|Age of spaceflight||TBAL|
|Number scheme||Radix e|
FIXME Some crosslinks are still missing.
The Mishtali were the first intelligent life forms Humanity came in contact with, and at the time were enjoying a prolonged and happy bronze age. Perhaps fortunately for them, the Unadorned were the discovering faction, governing the Mishtali with a benign neglect. The Mishtali managed the jump from a nomadic existence to being spaceport baggage handlers quite well, all things considered, only eating a fairly small number of colonists and tourists in the process.
Given the cultural oddities of both the Unadorned, who come close to religious reverence in their views on computers, and the Mishtali, known for being the source of the Cult of the Devourer wherein the religious rituals are accompanied by the consumption of the remains of both Mishtali and alien sentients, it is believed by many to be just as well that the Unadorned, as their discoverers, are responsible for shepherding them.
The Mishtali practice a number of religions, both native and foreign. Chief among the native religions in, albeit infamous, notoriety, is the Cult of the devourer. The Cult of the Devourer centers on the belief that success in life is directly tied with what one eats, and that the more powerful the being that was eaten, the better one's life can be. Thus, eating the remains of sentient beings is as good as it gets. This, obviously, raises a few issues among many groups, but there are enough humans and Dgn willing to be paid for the eventual consumption of their corpse that the churches of the Cult of the Devourer tend not to lack for sustenance. These churches are, as a rule, very festive and pleasant places to visit, provided one is not turned off by the cuisine. The Mishtali have been very willing to convert to just about anything, so the Mishtali also tend to have the largest alien populations of most obscure human religions.
This is what happens when math types (of admittedly questionable initial sanity) decide to bring civilization to an undeveloped species that doesn't understand exactly what is meant by "optimal".
- Source: ./history/species/mishtali/mishtali.txt
- Source: Religion by JackS in this post
- Source: Number Scheme by JackS in this post