“How stunned was I by my first glimpse of these immortals? Do not think me soft, kind reader. I am a sturdy man, not easily moved by feeling. I tell you – wholly without embellishment – the sight drew the breath out of me, and I fell upon my knees.”
These mysterious beings are the highest known form of life, either the pinnacle of natural selection or something beyond it. Some believe they are angels from a supernatural realm sent to inhabit earth to inspire mortals. They are worshiped as gods by the Nadhili people. Others believe they are the very spirits of nature, neither good nor evil.
It will be easily imagined that the Altaica would be comfortable without clothes, yet they are seen to wear limited coverings, usually vests, trousers, skirts and other light garments made of a silk. The production is a mystery.
It is speculated that the “clothes” Altaica wear are not really clothes at all, but projections of majik, with which they may adorn themselves however they like to appear to whomever they are speaking.
Nothing can be said of the Altaican language, for their intellect and longevity has led to speech too complex for human understanding. Some say they have named all things in the world or that they can vocalize the exact sound of crashing waves. What’s more likely is that their language is to humans what human language is to a dog, owing to the difference in cranial ability.
Altaicans can speak the complete languages of all the other sentient races perfectly without accent, languages which must seem infinitely simpler to their greater minds. It is also believed they can speak all animal tongues, inasmuch as animals use language.
Altaicans are predominately solitary wanderers. They may go years alone in any of the wildernesses of the earth. Why they choose to socialize and congregate at their palaces on Mt. Dolymtiud remains a mystery to outsiders. It is certainly their only established land claim, a desolate and solitary peak of rock and snow. Here sit the Altaican palaces, a place unclassifiable to science and majik.
Culture and Technology
Little can be said of Altaican culture. Due to their physical and intellectual superiority, they live lives without concern for shelter, clothing, injury, attack, or discomfort, and therefore they have achieved a height of cultivation alien and supernatural to humanity.
They have exact methods for sleeping in deal comfort which include the specific arrangement and size of fire logs, the design of the fireplace, the exact distance from the bed and a complicated arrangement of bedding. The shutters and window treatment arrangement is changed based on the phase of the moon and the cloud cover, to let in the right amount of moonlight or outside air. The standards could not hope to be replicated by humans without lengthy scientific examination, but they have the effect of ensuring perfect, uninterrupted rest, pleasant dreams, and maximal physical recovery as well as subsequent wakefulness.
Their music, their painting, their knowledge of majik, their crafts and every other creation or activity, is supreme.