THE JAVENIANS


For the last five years he had woken up to the scents of the restaurant below and the music from the street across, but he had yet to grow tired of it. He was less used to waking up to a pretty selamandeshi girl on one side and a strapping yadeshi boy on the other, but such was life in Tol Valda.

After stretching his body and breathing in the cool evening air, he gently dampened their hearing and crawled out of bed, pondering if he should put on pants. He settled for "not yet". Striding through to the other room, he found the remnants of what seemed to have been a pleasant afternoon party. And, as luck would have it, there was a little bit left of the fun stuff. Swigging a mouthful from a few bottles, he went to the mirror, sizing himself up. The hair was a mess, and the rest was a jumble of lipstick and bite marks. All in all, it must have been a good afternoon.

He splashed his face with water, rearranged his hair and put on some new makeup. All the while dancing slightly to the music trickling in from the streets below. Finally, he decided, he would have to put on some pants.

It was time to go to work.

A brief history of the culture

Javenna's beginnings can be traced back to when a large group of Navarians left their home nation after their goddess had abandoned them. Not content with waiting around, they went looking for another divine patron. They wandered far into the eastern desert, where legends tell that they found a god more powerful than any other - the Master. This being granted them gifts beyond all dreams, and charged them with founding a new nation. The people threw themselves at the feet of this divine being, and set to work. Using their new gifts, they raised the city of Tol Valda from nothing in merely weeks.

In time, the newly born Javenians would incorporate other peoples in their nation. From the south came a people from the plains, who were enticed by the Javenian's otherworldly gifts and soon became a part of the blood. Then came the Selamandeshi, who came wandering over the northern ice, fleeing some dark disaster. The knowledge and secrets that the Javenian's held proved too tempting, and they too became a part of the blood. Then came the Yadeshi from the eastern swamps, who abandoned their swamp gods in favor of the Master. And Javenna grows ever larger, accepting those that would join their devotion and trampling all others...

Mentality

Javenians live a short life, and so, must enjoy their lives all the more intensely. Javenna is passion and pleasure, frantic indulgence and dazzling sensations. It is the heavy beating of the heart in a dance, it is the panting breath of love. It is sorcery given life.

The mentality of the Javenians is colored by their sorcery, which makes life very easy. There are very few taboos in Javenian society, as the indulgence of pleasures is the best way of celebrating the short life that is given. Open non-monogamy, use of sorcery-enhanced substances, an abundance of food and drink of all kinds, and beauty everywhere you look means that life is a race from one high to the next.

But since there is little suffering and scarcity in Javenna, most of its people have a very skewed perspective of what real hardship means. They are preoccupied with the passion and the drama, even in the highest levels of society.

Society

Rule over Javenna is divided between three instances: The senate, the council of judgement and the house of divine truth. The first rules over practical matters in javenna, and is made up of senators from all parts of Javenna. The second is made up exclusively of soul sorcerers, and is mainly tasked with the punishment of crimes and transgressions. The third is the head of the Javenian faith which mainly guides and oversees all worship in Javenna, but also holds authority over everything and everyone else.

Javenian society can be very pleasant or very punishing. It all depends on how willing you are to do the jobs that is handed to you. Few children are born alive, as the sorcery that burns so brightly smothers many before they are born. Early life is simple and abundant in pleasure, but once your sorcery starts manifesting, you have a duty towards the state. Javenian children are sent to special cities, from whence they do not return until they have proven that they can control whatever abilities they've been gifted with. Once they have done so, they are given a job closely tied to their abilities, and given a facial tattoo to identify your sorcery. And if you do your job properly, Javenna holds endless pleasures for you to enjoy...

Faith and beliefs

Religion in Javenna is no small matter. At its heart the nation is a theocracy, where a reluctance to or negligence of worship is a very serious crime. Thus, faith and worship is a part of everyday life, where you pay your respect to the Master in all things.

The faith is guided by the house of divine truth, which keeps temples in all Javenian cities. The house is led by the Ember Prophetess and her clerics of the shroud, who listen to the insane voices from beyond.

At the heart of their worship is the Master and the ten mad gods. With incense, sorcery and essences, worshippers are put into delirium to speak in tongues with the divines and pray for their favor in coming challenges.

Name culture examples

Female: Vienji, Ravenni, Lasidaari, Tianeli, Miliara
Male: Tyranodli, Maerelith, Sarandoli, Anemmari, Ondarith

Clothing and fashion

Javenian clothing is extremely diverse, though most favour clothing made out of thin, light fabrics. Because of the sorcery-manipulated climate, they have little need for warm or thick (or covering) clothing. The more extravagant, the better. There are of course deviations from this in the different subcultures, but on the whole, Javenian clothes are seen as something which should emphasize the natural beauty inherent in the body.

Circle-based patterns as well as floral and intricate linework are used to a very large degree.

Hair is worn every possible way you could imagine, save for straight and undecorated. Few refrain from decorating their hair with ribbons, jewelry, beads, flowers or similar accessories, no matter if they are men or women.

Jewelry most often comes in the forms of metal or glass (both traditional and sorcerer's glass). The more jewelry, the better, according to Javenians - to the point where some wear jewels instead of articles of clothing. Jewelry and accessories in Javenna take on a wide variety of designs, as they are influenced by very diverse cultures.

Extra material

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