THE DUBAL'NE: THE OFFICIAL SPECIES PROPOSAL because I'm told this is how you're supposed to do it. The Dubal'Ne were an intelligent race indigenous to Meru Island in ancient times. Their scientific name is salvia caelus, which roughly translates to "mysterious ascended thinker". CULTURO-HISTORICAL INFORMATION: Their cities were subterranean; delved underground, and their ruins exist today on Meru Island as tourist spots. (Some, however, are closed to the public.) Their first and greatest city, known only as "The Citadel", is today the Grand Celestial Archtemple, the holiest site in Rakanism. They were a species that rejected religion and the notion of gods and embraced, instead, a form of extreme rationalism. They built interesting technological wonders using magic, (not the same used by the Aed Kaene, but siphoning off the same core of energy.) as well as remarkable tools and advanced scientific thought, and had an extremely sophisticated (yet also extremely isolated) society. They referred to themselves as "De'eb", plural "Deben". "Dubal'Ne" was their name for their species, but in the modern context it is generally used where they themselves used "De'eb" and "Deben". We know so much about them because their script has been successfully translated by Syrixian linguists and historians, however many of their concepts and sciences baffle us today. Their geopolitical structure is known to us today as the "Dubal'Ne Confederacy", and it comprised an amalgamation of subterranean city-states across Meru Island. They called the surface of the island "the Near Reaches", and landmasses elsewhere "the Far Reaches". Each city had a "High Sciencemaster"; a sort-of "philosopher-king" who ruled the city for life. Each city traded with each other, and these High Sciencemasters would meet at the Citadel often. Though we do not know the precise quantity of the intervals of years between their meetings, it is believed they met annually. Their assembly was known as the "Council of the One", and it was chaired by the ruler of the Citadel, who was known as the "Great Sciencemaster", and was primus inter pares and leader of the Confederacy. The ancient Syrixians came from the Home Island in around 3000 BC and committed a mass slaughter after a prophecy foretold by a vision of the then-Guru-Baba Ravana that the island would become the home of a new temple, which had been previously located in Chhapra, a city on the Home Island. Though vastly technologically superior, the hordes of ancient Syrixians overran their cities. The entire race was slaughtered in what is today often dubbed an "ancient genocide". Many Dubal'Ne cities today are either Rakanist temples or museums. It is also believed that the flora of the Kyloth Reserve in the west of the island, not seen anywhere else in the world, exists due to ancient Dubal'Ne experimentation. BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION: The Dubal'Ne were an ancient species; and were evolved beyond human evolution. Their brains were 1.5 times the size of a human brain, and they were also on average taller and larger in stature, though they were almost never of a stout build, and instead more on the slender side. They are known to have had blue skin, silver hair, and respiratory, optical, and auditory systems similar to humans in structure. However, they could hear and see much better and hold their breaths longer, as their own systems were more developed. They also appear to have had two hearts instead of the single heart present in humanity- this would have likely allowed for much greater stamina than the average human. In addition, this fact means that, should a Dubal'Ne experience cardiac arrest, unless it is a failure of both hearts, death would not occur; rather, there would merely be fatigue and decreased physical capability. However, this explanation fails to explain a number of their characteristics, such as their slender, tall build, their larger brains, (they likely had less Vitamin D than humans due to their habitat) and their blue skin.