Extravagant things, methinks. Though they are not for the conversational sort who wish for their travel companions to be besides them.
  Within the empire, palanquins are a near obsolete mode of travel. Carried on the shoulders of either prisoners or low servant's within the owner's household, the litters can become quite extravagant.
  It had become fashionable to have intricate embroidery upon the curtains which hid the person inside. This embroidery was often in golden thread over navy blue cloth - the colour of the Dvuusi. To use this colour without her consent is highly taboo but has been permitted here.
  In the last decade of Mayua the Magnificent's reign, the Dvuu was seen many times in public within the Royal Palanquin. This was because he simply enjoyed the pageantry that came with this mode of transport, and he preferred not to deal with horses unless needed to. In private, however, according to the letters and journals of his longtime mistress Gloka Unagitsyo, he is said to have 'complained a lifetime about this solitary box that his Majesty has confined himself to by his years of debauchery'.
  Currently, the mode of transport is dying. As they often block roads, they are required to be licensed to the Yalisku, the home of the Empire's financier. In the current day, there are only 20 palanquins licensed from the 70 or so only 30 years ago, which was down from possibly hundreds that were used prior to the beginning of licensing records. Nowadays, outside of the louche Nagvia or holy Zofia, it will be rare for common folk to see palanquins on the street, the aristocracy having changed their preferred method of travel to horse and carriage. However, Certain priests to Dyshe, goddess of trade, are given a free licence which a few do use.


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9 Aug, 2022 01:18

Pretty rich in detail, love the fact that there is this split between how the Dvuu was perceived vs. how they actually felt about this mode of transportation.