Template:Info Culture The Anglian Culture, sometimes also referred to as Alt-Anglian, is one of Regalia’s oldest Cultures, dating back to the Empire’s early formation, and some would say the heart of old Regalian peasant society. Over the centuries however, while more conservative Cultures like New Regalian centralized and entrenched in their traditions and conformity, Anglian diversified to the point that what truly encompasses Anglian in the present era, is actually a collection of collaborative and closely related cousin Cultures. As such, Anglian refers generally speaking more to a person “from the Anglian cultural sphere”, as the word Anglian in itself does not mean anything, it is merely a geographical classification. By far, the largest subgroup of the Anglian Culture is the Akkerman group which is found in the agricultural heartlands, followed by the Axelland group found in the major urban areas of Anglia itself, followed by the Door-Inner group found in Dorinn which is roughly the same size as the Zuidvelde group in Lokinge. By far, the smallest group is the Lower-Heere group, which can mostly be found in Moriss and the less populated areas, clinging onto older cultural traditions and beliefs. Despite being distinct sub-Cultures, these are all still referred to as Anglian, as they come from the same region, speak (roughly) the same language, have a common ancestry, and share many beliefs in common.
The Anglian Culture is one of the oldest Cultures of the Empire, dating back to some of the earliest settlements of the Regalian Archipelago by seafaring Old Ceardians. In the earliest days of the Anglian Culture, this Culture was not so distinctly different from the Velheim or Old Ceardian, as sustenance based on hunting and gathering as well as fishing was their main method of surviving. Thanks to the warmer climate of the Archipelago, however, and the very mild winters of Anglia, what little goat-herding these early proto-Anglian groups did became easier to do on a larger scale. Herds grew quickly and efficiently on the vast fertile grass plains of Anglia, and within a relatively short time-span, several breeds of wheat and barley were domesticated. The speed at which these domestications occurred is often debated among scholars, but all point at the unlikely probability of mere coincidence or luck, given that it took other Cultures much longer to establish their more advanced dietary patterns. In Anglian folklore, the taming of the wildlands is often related to the story of Adamme and Eevie, a prince and princess who were supposedly led into paradise, this referring to the Anglian Wildland. There, with the guidance of the Crown Dragons, they tamed both animal and plant, and heeded the warnings of the guardians not to stray from the path and give in to the temptation of the Demons. It is said that Adamme and Eevie were the first Archblood Primacy in Anglia, but no actual evidence has ever been found that they truly existed.
The decades following settlement of the Anglian countryside, the population boomed at a far more staggering rate than anywhere else in the Archipelago, due to the huge abundance of food. While the Wirtemcaller Kingdom or other, southern realms would contend with occasional famines, Anglia was always free of these kind of disasters, and the people found themselves in a comfortable rotation of serfdom and free time where cultural traditions and hobbies were developed. To outsiders, Anglians can often be considered lazy because of their tradition called “Middens-Uhr”, where all work simply ceases in the entirety of Anglia between the clock of noon and two hours past noon, in which most Anglians simply take a nap. On the flipside however, Anglians wake up much earlier than most other Regalians and end up working much longer. Despite being a Heartland Culture, the other more high-Cultured Ailor Cultures tend to look down on the Anglians as simple-minded or without any great cultural expression. This is largely because over nearly 300 years the Anglian Culture did not truly change much at all. Anglians continue to be very closed off to the outside world, and while many travellers have gone from Brissiaud to Calemberg to Girobalda and back to Vixhall, Anglia is often curiously missing from many an adventurer’s itinerary.
Language and Dialects
Anglian as a Language is equally old compared to the other more evolving languages like Common. Anglian is closely related to Common, Alt-Regalian and Old-Ceardian, while having some phonetic similarities with Skodje, the Language of the Velheim. It is sometimes said that Anglian is the “missing link that pieces together the chain of North-Ailor languages”, which can be proven to a certain degree, given that Anglian represents the consistency of Old-Ceardian grammatical constructs and words that disappeared in the other languages. Over time, while grammar and vocabulary remained largely unaltered, pronunciation shifted to a flatter palette, with tonal g’s and r’s that sound incredibly foreign in other Languages, guttural even. This is not always consistent however, as Anglia is rich in many local dialects. In Lokinge for example, the g’s are much softer, while they are short and rough in the north. In Dorinn, the locals speak far more lispy, dragging their s’s and l’s out. For point of reference to real world languages, the following list is provided that gives a rough understanding of the dialects.
- Akkerman speak standard 17th century Dutch.
- Axelland speak Ænglisc, or Anglo-Saxon English.
- Door-Inner speak a Low-Dietsch variant of Dutch.
- Zuidvelde speak a Low-Saxon variant of Dutch.
- Lower-Heere speak West Frisian.
- It should be noted that all of these languages are mutually understandable in Aloria.
Anglian naming is incredibly simple and often too-literal for outsiders to take seriously. There are plenty of records of fathers naming their first born son after their own father, with this tradition continuing on ad infinitum. The case of Hendricus and Michiel is well known, where one particular family was founded by one Hendricus van Malden somewhere before the Cataclysm, hailing from the small village of Malden. His son was named Michiel, who in turn named his son Hendricus. His son in turn again was called Michiel, who would name his own son Hendricus in turn again. This flip flopping continued for over 300 years, until in 289 a foreign wife to Michiel van Malden insisted that their child should be called Jesper. Besides showing the naming customs of Anglians, this tale is often also used to warn Anglians from tying in with outsiders, who are often inclined to think poorly of Anglian traditions. The concept of naming one’s children after one’s grandparents is in fact a very important form of filial homage in the Anglian Culture.
Anglian first names are found in a very wide number of options, largely because of the large variety of dialect variants and sub-Culture norms. As such, each subgroup has a couple of names that are popular, but in reality, all names can be interchangeably used by any of the subgroups.
- Akkerman Names: Aart, Aldert, Pim, Cassiaan, Berend, Lars, Elmo, Espen, Coen, Joost, Floris, Hiddie, Jelle, Kees, Bram, (previous all Male), Brechtje, Aleta, Doutzen, Fleur, Gwen, Tessa, Beatrix, Amalia, Doortje, Elsje, Eline, (previous all Female)
- Axelland Names: Ært, Alderic, Pimric, Cassiaan, Beyrend, Larss, Eylmo, Espenric, Coethric, Just, Flythrin, Hiddric, Jelle, Carlo, Breothric, (previous all Male), Brychta, Aletta, Dudda, Flyrra, Gwyneth, Tyssa, Beatrix, Amalrianne, Dyrtha, Elsa, Elina, (previous all Female)
- Door-Inner Names: Albar, Thrim, Casper, Dulf, Bet, Maan, Nesk, Nölke, (previous all Male), Lora, Greet, Ina, Betta, Neska, Nölkelle, (previous all Female)
- Zuidervelde Names: Klaus, Frederik, Dietricht, Enno, Yvar, Gebhardt, Johannus, Karl, Marvic, (previous all Male), Christine, Malta, Heike, Gertrude, Fenja, Karja, Anna, (previous all Female)
- Lower-Heere Names: Enno, Herbert, Hugo, Henrv, Hermann, Ingo, Julius, Nela, Reiko, One, (previous all Male), Inse, Frauke, Volanna, Adelheid, Silja, Siebbe, (previous all Female)
Anglian law has been strongly influenced by Regalian Law, but is slightly different in a few aspects. Regalian Law is based on the idea that the perpetrator must be punished, where Anglian law aims to compensate the victim more than punish the perpetrator. Anglian law also does not abide by the Regalian Law structure of the judges. Rather, the law giving sector in Anglia is the council of Aldermen: town elders who gather to form a tribunal when presiding over a legal case. Anglia follows the State Law structure in theory, but in practice a very lax form of “Fezanten Huys Loove” is maintained, where local issues are dealt with on a local level without pulling in the Aldermen from the bigger cities. The crime rate is generally speaking very low in Anglia due to the relatively high standard of living, the intrinsic freedoms of the peasants, and the incredibly stable political situation.
Anglians do fall under specific so called “Ruiten Wetten”, which are a specific set of laws that apply uniquely to Anglians, even elsewhere in the Empire. These laws are usually backed by Imperial Law within the Regalian state, but only rarely called upon by those familiar with the legal system to help them out, or to exact a greater punishment on those deserving. Some of these laws are incredibly obscure, but a couple of them are well known in public knowledge:
- Angliesch Bloet Wet: Any person who is a member of House Kade who engages in treason against House Kade shall be punished by a slow drip of viper or other such animal poisons applied to the eyes over a period of many hours or until such a time the person has gone fully blind or their eyes have rotten away.
- Paardenveld Wet: Any person who is Anglian and inflicts a fatal wound or conspires to the death of another Anglian’s domestic animal, herd, or cattle, shall be subjected to agricultural bondage, particularly forced to take care of any surviving or newly acquired cattle or animals on hands and feet.
- Graantel Wet: Any Anglian person who offends or attacks another Anglian person can aquit any legal trial against them, so long as the attack or offence was of non-permanent marking (such as open wounds or scars), by paying the person their body weight in fine milled type-0 flour, weighed in linen bags. When this payment occurs, the other Anglian may no longer press charges and is expected to forgive the offender.
- Biettebier Wet: An Anglian who wields a weapon in one hand and any alcohol containing liquid in a container in another, should be immediately arrested and spend the night in prison. Additionally, any Anglian pulling a weapon in any establishment that sells or dispenses alcoholic beverages, should equally be arrested and spend the night in prison for offending the hospitality of beer.
- Angliesch Compact Wet: Any person who is Anglian or half-Anglian descent can appeal to the Regalian Judiciary to have their entire trial performed in the Anglian language. Preference will be given to Axelland pronunciations and dialects, given their high-class standard. Should no judge be found capable of speaking Anglian, then the trial is postponed indefinitely until one can be found.
Lifestyle and Customs
Anglians still follow the old code of conduct when it comes to family planning. Most families in Anglia are agriculturally-inclined families that focus their family planning around their farming lives. Marriages between children are often arranged between farmers who live close to one another, so they may swap pieces of land or form a communal farming community. Daughters are often sold with a dowry of cattle. The woman often has no choice in who she wishes to marry, while the man has a small amount of voice in the matter. Romance between young couples exists before marriage, which is permitted as long as the woman doesn’t becomes pregnant. A pregnancy is an immediate cause to get married, or the couple risk being social outcasts. This is a frequent tactic used by young couples who are in love to force their parents’ hands to let them marry, even if they intended a different spouse for their child. Despite this sounding incredibly conservative, parents tend to be far more loving and well intending among the Anglians than the other conservative parental rule-households. While a New Regalian could reject their child for disobeying, an Anglian is far more likely to accept a child’s wishes, as long as it fits within the lines of family planning. Elopement and running away from home occurs far less in Anglia than it does anywhere else, despite the strict house rules, largely because most children supposedly had a very happy childhood in Anglia, and parental love and dedication is a norm.
Anglian households tend to be very large compared to other Cultures. It is not out of the ordinary to see a married couple have up to seven or even ten children. Children are seen as a means to add extra production on the farm, as farms are inherited from fathers to sons, while daughters help expand the farm through marriages and help keep the household. Domestic animals are also fondly kept by families, and most families will have numerous dogs or cats, depending on their preference. Dogs in particular are greatly loved among the Anglians, who breed numerous different dog breeds and treat them like their own children. Anglians are even known to sleep in the same bed as their dogs, using their body heat to warm up the feet-end, as opposed to using a far more fire-hazard prone heating pan like they do in Dragenthal, even if this domestic animal sleeping draws the ire of other Cultures who consider this dirty. Anglians also have an unusual practice called “Zondagsuitje” where the whole family goes on a trip together on Sunday, the day of rest. Anglians work from Monday to Saturday, but most serfdoms allow the peasants to have a free Sunday, which they usually take off with the whole family. Frequent visits to local lakes, playing tennis, walking or hiking with dogs, or just having a picnic are frequently observed.
In line with the general Regalian customs, Anglian Culture is strongly influenced by patriarchal values that bleed into their gender roles. Women are the caretakers of the children— the weavers and the cooks—while the men work the fields and wage war. Men control all political positions, while women have effectively no say in how the household or various government institutions are run. In Anglian law, it is illegal for women to serve in the military (though many still find workarounds with mercenary groups or foreign military service). While emancipation is a big thing in other places of the Regalian Archipelago, the gender roles are still very strictly enforced in Anglia. Despite sounding very repressive to an outsider Ithanian, the gender norms (which appear to favor men), are actually more about creating supremacy of the gender in certain fields. For example, a man may rule the household and demand food provisions at certain hours, but he is always strictly forbidden from entering the kitchen, choosing what type of food is provided, and gives praise and homage to his wife for every meal provided. This only sometimes leads to conflict when a woman or man wishes to perform the role of the opposite gender, or interferes with the work of the other party.
Children in Anglia live a very happy and carefree childhood. Anglian children are always born in very busy families, which may leave them somewhat starved of parental attention, but they always have siblings to play with. Anglian children enjoy a great deal of freedom, as their parents often work throughout the day, and children below the age of five aren’t required to do any work. Usually, young children are gathered in the village or town green, and tended to by a Juff-Mevrouw, an unmarried young woman who tends to the children in preparation of marriage of her own. The Juff-Mevrouw is not very invasive with her tending, she merely ensures no danger befalls the children, but takes a backseat role of just enforcing fairness among the children while they play. Children are allowed to roam the village green and adjacent streets without much minding, and generally speaking as long as they avoid the working houses and fields, they aren’t ever in any realistic harm. After early childhood, Anglian children are given a two year school curriculum which is actually legally forced on all children. While not necessarily making a child literate, this school curriculum (and the fact it is mandatory in Anglia), is an extremely rare thing among the Ailor people. This form of primary school affords the children basic social skills and learning what their expectations in life will be, after which they usually help out on their parent’s work around the age of 8 years old. This normally continues until the age of 13, where the children take an apprenticeship with any other adult working to learn the trade, joining guilds, or working their way up the ranks of employment. Children officially stop being children at the age of 16 in Anglia, where they are considered of marriageable age. Marriages usually don’t happen until the age of 22 among the common folk (nobles however do marry around 16 years old).
April the 16th is national Dragon Festival Day in the Anglian Culture where Anglians bring offerings to the Crown Dragons and the ruling families of the land. Anglians living outside of Anglia itself often use this day as an excuse to get drunk in the pub and then bring some form of offerings to the Emperor; after which they proceed to start fights together in North Boxing clubs. September 29th is Haeksendag, a day where children dress up as witches and play around with sheep bones attempting to scare adults, especially the elderly. Families often make Haeksenpoppe during this period, dolls which are meant to look like witches to hang on the wall in their homes. These dolls are believed to indicate a house is welcoming of witches and their blessings against the evil spirits. Finally, December 5th is Holy Nichols Day, a day when the Anglians celebrate the life of Heron Nichols of the miners, who once saved eighty miners from a collapsed tunnel. During this time, Anglians cover their faces in charcoal soot and engage in communal singing with a candle each to provide the light and the way for the lost souls of the miners in their rural communities. One particular Holiday, rumored to have been the basis of the Imperial Culture, is the Andermans Dag. Andermans Dag is not tied to a specific day, rather, it can be called at any time by any Anglian ruler, after which a week of mandatory dress-up occurs. The people are expected to look into other Cultures, and dress up as their customs dictate, or appear as they would in their own Culture. For example, a blond Anglian may change their clothing to New Regalian styles, while blackening their hair with dye, and “trying out” living as if part of another Culture. The point of Andermans Dag is to form an appreciation for the values of other Cultures. Nobles tend to take Andermans very seriously, with a final day of reflection where they all write poems to each other about what was learnt. Most commoners however just pick whatever debauching Culture they are unfamiliar with and carouse their way into a drunken stupor.
Religion in Anglian Culture is a mixture of Dragon Worship and Unionism. Much like the City of Calemberg, the capital of the Anglian lands, Axford, is a bastion of the Unionist faith, though the outlying lands and shepherd villages still maintain some Dragon Worship practices. Dragon faith and folklore had a major impact on Anglian history and tradition; even though some practices should be banned by the local Church authorities, they are still maintained. Several Herons and important figures in Etosian Unionism have come from the Anglian Culture, such as Heron Eolemna and Saint Volodomyr (called Vlaas in Anglia). A curious difference Anglians have from other Cultures, is their disposition to humanize Demons. The Anglians have two different names for Demons that they are familiar with as taught in Unionist gospel: Holle-Bolle-Kees and Boosdoener. Holle-Bolle-Kees takes the form of an extremely overweight peasant with a massive mouth that eats and destroys whole villages by consuming the buildings stone and thatch and all. He is generally depicted as a giant, walking the countryside and quenching his never-ending hunger on the people by eating them. Boosdoener instead is a thin and emaciated man who can only be seen in the shadows of others at night, rubbing his hands and laughing like a crow. Boosdoener supposedly waits until people are alone at night and only lit by a single candle, before strangling the life out of them. Why Anglians humanize Demons instead of depicting them as monstrous creatures isn’t known, but scholars have theorized that they engage in this practice to teach the people that Demons are not usually the monstrous corrupted creatures that the church teaches them to see, but that Demons can be found in anyone, and will take the form of more familiar people to make their victims lower their guard. Anglians remain pious in their Unionist faith, but maintain many of the old traditional expressions of worship, some of which have really taken to the forefront again since the appearance of the Imperial Dragon, which the Anglians are fanatically supportive of.
Literature and Folklore
Anglians are infamous for their Zondespael and Frondespael literature. Zondespael is a form of literature where the author makes a public dissent of something, like a flower or a horse, but to an extreme manner. The author will attempt to convince the world of how utterly terrible this otherwise seemingly insignificant object or animal is. The only true rule of Zondespael is that it must never cover people or institutions. Frondespael is a bit more unconventional than Zondespael however and often banned in many other lands. Frondespael is racy literature that often involves vulgar or eroticized scenarios described in metaphorical detail. For an otherwise austere people, these forms of literature are often seen as a means to offload the pressure of cordial living. Most Anglian families have at least one book of either style in their household, and some famous writers from Anglia have made a name in Regalia selling these styles as either comedic expression or an alternative to courtesanship.
Anglia has a very strong relation with the Regalian Empire, and maintains a prominent Feudal identity. The lands have been ruled by the same Kade family for the past three centuries who control everything from the lowest production chain to the highest political offices. The passage of the Emperorship from the Ivrae family to the Kade family also provided an extra boon to Imperial loyalty, due to the fact that the Emperor is now “one of the Anglians”. It can often be said that the Anglians are on the forefront of loyalty to the Feudal system and the Emperor, and are understood as a land that will always support the Emperor’s cause. This was seen in the fact that the Anglians were the first to rebel against the Usurper Andrieu Anahera during the dictatorship of the Protectorate. Anglians also make up the vast majority of both the Imperial Guard and the Imperial Tenpenny Army.
Anglians have a rich folklore that stems back to the days of the Dragon Worship. One major aspect of the Dragon Worship faith that has remained is the principle of Haeksen, or witches, though the custom is fundamentally different from the New Regalian belief in witches. In contrast, Anglian witches are considered good beings that scare away evil spirits and demons with their magical hexes. They are often said to live in the swampy areas bordering the Anglian Morass to the north and collect lamb bones and skulls to perform defensive rituals. It is indeed true that some ritualist communities still exist deep in the border swamps where Unionist missionaries have not yet ventured. It is theorized that Phantasma actually owe their colloquial Witchblood name to this Anglian belief, and that Witchblood are actually looked on very fondly in Anglian tradition and custom, as green eyes are considered a blessing. Another common Anglian tradition are pyres and summer burnings to ward off bad luck for the harvest and the new year. Many of the Anglian townships compete with one another for the highest pyre they can build. These traditions are not wholly different from the Velheim Solstice and Wintertide pyres, which can sometimes cause a very rare level of cooperation and cohesion between Velheimers and Anglians during these times of year, where both mingle and drink together, forgetting the centuries of warfare between Drixagh and Anglia.
Anglian artists are counted among the artistic conservatives of the Ailor Cultures, although they do appreciate modern art styles like impressionism. Anglians prize paintings of agricultural landscapes and coastal picturesque towns. Imagery of dead people is almost strictly forbidden, though it is not entirely clear why this is. When any person dies, any pictures or statues belonging to them are immediately taken down, unless they were a high political person, or declared a Heron by the Church. Anglians are very avid performers; many Regalian stage writers and actors come from Anglia (though more specifically Dorinn). Stage performances are often held in the open air in a village square or town theater. These so-called Tenpenny performances are particularly popular among the common folk of Regalia and the poor district inhabitants due to their low cost and general comedic value. More racy and vexatious stage plays are made in Dorinn, where the art of attacking your political rivals through theatre is a major export. Most of the Dorinn performers are well known for their sharp tongues and wit, weaving insulting monologues and dialogues into their theatre displays to make a statement about individuals or organizations. This is in stark contrast to literature which specifically forbids attacking individuals or organizations.
Anglian music is often based on lutes, flutes, and simple drums. The melodies are always upbeat and incite dancing, though vocals are a rarity. Another popular form of music production is the so called Vermaekspael. Vermaekspael can generally be referred to as bardic singing, but unlike bards from other lands, Anglian bards specialize in the art of ridicule rhyme. Their bardic songs often produce contrived and metaphorical insults against individuals, aimed at making the audience laugh. These Vermaekspael are often taken in good sport by everyone, because the idea is that anyone can pick up a lute, play a basic tune and string a few sentences of insults together with some rhyme to retaliate and call it settled. A more private means of producing music for Anglians is the sideways flute. Anglian plays often feature beautiful melodic long flute compositions, and these can in fact be the only truly emotional pieces of music audible from the Anglian Culture, filled with sadness and longing. This often strongly contrasts with the general happy and comedic overtones of all other musical productions.
Anglians dress like the produce of the land, simple, and sometimes very colorless. There is no real upper class Anglian fashion; this is all imported from Calemberg, though the Anglian nobility often tries to appear down to earth, and will dress based on local customs unless a foreign dignitary is visiting. All Anglian clothing is either made from hemp weaving or sheep wool, with the occasional outfit sporting cowhide here and there. Anglian clothing is often very conservative and closed. Women cover themselves up in dresses, and many of them even wear peasant veils. Men wear woven trousers, and woven shirts with a sheep hide vest over that. Headwear is also very popular among the Anglians, though it is often restricted to simple hoods, sacks and caps. Anglian fashion remains true to its peasant roots and has remained practically unchanged for the past three centuries.
Anglians are often pitied by their Regalian cultural counterparts as they almost exclusively live in plaster houses with thatch roofs. In spite of this, Anglia isn’t without its unique architecture. The Anglian abbeys and monasteries are famous for their flat roofs with spiked ornaments and imposing stone structures. Many archways in Anglian architecture use little to no mortar, raising the art of counter-balance to a true skill. Only important buildings in the Anglian lands are actually made of stone; most buildings make do with wooden timber frames and compressed mud, with a layer of plaster over it. House fires are very frequent in Anglia, which often decimate large numbers of houses. Still, Anglians hold on to a sense of history with their architectural style, as it has been unchanged since the early days of the Empire. Anglian castles are often considered the most boring but the heaviest and most fortified structures in the Regalian Archipelago. They are often large, thick-walled, and feature few windows or luxuries, but rarely built with Anglian architecture in mind, as Anglians usually hire the Breizh to design their fortifications for them.
Anglian Cuisine is extremely simple, and in other parts of the realm, it is referred to as pauper cuisine. The Anglian staple food is grain, and it is used in practically every dish. Bread is the breakfast and lunch, and porridge may often be dinner. Roast beefs and lambs in bread baskets are very common due to the cattle industry in Anglia. Anglians don’t really have much in the ways of sweets, though blueberry and strawberry pies are very popular due to the exquisite flavor of their fruits. Apricot and apple jam are also extremely popular as export products; Anglians make ample use of the favorable orchard climate around Axford to produce delicious jams. One particularly rare food in Anglia is Haggelslaage, which is a low-sugar and low-milk variant of chocolate shavings, usually eaten on bread with a thin spread of butter. In past centuries, the mostly grain based Anglians were some of the shortest people in the Archipelago due to their low protein diet, but recent decades have seen a massive leap in average height, seeing Anglians become some of the tallest people in the Archipelago due to their extremely varied and rich diet with many nutrients.
Like most things in their Culture, Anglian sports are often very simple. The most popular pastime sport Anglians engage in is Ballespeylen. In this game, competitors attempt to throw an iron cast ball into a pole marked with various colored segments to indicate points. Every person gets ten throws, and the person with the most amount of points wins. Swimming, hiking and even horse riding are also seen as sports in Anglia. Another major sport in Anglia is recreational shooting of the Anglian Longbow. This is so common that the shooting glove used in Anglian Longbow shooting can often be seen as a general clothing accessory worn by women and men alike, even if they have no functional use for the latching glove in every day work and it could even be inconvenient to try and write with.
Another popular pastime leisure is North Boxing, a Regalian variant of Northern Mud Wrestling. Anglian leisure and sports are often very physically intensive activities that engage in heavy competition. Fist fights are extremely common during competitions, and this generally rowdy sports culture combined with the heavy labor of the land often makes Anglians very burly individuals. Anglians have a surprisingly high level of literacy compared to other peasants from other realms. As such, reading by a fireplace or what the locals call “Lantefanteren” (just lazing about) are very common forms of leisure. Generally speaking, because Anglians are physically intensive (compared to other Cultures) most of their pastimes and hobbies times involve incredibly sedentary activities, or simply doing nothing at all, which is called “Niksen”. This can sometimes be as simple as laying on a sofa staring at the ceiling for hours, which is done to promote clearing the head and resting at ease from an over-active lifestyle otherwise.
The main symbol of Anglia is the Crown Dragon; also the sigil animal of the ruling Kade family. These creatures used to live in the border mountain chains of Dorinn and Nordwalle, symbiotically with the farmers living in the river delta valleys below. The Dragon had gone extinct since the early decades after Cataclysm (re-appearing recently in the form of the Imperial Dragon), but the animal represents Anglia strongly in its unwavering vigilance and loyalty to its kind. Another strong symbol for Anglia is the wheat and rye plants; food produce is the major export of Anglia and, as such, the majority of the population works in the agricultural sector. Lambs are often also frequent to symbolize Anglians, as are the three wingless Crown Dragons in a circle, which represents the Three Son Ideology. This ideology dictates that the oldest son must always inherit all, while the next two sons are bred to support the oldest son.
- Despite being austere, simple, and even cordial people internally, Anglians are considered greedy and shut in by outsiders, even within the Regalian Archipelago. They often artificially change bread prices to their suiting, even if it causes a famine elsewhere.
- Becoming overweight is a major issue in some of the Anglian cities. Anglians are often fed so well with large quantities of food that weight becomes a major problem.
- Anglians are fairly homogenous with the New Regalians. Very few blondes live in Anglia, while foreigners are generally looked at with a modicum of distrust.