|Common Names||Calembergers, Sabre Rattlers, Pelt Lovers, War Hawks|
|Social Classes||Aristocrats, Army Marshals/Generals, Tacticians, Politicians, Strategists, Knights, Hunters, Foresters, Peasants|
|Major Cities||City of Calemberg, Lutherstadt, Büxel, Ardenwald, Theomarenwald, Reelen-Aansberg, Fahrbelling, Bismarken|
The New Regalians, often confused with the similar sounding but extinct Alt Regalian Culture, is the culture of the three Calem Regions of the Regalian Archipelago and former Wirtemcaller Kingdom. 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 the Velheim, New Regalians continue to serve as a bastion of military conservatism in the Regalian Empire, and arguably all of Aloria.
- 1 History
- 2 Language and Dialects
- 3 Laws
- 4 Lifestyle and Customs
- 5 Holidays
- 6 Religion
- 7 Literature and Folklore
- 8 The Arts
- 9 Recreation
- 10 Symbols
- 11 Trivia
New Regalian Culture emerged from the collapse of one of the great states of the Regalian Archipelago, the Wirtemcaller Kingdom. The monarchy was brought low by both the Skagger Horde to the north and other nations to the south who continued to weaken it until it ultimately collapsed before the end of the Skagger Wars. The nation did not totally fall, however, as many pockets of nobility survived and held back against the Horde and other southern powers, intent on keeping the Wirtemcaller name alive. When the Regalian Empire reached the region, their large army and navy were greatly appreciated, and through a variety of arrangements with this major body, the Wirtemcaller people were incorporated into it. In the years they had been on their own, they had fallen away from their original desire to preserve the Wirtemcaller name, seeing it now as a failed state whose weakness was to be detested. As a result, the new lands Regalia carved up came to adopt the name of the nation that saved them and restored their lands. They were New Regalians, a reborn people who would follow this most powerful Empire to the end and aid them in crushing their cowardly and vile northern enemies. New Regalian troops were indeed some of the most zealous on the frontlines, smashing through Skagger forces until at last, the war was won. However, their long history with the Velheim to their northern border did not go away with this defeat. The New Regalian nobility was, at first, enraged that all the land they had conquered was now going back to the Velheim people, as some had indeed supported the Regalian Empire and had now been rewarded. In response, they were reminded of the massive army Regalia still had and were offered many major roles in the military as the Empire began to look beyond the Archipelago. This satisfied the New Regalian nobility and their people settled into their new role as key parts of the Regalian Military.
But in the decades that followed, they never forgot the Skagger Wars and became a den of hatred for the Velheim and other societies that existed north of them. As time went on, their military service and large presence in the bureaucracy of the Regalian Empire began to influence other regions, which saw Cultures like the Dressolini emerge, seeking to emulate but also improve upon New Regalian society. They did not appreciate many of these efforts, believing their society to be fulfilled and whole. The only one of these groups inspired by their Culture that the New Regalians accepted were the Calderliga, more mercantile-based New Regalians who broke away in the mid-200s AC and who have remained a key part of society in the coastal cities of the three Calem regions (Neider Calemberg, Hinter Calemberg and Opper Calemberg). As time has gone on, the New Regalians have also become a bastion of conservative values, slowly under Emperor Justinian I and the hedonism of Morgann Kade, but even more recently as the Kade Emperors have been leaning more on the “liberal” side of politics. In response to this, most New Regalian Houses have withdrawn from public view or interactions in the capital city, no longer believing that fraternization is a good thing for their society as it is likely to lead to a pollution of their purity. As a result, they have grown far more active locally, skittish at any indication of a new threat from the north. Despite the Burning of the North sufficiently weakening Drixagh, they still saw fit to erect a massive fortification known as Hadrian’s Wall along their northern border (despite much of such territory across the border being Rikeland, a largely uninvolved Lordship). In 307 AC, there were a series of conflicts fought in the region around the Wall, which was damaged but has since been fully rebuilt. Today, the New Regalians are still a loyal part of the Regalian Empire, but one who has increasingly turned inward and northward, focusing on issues of most immediate concern to them personally as a society. Only time will tell if they will refocus back on the wider Empire and seek to push their conservatism or if they will remain in their vast forested territory, obsessed with the strengths and weaknesses of northern barbarians coming to destroy them as they once did over a century ago.
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 Alt-Anglian, Proto-Regalian, and Common. 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 divided into the three Calem Regions, 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.
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 a very organized language, albeit confusing to first-time speakers. Due to its origin, Alt-Regalian can be understood by Anglian speakers, though the former cannot due to the removal of several speech rules. Alt-Regalian speakers can, however, understand the Calderliga Dialect and vice versa, as the two are considered sister languages of the Calem Regions.
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. 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.’ 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.’ Some examples of New Regalian names are found below:
- Karl Allamarich von und zu Altenburg
- Franz Sidderick Müller
- Siegfried Gottfriedson
- Ulrich von Calemberg
- Rianne Marianne von und zu Calderwald
- Mathilda Baumgärtner
- Rosalinde Weber
- Heidi von Ardenwald
There are a few unique laws only seen in New Regalian societies, often used to enforce gender roles or military preference. A list of such laws and ordinances are found below:
- Women are barred from entering military academies in the Calem Regions, with the exception of the School of Griffer. Those who desire to learn these skills have to study abroad, usually in the City of Regalia.
- Families are required to send one child per generation into the military, usually as a levy conscript. Many families send more than one son, as New Regalians have a preference for military service.
- Women are barred from holding positions of power (such as noble titles) unless they “shadow rule” behind a man, usually a brother or husband. Widowed women are exempt from this law, believed by New Regalians to carry the legacy of their late husband.
- Off duty soldiers are allowed to open carry weapons in urban areas, and knights are allowed to wear whatever armor or weapons they desire. In less populated or border regions, weapon laws are either lax or nonexistent due to the cultural need to defend the homeland from foreign aggressors.
- Commoners are forbidden from hunting prize animals without a hunting permit from a local lord. These permits are difficult to obtain, extended primarily to professional hunters or groundskeepers.
Lifestyle and Customs
New Regalian families are almost always monogamous, with the father serving as head of the household and his wife as the supportive moral educator. Children, often three or more, are brought up to respect authority and are taught from a young age how to address individuals according to their social status. Inheritance follows male primogeniture, with the eldest son taking almost everything and leaving the rest of his siblings with little. Despite this practice, fratricide is very uncommon in New Regalian families, as fathers typically groom each of their children to fulfill a specialized role in society, either to support the eldest in his future role or via service to the state such as admission into a knightly order.
Marriage in New Regalian societies is viewed as unnecessarily complicated to outsiders, especially those of the lower classes. If a man desires to wed a woman, the fathers of each respective family meet privately to discuss if the couple are suitable as a match. This usually comes down to whether both belong to the same social class, though other factors are not unheard of. If the two fathers agree, the couple are 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.
Patriarchal dominance is the focus of New Regalian culture, and each gender is expected to adhere to their accepted role in society. For men, this means taking on authority roles, such as directing family policies and holding leadership positions in civilian and military life. To the New Regalians, men represent the source of power in society, both through their physical feats of strength and their emotional stability. This belief is reinforced further by noting the Regalian Emperor has only seen male rulers, thus leading to a well-established notion that the Imperial Spirit may only invest itself into males. Even with the Ascension of Unionism in 306 AC, the New Regalians continue to hold onto their established traditions, seeing it as a stabilizing factor in Ailor society.
Females, on the other hand, are treated as the more fragile gender, requiring the protection of men in order for them to care for the next generation of leaders. Women are seen as the supporting partner to their husbands and expected to instill traditional values onto their children such as discipline and loyalty. However, that is not to say that all women are confined to housework, and many choose to assist in their husband’s work, such as preparing pelts or acting as secretaries to lesser military officers. This relationship is not seen by New Regalians as a way to oppress their women, but rather as mutual respect for each other’s natural strengths as without one, the other will surely fail.
Despite this division of gender, rare compromises have been made over the years. The School of Griffer is one such example: It was created by military-minded women who wished to serve in the many battles their men did. New Regalians even acknowledge women who attend the military academies in Regalia, though on the condition that they cannot call themselves generals or admirals, forcing them to become shadow tacticians behind their husbands. While many may see these changes as signs of change, New Regalians are still highly conservative and actively work to ensure that traditional gender roles remain as they have been. Women, in particular, are still very content with their positions in society, and in recent years have used events such as the Regalian Civil Strife as an example of women in power that ultimately serve to destabilize society.
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:
- Allamarichtag, or Allamarich’s Day. Held on November 7th, this holiday celebrates the birth of Emperor Allamaria I, who spent most of his life 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.
- 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 Archduchy 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.
Despite this down to earth take on religion, New Regalians still have a strong voice regarding Unionism. The City of Calemberg, known as the capital 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 sizeable church with a chapel on the side. The New Regalians also boast the largest membership in the Confessional Union of the Holy Father, a congressional council of Unionist laypersons that make up the eastern and northern realms of the Regalian Archipelago. This Council has been a strong voice in Sancella affairs since their formation, playing a key role in moving the seminary in 211 AC, and most recently criticizing several High Reverend appointments by the Synod in the City of Regalia.
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 superior and the ultimate Race, there must be a distinct class system, the true faith of the Empire must take precedence over all others, and most important of all: the Velheim are a barbarous and cruel Culture that must be purged from Aloria. This last trait is not part of general conservatism but is an expression opinion by conservative Cultures across the Archipelago (as it was their regions that the Skaggers raided over a hundred years ago). But beyond following many core values of conservatism in their society, they have developed a specific set of ideas thanks to their military background. This is Harte-Ziele, a diplomatic 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 Navy 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 left winged 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 superstitious, 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 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.
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 is 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 and serves 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 which remind them of their childhood forests or valleys. New Regalians living outside of the Calem regions 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 all 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 drum beat 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 Calem 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 in coloring, covered mainly by boots which often extend past the knee a few inches. A medium length coat or jacket trimmed 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 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 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 which 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 Sanktist script. 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 aristocrats have several styles of dresses, designed for different age groups and functions. For older and married women, the “Cadarwald” dress is most popular, named for the Five Families House of the same name. 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 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.
Younger, unmarried noblewomen can also wear the Cadarwald dress if they wish to remain more conservative at events. Though for events such as debutante balls, the aptly named “Debütantin” style may be worn. At the base is a “Befreitter,” which is a loose dress with lots of fabric on them in order to stay grounded to the floor. Often designed with felt and brocades, the Befreitter is made to be comfortable more than good looking, hearkening to the desire of New Regalians to be practical in their fashion. Over one or both shoulders is a “Halstier” fur, which is either made of an animal pelt or (rarely) sheepskin. The size of the fur varies dramatically by class, with the daughters of dukes often having a large Halstier that has to be fastened to the dress by belts and struts. Though in recent times such enormous animal pelts have been done away with in favor of smaller Halstiers, with whiter fur denoting the wealth of the woman’s family. There exists one more fashion for New Regalian noblewomen known as the “Griffer” style and has an equal amount of controversy as the name may imply. 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. Commoner New Regalian women have a single notable fashion known as the “Waldenfrau” style, which is a dress that attempts to copy their aristocratic women. The main part of this style is the dress, which can be a solid color or a brocade pattern, that is worn from the shoulders to the ankles, with the back end draping along the floor. To complete the simple look, a sash is draped from shoulder and around the waist, with a fur worn by those able to afford such.
New Regalian Architecture finds its basis in the Anglian design, 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, though 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 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. 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, 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 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. Hunting is also a popular pastime for the wealthy elite and fur trappers, utilizing the Calamberger 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 forests of the Calem regions, 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.
- 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 were regarded as the cultural standard for many years. After their fall, several families took up their banner as cultural representatives, such as House Typhonus and House von Treppewitz.
- Some New Regalians incorrectly call themselves Alt-Regalian, with few individuals knowing the differences between these two Cultures. Culture scholars have made several attempts to clarify said differences, but are usually restricted to academic writings as the public is content with accepting these claims.