This is my "head-cannon" of their back-stories; childhoods and family. As a note, I do not do happy childhoods, as I feel that those are fake. I sure as hell didn't have one, and I bet not a single one of you can say that you had a happy childhood, either. With that out of the way:
Maternal Grandfather - NEJ Mint-coloured and robust, but elderly. Like Zileh, he was a veteran of an "Foreign Planet War" and lost his left antenna, right eye, left arm, and half his tail in the war. Even so, he was a gregarious sort and loved his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren very much. He was closest to Pound, often telling him his old war stories (as Vexx didn't really care and he didn't want to trouble Xed with such things). He told him that he "Fought these strange folks on a desert world--hot as hell, I tell ya. Anyway, these people...I don't know if they really had faces or not, but all I could see were these glowing gold eyes in all this black. Kept themselves all covered in these robes. 'Bout as small as us, but sneaky. Sneaky-sneaky. Couldn't turn your back on one, even civilians. One of 'em, he had a bomb. Took out my arm, antenna, and half my tail. Shrapnel got my eye. Even so, I managed to get the rest of my platoon out of there. War's hell, Pound. I know your daddy wants you to join up, but don't. It ain't worth it."
Father - ZILEH Orange like him, but more "built". Veteran of a rather bloody war and had flash backs. As a nod at Pound's production name, his father's name is Zileh. Was a career soldier.
Mother - REI Dull brown like all females and a tad chubby. She was a bartender. Tried her best to be jovial, but with all the problems at home, she had trouble. She served Bilik, a type of rum native to their planet. Like her children, she too, was an "army brat".
Older sister - VEXX Quite a bit older than Pound, in her teen stage while he's still in his child stage and tended to stay away from the rest of the family. Matte brown and a little fat. Sarcastic as hell and loved to smoke. Loved computers and machines.
Younger brother - XED About the equivalent of three or four years younger than Pound. Orange like him, but thin. Sweet natured and jovial, but dislikes being treated like he is weaker than every one else. He has a version of Cerebral Palsy and is confined to, what is essentially, a wheel-chair.
Father - TIDAK Violet like him and built the same. Was a priest of their people's religion and was a stern, abusive son of a bitch. Wore reflective sunglasses and kept the lower half of his face concealed. Bit of a busy body, too. Convinced that everyone was going to their faith's equivalent of Hell ("Neraka").
Mother - NEIN Dull brown and slender. She was an alcoholic--like a drunk at 10 in the morning on a Tuesday alcoholic. Deeply loathed Tidak, her husband.
Older sister: NIET Just a tad older than him. Bony and dull brown with round metal glasses. Extremely depressed all the time and tried to kill herself at one point. Given to crying spells.
Older brother: NIHIL Violet and more built like their mother. He was strongly against their father's dogmatism and would pick at that as much as he could, often getting popped across the face for his "blasphemy". He seemed to hate the rest of the family but "tolerated" Bupkus, seeing them all as "inferior". Given to science and something of an anarchist. Reminds me a bit of Father Vincent from Silent Hill 3. Eldest.
Father - BATRE Looked exactly like him, but killed himself while Bang was still a Nymph. When he was still alive, he studied "the metaphysical sciences".
Mother - REND Dahlia Gillespie. That is all. She was built like him, but brown (like all females). She was an occutist, but delved deeper into black magic after the death of his father, even dabbling in necromancy at one point. Attempts to kill Bang. He was put in a foster home afterwards.
Foster Father - NHAN Yellow and unusually short (like, as short as Nawt) with "Buddy Holly glasses". He was a professor at the local University, teaching languages. He was kind and gentle, always trying to include Bang with the rest of the family, but lil' greenie never really wanted to open up to him and become part of their family. To him, he was always "that green one in the yellow family". However, Bang did learn to speak two other languages from Nhan, resulting in him being trilingual ("English", "Hsunese" (the Nerdlucks' original language), and "Sprache" (the native language of Swackhammer's species (that I'm calling "Behordan").).)
Foster Mother - TUSCIA Mid-height and coffee-coloured. She was a cheerful home-maker who loved Bang as much as she did her own son, Rive.
Foster Brother - RIVE Lemon yellow and medium height with round glasses and a couple scars here and there. He is about the same age as Bang, but was kidnapped a few years back (prior to Bang being adopted). He was taken by a group of Behordan teenagers as part of a snuff-film ring. They would take young Nerdluck children and torture them to death on camera, passing the tapes around. They took children indiscriminately, making them difficult to catch. Eventually, they were caught and Rive (as well as a few others) were rescued and returned to their families. Rive developed a bit of agoraphobia after the incident, but would still try his best to socialize with his new adopted brother.
Father - XOOM More blood red than him and tall and gangly. Overly skinny and a drug addict, using "skeebo", a drug not unlike heroin on their planet. He was a compulsive gambler and ended up gambling with the wrong people. Beaten nearly to death. Extremely neglectful.
Mother - NULA A lot like his dad--addicted to "skeebo", too. She later dies of an overdose. Brown and shorter. Neglectful.
Twin brother - NIL was his name and the two of them were mono-zygotic "egg-mates" (twins). Despite the fact that they looked exactly alike, Nil was given to crime--a lot more like their parents. He started off with simple things; shop lifting, petty vandalism--and moved up to more serious crimes (arson, specifically). The two of them were later moved with their childless aunt and uncle.
Uncle - CRAM He was a craftsman; worked with wood. He was Puce in colour and medium height with a dull brown bow-tie. Kindly and took Nil and Nawt as his own.
Paternal Aunt - NUKA She was dull brown and medium height. She was a tailor and loved both boys very much, but was disdainful of her brother's choices and his wife. Sad that she could never have little nymphs of her own, though.
Father - ZOT Tall and blue, just like him. He wore thin, rectangular glasses and was a lawyer. Highly intelligent, but amoral, narcissistic and an egotist, as well as being extremely arrogant. ("Truth itself is a lie. It is simply a matter of who's "truth" is more...convincing. Once you can understand that, "truth" becomes your tool. It's how I make my money, Zilch. Become a lawyer; decide what "truth" is, and make others see your "truth"." "You know, they call me "the litterbug" because of all the trash I dump on the street. It's satisfying--especially when morality says that that person should be locked up to manipulate 12 people--and a judge--into letting that piece of filth walk free. Morality is a disease, Zilch. Your stupid brother will never understand that, but you--you know. You're smart enough to see just how idiotic everyone else is. Morality. Truth. These are tools. When you learn to use them, you'll be a god, like me.")
Mother - IOTA Tall and pale brown. Like her husband, she, too, was condescending and critical, wont to demean every one around her and outright ignored Blanko unless she was upset with him. She was a doctor. ("Blanko is a lost cause, Zilch. Pointless. Stupid. Useless. You, though, you're smart." she sighs, "It is one hell of a trip, Zilch. Life and death in your hands. You decide who lives and who dies. If that's not being a god, then I don't know what is. Can you imagine it? The power. The control. Become a doctor, Zilch. Hold the keys of life and death. We are the real gods; not Cahaya, not Gelap, and sure as hell not Kematian. We--the doctors--we are the real gods and goddesses--not some abstract concepts concocted by our superstitious ancestors, the poor old sods. Be a god, Zilch.")
Younger Sister - ZILCH Not much younger than him--only the equivalent of a year of two. As lanky as him, but tan. She was highly intelligent--a genius, even. She was given to technology and became an engineer. Though she tried to treat him with kindness, she still looked down on him as an inferior. After becoming an engineer, their parents disown her, calling her "a glorified mechanic". Blanko tries to console her, and in her anger and her pain, she responds with: "It's easy for you. I was the one they were proud of; I was the one they loved."
Now, for religion. All cultures have to have a religion, even if it is eventually deemed obsolete. Can't think of a name for the actual faith right now, but here's what I have. I'll eventually put a creation myth on here, too.
Main deity - Goddess, and creator of their world and their people aeons ago. Name is Cahaya. She is not only the Goddess of creation, she is also the Goddess of light. She holds her throne in Syurga.
Love Goddess - Cinta, resides in Syurga
Kindness God - Kebaikan, resides in Syurga (brother to Kekeja)
Hope God - Harapan, resides in Syurga
Children's Goddess - Penga, resides in Syurga
War/Courage God - Keberanian, resides in Syurga
Truth Goddess - Jujur, Resides in Syurga
Honor and Duty God - Penghormatan, Resides in Syurga
Knowledge Goddess - Tahu, Resides in Syurga
Justice God - Keadilan, resides in Syurga
Goddess of Chance and Fate - PeluangNasib, resides in Syurga
Commerce God - Perdagan, Resides in Syurga
Joy God - Ramah Mesra, Resides in Syurga
Dark God - He is a trickster and a god of trechery. Gelap is his name. He is the brother to Cahaya and ruler of Neraka. He was the one who tricked Cahaya into granting the Nerdluck peoples the ability to "steal" talents and shape-shift, calling them "pets" to her and saying that they needed a means to defend themselves.
Death God - Kematian, the right hand man of Gelap. He is the God of death, destruction, and natural disasters.
Greed God - Tamak, resides in Neraka
Lust Goddess - Nafsu, resides in Neraka
Vanity Goddess - Sia-Sia, resides in Neraka
Sloth God - Malas, resides in Neraka
Anger God - Murka, resides in Neraka
Envy God - Iri Hati, resides in Neraka
Cruelty Goddess - Kekeja, resides in Neraka
The Neutral Deities reside in a neutral realm called Pusat.
Balance Goddess - Baki, ruler of Pusat.
Harvest Goddess - Penuai, resides in Pusat
Sea Goddess - Laut, resides in the seas of Pusat
Land Goddess - Tanah, said to reside in a great gave in Pusat
Fire Goddess - Kebakara, said to reside inside of an active volcano in Pusat
Sky Goddess - Langit, said to reside in the skies of Pusat themselves
Summer God - Panas
Spring Goddess - Wiosna
Fall Goddess - Iuruh
Winter God - Sejuk
Lolidunno, some of my headcannon on their species, because I'm bored (recovering from two surgeries this year, you know?) and it's been a while since I left a journal. Also, time now for the biologist in me to come out. Whee.
About Nerdlucks, themselves:
*Lifespan = ~320 years, slow ageing.
*Egg takes 3 years to hatch.
*Hatch blind and deaf. Gain the ability to hear at one week, gain sight at two weeks.
*Takes 50 years to reach...eh...puberty
*70 'till adulthood. Old age sets in at 275.
*Females are always a dull brown. Males are colourful.
*Egg (3 years)-> Hatchling (0-28)-> Nymph(28-70)-> Adult(70-160)-> Middle Aged(160-275)-> Elder(275-death)
*They age at one-quarter of the age of human beings, so to deduce their age equivalent, multiply the human year by four or divide the Nerdluck year by four. For instance; 80 Nerdluck years, divided by four equals 20 human years, meaning that at the age of 80, they are the equivalent of 20 human years.
*Twins occur very, very rarely and are called "Egg-mates", while twin birth is called "Dual Hatch". Twins are always monozygotic.
*Their ability to absorb the skills of other beings and shapeshift cuts their lifespan. The longer they spend shape-shifted, the more life is deducted from their lifespan.
*Antennae serve the purpose of augmenting hearing and scent. While they can smell through their noses like most species, finer scents are detected through their antennae. The same goes for hearing; they hear through internal eardrums, but use their antennae to pick up on more subtle sounds and vibrations, making them very sensitive to high-frequency sounds.
*Non-defined by Earth taxonomy, they present features seen in insects, reptiles, mammals, and avians. Their antennae serve similar purposes that an insects antennae serve and their bodies are close in appearance to reptiles. They are endothermic and possess four-chambered hearts like humans, as well as forward-facing, predator's eyes. Like avians, their gender dimorphism is restricted to colour--females are always brown while males are colourful like birds. They are oviparous.
*Curiously, they are susceptible to human ailments, such as cancers (including a few cancers that are unique to them), as well as Bacterial Meningitis, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, all forms of Hepatitis, the common cold, influenza, and many others. Ketchup, milk, and coconut are poisonous to them (though, curiously, tomatoes themselves are not toxic).
Good Lord, I was bored. Well, here it is, though no one will read it. Cheery-O!