Arcturian culture was largely shaped by their environment. The Winterwood Forest
they call home is a frigid environment, a land of ice and almost constant winter. Only those well adapted to this cold can survive here, much less thrive the way the Arcturians have.
Centuries ago the Arcturians were known for their semi-nomadic lifestyles. Small towns spread across the Winterwood Forest
provided shelter to traveling hunting communities during the harsh cold of the dark season. These towns would gather edibles from the surrounding forest and meats from the hunters throughout the remaining months, augmented with farmed produce during the brief growing season. Permanent residents of the towns, typically the elderly or infirm as well as families with small children, would preserve these foods in preparation for when most of the traveling hunters would return to the cities to wait out the dark season. In this way the Arcturians built a thriving society amidst the ice.
But the Arcturians were not alone. The Frost Fae
among the Lonely Peaks
had watched the Arcturians adapt and thrive, and determined them to be developing into a threat. As a result the Fae began to send bewitched mountain wildlife into the Arcturian towns to attack in an effort now known as the The War of Generations
While the Frost Fae have since been discovered and eventually won over as allies the decades of relentless attacks have left their marks on Arcturian society. The young learn self-defense as soon as they develop the coordination required, while the elderly take turns welding crossbows beside the watchmen in towers across Arcturia
. Most members of society also keep their weapons on hand at all times, just in case, as a force of cultural habit.
Common Dress code
Arcturia is a cold, wooded country and its people dress the part. Warm clothing, frequently fur lined for extra warmth and comfort, is a must.
Arcturians value strength above all, regardless of gender or age or any other factors. This is what Arcturians find most attractive in each other.
They are, however, surprisingly accepting of a variety of ways to show strength. Physical prowess, mental fortitude, strength of character, self-control... All of these are viewed as facets of strength, and each member of Arcturian society is free to develop their own preferences.
As personal strength is such a powerful force in Arcturian society, so too is the strength of a relationship in times of adversity. This is the measure used to determine the viability of any given relationship. If the relationship can survive the hardships of life then what else matters? This is true for all Arcturian relationships, regardless of the type.