An Phar(ON FAR) are short humanoids with cloven feet. They have broad snouts, pointed ears, and stiff short hair from the top of their forehead to the base of their necks. An Phar skin color ranges from sandy brown to russet brown, and their hair color can be silver, red, brown, or black. They stand about five feet tall.
An Phar are fastidiously clean, taking multiple baths each day, which fill the social role that meals do among humans. A morning bath is usually private. The mid day bath is taken with co-workers, classmates, or neighbors. The evening bath is taken with immediate family. Most an phar eat two large meals each day whenever it is convenient, but these meals are eaten in private.
An Phar deeply enjoy discussion and friendly debate. They often become adherents to some new philosophy, then abandon it when they find something they like better. The art of the an phar is considered very dull and dry by other sapient species. They write few works of fiction, but many many books speculating about scholarly and philosophic subjects. An Phar are rarely criminals, and most are hard working, serious people.
An Phar are very status conscious, but there is ample opportunity for social advancement in their culture. An Phar are considered adults at 16 years of age, and status changes from Mi (social stigma: child) to Ka (status 0). Completing the equivalent of a college degree confers Dir status (status 1). To advance beyond this, a higher status an phar must sponsor a candidate. The sponsor writes a summary of the candidate’s achievements and character. The paper is submitted to other higher status an phar. When the sponsor gathers 20 co-sponsors, the candidate is elevated to the next tier of society. This is celebrated with a formal party, where guests give the advancing an phar gifts. An phar wear a sash, draped about the neck on formal occasions or tied around the waist day to day, which identify their social status. Parents can confer a status up to two levels beneath their own upon their children at adulthood, but this is less and less common, and those who continue the practice are sometimes thought of as old fashioned.
Social indicators are Mi (child), then, in order, Ka, Dir, Gom, Lai, Nam, Bra, Cho, and Da-Cho (who is the leader of the entire species). Retired an phar are designated Pe.
An Phar have had a unified world government for many thousands of years. The Da Cho is at the head of government, and is elected by a gathering of all Cho Phar who are able to attend upon the funeral or retirement anouncement of the previous Da-Cho. It is theoretically possible for the assembly to elect any an phar as the new Da-Cho, but in practice, only Cho Phar are considered. The Cho form official administrative bodies as needed and disband them when a need is met. Taxes are high, but an phar bear the burden cheerfully.
An Phar come from Daphar, third planet from Pra. Dapahr has only one major continent, and an phar have had a unified government for thousands of years. There are 18 colonies, and all 18 are still governed by the homeworld and the Da-Cho.
Native Gravity: 1.1G
Temperature Range: 40º -95º 70º
Taboos: communal eating, nudity, excretion, incest, cannibalism
Family Life: pair bonding, parents raise young, recreational sex in
Society Notes: Unified Interworld Demcratic Dictatorship
Major Languages: Dala
An Phar names are complex, and tell a lot of information about the individual. Names consist of 5 to 7 short words.
The first name indicates status. They are, in ascending rank, Ka, Dir, Gom, Lai, Nam, Bra, Cho, and Da-Cho. There is only one Da-Cho at a time, selected by all the Cho able to assemble. there are two special status indicators. Mi is used for children, and Pe is used for retired an phar.
The second name indicates gender. Males are No, females are Ro.
The third name is a family name. Parents alternate passing their family names to their progeny.
The fourth name is a personal name. It is one or two syllables long.
Next is an indicator of marital status. Lo indicates an unmarried an phar. Lom means that the an phar is married, without children. Los signifies a parent. This part of the name is dropped from a child’s name entirely, and Pe Phar always have the Los name, as they are treated as everyone’s parent, even if they are childless.
The final part of the name is Phar, an honorific (like Mr. or -san).
Below is a list of sample an phar names, including the names of the current Da-Cho and his son.
Mi-Ro Pok Dif Phar
Ka-Ro Tolz Shog-Lo Phar
Dir-Ro Pram Feek-Lom Phar
Dir-Ro Ferch Talli-Lom Phar
Gom-Ro Pluve Vita-Los Phar
Lai-Ro Diri Jom-Los Phar
Nam-Ro Glim Loddi-Los Phar
Bra-Ro Soll Tiar-Los Phar
Cho-Ro Math Aill-Los Phar
Pe-Ro Roti Norb Irda-Los Phar
Mi-No Bram Derra Phar
Ka-No Rel Rak-Lo Phar
Dir-No Brel Tom-Los Phar
Gom-No Kraw Gellim-Lom Phar
Lai-No Eck Calla-Lo Phar
Nam-No Keem Trosto-Los Phar
Bra-No Han Dint-Los Phar
Cho-No Toaz Kella-Los Phar
Da-Cho-No Bram Ard-Los Phar
Pe-No Hasht Perray-Los Phar