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Table of Contents (hide)

  1.   1.  Culture and Traditions
    1.   1.1  Ideals
    2.   1.2  Attire
    3.   1.3  Marriage
    4.   1.4  The Realm
    5.   1.5  Crime
  2.   2.  The Four Clans
    1.   2.1  Highland Clans
    2.   2.2  Lowland Clans

New Caledonia has embraced the many cultures of its people. Many of its founding members have brought with them diverse backgrounds and stories that the High King believes will make them stronger. In New Caledonia the Clans have been eradicated, though many from the old country continue to carry with them the strong ties to the Clans of their forefathers before them.

The King has attempted to restore civilization into his new realm, and has elected for a Court System inspired by the times of their bygone age -- the Court of Dusk and the Court of Dawn.

New members have brought New Caledonia a plethora of inspiring new cultures which only serves to inspire the realm.

1.  Culture and Traditions

1.1  Ideals

New Caledonia values achievement through hard-work and survival. In the new realm many members are eager to bring their traditions forward to contribute to what has become the cultural tapestry of New Caledonia.

1.2  Attire

Clothing is likely minimal, inspired by organic elements; wools, simple patterns, and leathers with designs. Colors and patterns vary slightly depending on the clan or one's upbringing. Cloak pins are traditionally worn to align with Courts of Dusk and Dawn. When designing your characters attire please keep in mind the board rules.

Menel: Are known for their more tribal inspired attire. It is not uncommon to find them decorated with items such as wraps and scarves.

Aegas: Often wear clothing that is decorated or embossed with metals and leather. It is common for grand occasions for members of the Aegas clan to wear a leather breast plate crafted by their families.

Taur: Known for their flowing robes, Taur are known for opulent clothing that accentuates their features.

Lorn: As more pious members of their society, members of Lorn are known for their high collared tunics and long sleeves. Men are often seen wearing tabbard-like attire.

1.3  Marriage

In Old Caledonia, clans sometimes participated in arranged marriages for the betterment of their family's station, but in New Caledonia this tradition has largely been ignored or forgotten. Divorce is frowned upon though has been known to happen.

1.4  The Realm

New Caledonia is made up of a mixing pot of cultures and stories, and it is expected that those who choose to make their home here contribute in kind. When outside of the pack Caledonians are expected to represent appropriately and bring honor not only to their own name, but to the name of King Iomair and his Kingdom as well. New Caledonia is not a secretive group by nature, though visitors are expected to adhere to the packs rules while within its borders.

1.5  Crime

Any abuse or murder of pack-mates will not be tolerated. Any crime that is reported to Iomair could invoke the Shadow Council. Some criminals are banished while others are forced to become a part of the Underthing.

Shadow Council

Essentially an anonymous jury, Shadow Councillors are chosen by the King in times of strife to pass decrees upon reported crime, which includes voting to banish members to the Underthing. Because they are asked to remain anonymous, it's difficult to surmise who is on the council at any given time -- which leads to games among the nobility to ascertain who could be watching. Some members pretend to have previously been on the Council to improve their station.

2.  The Four Clans

The Clans are fiercely proud of their heritage and have traditionally worked independently from one another to further their causes. Since the election of King Iomair they have been forced to work together to ensure the future of their people. The Clans have been split for as long as anyone can remember based upon the lands that they inhabited in Old Caledonia. Aegas and Menel have gods that could be considered ‘regal’ or ‘noble’ in their imagery, whereas Taur and Lorn’s gods are considerably more wild with a feral edge.

You may elect to create a character from one of the clans, or bring someone fresh to New Caledonia!

2.1  Highland Clans

Menel (Sky)

They worship a dual god/two-headed god who represents the sun and the moon. Their leader is typically nonbinary. They have eagles, horses, and tend to roam the open valley. Half of the clan rises with the moon and the other half rises for the sun. Menel are known as clever traders, and while they openly trade with all other clans, they are selective about who purchases their wares.

Aegas (Mountain)

They worship an iron god. Aegas are known for sturdy types, and have traditions based in stonemasonry and smithing. They had a forge built into a mountain in Old Caledonia where they worked in and worshiped their god. Iron-working is tantamount to worship, and is considered both a blessing and an homage to their god. They value certain body types (regardless of sex) and are typically very serious and dutiful folk.

2.2  Lowland Clans

Both Taur and Lorn used to be one clan. However, over time their differences, namely squabbles over territory and resources, as well as key disagreements over the worship of the clan's god, drove an ever-deepening rift into their once whole society.

Taur (Forest)

The first of the four, the denizens of Taur were well-known for their reverence of the natural world. Their ranks played host to hunters and gathers, druids and greenseers, and featured more than a few accomplished archers. United by their faith in one of two Wild Gods the druidic people of Taur prized long hair in all genders. To cut one's hair was seen as sinful, signifying a severance from the natural cycle, and so was oftentimes used as a punishment by their priests. A notable trade partner of Taur were the Aegas clan who often provided them hand-forged blades in exchange for food and pelts.

Lorn (River)

Noted fisherfolk and skilled craftspeople, the people of Lorn were prized for their mastery of the rivers and streams that ran through their home. Founded as a divisive branch of the clan Taur, the riverfolk fashioned themselves a new god from the heart of the Verdant Stag: a goddess part fowl, part fish that thrived in the silt beds of their beloved river. As an act of attrition many of clan Lorn cut their hair to signal the final divide between the two clans, though it did not continue into tradition. Fueled by conflict the clan swiftly placed emphasis on the beliefs and customs that made them unique in order to further distance themselves from their Taur brethren. And so they often turned to the clan Menel to ply their trades. That being said, unions between Taur and Lorn are not unheard of and there are those that still mourn the rift between peoples.

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