Fyador is the name of a distant, formerly powerful and massive empire far to the west of the Imperium, situated on either a large island or quite possibly a continent, though the Fyadorians have never progressed much further than the tall mountain ranges which border the southern fringe of their nation due to an extremely fierce and centuries-long confrontration against barbarian goodbeasts whose numbers seem endless-on both the land and the sea. The northernmost point of Fyador landmass is roughly equivalent to Amarone, while its southernmost latitude ends at approximately midway past the Mahsterious Sahthern Cahntinent. It takes a month journey by sea from Bully Harbor to reach the outlying coastal cities and towns of the region.
The History of FyadorEdit
Ancient Fyador (694 - 1282):Edit
Fyador was in the midst of a speciest civil war 1,500 years back. The city which bears its name wasn't founded until 694 and didn't have a sizable influence until 937.
United Fyador (1283 - 1713):Edit
All of Fyador unites under a single banner; the Imperial Flag of Fyador.
Roleplaying as a FyadorianEdit
Below is contained (or will be) a comprehensive guide to playing a Fyadorian, be it northern or southern. If you have any other questions, feel free to MP Talinn Ryalor (or Falun on the Wikia).
Major Cultural GroupsEdit
There are two major ethno-cultural groups in Fyador, split roughly along these lines. Note that these are just overall mega-trends and may be significantly influenced by provincial and local socioeconomic and cultural factors.
Northern Fyadorians are the foxes who inhabitant the upper northern regions of Fyador and its surrounding isles and compose roughly between ten to twenty percent of the population of Fyador.They are quite distinctive in their appearance, with pure Northerners having an unblemished snow white coat or with certain fur color variants. In terms of actual species, they are split roughly sixty-forty between the smaller and noticably different arctic fox, and lighter morphs of the red, silver, and gray fox. They tend to, on average, have a lean, muscular build to them, their oftentimes harsh environment affording very few the luxury of putting on extra pounds of fat even in the most civilized, peaceful of times.
Culturally, these foxes of the north differ quite a bit from their southern bretheren. They speak a different language, similar to Russian, and tend to build settlements that are more scattered, less populous, and much more reliant upon the wood far more easily extracted from the frozen forests of their homeland rather than the stone quarries locked away beneath sheets of ice and snow. They wear heavier clothing, and though practice agriculture, spend a great deal more time fishing in the bountiful, if treacherous seas of the north. As a result, they are the most naturally talented seafarers of Fyador, having to navigate icy and shifting seas to survive, often serving in disproportionate numbers on various Fyadorian merchant ships and the Navy. They also tend to be exceptionally skilled in the art of the bow and the art of camouflage, with many an errant invader meeting their end as what he or she thought was a snowbank ended up being a row of concealed northern archers. It should also be noted that they are by far the most resilient when it comes to alcohol, oftentimes being able to drink twice to even four times as more as a regular Fyadorian while still remaining lucid.
Historically, the foxes of Northern Fyador have proven to be the most difficult to control and assimilate into a Fyador dominated by those of the south, with their rebellions against centralized rule being far more frequent and more difficult to crush than those of any other region in Fyador. Though always eventually defeated due to the sheer numerical superiority and better organized and equipped forces of the south, they tendto receive lighter terms and even concessions from the Empire in order to avert potential guerilla warfare across hundreds of miles of frozen wasteland, oftentimes marrying into the royal family, with Princess Vaelora Ryalor and Lord Regent Alexei Ryalor having noticable northern traits and mannerisms.
In terms of perception of other Fyadorians, they are often seen as being more reckless, less civilized(though still more civilized than most barbarian nations), and on the whole more unpredictable and dangerous than regular Fyadorians.They are nonetheless respected and feared for their martial skills, with several of the most talented legions in Fyadorian history have been from the north.
South-Central Fyadorians are the foxes who inhabit the southern and central regions of Fyador, comprising between roughly forty to fifty percent of the overall population. Their appearance most commonly manifests itself in the traditional various morphs of red, though other morphs are present in varying degrees of frequency, and, while noticed, are not seen as negative or undesirable. In terms of species, they are the most diverse in Fyador, with red foxes, silver foxes, gray foxes, corsac foxes, swift foxes represented in large numbers, with small, but still notable, concentrations of fennec foxs, pale foxes, sand foxes, cape foxes, and kit foxes in the more arid southenmost regions of the country. Their build is generally softer, taller, more full, and less muscular on average than their northern brethern, reflecting a much longer and stable growing season, better infrastructure, and other civilizing influences.
Culturally, these foxes speak New Fyadorian, which is similar in most respects to the Vulpinsulan, and Old Fyadorian, which is similar to an admixture of Greek and Latin, though the latter is becoming increasingly phased out due to the ease of the former and its predominance as a global trade language. They tend to settle in a wide variety of areas, ranging from massive, bustling provincial capitals and towns to small, tired hamlets and roadside villages. Such settlements and their structures are built mostly out of stone taken from the seemingly endless quaries dotting the foot of the nation's massive mountain ranges, transported by canal and highway, with large urban fires being almost unheard of as a result. Their cities are also often noted as having remarkably low levels of disease thanks to centuries of investment in sewage systems and acqueducts by the Empire, which, though collapsed, still provides benefits to its people through its massive public works projects. Their typical daily clothing has not differed that much from that of the Imperium since the 1600s, but in their formal wear they do retain their cultural legacy through the kimono, which nearly every South-Central Fyadorian has whether it be elegant or simple.
[To be continued]
General Notes and Guidelines:Edit
The following are simply general cultural notes and guidelines to help guide you through the creation of your Fyadorian character. They are not hard-and-fast rules or limitations to which you must conform your character, rather, they help to craft him or her!
-Fyador in general has one of the highest civilian to military ratios in the known world, with only between three to five percent of its population engaged in military professions at any given time, in comparison, other nations such as the Imperium have a participation of thirty percent or more, with some even having half the population engaged in military matters at some stage in time. This has numerous effects, which shall be listed below.
- Military forces in Fyador, whether they be mercenary or affiliated with a faction, tend to be highly-trained, well-equipped, and efficiently organized, with most foxes involved in such being able to devote all of their waking hours toward learning and mastering the art of warfare without having to worry about feeding themselves or their families. This has garnered them a well-deserved reputation as some of the best land warriors in the known world-a reputation which has been proven time and time again as countless warlords and foreign powers have discovered over the centuries attempting to lay claim to the Fyadorian mainland. What they do not make up for in terms of sheer numbers they more than make up for in terms of skill and equipment.
- Due to a heavy reliance on professionalized armies, civilians, if they do get involved in a profession, are likely members of the local town guard or militia, which, though suitable for keeping public order or dealing with small-scale bandit or pirate activity, are in no way, shape, or form a match for organized opponents-they are at best expected to hold the line until the professional soldiers arrive to do the real fighting.
- [To be continued-note, add economic benefits of high civilian participation].