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Misty Cloud Men

Naming Traditions

Family names

Star Names

A distinctive right reserved to the nobles of the four Cloud Hills whereby a family gains the name of a heavenly body and rite to add it to a family's heraldry. Such an honor can be granted or revoked over the generations by discretion of the king for notable acts.

Culture

Shared customary codes and values

Kiri Worth

Since the beginning of the Kiris' migrations, the cultures of the Mist have evolved to nearly revere these creatures as harbingers of prosperity.
During Peace
In their times, public works are encouraged, productivity increases dramatically and, most notably of all, a sense of prideful unity perpetuates through the people.
During War
This has lead to grief for many a conquering armies. For the men of the Mist learned long ago how to mount and gallop silently across fields and lakes towards the enemy in large flanking motions impossible to anyone else.   Whole settlements become mobile; and up and move further from the mist with the Kiri. Animosity that might otherwise flare in such internal movements are gentled among themselves because the migrates are being carried to their new hosts by the Kiri.

Average technological level

Metal Working

Mist metallurgy evolved various smelting techniques and ores to produce malleable and ductile metal useful for tools and adornments.  
Silver Process
One of the easiest and most preferred method by forgers. It involves mixing false water into unrefined ores that readily melt without damaging it, and used for the precision casting of complex or intricate parts and patterns.  

Riding Kiri

Tax Pants
Specially made trousers padded in the crotch area and stiffened along the legs.
Riding Manners
Rhythmic motion from the rider's hip downwards that have to be memorized and instinctive to prevent razor cut from the kirin scales.

Common Dress code

Males

The typical male attire was a loincloth and a simple tunic (unqo) made from a single sheet folded over and stitched at the sides with holes left for the arms and neck.   Under strong ocean winds, a cloak or poncho was worn on top and patterned simply with common square designs at the waist and fringes and a triangle marking the neck.  
Armour Plates
One standard design consisting of overlapping metal disks across large surfaces on the body.

Females

Women typically wore a single large cloth wrapped around the body which was pinned at the shoulder and held in place with a waist belt or sash called a chumpi.   On top of this a cloak could be worn, again pinned at the front, to protect against the ocean winds.

Art & Architecture

Grove Homes

In Outen and Orhan, the oldest homes are carved out caves possesses of a small facade but deep interior.

Piled Walls

Quchaa and Tisir, are of comparable age and built from driven or rammed piles constructed in a row, above which a stable building is built.

Funerary and Memorial customs

Burial

There are two funeral patterns typical to cloud culture. Both instances involve the dead being wrapped in multiple layers of fine textiles and a small votive figure doll dressed in cloth of the deceased and left in burial chambers, for which the shores' natural and undecorated seaside caves serve.

Common Myths and Legends

The Immortal Kings

Four of the twelve immortal kings of the Floodland stories were of the clans. One of them is rumoured to have acquired his immortality through the flower girl. These individuals have been remembered as the most bloodthirsty in history; and for the times when they came from cloud country was an increase in the civil violence to unprecedented levels.

Ideals

Gender Ideals

Males

Forging Skills
It has become increasingly common for men to take up metal craft.   Beginning with the formation of a metal ingot, which is then heated and shaped, cooled, then assembled into a final product.

Females

Weaving Skills
Women of all classes are expected to be accomplished at weaving.   In this they used the backstrap loom for small pieces and either the horizontal single-heddle loom or vertical loom with four poles for large pieces, such as rugs and blankets.


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