The Descriptivist experiments with ether.Descriptivist B&W

The Descriptivists vanished into the ether… but who were they?

Descriptivists belonged to an elite political movement in Avgad, a generation prior to the Bavel era. They prized aesthetics and strived to be farsighted, enlightened Renaissance men. Many graduated with weighty degrees.

Famous ones were explorers, diplomats, spies, artists, musicians and scientists. In martial arts, they excelled at scouting and hunting. They paid lip service to representative government but truly believed in technocracy.

Upon the discovery of the long-buried shoresh roots, the Descriptivists demanded to conduct experiments on them using all available technology — including methods from diverse locales. They first used Yeṿanit technology on the אתר shoresh root. And after many studies and reports, they successfully extracted ether and formed it into various shapes and figures.

But this sparked outrage from the Prescriptivists, who believed that foreign technology would pollute the shoresh roots and curse Avgad with chaos. Eventually, this dispute led to the Descriptivist-Prescriptivist War, a calamity which most people today dread describing.

The Descriptivists are derived from the אתר shoresh root and family, which deal with reports, artistic figures, illustrations, appearances, quality, locations, descriptions, embellishments, diplomatic titles, academic degrees, representation and (via Greek) ether.


Sackcloth Pelican

The Sackcloth Pelican says war is near!The Sackcloth Pelican in B&W.

The Sackcloth Pelican has a dire prediction!

This brooding bird, dressed in tattered sackcloth and ashes, paces the Mattanah marketplace, stuffing emergency provisions in its baglike bill. It warns the public with its placard (which says “The war is near” in Imperial Aramaic) and prophesies that a tremendous storm of attacks are on the horizon.

What will be the Bavel Macrostructure’s reaction to all this commotion? Only the pelican knows!

The Sackcloth Pelican is powered by the שקק shoresh root, which governs sackcloth, sacks, storms, attacks, commotion and more.

Bear Rover

The Bear is cruising on a rover.Roving Bear B&W

Bear Rover, Bear Rover, send Bavel on over!

This bear rides an exploration vehicle through the market streets of Mattanah to boost the people’s passion to buy and consume. The bear’s megaphone loudspeakers roar out the latest sales on items like Dumpling Bundles.

The speakers also blast Bavel propaganda over the din of the bustling shoppers, with the ursine enforcer there to intimidate anyone who dares not swear loyalty to the regime.

The Bear Rover is powered by the שקק shoresh root, which deals with rovers, bear grunts, roaring, noise, bustling, street markets, longings, oaths and more.

Slow Sweeping Specter

The Slow Sweeping Specter takes its time.Slow Sweeping Specter (B&W)

Don’t get stuck behind the Slow Sweeping Specter in traffic!

This evil monster is based on an Akkadian zombie vampire ghost. It haunts the city of Mattanah and does personal surveillance work for the Bavel Macrostructure.

To become fireproof in a city of crazed arsonists, the specter tried to become a magician but only learned to fly a broom.  So instead, it ingests toxic chemicals that repel fire while slowing down its reflexes.

As a result, the specter is incompetent and late for almost everything — unless it catches people in its broom’s deceleration dust, which will sap their mobility as well.

The Slow Sweeping Specter is based on the אטט shoresh family, which deals with slowness, magicians, sweeping, brooms, ghosts and more.

Type: Spirit, Shed
Shoresh: אטט
Gematria: 19




Dumpling Bundle

Dumpling Bundle is stuffed full of treats!B&W Dumpling Bundle

The Dumpling Bundle is a stitched snack sack stuffed with doughy dumplings that are filled with kofta-style beef shoulder and other blended meats. The dish was first developed by cattle herders in Medinat Alef’s hilly Katef region.

Eventually, the dumplings grew popular among elite foodies in Bavel’s Mattanah city. ‘Ivrit’s Ulpan Academy cafeteria also serves the dish to its hungry troops, making this meal a rare point of agreement between the two warring factions.

The Dumpling Bundle comes from the כפת shoresh family, which deals with dumplings, kofta, shoulders, stitches and blends.