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The Culture of Glacia
« on: Jan 08, 19, 01:27:34 PM »
Culture of Glacia

Located in northern Kaeleer, this Territory lies within a boreal zone, characterized by warm and humid summers but exceptionally freezing winters. Some areas of Glacia are mountainous, others alpine tundra. Southern Glacia houses most of the arable farmland and fishing centers along the Tulva River and its tributaries.

Capital: Vaasa
Population: 5 million, combined of Blood & Landen (90% native to Territory)
Caste Breakdown: 80% Landen to 20% Blood (surplus of Queens and trained Black Widows)



Geography:

Glacia is cradled by mountains to the east, west, and south, and the ocean to the north, thus making all of its borders natural. A mountain range called the Kaarme (meaning “serpent”) separates the provinces of Ivalo and Tornio. There are two passes through this range -- one a man-made underground trek of three days, and the other a natural pass between ridges to the far west called Vildeskraag. While Boralus serves as the major port city of Glacia, Soderhamn and Vanern in Ivalo, as well as Dalvik in Tornio see their fair share of ships.

The Tulva River and its tributaries divide southern Glacia along the Tornio, Virratt, and Salo provinces. These provinces see most of the agricultural work of the Territory, with Virratt holding the highest percentage.

For those looking to leave Glacia, there are three routes out. The shortest of these routes begins in the Ilsalmi District of Virratt and ends in Nharkava or Little Terreille, depending on the exact path. This route, called the Sallow Road, takes about four days to cross. The second route is called the Eyrien Way and crosses into northern Rihland (formerly Askavi). It is the most dangerous of the routes because the warlike Eyriens can be found patrolling its five day trek. The third route is the Sanguine River (not actually a river) into Dhemlan Kaeleer. It is the least known of the routes but only takes two days to cross since it is less mountainous.


Provinces
  • {IVALO} (Districts: {Kirowsk} & {Salla})
  • {TORNIO} (Districts: {Umea} & {Falun})
  • {SALO} (Districts: {Tampere} & {Raahe})
  • {VIRRATT} (Districts: {Nivala} & {Ilsalmi})


Culture

Major Exports:
Raw materials: Gold, silver, aluminum, iron, marble, quartz, granite, precious stones, lumber, horses.
Manufactured materials: Paper, furniture, jewelry, simple machinery, and decorative materials.
Major Imports: Grains and other foodstuffs, livestock, fabrics.

Religion:
Glacia is known as a Territory dense with Dark Jewels and over the years it built a religious political system around this blessing. The Dark Religion, as it became known, flourished, furthering enabling those blessed by Mother Night to stand deep in the Abyss, but casting shame upon those graced by Light Jewels. Those with no Jewels or Landen did not suffer this stigma, as it was clear to adherents that Mother Night has ordained them to be cared for much like a shepherd does for sheep. More importantly to this religion was the sanctity of the female gender. Mother Night is, after, a feminine figure, encompassing the mysteries of birth, life, and death within her. It made natural sense that females understand this best.

This religion created deep divisive beliefs within Glacia, where the whim of Mother Night set mother against daughter and brother against brother. This discrimination created a silent civil war within the Territory that would eventually come to blows.

Aside from these tenets, there exists a belief within all of Glacia that caves -- the deep, dark wombs of the earth -- are holy to Mother Night. Nearly every ritual the Glacians celebrate occurs within these caves, making the Kaarme mountains a holy site thanks to its plethora. Most Priestesses and Queens have their own private cavern for worship, with Priestesses usually maintaining both a public one for large rituals and a private space for themselves.


Holidays, Cuisine, and Other Cultural Tidbits:
Glacia is a Territory that prides itself on intellectual and artistic pursuits, rather than militaristic. Libraries -- grand, public, or private -- are common for both Blood and Landen families, rather than just a symbol of the Court. The houses of the affluent are two-story marble mansions in the style of classicism brushed with functionalism with hedge mazes and tall conifers surrounding the grounds. Cities are full of museums for the visual arts and theaters for music and performing arts. Saunas can be found in most villages, with a few of the more affluent citizens boasting their own private ones in the city.

Aside from Winsol, Glacia’s other major holiday is Midsummer, coinciding with the summer solstice, where participants flock to rivers and lakes to light huge bonfires that burn throughout the night. Depending on the size of the gathering, a dance around a maypole may also happen, with dancers braiding brightly woven ribbons around a tall central pole through their circular dance. The elite of Glacia maintain summer lodges just for this holiday. As celebration is a major social custom, parties are usually family-oriented. It can seem like any cause for celebration is a reason to party.

Because of the unforgiving climate of Glacia, the cuisine of the area tends to rely heavily on dark rye breads, fermented dairy products, and tubers during the winter months. The most popular meat is pork, though smoked duck, pickled herring, and cured deer are also popular. Lingonberry and rhubarb offer sweetness to meals. Oltermanni and lappi cheeses offer savory. Alcohol traditions are a beer flavored with juniper berries called sahti and a mead fermented with raisins called sima.

Glacia’s well-known style of dance, called Piste, is a highly technical form of dance accompanied by string instruments that is the hallmark of the winter season. Private performances of Piste are expensive and are a sign of affluence at balls and other gatherings. Most major cities hold at least one public performance of it during the Winsol week for those who cannot afford it otherwise.

-- the information in this article was originally written by phinn; updated and reorganized by halyonix --