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Atzlan is a Dreamwalkers Cluster. While the cluster is known to relatively few outsiders, those who do come learn to see it as a place of refuge, where every aspect of the world sings in a gentle symphony, where gargantuan trees scrape the inside-out sky and gentle giants overshadow humanity.

Structure

Atzlan is an inside-out sphere and people live on the inside surface, known as the Crust. There is no outside surface as the deep caves of Atzlan connect directly into the Gyrus and the dreamworlds beyond.

Crust

Atzlan's crust is enormous and highly diverse with many different ecoregions existing together like a shifting patchwork quilt. Like Earth and Coracan, there are mountains, jungles, deserts, tundras and everything in between.

Lineage

The Ancestors are to Atzlan as the World Tree is to Sol.
It's not just a blob of ancient souls, but a lineage of peoples. All the peoples of Atzlan.
All the elders of Atzlan: past, present and emerging.
Each of Atzlan's many tribes know their own branch, but, if you go back far enough, they are all connected and this connection runs deeper than any current divisions or rivalries.

But it's more than that. Because this structure is visible in Atzlan itself
Living people reside on the Crust and are like the leaves on the vine tree
The dream-paths inward are guarded by the Ancestors. At the very centre are the original human settlers, the common Ancestors of every Atzlanian
The 'past' is very literally written into the sky. And without apocalypses to wipe it away, that history has stuck around

It's a bit like how a star a thousand light years away can only be seen as it was a thousand years ago, except on a more human timescale.
There's a whiff of last week in the treetops and a hint of your grandparent's time just above.
These time-layers are constantly being created, like tree rings and get denser toward the centre.
Individuals generally become more indistinct toward the centre with only mythic figures standing out very far in.

Inhabitants

Origins

Aboriginal Australians are believed to have been the first Atzlanians, having arrived around 50k years ago. However, there may have been older migrations more than 70-100k years ago, before humans left Africa in large numbers and before many archaeologists believe humans to have developed behavioural modernity.

Neanderthal DNA is high relative to most Earth and Coracans populations, averaging around 6%, compared to about 1-4% on Sol and Coracan. This indicates possible direct migration of late Neanderthals or early Sapiens/Neanderthal hybrids. Atzlanians also have high levels of Denisovan DNA, close to that of Aboriginal Australians and Papuans, at around 3%. Outside of SE Asia and Oceania, this percentage is very close to zero.

East Asian and other east Eurasian people are believed to have arrived 40-30k years ago (steppe peoples). DNA evidence also indicates a major influx of Coracaners around 20k years ago, the peak of the Classical Era.

The last major wave was of people indigenous to the Americas between 1492 and about 1850, fleeing colonisation.

Additionally, Atzlan is a very strong contender for being the location of the legendary Aztlan and of the Seven Caves of Chicomoztoc that the Nahua peoples originate from in their myths - an indication of occasional emigration from Atzlan.

Cultures

Human Atzlanian cultures are almost universally nomadic, hunter-gatherer societies. Although some do practice low-intensity agriculture, they almost all live on the move, travelling through many different ecoregions in tribal communities.

All Atzlanian cultures share a connection to the Lineage of Ancestors, which comprises all the events that past Atzlanians witnessed. This Lineage, which is deeply tied to the many dream-paths that are necessary to dreamwalk in the cluster, encompasses all the Ancestors of living Atzlanians. Going deeper into the cluster, towards the centre, means going back to those who are the ancestors of more and more Atzlanians. Despite their many cultural variations, they all share this Lineage and all have a ritual of connecting with the centre, the universal common ancestors, in order to become initiated adults.

Atzlanian cultures share many similarities with Aboriginal Australian and Eurasian Steppe cultures, which formed the largest and most ancient waves of migration to Atzlan, therefore having the biggest impact on culture. Atzlanians are known to have cow-like animals, live in cloth tents and have dairy products like milk and cheese as a integral part of their food culture. The concept of the Everywhen, or Dreamtime, held by Atzlanians is similar to that in Aboriginal Australian cultures, although Atzlanians see themselves as living within that timeless, highly spiritual era.

Life

Animals

Marsupials and marsupial-like animals are very common on Atzlan, like quolls and the Thylacine, which is now extinct elsewhere. While many of these animals were brought as spirit-essences by humans, they have adapted greatly within Atzlan to become observably different from their non-Atzlanian relatives.

Animals endemic to Atzlan are in the majority.

Plants

Few non-Atzlanian plants have gained a foothold in the cluster and the native fauna has been very resistant to invasive species. As a result, nearly every plant on Atzlan is native. Notable plants include giant trees which can reach more than a kilometre (1.6miles) high, singing flowers and colourful land corals.

Spirits and other beings

Atzlan is home to a large number of Mayakut, nine-limbed cephalopoids which can reach several kilometers in length, in every part of their lifecycle, from rocky chrysalises to nymph swarms and majestic adults.

The cluster is a profoundly spiritual place. Every tree and rock and person and mountain and river sings a gentle song, which forms a greater symphonic harmony. This song is carried by the winds, allowing people to know the emotional state of distant individuals, like how elephants can communicate over many kilometers through low-frequency sounds inaudible to humans known as infrasound.