- saza is an earth-like planet
- it is inhabited by humans
- the inhabitants consits of two ethnic groups: the 'normal' people and their 'gods'
- the gods are a technically advanced part of mankind there
- those gods live in space station above the planets atmosphere
- gods let 'normal' people work for them
- 'normals' are rather medieval
- gods get their planetary supply by sacrifices of food and raw materials like ore
- the geography is not yet worked out
- this was thought of to combine a medieval setting with a sci-fi setting in an intresting way
The language goshpysheshta is spoken by humans on the world they call saza. This world – it is of course a celestial body, a planet – is ruled by the folks of divinity. At least this is how they are honourably adressed by the people on the planet surface. In fact, they are just a technological advanced part of the human race that once inhabited the planet. Nowadays, the divine part of the inhabitants lives in huge space stations far above the planet’s surface. The ‘normal’ folks live on the surface and breed the nourishment for their so-called gods.
These normal folks speak the language goshpysheshta. The gods understand it, but the two groups have separated so long ago, they now speak two totally different languages. Despite the fact that the normal folks are ruled by their gods, they have a considerable living: mostly, they will till the fields, care for the fruit trees and domesticate various kinds of animals for their leather, milk, eggs and whatsoever. They are a quite medival society, although a lot more peaceful. Everything is centered around the gods, because it is not a question of religious believe, like it is in our world. The gods actually exist and they come to demand their regular sacrifices.
The centuries and the many generations in space stations have changed the shape of the god’s bodies. They are very tall and slim. Often, they don’t like to go to the planet surface, because of the gravity they are not used to. For that reason and to prevent riots or anything, they developed special planetary suits. These suits provide them armor, strength and information. Also, they just appear far more impressive and frightening than they would without these full body mails.
As you can imagine, this imbalance in power has had a huge impact on the cultures of both sides. But since I’m working on the language of the medival folks on the planet surface, I will concentrate my little conworlding approach on that part for now.
The sacrifices on which the god’s are almost totally dependent on for their survival are the central part of the ‘earthly’ culture. There is an established religious institution, simply called the temple - ‘dathakhezhype’ – because there is no need to distinguish between different religions. This temple manages the sacrifices and organises their scheduling. The sacrifices itself work via teleportation. The custodian, sent from above, inspects the sacrifice and teleports it into the depots of the the space station. Of course, the people on the ground believe in the magic the god’s apply to have their sacrifice – but for the latter it is just a handy technology, because it’s comfortable and impressing at the same time. In that manner, almost all inhabitants of the planet work for the supply of the space station above without really knowing it. Actually, the knowledge that the two groups where once one is lost and also abandoned by the gods (of course – who wouldn’t in such a comfortable situation).
So the life of a simple individual on the planet’s surface is full of agricultural work with rather simple tools. Well, sometimes the gods provide ‘magical’ help in form of gadets and benefitting weather changes. But they avoid to give too much of their technology into the hands of their voluntary slave workers, to keep them from becoming too eager. The farthest step they took in providing their technology is in the provision of weaponry for the ‘judges’. These are individuals specially chosen by the temple, who are trained from a very young age on to police the inhabitants. For this task, they get a weapon of rather incredible power. These judges are consulted whenever there is an argument that cannot be solved. This action was implemented to avoid riots and to keep the internal balance of the society. Nevertheless, the judges are concerned with the planetary inhabitant and have no closer contact to the gods aswell.
How the gods became gods
Once upon a time, that means over 3000 years ago, the two divided groups where one. Basically, they inhabited the planet and lived more or less peacefully together. Actually, they got their technology quite far. Obviously, they had to develop space travel of some kind. The same way things went on our earth, things went on saza: First there were weapons, then there was space travel. War was, as it is in our world, a daily event. Somewhere there was war - all the time. When the hate grew stronger and the weapon arsenal became more and more devastating, some of the noblemen (the rich ones ;-) ) decided to flee and set up a space station. This idea became extremely popular as more and more leaders threatend their enemies with the use of weapons of mass destruction. Soon, the project was more a space village than a space station. Although their idea may seem very paranoid, their fears finally came true. While the planet's surface burned under fires hotter than the star the planet revolves around, the aristocrates were safe in their space stations, watching the horror from above.
So life became very hard on both sides. The surface was ruined, dark clouds of ashes and smoke darkened the atomsphere. People could only surve in cellars or bunkers. But, because life is unflinching, some of the people from the former surface survived and managed to survive. They found out how to gather food under those horrible conditions. The aristocrats had technical devices for this purpose, although they where in some concerns still dependend on surface goods like water and raw materials. But no matter how often they went down to get supply, they never felt the urge to settle the surface again, because it was just a desert of ashes and ruins.
So it came that the space colony grew faster and had a huge advance in technology. And with the years and generations to come, the visits of those aristocrats became more and more mystical to the folks on the planet until the aristorats managed to convince larger parts of the surface population of their divine nature.
So 'today', there are no remains of the old planetary culture that blew itself to death. At least nowhere on the surface...
NEW: The society on the planet
As we now know, the people on the surface started to believe in the supernatural powers of the space settlers. Due to two factors the knowledge of their "once been one"-history was lost. The first one is the huge amount of time that passed since the devastation of the surface. The second one is the lack of remains. They have been destroyed in the war and, when the space settlers realised their potential, have been destroyed by them to prevent the planetaries to find out about their past.
'Today' (still ~3000 years after), the society on the planet is virtually led by their rulers in the upper atmosphere. Because of the gods need for supply in forms of food and raw material, the gatherers of those, namely farmers and miners, are of the highest social rank. It is the duty of the farmer to bring a part of his crops for sacrifice. The farmer has to make sure that the goods he provides are of a high standard. Anyways, the farmer is often not the one who actually reaps and sows or domesticates and butchers. He is often the head of a larger group of people who work on a farm. These contain his family and workers from the temple and the villages around. The same holds for the mines and the forests. Although wood is a material that is used on the planet a lot, but rather seldom on the space station.
The temple plays an important role in the structure of the society. There are several different tasks the temple fulfills. First of all, the temple building is the place of worship. It is often near the sacrifce altars. Sometimes these altars are even be included in the temple site. But besides this infrastructure, the temple also coordinates the people. In every temple there is one zhakhisekittha, a custodian, who is the contact to the gods. He is the one who receives commands and demands directly. He is also responsible for carrying them out. It is normal and encouraged within society for teenagers of both sexes to go to the temple and offer their workforce there. With these kind of monks, who will work there for several years, the custodian can support the farmers to make sure the sacrifice will contain enough resources.
Most of the settlements are divided into districts, with each district having one temple. This makes the village where the temple in located an important place in the everyday life. These villages are often the biggest and wealthiest in the district.
To be continued.