Eivissa

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Eivissa is a small settlement of dogs and hybrids located on the Pityusic (or Pine) Islands - specifically Ibiza, part of the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain. Descended from Ibizan Hounds, Podencos, Galgos et al, the inhabitants of Eivissa are strongly doggish, although some hybrids have crept in over the years.

A few days' sailing from the sea city of Barcelona, while Eivissa isn't a prominent part of any trade route, with few large predators and idyllic white sand beaches it's seen as something of a haven (by the locals, at least) nonetheless.

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  • Location: Ibiza, Pityusic Islands
  • Status: REQUEST. More Information
  • Demonym: Eivissencs (Catalan), Ibicencos (Spanish)
  • Languages Spoken: English, Catalan, Spanish
  • Archetype (Group): Traditional, strong sense of community
  • Archetypes (Individuals): Crafters, farmers, entertainers, hunters, sailors
  • Foundation: ~1995
  • Species: Dog (85%), Hybrids (10%), Wolf (5%)
  • Population: ~50 (90%+ Luperci)

Table of Contents (hide)

  1.   1.  Essentials
    1.   1.1  Geography
    2.   1.2  Climate
    3.   1.3  Flora and Fauna
  2.   2.  Culture
    1.   2.1  Species
    2.   2.2  Outsider Relations & Travel
  3.   3.  Structure
  4.   4.  Religion
  5.   5.  Significant Families
    1.   5.1  Rovira
    2.   5.2  Serra
    3.   5.3  Ochoa
    4.   5.4  Cigne
  6.   6.  Notes

1.  Essentials

1.1  Geography

Eivissa is the larger of the Pine Islands, situated about 90km from the Spanish mainland. The island is rocky, mostly made up of limestone, but it boasts a huge variety of beaches, from rugged cliffs in the Northeast to picturesque white sand beaches and coves.

As the name Pine Islands would suggest, there are large wooded areas as well as rock and sand; there's a great deal of farmland as well as an area of wetland.

There is only one river, sections of which dry up during the blazing Summers, but there are numerous springs and wells elsewhere on the island which Luperci tend to center their homes around.

1.2  Climate

Eivissa enjoys a Mediterranean climate with long, hot Summers and shorter, wetter Winters which are still balmy compared to 'Souls.

1.3  Flora and Fauna

Flora

The island is home to almost a thousand species of flora, including:

Fauna

There are almost no large predators on Eivissa, while there are many species of small prey, as well as lizards, marine mammals and a large variety of water birds.

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2.  Culture

2.1  Species

Predominantly dogs and hybrids, with the occasional wolf from farther afield.

Luperci & Shifting

Almost solely Luperci; most strongly favour their Optime form, though they may shift down to Lupus or (more rarely) Secui to hunt small game.

Languages

Catalan is spoken by the vast majority, though a good proportion know English as well and will use it to communicate with outsiders. Eivissencs may also know Spanish and may speak it when addressing mainlanders.

Technology

Eivissa is around Bronze Age technology, largely due to the mixing of Luperci from mainland Europe with the locals. Restoration of human buildings is mostly confined to simple repairs and maintenance of the Ibizan fincas which stood on the island for years before the humans' demise.

Animals & Companions

Most animals are seen as prey or livestock; few are kept for companionship, though some birds of prey may be used for hunting small game and a few of the more genteel canines may keep smaller caged birds for their songs and plumage.

Boating and Sailing

Being situated on a small island most, if not all, Eivissencs have either the ability to sail or the desire to do so. Larger ships are hard to come by; the Pinaza and smaller, more rudimentary fishing vessels are more common.

Agriculture

Some of the Luperci of Eivissa have taken up the farms left behind by humans to grow crops including olives and almonds; many keep pigs while some also keep sheep and goats. Salt is collected near the coast.

Liqueurs

Traditional liqueuers are made on the island, flavoured with local fruits and spices. These tend to be stronger and more valuable than wine, something the locals use to their advantage. Liqueuers (if not medicinal) are traditionally only taken after a meal.

Residence

The more well off Eivissencs live in the remains of the traditional Fincas - stone and wood farmhouses. Others live in huts on the beaches and others have built rudimentary dwellings close to water sources. These Luperci-built dwellings are most concentrated around the island's only river.

Practices & Traditions

Folk Dances

Ball Pag├Ęs

Dances between men and women which showcase not only music and movement, but the jewellery and dress which the islanders have obtained. Often part of larger fiestas.

Ball de Bastons

A ritual weapon dance performed by prospective warriors. Rarer than the other traditional dances due to the island's largely peaceful nature.

Pig Slaughter

The pig slaughter is an old tradition handed down by humanity. All permanent resident families will fatten a pig during the year and often more than one family will come together to celebrate continued prosperity. All parts of the pig are either consumed during the celebrations or preserved for future consumption.

Water

The island is arid in places and the celebration and preservation of fresh water are important. These celebrations often coincide with the folk dances and take place close to wells or springs. It's seen as highly disrespectful to waste water.

Gender and Sexuality

Eivissencs generally have a relaxed attitude towards sexuality. While traditional gender roles aren't enforced too strictly, there are unspoken expectations:

  • Women tend to take care of the growing of crops and livestock
  • Males tend towards being warriors, hunters and sailors
  • Either sex may craft and trade items

Families and Family Structures

Family ties are important, and Eivissencs carry out many activities as families, particularly when youngsters are at foot. It's seen as important to instill traditions in younger canines through the family. If someone outside the family helps a pup through a rite of passage or important milestone it's viewed as an insult to the family.

Behavior

Vices

Substance use isn't uncommon and alcohol consumption is common, though usually in moderate quantities. Substances tend towards things which will relax (e.g. Cannabis) and hallucinogens.

2.2  Outsider Relations & Travel

Travel

While not a major port, the inhabitants of Eivissa are able to trade with mainland Spain, especially via Barcelona. Through its links to Spain some more ambitious Eivissencs have made it to Lisbon and beyond.

Outsiders

Eivissencs are typically welcoming to outsiders, especially dogs, unless they cause trouble. Wolves, coyotes and jackals are treated with anything ranging from wariness to fascination purely because they're rarely found on the island.

3.  Structure

While there's no strict structure of government on Eivissa, elders from successful families are often sought out for their experience and advice. Families tend to resolve matters between themselves, or with the help of their neighbours if no resolution can be reached.

4.  Religion

Unlike their human predecessors who were mostly Roman Catholic, most of the Luperci on Eivissa are polytheistic with elements of Phoenician religion. Though levels and objects of devotion vary between families, most believe in a deity.

Deities

Astarte & Tanit

Goddesses of sexuality, fertility, water and war, they are the most commonly worshipped on Eivissa

Eshmun & Melqart

Gods of the underworld, health, healing, agriculture and scholarly pursuits.

Ceremonies

If your canines celebrate particular holidays or religious observances, describe them here. This space can also be used for the description of rituals and the like.

5.  Significant Families

5.1  Rovira

The Rovira family are one of the oldest families on the island. They're nearly all some sort of Podenco and they mostly consist of farmers and herders.

5.2  Serra

The Serra family lay claim to some of the island's highest elevations. Traditionally warriors and hunters and a little more feral than other families, they've been known to poach from the Rovira's herds.

5.3  Ochoa

A small and newly established family on the island, the Ochoas have more Iberian Wolf features than the other, more dog-heavy, families. They're seen as somewhat enigmatic since their roots are in the Spanish mainland rather than Eivissa itself.

5.4  Cigne

The Cigne family have a deep love of water and the ocean. Some have left the island to explore new worlds, making their resident numbers small but storied.

6.  Notes

Status

  • Creator: Rat — see Wiki page for contact information.
  • Status: REQUEST.
    • You can also check out Rat's Adoptions to see if I have any available Eivissenc characters.

Inconsistencies

  1. The deities are fudged. Majorly.
  2. Iberian wolves don't exist on Ibiza in reality.

References

  1. Ibiza
  2. Podenco breeds
  3. Galgo dog

Name Meanings

  1. Eivissa is the Catalan name for Ibiza
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