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Azzizzari
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Azzizzari
Pronunciation Az-eez-ar-i
Common Names Lemon/Citric Pickers, Azi-Azis
Classification Warmland Culture
Origins Ascillia
Dominant Race Ailor
Social Classes Farmers, Luthiers, Jewelers, Foragers, Hunters, Merchants, Criminals, Fishermen
Major Cities Caccamo, Ragheria, Trenti, Conreale

The Azzizzari are far more than what other Cultures perceive them as. Many consider them to merely be Dressolini who have migrated into the south and lost their original way of life. However, the Azzizzari are instead a blend of Daendroque and Dressolini unique in Aloria, with their own distinct traditions, and methods of leadership apart from their more cosmopolitan cousins. The Azzizzari are a people who value strong connections to family, the land on which they live, and the celebration of life from cradle to grave, making them a fascinating member of the main offshoots from the Daendroque Culture.

History

The Azzizzari have a relatively brief history as they have only emerged within the last 100 years of Alorian history. Before they came into being, the southern reaches of the Regalian Archipelago were populated by enclaves of Daendroque Ailor, either ancestors of former slaves who had fled to the Archipelago after the Cataclysm, or more recent migrants from Daen who came seeking new land and trading ties. They populated the island of Azzizz but also spread to the nearby mainland. It was through this spread north that they encountered the Dressolini, born in 180 AC in those northern areas now known as Montania and Vultaro. Their interactions in these early years were largely positive, with the Dressolini becoming a guiding influence on the Azzizz-based Daendroque. What followed over the next several decades was a transition into the more sophisticated and less revolution-based society known today. The region still embraced concepts such as democracy, though, after the transformation of their criminal enterprises into the Aziendas, their leadership looks far more like an oligarchy. Since that time, the Azzizzari have been a footnote in history, keeping out of the many conflicts in the wider Regalian Archipelago due to their isolation in the far south. They have accepted domination by the Orc and Half-Orc led Vultarian Hegemony with a casual lack of care, and have thus gone about their daily lives largely uninterrupted. However, some believe a reckoning is soon to come. The Orcs are not a patient or peaceful people, and the lands of the Azzizzari, while obedient, are so only in the casual way that self-focused people are. Some see Ryker Lampero’s crackdown as inevitable, but only time will tell if these agriculturally-focused men and women of the sun will have to face the wrath of anybody.

Language and Dialects

The Azzizzari speak the same language as their sister culture Dressolini, that being Dressalo, for a number of reasons. The most obvious is their origins within that society, but another larger part of it has to do with the continued fraternization between the two groups given their proximity. Physically they appear similar and communicate their emotions by constantly moving their arms and hands, albeit the Azzizzari are slower and less exaggerated in these movements. A prized talent amongst the Azzizzari is the ability to keep a straight face when speaking at joyous gatherings, as many of their jokes require a dry delivery to achieve their desired effect.

Naming Customs

Naming customs of the Azzizzari are very similar in appearance to Dressolini naming, often sharing similar first names. However, Azzizzari do not utilize ‘dei’ as often as their Dressolini cousins do, which often helps outsiders distinguish the two apart. In Azzizzari customs, it is often tradition to name one’s children after their own parents. If two boys are produced between a couple, the firstborn will be named after the father’s father and the second and youngest will be named after their mother’s father. To the Azzizzari, this is for the sake of tradition and is said to be a piece of their ancestral traditions that shall live on in the children. If the father of a child is to die or expected to before they are born, the child is then given the same name or feminine version of his name. If the mother dies while giving birth, they then receive the name of the mother or the masculine version of the mother’s name. Male names often end in “o”, “i” and “e” while female names end almost exclusively in “a”. Additionally, the Dressolini rules on surnames are ignored, as, among the Azzizzari surnames are more commonly affiliated to a nickname of an ancestor or an occupation an ancestor had in the past, similar to many other lower class societies (for example; Quattrocchi means four-eyes, Spataro means sword maker). Families of wealth and influence tend to follow Dressolini standards and are often named after the town or estate they hail from, as an attempt to link them to the physical land and to forge a more permanent connection for their family. Some examples of names can be found below:

  • Stanislao
  • Carmela
  • Isidoro
  • Sarbaturi
  • Adolorata
  • Aloisia
  • Rosolino
  • Pasquale
  • Raffaela
  • Petronella

Laws

Besides Regalian Law, most local governments have rules based on the traditions of the local people. Local customs may vary wildly from township to village, as one group may decide that a weekly day of rest is required, with shops being forced to close while another may arbitrate a daily rest period of two hours. Villages and towns often push back against any overly foreign trends that try to take hold in their governments. Tradition and a call back toward ancestral customs usually trump any attempts to modernize the bureaucracy, religious customs, or professional improvements. To Regalian law enforcement, most of the customs of the baronies are beyond their concern as long as the people are politically docile and tax-paying. This attitude benefits the policies in place of the local crime lords that seek to advance the lives of the Azzizzari people.

Many people may think due to the influence of their Dressolini counterparts and the usage of criminal organizations that Azzizzari life is often hectic, dangerous, and pure anarchy. This couldn’t be further from the case, however, as above all, a Padrino prefers order over chaos. A Padrino is the head of whatever organization is a recognized power within a town or province. Padrinos will often employ people in their retinue from their own towns and families and help to get them placed within positions of power in government and trade. Despite the fact that many in these organizations or “Aziendas” are seen as corrupt from an outsider’s viewpoint, they themselves do not tolerate corruption. The view of these Aziendas is one of the preservation of the Azzizzari lifestyles, customs, and traditions. If the elders of the families in the region have enough of an issue with one of the Padrino’s choices in administration, they are always welcomed for a discussion over a meal, and concerns will be addressed. Padrinos are often most concerned with the people under their care, and the support of the people of their town. Padrinos are most often men, however rarely there have been women who have inherited a strong Azienda from their father and out of respect, those who are a part of it defer to her unless it is shown she does not have the skill to lead.

Lifestyle and Customs

Families

Azzizzari families are notoriously large. It isn’t uncommon for most couples to have five children between themselves and even more if they had a previous marriage. Larger families are a sign of strength and unity and approach situations as a single entity to accomplish their goals. Most families call people their ‘cousins’ though the familial lines have split off generations ago. It is very common for families to consider the homes and properties of their close relatives as one of their own. Often rotating homes for meals, borrowing clothing, or even helping others get jobs. Older generations are revered for their wisdom and as a source of knowledge about the customs of their families and the geographical area around them. It is common for most family members to flock to the house of the eldest member in order to pay their respects. It is also common for aging family heads to pass off leadership of the family to their children when they feel they can no longer lead as energetically as they should. This is often celebrated with a large party.

Aziendas

The Azzizzari are singular in their management of their homeland through the use of Aziendas, collectives of people linked by a common job, living location, or so on. It is common for businessmen and large landowners to utilize (and abuse) this system for their own personal gain or to monopolize a business or compete in the Azzizzari homeland for their famous “land grabs,” hoping to impose their taxes or more of their people. Azzizzari and even some Dressolini (although not commonly) nobles have utilized this system to achieve their goals. Their power is often described as dictatorial and they rule with an iron fist yet despite this, many are often seen as good-natured in the eyes of the public to prevent public discourse or outrage of their rule. The leaders of Aziendas are known as Padrinos.

The Sensale is the advisor to the Padrino and has no legitimate power. They do not personally fight for the Padrino openly or even support him openly and the identity of the Sensale is often concealed and unknown to the masses. This has often resulted in speculation and where propaganda between two Aziendas often begins with the opposing side accusing the other of being under “foreign influence” where that may suggest a foreigner has nestled themselves by the Padrino. Although Azzizzari often tolerate other people and cultures, suggesting that someone with no knowledge of their culture or traditions has some sort of power or connection to the Padrino in question is enough to cause public outrage at the very least. Many Sensale are indeed of Azzizzari or Dressolini descent, but in places outside of their homeland, the natives of the places an Azienda may occupy are often offered cushy positions as “teachers” to educate them on the traditions of the place the Azienda or a part of the Azienda may call home.

Below the Padrino is the Sottacapo who helps oversee the people in the Azienda’s assignments and production. The final is an Associate. As the title suggests, they are associated with the Azienda yet not part of it due to heritage or personal reasons. There are no strange racial requirements for being an associate as the title merely suggests affiliation as opposed to being directly employed in a Padrino’s retinue. Despite the fact that they are not members, associates can have more influence than the Padrino and are often utilized by an Azienda to pass laws and regulations that directly favor whatever the chapter wishes to achieve.

Because of the rampant corruption seen in their society, many believe the reasoning for Azzizzari to come to Regalia is for the sake of relieving themselves of the tyrannical rule of the Azienda. This, however, is further from the truth as many Azzizzari are hellbent on preserving tradition and are often aware of the atrocities Aziendas have committed. Any massacres are often found to be brought up in simple small talk, yet as long as they don’t act or oppose the Padrino, most Azzizzari have no quarrel with the way things are run in their homeland and if questioned may often suggest that the chaotic criminal organizations that are the backbone of their society are right or correct way to run society.

The Azienda prides itself on its ability to appease both the rich and the poor. The rich are often bribed while the poor are often given many opportunities and offers to join their ranks. To a young Azzizzari, it is an honest position despite the fact Aziendas can be brutal. Those who are inducted into their ranks receive many benefits. Their families are considered protected and untouchable and pay is generally better than what was previously offered before their indoctrination. Each Azienda, despite their political power, enforces a rule known as Omerta meaning “Tradition” and simultaneously “Code of Silence.” As suggested, it involves non-cooperation with the authorities, those governing above them, or other criminal organizations with sole dedication to the word of the Padrino who is often the leading patriarch of the criminal organizations.

As a result from day to day interaction and acknowledgment of the Azienda and their looming presence over Azzizzari society, many are unwilling to work with law enforcement,but are not ones to openly oppose or condemn the law which is what separates them from Jacobanist ideas. Many Azzizzari are accused of harboring such Jacobin sentiments given their lack of care for one's Race and preferred system of a dictatorial government powered by organized crime organizations, giving them a bad reputation for revolutionaries and liberal thinkers much like their Ithanian counterparts, despite the fact most believe they are more conservative.

Gender Roles

Although men are seen as the breadwinner and caretaker of the Azzizzari household, women are given significantly more freedom than most Ailor Cultures allow. Each gender has certain expectations they must live up to and are expected to fill the duties that come with living in the southern regions of the Regalian Archipelago. Men traditionally take part in trade work, farming, fishing, and meat production. Women are expected to maintain the household, manage the household budgets, and provide meals, clothing, and all the comforts of home. Women are given their choice of whom to be betrothed to with very few arranged marriages being recorded in Azzizzari history. Most children grow up, begin a family, and elect to stay in the same area that their immediate family is in. Sometimes a very talented child will be sent off to a foreign school - at which point it is an occasion to be celebrated and bragged about by their family.

Men are typically found attempting to prove their mettle by challenging each other for the hand of a woman or the ability to court her. Since it is traditionally the parents who have the say over whether their children will court - the lady in question often lets her parents know her answer. It is rare for an Azzizzari father to deny his daughter the union she wishes for unless there are severe overriding concerns. The younger men are often found to be challenging one another by comparing the quality and appearance of their vests and jewelry, eager to show the wealth they have to a particular girl. Brawls have been known to take place and even result in the death of one or both participating in wooing over the girl of their choice. Often what Azzizzari women expect are well-dressed men who can provide for large families whether it be through business or other nefarious prospects.

Holidays

The Azzizzari have several traditional holidays, but as a general rule, most towns and villages hold festivals to showcase the best of their region’s agricultural products annually. These festivals are often multi-day affairs, and some have been going on for decades since the future Azzizzari moved to Ascillia. Sometimes they are dedicated to a particular Heron that is considered the patron of that particular village with the usual celebrations also possessing a special church service dedicated to that patron Heron. Below is a listing of the culture-wide celebrations of the Azzizzari:

  • Ferragosto: Ferragosto is a late summer holiday occurring sometime around the middle to end of August celebrating the harvest to come as opposed to a celebration after the harvest, which is what most other Cultures have. It is often celebrated in the center of town and starts in the morning with calm meals and ends with dancing in the streets and city-wide participation in traditional Azzizzari love songs. This is also a traditional date of marriage proposals.
  • Proposta: While not falling on an actual date and more of a personal matter, Proposta, meaning “proposal” is when one (of Azzizzari descent) seeks the help of the Azienda in charge of the area of Montania in which they call home. One may seek help for anything from the Azienda though many ask permission to settle a rivalry as most in Azzizzari society are somehow affiliated in some way and when spoken about it is always confidential as secrecy is a sign of respect. Others ask for loans or sums of money as banks are considered untrustworthy. As long as the Proposta was conducted with respect, a meal will be shared between the two parties afterward.
  • Crepusculo: This falls on New Year’s Eve and features festive drinks with dishes consisting of heavy items like meat and nuts. It also includes fattening pastries with Kaffee served as the primary beverage as opposed to wine or any other typical “party drinks”. Crepusculo is celebrated on a smaller scale with immediate family and the usual inclusion of a family close to them where large meals are prepared and those participating discuss the goals they wish to achieve while taking the criticism and advice from those close to them. Crepusculo can either be a very wholesome experience or a night of exhausting argument. Many Azzizzari see it as a chance to unleash their anger and frustrations, offering a yearly cycle of shouting matches, curses, and sibling rivalries.

Religion

Most Azzizzari loosely follow Unionism and many attend mass not explicitly because of belief, but because of tradition. Because of this, from an outsider’s point of view they may be perceived as staunch Unionists. While the Azzizzari people value the Spirit they feel its direct guidance on their lives isn’t necessary given how they are already so surrounded by the bounty of the Spirit in the form of the natural world. As a result, the only religiously inclined qualities from Unionism they choose to maintain is the value in marriage, family, and community. At the same time, while many do not idolize the bachelor’s life, affairs are commonplace and one of the main issues that their society struggles with as it promotes feuds and rivals between one person to another, often being the second if not the most common reason for murder.

Literature and Folklore

Literature

Azzizzari literature runs the gamut from fantastical fiction to philosophical treatises. Favorites include tales of people outwitting a thief, or another game of one-upmanship over another. Although these famous stories are often told to children, the story is longer and often communicated to the audience by puppeteers who improvise and tell their own version in hopes of creating bigger audiences. To an outsider, these shows may seem childish but are the core in bringing the community together and puppeteers are often highly valued members of society and are even employed by some Padrinos for private shows. Puppets used for these shows can sometimes be ostentatious and intricate - using fine silks and gold leaf for accents.

Philosophy

The Azzizzari generally have a simple life philosophy, constructed from the ideals of the past and can thank influences from both halves of the groups who helped to form them. One of the biggest concepts for them is their right to self-rule. They believe that they alone should handle their own local affairs, and abhor interruptions to traditional systems of order which they consider to have come from two of the best Cultures in all of Aloria. To that end, they fiercely protect the Aziendas despite their aggressive tactics and often poor practices to gain the monopolies they love to have. However, they have a positive relationship with the Dressolini, and so are far less aggressive or hostile to their involvement in Azzizzari affairs than they would total outsiders. The Azzizzari also adore nature, believing it to be a key part of living a healthy existence in the world. They connect it to ideals of purity and truth, also seeing the sun as special in a role as helping to guide the light of the Spirit down upon the earth to enrich all. That is also a reason that the Azzizzari respect and cultivate nature, believing it to be an almost holy task to aid in the growth and physical expansion of the Spirit in the natural world in order to benefit the Human Race by being the people to pluck the ripe produce. They also derive great pleasure from the creation of food, considering it to be an exercise in creation and good cooking is considered the sign of a good soul.

Folklore

The Azzizzari have a rich history developed from several local subtraditions that combined with the overall ideas of the Dressolini and Daendroque when the Azzizzari first emerged. The most common tales are of tricksters outwitted, clever hagglers, and lucky merchants who discover new creatures or location, overall representing ideas championing the Azienda. Another aspect of their folklore are the curious creatures known as the Gattadonnes and the Cortomaschi. The Gattadonnes are tall, elegant women with the feet and hands of cats who wear all black and who walkabout after midnight within the forests of the land. The Cortomaschi, by contrast, is a short and pudgy creature about the size of a Dwarf. Dressed in dark robes, they also wear wide-brimmed hats upon their heads as they move about during the daytime, also in the forest. The two “species” are part of a mystical realm known as Lungofa, and there are several basic tales of the bickering and pranks played by them upon each other, but also against or with the help of Humans. All of these tales are heavily conveyed through puppeteers and their interpretations of the stories who may add their own characters, plots, and generally, have freedom without much criticism from the audience so long as it is entertaining.

The Arts

Art

Azzizzari art is often found in their metalworking and woodworking with many intricate patterns found in armor and weapons, regardless of if it is ceremonial or for combat. Floral patterns feature heavily in many Azzizzari decorations due to their general attraction to their agrarian lifestyle and appreciation of life in nature. No matter where a home is, the floral decor of plentiful flower boxes and climbing grapevines or hops vines along the entryway to the Padrino’s villa or to make up for the simplistic style of a normal dwelling. The Azzizzari often employ their own family members who are artists for making jewelry or creating intricate designs in their armor and weapons for fencing or battle. Additionally, many Dressolini bards utilize Azzizzari-made instruments due to their closer connection with nature. The materials made are often handpicked from the wild, using their skills to identify the rarest more expensive trees to make the most aesthetically pleasing instruments as well as have them offer the best sound. Many luthiers also create puppets, which are in smaller demand than their instruments, are the most expensive pieces made with life-like features costing up to several hundred Regals.

Music

Many instruments have a regular representation within Azzizzari culture. Music is regularly a part of every celebration, and instruments from almost every culture can be found in Azzizzari areas. The more exotic it is, the more eager the people are to hear it. Because of this the only notable instrument is the accordion however there are a series of stringed instruments and even bagpipes known as the ciaramedda which drones and is often used in melodies and harmonies. The Daens have even had their influence on their music, with their own guitar with a deep yet thin frame consisting of a wide neck and six to eight strings. Their culture has birthed a strange instrument as well from no clear origin outside their own called marrazano or what the Regalians call a “jaw harp.”

Fashion

Men are often found to be clean-shaven and having short hair. If facial hair is utilized by men at all, it is typically an unstyled and but well-groomed mustache or goatee. Despite that, it’s often discouraged by men to adorn facial hair. Men’s clothing is often bland, with a typical white, black, brown, or tan long-sleeved dress shirt tucked in accompanied by pants of similar color and a vest which is often the only diverse part of the outfit. Typically the average Azzizzari man will sport a vest of brown, yellow, dark red, dark green, or even purple yet the more colorful they are the more expensive it tends to be. Some vests are embroidered with floral patterns and designs with some even depicting the sun. Headwear, when worn is often a simple black or brown cap. A sign of respect by the Azzizzari is to approach a meeting or meal in formalwear - as it shows deference to whomever’s table the person is approaching.

Women are often given the freedom to have many colors, often having long dresses accompanied with bright reds, oranges, greens, and yellows. Often the body of the dress is accompanied with floral patterns and pictures depicting the sun and/or summer embroidered into the dresses. Azzizzari women often sport long curly hair with the average length of their locks extending past their middle back. Noble or aristocratic women will typically adorn attire reminiscent of the many styles of the upper-class Ithanian women.

Both sexes, although maybe strange, will always wear colored socks that match their footwear and white socks are so frowned upon with the ignorant foreigner, that to adorn them would certainly find fingers pointed at them followed with laughter at the sight of something as simple as the lack of color in one's footwear. Both genders are also guilty of flaunting their money by investing it in Qadir jewelry and Dressolini clothing, hoping to catch the eye of those they hope to impress or simply for the compliments. Because these people have a love of the exotic and rare, it is often a sign of affluence to sport something newly imported that one’s neighbors would never have seen.

Architecture

Azzizzari architecture is reminiscent of Etosian, Daendroque, and Dressolini styles yet also appears quite bland besides those three with its simple coloration of yellow, orange, and white. Other small variations between them are made out of simple bricks. Their roofs are also flat in shape, typically made out of hard red or brown clay roof tiles. Despite the fact most Azzizzari live in rural towns and coastal communities, everything is designed to be close. The streets are long, narrow, and paved with millions of bricks leading into every corner, alleyway, and exit. Roof gardens are the standard for many urban dwellers - even the poorest families will work together in the same tenement house to raise vegetables and fruits on the rooftops. The buildings are very close-knit with several blocks known to seem like one continuous building despite the fact it could be a series of apartments housing many families. This has also encouraged the Azzizzari community to be rather close, resulting in the many blocks to gravitate towards the biggest apartment or center of the complexes for events and holidays as well as birthdays.

The exception from the typical small appearance of towns is in the center of cities where government buildings, places of worship and the dwellings of the upper class are decorated with diverse shapes and more expensive materials like marble and stone. Fixated atop the center of many buildings like churches and other places of importance are typically large turquoise domes, whose insides have more archaic paintings of portraits and figures of the former monks and religious figures that taught, lived, and worked in there. Although the paintings are typically simple, the act of engraving once-living people into the walls of their structures are a sign of respect for their duties in life.

The Azzizzari nobility find themselves living in the absolute opposite of the less fortunate who have to deal with the maze-like and near claustrophobic appearance of the inner cities every day. Those who can afford it live in grandiose villas offering large delicately paved paths leading up to the entrance of their abode. Water features play heavily in Azzizzari gardens, and orchards can often stretch for miles, sometimes with small stages or other entertainment areas in their midst. Additionally, the Azzizzari nobility enjoy refurnishing and purchasing new things for their homes - and the unveiling of the finished product is often accompanied by a large party.

Cuisine

Azzizzari cuisine is very reminiscent of Dressolini cuisine, taking much of their influence from their close cousins such as pasta, and like them consume quite a bit of seafood and use a vast array of spices to season their dishes. However, Azzizzari life is truly connected to the land. Farming, cultivation of superior crops, meat, cheese, and wine is an obsession for this group, sometimes causing people to travel for half a day to obtain the purported best cheese of the region. Because of this, fresh fruits and vegetables are a large part of the Azzizzari diet. Many farmers, butchers, vintners, and cheesemongers can make a very comfortable life for themselves by securing the best names in food production for their shops. As prideful as the Azzizzari are about their own produce, they are fascinated by imported delicacies from abroad. As the shopkeepers vie for the best local produce, they also attempt to secure delicious varieties from far-flung places. Therefore it is not uncommon for a matriarch to boast of dishes made from her own gardens alongside a rare treat from Ithania or Farah’deen. Offering these dishes to a guest is a sign of welcome and favor to those who are visiting. A tell-tale sign that someone is not pleased with another is the lack of invitation to stay or visit for the evening meal.

As for dishes of the region, candied citrus fruits are a common confection for the region, as well as spiced, roasted nuts. Pickled varieties of their famous produce are also common as a snack. People often do their food shopping on a daily basis, and the marketplace is as much of a socialization hub as an economic one. The Nanetti is the most common treat in their society. It is an inexpensive pastry stuffed with sweet ricotta cheese and chocolate chips, topped with powdered sugar. Another treat is Filagia and often confused as a Dressolini invention though the ingredients and unique recipe is purely Azzizzari in origin. It is a sweet Kaffe-flavored cake topped with cocoa powder and presented in layers separated by a sweet Azzizzari cream cheese and hazelnut liquor. Some variations of Kaffee also originate in Azzizzari culture and make up the array of liquids they drink. Traditionally, Azzizzari styles of Kaffee are served in cafes where people gather at practically any hour of the day for a shot of finely ground and ultra-condensed kaffee known as a ‘liberato’ and has become essential in everyday life for them and as a result, encouraged some smiths to make specialized ‘liberato impressores’ - a small press that allows the finely ground kaffee to be compressed tightly while still letting water pass through to make the beverage. Liberato is often enjoyed with hot milk and several variations of it that include flavored syrup, different types of cream preparations, and even poured over ice in the summer months.

Recreation

Sports

The Southern people typically indulge in hiking and treks throughout the landscape of their homeland. General recreational sports are typically enjoyed, however, one sport rises above the rest: Calcio. Such a cultural phenomena that all of Ascillia now play it, calcio is an organized sport, with each city having one, or even two important calcio teams. These teams come together to form calcio leagues, consisting of twenty of the best teams. The sport is a cousin to the popular leisure game of bowles.

Leisure

Azzizzari like to enjoy an easing into their laborious agrarian lifestyle by enjoying Kaffe and an oddly small breakfast to the eyes of an outsider. The more laborious liberato variations with cream are enjoyed in the morning and sipped over a slow period of time as it is accompanied by a baked good such as a piece of bread or a fette biscottate (also known as cantucci and biscotti), a thin, long, yet hard cookie made with almonds, pinenuts, or both. It is customary to dip the sweet cookie into the kaffe to soak the beverage and soften it for a bite. Those foreigners ignorant of the seemingly harmless cookie have broken their teeth on it to the delight of local dentists. Additionally, those from the city or town with time to venture outdoors might seek to dig around specific trees for delicacies called truffles with the assistance of pigs, or a special type of dog bred for the purpose of tracking, digging, and retrieving it for its master. Most hunters do not wish to just rely on their hounds but their understanding of their natural environment and while many cannot read, they can understand the markings, height, and leaf arrangements of the trees specific to where the truffles grow alongside. Many use these abilities to find other strange edible arrangements and the few famous Azzizzari chefs’ secrets were typically what he found in the woods. As many venture through the woods for exploration or reflection, young Azzizzari are taught not to disturb the peace of the forest, being led to understanding the navigation of it, and if it weren’t for the occasional hunt for the next animal to add to their stewpot, it would make a Yanar jealous of their understanding of nature.

Symbols

The Azzizzari are represented by many symbols, as despite their short time as a developed Culture in Aloria, they have left a major impact. The sun is a prevalent symbol in Azzizzari sigils as it is a symbol of good luck because of its bright appearance and key role in helping their society grow their crops. Unlike how it is presented in other Cultures, the sun iconography of the Azzizzari makes use of faces on the sun. Each has different features, with some appearing more feminine and others masculine, but all have the same yellow eyes and smiling faces and are used to represent different times of the year. Additionally, depictions of flowers, oranges, lemons, limes, bergamots, and other similar plants are also found everywhere in Azzizzari society as they respect the land and the beautiful, sweet-smelling things that come from it.

Trivia

  • Aziendas have had their presence felt not just in their homeland, its presence has been felt in many other places. Most major cities in Aloria have experienced or even been the founding place for Azzizzari Aziendas.
  • The most notable families/organizations are Cobattinio (Vulturo), Gevero (Montania and Girobalda), Pellezzini (Daen) and ‘Ndretello (Essalonia).
  • Azzizzari farms are a major source of the Regalian Archipelago’s citrus and bergamot stores.

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Last Editor HydraLana on 03/13/2020.

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