Padjal

Padjal are a race of youthful horned beings in Final Fantasy XIV among from which the Seedseers are chosen. They appear almost exactly like humans except for their white (sometimes black-tipped) horns and the fact that they don't appear to age normally. Even the oldest of the Padjal appear hardly more than teenagers, in face as well as body shape and height.

Every Padjal is born to a Hyur family, and there are several families in the Twelveswood that consistently but rarely produce Padjal offspring. It (usually?) isn't apparent that the newborn is Padjal, so they are given regular Hyur names to begin with. However, when it becomes apparent that the child is Padjal, they are given a new name in the Padjal tradition (they retain their surname). At this point, the child gets taken to the Stillglade Fane for their indoctrination.
As a point of interest, it appears that the surnames of the Hyur families who have Padjal offspring themselves conform to the Padjali language. It is unknown why this is so.

Culture

Nothing much is known about the Padjal culturally. They appear to be a race of spiritual guides for the people of Gridania and live in the forests of the Black Shroud. They have the ability to communicate with the moogles and elementals of the forest freely, and can hear the voices of the aether and the crystals as well. They also appear to have high magical powers.

It appears that the current leader of the padjal, or at least one of them, is Kan-E-Senna, who founded the current Order of the Twin Adder in the summer of the game's first year (patch 1.18). Another might be E-Sumi-Yan.

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Language and Naming

The only thing known for sure about the Padjal culture is their naming conventions. Male padjal names start with a one-letter first name (E, O, A are confirmed) and continue with a second name and a surname. Female padjal names start with a first name, continue with a one-letter second name (E, O are confirmed) and finally the surname. Examples are O-App-Pesi, Kan-E-Senna, A-Ruhn-Senna.
In addition, Ak- is prefixed to the surnames of the deceased. Its literal meaning seems to be 'servant of house'1, suggesting that the padjal culture might have an emphasis on communication and gaining favor from the souls of the dead. Examples of these types of names are Ak-Inik, Ak-Mena.

The language of the padjal is based on Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan. A feature of the padjal language is separating a compound word (two words put together to form a single concept) with a hyphen instead of just a space. Not much else of the language is known, only that it's used for some ancient locations around the Twelveswood.

Example location names
Mun-Tuy (meaning unknown)
Tam-Tara (meaning unknown)
Toto-Rak (a mythological beast)


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