tendraam

No massive adventure game is complete without some colorful characters to harass along the way. In Crashlands, we wanted to take the opportunity of an open game world to add to the Butterscotch universe and expand our cast of races. Meet the Races is a 3 part series exploring the major species you'll come into contact with - and help - throughout your Crashlands journey.

TENDRAAM: ZEALOUS - NATURALISTS - FLIGHTY

The Tendraam are a highly superstitious race of flying, furry goat people. Their horns and hooves resemble roots and leaves for camouflage, while their brown fur has varying hues from brownish-green to orange to better match the landscape of the Savannah (and avoid the many predators that make their home there).

The likeness of Tendraam horns and hooves to plants has given rise to their deep belief in a plant-based god, whom they refer to as Maarla. Maarla does not appreciate having her plants trod upon, so Tendraam take great care in not touching the ground. They fly about for most of their adult lives, flitting just slightly above the ground.

A flight of Tendraam

Tendraam are not particularly intelligent. Their deep belief in Maarla has led to a dualistic understanding of the world - the Tendraam understand things in only two categories: Sentients, and Plants. Anything that touches the ground is a Plant, and therefore a sacred expression of Maarla. Anything that does not (including themselves) is a sentient, and should strive for Plant-like purity.

Flux’s crash from space onto Woanoape causes the Tendraam to view her as a transcendent of sorts - since she was once a Sentient (airborne) but has somehow become a Plant. They believe that Juicebox, Flux's robot sidekick, is the Sentient disciple of Flux, an everliving servant and worshipper. This causes the sassy Juicebox no shortage of annoyance.

Hewgodooko (previously known as "Q")
Hewgo caught in a moment of thought, probably about how to kill you.

Hewgodooko (a.k.a. "Hewgo"), the game's villain, is viewed as the antithesis of Maarla - he is a 'devil' of sorts to the Tendraam. Hewgo floats, is therefore Sentient, but has no reverence for any Plant, as his mass destruction of anything that annoys him attests. The Tendraam fear him greatly and wish to push him out of the Savannah. Flux’s arrival makes them excited for this possibility to become a reality.

Expressions of Maarla
The things Tendraam gather around are often strange plantlife, which they view as sacred.

The Tendraam can be found gathered around “Expressions of Maarla” - rare plant life or plants that are growing in inappropriate places. They also setup sites of worship using their grown lamps, and by coaxing massive Lightroots to the surface with a yet undocumented power.