|Common Names||Leutzmen, Swamp dwellers, Mud bakers|
|Classification||East Human Culture.|
|Social Classes||Nobility, Tacticians, Merchants, Strategists, Mercenaries, Architects|
Leutz-Vixe is a less-practiced bridge culture between Ithanian and New Regalian, and has only recently emerged in the last handful of decades. Despite its minimal youth popularity, the culture has contributed great things to modern society. Around 230 AC, the long-standing people of Brissiaud had shed many of the ideals of Ithanian culture, in favor of adhering to the militarism of Regalia. Their preference toward fashion, the arts, fine dining, and other high society inclinations remained, yet the Leutz people emerged into the modern era with a newfound sense of pragmatism and militaristic enthusiasm that all but appalled their Ithanian cousins. Through Leutz Fencing, military leaders, great houses, fashion, and even down to the small things such as Croisse-Baking, the Leutz-Vixe culture is making its mark on the world of today.
Language and Dialects
The people of Brissiaud are inclined toward their native tongue called Leutz-Vixe. This language, like the culture itself, is a bridge between Ithanian and Regalisch, forming into one cohesive language known by few compared to their parents tongues. Compared to other languages, Leutz is spoken very quickly and sounds very slurred. This is due to the blending of Ithanian and Regalisch; the hard-sounding words from the latter clash with the flowing elegance of the former. As a result, Leutz-Vixe folk speaking in common have an incredibly thick accent, which is a remnant of their old language that is hard to shrug off. Finally, it’s important to note that because of a shared dialectic ancestry, Leutz-speaking people understand their Ithanian cousins. This does not work in reverse; Ithanians cannot understand Leutz.
Leutz names are often a mixture of cultural blending and linger around three categories: Hardline Regalish, Hardline Ithanian, and Mix. Leutz names are dependent upon where the person comes from. Some names are indistinguishable from Ithanian or Regalian naming customs. Those whose identities are more submerged in the culture opt in for a blend of the two forms. Below are a few examples of Leutz-Vixe names.
Law is very straightforward within Brissiaud, which is the only relevant place of Leutz law practice. It follows standard, lawful protocol, with heavy reliance of how the New Regalians have state management set up. This design mimics typical Regalian Law in many ways, as the Leutzmen have opted to not change things that are not broken. Certain laws are in place among individual baronies, counties, and duchies to prevent women from holding power, but this is a “case by case” trend. Though it is still uncommon to see the laws not exist among Leutz areas.
Lifestyle and Customs
Leutz-Vixe families are not as close-knit as others. The land they come from is harsh and cruel, and the Leutz people mimic this. Stoic formality is usually observed in familial units, and they typically follow a patriarchal, primogeniture succession line. The first son gets all his father had; the other siblings get next-to-nothing. This is especially the case for females, who often play extreme background roles. In extreme difference to their Ithanian roots, Leutz-Vixe families almost never follow a matriarchal system because women are shunned by the military, though it is possible. In terms of romance, the Leutz people can be a coin-toss;. it depends on where they come from. Their preference to arts, high society, and fine dining inspire romance and storybook-esque relationships with lovers. However, the Leutz people of Brissiaud often defer to what simply suits them best. Life can be tough in the swamplands and hostile forests of home, and the Leutzmen often marry young and die young, with the hope to produce offspring to keep their legacy going. In the case of Leutz living in other places within the Empire, this can be entirely different, as they will defer to their sense of high society to engage in very romantic and close activities.
Leutzmen follow patriarchal values, which contrasts their mother Ithanian culture. The culture stands incredibly close to New Regalian in this regard, where men are perceived as superior to women. Women in power is little-heard-of in Brissiaud, as Leutz people go to great lengths to avoid placing power in the hands of a female. Despite this, women are granted an enormous amount of freedom. Occupations are the main point, where women are encouraged to pursue talents and hobbies as a means to better themselves. Hunting and fishing is also an exception, where Leutz women are pushed to be proficient in regards to the popular sports and traditions. Women are the homemakers above all things and are often challenged to pursue hobbies only when time permits. This is expected in the majority of households for both genders; it is perceived to be lazy in the Leutz society to be idle.
The Leutz people observe many holidays, as well as share multiple holidays with other cultures. Parades are the most commonplace form of holiday, and will take place in the middle of the day or on a weekend on every occasion. This is because taking too much time off work is seen as lazy to Leutzmen. As a result, holidays are strategically placed as to not conflict with work schedules. The only exception is the Brissiaud holiday “Croissenpâtidag”, which is a day of relaxing and food. It is observed every summer solstice, and is anticipated by Leutz children above anyone else, as it dedicates all three main meals of the day to pastry-styled food. It holds no historical meaning, and started to become practiced at the emergence of Croisse Baking popularity outside of Brissiaud. Famous pastries, baked goods, and sweets eaten specifically this day are: Wurst Roll, Zitrounbrout, and Fleeschbak.
The Leutz people show a predominant inclination toward Unionism. Due to the high regard, the ruling families of Brissiaud hold Unionism, the people of the Leutz inclination are often devout in their worship, attending service as often as time can be spared. However, it can be stated that Leutz Unionists are often less zealous in their beliefs. With the isolation of Brissiaud and the cold, unforgiving landscape the majority of the people live on, they are often far too pragmatic, and focused on the now, than to be incredibly occupied with affairs of the faith. The Leutz culture breeds this sense of pragmatic realism, and despite their dedication to Unionism, partake little in it outside of prayer. This is also the case in the Sanchella itself, as very few reverends of the faith are actually Leutz in culture, due to the religious fervour just simply being passive in their homeland.
Literature and Folklore
Literature from Leutz authors all follow the same themes of the military, with little exception. Poetry, fiction, and romance authors are all placed below the works of generals, tacticians, and admirals. Brissiaud is famous for pieces of tactical theories, military campaign accounts, and theses on strategy. This makes Leutz literature acclaimed by Alt-Regalians for its contributions to the military in the Empire, but is frowned upon by Ithanians for being uncreative. There are works of semi-fiction that have become popular in recent times within Brissiaud, which is a Leutz genre of writing called “Epikont,” or “Epic Account.” These are pieces regarding historical military campaigns of the Regalian Empire but are often embellished with heroic Leutz main characters who achieve great feats in battle. As a result, Epikonts are viewed with favor by Leutzmen, but seen as questionable by other cultures.
Leutz customs abide closely to their Regalian cousins. Bridges are formed between the old traditions of New Regalian and Ithanian because Leutzmen are traditionalists. Leutz people are traditional in how they present and carry themselves in their daily lives. Stoicism is dictated as the proper way to compose oneself, and conversation is lacking between strangers. Small talk is unpopular among Leutz people, and is instead called “Schwätztnäischt” by them, which roughly translates to “Nothing-speak.” Small talk and friendly conversation is mostly engaged in family units, and it is customary to not act out or be overly friendly towards strangers. Formality and practical nature is the custom of the Leutz people, and this way of acting is very commonplace. The Leutz-Vixe people have always had a very isolationist and conservative ideology of political involvement. Leutzmen actively partake in what they dubbed “net involvéiert”. This was a commonplace term used by Leutz title holders, which essentially just means “Non-Involvement”, and was incredibly popular during the Regalian Pessimism. The families of Brissiaud typically engage in political intrigue, but usually among themselves, which is seen as volatile and largely self-destructive by outside nobles. This has changed in recent times, which has seen many Leutzmen tred outside their comfort zone and into Regalian politics.
Sculpting is placed above other styles of visual art in Leutz society and is common throughout Brissiaud. Noble estates feature excessive amounts of sculptures, which all use a stone or dark marble base. They never use white marble. This sculpting, while acclaimed, is also seen as bizarre compared to more traditional standards. Themes for sculpting center around merging people and animals in artistic ways, like a soldier with the head of a Jungle Stalker, or a famous writer with bird wings. This expression is called “Gemëschtent Szen,” meaning “mixed scene” or “blended scene.”
The Leutz-Vixe people are scarcely known for their music, and the region of Brissiaud is not known in any way for it either. Leutz people abide by what is popular to New Regalians, and composers will mimic these styles frequently. The culture is very young still, and while contributing in many areas, lacks a voice for music. As a result, Leutzmen always go by the path musicians of other cultures set for them.
Leutz people view architecture differently from how they view fashion. The Anglian style of building has lived on in the culture, as the two share multiple similarities. Shows of wealth and superfluous detail are looked down upon in structures, yet castles, forts, and holdfasts are seen as architecturally superior. Leutzmen believe that a structure with multiple uses is better than an expensive palace. Most noble families live in very plain structures, which are usually a form of converted castles, or holdfasts. Sensible designs with inexpensive materials get valued over a white marble countryside manor. On the inside, decorations are sparse, and feature heirlooms, statues, or mementos alongside furniture, rather than expansive gardens or paintings. Basic homes for lower classes are as simplistic as the uppers and are designed in effective ways to guard Leutzmen from climate and environmental hazards. This is especially the case in Brissiaud, where it’s far more necessary.
Leutz fashion has evolved from Ithanian in its way over the last few decades and has become popular apparel for court. This high-class fashion takes up more money and time than other niches of Leutz society, and it is common for people to sacrifice other expenses in exchange for remaining in the latest fashion. The fashion dictates that the design of clothes needs to accentuate the properties of either gender. For males, clothing is militaristic, dark, intimidating, but has constant use of superfluous detail as shows of wealth and status. For females, dresses hug curves and feature skinny skirts at the legs to show off form. Skin isn’t shown much, as not covering can be looked down upon by other Leutzmen and women as scandalous. It is typical of men to use eccentric designs in their beards to display status, while they crop their hair to be short and military in style. Females are encouraged to tie hair up in exquisite buns or have it be pulled back into a braid. Women who do not manage their hair are mocked by others. They are frequently called “Betthoer” which means “Bed hair.”
The Leutz-Vixe people have a cuisine that is dependent upon where they live. For the majority, that is Brissiaud. Fish is by far the most simple, and most readily available, food item found on the peninsula. Leutzmen consider this option cheap and easy to produce, as it can be found in lakes, ponds, and rivers throughout Brissiaud. The accessible fish remains popular at all class levels, and professional chefs from the culture often include seafood in their dishes. Adversely, Croisse Baking is equal in popularity, despite its cost in some areas. Croisse Baking is a popular form of culinary activity that makes up the baking of sweet pastries. Brissiaud is the only place in the Archipelago to formally export these baked goods, and about every town has a good number of bakeries dedicated to the food. Croisse Baking is very popular among wealthy Leutzmen, who often binge heavily on the treats, as well as chefs who look for new ways to be original with the design.
Leutz Fencing is the most practiced sport among the Leutz people, and is championed in Brissiaud noble courts and guilds for its poise and entertainment value. The sport uses the Leutz Épée, practical rules, and is famously in contest with Dressolini Fencing, which is seen by the Leutz people as eccentric and over-the-top. Hunting and fishing are two other favorite activities of the Leutz people. These practices are seen throughout Brissiaud due to the abundance of wildlife, forests, and waterways in the region. Leutzmen with free time partake in these hobbies more than others, as it is seen as not only entertaining, but practical in that both yield food and teach skills.
The Leutz people often closely associate themselves with trees. In their eyes, this represents the Bos de Bris in Brissiaud. A tree symbolizes being rooted into the land by their culture. The undertone is that Brissiaud was lesser before the emergence of Leutz culture. It is exceedingly common for noble houses to use trees in some regard to their heraldry, or to plant what they call a “Kleng Bësch”, or a “little forest”, around their estate or castle walls. In the past, there have been problems with the Sanchella of Union for the usage of a tree in symbolism, as it could be perceived to reference the Old Gods faith. However, the Unionist faith is so abundantly abided by in Brissiaud, that the issue scarcely emerges.
- Leutz people despise being referred to as Ithanians, and often get hastily aggressive when someone even dares compare them to the other culture. They find this a grievous insult.
- Leutz is one of the only cultures that has been comprised entirely of other, previously existing cultures, yet retains independent ideologies.
- The Leutz culture is one of the smallest human cultures because of its young age and relative isolation in only Brissiaud by any majority.