Nuevo Tejas #1

Here’s something I wrote up for a Macross RPG forum I was playing in.  For anyone who doesn’t know, I’m a Texan.  Which means I’m obsessed with Texas so I created a Texas planet so that I could have a space Texan in the game.  This is pretty long so I’m going to break it up into three chunks.

HISTORY:

When the SDF Macross evacuated Macross Island and went into space to fight the invading Zentraedi fleet, a significant portion of the American troops on the ship were from the state of Texas. Additionally, there were a few Mexican troops as well as tourists from both Texas and Mexico visiting the ship and island.

The 150 year cultural and racial merger of these two peoples was already accelerated by the virtual demolition of national borders by the world government even before the war. When the remnants of these two groups were returned to their home on Earth after the war, it was all but completed. Though many people on both sides clung to their national and racial heritage, to most outsiders, there was no difference.

Through a mixture of verbal tradition and the fairy tales told in movies and holovids, a new culture not too distant from that of the 19th century in Texas developed. A large part of this culture involved facing the wilds with sardonic bravery, pushing the boundaries of society into the wilderness, and having lots of space from neighbors. Thus, when the colonization project was announced, it took little time for enough settlers from this region to be gathered to populate a ship.

It was agreed with little dissent to head towards the Sigma Region as the natural spirit of these people was to head out rather than in. Scouting had already been performed on many of the planets and the Texan/Mexican colonists picked one with a major landmass not unlike their home.

Covered in grasslands in the north, fading to an arid, hilly region in the middle and to a jungle in the south, the eastern border was thickly forested while the western contained low, but rugged mountains. Though they brought their own animals and plants native to their homeland, as well as the cloning machines that would quickly increase their number, they found quite a few native species that were in some ways familiar and in others quite alien.

The colonists thrived on the planet, and true to form, quickly scattered with small settlements of a dozen or so families far more common than large cities.

LIFEFORMS:

The Nuevo Tejans wanted to recreate the wildlife that existed in Texas during the 18th and 19th centuries in their new home. To this end, they brought longhorn cattle, wolves, coyotes, bears, buffalo, antelopes, boars, deer, horses, sheep, and pets and novelty animals like dogs, cats, snakes, scorpions and horned toads. Additionally, their new home possessed an already thriving fauna. The three most notable of these alien animals are the Brontolos, Zergans and Devil Snakes.

Brontolos: These massive beasts are herd animals not unlike buffalo. However, they are twice the size, weighing in at 2+ tons and have a more primitive appearance. Their horns are massive structures that cover the entire upper portions of their heads. Additional bony plates protect their shoulders, spines and flanks, leaving only the sides and undersides of their bodies vulnerable to attack. Brontolos, despite, or perhaps because of, their immense size are docile creatures. They feed on grass and other vegetable matter, and, not unlike Earth elephants they are so massive that few predators dare to attack them. However, their meat is quite succulent and tasty and it didn’t take long for the new human inhabitants of the planet to discover this and begin hunting and domesticating them.

Zergans: These animals inhabit the mountains on the western part of the continent for the most part, though a few also lair in the forests to the east and all make hunting forays over the central plains. These massive, predatory birds have wingspans of 12’ or more and (other than humans with their flying machines) are the unrivalled masters of the sky. They are capable of killing and carrying off a full grown deer and even horses are not safe from the largest members of this species. Zergans have approximately the intelligence of dogs, a fact not lost on the settlers. It wasn’t long after colonizing the planet that they began the process of domesticating the beasts as riding animals.

Devil Snakes: Also known as Satan’s Serpents and Horned Vipers, these creatures are the true terrors of Nuevo Tejas. Like Earthly snakes, they hatch from eggs and are fully viable and self sufficient from birth. They average a foot long at hatching, but can grow to truly massive size. It is not uncommon to find specimens of 20’ long and they continue to grow throughout their lives. The largest example ever topped out at over 35’ hand had a half-digested, full-grown man in its stomach when it was killed. Rumors abound of even larger versions of the creature. More frightening than the creatures’ size, which generally matches that of constrictors on Earth, is the fact that they are venomous. Devil Snakes are the only native creatures known to be able to slay a Brontolo (though even the largest cannot devour such a massive beast.) Their venom can easily slay one of the two ton beasts and a human bitten by one of these vipers has only seconds to live. The most frightening trait of these beasts, however, is the fact that they possess a high level of cunning and intelligence. Though no one ascribes human levels of intelligence to them, few can argue that they are as smart as monkeys and some apes. The lack of opposable digits limits them, but Devil Snakes have an uncanny knack for ending up in surprising, seemingly impossible places, stalking their prey and setting up ambushes playing to their strengths. The names for these beasts come from the large horn like protrusions that extend from the backs of their skull. Like the pits of Earth vipers, these appendages sense heat to a remarkable degree and allow Devil Snakes to operate in absolute darkness with ease.

DEMOGRAPHICS:

Fully 99% of the population of Nuevo Tejas is human. Only 1% of the citizens of the colony are Meltrandi or Zentraedi. Of the humans, the mix is 45% hispanic, 35% white, 15% black with the remaining 5% made up of numerous other races. It should be noted, however, that an ever rising percentage of the population can no longer claim to be “purely” of one race or another. With each generation, the intermixing of the races becomes more prevalent.

LANGUAGE:

English, due to its precision and flexibility is used for all official and legal documents on Nuevo Tejas. However, because of its inherent poetry and descriptive nature, Spanish is used for most songs and art. Every Nuevo Tejan is fluent in both languages and the usual language spoken on the street is commonly referred to as Spanglish. A mixture of the two languages, Spanglish usually involves using either English or Spanish primarily while sprinkling words and phrases from the other language throughout liberally. Often, a Nuevo Tejan will switch from Spanish to English and sometimes back in the same sentence and it is not uncommon for one person in a conversation to speak primarily English while the other speaks Spanish. This is nothing unusual for Nuevo Tejans and they generally don’t even notice the changes. However, it can be unnerving and confusing for outsiders who either don’t understand or have only a limited understanding of either root language.

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