness or cause for that person to be punished.[/hide]

Castform
Because of the Bulwari reverence for Fire/Water/Ice (or to reflect this), Castform have always been extremely sacred to the Bulwari people. It is believed that castform are the reincarnation of a Bulwari that has attained the equilibrium of psychic, dark and fighting before death; for that reason they are of normal typing (immune to ghosts, completely balanced) and able to shift into the three sacred elements. They are treated with reverence whether wild or not, and those kept in the community boat guide the Bulwari spiritually; a select few deemed capable become Furmori and ‘Form Read’ the castform to make decisions or plan the pod’s movements, divining meaning from the weather pokemon’s changes.
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Some examples of Form Reading / Castform Divining:
  • Sunny-form Castform can mean: time to dock, good trading to come, hope, land, being beached, celebration
  • Rain-form Castform: Abundance, time to return to water, cleansing, a meeting
  • Hail-form Castform: Coming trouble, danger, time to isolate, great change, death
Castform are called “Cloud Spirits” amongst other things. The Bulwari say that a Castform is born when the sun shines during rainfall/a fire is sparked over ice/the first fissure in ice appears, , and seeing one in the wild is incredibly lucky.

Bulwari and Pokemon
The Bulwari take great pride in battling when the odds are matched or in their opponent’s favor; sending out a type strong to their opponent is like banging on a pot instead of a drum... no finesse is required, making the handler appear unimaginative and weak. In such a case it is expected that type-advantage moves will be avoided. Matching types and winning is seen as a better test of skill; depending on the context, selecting a pokemon weak to another’s type is taken as a challenge and is one way to undermine the other in the eyes of the community.
  • The Water-type a child catches is seen to represent the child as much as their name does.
  • Pokeballs are highly valued and may decorate a buli-boat along with gold coins and other precious items. Pokeballs are often decorated in family colors.
  • The first pokemon a child receives is the offspring of its parents pokemon (or one or the other if they are not compatible). Before the baby pokemon is captured for the child, the fate of the child is written in the inside of the pokeball by the pod's elder or the child's guardian (similar to a godparent); no one but the pokemon inside the pokeball can see it, the Bulwari say, and the pokemon comes to represent the child's life/life purpose.
  • Pokemon (especially water-types) are decorated by the Bulwari. Piercings, paint, tattoos, woven items. It is frowned upon if they limit a pokemon's ability to swim... unless especially beautiful, of course. ;>
Favored Types:
The more colorful the better, as a general rule! Bulwari favor WATER pokemon, then DARK/PSYCHIC/FIGHTING, and then musical/graceful/colorful pokemon. Pokemon are often painted, tattooed, given flowers/bells/other colorful ornaments.
  • WATER types: Each child catches their own when they are of age (10 or so). Water pokemon are kept outside of their pokeball as much as possible; they guard boats from wild pokemon and other threats and are seen as needing to be free and loose more than other type.
  • DARK & PSYCHIC types: These types tend to represent families more than water types due to the Bulwari's traditional belief that humans are descendents of dark/psychic types. (Capable of good and evil, dually natured and opposing, cunning and complex.) Legends and heroes in their stories are at least part dark or psychic, or both.
  • FIGHTING types: usually have strong ties to many legends and stories of Bulwari heroes. Fighting types mixed with Fire are a particular favorite, as they represent life and vitality in its purest form, and tend to be trained by the more skilled Bulwari battlers, considering how many water pokemon the Bulwari communities keep.
  • Pokemon with DANCING/SINGING moves: These play an important role for the Bulwari. Celebrations and festivals are common, and coming-of-age events and other important 'contests'/tasks require demonstrations of ability with dancing and/or singing pokemon. They do not need to be water-typed at all. Pokemon that grow into or can be taught: Quiver Dance, Dragon Dance, Featherdance, Teeter Dance (and to a lesser extent Thrash or Flail) AND/OR Round, Sing, Perish Song, Echoed Voice (and to a lesser extent Uproar)
  • COLORFUL pokemon: Valued for their beauty, usually more ornamental or for battling than for culturally significant events. Bulwari as a whole enjoy collecting pokemon.
  • EEVEE and EEVEELUTIONS have become a popular staple for the Bulwari people, who love the pokemon for its versatility and its colorful evolutions. Vaporeon is a favored pokemon as well, for its ability to melt into the water.

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Bulwari Range
...Extends from the waterways north of Dedrius, southwest into the jungles out to sea / south to Fough, along the bend to the bayous and swamps of Cypwater, up north as far as Doran. To travel further, Bulwari will use smaller canoes or their pokemon to cut through the landscape up to Crater Lake and beyond to the eastern sea, the sailor shanties, and Seaway. From the jungle/Fough/west of Cypwater, the Bulwari also use the shallow waters and sandbars to travel to the Pennant Isles.

Various clans favor different regions in Harper and have made adaptations to each (details below), though the Bulwari cross paths and intermingle and consider themselves one people. All Bulwari favor water-types, musical and dance-capable pokemon, and are not limited to catching what is listed as favored choices for a particular clan. A good, general rule, however: a person's water pokemon will determine that person's likely range. A Bulwari with a wailord wouldn't travel inland much, just as one with a swanna might not venture out to sea too often.

The Navas – The Sailors
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  • People of the sandbars, beaches and Pennant Isles - West Coast, around point and scattered to the East
  • Family colors are blues, yellows, whites
  • Favored instrument: singing
  • Favored pokemon types: sea pokemon, water/flying
  • Widely teach their pokemon Surf, Dive, and Fly
  • Defensively use Protect and Weather moves, Dive
  • Sacred Spot: some of the ditto islands in the East & underwater temples and shrines off of the sandbars by the Pennant Isles
The Navas commute to the Pennant Isles and are the keepers of the underwater temples and shrines there, which were built stone by stone by the first Bulwari migrants to Harper. They are also the Bulwari you are likely to find on the ocean, sometimes appearing on the eastern sea. They are the most proficient sailors of the Bulwari and have more variants of the more commonly seen houseboat on inland waters. They have a two-pontoon sailboat version, similar in structure to a Hobie cat. Otherwise their houseboats are rounded and domed. Also, clusters of corsola are used to build platforms for large dancing celebrations even at sea… and said pokemon also clump together Bulwari boats for safety during strong storms.

The Navas are direct descendents of the Great Hero Ca-Lo, who rescued his beloved (the daughter of the sea) from a thousand jellicent… and have a respect/fear relationship with the frillish and jellicent along that ancient ocean route, who indiscriminately drown and kill. As such, the already popular sharpedo takes on another meaning, as it is a clear counter to the ghost-water pokemon, and favored by Ca-Lo. Wailmer are seen as special by all Bulwari, because they naturally sing the way they do. It is said that they know the language of the Ocean.

Popular pastimes include Sharpedo Dragging, which involves tethering or tying oneself to a sharpedo and being dragged so fast the person can essentially skii over water. The most famed Bulwari at Dragging is a young male named Wonikosi, which means 'stick insect.' A bit spindly, he pioneered the technique of having a staryu slapped on one's back, and another stuck to their chest, ready to fire off a Water Gun or Protect to prevent or cushion a fall. Aside from being a game, Dragging is also done to travel quickly and inconspicuously... because though a bit noisy, what with the splashing, the person can quickly let go and dive underwater, replying on their pokemon to ferry them, or climb onto a ship or what have you.

Lastly, it is part of the tradition of the Bulwari that wander east to hone their skills on the islands containing ditto—young Nava Bulwari looking to better themselves are forced to fight their own pokemon, sharpening their skills that way. It is frowned upon to take a ditto, even if they indicate a want to go with someone, as those ditto and those islands are seen as a sacred place.
Pokemon Favored by the Navas


The Fens – The Secretive Swamp Swimmers
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  • People of the bayous/swamp forests - Swamp forests of Cypwater/South Route 8/Route 9 & pockets of marsh in Edgewood
  • Family colors are green, browns, purples
  • Favored instrument: flutes
  • Favored pokemon types: dark, water/ground (have fewer fighting and psychic types than other Bulwari)
  • Often teach poison-type moves and inflict statuses
  • Protect themselves with Whirlwind (in the spirit of Shiftry), Substitute and Double Team
  • Sacred Places: the oldest trees in Edgewood, the ancient cypress trees in south Harper
The Fens are one of the oldest clans/houses of Bulwari. They favor the bayous/swamp cypress forests around Cypwater and deep inside Edgewood (it is rumored) and are more reclusive than other Bulwari; they, of all the subgroups, have the loosest grasp of the Common tongue. They are fiercely protective of the old forests and react swiftly to degradation of the landscape; whenever someone goes missing in Fen territory, these secretive, temperamental people are hastily blamed.

They dress dead cypress trees in coins (usually silver), colorful fabrics or other precious items; they do so in honor a pokemon they identify as a sort of ancestor: nuzleaf/shiftry, who live in dead trees and protect ancient forests. They also create 'scarecrows' in their swamps and bayous in the likeness of nuzleaf, using driftwood, rocks, etc; they try to make them look as frightening as possible and often use said pokemon in tales to scare misbehaving children.

The Fens clamor at the chance to trade (or even steal) a zorua/zoroark, the illusory pokemon. They also favor speedy pokemon and those that blend into the landscape.

Many are skilled flutists, and their colored flutes are their primary trading item with the outside world. Their trading boats, which are similar to the community boat, will float near the boardwalks with a single light lit on its hull, indicating a willingness to trade, heal, or guide. For those lost in the swamp, they can either be a miracle or the sign of one's impending doom, depending on how much stock they give to rumors and superstition. Their houseboats and community boats have mud or clay-wall cabins and are the least flashy of the Bulwari; they prefer paint and often use camouflage, or simply decorate with leaves or swamp flowers… and it is exceedingly rare to see a group of them together, as they prefer to fan out.

Where they go during the dry season is a mystery to outsiders… some split off for Edgewood for solitude. During the dry season those that stay in the cypress forests ground their homeboats near natural springs and other water sources and roam afoot or in smaller canoes.
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Bulwari FAQ


What do the Bulwari think of same-sex couples?
    The Bulwari are very easy-going and tolerant in most regards, particularly in love. I don't see it as being an issue. Many say that the gender of the first water pokemon one bonds with has to do with one's sexuality -- ie, Tsidii first bonded with and caught a female ducklett because she is a girl. (While this isn't always the case, having a character bond with their first water type and have it be the opposite gender could have significant meaning for them.)
It is at all likely that a member of a pod could be sold as a slave without being voted out of the group?
    Very unlikely. A person would most likely be kidnapped by pirates while out on the water or by slavers when the pod's docked. The Bulwari are fiercely protective of their own and mingle selectively with outsiders. Selling one of their own would result in that person being ousted probably, and fear of repercussions in the form of bad weather, boat breakages, etc.
Which Bulwari group would be most likely to be found near Cape Augustine? (I know, I could probably figure this out, but I'm no good with maps.)
    You won't see many Bulwari around the Cape, in all honesty. With what I've worked on so far, from the Cape you'll see the Navas' sailboats on the sea occasion (they tend to be to the west), or groups of them traveling on water pokemon around the isles. They love training out at sea. You'll also see Skimmers inland on occasion, keeping to the waterways.
What kind of names do the Bulwari generally have? You seem to have a theme you're following, but I'm not sure what it is.
    I use Navajo words and play with them, and encourage you to do the same! Find a word with meaning and make it your own. As I come up with words and phrases I'll compile them. C:
How do Bulwari feel about consuming pokemon?
    Bulwari are vegan. Harper region Navas-Bulwari subsist from vegetation on islands and what they take with them/preserve in the hulls of their ships. Others harvest plants and trade for foodstuffs (grains etc).
Are Bulwari pokemon vegan as well?
    Their pokemon can act as naturally as they'd like, there's no requirement or pressure at all. Bulwari bond closely to their pokemon and will even help them catch food, even if it's other pokemon for their meat. They just don't partake.

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