The deeply cultured people of Raoulin, full of food culture and art
DescriptionAs the cultured and sophisticated citizens of the Kingdom of Raoulin, the Raoulish people are one deeply rooted in the culinary arts and in culture itself, as well as love - they are a people that embody romance and passion, and under the rule of the Lamia God-Queen that leads their nation, they have become one of the foremost nations on Zheng-Kitar. They are romantic, equality-driven, and open with their desires and passions, and are often extremely patriotic - they take immense and great pride in their nation and government, and are typically quite offended by any negative comments about their country. Visitors often interpret their attitude towards foreigners as rude.
AppearanceOutside of perhaps the Ustanan people, the Raoulish people are deeply fashionable - but where the Ustanan fashion is famous for its elaborate and sometimes over-designed outfits fit for kings and queens, with ruffles and folds galore, Raoulish fashion is sophisticated, professional, and fashionable - but not overly fussy like Ustanan fashion. Typical outfits for the Raoulish are generally nice and sleek dresses and suits, long coats, scarves, and berets - their fashion is typically made to order and handmade as well, which is an immense point of pride and a thing zealously upheld and protected by the Raoulin Government. The Raoulish people are thusly often well-dressed and groomed, and are rarely slovenly - their faces are elegant and sleek as well, with a lack of extremely prominent facial features like sharp chins or jutting eyebrow ridges. They are typically fair or light skinned.
HistoryA country with a long and storied, history, the Kingdom of Raoulin and the Raoulish people trace their roots back to the Age of Apostasy, when the tyrant Cao Lu ruled the entire continent of Zheng-Kitar and the churches of all six Spirit Kings - during his reign he tricked and welcomed envoys of the ancient Aenorian Empire from far across the seas onto the continent, welcoming a legion of ancient High Lamia - ancestors to the modern lamia, and much more powerful - to his side as his enforcers. Chiefmost among these ancient Lamia was one of the legendary Aenorian Princesses, godlike beings who had devoured untold millions and ascended into semi-divinity - an existance so powerful as to be commonly considered unstoppable. And while his trickery worked for a time, Cao Lu soon found himself betrayed by his own people and the Aenorian Princess who realized she had been used by the wily tyrant - and after he was overthrown, the God-Queen ruled for a time in a similar cruelty. It was not until the failed rebellion against her when she devoured the adventurers sent to slay her that she saw the truth of the Spirit Kings - sifting through the memories of the heroes she had eaten, the God-Queen had a change of heart and betrayed her empire, leading her people to throw off the shackles of cruelty and lead a crusade against those of her people unwilling to follow her into redemption. At the end of this long crusade, she founded the Kingdom of Raoulin as a home for her people and any who would seek to join them in peace. The country has endured ever since thanks to her overwhelming power that persists even to this day, and its culture and history are founded on the legacy of peace and desire for a better, more cultured life the ancient Lamia God-Queen sought and yet seeks to this day.
CultureRaoulish culture is one that often tries to abstain from violence - while not neccesarily a nation of pacifists, Raoulin nor its people take quickly to violence. They are a cultured and peaceful people who would prefer a nice meal and a partner for the night as opposed to violence or war. Their culture is one of the mind, intellect, knowledge, learning, and creative faculties - free thinking is key here, and many revolutionary thinkers have emerged from the halls of Raoulin's schools which, while not as legendary as the Ustanan High College and Academy, are still notable in their own right. Raoulish embrace style and sophistication, and take pride in the fact that even their public spaces and simplest forms of dress and mannerisms strike a regal tone - they also believe in equality, as is their country's motto: "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity". They have a very open attitude about love and romance even outside of marriage or relationships, and it is not uncommon for top government officials to be engaged in extramarital affairs without making an effort to conceal them. Marriage in Raoulin can be done quite simply with unique unions designed to have the same benefits of marriage that can be dissolved at a moment's notice. They are also incredibly passionate about food and cuisine - their food is some of the best in the world, and they often grow annoyed at attempts to replicate their dishes elsewhere, and with poor cuisine in general - for good reason are they mockingly called 'Food snobs'. And while in ages past their society placed a HUGE emphasis on aristocracy and some elements of this yet remain, after some key revolutions and gory public executions, the power of the aristocracy has waned in recent years - though it has not vanished completely. Many Raoulish still treasure these notions of aristocratic rule and live their lives accordingly, though many have left these notions behind in favor of the more free-thinking centric ideals of the present, one's standing and 'face' or 'respect' still permeate Raoulish society. Finally, the Raoulish people hold unique ideals about crime and punishment - though many joking refer to them as 'Execution-happy' or 'Rebellion-Obsessed', there is some truth to this, as the Raoulish as a people believe in openly airing their grievances loudly and plainly, for all to hear. They are not likely to hold back their issues, and believe in making examples of offenders - crime thus has an unusually heavy punishment in Raoulin and many Raoulish believe in this, that dealing heavy punishments to those who commit crimes dissuades future criminals. They thus often take hardline stances on punishment and tend to prefer injury, execution, maiming, or some other physical punishment over simple imprisonment. As the saying goes, "The Raoulish love executions so much they invented the Guillotine to speed up the process.".