In Xavian’s world, Plantlife is very abundant in part to the strange magical aura that encompasses their planet and their proximity to the Sun. Certain trees have evolved to create large and thick vines that can stretch for many miles. The Baobab Trees are the most sought-after tree to produce the thick vines.
These vines have allowed for a unique transportation system. Certain small and medium-size animals can jump on the vines and grind along as a mode of transportation. The picture is concept art that shows how the vines grow along the top of Baobab Trees. In the diagram, we can see how the animals travel on the vines and jump from different vines.
Unfortunately, large animals like Elephants, Giraffes, Rhinos, etc., are unable to grind on the vines as their weight is too much for it. With a large portion of the population travel above on the vines, travel time on the ground is very low for larger animals.
My inspiration behind the Rail Grinding mechanic comes from video games like; Sunset Overdrive, Ratchet & Clank, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Also, this comes from the sub-punk genre known as Solar Punk. The aesthetics of Solar Punk merge the practical with the beautiful, the well-designed with the green and wild, the bright and colorful with the earthy and solid. Solarpunk imagines a future that could be, based on current-age technology.
In the future, we will update this post to showcase the rail-grinding in-game.