Trovato Terri (Grosseto)

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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Significance
  3.   3.  Culture
    1.   3.1  Species
    2.   3.2  Lifestyle
    3.   3.3  Structure
    4.   3.4  Religion
    5.   3.5  History
  4.   4.  References

Territory Statistics


Coat of Arms, from Wikipedia
StatusREQUEST ?
CreatorSky
Name MeaningQuite litterally, "Land of Trovato"
Name OriginThe Trovato Family owns the entire area politically.
Date of Founding~1940
Age71 Years
Primary SpeciesCanis latrans (Imported)
Luperci DominantYes
Population~1600
ReligionRoman Catholic

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1.  Description

Trovato Terri isn't so much a single, set location known only by this name. It actually includes a vast run of Grosseto, Italy (a capital city in the region of Tuscany) and a wide expanse of farmlands beyond. It is also a very well known sea-faring city, well respected for its wealthy income of fish and shark meat. Most who go there will be happy to know that they've recently organized a tourist program, allowing visitors and those passing through to enjoy a good night's rest in a hotel, equipped with indoor plumbing and freshly cooked meals.

Unfortunately, T. Terri also has its downsides and dark secrets. The area is well known for being the heart of underground operations by the Trovato family, a wealthy group of coyote-dominants who forgo laws to get to the top of the game. They run various black markets here and conduct a majority of their criminal activity within city limits. They own the entire city as well as much of the surrounding area. They're also not the only crime lords in the area, but thanks to a controlled population, Grosseto is home only to the Trovatos, making gang wars a rare event.

Thought not a part of the maritime trade, Grosseto is a part of a local trading route, often ferrying goods, passengers and supplies to and from Rome, Algiers and Barcelona, making rare trips to Montpellier when the businesses can afford it. They are fequented mostly by small ferries, often bringing in new citizens or shipping slaves to and from Grosseto.

Their Slave Trade is an important part of the area's economy. Coyote-dominant families are generally allowed to keep wolves or dogs as slaves, though it's mostly geared towards the enslavement of wolves, as they make much better laborers. However, if a family has more than 50% of its household in non-coyote luperci, the allowances for owning a slave will be brought to court. Should the head of the household provide a good, solid defense for themselves, they'll be allowed one slave at a time. Should they not, they risk losing a member of the household to the Trade, in exchange for their court fees. The Slave Trade is vaguely unstable as of 2010, due to an increase in revolts and protests against the lack of rights wolves possess, especially visitors or those passing through the area.

Ariel view of Modern-Day Grosseto, from Wikipedia.

2.  Significance

  • The Trovato family originated here and a majority of the family still resides in T. Terri. They are of a very high power here and run almost every functioning business and trade within the area.
    • Matteo Trovato was born here. His parents were the head couple of the Trovato family.
    • Giuseppe Trovato was also born here. He's Matteo's older twin brother.
    • Camilla Trovato was also born here, to the same parents.
    • Draco Trovato and Carissa Trovato were born, raised and died here. They, for a time, ran the Trovato family business together. They are the parents of Matteo, Giuseppe and Camilla Trovato.

3.  Culture

Probably one of the most advanced cities in Italy when it comes to politics, social organization and in some cases, even technology. There are three general standards of living in Grosseto; Upper-Class, Middle-Class and Lower-Class. To be much more precise, Upper-Class families tend to have at least one or two Trovatos mixed in, or they work for the family in some way. They're almost always a coyote-dominant family (though there have been reports of dog-dominant families getting lucky) and they tend to live in the lap of luxury. Middle-Class civilians are just that; somewhere in the middle. They live an okay life with okay food, okay income and okay everything else. Generally mixed families, sometimes even including the occasional wolf or wolf-mixed member here or there. They work for their pay and live in the villages around the city, though most often than not, they have ties with the Trovatos somewhere down the line.

Then you have your Lower-Class bums. There are actually two kinds of these people; the luperci who just don't make the cut and the luperci who are just a touch to friendly around wolves. These families live on anything from three basic meals a day to only a meal a week, often times living pay-check to pay-check. They live in the downtown area and have the worst living arrangements of anyone in the city. Middle-Class looks like heaven compared to the slums the Lower-Class dogs and coyotes (and sometimes wolves) live in.

If the family is pro-rights for wolves, it's likely they have a couple of households in the Low-Class area. Thanks to the power the Trovato family has over Grosseto, many families suffer from the monopoly of it all, often pushed down for not sharing the Trovato opinion or way of life. Many Low-Class citizens are eventually introduced to the Slave Trade, and generally not in a way they'd prefer.

Population Pie Chart, estimated (2011) population comparisons. By Sky.

3.1  Species

A very Coyote-dominant area.

Luperci

Are the canines in your area Luperci? If so, do they shift, or do they prefer one form over the others? Perhaps they forbid a certain form from use.

3.2  Lifestyle

Language

What is the primary language spoken by the canines of this area? Make sure you're specific -- linking to a Wikipedia page of that particular language is awesome! Remember, too, that if your area is populated by many different canines, an "official" language spoken by most canines is unlikely -- various dialects and different languages will likely exist in your area!

Residence

Where do they live? The remains of a human city? Sprawling forests and mountains? Do they remain in one place, or are the canines nomadic over a particular territory?

Technology

How adept are the canines of your area with old human technology? Did they bother to restore the human ruins, or are they simply living among the rubble? The most adaptive Luperci of the North American continent are roughly a Bronze Age level of prowess, with most areas populated by European and west Asian Luperci slightly exceeding them.

Practices

This section is intended for any particular beliefs your canines may have -- note that this section is separate and different from religion. For example, in Sobiratsya, canines practice piercing "rituals" wherein a canine considered to be turning into an adult is given an eyebrow piercing.

3.3  Structure

Alpha/beta/gamma? King/queen? Remember, Luperci don't tend to form complex government organizations -- their structures are simple, reflecting that of their ancestral packs.

Law

If there is a dominant system of government—e.g., a monarchy, or a pack-like structure with alphas, betas, etc—you can describe it here. Remember that extremely large groups of Luperci are usually split into smaller sects of canines -- e.g., a structure with a few packs or families banded together under a common name, like Sobiratsya.

Relations

How do canines regard outsiders? Are they a cohesive, tightly-knit group or are they a quarrelsome group, prone to outbursts of disobedience or even "mutiny?

3.4  Religion

If there is a dominant religion in your culture, you can describe it here. Consider their landscape (e.g., the Kiev wolves worshiping the river around their territory.) Describe their general belief system here -- what are the cornerstones of their beliefs? Do your religions follow a particular written text?

Creation Legends

Are there any myths widely believed by the populations there regarding the creation of Luperci, the creation of wolves, the creation of that particular society? These are sometimes better to include than a detailed history—they're generally brief, fantastical, and easy to remember, and thus easy to pass from character to characters.

Deities

Are your characters monotheistic or polytheistic? Do they have minor god(s), if they're polytheistic? What about saints/spirits/angels/demons?

Symbols

Are any symbols pervasive in your religion (e.g., Christian cross, Star of David, etc). Think about what these things mean for your characters, and how these symbols are represented in your culture (e.g., perhaps residents get tattoos or markings in the shape of the symbols).

Religious Order

Are there priests, priestesses, shaman, religious leaders? How do they enforce the religious code, if there is one?

Practices

Do your canines have any particular practices, rituals, or pervasive beliefs? Perhaps the canines from your area are exceptionally superstitious. Ceremonies and the like can be listed here.

Ceremonies

If your canines celebrate particular holidays or religious observances, describe them here. This space can also be used for the description of rituals and the like.

3.5  History

If there was a massive war or other large scale occurrence here, you may include it here, however, please keep in mind that these events don't have a lot of meaning for characters who did not originate from the place during that time. A generalized summary is much better.

4.  References

  • References are awesome!