June 10th, 2021
As with most places, the arrival of spring comes with a spate of seasonal allergies. Pollen and dander from shedding animals take to the winds, incapacitating some. With the seasonal changes, some come into their own magically, releasing a whole variety of effects, allure, fire, frost, and many more.
June 11th, 2021
If given the opportunity, most Daoine and many Obrex will set aside what they are working on to enjoy thunderstorms, or rain showers in general. This may include taking them in from a porch, but more often than not it means walking in them, and feeling the water splash against ones skin.
June 12th, 2021
In bigger towns or cities, there are specific buildings dedicated to education, teaching kids from the ages of around 6 to around 12. They aren't the biggest, and they usually run multiple classes a day, getting in some teaching before the children get too off track. They generally just teach literacy and numeracy, maybe some history if they can get around to it. Most children of age would have their own schedule worked out, and wouldn't attend classes every day or even consecutive days. Smaller villages would see parents teaching children what they know, but the quality could be a bit iffy. Adult students would usually seek out someone with the specific skill that they would like to learn, or they could turn to the High Library or one of it's branches. They are willing to teach anyone to read or write for a small fee, and can send requests for specific bits of information between each other. After around the age of 12 students are expected to find an apprenticeship, or three, between the ages of 12 and around 15 you are supposed to shop around and find what you would like to do in life, starting with the family business and branching out from there. It isn't necessarily uncommon to switch later, but it can be seen as a waste of time by others.
June 13th, 2021
Obrexian cuisine goes fairly heavy on the spices that they have access to, which are salt, peppercorns, rosemary, thyme, and a good variety of mushrooms. These flavours are pretty good for soups and stews, and those are often made. Chicken noodle soup with wheat noodles is a common dish, because it is pretty hearty, especially when you add in a bunch of vegetables and starches. There are different foods for different times, most breakfasts are usually some degree of eggs, usually with a slice or two of bread, toasted up. Preserves and jellies also make notable appearances at breakfast. Biscuits and gravy is something often enjoyed by the wealthy for breakfast, though it is an occasional meal for everyone else, as sausage and butter are usually the main reason to hold off, which is just a price based thing. Anything served in a trencher would be something that is reserved for the wealthy, as most people aren't going to waste the calories that go into making the bread to just throw it away.
June 14th, 2021
Obrexia largely sees the world as business opportunities. Or, the merchant and noble classes do. Hawkson sees the world as people who can be allied with to do better for the world. Kisaevin and Anaetyr are likely two of the ones people of Obrexia know the most about, seeing them as the citrus place and the people who fought undead every day respectively. Besides the semipirates of Ajusa, and possibly the SMSC there isn't exactly a large number of places that have a negative connotation to them. Ornthas has become known in Obrexia as a shuttered realm that has fallen to infighting, Koh as the stubborn people who refuse to trade, Domoutso as where the funky mushrooms live, Martoise as where the religious pears are from and where a not insignificant number of people that now live in Obrexia can trace their roots to. Isara is a valuable trading partner, but also a place to protect, Gintaras another trade partner, but also a holding of Obrexia mainly, just left to do their own thing currently. People know Teltebhann as a place where they also have druids, and most things sound just outside of familiar. Helios is seen as a giant, but one that lay far away, as well as a great resource for their many exports of a certain nature. Those are probably most of the household level names, with some being more fringe than others as they get further away from Obrexia. Sogadar is not widely know, but by those who do know it see it as an untapped market, and a place where they can work to one up Koh.
June 15th, 2021
Decorative ceramics are pretty popular, both for display and use purposes. Vases, bigger vessels, and the like are often placed about the place. Paintings aren't uncommon, though there are often times where it's akin to hanging up a children's drawing from when they were smaller, sometimes embarrassing to the creator, but which parent cares about that part?
June 16th, 2021
Recently word has been put out that the Stailceoir are expanding, looking to add new masters to their ranks. Anyone that can defeat a Stailceoir in single combat will be permitted advanced training.
The canal's traffic had come to a halt as the news of the ship's crash reached the various corners of Isara. The occasional camel caravan could be seen travelling the canalside road. These sort of overland trips were seldom made, but the few merchants who could were clearly taking advantage of the Semperdataria's plight.
The captain was briefed on the events of the latest caucus - several times, in fact. There was no lack of captains who would rather see the Semperdataria set ablaze rather than wait a day. Some offered to help pull the ship out - for the right price. Of course accepting those would be financial ruin for him and especially his crew. Still others genuinely offered help, though none had the capabilities to seriously help dislodge the ship. The captain was thankful for the rules Diamond Pact, the efforts of Admiral Daieth for keeping other ships at arms length, and especially Ambria.
The heavy draft were dispatched from the east and the west ends of the canal in the evening after the caucus. It took half a day of wrangling both the beasts and the politicians. Though considering the normal timeline of bureaucracy, this was a blisteringly fast decision. Blocking one of the busiest waterways in the world was an urgent matter after all.
Read both parties' comments, and I actually am strongly backing the idea put forth by Ikram. Giving a population a cap, and allowing individuals to disperse that population among their settlements. Allowing the lore minister to make exceptions to those wanting to exceed the cap, with evidence they are making something truly iconic and worthy of exceeding that of other realms.
What is the point of every city having a huge 1million pop? It isn't special then. The only way to keep something unique and incredible is to gatekeep otherwise we'd all have it.
My only comment is that large realms underneath the surface are not inherently dwarven. Not important to the topic, but it's a comment, definitely.