{ Culture } Silvians

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< } The Silvians { >
{ Sil - vee - are - ns }
Introduction/Origin
The Silvians come from a unique cultural background, a combination of other races, including the Soolera. The original and dominating race consists of the Silvian Caparii, developed from their original backgrounds into the society as it is today. But even so, they still strongly hold onto their ancestor’s beliefs, history, and behavior, maintaining a fierce connection. Silvians are known for their fine clothing, strict views of life and death and their general merry or engaging attitudes. This means they are often refreshingly welcoming to outsiders, but with a limited tolerance for ineptitude and irresponsibility. Cousins of the Azerwind Culture, Silvians are commonly known, between both cultures, to have separated from their cousins during the Mass Exodus and having developed further on their own, as most cultures do.

All other races show the same type of behavior the dominant race of Silvian Caparii has shown.
For example, a character is of the Moor race, but their cultural background is Silvian. While they still have a stubbornly adored perspective for their birth culture, they are often encouraged to learn their ancestor’s background at a young age. And thus, all Silvians hold a tight respect and connection to their originating bloodline.
Races:
Common:
Caparii
Humans
Elves
Rare:
Dwarves
Halflings



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Society
Temperament and Society
As a society, the Silvians have an eager pride in their cultural background, country, and love for the community. They have a shared stubbornness and protectiveness, to the point where they would argue and, if needed, riot and lay down their life if a foreigner were to threaten or sway them or a fellow Silvian from their lands and/or culture. They care for the well being of people, with a common interest to learn and master combat to at least some degree.
The fine and embellished detailed clothing and structures of their Silvian culture indicates they are a culture of elegance when gazed upon by foreigners. Yet, this is far from the truth. Silvians are more a people of orderly flow and perfecting an art of what is typically known as “precise maneuvering”, similar to mastering a crochet needle. They are not for elegance or grace, only valuing discernment, enlightenment, and subtle quality. This goes for fashion, equipment, and attitude.
What you look like doesn’t matter to the public eye either, their focus rather rests upon your attitude and actions. Actions and attitudes alone can let another know what sort of person you are and your typical Silvian will be the judge of the persona you represent.


Culture
Traditions, Customs, and Ceremonies
Traditions and Ceremonies hold an important role in the Silvian culture just like any other culture in Altera. For the Silvians, each Tradition and Ceremony hold a unique and entirely different meaning, of what makes them so diverse from outside cultures.
Main Ceremonies/Festivals
Quinceaneras
A Quinceanera is a religious event, watched closely by the Goddess Sallana, celebrating the age at which the girl has matured into a woman, most commonly the thirteenth for Caparii and the fifteenth for others. With the blessing of a Priest or Priestess, she is given the blessing of beauteous growth and a harmonious lifestyle. Their spirit, growth, and maturity are committed to the Mother to All and her guiding hand. The girl wears a beautiful, colorful, and elaborate dress, typically of pastel or warm shades. She dances the waltz with her father, elder brother, or another male relative as to accept the girl is becoming a young woman.
Festival de Flores
Flowers, especially the Red Carnation, are especially important to the Silvian culture, as they use them to express feelings and convey emotions to one another. The Festival is known for its vibrancy, colorful decorations, alluring music, and flowers. The Festival’s main goal is to encourage people to express feelings for those they are interested in, or even to charm them. { Like Valentines Day. }
Dia de los Muertos
Day of the Dead. This celebration is a particularly important one amongst the common people, where Silvians from all over return to their hometowns or villages to lay flowers on the graves of deceased relatives. The Day is held, sacredly so, above all other festivals and ceremonies, as losing a loved one within the family is often heartbreaking. During this celebration, they are reminded and choose to celebrate the memories and lives of said relatives. It is a happy festival, where sadness and negative emotion are scarcely rare and next to non-existent.


Traditions
Tea Ceremonies
During a Meal
During a meal the youngest of a family, if old enough to handle a teapot, is to pour the first cup for their elders before pouring their own. If they are too small, the one closest to their age that is old enough is the one to handle the teapot. This symbolizes the learning stages of self-obedience and respect to those around you.
Apology
When a Silvian is to apologize to someone they have wronged, it is nearly always genuine and sincere. One of the most common apologies is presenting the person you have wronged with herbal tea, a small handmade meal to complement the tea. Foods, particularly those made yourself, play a high role in their society, as it shows you have put effort into the apology instead of having someone else do it for you.

Late Nights
While this is more of an unspoken tradition, it is more accepted as a common life trait. Silvians can, at times, be nocturnal. It, therefore, is perfectly acceptable to stay up during the night, whether it is for a party, a feast, playing on the streets, a simple stroll or perhaps just a casual relaxing evening with your family. The common bedtime for a Silvian Child is 10 - 11 am.

Food Culture
Food, especially the quality, plays a high importance in the culture as a whole. Silvians are no strangers to confrontation. Therefore, if your work is a masterpiece, they will compliment you. If your work is lacking or needs working on, however, they will tell you what they think and why. It is the same for other arts, communication, and education.

The reason for its high praise is because the food is one of the essentials of keeping a life going; it is fuel. Food is a part of nature and, when consumed, we take in what was created by the Mother Earth as it is what keeps us alive and energetic. Cooking is typically seen as a form of art: all foods are flexible to create and serve new ideas and recipes for meals. And thus, your common Silvian will know how to cook, at least to some extent.
{ Food Culture Link }


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Religion and Arcane
Typically a common aspect of any culture. Silvians are more open minded, yet this does not mean they are “heretics”, at least to the Pantheon as a whole. The ruling and most respected gods are Sallana, Shalherana, and Korog. While it is perfectly fine and acceptable to praise other gods as their main patron, at a young age they are always taught to speak of main respected gods in high regard and to respect them as the leading deities in the culture. Those utterly devoted to the most respected gods will never stray from their doctrine.
Respected or Often Followed:
Sallana - Respected or Followed. For her views on family, charm, comfort, love, and community.
Shalherana - Respected or Followed, she is the Originator and provider for life.
Korog - His crafts are unworldly.

Neutral:
This is where the open-minded part comes in.

Opposed:
There is not a god they are opposed of until experienced or taught. A bandwagon is uncommon.
The Arcane:
The arts of magic are viewed as alien. It's origins unknown to where it started, and those who wield it are considered dangerous, and untrusted. It is uncommon to see a Silvian with magic because of the mistrust. However, the heretical views of the Arcane are left to foreign cultures, thus a new mage would not be seen as a heretic but simply a wary gain.

Attire
As mentioned before, their choice of attire is no stranger to pulchritude. Even though the views on clothes for the Silvians as a whole remains the same, the clothes can differ in style, depending on races they are to be worn by. All Silvians care about how they present themselves. They mainly prefer balance, lightness and a sense of flow within their fabrics and designs.
The depth and detail of designs and outfits also depend on class. A simple farmer, for example, is only expected to wear plain, but neat, clothing with suiting color palettes. While a noble or one of high class is expected to wear clothes of the same orderly flow and lightness, but with more detail. It is also more common for those of the noble or higher classes to be wearing more jewels on them.
Hair pieces, like combs and hairpins, are commonly found in a Silvian woman’s hair to indicate their class and status within the world. Carved wooden combs are typically worn by the lower classes, whereas pins made up of metals and gemstones are often worn by the higher classes. Though, all men and women regardless of rank can be seen wearing flowers in their hair, as is the tradition. Only women are to wear hairpieces, as it symbolizes adulthood. Young boys and girls can only wear a single piece in their hair. For boys, it can only be a flower, while for girls it can be anything as long as it is only one. Even though hairpieces are recommended for girls, they can also wear a flower in their hair. It is a rare sight to behold a girl or boy wearing a Red Carnation within their hair, for it is a symbol of romance and availability. It is therefore not uncommon to see a relative being the ones putting the flower in a girl’s hair, to prevent this odd sight from occurring. It is for this same reason that Red Carnations are often worn by men and women that are both looking for romance, as a sign of their relationship status.
Hand fans are often carried by women of all ranks and standings, as a cultural symbol for constant movement, flow, and refinement. They are also commonly seen when a woman dances on her own, for it adds flow and refinement to one’s dance.
Men are usually seen with beads in their hair. A lower classed man only has one bead on a long ponytail or strand of hair, if they have long hair. Higher class men are more often than not seen with more than one bead. In the case of them being royalty, they may be seen with three or several strands of hair worth of elegant beads. It is not a matter of quality, for the bead can be as detailed as the user desires, regardless of class. One can only tell the class of a man by the quantity of the beads. Usually, men of High Ranking will wear a bell to accompany the beads.

Humans, Elves, and Others.
The wardrob of a Silvian Human or Elf is similar to other cultures, except with much more vibrancy or simple regards. Human and Elven women have their tyical corsets and dresses while men are much the same as forgien men, while other races share a similar fashion style in a sense of formation.
Caparii
While they have a different physique compared to other races and their fur and tail often getting in the way, the style of a typical Silvian Caparii wardrobe consists of thin and light fabrics with splits on the sides or surrounding loop dropped from their torso down, held together by a belt to allow air flow and coolness through, stopping the individual from overheating and free movement with minimal disturbance of the tail and fur. Dresses or robes are the same but with more thinness and longer splits. Their hooves are protected by either iron or steel horseshoes as a practice from their ancestors, depending on ranking.

Music and Dance
Music and Dance are two of the arts the Silvians are determined to perfect, as they are people who are quite fond of these arts. It is also the most practiced and recommended to learn before or during their education in other areas.
Silvian music is often associated with an air of alluring charm, as it is meant to encourage everyone to join in the dancing as music is being played, to cheer for the dancers in action and as a simple gesture to charm a girl, despite the clique.
Dancing is also similar to the Music index. Mostly because of the beautiful attire and striking details on the fabric, and let us not leave out the perfect fits to the person’s body frame. They are often quite enjoyable, both to watch and to participate in.
For foreigners, the music and culture as a whole are often seen as ‘alien’ or unfamiliar. Though, thoughts aren’t often associated with the negative intention of some regard.
Common Dances
> Flamenco
Flamenco is in fact so much more than just a mere dance and is performed by combining song, playing guitar or lute, dancing, finger-snapping, clapping, and castanets.
> Sandara
This dance is performed by a circle of alternating men and women who hold hands and dance in rhythm to a band called a cobla. It is a popular group dance and is performed at celebrations and public gatherings
> Paso Doble
The Paso Doble is a fast-paced dance, based on the rhythm and movement of a bullfight. As a ballroom dance, it is usually performed in pairs; one man and one woman, with the man, said to represent the matador – or bullfighter.
> Bolero
The dance is of moderate or slow pace and is accompanied by guitar music and castanets, usually performed either by a soloist or by a couple.


Instruments
> Lutes
> Vihuela ( Hispanic Guitar )
> Castanets
> Bongo Drums
> Flute



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Special Thanks to:
Cukie1 - Spanish Culture Insight
@Irl MummyBear - Spanish Culture Insight
Jazzper - Proof Reading and Refinement
mokwar - Culture Partner
NIAH - Lore Q&A


Note:
There is more to come because there are things that I'm missing! This Culture is entirely Spain based with a touch of immersive creativity.
If you're confused or have questions I don't mind taking some or have a look at { this thread }
 
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Single race or most favored raced cultures are foreign to the Silvians. They are people of many racial backgrounds and differ in physiology with the same cultural mindset. There is no right physiology, regarding a person based on race as a lower class is next to non-existent and none are seen as higher, holy or beyond. Only when a Silvian meets a fellow kin via race or Silvian will they have a view, often in similarity sentiments.

< } Myths and Rumours { >
All Myths and Rumours are often told to their children at a young age and to travelers if the opportunity presents itself.

> It is said that on Dia de los Muertos, the celebration is a key to allow spirits of the deceased to venture down and join their families for the occasion, often the small children that have passed on come down first, followed by the adults.


> Memories keep the spirits of the deceased alive. If a deceased person is not celebrated on Dia de los Muertos or in general, it is said their souls become nothing but a particle of ‘dust’ in the Great Abyss ( The Void ) and they are forever lost and forgotten.

> A common myth within the culture is that when one finds their soulmate, they will live a long, happy and harmonious life together, while their souls become bound for all eternity. This is lead many to believe that when one of them dies and their soul has been judged by The Grey Lady, the other is to die soon after to join their beloved in the afterlife. As one soul, without the other, could never live so far apart.

< } Politics { >

The Society, in general, has an orderly flow of government and politics, with each class being expected to perform their jobs and partake in the well-being of their lands and its people.
Ruling House
The Ruling House is organised differently. It is either the originating Household that has created a Capital home for all Silvians alike, or is picked by important heads of the society for the leaders and hardworking. Marriage or alliances to gain access to a ruling position is seen as nothing but a petty wager to gain power with lack of true experience of what it means to be a leader with a Ruling House.
Social Classes
Peasantry
To say “Peasantry” or “Peasant” to regard someone of lower class is often frowned upon, as Silvians are based around mutual respect. To say or merely mention the word is a taboo, for those of lower class are of vital importance in their own right. These classes are found to be the manual labourers of the society, working under the Middle Classes. It would be extremely rare to see one of lower class in poverty, given the Silvians are natural hard workers to keep themselves afloat and provide for all.
Middle Class
Those of Middle Class are entrusted with taking care of the employment of both the people of Middle and Low Classes under the supervision of the Noble Classes. Together, they make the Working Class, which consists of merchants, craftsmen, and farmers, often some Middle Classes will own minor lands to work on.
Nobility
Those within the class of Nobility are assigned jobs to either supervise the lower classes or, if given the trust of the Leading Head, help the Ruling Crown in keeping order within the city, its sub-regions and the government. These individuals are given the privilege of owning their own lands and will be given shared trade from the Capital under the Crown’s name.
Ruling Crown
The Highest Rank. Reaching this Class means you are a hard working leader with the required experience and a strong support system to back you up during your journey. The Ruling Crown oversees everything, organises trade and resolves issues if anything goes wrong, with the presence and input of trusted Nobles. The Leading Head is expected to uphold righteousness, prosperity and tame any foes that threaten the Silvian society, its culture and its people. This also goes for foreigners wishing to stay within the Capital or regions of the Ruling Crown or Noble Class as well, as all must be protected.

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Raphael Payne

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useful feedback of the day is pretty simple

ik it's taking a lot of inspiration from castellian/eastern Spaniard influence but I was gonna say, as much as I like seeing that the references to IRL stuff should be shifted or changed up to something else

for instance day of the dead like, re-arrange it to a different name or something similar idk.

feel like it'd break immersion or someone would make memes out of it.
 

Ruu

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useful feedback of the day is pretty simple

ik it's taking a lot of inspiration from castellian/eastern Spaniard influence but I was gonna say, as much as I like seeing that the references to IRL stuff should be shifted or changed up to something else

for instance day of the dead like, re-arrange it to a different name or something similar idk.

feel like it'd break immersion or someone would make memes out of it.
As I mentioned in notes, I’m still working on it with irl help who has experience in Spain, it’s language and it’s history as a teacher- so yes I am trying to rename and create my own creative but immersive ideas yet the whole point of the culture is entirely Spain based so once I have a firm idea with feedback and help around a certain area it’ll be guchi