An Introduction To Estoya
A Nation of Reason
The High Races
There are common trends that have become staples for those who can pull them off. Facial hair well styled and trimmed is a sign of status and attractiveness for men, as is martial prowess. Woman are considered more attractive when exorcising the mind. Most consider it a good sign when a quick walk turns into hours of intellectual conversation. Women also tend to be more desirable in form fitting clothing as opposed to Vanheim, where the more left to the imagination the better. You don't see many dresses outside of court in Estoya and even then, they tend to hug the woman's frame just as much as male fashion does.
Men and women are considered two parts of the same coin. The Masculine and feminine being aspects of the mind that all must have but are only born with one or the other. It is common for young woman to have more male friends than female friends and vice versa. This is a way of understanding their counterparts. This level of equality is a fairly recent development having occurred within the last several centuries.
Even in death, never shall we part...
Courtship in Estoya is not a complex ordeal, but marriage most certainly is. Marriage exists to combine assets and houses into one and for a select few a covenant with their gods. More importantly, marriage is a covenant to each other. Divorce does not exist nor would it ever be allowed. To marry someone is to give them yourself entirely, and even if they die, you will never be able to remarry for that reason. This isn't to say you can't develop relationships with others, emotional or otherwise.
Map of Map Of Estalia
a map detailing the plot centric locations and important places within Estalia
NamesEstoyan female names tend to end with soft vowels. Races often adopt the names they like and as such many members of other races have traditional Estoyan human names.
Male names counter female names in that they rarely end in vowels save for o and it is always pronounced with the hard sounds as in Mario.
Unisex names mix the rules in that they may have a series of hard sounds and soft sounds.
Given that Estoya is a melting pot of cultures, names often vary and don’t always follow these rules. Surnames are just as varied, but are cherished as ones family name is often a badge of honor in Estoya.
- Included Locations
- Included Organizations
- Tammer Roux, King of Estoya
- Owning Organization
- The Estoyan Government
- Characters in Location
A Reasonable PeopleEstoya is known for its people's intelligence and reason. The people here are some of the most literate in the world. Innovations occur with great frequency on all fronts. Few give into emotion and romanticism is regarded as naive unless they accept, at least in part, some concept of the rational. Religion is unrestrained so long as its customs do not break the law.
Customs and Traditions
A Love of Art
ArchitectureArchitecture places an emphasis on angled geometric spaces. Rarely do you see a curve or a dome save for The Calhurst Prison Colony. Buildings are made with brick and stone masonry with timber usually used for either decoration, support, or both. Large glass windows are often common as well, imported from glass
Casual wear usually involves whatever one wishes to wear and allows for multicultural fashions which may be cheaper or more comfortable. Corsets are also worn by women who wish to renew older fashions, though they are often looser are more comfortable than traditional counterparts. Shoes are usually high quality stained leather, polished, and are covered by the legs of one's trousers. Heeled shoes, another vintage fashion specifically for women, are a typical choice for woman. Some men use heeled shoes to appear taller but the trend has not been set in stone.
Undergarments often depends on preference. Generally for woman, the Brassiere or breast strap are only worn when being particularly active or wearing something that would be abrasive to the skin or obstructed by the breasts such as a chest plate. Some wear them for the lifting qualities they bestow as well but this is not their purpose. Men wear nothing on their upper bodies but often use fabric straps under armor similar to women. The lower body has generally two different types of undergarments that come in many forms. Long and short. Long undergarments are worn in colder weather and short in warmer weather. Many tailors and stylists make their own brands of all of these garments and some like to put their own spin on that clothing.
The Tale of The Alfen Glade
During the final war with the alfen who lived in the wood at the time, a young monarch of the Harrow dynasty burned a sacred glade to the ground. He witnessed the event and experience loss and pain as it was where he and his queen first met, and a place where they frequently took walks before the war began.
Bards tell this tale routinely and mark it as the moment It became clear to all that Estoya was not to be a warlike nation. The monarch, King Jarobee Harrow, was said to have ordered his soldiers to drop their arms and immediately assist the elves in putting out the fires. He himself shed his armor and aided in those efforts. As some bards tell it, He pulled the leader of the alfen from the torrent of flames. The wild elf king saw the king plainly, and stared in wonder at tears on the young king’s face, a sign of weakness to his soldiers, but a moment the elves never forgot. It showed them humans could experience true sorrow.
The respect this precious moment garnered between the too races led to mutual efforts to establish the city now called Rouxsgate, and what's left of the glade is found in the courtyard of the Rouxsgate Bardic University.