Shadows of Esteren: The Gaes of Tulg
Due to the traditional religion of the peninsula, most Tri-Kazelians have a respect for nature and worship the different spirits living within the woods, streams, mountains etc. This, and the danger of the life, are reflected in myriad ways in the people inhabiting the kingdoms. Clothes tend to be simple, sturdy and practical rather than ornamental and brightly coloured. Food is plain and spices with the exception of salt almost unheard of. The community is of huge importance to everyone because of the ever-present days of everyday life, not just from feondas but also the dangers of the weather, famine and diseases. As such, around half of the inhabitants are under twenty years of old, people are considered adults once they turn sixteen and begin to practice their chosen profession. Crime is dealt with harshly because people need to be able to trust one another to survive. Inns are rare in the countryside, but most places have place set aside for guests and hospitality is seen as an important virtue. Since travel is dangerous, travellers are an important source of news from the outside world. People called varigals form an important connection between different communities as messengers and guides. They also share notes with each other, leaving in the nature coded marks directing one another towards or away from different dangers as well as hospitable locals, shortcuts and hidden camping sites to stay a night when there’s no choice but to stay outside overnight.
Regarding the Arts
As might be expected in such a harsh land, the culture does not hold a very high regard for artists. While acts of music and juggling can entertain and lighten the mood on journeys, the lot of the professional artist is very hard. Transiert art like music is particularly ill-regarded, while the making of jewelry (typically from metals, plus precious or semi-precious stones or even glass) and statues is considerably more prestigious. Poetry is highly valued, partly because it’s frequently used to keep and transmit knowledge from one generation to the next. Blind poets are thought to possess the power of prophecy. Bards, as opposed to mere minstrels, are much more than artists. A bard is a rennaissance man of music, poetry, a keeper of lore, a diplomat, an advisor and a lawyer. Traditionally, a clan chief was advised by a damathair, a demorthen and a bard.