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Ithanian
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Ithanian
Pronunciation Ith-ahn-nee-an
Common Names Itties, Man-haters, Boy-lovers, Dogshit-noses
Classification Fineclass Culture
Origins Ithania
Dominant Race Ailor
Social Classes Artists, Clothiers, Rulers, Philosophers, Bureaucrats, Traders, Jewelers, Nobles
Major Cities La Porte Du Paradis, Bijoux-Plus-Rême, Ancellois, Saint-Gervindres, Saint-Agellèmes, Prive-Dusois, Mont Selparchain de Puvière

By far the Culture with the most political affluence among the Ailor people, the Ithanian Culture is a highly-developed court society originating from Ithania which has since spread out across Aloria, especially taking root in the Regalian Archipelago. The Ithanian Culture long influenced the court style of nearly all other Cultures, and despite recent reductions in their power, continues to be a major trend-setter in the world’s high fashion, cuisine, art, and lifestyle. It is strongly opposed by the New Regalians, and is often snubbed as excessive and merely seeking to cause shock and offense for the sake of it. However, these aspects of their society have much deeper roots than many would assume at first glance. Their society is a rough continuation of the Allorn Empire of old, complete with the decadence and focus on women in leadership that characterized that civilization, but also with their own innovations and developments. For example, rather than decadence strictly being a sign of wealth, it is also thought to be an expression of their desire to be able to live as freely as they could. Still, the struggle between Ithanians and New Regalians has been long, but recent world events are making it more and more likely that this Culture is on the tip of a revolution.

History

The Ithanian Culture was first born approximately five decades before the Cataclysm in Ithania. The Altalar representatives of the Allorn Empire, in their isolation from the distant southern capital of Alar Talea, were some of the first to go dark and leave the Empire. They did this largely out of a desire to handle their own affairs, and in their society, a revolution of class was taking hold. Ailor slaves in the region had proven time and time again, at least in Altalar eyes, to be loyal, true, and dedicated servants of the Altalar people, and as a reward should be freed to live as equals next to the Altalar who they so idolized. This took place in many locations across future Ithania, until the Cataclysm occurred. With mass slave revolts breaking out in the south, Altalar nobles grew terrified of Ailor mobs sweeping over their lands. During this, clever Ailor politicians organized Le Mars de l’Orchidée, a series of peaceful marches in major Altalar settlements with the Ailor demanding a peaceful transition of power. When many of the lower and middle-class Altalar joined in the marches after only a week, the upper-class Altalar acquiesced. A new caste of Ailor leadership was enfranchised with control of former Altalar possessions, and so began the rise of the Ithanian Culture. Over the coming centuries, court society flourished across Ithania and many aspects now essential to the Ithanian way of life were set down into law and standard practice. The Ithanian Sovereignty was born, and through its leadership Ithanians prospered massively on the backs of thousands of peasants. Exploration beyond the shores of Ithania brought them into contact with exotic locations and new lands, though one, in particular, became extremely interested in the Ithanians.

The Regalian Empire, nearly complete in its conquest of the entire Regalian Archipelago, received a flood of Ithanian migrants to the land which these affluent citizens had purchased with an ancient wealth of a clear Altalar origin. Long turned to the east and north, Regalian interests shifted west and south, discovering the extent of Daen and its vast resources. Upon learning of Ithania’s high pacifism, they immediately launched plans to absorb the nation into their Empire, which they did with little issue. For some 150 years, Ithanians grew in political power and influence within the Imperial Court, ultimately converting the Imperial Family to their Culture. However, their troubles began shortly after the death of the last Ivrae Emperor. Under the Kades, it seems a never-ending stream of chaos has gripped the world, with Ithanian life and ways of living threatened a number of times, from rampaging southern Ailor, to ravenous Bone Horrors, to most recently, the army of a patriarchal Ithanian. Florent de Gosselin, a noble long in favor of a more militaristic and traditionally male Ithania, has seized the homeland of his ancestors. The Regalian Empire largely ignoring this entire issue due to newly crowned King Florent renegotiating the contract the Ithanians once had with the Empire. As a result, their vast tax wealth no longer aids the Regalian Empire, but the Empire no longer needs to keep a large army constantly stationed in the heartland to help protect the pacifist Ithanians. As a result of this, Ithanians have been fleeing the homeland, seeking to preserve their “pure and unmolested” Culture in the face of such events. The Ithanians are fortunate to have areas like the Fendarfelle Colonies and the Lordship of Vixhall as bastions of traditional Ithanian beliefs, for it seems more and more likely that it is there Ithanian society in its origin form will best survive.

Language and Dialects

The Ithanian Language, also known as D’Ithanie, is one of the oldest Ailor tongues in the world. It emerged from Middle Altalar when recently freed Ailor slaves from before the Cataclysm sought to speak their own Language. To many foreigners, Ithanian sounds complex and excessive with various grammatical constructions that do not exist in any other language, as one would expect having been subtracted from a convoluted Altalar standard. D’Ithanie shares some vocabulary similarities with Daendroquin and other tongues to have emerged from former Daen slaves, though none are not mutually understandable.

Naming Customs

Ithanians have both simple yet complicated naming customs. While a simple first and surname are the common trend, women receive additional naming principles. There is no common naming style based on birthplace like for the Anglians, nor is there a common suffix system for the names. While these principles were present in the first century after Cataclysm, they quickly fell out of style when the Ithanian population boomed and they started becoming impractical. A few examples of names below:

  • Hiber
  • Ella
  • Noulaise
  • Alaîs
  • Alucard
  • Guy
  • Attenaîs
  • Julienne
  • Jean
  • Francois
  • Madileine
  • Christine

Female naming is supplanted by a so-called “Nom de Lune”, or a name of the moon. The moon plays an important role in Ithanian Culture and in many ways, and in some superstitious manner that has seeped into tradition. The Nom de Lune is determined by the month of birth, followed by the stance of the moon that particular night. If the child was born during the day, the first following moon stance would be used to determine the name, though it would be important not to allow the child to be touched by sunlight until the moon would rise. The months are dictated as followed:

  • January, Javienne
  • February, Vrière
  • March, Marsalle
  • April, Vrillais
  • May, Ailaise
  • June, Huinousse
  • July, Huiviesse
  • August, Aoûte
  • September, Ellaivre
  • October, Tomaise
  • November, Obraive
  • December, Grande

The stance of the moon dictates the second part as such:

  • New Moon, Looxois
  • Waxing Crescent, Croissant
  • First Quarter, Terrois
  • Waxing Gibbous, Solaire
  • Full Moon, Pouvoire
  • Waning Gibbous, Illuminée
  • Third Quarter, Regalois
  • Waning Crescent, Troissant

If the previous system would be followed for Francaise du Gibbon born in March under a Waxing Crescent, her name in full would be Francaise Marsalle Croissant du Gibbon. Another example would be Madileine de Perxitrous born in November under a Waning Gibbous, which would be Madileine Obraive Illuminée de Perxitrous. Additionally, all women would receive a maiden name that is the feminization of their grandfather’s (on their mother’s side) first name, while a so called “Nom de Noblesse” is also added behind the maiden name for Ithanian women born in nobility. The Nom de Noblesse is often an animal name that represents the family crest, but any items in the family crest can also be used. So, for an Ithanian woman called Attenaîse de Mont-Villeirs, who is noble, born in June under the Waning Cresent, whose grandfather is called Francois, her name would be Attenaise Francaise Lyon Huinousse Troissant de Mont-Villeirs. Men have no additional naming principles and have just a first and last name.

Laws

Ithanian Law is unique in that the Ithanian Realm does not have legal symmetry with the Regalian Empire at large. Ithania is subject to a lawbook called Lois-Penal, a set of rules specifically valid for all the land within the boundaries of the Ithanian realm and foreign citizens who are marked as primary citizens of Ithania. These laws are respected by the Regalian Judiciary, meaning an Ithanian judge is always present in Regalia to perform Ithanian lawsuits on Ithanians. Regalians are capable of suing Ithanians in Ithanian Court, though the reverse is not true, since none of the laws are recognized in Regalia due to their female-centric nature. Aside from the legal and taxation factors of the Regalian State, Regalia is barely seen in the daily lives of Ithanians in native Ithania, being but a distant thing they are all part of. In many ways, Ithanians have the same independent mindset from the Regalian Empire that the Daendroque city-states have, though have a far more passive and compliant one.

Lifestyle and Customs

Families

The most contentious opposition other Cultures have towards Ithanian Culture is how it proposes families, and how romantic relationships should be formed. From the premise, it appears that Ithanians enforce a strongly female-dominated relationship where polyandry is encouraged. The male in the relationship is considered barbaric, subject to wild urges they cannot control and of lesser cultural finesse. In every way, the male is delegated to a role of procreation and satisfaction for the women. How this policy came into being is not entirely known, nor do historians have an understanding how men subjected themselves to this kind of rule without revolting at least once, as many of them are degraded into non-consensual same-sex relations within the same household. The reality is that revolts against this sort of domination by the female gender did happen, but they succeeded in a way that one would perhaps not have expected.

Traditionally, a woman in Ithanian Culture may choose any man to be her consort (exceptions are made for foreigners, and this practice is only legal in the land of Ithania). While all Consorts enter the tradition of marriage, Ithanians do not marry before the Unionist Church (though some in Regalia do), and usually women who marry have two or three men per marriage concluded in the same ceremony. Women maintain a favorite, the so-called Consort Favorit, and use a variety of attempted court scheming to play the men off against each other. While this once worked and certainly still does in some cases, women have recently discovered that their attempts no longer work like they used to. Through the centuries, there have been numerous attempts from men to eject themselves from the Ithanian cultural norms, largely inspired by the patriarchy-dominated Cultures in Regalia after Ithania’s subjugation to the global Empire. In doing so, however, instead of throwing off the shackles of domination by the female gender, the men discovered that their upbringing and lot in life had afforded them that no other men in other Cultures possessed, the concept of the Esprit d’Homme. This Espirit d’Homme became a prevalent concept in the first half of the 3rd century AC, and has been with the Ithanian men ever since, setting them truly apart from men in other Cultures. In many ways, the Espirit d’Homme is one of the many hidden jewels of the Ithanian Culture that is often just overlooked, or ignored while critics and outsiders target the more extravagant and decadent expressions of the Culture.

Gender Roles

Ithanian gender divisions are extreme and absolute. There is no violation or deviation possible (though there may have been some circumstances where the regulations were bent a bit). Women rule and fulfill all the various bureaucratic positions. Men are the military, craftsmen, and physical laborers. There has never been and likely never will be a deviation. Varran are used exclusively as slaves for the lower-end jobs and positions that are considered too dirty or low for Humans to perform. The inclusion of Varran as first rank citizens in the Regalian Empire has had no effect on the slavery of Varran in Ithania. In fact, the Grand Sovereign of Ithania negotiated a deal (still upheld by King Florent) that any Varran in Ithania remains a slave-worthy creature and does not have first citizen rights within the borders of the Ithanian realm.

Espirit d'Homme

Espirit d’Homme is, in essence, a sense of community or brotherhood that is unrivaled among all other Races and Cultures. After decades of benevolent oppression and forced emasculation, as seen by the women’s perspective, the Ithanian men found a sense of liberation from being used as playthings in their loyalty towards each other and their unique brotherhood that allowed them to develop an almost same-sex intimacy with one another and normalize it, while honing their combat skills and concentration at the same time. To other Cultures, these behaviors are considered obscene: to (not sexually) share the same bed at night, to embrace deeply, and to care deeply for one another in a way that men would otherwise only women in other Cultures. It should be important to note that these levels of intimacy aren’t actually homosexual in their nature. The men involved are more often than not simply heterosexual, though the extreme levels of comfort they find themselves in with their own gender is unique among any Culture, and often generalized to be homosexual.

Another large advantage of this Espirit d’Homme is the fact that at all levels, Knightly Ithanians are better fighters than all other men of other Cultures. Some combat theorists have spent their whole life studying this mindset bred by the Ithanian lifestyle of the men, and have concluded that where an Ithanian man is raised in the Ithanian Culture for the first two decades at least and has followed an education such as the School of Viridian or School of Bloodcast, they perform better in combat than their contemporaries from other races or Cultures. The prevailing theory is that Ithanian men find greater comfort in being around other men, and have spent years fine-tuning their ego and capacity for distraction by outside factors from other men (who more often than not, will be their opponents since women rarely engage in military pursuits). Essentially, the Ithanian man has already spent his entire life competing with other men and also spent a lifetime honing a form of brotherhood in need of protection that allowed them to achieve a higher level of combat concentration, but also desperation in the need to perform.

These aren't the only factors of the Espirit d’Homme however. Through the centuries, men were encouraged to learn combat schools to defend their women for the sake of keeping the women out of combat. This is typically a highly misunderstood concept about Ithanians; while their Culture is inherently pacifist and they do not believe in the concept of warfare or warriors, nearly their entire male population is militarily capable. It is thus almost comical that the realm with the largest military capable population that could create a huge army, simply doesn’t. Indeed, women in Ithania encourage men to engage in sparring sessions and wrestling to both bond and relieve aggression and tension within the male consorts because they believe that martial combat should purely serve for their personal protection and entertainment. This summarizes the Espirit d’Homme: unrivaled self-control, brotherly loyalty, iron restraint, and combat prowess which could ironically outcompete New Regalian military raising, fostered by female oppression. As much as the Espirit is useful for Ithanians, it should be mentioned that the Espirit d’Homme is entirely ineffective when an Ithanian male faces a woman in battle. As opposed to their controlled and restrained combat against men, they suffer a lack of coordination and calmness against women, being instead beset by a kind of aggressive dejection which often results in them becoming careless in battle.

On a passing note, it should be mentioned also that Ithanian men view same-sex males with a sense of melancholy. The concept of same-sex relations is not only just normalized to Ithanians to the point of seeing it just as normal as opposite-sex relations, in a way they become envious of men who are capable of harboring romantic or sexual feelings for other men. To Ithanian men, to share a life with a brother in arms or a warrior is seen as a better life than to be subject to the control of women, even though this would lead to a degradation of the Espirit d’Homme, with the female oppression as a crucial element in its creation. Ithanian men are as such positively predisposed to any same-sex individuals they know, and it should also come to no surprise that Ithanian men were also some of the former Emperor Cedromar I’s most fervent supporters.

  • OOC Note: Espirit d’Homme is a concept that can be cited in-character to measure an Ithanian man as more combat competent at the same level than any other Race or Culture (enough to allow them to win when competing against the same level, but not proceed to the next combat level). This is however only applicable to Ithanian Men who were raised in Ithania and lived there for at least 20 years, while also having been a male consort in a polyandrous marriage, and having engaged in (and being capable of) male (non-sexual) intimacy.

Religion

Ithanians are strong adherents of Unionism. While the Faith of Estel was once dominant, and while heresy faiths exist elsewhere in the Empire, Ithania has remained Unionist and converted virtually as soon as the period of Regalian domination began. This conversion had two reasons. Primarily, they converted because the Unionist faith is central to the idea of the Ithanian liberties, or more specifically, the Ithanian liberties at the expense of the other Races. Unionism as a faith allows for Ailor to abuse or degrade other Races, thus expanding the individual liberties of the faithful at the expense of the non-faithful, who are cast away and worthy of basic rights. This allowed Ithanians to exercise their decadent art on the non-Humans, but also permitted them to be free of guilt while doing so, as the faith of Unionism took the moral burden. Secondarily, Regalia’s dominance forced Unionism on the passive Ithanians who had no military means. As such, alongside the practical benefits of Unionism, Ithanians adopted Unionism to keep themselves stable and alive. Throughout the years following the integration of Ithania into the Regalian Empire, prosperity quickly allowed for the necessity angle to be lost, making way for a devout Culture among the Ithanians.

Literature and Folklore

Literature

Ithanian literature knows two expressions: feminist poetry and feminist theory. Practically every Ithanian writer is female, and every written piece of literature is some form of metaphorical or literal expression of female superiority, inclinations, activities, or how they should be more free elsewhere in the world in order to be themselves. Curiously, there is a lot of exchange of literature between Etosil and Ithania, where notable Etosian underground feminist writers are considered the most reputable literary geniuses across Ithania. Notably Beyon-Cecily and her written pieces such as “You inspire me to be better, now burn all my love letters” are cult icons in Ithania and beyond.

Philosophy

Ithanian Culture knows the so-called Princois Decelles, or Principles of Divine Divinity. These Principles identify the cornerstone of Ithanian society, and why they engage in certain actions and expressions. They are as follows:

  • Princois d’Elvellen: The Elvellen Principle exists to express that the Ithanians consider the Elves (Altalar only) a remarkably advanced and high Culture people worthy of emulating and integrating into their own society. Their finesse and poise is something worth rivalling and exceeding, but also incorporating.
  • Princois Libresse: The Liberty Principle exists to express that Ithanians believe freedom of expression is the highest right that should be respected and exercised, and that their freedom of decadent expression is the hallmark of their Culture.
  • Princois Femesse: The Female Principle exists to express that females are always superior to men, and codifies the need for men to be subjugated under female rule to restrict and save them from their own violent and aggressive inclinations.
  • Princois Duresse: The Peaceful Principle exists to express that warfare has no positive outcome ever and should be avoided at all costs. Furthermore, to send even a single soldier to war is considered a betrayal to the principle of freedom that Ithanians fight so strongly over. This has caused some issues in recent years, for obvious reasons, but most Ithanians have avoided the latest conflict against King Florent by fleeing abroad.
  • Princois Ancois: The Ancestor Principle exists to express that praise of one’s ancestors is a great virtue, and that ancestors deserve to be included even after death. This sometimes leads to ludicrous cultural activities like having a servant carry around a wig-wearing and make-up wearing statue of an ancestor at all times. Or dining near a shrine edicifice of an ancestor.
  • Princois Notoise: The Notice Principle exists to express that Ithanians must express themselves more fervently than everyone else and even each other, to make use fully of the freedoms that fate and moral and cultural superiority have granted them. It is particularly this Principle that causes ithanians to engage in extreme decadence and expressionism, desperate attempts just to be noticed more than others by increasingly lavish displays to outdo all others.
  • Princois Vilois: The Villification Principle exists to express that Ithanians should expend every financial means possible to themselves (bar from preventing them from committing to the Princois Notoise) to diminish or destroy outside factors that could remove or limit their freedom of expression.
  • Princois Calembaise: The Calemberg Principle exists to state simply one thing: Greater Calemberg, all it stands for and all its people, are the arch nemeses of Ithania. Additionally, House Typhonus above all is equivalent to the Archdemon to the Ithanians.

The Arts

Ithanian jewelry is some of the finest in Aloria.

Art

Ithanian art is extremely similar to Imperial art in the realm of statuary, given that they both represent glorification of the bodily figure, though Ithanian style instead focuses on thinly shrouding the figure’s body with really thin silks complete with complex folds. Usually, the folds produced by the contours of the body are of higher artistic expression than the whole statue itself. As such, a sculptor will often create strange, unrealistic facial proportions but extremely realistic clothing folds, and still be considered a master sculptor. Additionally, Ithanian art is exclusively aimed at women. Men are purely not depicted because the male physique is considered obscene and ugly in its harsh shapes. Sculptures are additionally (in contrast to Leutz-Vixe dark stone colors) made purely out of the whitest of marble. In many ways, whiteness is glorified in Ithania, as tanned skin is seen as something exclusive to the laboring class who have to toil in the sun, but also the “criminal” Daendroque. As for painting, Ithanian works largely retain the visuals of their statuary, presenting the nude or semi-nude body only lightly covered by clothing. A final feature of Ithanian art is their jewelry, well known in Aloria for being some of the most beautiful made by Ailor hands. Often elaborate and made with precious metals, some include exotic features such as feathers and other animal bits to bring that exoicism to the look of the individual wearer. Additionally, female Ithanian jewelry dedicated to headbands or headwear universally seeks to enhance the ears on an individual. Sometimes this is very direct, with large pointed metal pieces set behind the ear, or it can be smaller pieces fanning out around the body part. This is done out of societal respect for the Altalar who birthed the Ithanian Culture, and most commonly represents (much to the disdain of most outsiders) how Ithanians often wish they had pointed ears in reflection of their former masters.

Music

Ithanian music is often imported from the Dressolini, as that Culture is considered to have the best musicians. However, it is thanks to the Ithanians that the music theatre genre known as the Opera was born in Aloria. Under Ithanian guidance and desire for decadent and beautiful theatre, Dressolini composers were directed to produce works for the stage, which led to the creation of Opera. While it quickly jumped back to the Regalian Archipelago, Ithanian Culture seized on it and formed their own traditions. Ithanian Opera heavily focuses on the political drama of the story as well as the costuming for all involved. A wholly original form of Ithanian music though is the Chanson, literally translated as “song” in Common, but referring to a genre of epic poetry songs that describe the harrowing early years of Ithanian society as they struggled to commit to pure pacifism. They also focus on the founding of the Ithanian Sovereignty, but both events are largely mythologized in these stories as a way to glorify the ancestors of modern Ithanian aristocrats.

Fashion

An example of female and male Ithanian fashion. Note the bright colors and draping, silky fabric
Ithanian fashion largely follows the same core base for female dresses. As can be seen here, just a few adjustments to the outfit renders a very different appearance.

Ithanian fashion is dominated by silk, and it is said that this Culture alone consumes almost half of the Empire’s supply every year. The reason for this is because their fashion sensibilities are dominated by the idea that clothing must elegantly flow in the wind, and that dresses upon shape and accentuate the feminine body. However, on the male form, clothing must be used to hide muscular definition and male square-ness as it is considered obscene and ugly to be visible in public. Additionally, all Ithanian clothing tends to have bright colors, as well as friendly and light colors ranging into pastels. Sashes are frequent, while long flowing or curling hair is usually the norm for both men and women (though men often tie it up in either a man-bun or ponytail).

Architecture

Ithanian architecture is well known for representing some of the grandest and most complex work in Aloria, blending ancient Altalar design with Ailor materials and labor to produce glorious structures. It is important to note however that much of Ithania is covered in poor or simple peasant housing, in addition to Altalar structures from the era of the Allorn Empire. Many of these are well maintained by both Altalar and Ithanian noble patrons. As for the structures entirely original and representative of Ithanian principles, one must look to the outskirts of major cities and the countryside. There, the Palace exists, occasionally referred to as a Hôtel. This luxury structure is the centerpiece of Ithanian design philosophy and it is also designed to service the extravagant needs of its owners. The structure has many major features, but in general can be described as existing in three parts, with a central hall possessing two grand wings outward and often extending backwards from a grand facade that makes up the front of the building. This facade features columns, multiple windows, and crenulations, as well as a grand front entrance with a short flight of steps required to reach it. In front of the facade is an enormous water feature, usually a pond to a fountain, surrounded by the path in and out of the Palace’s front. Within the structure, huge, vaulted ceilings with wall and ceiling murals displaying scenes of elegant beauty and Ithanian history give a ceremonial grandeur to the space, added to the frequent use of glass or crystal arranged along the walls, with everything gilded in gold. The central hall is where dining room, the ballroom, and all of the important rooms of ceremonial activity are located, in addition to the bedrooms of all the important women staying in the building.

Traditionally, the two wings located on either side of this sumptuous central structure are divided up in their own purposes and features between men and male servants on the left side while female servants are on the right. The structure’s roof is flat with a terrance and is decorated with balustrades, pilasters, balconies and statues. The tiling on these roofs is often dark blue, green, or black, though time in the elements can wash out these dark colors within but a few years, requiring their replacement. These dark colors compliment the brickwork of the wider Palace, which is often in pale shades, blending marble with complex red/earthen brickwork. Finally, the entire affair is rounded out with an enormous back garden, which often exists between the various extensions on the wings, which are often rectangular blocks that are building facing away from the main facade, and therefore push out into the garden anyway. Such gardens are designed as places of social enjoyment, with plenty of footpaths lacing ways through the beds of flowers and shrubs, but also leading to open spaces where games or sports can be played.

Cuisine

Ithanian cuisine has a strong identity known as Haute Cuisine by the outside world. In many ways, Ithanian cooking is an almost daily full-day consuming business, where members of Ithanian society work all day long to provide abundant ingredients and rich flavors to Ithanian chefs for their creations (for a better example of the various exotic ingredients needed for only one Ithanian dish, look at Pix Castellois). These chefs are also some of the best paid in the world, and often have recipe books that they guard as feverishly as any holy scripture. Additionally, unlike in most other areas, Ithanian chefs are divided into several categories based on their specific skills and, in the major kitchens of the land’s nobility, are subdivided into their own area of said kitchens where they work to make their specific dishes. In terms of gastronomy, Ithanian cuisine is considered the most excellent in the world. Practically every other Culture and Race has adopted one form of Ithanian cooking technique, making it also the most wide-spread. Ithanian cuisine (aside from using cheese and wine in nearly every dish as a garnish or addition) makes use of all kinds of vegetables, spices, fruits, fish and meats, and eggs, though avoids raw grain products as those are considered crude and barbaric in Ithanian cuisine. Ithanians are also known for their sumptuous desserts, from the Eclair to the Macaron to Haute Puisse.

Recreation

Sports

Ithanians do not possess many sports, as the natural aggression of such competitions is often shunned in their society. Additionally, not straining yourself in these exercises is also another way to avoid people getting hurt. At the core of this is the Joust, the sport of knights facing each other in one-on-one combat on horseback with lances. This practice is almost as old as knighthood itself, which the Ithanians heavily adopted early on, and is considered by many to be the ultimate expression of Esprit d’Homme. Jousts are most common as entertainment for the upper classes, with Ithanian noblewomen competing with one another through the use of their Consorts or favored knights in the field. The Joust has been exported to other lands, most notably seen among the Burdigalans, but the Ithanians still view themselves as the masters of this sport. In addition to this sport, exported forms of competition such as Dressolini Fencing and wrestling are also practiced, sometimes alongside the Joust in Grand Tournaments for honor, respect, and fabulous prizes. In contrast to all of these, a sport almost exclusively played by women is tennis. The sport was also invented by the Ithanians, but it holds far more ceremonial importance in their society than the more simplified version exported to regions like Dragenthal. In Ithanian tennis, the court is literally a court, with painted lines on the floor marking out certain are where both players must stand in reflection of the local courtly ideals. For example, both individuals must remain in the ballroom section or suffer penalties. This is thought to teach Ithanian noblewomen the value in assuring they watch the whole court for signs of political weakness.

Leisure

The Ithanians are often known for possessing ample amounts leisure time, thanks to the majority of them being nobles with little real work to do. One of the games most commonly played during downtime, though exclusive to women, is Nine Handmaidens. Each player receives nine playing pieces, and first places them all into a board, before being allowed to move one single space in the area around them. The ultimate goal is to capture the opponent's nine tokens before she captures yours, or to deny the opponent's ability to make a move. Much like tennis, the game is thought to teach political principals to Ithanian noblewomen, and is often called Ithanian Chess due to the similarities between the two games. As for other activities undertaken by Ithanian women during leisure time, they often engage in tea parties, soirees, and card games while men engage in friendly competition, wrestling, reading, and studying away from the female engagements (aside from servants).

Symbols

Ithania and Ithanian symbolism is usually dominated by sky-colored birds and other sky-related objects such as the moon. This is because Ithanians consider themselves above everything else and as divine in the sky, but also because of the near cult-like attachment that the Ithanians have to the moon.

Trivia

  • Ithania suffers frequent revolts from the invisible and unspoken lower classes, though these are harshly crushed by troops brought in from foreign lands to do the fighting of the Ithanian people for them. It is said that exploitation of the lower classes is far worse in Ithania than in Regalia.
  • Ithania is the largest consumers of the cheese and wine produced by Burdigalan lands.
  • Since the renegotiation of the deal between the Ithanian Sovereignty and the Regalian Empire, the Regalian Government has repeatedly faced money troubles.

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Writers MonMarty, HydraLana
Processors HydraLana, FireFan96, TheBioverse, MantaRey
Last Editor Firefan96 on 04/28/2020.

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