Sentence A Day 8 (May 2021)
June 4th, 2021
Deep in the mountains lay many hidden vales, untouched and unsullied. Many of them hold beautiful sights, never to be seen by most of the population of Obrexia. Druids, wanderers, and Cultivators keep these sights secret, to keep them as they are naturally.
Inoa Ranas, 6/5/2021
In a ritual many use to release stress and built-up emotions, intense aromas or even magic induce crying streams of tears. The subject will then put their tears into a bowl of salt and other ingredients mixed before being discarded into the sea. The subject may feel mildly dehydrated, tired, or worn out shortly afterwards. However, the catharsis and the enactment of Salt will bring them peace and attunement to their emotions for the time to come.
June 5th, 2021
The Luminous Scepter is a lost treasure, brought by the dwarves in their journey through the Underdark. It is said that the Scepter brought light, illuminating whole caverns and driving back the monsters and the dark. Upon the founding of Vunkuldir and other dwarfholds the Scepter was lost. Many dwarves thing it was a gift from the gods, taken back when they no longer needed it. In all actuality, it is probably held in a private vault, with the current owners of said vault not even knowing the value of the objects within.
June 6th, 2021
The mountain vales are hard to patrol, the dwarves do as well as they can, but their coverage is limited. The Cultivators are constantly guarding their herds, and the newer settlements raise walls as their first priority.
June 7th, 2021
A census performed by the High Library puts Obrexia at almost 3 million souls. An exact measurement is hard to give, and migration could inflate the number as it took nearly two years for the number to be tabulated.
June 8th, 2021
The standing army of Obrexia is under but close to 100,000 people, not quite evenly split between men and women, but fairly close, probably somewhere in the range of 60-40 or somewhere in between. Around 1/3 work with the Navy as Marines, patroling Obrexian waters and beyond, as dictated by Pacts and Agreements between other nations, such as the Diamond Pact to protect Isaran waters, or the Azure Hunt, patrolling a good portion of the known world for pirates. Another third serve as scouts and patrolmen, scouring Obrexia clean of monsters and bandits when they can find them. They push the bounds of Obrexia, looking for resources that can be used in the wilds to the north, as well as keep it safe from the beasts that come up from below or elsewhere. The final third serve as garrisoned troops and town guards, protecting those that reside within, from the monsters that would come knocking on their doors.
Sogadar • 9th June, 2021
While coffee came from the south in Mehraq, its popularity has grown in upper Sogad that coffee houses have begun to be established to serve the common folk as a sobering alternative to wine.
It has become so popular that raiders and travellers on the march will carry almost always carry a pouch of coffee beans, brewing the coffee with a brewing pipe so that they are able to drink atop their horses on the go without ever having to stop for one.
June 9th, 2021
Aside from the Azure Hunt and fighting pirates, most of the Obrexian military has not fought an organized force.
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.
June 17th, 2021
Only the best of the best can become Stailceoir, but perhaps some regulations are loosening in favour of a more wide ranging force.