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Vestige of Credence: Chapter 1
Part 1: Life in the Sea
Ellara and Kadden walked for miles. It seemed there was no end to their journey in sight. The cool of the water felt soothing as they fought against the strong current to press forward. Both were dressed in dark, skintight insulation suits, which were designed to help maintain regular body temperatures in extreme heat or cold. Having lived in the depths of the water, they were inherently very tolerant without the help of special clothing; but it didn’t hurt. The sea rock armor they wore for defense was lightweight, to enable faster travel. Both of their forms were muscular like all of their species, the Basalt, who were a very athletic people.
They cherished their long lives as a prized gift. It was their cultural belief that all things were connected, and the only way the planet continued to function smoothly as it had for so long was by reciprocation. If any Basalt refused to lay down its body and give energy back to the planet, the planet would in turn withhold the energy and resources needed to create new life. As their bodies neared the end of their life cycle, they would start to grow tired and a little weaker, which was a sign that their end time was approaching. But, their bodies did not completely shut down, forcing death on them. Instead, the Basalt made a choice to pass their energy on, in which case their bodies died and decayed back into the ground. The Basalt treasured their lifetime as a generous loan, but never viewed it as an entitlement or something they could earn.
Though there were many villages scattered about the sea floor, the heart of the Basalt nations was Luap, the ancient city. All elders resided in Luap and preserved the cultural way of the people. The Basalt had the deepest respect for the elders because they served as spiritual leaders and advisors. Everyone in Luap had an important role to play; there were hunters, designers, engineers, scientists, entertainers, and many more professions. Having such expanded years of life, often the Basalt learned many trades and enjoyed whatever knowledge they could gain.
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