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Dangers of the Na'asho-bíla'i- Tunnels - Tourist's 8/22/2023 3:26pm
Sorry for the incorrect tag; previous post is regarding @Jira, Clairvoyant
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Dangers of the Na'asho-bíla'i- Tunnels - Tourist's 8/22/2023 3:13pm
Kéyas, in the dich'a'án, are essentially districts. They function a bit like Human countries, having their own president and all that, but all if the kéyas maintain close diplomatic relationships, and everyone is allowed to live and work in any kéya as long as they were born in the dich'a'án.
Kéya 7 is one of the lowest-income kéyas, and because of this they have notoriously bad infrastructure. tunnels are often incorrectly marked, confusing tourists and locals alike, their suno'a'áns regularly get clogged, and cave-ins are not infrequent. Despite all of this, many parts of Kéya 7 are quite the tourist trap; tourism agencies often market it as "an authentic experience in Na'ash culture", and so it has become quite notorious for dumb tourists.
Dangers of the Na'asho-bíla'i- Tunnels - Tourist's 5/16/2023 6:34pm
First, a bit of backstory:
Ok, so I'm Na'ash, right? So usually during the summer me and my family take the WyrmTrak down to the Hollow Earth to see our Na'ash relatives (and usually I try to see my disc friends as well) down in the dich'a'á-n. (you prob call them the na'ash tunnels, but if u use the proper Na'asho-bíla'i-'in vocab down here everyone would love it.) But because of the cave-ins, we unfortunately couldn't make it this year.
Anyways, Surface media doesn't really cover a lot of Na'ash news so you might not have heard about it, but a few weeks ago there were all of the huge cave-ins that happened all over the dich'a'á-n. Basically, the dich'a'á-n are way less geologically stable then the surface, because, since we're closer to Earth's center or gravity, we're spinning a good bit slower than the surface, and that lost centrifugal force is really detrimental to the geological stability down here. (idk if thats exactly how that works thats just what my brother told me.) So while that minor rift opening back in March only caused some earthquakes n stuff up on the surface, hundreds of miles of the dich'a'á-n caved in and killed a lot of ppl. one of my pure Na'ash discord friends actually got caught up in all of it, he ended up being fine but he actually had to drop his tail. Wild stuff. Theres a huge heat famine going on rn too, since we're cold-blooded, and a lot of our suno'a'á (vents that go down to the core in order to heat up the dich'a'á-n) collapsed in the cave-ins. More people actually died because of the famine then the actual cave-ins. This was also kinda because of the embezellment of funds going towards replacing the less stable outdated suno'a'á-n by Zá- but that's a whole other thing. The point is, a lot of people died, and it really crippled the economy, so we're not really in a welcoming mood rn. Considering the state of the dich'a'á-n right now, A lot of folks have a pretty sour taste in their mouth, and might be more irritable towards tourists right now. That doesn't mean you can't come. In fact we would love for you to help restimulate the economy, you just gotta be respectful, and follow these rules:
1. Don't talk about the cave-ins.
Just don't risk it. Even if you think you're talking with someone chill, everyone has a different experience and outlook. its just not worth talking about.
2. Respect Tunnel Closures.
If a tunnel is closed, don't try to sneak in. Seriously. You don't want to be remembered as the guy found crushed by a boulder in a closed tunnel in kéya- 7 just because you wnated to be a little rebel, after reading a guide that told you explicitly to not do that. all that newly-dislodged dirt is also a total breeding ground for wyrms.
3. Prepare for the Heat.
This applies to pretty much anytime you want to visit, but I'll say it here anyways: because of our position close to the core, the dich'a'á-n often reaches a temperature of over 50° C (122° F). We have systems in place to accomodate tourists when it comes to the heat, but you don't want to come unprepared. pack light clothes (no one will care if u take ur shirt off down here), Bring a ton of water, and monitor the temperature pretty closely.
4. Watch Your Head.
The average Na'asho-bíla'i- Is only about 145 cm (about 4' 10"), so all the architecture is designed for people that are likely a lot shorter than you. This just means you usually have to duck when going through doors or while under most ceilings.
5. Don't Go Insane.
A lot of surface-dwellers already exhibit a lot of signs of claustrophobia and solar withdrawal while in the open areas of the Hollow Earth, and coming down into the dich'a'á-n makes these a thousand times worse. Sorry, light elementals, but a vacation in the dich'a'á-n is pretty much off the table for you.
6. Learn the Local Dialect.
Pretty much everyone down here speak at least one human language, but since its not like we're geographically closer to any other human nations, It's just a melting pot of different common languages. English is the most common but a lot of people down here speak Spanish, Mandarin, French, Arabic, Swahili, etc. Chances are if you speak a pretty common language, you'll be able to communicate fine, But its always polite to learn some local phrases. Here's a couple:
(Btw, the apostrophe is a glottal stop, like the dash in uh-oh, and the hyphen just means the preceding vowel is geminated, which means you just say it for longer. Vowels with accents are short, all others are long)
Hello - Zá-'vák
Goodbye - Zá-'vázok
How Are You? - ¿Nu-k'úl'nek?
Welcome - Á-'á-pin
Thank You - Zá-'mí'ázi'úz'u-
I need help - I-'ázánín i'upa
I need to get to [place] - I-'ázánín lan lo'komin la [place]
My name is [name] - [name] en I-'méta
The dialect changes slightly with region, but everyone will get what you're saying with these phrases. Na'asho-bíla'i-'in is on Duolingo now by the way so Its a lot easier to study now.
Plz be patient with our accents btw, we have to replicate a lot of human sounds with choanal equivalents.
7. Prepare for Culture Shock.
A lot of human travelers think that just because they've been to bunch of human countries, they won't have any problem here. But well, we're not human. Most people don't wear clothes, All food is free, All children are homeschooled, Eating dust has become trendy, Fighting is of great cultural importance, and you'll see people fighting in public all the time, and sugar, alcohol, and bunch of other human foods are poisonous to us, so you wont find much comfort food down here.
Aaaand that's about it. I know a lot of you here at PsyHigh are the adventurous type, so I thought I'd put this out there. I'm not trying to scare you away, I just want to make sure that your trip to the dich'a'á-n is as great as can be. ¡Zá-'mí'ázi'úz'u- pa li'i'a'u-!