The Realm of Still-Needs-A-Good-Name (advice welcome)

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  1. While I call this a showcase, as it is mostly me deciding how to handle this yet-unnamed world of mine, I would love to get some outside opinions, advice, or other comments on what I have so far.


    Still-Needs-A-Good-Name will be referred to as Snagn, for the sake of convenience. A better name would be much appreciated.


    Tentative Table of Contents, some of which to be added at a later date.
    Ecology
    -geology
    -flora
    -fauna
    Notable Species
    -the Wystant
    -the Sleipnon
    -The Fyrnon
    History
    -early evolution
    -seeding
    -Wystant changes
    -post-bridge
     
  2. THE WYSTANT

    A sapient race, the Wystant are very near to human. They stand on two legs, have two arms, two eyes, are typically between five & a half and six & a half feet tall, have similar skin & hair tones, and similar intelligence. The differences in gravity and temperature on Snagn have made them a more muscular and stocky people, where even the women grow sideburns, which are seen as a sign of health and strength.
    The only notable difference between humans & Wystant, though, are the Spirit-Stones. In the center of each baby's forehead lies a gem, clear at birth, which will color over time as their personality becomes concrete, their experiences greater, and their knowledge more profound, for that is what it is for- storing information. The Spirit-Stone holds the core of one's personality, the best & worst of their experiences, the most important of their knowledge. Touching Spirit-Stone to Spirit-Stone allows this information to be shared, and is considered far more taboo and sacred than sex or any other activity, and the viewpoints on it vary wildly from place to place.

    No matter what the opinion of the Spirit-Stone is, though, there are several accepted facts, particularly about the color of stone.
    Blue- often called the color of leadership, a blue stone represents a person who thinks in terms of large groups rather than individuals. While this does not always indicate selflessness it is a common trait, as Blues tend to think of themselves only as a smaller part of a larger whole. Darker shades of blue tend to go with serious, more pragmatic individuals while bright, light blue is more often found on idealists and dreamers.
    Red- the color of self, red stones indicate an inherently self-centered outlook. This does not imply any meanness or selfishness; rather, the person in possession of a red stone rarely thinks about the good of the group and more commonly thinks of what the situation immediately means for their own self. Deeper shades of red indicate a serious outlook while paler shades usually go with a more lighthearted person.
    Yellow- the color of materialism, yellow stones indicate the person with it is highly pragmatic and thinks often of goods and money. Sometimes selfish, yellows are more often practical people, the kind that always know exactly what their property is worth, who owes them what, and how much they're willing to pay for a certain item. Pale yellow tends to go hand in hand with generosity and kindness, while a deep, tarnished gold color often represents avarice or greed.
    Green- the color of creativity, most artists are in possession of a green Spirit-Stone. Green indicates a mindset where the world is grasped on the larger scale in a profoundly emotional way. While greens are often artists, writers, or other artisans, it is not uncommon for greens to take on more practical jobs such as merchants or innkeeps as they can find sudden connections and insights no matter where life takes them.
    Orange- sometimes called the color of hermits or the color of superiority, Oranges are united by little other than a sense that they are all different and better than other people- some consider all oranges superior while some consider only their own self to be better. While Reds think of self first, they do not have an inflated sense of self-worth like their orange-stoned brethren. Though some people with this color gem will use it for the greater good, setting themselves up as leaders or reformers, the color has a bad history and is the only one strongly discriminated against. Pale orange goes with a sense of pity for other people and a while dark orange suggests a loathing for their own race.
    Violet- the color of curiosity or information, people with a violet colored Spirit-Stone tend to be very expressive, always wanting to give and hear facts, opinions, and any other information. They are often highly talkative but usually good listeners as well, driven by a desire to learn all they can and to share this information with everyone possible. Pale purple stone-bearers tend to do more listening than talking while dark purple is vice-versa. Violet is the color of stone most prone to changing later in life as the person's desire to give or take information changes.
    Black- those with a black stone would, in the human world, most often be referred to as insane or schizophrenic. While many other stones can be so dark as to appear black, a true black stone starts grey and gets darker, never bearing any color for a serious length of time. Very little unites those with black stones except for a lingering inability to find a distinct sense of self. They can be flatting one minute and insulting the next, loving and then filled with hatred, talkative and then silent. The color of madness, black-stoned children are among the greatest fear of most parents.
    White- the exact opposite of black, white Spirit-Stones indicate a lack of personality. True white is very rare, normally it is just another color made so pale and milky to be irrelevant. White stones come with a lack of preference, dislike, opinion, and creativity. Highly logical, whites are never truly happy and never truly unhappy, as they do not feel emotions like a normal person. Similar to psychopathy, whites are incapable of understanding other people and often do not care to try as they, like oranges, often see themselves as distinctly different and special, though this comes with neither a like nor a dislike of other Wystants or whites. White, rather than being lighter or darker, simply saturates the stone more. People with only a slight tinge of color are often classified as having white stones when the color has little impact on their personality. Yellow is the most common trace of color.
     
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