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Derrish

Naming Traditions

Feminine names

Ada, Anna, Agnise, Basilia, Bele, Birke, Carsta, Cilie, Delila, Edela, Elka, Evi, Fele, Gesa, Gila, Heda, Heske, Itta, Jetta, Jule, Ketha, Lelija, Ludwina, Mailin, Melli, Nelia, Orthia, Rea, Sara, Silke, Thela, Viviana, Wolke

Masculine names

Albrecht, Adelrad, Aschwin, Berthold, Demian, Edelhard, Eile, Erwin, Falko, Folkrad, Friedrich, Godwin, Gregor, Heilfried, Irmingild, Junis, Karsten, Kyril, Landrich, Librecht, Mattis, Nitsche, Otger, Reineke, Reinhardt, Thorwald, Velten, Volkmar, Wilhelm,

Unisex names

Eilke, Franzis, Gerdi, Hauke, Vik, Witte

Family names

Ackerman, Baumgartner, Becker, Bergfalk, Blumstein, Breitbart, Eichel, Forstner, Fulton, Grünewald, Habicht, Hofmeister, Kaiser, Reiher, Rosenwald, Schwarz, Specht, Sturm, Vogel, Wolf

Culture

Major language groups and dialects

The Derrish language is analogous to real-world German. It is utterly unrelated to other languages in Kralle, though northern dialects do borrow words and expressions from the Sifa tongue.

Common Dress code

Male noble Derrish clothing is highly layered, including capes, tunics, shirts, tights, and so on. Women are a bit freer, usually wearing free-flowing dresses instead. The peasantry is far more utilitarian, usually opting for a simple tunics or dresses.   The most fantastic aspect of Derrish dress is the feather garments. The incredibly sturdy and beautiful feathers of the brave birds are very difficult to ascertain due to the difficulties associated with slaying a brave bird; as a result, clothing crafted from the feathers are among the most presitigious status symbols in Kralle. Magnificent capes crafted from brave bird feathers can be seen in the upper echelons of Derrish society, and the length of one's cape is often proportional to the prestige of their house. Additionally, feather headdresses plated in precious metal are common heirlooms in the Derrish nobility, of course varying in size and complexity depending on the prestige of the owning house. Feather capes and crowns are widely-recognized symbols of stature.

Art & Architecture

Derrish architecture is very square and angular. Less prestigious buildings employ half-timbering, filled in with locally-sourced stone. More ornate buildings are mostly comprised of stone. They maintain the blocky architecture characteristic of the area, and often have tall, pointed, shingled roofs of bright color.   Derrish art is quite formulaic. Portraits usually consist of the subject looking directly at the viewer, and collectively the art can appear fairly samey. Gold leaf is applied to excess, and mosaic is common. Its closest real-world analog is Byzantine art. Landscape art is rare, as most Derrish art is utilitarian in nature.

Ideals

Beauty Ideals

To a certain extent, beauty ideals are gender-blind: the ideal Derrish man or woman is tall, blonde-haired, olive-skinned, and blue-eyed. Muscle is a symbol of individuality and strength of will— women are often preferred a bit on the curvier side, and skinniness in either gender is generally viewed as weak and unfavorable.

Gender Ideals

Children are effectively viewed as genderless prior to adolescence. All children, male or female, wear long hair and dresses. When they approach/reach adolescence, they are then groomed into ideal men and women.   Derrish men oversee their estates. The ideal Derrish man is direct and no-nonsense— an overly amicable and polite man is viewed as weak. Commanding respect is the greatest masculine virtue, and ruling with an iron fist over one's inferiors is the mark of a true man. Educationally, men focus on mathematics and tactics. Additionally, a good Derrish man is respectful and obedient to his liege, without sacrificing his own agenda. Given that their primary place in society is to direct and obey others, it is only fitting that the Derrish military force is entirely male. Even non-serving men are expected to competent in combat and swordsmanship.   Women are the diplomatic face of an estate. Pleasantries and propriety are their domain. Derrish women are expected to be skilled orators and socialites, and their education focuses on literacy and foreign affairs. Diplomacy is carried out by the wives of estate heads, and as a result most legal affairs are headed by women. While men wield absolute power on the local scale, women are in fact more influential abroad.

Courtship Ideals

In Derrish tradition, marriage is exclusively patrilineal and as a result men are the prize to be won. Within the nobility, there is rarely any real romance involved in courtship at least at first. Most pairings are political in nature, and it is the job of the woman to employ her guile and charm to convince her betrothed that she is worthy of his marriage and the estate that comes with it. However, this "courtship" is mostly symbolic— pairings are usually not arranged until their outcome is secured.   As the ladder of nobility is descended and we grow nearer to the peasantry, these rigid, loveless relationships hold less true. It is unmasculine for a man to actively pursue a woman, but it often occurs anyway in secret, especially among the baronies and peasantry. This true, romantic courtship comes with all the trappings one might expect of a courtship— love letters, ballads, secret liaisons in the night, and more. These kinds of courtships, if discovered, are frowned upon and can be quite controversial, but are relatively common nonetheless.

Relationship Ideals

Romance and expressions of love are a matter for the bedroom. An ideal Derrish couple is a professional, synergistic partnership with a strong grip on its estate and a solid mutual understanding. Because it's so common for women to pursue the interests of her maiden house instead of that of her husband, a pair that can work together for a mutual goal is considered rare and favorable. Open displays of affection tend to make the Derrish quite uncomfortable, and it isn't unusual for marriages to be loveless even in private. After all, the expression of affection is an unmasculine quality.

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