The Suran people are one of the most populous ethnic groups on Macalgra. Their success, and widespread distribution, can be credited to the long lasting influence of the Sura Empire. Native to the Nimula peninsula of Terrosea, the Suran have been a resilient and influential culture during most of their history.
HistoryModern Suran people developed from the Ryseumian people of the Nimula peninsula, who settled there during the Ryseum Age, around four thousand years before present. The Ryseumian were an agricultural culture, relatively isolated, and had likely migrated from further inland, from among the Baraney people of the Terase Jungle. They were conquered only two centuries after building Ryseum, by the Caeruli - nomadic southerns. The Caeruli rule fell in 250 RC during a period of instability and plague, and Ryseum was sacked and destroyed. The Ryseumian people returned to Ryseum under the leadership of Surah, legendary first ruler of the empire. From Ryseum they repelled eastern Urcifer raiders, and began a period of great success. Though briefly conquered from the 9th to 15th centuries by the Wa'Senet people of Senet'tu, the Sura have maintained their independence for most of their history. The modern Suran people are generally credited as beginning in the 15th century after Wa'Senet rule ceased. Over the next thousand years, the Suran people built an empire spanning all of Terrosea, and at its height crossing the oceans to conquer four continents. Their culture has been shaped by the heavily tropical climate of their homeland, and influence from the Armorta and Wa'Senet people, as well as other ethnic groups of Terrosea.
Common Dress code
Suran dress mirrors very closely that of its descendant cultures. Male nudity is not uncommon among the labouring class, though they have never been quite as permissive of it as the Wa'Senet or Juventians. Generally, in polite company a wrap of white cloth is worn around the waist, tucked in the front and covering the upper thighs and groin. Among the wealthier and on formal occasions, a tunic is worn over the wrap, hanging to the knees. Women generally wear a rectangle piece of fabric, tied around the waist with a corded belt, with the excess gathered behind and draped over the shoulders and tucked into the belt. The wealthier women will compliment this with a colourful shawl in a gauzy fabric, cast over the shoulder and pinned. The higher class you are the more clothing generally worn; this can be attributed to a desire to show off status with clothing, and the wealthier possessing useful cooling contraptions such as fountains and enchantments within the home. Men often wear bicep rings, torcs, anklets, and rings. Necklaces, brooches and bracelets are additionally worn by women, though highborn men may also wear these. High born Suran often wear jewellery of foreign styles; the hoop earrings of the Armorta are popular, as well as Emeni style feathered necklaces, and the familial signet rings of the Wa'Senet people.
Suran culture generally does not conduct marriage outside of the wealthy, landed class - where it is used primarily as an inheritance mechanic and for political purposes, with the children of marriage superseding those born outside of it for inheritance law. The average Suran may have one or occasionally several partners. Homosexuality and polyamory are common, even among married couples. High born Suran often have several mistresses or male concubines, and the wealthiest men may have multiple wives. Generally, it is considered ostentatious to have more wives than you have homes, and among the titled nobility men may have a wife to live at each of their estates.