|Common Names||Calembergers, Waldmarkers, Sabre Rattlers, Pelt Lovers, War Hawks|
|Social Classes||Aristocrats, Army Marshals/Generals, Tacticians, Politicians, Knights, Hunters, Foresters|
|Major Cities||City of Calemberg, Lutherstadt, Berge, Frûs, Templinburg, Magde|
The New Regalians, often associated with the similar-sounding but extinct Alt-Regalian Culture, is the Culture of the Calemberg and Waldmark regions of the Regalian Archipelago and making up the majority of the former Wirtemcaller Kingdom’s borders. Having a history spanning almost as long as the Regalian Empire itself, the New Regalian Culture is at the forefront of everything related to the military. As the home Culture of the Empire’s most decorated Army generals and tacticians, the New Regalians prize military accomplishment above all else, and much of their daily lives are surrounded by the austerity and discipline associated with it. Often in conflict with the liberally expressive Ithanians and their historical enemy of the Velheim, New Regalians continue to serve as a bastion of military conservatism in the Regalian Empire, and arguably all of Aloria.
The New Regalian Culture finds its origins in the Wirtemcaller Kingdom, a sizable nation that ruled over much of the eastern half of the Regalian Archipelago. For several centuries, the Wirtemcallers were known for their military discipline and focus on honor, and frequently went on campaigns to conquer neighboring territories, reaching their peak around 50 BC when the predecessors of the Herebrand Order ruled over the High Duchy of Zavoria, the ancestral homeland of the Zvorun Ailor. However, Wirtemcaller Kingdom’s age of glory would not last forever, and the cracks of its infrastructure began to show in 40 AC when a succession crisis erupted over the death of the young and childless Wirtemcaller King. Rivalries were drawn, and the Wirtemcallers began a brief civil war that would last several years. While the crisis would eventually end, it would ultimately spell the end of the Kingdom.
In 50 AC, the Velheim of the Skagger Horde began to encroach on the Wirtemcaller Kingdom’s northern borders, seizing border towns and burning them to the ground. Faced with annihilation if they continued to feud, the civil war ended with the last Wirtemcaller King being tasked with maintaining the defense of the state. However, the years of strife crippled the supply lines of the Kingdom, and by 98 AC the Skaggers captured the Wirtemcaller Princes, and supposedly offered them as living sacrifices to the Union of Air. This would mark the end of the Wirtemcaller Royal Family, and when the King died in 105 AC in his westernmost marches, the Kingdom that lasted for centuries came to an end. For the next several years the border fiefdoms loosely united to try and hold back the Skagger advance, with many envoys sent to the growing Regalian Empire in the west of the Archipelago. Earning the favor of House Cadar, the ex-Wirtemcallers succeeded in gaining military backing from the Regalians, and starting in 110 AC the Empire began to march through the border fiefdoms, with the holdout states swearing fealty to the Regalian Emperor and joining the Imperial banners. By 132 AC, the majority of the Wirtemcaller Kingdom’s territory was reconquered, and the formal start of the New Regalian Culture began.
Joining the Regalian Empire taught the ex-Wirtemcallers that a return to their old ways was impossible. The feuding that occurred before the Skagger Horde invaded showed the vulnerability of the Wirtemcaller mindset, and that the Kingdom was a failed state whose internal weakness led to its downfall. As a result, the Wirtemcaller lands were redivided, with the majority of the former state becoming the new Lordship of Calemberg. The name Wirtemcaller was discarded as a relic of a bygone era, and a people once Alt-Regalian became the New Regalians, a reborn society that would reform itself to become the military capital of the Empire. Through the guidance of House Cadar and Emperors Lilienmar III and Allamaria I, the Wirtemcaller command structure was incorporated into the newly established Regalian Marshalry, with many of the top leadership positions granted to these New Regalians. As time passed, this military discipline earned the respect of other Ailor groups. Many cultures in turn began to do away with parts of their former society, becoming groups such as the Leutz-Vixe and Dressolini which sought to emulate and improve New Regalian society. However, these efforts were not fully appreciated by the New Regalians, who believed that their culture was already perfected through their reforms during their formation. Only the mercantile Calderliga were ever given full acknowledgment, with the two groups creating a brotherhood that lasts to this day.
During the third century AC, the New Regalians truly grew into a bastion of conservative and traditional values, going as far as to create a loose alliance known as the Calemberg Union, which was initially created to guard the Lordship from Drixagh aggression, but eventually extended to preserving the New Regalian way of life. During the tenure of Morgann Kade, the New Regalians united against the Arch-Chancellor’s hedonistic displays, creating a small voice of opposition in a sea of conformists in the Regalian Government, managing to hold onto their military positions through unity. After Morgan’s death sparked the Regalian Pessimism, the austerity measures of the New Regalians helped to maintain their discipline as they used factions such as the Iron Bulwark to lobby for military actions in the Regalian Senate, which would culminate in the Chrysant War and Tenpenny Act of Justinian II following the campaign.
The last several years of Regalian history has seen the New Regalian people go through several drastic changes in their way of life. The ascension of Ulric Typhonus to the position of Chancellor gave the Calembergers the prestige of representation in one of the highest positions in civil government, though the Regalian Civil Strife saw the City of Calemberg captured by the Consortium of Houses Santorski and Lo. While the Burning of the North saw the New Regalians inflict revenge on their historical Velheim enemies, greater measures would need to be taken to secure Calemberg sovereignty. As a result, a massive fortification known as Hadrian’s Wall was erected along the entire border of Drixagh and Calemberg, with a brief war between the Calemberg Union and Velheim nobility in 306 AC ensuring its functionality as a defense against Skagger incursions. However, the following Drixagh Rebellion in 307 AC saw Hadrian’s Wall breached as the Regalian Archipelago faced another bout of civil unrest. In the subsequent treaty, a Dragon flew over the fortifications, mysteriously transforming it into an impassable mountain chain. Since then, the northern border of Calemberg and Drixagh has remained quiet, though other borders would not be as calm.
Over the years, the region of Eastern Dragenthal and Western Calemberg became the border of New Regalians and other Ailor Cultures. Once the last bastion of the Wirtemcaller Kingdom, the region faced many conflicts, with the Drachenwald Crisis of recent history causing the local inhabitants to question their place as the borderlands of the Regalian Heartland. After discussions with the Imperial Palace, an administrative change saw this area transformed into an independent realm. Known as the Waldmark, this infant lordship now exists as a secondary state to the New Regalian people, eager to make its mark in Archipelago affairs as a rival to the Calemberger lords. While no strife has come between the two realms yet, only time will tell if the New Regalians will work together as equal heirs to the Cadar legacy and the Wirtemcallers before, or undergo a cultural shift that will change eastern Archipelago politics forever.
Language and Dialects
The New Regalians, in a strange manner given their name, speak the Alt-Regalian Dialect, which is a hybrid language that combines aspects of Anglian Dialects, Proto-Regalian, and Common. The Alt-Regalian Dialect, as a hybrid language, took up the grammatical and spelling constructs of its parent culture. It adheres to a strict structure of word order and gender, making it very organized, albeit confusing to first-time speakers. The language itself was developed in the Regalian Crown Isle by the Wirtemcaller migrants, who sought refuge in the fledgling Empire from the Skagger Horde of the northern archipelago. After the Wirtemcaller Kingdom was re-conquered during the Skagger Wars and turned into Greater Calamberg, the language returned to its homeland and was spread to the local inhabitants, many coming from the Regalian Empire to settle down in the new lands. Over time, several regional dialects emerged, and while they are all classified as a single Alt-Regalian Language, there are some differences.
- The Calemberg Dialect is based on Standard High German
- The Waldmark Dialect is based on Austro-Bavarian
- The Calderliga Dialect is based on Low German
- It should be noted that all of these local dialects are mutually understandable with one another, but not with any other Languages.
New Regalian first and middle names are often based in a historical context. Male names are usually taken from key military or religious figures, such as a decorated war hero or a local Heron, whereas women usually take theirs from an ancestor of importance, such as a grandmother or spouse of a famous male leader. In the case of older families, the name of their house’s founder may be used in their name. It is also not uncommon for a New Regalian to have several middle names, often paying homage to a Heron or a previous Emperor. Last names can vary based on occupation or standing in society. It is typical for New Regalian commoners to take the name of their trade, such as ‘Müller’ for a mill worker, or ‘Baumgärtner’ for a tree trimmer. Others, however, may choose to mark ancestry by adding the suffix -son or base it on a location using the abbreviation ‘von.’ The nobility from the New Regalian Culture also have their own naming convention which is sometimes used. A titleholder, for example, may use the surname ‘von placeoforigin zu titleholding’ to reference their ancestral homeland, as well as their current titles. Sometimes these names can become quite long, often describing the specific geographic region a person hails from, such as a notable river.
Examples of New Regalian names are found below:
- Karl Allamarich von und zu Altenburg
- Franz Sidderick Hector Müller
- Siegfried Witterich Gottfriedson
- Ulrich von Calemberg
- Rianne Marianne von und zu Calderwald
- Mathilda Baumgärtner
- Rosalinde Viktoria Weber
- Heidi von Ardenwald
New Regalian law has been heavily influenced by Regalian Law in many aspects, though usually favoring the more military-inclined aspects and disfavor the more “liberal-minded” ones. While they still enforce the capital’s laws where applicable, many New Regalian areas tend to use societal pressure and cultural norms to enact their perceived sense of justice rather than following the capital’s example. For example, the laws pertaining to the carrying of weapons are fairly lax in New Regalian territories, owing largely to the high percentage of military-capable men in each area. However, crimes that involve the use of weapons are punished more severely in return, creating an unspoken rule of fair and honorable weapon use to exist. In areas such as Military Law, the written word is adhered to perfectly (and often expanded upon) while some of the more recent legislation in regards to the tolerance of other groups is often ignored or paid lip service. In short, the New Regalians believe that the law should remain as it was when they were added into the Regalian Empire a century or so ago, with only a few pragmatic updates as society advances.
Alongside Regalian Law, there is a section of New Regalian law that applies uniquely to the culture, known as the Waldgebote. These laws derived from the old Wirtemcaller Kingdom law books which were adopted as local statutes when Greater Calemberg was first established. These laws are recognized by the Regalian State, but only so far as it concerns New Regalians (and where applicable, people living in New Regalian lands). Most of these laws are local additions to Military Law, but some of them are well known outside of the New Regalian homeland:
- Wirtemcallishgebot: Females are barred from inheriting any land or properties unless there are no males to the second degree of relation. In such a case, the female may inherit the holdings, but is expected to produce a male heir as soon as possible.
- Reinheitsgebot: Any traditional beer which is advertised as such may only be made with water, barley, and hops as ingredients. If found in violation of the statute, the offender must offer up a fine equal to the cost of the barrel and profits, and have their barrel of impure beer destroyed.
- Jagengebot: Any individual who hunts a White Calemberger Fox without an official permit from the regional authorities shall be punished by spending the next New Moon alone in the forest without a weapon.
- Adlergebot: Any individual who willingly kills a Crow Eagle (sometimes extended to any hunting bird owned by another) is to be executed by arrows, with the fletching made of the deceased bird’s feathers.
- Griffgebot: Females are barred from attending any Military Academy in New Regalian lands, with the exception of the School of Griffer. Those that wish to study military skills must do so in a foreign state, most often in the City of Regalia.
- Wehrpflichtgebot: Each family in New Regalian lands is required to send at least one son per generation to complete military service. In the case of a family only producing daughters, this requirement may be lifted by providing the father’s weight in military equipment, ranging from weaponry to food to clothing.
- Militärgebot: Any person who is New Regalian and awaiting a trial can appeal to have a three-panel Tribunal serve as their Judges, with at least one Judge holding a military rank of Field Officer or above. Should no judge be found with these military credentials, the trial is postponed indefinitely until one can be found.
Lifestyle and Customs
The New Regalian household is almost always monogamous, with the father serving as the head of the household while his wife serves as a secondary authority in his absence. Each couple tends to produce at least three children in order to fulfill their Unionist obligation to create more Ailor than there were before. Usually, a couple attempts to have at least two sons in order to send one off to military service at the age of 14, while the other learns how to handle business matters (though it is not unheard of, and even quite normal for all male children to attend military service to some degree). When it concerns the hierarchy of power in the family, the father acts as the foremost authority on most matters, and his word is expected to be adhered to out of respect for his work in maintaining the family’s image in public. His wife as previously mentioned acts as a secondary authority, and tends to focus on maintaining the family’s morals while bringing up the children. Together, the couple plays off each other’s strengths and societal obligations to maintain a strong family unit. To this end, New Regalians are very adamant about the bond of marriage, believing that any man without a woman able to work alongside him is a coward and a disgrace to honor, while an unmarried woman is seen as lacking stability in her life which a husband can provide.
When it concerns the elderly, New Regalians pay a large amount of deference to them, believing their years of experience are invaluable to making sound decisions, even if some of their statements are unable to be applied to modern times. Grandfathers still tend to act as the patriarchs of their family (and in the case of nobility, remain the absolute authority), but often defer the day to day decision making to their eldest sons in order to focus on living out the rest of their lives in relative peace. When it concerns the rest of the elderly, their responsibilities are often tied to teaching the youngest generation about timeless lessons on duty and traditions, in order for family values to continue to be passed down over the years. As such, New Regalians tend to put heavy consideration into the advice of their elders, even if at the end of the day they make a decision contrary to such. And while the absolute deference to elders is not as heavy as the Daendroque Culture, it is still considered a valuable outlet for seeking wise counsel.
Inheritance in New Regalian Culture is fairly straightforward, typically following male primogeniture, with the eldest son taking almost everything and leaving the rest of his siblings with little. While outsiders would suspect that fratricide would be very common in families because of this, the opposite is the reality. While it is true that some fratricide occurred centuries ago, the practice fell out of favor in the Wirtemcaller Kingdom, with families understanding that having one son consolidate power after the father’s death leads to a long-lasting lineage. Today, fathers tend to groom each of their sons to fulfill a certain duty for the family. The eldest son tends to learn the main family business and attend military schooling to learn leadership, while younger sons pick up side-management of businesses or attend more practical military academies. For the New Regalian nobility, often the eldest son is sent off to learn military tactics before returning home to manage part of his father’s estates, while younger sons pursue more command-oriented roles in the military, with many sent off to join one of the several knightly orders across the Regalian Empire. This in turn creates a dynamic where each son serves a purpose that empowers the collective whole of the family, which also allows for their power to extend out into other areas.
Marriage in New Regalian societies is viewed as unnecessarily complicated to outsiders, as the courtship rituals apply to both high and low classes. If a man desires to wed a woman, the fathers of each respective family meet privately to discuss if the couple is suitable as a match. This usually comes down to whether both belong to the same social class, though other factors are not unheard of in these negotiations, such as the future business outcomes of both families. If the two fathers agree, the couple is allowed to court for an agreed-upon timeframe, during which the couple attends social events and gets to know one another, ensuring that the relationship will lead to a healthy marriage. However, couples are strictly forbidden from engaging in public displays of affection, with more wealthy families using chaperones to ensure the “purity” of both individuals. After the courtship time ends, a wedding ceremony takes place where the bride becomes part of her new husband’s family, taking his name. Due to the specific rules pertaining to both genders, homosexual relationships are a taboo of New Regalian society, believing that such acts are immoral and unnatural. Often lovers try to hide their affections from one another by going through the typical courtship ritual with the opposite sex, while secretly engaging in their relationship away from their families. The risk of discovery is high in this regard, as the result of exposing such a relationship often results in the disownment and expulsion of the lovers in question, becoming pariahs in their homeland. Even with other Cultures becoming slightly more open after the reign of Emperor Cedromar I, the New Regalians continue to maintain their traditional family values, unwilling to alter what they believe has worked for centuries.
Most outsiders view New Regalians as misogynistic and oppressive to women through archaic laws and customs, a vision heavily propagated by the Ithanian Culture, but in reality the roles of both genders act as complements to one another. These societal duties are influenced heavily by the family unit, but also take into consideration the practicalities of both men and women. Men are considered to be the primary authority, owing to their natural masculinity and physical prowess, but also for their emotional stoicism in difficult times. Given the military history of the New Regalian people, it comes to no surprise that society has accepted that men often represent stalwartness in defending one’s homeland, and as such are treated as the prominent gender in order to maintain that honor. Men often take up most leadership positions in society, acting as guardsmen, local rulers, and business managers.
New Regalian women are seen as the complement to the masculinity of men, having the unique ability to bring one’s ego back down to reality to focus on the important things in life. They are seen as the moral instructors of the family, and together with the elderly aim to instill concepts of duty and honor to the youngest of a family. While theoretically, a husband has the final word in any discussion, the word of their wives is often taken into the highest of considerations, knowing full well that a happy and content family is beneficial to everyone. It is towards that concept of a strong family connection that makes domestic violence one of the highest taboos in New Regalian society. The very thought of striking a woman is so repulsive in society that it is considered a severe breach in a man’s honorable conduct, with the consequence of such often leading to public beating by the local guard force. While New Regalian society offers women several of these protections, they are expected to recognize the authority of their men, and should publicly support any decision made by their husbands, knowing that they may speak freely with them in private. As such, New Regalian women often find themselves in secretarial roles alongside their husbands or working behind the scenes to ensure that everything is running smoothly.
Given the rigid belief that both genders complement one another, it comes as no surprise that New Regalians do not believe in the concept of reversing any of these roles or permitting variance from them. As a conservative people, they believe that undermining the status quo breeds instability, which in turn opens up vulnerabilities that can be exploited. Due to the severe damage created by the Skagger Wars, this fear of having society crumble away has caused New Regalians to hold onto what has worked in the past, believing that any radical changes could cause history to repeat itself once more. However, there have been some social movements that have been taking place in recent decades. The ascension of Marianne Cadar as the head of House Cadar saw the Regalian Military have its first and only female Grand Admiral, her tenure sparking a debate on a woman’s role in the military. While her death saw the concept of front-line female commanders dismissed by New Regalians, it did cause a small group of women to consider some form of military prowess. This would eventually culminate in the Griffer Movement, which would soon create their own military academy in Calemberg, and see a few women pursue tactical educations in the School of Marshalry (though they would continue to remain as shadow tacticians behind their male counterparts, a practice which is still maintained to this day). While this movement has allowed parts of New Regalian society to permit some of their women to pursue a bit of military instruction, the vast majority of female military leaders (of which the population is still only in the low hundreds) are from other Ailor Cultures, with the Waldmarkers and Calembergers still actively set in their old ways, maintaining the belief that the traditional gender norms are the best practice to maintain stability.
New Regalians know several holidays, many of which follow the Unionist Liturgical Calendar. Though there are three holidays in particular that are of great cultural importance:
- Kaisertag, or Emperor’s Day. Held on the last day of Hochsommerfest (so June 27th/28th), this holiday celebrates the lives of Emperors Lilienmar II and Allamaria I, who spent most of their early years growing up in the New Regalian capital of Calemberg. Local churches hold large morning services, with preachers taking many weeks to prepare their sermon for the day. After the service is concluded, a local military parade is held which travels from one side of town to the other. Smaller villages usually just march around the church in the middle of town, while larger cities shut down for the day, with city guards and military officials marching from one district to another. These celebrations are when New Regalians typically declare the start of the campaigning season and make preparations for war.
- Cadartag, or Cadar’s Day, is held on the fall equinox. Heralding the end of the Unionist Cycle of Dominion, this holiday is used to celebrate the end of military campaigns of the year, and to reflect on past achievements. Historically, the first Cadartag was held in 179 AC after the Skagger Wars were officially ended, with its namesake belonging to House Cadar, one of the Five Families who was given the Lordship of Calemberg.
- Von Kërle Nacht, or Von Kërle Night, held on December 5th. According to New Regalian legend, this is the night in which a Vampire and his demonic entourage take misbehaving children into the forest, never to be seen again. Children are to spend the last hour before bed in prayer and meditation, begging the Imperial Spirit for protection from evil forces. During this hour, some older children and adults of the town dress up as demons and run around the streets with a birch stick, which is used to tap on the bedroom windows of praying children. If a scream is heard, the “demons” leave a segment of their birch rods on the window sill, which the child must bring to the local church the next day to absolve their lack of faith. If no scream is heard, then a small vial of Holy Water is left on the sill, which is seen to be a gift from the Imperial Spirit. Despite the irony of dressing as demons, New Regalians view this act as beneficial to ensuring the faith of children remains strong.
While the Etosians are known for their zealotry through the former Evintarian sect, and Colonials are the most vocal about professing and spreading the faith, the New Regalians take the conservative approach to the practice of Unionism. While almost every New Regalian is a Unionist by faith, they see religion as something that requires dedication and service, often ridiculing those who flaunt their beliefs as pretenders. While many carry pendants of Unionist symbols on their person, this is usually done tastefully and without drawing too much attention so that they may focus more on completing their daily tasks. Given the culture’s birth following attacks by Velheim Skaggers, it comes to no surprise that New Regalians are strongly against other faiths in the Empire. While the Kleine Rechnung (or Mellenar Confessions) was approved by a New Regalian Supreme Reverend and allowed for greater tolerance of non-Unionist faiths, the culture still maintains the belief that all heathen faiths are contrary to the Great Way. While there are few groups of zealous New Regalians actively fighting holy wars against nonbelievers (the most notable being the Herebrand Holy Order), the majority of the population focuses more on maintaining their service to the Imperial Spirit through their work and support of the local churches.
Despite this down to earth take on religion, New Regalians still have a strong voice regarding Unionism. The City of Calemberg, known as the birthplace of New Regalian culture, boasts the largest Unionist cathedral in history, the Calemberger Dom. It is this same cathedral that houses the Allamariën-Hauptseminar, where every Sancella Reverend attends seminary. With nearly three religious buildings per square mile, the city serves as an example of the New Regalian faith, with even more rural villages having a sizable church with a chapel on the side. The New Regalians also boast one of the largest voices when it concerns matters of the faith. It was through the influences of New Regalian clergyman that a seminary was set up in the City of Calemberg in 211 AC, and more recently many have sharply criticized several High Reverend appointments by the former Synod. When the Tenth Creed was revealed in 307 AC, several New Regalian denominations sprung up, allowing the local populations to maintain their “pure interpretation” of Unionism as opposed to the other regions of the Empire.
Literature and Folklore
New Regalian literature consists of two different genres. The more specialized military genre includes military treatises written by various generals and admirals during their career, where they explain everything from strategies used in successful campaigns, to the personal interests of a certain commander. While generally seen as bland to outsiders, these documents are found in many military households and academies, serving as references for future campaigns or storytelling. The more popular New Regalian literature is not tied down to one genre, but generally follows the same theme of loyalty and humility. A popular story pattern involves an ambitious character desiring something invaluable to the point where they bargain with otherworldly powers to obtain it, usually a demon. The story ends with the character stuck in a situation where their wish is granted, but unable to be utilized. Such stories typically end with a warning that readers trust in the Imperial Spirit and to avoid demonic forces that aim to deceive.
New Regalian philosophy is deeply tied into conservative and devoted classical Unionist modes of thought. Ailor are the rightful rulers of Aloria, there must be a distinct class system to maintain a stable society, the true faith of Unionism must take precedence over all other faiths, and most important of all: the Drixaghers are a barbarous and cruel people, and all actions taken against them have been justified as retribution from the Skagger Wars. Apart from these values, there have been a few formalized schools of philosophy that have formed from the New Regalian people. Most notable are the works of Gebhard Heinrich Karlmann Casparson, which make up the school known as New Regalian Rationalism. Emphasizing the rational and logical rather than emotions, Casparson’s teachings have been widely promoted by New Regalians, even when other Cultures aim to denounce them as a form of Jacobinism.
Beyond following many core values of conservatism in their society, the New Regalians have developed a specific set of diplomatic ideas thanks to their military background. This is Harte-Ziele, an ideology which was taken from their Alt-Regalian forebears. This diplomatic school of thought encourages the use of harsh words, uncompromising demands, and demonstration of military power. It comes to no surprise that New Regalian members of the Regalian Military have adopted this philosophical practice to fit the strategies of the military, often comparing the effectiveness of various military forces against their own to create the best outcomes in post-battle negotiations. Though praised by the New Regalians as an effective means of conquest, it has led to a few individuals attempting to usurp power for their own gain, leading to strong criticisms from more liberal cultures, led primarily by the Ithanians. While some claim that Harte-Ziele is losing its place in the world as more nations flock to the Regalian banner, the tried and true tenacity of the New Regalians ensures that this practice remains in their heartlands.
New Regalians are well known for their superstitions, often a product of the fairy tales told as children. Many such tales were often told in order to keep children disciplined and away from the dark forests at night, often using an evil creature such as a Vampire or Werebeast to act as an antagonist. With many such creatures living in Aloria, the New Regalians often cite their childhood tales as based in truth and therefore continue to tell them centuries after their founding. Many children grow up inspired by tales of the faithful hero that overcame evil, venturing out later in life to join organizations such as the Darkwald Knights in order to live out their fantasies in service of the Imperial Spirit. Even with certain legislation in the capital permitting some forms of Aberrancy underneath careful State supervision, the typical New Regalian is still incredibly untrusting of anything they consider “impure,” a belief that is expected to be maintained as more and more supernatural events reinforce this mentality through their destructive natures.
Despite many tales speaking of demons and aberrants, New Regalian fairy tales also are used to teach important life lessons, often inspiring literary works. A common tale told to women of higher stature involves a young princess who rejects every suitor, until she is forced to marry a beggar. After months of living a peasant’s life, she eventually makes her way to the court of a noble, who reveals himself to have been the beggar all along. This revelation causes the princess to reject her haughty lifestyle and to accept her place beside her husband. While such a tale aims to teach acceptance of patriarchal norms, the jabs at Ithanian customs are also made to teach women that vanity and self-glorification will get them nowhere in life.
New Regalians genuinely dislike spending large swathes of income on items which serve little purpose beyond decoration, with most art owned by the nobility serving dual purposes, such as decorative armor that could be worn on a battlefield, or statues of famous individuals that are used to educate the population or memorialize a great accomplishment. There is one exception to this norm: nature paintings. New Regalians have a strong sense of national pride and enjoy seeing paintings that remind them of their childhood forests or valleys. New Regalians living outside of the homeland tend to have a small scenic painting of their fatherland, which helps to relieve homesickness while abroad.
Tying in with their religious focus, New Regalians are known to be avid supporters of Unionist hymns and religious music. Focusing on the organ as its primary instrument and choirs for vocal accompaniment, the emotion conveyed with such music is one of praise and devotion to the Imperial Spirit. Even the most distant or shiest New Regalian easily opens up when it involves singing a favorite hymn memorized in their childhood, thus creating a sense of religious pride where everyone comes together. This togetherness and pride in one’s culture is the foundation for the New Regalian’s most iconic claim to musical fame: military anthems and marches. While the Dressolini are regarded as the masters of most things musical, even they cannot deny the New Regalians as creators of this genre.
Military marches at the very core involve a cadence, which is a repetitive drumbeat that is used to control the speed of a moving army on campaign. Wind instruments and field horns make up the musical section, and play a melody on top of the cadence to raise the morale of those marching into the battlefield. Finally, to foster a national fervor in the troops, lyrics are added on top of the music for the soldiers to sing, leading to even greater fraternity among the New Regalian armies. The most famous example of this musical fanfare is the Calemberg War Orchestra, a unique military unit that, ironically enough, never engages in combat. Musicians instead follow the army around, playing the marches that the troops sing along to. The War Orchestra has become such a famous entity to the New Regalians, and their music even more so, that many marches designed for this band become Military Anthems, which are defined simply as marches that gain a regional acceptance as the best of the best. These anthems in time make their way outside of the New Regalian regions, often arriving in Regalia to become part of the military anthems played during victory parades.
New Regalian fashion conveys a sense of high esteem valued in the high Ailor cultures while adding in basic functionality. In the vaguest of sense, New Regalians have a desire to show off their wealth but do so tactfully in order to appeal to their conservative society. There exist notable differences between male and female style choices, as well as between aristocrats and commoners.
Aristocratic men tend to follow the “Kampfer” style which derives its stylistic choices from the military focus of its wearers. At the base layer, the outfit includes a basic pair of trousers often grey or black in coloring, covered mainly by boots which can often extend past the knee a few inches. A medium-length coat or jacket covers the rest of the body which is colored in a green, brown, or red tone, though some men may decide to go for a brighter color such as a white or teal. This jacket is then decorated by various pieces of regalia, placed in such a way that movement is not impacted. Those that serve in the military frequently display their most prestigious medals on either side of their chest, with a silken sash opposite of them displaying either royal or family colors. For those of noble blood, it is common to see a fur pelt included as well, with whiter furs with black tassels denoting higher social status. Finally, cords and pauldrons are added for ceremonial occasions, with a full or half cape worn on the shoulder(s) to complete the style. As a final addition, a ceremonial sword is often hung at the waist, connected to a simple belt that helps to contrast against the monochrome jacket.
Commoner men (and some younger noblemen) tend to follow a more practical outfit known as the “Waldmann” style. At the base is a pair of dark trousers with brown or black boots going up to the knee, allowing for ease of motion while doing intensive labor. A dark-gray surcoat covers the torso and arms, with two different styles based on the age of the man. For men in their mid-30s and beyond, both arms are covered by sleeves made of a loose fabric that allows air to move freely through it. For younger men, the right sleeve is often absent and used to accentuate their arm as a symbol of masculinity and dominance. When exposed, this arm is known as the “Rechtscherr,” and more affluent men may choose to accent their arm with brass armbands, or even Unionist-styled tattoos. The other arm is known as the “Weicherarm,” and is made of the same material mentioned above. This asymmetry helps to emphasize the two roles men must follow in New Regalian society: the hardy masculine roles of the military and hard work, and the gentle caring side of the family man. Around the waist is the “Familienseide,” which is a sash that is wrapped and hung like a loincloth in front of the surcoat. Most men keep this void of any decor, though some families are able to display their family’s crest or insignia on it. Finally, a “Pelister” is a short vest cut right before the ribcage, with a high collar that covers the man’s neck from the sun’s rays. The sides of the vest often hand loosely, with fabric strings of varying materials holding both sides together. As with the Kampfer style of the aristocracy, the Waldmann fabrics are often colored with natural tones such as blues, browns, and greens, with brighter colors often used for less laborious trades such as merchants and jewelers.
Female New Regalians have several styles of dresses, designed for different age groups and functions. For most women, the “Cadarwald” dress is most popular, named after House Cadar. At the base layer is a simple dress made of silks, cotton, or brocade patterns, often featuring the same dark color scheme of the men's fashions. Bits of accented floral or geometric patterns adorn around the knees and neck, often in a silver or gold color. Around the waistline is often found a silk sash, reflecting the same royal or house colors. The shoulders appear ruffled, with floral patterns on the upper arms towards the elbows, after which animal fur follows toward the hands, which are always covered by white gloves. Finally, a short cape made of a loose fabric is hung around the shoulders, creating a sense of elegance to the lady wearing the dress.
There exists one more popular fashion for New Regalian women known as the “Griffer” style inspired by the organization of the same name. This style expresses the desire of women to be seen more prevalent in the military, and consequently makes attempts to go against the status quo, while maintaining conservative elements. The most notable characteristic of the Griffer dress is the usage of pants, with a pair of feminine boots going up to the knee. A short dress skirt goes from the knees to the waist, where a silk sash wraps around and covers the backside. The torso features a brocade style with a short vest going from the rib cage to the neck, accented with fur around the edges. Padded shoulders make up the only clothing of the upper arm, which allows for exposed skin to show. To finish the looks, white gloves go up to the shoulders, with bits of jewelry or light fabric ties around the wrists. While this style was initially viewed with much controversy (especially due to the wearing of pants as opposed to a dress), the Griffer style has begun to be more popularized with younger women, with it becoming the go-to style for outdoor activities such as horseback riding or fencing.
New Regalian Architecture finds its basis in the Wirtemcaller architecture, which is related somewhat to the Anglian designs in the west of the Regalian Archipelago while replacing cheaper materials such as thatch and mud for more permanent materials such as wood, stone, or brick. New Regalian houses generally have a stone foundation supporting a log or timber frame, with brick and large stones being used as the surface material for the ground (and sometimes second) floor. Upper levels tend to overhang by a few feet, using horizontal timbers to distribute the weight back towards the main support columns. In these upper floors, colored plaster is used to reduce weight, with a wooden roof covering the top of the building.
Castles are built very similarly to their Anglian counterparts, with a few notable exceptions. Mortar is liberally used when laying down stone and brick, to prevent any drafts which can be frequent in the colder months. Columns are also used both for stability, but also as a way to express creativity, with patterns of flowers and animals being etched into the stonework. In truth, New Regalian castles express a tradeoff between aesthetics and defensive purpose. It is not unheard of for some New Regalian nobles to decommission old forts and slowly transform them into what many would consider a palace on a hill of stone, leaving only the outer walls as proof of their original function, although areas more prone to military conflicts tend to keep their defenses strong, serving as a deterrent for any would-be invaders.
Finally, New Regalians have a unique architectural style known as the Calemdom, which is used for building massive cathedrals and religious buildings. Named after Unionism's largest cathedral, the Calamberger Dom, this style aims to represent the majesty of the Imperial Spirit by means of scale. Calemdom buildings reach towards the sky, supported by buttresses to help stabilize the large weight of the structure. To increase the height even further, pointed arches were created from their rounded predecessors, which were seen more in earlier church construction, but also taken from the construction ideas of the Wirtemcaller Kingdom. On the inside, an individual can feel a sense of humility, as vaulted ceilings increase the height of the roof, with natural lighting through stained glass windows creating a representation of the Everwatch. Ornate decorations of stonework overlay various arches and spires with a style copied from castle columns. In recent times, many cathedrals have started to include Blue Crown Dragons in their stonework to represent the Kade ascension to the Imperial Seat, though a large majority of buildings maintain the old Ivrae Stork as well as other floral and animal designs.
New Regalian cuisine highlights a few significant food items that are favored by the Culture. Meat, in particular, is a staple of any meal, with wild game and various spiced sausages being a regular item on a plate. In recent years, the invention of the Calemburger has led to several local chefs attempting to experiment with this capital-centric creation. Drink-wise, the New Regalians tend to prefer beers and ales over other drinks, often having local festivals to celebrate harvests and military victories. One of the more popular beer festivals coincides with the Cadartag holiday and can attract many tourists who want to sample the various local brews. Finally, although they do not like to admit it publicly, most New Regalians have a natural sweet tooth, and have created several desserts from the Grösglockner to the Typhwalderkirsch.
Leutz Fencing is a popular sport amongst the noble and military of the New Regalians, often being the only type of exercise that can be afforded while spending many hours studying various tactics and reading up on military developments. This sport in particular has a strong support base between both genders, though men and women-only ever compete with the same gender, with men absolutely refusing to spar against a woman, viewing the notion as dishonorable. Hunting and Falconry is also a popular pastime for the wealthy elite and fur trappers, utilizing the Calemberger Beagles and Dachsls to chase after small game animals to collect as trophies. Due to local laws, most commoners are barred from these types of sports, with the upper classes wishing to preserve the “refined tastes of the landed gentry.” Still, some border villages allow registered game hunters to roam freely in the many forested areas, and a few lucky commoners may be able to accompany their feudal lords on their private hunting trails.
Strategy games are a long-cherished leisure activity in New Regalian society, with both men and women taking part in these games of critical thinking. A popular game of this genre is a byproduct of the Harte-Ziele philosophy, in which two men test each other’s tactical abilities in an imaginary battle. Each side takes turns offering up a hypothetical strategy to defeat their opponent’s army, while their opponent attempts to find a way to counter. The games usually end when the other side runs out of countermoves, or by offering surrender. While many of these games last only a few minutes, some have been known to last for hours on end, or even days. Such games are usually spectated by several New Regalian officers, who often take notes on the battle to utilize in actual combat scenarios. In recent times, the Battle of Calemberg is chosen as a popular starting scenario, and many New Regalians wish to prevent such a travesty from happening again in their homeland.
The symbols of the New Regalian culture go all the way back to their Wirtemcaller ancestors. Several noble houses and guilds have the White Calemberger Fox as their animalistic symbol, protected under several local ordinances and laws to ensure the population remains stable, and to safeguard the revenue earned from their valuable pelts. The Crow Eagle is also a popular symbol of the culture, with its various behaviors exemplifying the New Regalan values as the crest animal of the former Wirtemcaller Kingdom. Still others use the Blue Crown Dragon or a modification thereof, with the creature being most known as the crest animal of House Cadar.
- House Cadar is considered to be the founder of the New Regalian culture due to its efforts in assimilating the Wirtemcaller people during the Skagger Wars and was regarded as the cultural standard for many years. After their fall, several families took up their banner as cultural representatives, such as House Typhonus, von Treppewitz, and von Drachenburg.
- Some New Regalians incorrectly call themselves Alt-Regalian, even though that culture has been extinct for at least 150 years. Many of these claims are based on family members having strictly blue eyes and black hair, though most New Regalians simply dismiss these individuals as inbred fanatics trying to claim relevance to a bygone and weaker era instead of accepting the progress made by the ex-Wirtemcallers.