The Whimpis culture is a neo-culture that formed during the Pact of the Righteous. Whimpis derived from a religious order that perfected the psychology of self-deprecation, leveraging deference and meekness as a way to infiltrate the most exclusive political circles – and grow. Galactic Spiritualists describe early Whimpis religiosity to be cult-like, but over centuries the religion has morphed into a mainstream culture that strongly defines the societies closest to the capital of the Intragalactic Government. Many beings who adhere to Whimpis spirituality seek self-understanding, prefer debate and deal-making to conflict, and are quick to lower themselves as a means to gain social favor – evidenced further by the names they take.
After centuries of galactic turmoil, the Archmonk Wayhule Limpersniff formed a bureaucracy of religious messengers called the Monks of Truce, who served to mediate conflict and create a galaxy-wide alliance under a loose set of galactic laws for the first time in simulation history. These laws formed the basis of the Pact of the Righteous, which were foundational to the borders that marked the Protected Territories and, by contrast, the Unprotected Territories. A prolific author of his own ideology, Limpersniff cemented the moral teachings and self-sacrificial theories of Whimpis culture in his four-thousand page tome Wisdom's Edict. Whimpis dogma on morality held the greatest sway under the Holy Bureau of Religion.
As the culture exists today, Whimpis beings are taught the virtues of listening and meekness. In their formative years, Whimpis education involves self-hearing – a ritual where they record their thoughts, listen to them, re-record their impressions of the recording, and repeat the process multiple times in a single session — a powerful and grueling form of self-examination. Cultural practices like these teach emotional control, which the ChimCham closely study for their own benefit. In fact, Whimpis beings are highly expressive communicators who are easily able to reciprocate the demeanor of their conversation partners. Whimpis acting schools have trained a majority of the galaxy's most-regarded celebrities.
Naturally strong listeners and mediators, the Whimpis created a unique service economy around advisement, offering guidance on legal, medical, therapeutic, psychiatric, and corporate team-building issues to individuals and businesses throughout the simulation. More recently, individual friendship coaching — which involves teaching over-worked or otherwise lonelier beings how to leave their homes to make meaningful personal connections — has boomed as a Whimpis industry. However, their abilities as social connectors draw criticism from law enforcement, as Whimpis are exceptional brokers of pyramid schemes, identity collection rings, and criminal enterprises that corrupt government authorities. Simply put, Whimpis know who to talk to from patient observation and listening.
Athletics and physical fitness hold minimal importance among Whimpuss, which results in other beings looking down at their thinner and, at times, flabbier frames. However, Whimpuss excel at strategy puzzles, digital games, and holo-sports, making up some of the toughest Zizz-Wozz competitors in the galaxy.
Male Names: Blorb, Numbthan, Lethargo
Female Names: Sagney, Winifright, Flabney
Family Names: Needspace, Swetnorm, Puffwalk
Whimpis display meek demeanors and apologize profusely, whether there is a cause for apology or not. Most common greetings include an aspect of apology and deference, such as "Pardon mugalo" or "Excuse my mugalo." Coddling is a source of tension relief for many Whimpis. It remains common to visit spas a few times a week to relax with breastfeeding machines, crib-like de-stressing pods, and crying outlet groups.
At the age of 12, Whimpis are deemed to have "grown their lips" and are allowed to partake in community Lip Service. This ancient tradition promotes public conversation, debate, and idea-sharing as anyone may ring the door of another and initiate appropriate dialogue. The responder ascends to the highest point of their home, and speaks back from there so as to invite others in the area to the conversation. Some of the most influential Whimpis politicians and monks gained prominence through this practice.
Though non-confrontational, Whimpis are mentally resolute in conflict and have mastered strategies of defiant sacrifice and martyrdom. Whimpis maintain a controversial database called the Eternal Refuge, which includes memorialized details of all Whimpis who have given their lives for a just, moral cause. Critics of the repository claim it encourages suicidal behavior, but many Whimpis still glorify the database and revere their ancestors who been have entered into it.
Arts and Architecture
Whimpis authors and poet have won the most literary awards of any galactic culture. They form the core of the largest publishing companies and write on a variety of topics, even ghost-writing for major political and corporate figureheads. Their works on self-help and spirituality illustrate profound understandings of inner conflict and are core pieces in young adult education curriculums across the simulation. The children's work Mugalo Today, Mugalo Tomorrow is the best selling set of intragalactic stories that has ever been written in the simulation, launching hugely profitable entertainment franchises and the theme park chain Mugalo Ho!
Architecture styles heavily emphasize height and tower structures, many with elegant arches adorning ground entrances. Archways are kept clean and well-maintained as they are traditionally intended to invite anyone who wants to participate in the noble ritual of Lip Service — a public discussion between the visitor and home's dweller. As a non-combative culture, tower structures have little to do with defense and are exclusively used as platforms for projecting public conversation and community dialogue.
Public spaces and larger, non-residential buildings often hold Reflection Towers — these tall obelisks are built as refuges for thinking and meditation, and serve as a place for local announcements and shouting personal revelations that may benefit the rest of the community. These towers were banned by other cultures for centuries during the Pact of the Righteous era, as Whimpis monks would jump from these structures and martyr themselves for political causes.
Wayhule Limpersniff – Founder of Monks of Truce; Author of Wisdom's Edict
Pearla Sicklee – Actress of Galactic Fame
Shump Meepers – Poet and Author (Mugalo Today, Mugalo Tomorrow)
Chencer P. Littlepecs – Six-Time Zizz-Wozz Grand Master
Booger Weenling – Inventor of the Stress-Mop(tm), "the only pillow for soaking your tears(r)".