Sociological Notes on the Sadiri Empire:
The evolution of the Sadiri people from the Andari has resulted in a number of variances uncommon to many other nations, both fictional and imaginary. They are listed below in short form:
The lack of religion and the presence of House Parthan has eliminated many of the societal plagues common to most ancient and even modern civilizations. As such, they have an extremely derisive opinion of religion of any kind; an opinion which was, in the past, resulted in the execution or expulsion of the 'false prophets' of Thannism, Tal and Andari. Slightly askew of this, superstition, although still present, is very minor, almost never manifesting itself in violence or other such things.
Despite the lack of religion, existentialism is not prevalent, especially among the peasantry. The Sadiri have dealt with all the issues that arise from being without religion by immersing themselves in the present and the hedonism available in the world. They do not care for where they go, if anywhere, after death, prefering to care only about the tangible.
Sadiri, in their pursuit of physical pleasure and lack of religion have been fully able to embrace their individual sexualities openly which few restrictions. As long as all parties are consenting and it does not interfere with anyone else, any sexual act is permitted. A variety of birth controls and contraceptives (along with cures to most of the harmful venereal diseases) allow for sex to happen without the burden of child-rearing that accompanies it. All this has contributed to the Sadiri acceptance of most sexual minorities, along with fetishists, homosexuals and intersexed people.
Additionally, this free and open approach to sexuality has eliminated many of the problems that pervade most other societies. Rape, although still existing in rare cases, does not often happen. Neither does misogyny, which has its roots in debased religions and bottled sexuality.
Arising out of the need to appease the populace and the work of royal houses, most notably Soreeth, Parthan and Ramiri, the Sadiri Empire has a fairly socialistic society. This is more out of desire for efficiency and order, but it is nevertheless altruistic. Especially during convergence years, when crops fail and little work can be done, the Empire releases its stockpiled food to its subjects and does whatever it can to prevent deaths. Besides from these times, when cooperation is necessary for the survival of everyone, most of the missionary work is done by the Tal or more extensively by House Soreeth.
Flora and Fauna of Sadir
With the discovery of aqueducts and other advanced cultivation techniques, the Sadiri Empire has been able to settle all the land within its boundaries. Such extensive civilization has destroyed the natural ecosystem, replacing it with a manmade chain of domesticated animals, birds, insects, and humans. In the beginning, many mistakes were made, threatening the whole agricultural system. Since then, much research has been conducted by House Parthan, determining ways to maximize output with a minimum of ecological ‘burning’ (the overuse of nutrients and resources). As such, few wild animals exist within Sadir, those that do being non-invasive, argonomically useful creatures.
Similar to the fate of the animals of Sadir, wild plants have also experienced a decline. As such, outside of gardens and arboretums, rare, fragile plants do not exist. Working in conjunction, Houses Soreeth, Kira, and Parthan have created many conservatories and reserves in various parts of the Empire, both for aesthetic value and for research.
Plants and Animals of Interest
A small, common household plant, the shoots of the tiri are used for Sadiri face-cream. As the active ingredient, it provides some level of sun-protection; it helps shield skin and repair damage from ultra-violet rays.
Used even before the birth of the Empire as a powerful painkiller, the Kuri plant was discovered to produce euphoric effects shortly after the formation of House Parthan. Despite this, its cost of production was too high and its effects too distracting for it to become widely used. It wasn’t until House Urra was crushed that it became used extensively. The rest of the court, not wanting to wipe the house out completely, had no qualms about inebriating them so much they would do anything the rest of the court desired.
Although they no longer live in the wild, Liresh are still widespread as pets of the nobility. Resembling large dogs, they’re actually more closely related to felines. Not exceedingly fast, the Liresh hunted by stalking for long periods and pouncing when the prey grew lapse in fear.
Large, fairly intelligent birds, Viren are greatly valuable to those who have the time and resources to train them. Although they’ve somewhat gone out of style with the advent of Wave Adaptation, Viren are still occasionally used for reconnaissance and hunting.
Andari, although slightly different with each cultural variation, remains consistently spoken by all known human races. The evolution of each culture's variances is based on their individual beliefs and customs.
Unlike the other versions of Andari, the Thannist grammar has grown around a distinctly sexist society, thus forming a language with distinctions between masculine and feminine verbs and nouns. Also, names are considerably different as an early attempt to differentiate between the Sadiri from which the Kingship was formed, lacking the ending vowels and 'sh' sounds common in Sadiri names. Also, as a result of intellectual oppression, many more advanced concepts are not present in the vernacular. Words are related to immediate, worldly things so as to not distract the minds of peasantry.
Male names: Jerem, Canton, Talland.
Female names: Teria, Reen, Sahra.
Identical in grammar and syntax to the Sadiri language, the Tal has slight variances in content. Many Tal'rith words have been adopted to better convey matters of piety, faith and advanced concepts. Similarly, many Tal names, both first and last, have been integrated into the language.
Male/female names. Ni’eth, Liya, Daliel.
Bearing the greatest similarity to the original language, Sadiri Andari has a fairly standard structure and content. There is no distinction between sexes, grammar is fairly straight-forward and easy to learn. With extensive petitioning from Houses Soreeth and Parthan, schools have been established in every town. Only people far distant do not send their children to attend. Thus the literacy rate is extremely high, only exceeded by the Tal Protectorate.
Male/female: Ishani, Tabiss, Reetha.
The primary weapon of the Order of the Blade, a Reaver is a giant, serrated blade mounted on shielded, long handle. Too heavy to be used by any but the strongest, the weapon inflicts massive, jagged wounds, difficult to heal. Additionally, it can disarm an opponent simply by its great weight.
Sharp, raised holes on a steel gauntlet, Graters are used when a Reaver is unfeasible
Marriage and Gender Roles
Largely due to the secularism of Sadiri culture, the role of men and women, although varying slightly from one another, are pretty much interchangeble. It is not uncommon to see females as smiths or professionals or males tending to children or the family. If one is so inclined, and has the required physical and mental attributes, they are free to do as they wish. As such, there is little chivalry to speak of, from early ages, boys and girls play with one another equally, paying no heed to gender. Similarily, intersexed individuals and those with unusual sexual orientations are not ostracized, although they are misunderstood (as is anyone who chooses not to have few or no children).
Marriages and choice of lovers is not confined by tradition. People are free to choose whoever they like. However, with much interfamily politics going on in the Sadiri court, the nobility are generally expected (by society and their families) to marry for tangible gains first and love second.
In the Kingship, things are considerably different. Balseetha's various decrees to ensure the support of women by the men, although being carried out faithfully to the letter, have not been held to in spirit. A series of chauvanistic pontifexes, as well as the attitude of the gentry in general, have put women in a vastly subordinate position. Men are still required to support their wives and children financially but this gives them control as well. As such, with women not being allowed to support themselves, women may only leave their father's house when they are married.
The Tal, even more enlightened than the Sadiri, have few gender restrictions, both sexes being allowed to pursue whatever and whoever they so wish.
In the Freelands, the status of men and women vary by the nations and range from the harshness of the Kingship to that of the Tal.
Currency and Banks
Although the faces printed upon the coins is different from region to region, all nations use one version or another of the whole-piece system (a whole-piece being the traditional cost of a bushel of grain). However, depending on the nation, whether other state currency is accepted is up to the sovereign. Generally, Thannist coin is accepted in other lands (but not vice-versa) and the Freelands accept other currencies at higher than their own (while their own is devalued).
The Tal Protectorate does not use currency.
The worth of the coins, in ascending order, is as follows.
Hundredth-Piece (.01), tenth-piece (.1), quarter-piece (.25), half-piece (.5), whole-piece (1).
(The next section is mostly applicable to Sadir)
This system, although commonly used amongst peasantry, becomes rather unwieldly with large purchases. As such, bills denoting much larger amounts were brought into circulation. However, these notes proved to be easily forgeable and so were quickly taken out. Now, large amounts of money are moved through a number of banks owned and operated by the the royal family. Money notes, for any amount desired, are signed and notarized by the appropriate parties.
Lands of Rhischal
Although pretty much entirely settled, the land of Sadir has been, and remains a beautiful collection of hills, rivers and fields. Crops are rotated frequently, allowing for fertility to remain high. Gardens are a common sight, flowers being highly appreciated for their beauty and fragrance (to the point of often being incorporated into clothing and buildings).
Architecture, highly advanced through the work of House Parthan, now allows for versatile combinations of style and function. Sweeping arches, sturdy domes and elegant stonecraft mark all royal and public buildings. Aqueducts network the land, providing much needed water to communities and crops.
Unlike the Kingship and the Freelands, the Sadiri Empire has not placed a great deal of emphasis on defensibility of settlements. As such, walls, fortresses and raised communities are not present.
The climate of Sadir is a very warm and relatively humid land (excepting for during the Convergences).