“The ash of worlds beats strong in our hearts!”
- - Kulaung warsong, meant to commemorate both their fallen foes and their ancestors
The Kulaung are the ultimate evolution of the various Mendel species, including the Ugandalorians, Kodalorians and Walgolorian, brought together after their unification, and, after many thousands of years, evolved back into one specie once more, combining the strengths and power of all three into one species once more. Powerful, brutal warriors, the Kulaung are the forefathers and leaders of the Mendel Pact, and masters of their art of war. Once having worshipped the act of war itself as divine, the Kulaung mysteriously changed to the worship of several deities that proclaimed tolerance, respect and wisdom to be more important then strength, though never lost their edge in battle.
It is said the Multus Esse seeded them upon an ancient world of unknown location, called the Origin Point. When they and another race the ancient Kulaung call the Zhakrell, went to war over the planet, the Kulaung lost, and spread amongst the stars. Settling upon different worlds, they evolved into three distinct subspecies, but would reunify. After their total reunification, the Multus would ward these various species after the Mendel Schism by upgrading and modifying their forms back into Kulaung once more, restoring their massive strength and abilities once more.
Before the Ugandalorians or other Mendel ever existed, the Kulaung were the main creation to combat the Alpha Cyber Collective created by the Multus Esse. Brutal, savage and breed for war against any that opposed them, the Kulaung first inhabited a world called The Origin Point, where they were seeded and developed their first weapons and such. The Kulaung developed alongside another race, the Zhakrell, who developed naturally. The two lived on a world of great spires and cities, and fought one another with blade and spear, the Kulaung having the advantage at first with their superior skill, especially when a volcano erupted and covered the world in ash and blocked out the sun. The Kulaung survived these conditions much better, and waged war on the Zhakrell in the darkness of the world. Despite this, the Kulaung were driven from the world, and spread across the stars. During this time, known as the Epoch of Discovery, the Kulaung traveled to many distant worlds and even galaxies, and settled the mysterious world of Eire, speaking and interacting with numerous races, and displayed knowledge of many Precursor races that outdid the knowledge of their descendant races. They knew the Multus Esse leaders by name, for example, and their texts make references to interactions with other galaxies' precursors on some level.
Throughout numerous figures would arise that would become immortalized in Mendel collective memory, despite the distance and time that diluted most memories of the Kulaung and their Mendel children. Rexsuta the Unconquerable lead his people to many wars against far more powerful empires, and was immortalized in the ninth passage of the Shadow Tomes. Ohlaka the Reaver became a famous pirate and ship-master who lead his people to many distant stars and explored many relics, and his battles were recorded within the Ninth passage as well. The Doom of Ulmariis was an older warrior, mighty and noble, who kept his forces on a tight leash, and showed respect and control towards his foes. It is said when he died, that the Doom of Ulmariis' funeral was attended even by his enemies.
At one point, it's believed the Kulaung traveled to the Quadrant Galaxies and captured a number of Quadrantia Xenomorphs for their own use. They breed these creatures, hoping to hone intelligence, aggression and other traits into them, to challenge themselves and fight against a foe that could fight them. This lead to the breeding and creation of the Mirusian Xenomorph, a distinct sub-species evolved for combat in the Mirus Galaxy. As the Kulaung found their style of breeding dishonorable, they created "Artificial Womb structures", to hold the eggs in place and allow them to implant within them, gaining them the benefits of a host to extract DNA from, but keeping them from using living hosts. A ready supply of creatures were created for battles and tests, though left abandoned once the Kulaung had to retreat.
During the Epoch of War, the Kulaung's mighty empire came under attack by an interuniversal threat known as the Juggernaut, who threatened them and their Clans with slavery and domination. Despite the disadvantages their people faced, the Kulaung would face off and defeat this threat, rising into a golden age and becoming amongst the most powerful empires in Mirus at the time, though their position and power lead to hubris and arrogance, and they assumed their warriors were the best leaders, leading to further stagnation as a society. Though they spread far across the stars, dissatisfaction with their leadership lead to rebellion and clashing ideals amongst their kind.
However, their spread across the stars was halted by a foe known as the Zarto Vong, who attacked the Kulaung, and spread them across many planets, who would become the Ugandalorians, Walgolorians and Kodalorians. These three subspecies, while each having their own strengths and cultures similar, but very much different from the Kulaung ancestors, would spread amongst the stars and form their own societies and empires, the memories of the Kulaung long forgotten, and their empires mere fragments and pieces of power compared to the might of the original Kulaung empire. All of their descendant races took the name Mendel, a name of one of the Tribes that ruled the Kulaung, and used it as a symbol of unity and strength amongst the Mendel, and this title was later adopted by the races that joined them. Soon, Kaguran, Orgaat and many others took the name Mendel as a symbol of unity and strength amongst themselves, and shared culture between themselves.
After the struggle of The Mendel Schism and the seeming reunification of the various Mendel empires, and their ability to create a lasting peace once more amongst their Clans, their creators, the reborn Multus Esse, took all the members across Mirus, Borealis, Cyrannus and the Milky Way, to upgrade and modify their forms to those of the Mendel's anchestors. However, a number of Kulaung under Chokuto Gredyc, and various others, would leave the fold of the Pact, joining the Galactic Empire of Cyrannus to fight against their own and the Republic. Meanwhile, a grand project began to find remnants of the old homeworld of the Kulaung, called Eire, and to replant their flag on the world, and find the lost technologies and relics from it.
After their victory over the Galactic Empire, much of their alcohol flowed and the Mendel, on the worlds they had conquered, finished their "De-Imperialization" programs, preparing populations to return to the New Republic, and, after fighting alongside them against a number of Warlords, including Crothal's supposed Emperor Clone-lead faction, before returning to their homeworlds to rebuild their own lands.
Kulaung are, at first glance, a people focused on the excellence in arms and warfare compared to their neighbors and peers. From an early age, they train in martial arts to focus their minds and bodies, as Kulaung are naturally prone to being so energetic as to lose focus and be lost to their primal drives and such. Further, young members of a tribe are sent into the jungles to teach them not only survival and hunting skill, but respect for the environment as well. This carried on in their descendant races from Ugandalore, W'alor and Kodalon.
The Kulaung, though stereotyped as nothing more then warriors, prefer non-battle practices outside of battle. Many are jewelers, smiths and other such things, forging many intricate rings, jewels and other baubles to sell to each other and trade with other races, many, at first, believing the Kulaung to have stolen or looted such treasures from their many foes before finding out otherwise. Many others take up painting and writing in their time. As their saying put it "A life of war leaves one empty", and Kulaung are not eager to fall into the traps of battle and war and the rush that comes from it. They may have a biologic desire to fight and challenge others and themselves, but they refuse to let it define them.
The Kulaung are shrewd and patient fighters, and this reflects in everything they do. They, despite their aggression and hot-bloodedness, are known to consider every trade deal or negotiation before making their decision, spending many hours looking over deals and agreements before deciding on it. Specialized members of their people trained their whole lives to read and interpret trade deals and such, with members studying countless cultures and life styles of other races so they knew how to interpret words and phrases within the deal and not be taken by surprise.
Kulaung, though famous for their duels of honor and blood, preferred debate over battle to solve their disagreements, something which did not carry on in their descendants, though, because of the Mendel's increasingly diplomatic stance, has come about once more. Kulaung debates are spirited, lively and prone to shouting, insults and heavy drinking. Though weapons are compensated, many will use knives, often stabbing the furniture and walls to emphasis certain points. They further, see nothing wrong with ad hominin attacks, believing insults add spice and flavor to the debate, and make it worth listening to.
Though the Kulaung once worshipped the idea of War itself, they have since taken to worshipping multiple gods, even those of their enemies, these gods evolving into the gods worshipped by their descendants, and changing with the different values of the various Mendel subspecies.
Kulaung, due to their mixture of reptilian and mammalian features, find both primate and reptilian races pleasing to the eye, be they Libertus, Human, Ortella or Alavar, though, due to their own features, are considered by many of those races to be rather ugly even on the best of occasions.
Kulaung once worshipped the idea of war itself, believing that to make war upon others was itself divine, and that they were the tools of the divine. However, at some unknown point, the Gods revealed themselves, and demanded the Kulaung abandon such a practice. Kulaung, since then, took to worshipping multiple gods, of a more benevolent tone.
The ancient Kulaung, being far more advanced, took to the idea that melee combat was the purest form of combat among their Clans, and as such, their approach was much different. Where's their modern kin and descendants believe in donning heavy suits of armor, and using powerful ranged weapons, the ancient Kulaung used mostly wrist blades, spears and swords to defeat their foes, their armor more minimalistic, and allowing them to survive best in melee combat.
The Kulaung are all reptile-like mammals, being mammals with reptilian features upon their strong builds, usually being broad-shouldered and standing at 7-8 feet tall, with the tallest being 9 or even 10 feet tall. All of them are usually grey skinned/scaled beings, though other colors such as blue or green exist, and have yellow, orange and red eyes. The central mass of their bodies, chest, stomach, inner thighs and parts of their arms, are covered in a skin-like flesh, as scales cover the rest of their bodies. Their hands end in human-like hands, whose fingers end in claws, as do their feet.
The Kulaung are extremely resilient, brought about by intense training and martial arts in the wilds of their world and by their elders, resulting in beings that can take much more punishment then others and keep moving. There are many tales of Kulaung resisting most punishment, such as marching in the winter and in freezing rains to reach their destination, and never saying a word. They can heal from their wounds with instant regeneration, but doing so requires devouring a lot of meat to kick start this. Despite being built with muscle in mind, Kulaung are agile, swiftly moving from tree branch to tree branch in their ancient adopted homeworld, able to move without making a sound.
Their heads are angular and the tops covered in ridges and hardened skull cases similar to some dinosaurs, though designed more to protect the brain from injury then headbutting (though the Kulaung still partake in this despite the risks). Their chins end in a point, and some members, especially those in advanced age, have points in their cheeks. The backs of their heads feature 3-5 head-tendrils similar to other life-forms such as the Alavar, Cargura and others. Injuring one can cause a Kulaung extreme pain and agony. Not covering them in battle, is for them, a sign of bravery and skill, and devotion to the cause, though the Kulaung of the Tul'kaarin would cover theirs in spiked and elegant armor.
Kulaung are warm-blooded beings, very energetic, and thanks to Multus engineering, can interbreed with most races that share their biochemistry makeup, with a few exceptions. These children share eye color, scales and longer then average nails with their Kulaung parents, mixed with the general appearance of their alien parent. Amongst themselves, Tangidel pregnancies usually last 9 months and lead to live births. Twins are 12% more common in them then in humans, children are feed with milk like in most mammals.
Among both male and females, muscle is considered an attractive feature, and Kulaung consider females lacking in this feature to be too soft and meek to attract them. Their mouths are filled with 85 teeth, including four large incisors for slicing meat. They have two hearts, and two livers, explaining not only their endurance and resilience, but their ability to drink far more then other races.
Kulaung, in ancient times, had no essence abilities, and were blank, able to produce a field where it simply could not exist. The Kulaung of today are much more sensitive to it, having Koatria in their ranks, and many displaying essence and basic abilities in other forms of it.
These list the Kulaung and their various skin colors and such, and what they represent to the Kulaung. Note, that race is not quite the same as among humans. Where's white and black come from different continents, Kulaung have interbreed and mixed their genetics for so long, that skin and scale color comes now at complete random.
Clan-Groups refer to those subspecies that develop from different empires and exposure to energies and environments. The Clan-Groups include the snow white-skinned, ghoulish warriors of the Tul'Kaarin, the heavier set, Northerners with hair across their backs, and the mottled, stocky Ashi'yyar. Due to their ability to change and evolve with their environment, and their biologically engineered nature, these groupings are bound to expand as they go along.
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“From now on we shall not know the difference between Uguondenauraha, Koduolinauraha, or Walgaulanauraha, from now on they shall be known as Kuloungonauraha our tuogenauraha.”
- - The Vanara declaring their brotherhood to the newly reformed Kulaung species
- Although all Mendel owe some inspiration to the Taung from Star Wars Legends, the Kulaung, most obviously, take the most inspiration. They also take inspiration from the Predator from the movie series, Protoss and Ancient Celts, Germans and other barbarian tribes that assailed Rome and Greece, and the Turks.
- Originally, the main member of the Mendel Pact were the Ugandalorians and their subspecies, but ZF's dissatisfaction with the name, and the nature of the Mendel, lead him to consider retconning them out. However, as the name had been in use for so long, it would be difficult. As such, he developed the Kulaung, to act as an evolution of the races, and to rework them along lines he liked more.
- Kulaung comes from the Turkish word for ash, Kul, and Taung, not only a reference to the SW race, but to the Taung child in Africa, a progenitor of sorts to humanity, and referencing their role to the other Mendel.