Onuba, Spain

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  • Creator: San
  • Status: REQUEST
  • Location: Spain
  • Demonym: Onubenses, Onubans
  • Languages Spoken: Spanish, Portuguese, English
  • Archetype (Group): Merchants, Fishermen, Sailors, Courtiers, Farmers, Craftsmen, Traders
  • Foundation: ~1990
  • Species: Dogs, Hybrids
  • Luperci: 100% Luperci
  • Population: ~60-70 Permanent, 50+ transient
  • Mayordomía: Sol Salcedo

Table of Contents (hide)

  1.   1.  Onuba - The Oasis
  2.   2.  Geography
    1.   2.1  Matalascañas Beach
    2.   2.2  Aracena
    3.   2.3  Valverde del Camino
    4.   2.4  The Port
    5.   2.5  Flora and Fauna
  3.   3.  Culture
    1.   3.1  Species
  4.   4.  Courts
    1.   4.1  Inner Court
    2.   4.2  Outer Court (Patron Families)
  5.   5.  History
  6.   6.  Onubans in 'Souls
  7.   7.  Credits
  8.   8.  More Reference

Onuba

1.  Onuba - The Oasis

Onuba is a Mediterranean port town with connections to Lisbon and Barcelona. It is considered to be an affluent merchant town, and is a favored stopping point between the two major cities. Onuba is home to a considerable fish and trade market right along the coast, and is made richer by its access to valuable mineral resources further inland.

The beaches in Onuba are beautiful, with long stretches of white sand and temperate water. It has a Subtropical Mediterranean climate, characterized by very mild and wet winters and long, warm and dry summers.


2.  Geography

Onuba is both the general name for the province and for the capital town. The town is frequently and affectionately referred to as Corazón by the residents, which means both heart and center in Spanish.

Onuba covers a great deal in terms of landscape, from beautiful sandy beaches and cliffs to fields and dense forests, there is no shortage of resources to keep the Onubenses satisfied.

Most of the province has been claimed by the Inner Court as family territory. There are roads and paths that travelers can use to access Corazón from Portugal and inner Spain. Each family may vary in terms of hospitality towards their guests, but it is required that the families must allow travelers to pass.

2.1  Matalascañas Beach

2.2  Aracena

The ancient upturned tower in the sands of Matalascañas beach has been there since the age of humans. It is known as Torre la Higuera, and was one of seven defense towers built by Phillip II in the 16th century in order to protect the coast from the incursions of Turkish and North African corsairs. It is known locally as a rendezvous point for the young to meet and confess their love.

To the west of the Port, the white sandy beach stretches for miles before it gives way to rocky cliffs where many of the Arena family make their home. At sunset, the white domed Arena structures glow like stars among the ever green forests. To the east of the ports, the sands quickly come up against the forests of the Ortega family. Onubans will sometimes make the trip from one end of the coast to the other, just to see the drastic changes in beach-side scenery.

The topmost part of Onuba, called Aracena, was a former nature reserve. It is more generally referred to as the "wildlands". It is unclaimed and not monitored by any of the families. There are tribes of feral canines that live in these forests, and they will sometimes bear down on unsuspecting travelers and explorers. There have been few notable occasions where these "barbarians" have come against family territory.

Travelers who come by land know to steer clear of Aracena, and those arriving at the ports are warned before leaving family territory.

It is said that there is a beautiful grotto deep in the wilds of Aracena. Onuban adolescents have made it a game to find the Maravillas Grotto and consider it a feat of bravery, given the dangers of leaving family land. For obvious reasons, Inner Court families have banned the game, though that has only served to make it much more fun (and impressive, if accomplished) for sneaky youths.

2.3  Valverde del Camino

2.4  The Port

Valverde del Camino is a small town that rests between the two territories of the Amaranthe and Robles families. Outer Court families and merchants make up the majority of the residency, while Amaranthe and Robles family members preside over the town's affairs.

The land was disputed between the Robles and Amaranthe families since Onuba's establishment. It wasn't until the Alta Baronesa, Thalia Amaranthe, peacefully ceded the town and its surrounding forest that the two families ended their feud. As a gesture of goodwill and peace, Asier Robles arranged with Thalia Amaranthe to share the land.

Historically, the town was known for its leather making, and many Luperci who live there have picked up the tradition again. Arena traders frequently pass into the town. The churches in Valverde del Camino are operated by a handful of Moreno family Portadores, but they bear the Amaranthe colors. Many buildings are painted with the family colors.

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2.5  Flora and Fauna

Flora

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Desert RoseRose of JerichoWhite WormwoodEgyptian Balsam (Lalob in Arabic)African Foxtail Grass

Fauna

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Camel

3.  Culture

Morals and Ethics

The morality of individuals in Onuba can vary greatly, but the general culture of Onuba upholds ideals like Truth, Freedom, Beauty, Courage, Equality, Duty. Praise will be given to those who exemplify the ideals, and likewise reprimands will be given to those who fall short of them. The importance of these ideals has also created a slightly combative culture, where sticking up for one's beliefs, be it vocally or physically, is seen as the correct way to handle situations even if it may escalate a problem. Onubans love a fiery debate, or much more popularly, a good duel.

  • Love: Onubans tend to hold intimacy, romance, and relationships in high regard. Courtships are a big part of Onuban life (to the extent that most Courtiers will have been tutored in the finer aspects of it). Passionate displays such as dances, songs, poetry, even duels all play a role in Onuban Courtships, and is considered one of the most vibrant aspects of their culture. Although arranged marriages are frequently performed in upper echelons of society (and generally, expected), they are frowned upon, with marriages out of love being held as the ideal. But any marriage is a cause for celebration. Usually the family will have two ceremonies - a private one for the families, and a public one that encompasses the entire town of Onuba.
  • There are no official brothels in Onuba. This ban was established in the mid 90s by the former Mayordomía Albus Moreno. The enforcement of this decree is carried out by all families, though the Moreno family and its patrons will enforce it to a much greater extent. The punishment for prostitution can vary depending on the family that finds them, but the Moreno family is the most notorious given that the prostitutes, male or female, are usually never seen nor heard of again.
  • Slavery of Luperci or Non-Luperci is also banned in Onuba, however, enslaving other species is permitted (these are considered 'stock'). Slave traders are allowed to port, but their slaves must remain on the ship and there is a tax for each slave aboard.

Spirituality

Onuba's faith was inherited from a variety of religious scripture left over from the human era. It developed over time into something that suited their new forms (for they do believe that their predecessors of the spirit were the humans).

The faith is called The Lantern and its keepers are called Bringers (Portadores).

The faith lacks a real God figure, instead appealing to the "Light of the Truth." Portadores are all very concerned with following the path of righteousness and guiding others through the darkness of life. The story that Onubans like to tell is that there was a great storm in Onuba during its founding, and everyone would have perished if not led to safety by Luperci carrying lanterns.

Since Onuba is a merchant city, many sailors and traders come in with their own gods and beliefs. This does not directly oppose the beliefs of the Lantern; gods of other religions are all seen as aspects of the Light. As a way of honoring this, the Moreno family erected numerous water shrines for sailors when they come to port. Devotees can enter the spiritual space, wash their hands in the wells of salt water, give an offering to their god and then warm themselves by a fire that is tended by the Portadores.

There are three spiritual spaces that each have a specific use and purpose. The Water Shrines are for the sailors and other travelers to pray and offer their respects. The Churches are for matters of the living spirit, such as honoring births, marriage, mass, ceremony, and festivals. The Temples are only entered and used for death.

Laws and Crimes

Onuba considers itself a progressive and civilized domain, especially in comparison to the "barbarians" that live in the northern reaches of the territory. They don't socially allow for destructive behavior, especially since it took a community effort to rebuild everything.

There is a social and religious stigma against killing. Despite this, Onuba sports a hearty dueling culture and disputes are frequently resolved by organized fights. These duels do not permit killing, however.

For major crimes that occur in Onuba the town, there is a trial which is presided over by the Mayordomía and the heads of the Inner Court families. Petty crimes (thievery, trespass, minor destruction of property, etc) are punished by whoever catches them.

Crimes that occur within family territory are considered the family's problems, and each family has its own laws and punishments.

Biases and Prejudices

There is a big prejudice against Non-Luperci ranging from pity to hatred. Many Onubans hold the opinion that Non-Luperci are backwards and impoverished intellectually. They see being a Luperci as a great privilege and advantage. The upright Optime form is seen as being dignified, classy, sophisticated and capable of civilized conduct. An Onuban will expect less of someone who comes to them on four legs.

The lupus and secui forms are seen as lower class except in specific contexts. For instance, the Robles dog frequently assume feral forms for working purposes, and there are Amaranthe dogs that herd livestock. There are some official Onuban sports that require lupus forms.

Onubans take great pride in their culture and society and tend to have a reserved attitude about foreigners. They like for people to visit and trade and admire their homes, but they dislike immigrants, and they especially are xenophobic to those who refuse to assimilate or assimilate poorly.

Traditions

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The Gift of Birth, Marriage, Death

Oaths

Duels

Anyone can be challenged to a duel, but the reason for the duel must be justified in the eyes of a "third party" judge. If deemed appropriate, the offender is obligated to accept and will be shamed if they reject.

After a victor is declared, the conflict is seen to be resolved and the challenger cannot duel the offender again on the same grounds.

The challenger gets the advantage, due to the fact they get to decide the weapon, the field and the hour. Both sides are allowed to use a proxy, and some duel arrangements have multiple fighting parties at once in a melee-style duel. Accidental deaths during duels do happen and are seen as great tragedies; the killer is required to make amends with the family of the deceased (typically by offering something of great value).

Hand Language

The customary greeting in Onuba is to offer one's hand palm-down, while the recipient meets it with their hand palm-up. To show intimacy, both palms can be offered and received.

Dancing

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3.1  Species

Onuba is a dog-heavy city. The founding families are all dog breeds, while many sailors or the fisherfolk who live near the port are mixed with Iberian wolves and other canine types.

4.  Courts

The Onuban courts are generally recognized across Spain.

There are six main families which comprise the Inner Court: Amaranthe, Arena, Moreno, Ortega, Robles, and Salcedo.

Elected from the Inner Court is the Mayordomía, who is generally a long-standing member of Onuban society and well-liked by mostly everyone. They are trusted to make major decisions on behalf of the town, and held accountable should these decisions cause great issue for the Courts and townspeople. There have been a number of beheadings in Onuban history, making the Mayordomía an undesirable position to greedy or power-hungry individuals.

Aside from the Mayordomía, the royal families are not hierarchically structured. One family does not rule over another family. Their titles correspond with their duties to the town.

All six Onuban families are forbidden to marry among each other. Instead, families are encouraged to wed with the Outer Court. It is frowned upon to wed a foreigner, although this does sometimes happen if the foreigner is from a powerful family or is well-liked by Court society.

Despite the decree, there have been notable instances of intermixing in the families. These typically result in the members being de-titled and excommunicated from their families.

Each family has specifically designated family members (or sometimes, Outer Court families) to handle trade export and import through their territories. Travelers are treated like guests and are granted guest rights, but they can be prevented from going to Onuba the town should they disrespect their host or prove to be of poor character.

4.1  Inner Court

Amaranthe

Their house name means Unfading, but it is more commonly known as a red flower. Their house banners is an Amaranth flower. They are addressed as Baróns and Baronesas. Their territory is the biggest of all the families. They control much of the Onuban lands, farms, the countryside. An Amaranthe Baron or Baronesa patrols and takes care of each corner of the territory. The Amaranthes are renowned for their expansive, beautiful gardens, as well as their care for herds of Andalusian horses. Amaranthes have been known to be gracious, concerned with aesthetics, and perhaps overly extravagant. Thalia is the current head of the family, sometimes addressed as Alta Baronesa.

Arena

Their house name means Sand, deriving from their claim along the costa de la luz. Their house banners are a white domed house on a window of yellow ochre. Addressed as Marques and Marqués. The Arena family is relatively independent compared to the other families. They are known to be neutral in Court conflict, and speak Portuguese as their main language rather than Spanish. They are the main merchant family of Onuba, and they are seen to dress in white linens adorned with colorful, flashy jewelry.

Moreno

Their house name means Dark. Their house banners are an orange star on a navy background. They are the family of spiritual authority in Onuba, deeply pious and grim. They are addressed informally as Portadores (which means Bringers), but are formally addressed as Conde and Condesa. They handle all the affairs of the spirit and manage the town's rituals and celebrations. The Moreno family assembled all water shrines near the ports for sailors, as well as the churches for birth and the temples for death.

Ortega

Their house name means Nettle. Their house banners are a branch of nettle leaves on a gold background. Their territory covers the forest in the southern most point of Onuba. Addressed as Visconde and Viscondesa. The Ortega family is known to be politically ambitious, strong of will, and very fertile. They have never been short of heirs, which causes quite a bit of disturbance within their own family hierarchy. Because horses are not easily kept in their forest territory, it is tradition for an Ortega to earn their steeds by distinguishing themselves in some great act. The head of family is Fulgencio Ortega.

Robles

Their house name means Oak. Their house banners are a deep green oak leaf sprouting from a bough with an acorn. Addressed as Duque and Duquesa. Their family and the Amaranthe family once fought over territory, but the two settled peacefully. They currently share the beautiful small town and estate of Valverde del Camino between their families as a sign of goodwill and friendship. Robles are known as the builders of the Inner Court, and are very concerned with the maintenance and growth of Onuba. They are renowned for being hardy and strong, and for producing many of the buildings and homes for Onuba as well as blacksmithing and making all the necessities of life for its inhabitants. Their head of family is Asier Robles.

Salcedo

Their house name means Willow. Their house banners are a golden willow set to a rich purple background. They are addressed as Princesa or Príncipes if they are not otherwise titled. Salcedos traditionally earn their family titles in their second year of life. Their head of the family is known as the Rey. The Rey is currently Ander Salcedo.

4.2  Outer Court (Patron Families)

Patron Families are the families that make up the majority of Onuba. By offering support to an Inner Court Family, patrons are granted protection, services and deals by that family. It is customary that Inner Court families select their spouses from one of their Patron families.

Because the Inner Court is integral to Onuba and its many operations, the residents have never had reason to reject the Court system. It's expected for a resident to pledge their interest to an Inner Court Family. Residents can pledge to multiple families if they can afford it.

5.  History

Onuba was founded by a group of dogs who inherited the town from their deceased owners. These dogs became the ruling families of Onuba, and their descendents continue to preside over the town today.

Because of the speed at which the town was recovered by Luperci, much of the desirable architecture and the material goods were preserved from disrepair and decay. Many adjustments to the town were made as well. For instance, the skyscrapers which lined the coast were torn down and traded or used to build more useful structures. This attracted the attentions of traders from across Spain and eventually from other countries. Additionally, its accessibility between Lisbon and Barcelona made Onuba a desirable place to live for sailors and especially for merchants. By the mid-90s, Onuba was a bustling port town, with a lively market and a healthy trading economy.

It was in the interest of one ruling family to make Onuba aesthetically pleasing, and so for years the Robles dogs have worked tirelessly in making the city both safely habitable and beautiful to Luperci tastes. Many other families funded this endeavor, including the Ortegas, Salcedo, and Amaranthe. Their contributions can be seen by the family colors which are present in the architecture and banners of certain homes and buildings.

The Mayordomía is usually selected from the Salcedo family. They have a reputation for being the most level-headed and diplomatic. They are generally preferred for presiding over town affairs, and many of their emblems and colors mark public spaces. It has been the case that other families have contributed Mayordomías, some notoriously so, such as the Moreno family. In the past, they have had five Luperci represent Onuba, and each was beheaded. Arena has contributed two reasonable Mayordomías, and the Amaranthe family has traditionally refused the position when offered. Robles and Ortega have never had a Mayordomía, although both profess disinterest in the role, despite campaigning for it each time.

6.  Onubans in 'Souls

These characters came directly from Onuba. For characters that were born in Souls but have Onuban heritage, check out the family pages!

7.  Credits

Onuba was created by San. If you are interested in creating an Onuban character or adopting one, please contact San. Pixel banners were created by Mandi, who is just amazing in every single way!!

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