Life in a typical Orlendian
home in Bradstowe
is often described as "cosy", though many would call it cramped as most houses in the heart of the city have limited space with families of as many as five generations living in them.
Homes are identified by a building number followed by the family name of the people who live there - the number is displayed on a large polished brass plaque on the front of the building, and the family name(s) are painted on a wooden sign above each door.
Modernised houses have good pipework and water closets with running water and flushing toilets, but most homes still have an outhouse in the garden that are full of biting insects and bumbling moths.
Despite wishing to live a life of order in accordance of The Originator's Order (the state religion in Orlend)
, many homes look incredibly cluttered with mismatched family furniture that has been upcycled and refurbished over the years. To overcome this chaos, people try to keep their homes as tidy as they can by using symmetry, lucky numbers
and symbols of The Originator's Order around the house.
wake up at sunrise and go to bed at sunset, with only candles to illuminate the night. However, with modern glow-jelly
lamps this tradition is becoming less common and people entertain themselves late into the night.
Orlendian homes are kept as clean and tidy as they can be. Surfaces are spotless, and ornaments are kept in cupboards behind glass doors. Cabinets of curiosities display generations of stories with grand tales from family histories.
Many buildings contain attics, which are rarely accessed and often become secret clutter-hordes for families who can't throw things away, but can't display them tidily either.
Some houses contain cellars that are usually used for storing food or wine. Large families sometimes try to utilise cellars as a living space, despite the low ceiling height.