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. If you missed part 1, the Tendraam, check it out here.
Brubus: POLITICAL - CONNIVING - SKITTISH
The Brubus are a gelatinous, bird-like race that spends an immense amount of time on social preening and the establishment of a proper Pecking Order. They speak almost purely in the passive voice and avoid saying anything that could count as a commitment to another, so as to avoid favor repayment. The Brubus are exceptionally politically minded. Their insight into the behavior and desires of other creatures has earned them status as Farseers by the Tendraam, when in reality they only see into others as a way to move themselves up an ever revolving and complicated social hierarchy, referred to as the Pecking Order. The Brubus actually invented the concept of Marlaa when they realized that the Tendraam had a natural reverence for “plants”, which the Brubus, being groundbound, counted as. The Brubus use and abuse the Tendraam frequently, though the Tendraam are completely unaware by virtue of their faith, and are always happy to help, because Maarla.
Lacking in any real warrior tendencies or proper means to defend themselves, the Brubus rely on the manipulation of other Brubus and the Tendraam to survive. They seem to be aware of their own lack of survivability, having even taken a twisted logic to it - that their inability to survive on their own gives them rightful place over other creatures. Brubus are not impressed by feats of raw strength, but rather by the moving of minds. Like Roman politicians, Brubus puff themselves up and talk for hours on end in the hopes of winning friends and allies. While not talking, they’re arranging for unfortunate events and rumor circulation to bring down those outside their small, inner circles. They are frequently found gathered around pontification stones and statues to the Highest Pecker, whomever is the current 1st rank in the Pecking Order.
While Hewgo’s feats of intellectual power were initially impressive to the Brubus, his blatant wheeling-and-dealing has brought scorn on him by most all Brubus, who see him as a grave threat to each of their places in the great Pecking Order. But some among them are trying to court this all-powerful being to rise up the ranks, to what can only be disasterous effect...What do you think of the Brubus? Head into the forums to discuss before the revealing of the 3rd race that claims the Tundra as its home!
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