Most galactic historians agree that the Stroyd were the first proto-culture, ruthlessly dominating the system around their star Bordooth well before the dawn of the Sailing Age. From early on, Stroyd regarded warfare as their cultural art form and trade. The fourteenth Stroyd Emperor Flex Throte II described Stroyd ideology succinctly before "quashing" the foreign emissary who criticized his diplomacy:
"You look down on the Stroyd because we embrace violence. But we look down on you because you fear it. And the being who fears violence will never control it."
In the current era, the Stroyd form the largest contingent of the Intragalactic Government's armies and galactic fleets. They also provide mercenary and personal security services to legitimate businesses and black market operations alike.
From a young age, Stroyd learn about bravery, valor, and aggression through simulated conflict and combat education. For example, school-aged beings learn basic hand-to-hand combat through virtual reality, fighting their own classmates without ever striking them. The highest-graded Stroyd – who excel in a number of combat and strategic mission courses – are offered opportunities to train for military leadership, which is considered to be a top honor in Stroyd culture.
Their famous battle chant – "Quash! Stroyd! Quash! – echoes from the time of their earliest ancestors, who roared the fighting words before and after victories. The chant has since been used more generally (even by other cultures) to show encouragement and enthusiasm, as in sporting events or rallies.
The Nova Mace is the most pervasive symbol in Stroyd cultural. This ancient glowing weapon sits in the Stroyd capital in a high-security chamber within the city's main public square. Once held by Stroyd kings and emperors, the Nova Mace symbolizes ancient Stroyd might and valor.
Fashion and personal appearance rank low as cultural values. However, Stroyd often brand or tattoo themselves with symbols or mementos that evoke a moment of victory or glory in their life. This practice make it easy for Stroyd to bond as they are encouraged to ask about and share stories of personal conquest and adventure. Though depicted as warrior-like and pugnacious in popular culture, Stroyd have some of most admirable philosophies about loyalty and friendship. In fact, a good number of past tribal alliances have endured for more than a millenia.
Male Names: Venge, Feegore, Graw
Female Names: Beefessa, Flexa, Jugula
Family Names: DeQuash, Bloodmar, Stoneswole
Archaic Stroyd tribal customs pervade to the current era. The ancient “fist lock” greeting, wherein acquaintances mash their knuckles into the knuckle grooves of the others’ fist, is still used in business and personal meetings. Grunts of approval follow these gestures and serve as signals of approval for many circumstances – finishing a good book, eating a hardy meal, ending a pleasant date, or simply showing pride.
The family name is an important aspect of Stroyd culture as they carry historic ties and alliances. Traditional Stroyd weddings feature family wrestling tournaments that decide whose name the new family shall take. Each family sends a representative forward to wrestle the opposing family’s chosen grappler. Despite the strong possibility of blood and broken limbs, this peaceful confrontation plays key roles in creating unity and respect among different Stroyd clans.
The sharing of pain as a means of bonding is a common cultural theme. The “wailing birth” is uniquely a Stroyd phenomenon. Stroyd hospitals still maintain several “wailing rooms” where the family members in this sound-proof delivery room can powerfully wail or cry in pain with the mother in labor. The wailing shows solidarity with the mother’s struggle as well the struggle of the newborn taking its first breathes.
Arts and Architecture
Stroyd developed and perfected many the Galaxy's brawling techniques like the Horgan Thrash Style, Fist Clubbing, and the Reach-Around Quash. Physical discipline is as much a virtue as it is an artful craft, where acute control of fighting poses, methods, and attack sequences creates expressive storytelling mediums. The Stroyd battle dance known as Korpacha has inspired its own genre of popular culture dance called "power thrusting."
Ancient tribes were expert mound builders, moving and shaping earth both for artistic design as well as practical fortification. The most famous Stroyd "ground-painters" have carved vast, intricate designs across the faces of small moons and asteroids. Proud of this ancient cultural practice, Stroyd still offer earthworks courses as part of standard educational curriculum.
Inspired by its own tribal history, Stroyd dwellings and architecture emphasize bunker-style defenses and spiking appearances derived from the Nova Mace symbol. These heavy structures emerge from the ground and can house multiple families, entire businesses, and community gatherings. Sailing Age Stroyd would decorate these large buildings with relics from adventure, hunting, and battle. Past architectural design meets the present as sculpted spikes, mace symbolism, and "battle-ready" features adorn Stroyd buildings, decorative sandbags lining their walkways.
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