There are many Akeshi across Ethonia, which vary in shape, culture, and other aspects. Akeshi are the most peaceful, kindest, supportive and non-lethal beings ever to exist. They live only to teach others to better themselves and bring harmony across the lands, cultures, clans and tribes. This document features a portion of knowledge about the Nachenyu Akeshi.
The Name – Drakojan
The term “Drakojan” was introduced by a group of humans during the colonization of Ethonia, after mishearing the Ethonian term “Akojasaii”. Since the humans and Ethonians were sharing culture and knowledge at the time, things tended to merge, thus the two words “dragon” and “Akojasaii” being mixed to form “Drakojan”.
“Akojasaii” is only one of many names for the Akeshi. Across most cultures on Ethonia, the native term “Akeshi” is the correct word.
When humans saw the Akeshi for the first time they were immediately classified as “dragons”. This of course is completely false, since the two beings differ from one another greatly. The typical western “dragon” design has a gothic/gargoyle-esque design with sharp pointy scales, birdlike talons, a beak for a muzzle, bat-like wings, long necks, horns on the side of the head accompanied by ‘fins’ and a serpentine feel to the overall aesthetic. The Akeshi species are the exact opposite.
They vary in all shapes and sizes, but the majority of them all have the same characteristics.
The nose has less of a beak-like design and more of a muzzle, resembling that of a feline. Akeshi have rather short, thick necks, which may or may not have a mane. Their hide is thick but soft as human skin with small patterns that may resemble scales. Overall each Akeshi has his or her own “body-texture”, may it be like that of a tiger, leopard, jaguar, and other random designs which haven’t been documented before. Some are more subtle than the other. The most common eye color is amber, or orange.
The two most common Akeshi are the Ijatu and the Suya. Both share the same basic proportions.
The only major difference between the two is the fur which cover a Suya.
Paws, Arms and Legs
Instead of bird-like talons, Akeshi have paws. Only the female of the species has the ability to sheathe their claws. They can either walk on all fours, which they tend to prefer, or walk upright on their hind legs for a short amount of time. The front arms can be used like those of a human and manipulate tiny things, even though their fingers (and opposable thumbs) are rather thick.
While Akeshi can use their teeth and claws to kill prey, their paws can also deliver quite devastating blows, powerful enough to crush the skull of any human or Ethonian with a single hit. A weaker swat can be less lethal, and stun their targets.
Tail and Wings
Akeshi tails are rather short but very well flexible, able to wrap around objects. They are mostly are used for balance in flight.
The Akeshi wings are similar to birds without feathers. They only have 1 finger, and can fold onto the back.
The majority of the species have roughly the average dimensions as a large draft horse:
Height: 3 Meters
Width: 1.4 Meters
Length: 9 Meters
Weight: Up to 5800 kilos
Wingspan: 9 Meters
Akeshi cubs grow up very fast. They can take up to a month to walk. Their first words are muttered shortly after a couple of months, a year at most. After the fifth year, the cubs begin to be educated and taught in the ways of their ancestors.
For the Akeshi, meditation is an important role in their daily lives, and in their spiritual quest. A life’s goal of an Akeshi is to quickly master the art of meditation in order to live a easier, healthier, and more productive and supportive life with hardly any stressful distractions whatsoever. It is reported that in some cases, Akeshi are able to manipulate the gravity around them, causing them to move objects by using their minds, or even give themselves a small boost while flying. In order to achieve any of this, years of practice and training is required with the help of a master/mentor.
A skilled warlord can meditate for hours in preparation for combat, in order to perform twice, if not thrice as skillful as before.
Some Akeshi meditate for days and end up causing slight shock waves and vibrations which effect the magnetic fields around them.
The role of each Akeshi in a family varies depending on culture. The Nachenyu live as they wish, but here are some of the common roles found across an Akeshi household. Everyone is treated equal, but have his or her own roles in the daily routine of life.
A family’s goal is far from simple however: To ensure each family member can achieve their true potential and are productive and efficient in their daily duties.
The Mother: Females are slightly intellectually more advanced than males and live longer, reaching up to 250 years. She usually teaches the cubs how to communicate, the art of math, astronomy, and the tribe’s way of life. She is also the main authority, telling everyone what he or she can and cannot do. She is the most honored figure in the family.
The Father: The protector and gatherer of the family. He teaches the cubs how to live outside with nature, how to hunt, gather and provide for themselves.
Cubs (1-5 years): They are under protective care by their parents until they reach the age of a young adult.
Younger Akeshi (5-13 years old): Young ones are taught in many ways to see where their talent lay hidden. Once a talent or a future goal is found, they are taught more intensively in this direction.
Adult Akeshi (13 and older): They follow their life’s goal more intensively and may join a master in order to fully learn their true potential, may it be combat, arts, or astronomy. Some may try to start their own family, others try to achieve something greater by venturing across the planet, learning all they can to ensure their clan can accomplish their spiritual goal, whatever it may be.
Most of the Akeshi have wings, others don’t. Those who have them tend to use them only for gliding or flying short distances due to the strength needed for flight. While flying, Akeshi must always have their backs free of any obstacles to ensure the maximum flying ability and muscle movement.
While carrying cubs, or in slim conditions, humans/Ethonians, the Akeshi have custom hand-made pouches that they strap in front of their chest. The lashes of these pouches are like backpacks, which run across their backs, between the two major wing muscles, down the spine and around the hips.
The Nachenyu and all other Akeshis and Ethonians all believe in two separate beings: the observers and the teachers.
The following tale is a mixture from various Akeshi sources. As with all things being passed down generation to generation, the literal interpretation should be taken lightly.
One day the skies turned orange as the “observers” descended from the heavens on their roaring chariots. They saw the beauty of the planet and blessed it with their first creations. They took DNA from a feral dragon-like species, mixed it with their own, and created a hybrid being.
After creating a couple thousand individual hybrids, the observers left the planet. The observers believed that these new creatures would learn to create cultures, to better evolve themselves, ultimately becoming highly intelligent beings. Unfortunately this never happened. The hybrids were savage and nasty beasts, killing, attacking and torturing the weak, especially their own kin. The original, feral dragon-like species had become nothing but food for the hybrids. Millions of years later the “teachers” arrived on Ethonia to evaluate their evolution.
Much to their shock, these hybrids turned out to be anything other than peaceful. Seeing how these hybrids were vicious and without any sign of culture, the teachers gathered the most wisest of all hybrids, brought them to one of their cities high up above the heavens and “blessed” (genetically altered) them with even more intellect, less aggressive behavior and the basics of culture, a writing system, mathematics and an extensive knowledge of astronomy. They named these new beings, “Akeshi” and returned them to Ethonia. Hoping that the Akeshi were now well equipped to defend themselves from the hybrids and ultimately be intelligent enough to become the dominant species of the planet, the teachers left once again, with the promise of returning in the distant future.
Many years passed, with the hybrids and Akeshi at each other’s necks. Constant battles, fights for survival and the peaceful nature of the Akeshi almost marked their imminent doom. The teachers returned, and witnessed the horror happening on the planet.
The hybrids were just too aggressive and the Akeshi too peaceful. The teachers decided to gather the few surviving Akeshi inside one of their cities, and warned that a day of judgment shall soon rain upon the hybrids and put them into an eternal sleep. The hybrids suddenly fell victim to diseases and plagues. The day of Redemption had arrived.
It took nearly three months for all hybrids to perish a terrible death for the sins of their crimes. When the winds calmed and the last hybrid was no more, the Akeshi returned to their homes to lay eyes on a more beautiful and calm planet. Centuries of peace and prosperity had begun.
The teachers told the Akeshi to continue the advancement of their given culture, to one day be wise enough to join them in the heavens for when the time comes.
That is exactly what the Akeshi did for millions of year. Some cultures would restart or completely die out due to disease or internal conflicts between different clans and tribes. There have been at least 390 such restarts. The current Akeshi culture is around 147,000 years old. The oldest recorded was around 152,00 years. Though the Akeshi have mastered the art of telepathy, a bit of telekinesis, and managed to manipulate the gravitational pull around their bodies, the teachers still have yet to fulfill their promise of one day returning.
The Akeshi believe that the teachers want them to evolve as a species, without the help of any technology. They use items found in nature, such as roots, plants, seeds, stone and wood for various purposes. They use their claws to hunt prey, but in some cases nets and spears work just as well.
The younger Akeshi show a great interest in the human’s latest gadgets, but start to lose interest later on in life and return to the tools nature provides them.
Some larger Akeshi clans have adopted an agreement plan with the Ethonian governments to provide state of the art medical care and technology for visiting Ethonian or human school/tour groups, or other visitors.
Cities, Housings and Caves
It is a common cliche to say Akeshi live in caves. There are some who live underground, some in the giant trees in the thick forests of Ethonia, others underwater, in the valleys inside their own hand made buildings, or just simply within the mountains. The majority of Akeshi however love to live outside under the warm sun and to be one with nature.
All of the Akeshi homes are extremely well decorated, carved with precise and excellent skilled craftsmanship and built strong enough to last for generations. They make sure their homes mirror their culture and beliefs down to the finest detail.
The Nachenyu, live inside the mountains, or in stone buildings in the northern valleys of the continent of Fithkara, Ethonia. The mountains are large enough so that every Akeshi can carve one or more rooms for themselves, in any shape or form they desire. They may even create a living section to be something like a mansion for them. But most of the Akeshi only create rooms to suit their current family.
Unlike human organizations which worship wealth, the basic structure of the majority of Akeshi governments function, to what may be best described as, a meritocracy. An individual is assigned (by family, personal choice or clan elders) to responsibilities based upon potential, as well as demonstrated talents, and is rewarded accordingly. A young Akeshi may develop interest in medicine, and will find a hobby in pharmacy. The clan will then offer support for him or her to become a future healer. A healer or doctor will be rewarded with a high ranking seat in the community council, as well as all the required tools, herbs, roots and other items to practice their talents for the benefit of the entire community. A village or city will have hunters who work together with warriors to kill prey and gather food, which is then evenly distributed to everyone. Artists and scribes may work together with priests and scholars to help record and express a clan’s history.
The Akeshi do not think much of materialistic processions, and do not use any currency to purchase or trade items of value. They are honest, and will never fall victim to greed and manipulation for their own personal or political satisfaction. Akeshi may have personal belongings, but these are little more than gifts from others, inherited items of family value, or self-crafted objects. If there are any items one may no longer need, it is not wasted and thrown away, but rather given to others as a gift who may find it useful.
Some chieftains may gain political power over a clan through bloodline; others may resign and have a council of elders vote for a new chief. A less competent, or an unpopular leader may be voted away by the council. This, however, is very rare. Most of the chieftains in Akeshi history have proven themselves to be strong leaders, with the well being of their people ranking as the utmost priority.
Ley Lines & Spirituality
Unsurprisingly classified by humans as pseudoscience, Ley Lines are alignments of ancient megaliths, monoliths and other important sites, which exist across a planet. The Akeshi believe that ley lines resonate the planet’s powerful magnetic currents, and are regarded as holy locations. The Akeshi build their villages and cities along these lines, in order for them to spiritually harness the planet’s energy in their daily lives. Shrines are mostly found at ley line intersections and considered to be a strong source of the planet’s energy. Some even believe these locations are hot spots for supernatural activity.
Akeshi strive for enlightenment, and to free their energies from their earthly bodies. They believe that once their physical, organic bodies have come to pass, their biological energies will travel the planet for a period of 40 days. This time is used for family members and loved ones to channel their own energies to the recently deceased, to bid farewell, to help guide and prepare them for their return to the planet’s energy from which all life originated.
The Akeshi see themselves as being one with the planet and all living things. The body is merely a vessel to do good on the planet, and maintain balance to all life.
While humans regard all this as nonsense, Ethonians believe otherwise. It has been observed that Akeshi were able to manipulate the magnetic energies around them through meditation. Electronics would cease to function, objects would move, and the meditating Akeshi would be able to conduct simultaneous conversations with multiple persons in the area, simply by using thought. Stronger, more fantastical observations were made from Akeshi meditating at ley line intersections.
Listed below is a small selection of Akeshi names.