The Wessan people originated from the three islands of Wess: The island of Tal, The island of Stiprumo, and the Island of Amatu. The three islands found themselves vying for power constantly as the ages went on. The island of Tal found themselves known for their bloodthirsty nature within the islands as they were the most feared on the battlefield. Mindless warfare was constantly waged on their island against the tribes with the occasional leader who rises from their bloodshed and drives it towards the other islands. The island of Stiprumo lead a name for military discipline and tactics and ruled their islands with the mind rather than strength. Stiprumo towered with large stone buildings and scores of armies that seemed to skirmish occasionally with each other. Then lastly the island of Amatu found themselves the most peaceful of the three islands as they focused on the arts and craftsmanship. Skilled blacksmiths forged weapons and armor better than the other two islands creating an advantage against the other islands as they found themselves being raided by the tribes of the island of Tal.
Under the island of Stiprumo a man named Aegeus Cyberniskos of the city of Cyrene was born. He was known across the island as a prodigy during his childhood, He found himself skilled in the art of combat and leadership as if he were born for it. When he reached his younger adulthood he was found waging war across Stiprumo against the other cities, the streets ran red with blood during these times. After years of war, he finally united the island of Stiprumo and formed the first kingdom in Wess. The kingdom found itself prosperous and powerful under his rule. Though like most rulers he fell in love, but not with another noble from his island instead he fell in love with a noble girl, Helna Praetori from the island of Amatu. Unfortunately for him, this noble girl was given to Amroc’ Valdrun, the leader of Tal, as she was sold for peace between the two islands. Aegeus Cyberniskos was infuriated by this fact and called upon his armies to wage the largest war the islands ever seen before.
The Waters of Red
The wrath of Aegeus Cyberniskos filled the waters as warships covered the as far as the eye can see. The sea turned red with blood from the amount of bodies that fell from their boats and the islands smelled of fire from the constant razing. The island of Amatu fell quickly under siege from the Cyrene navy. Unfortunately for Amatu they couldn’t keep up with the constant shift in the battles as their enemy was far more disciplined in the art of war. The island fell within only a few years with little damage to the Cyrene navy. Though on the campaign of tal the war slowed to a stalemate as the war waged on. Hundreds of deaths piled during their battles as the Tal people rushed against the lines of Cyrene Soldiers like barbarians. Till the battle of Valr’uk when both leaders, Aegeus Cyberniskos and Amroc’ Valdrun faced each other in the field of battle. Aegeus called out demands from Amroc’ before the battle occurred. He asked for Helna Praetori in exchange for peace. Amroc’ took this as an opportunity to enrage Aegeus by allowing Helna to walk towards Aegeus only to be shot down by arrows from the Tal forces. Aegues Cyberniskos was filled with anger from seeing his love fall dead before him, the only words that left his mouth was “Mirties Savo Visus” (Kill them all). The battle waged for two days straight till the Cyrene forces became victorious leaving nearly no-one alive on either side.
After the war came to a halt the land was left in ruins. The soil became barren and the waters void of all sea life. The people of Wess were united but at the cost of losing their homes. The remnants of Stiprumo and Atmatu united under a wessan name and sailed off to Arcas in search of a new home. Unfortunately, the people of Tal were far too weakened to travel and fell to starvation and death.
Within the culture, it is the father's responsibility to raise up with sons and daughters for their test. When the children are born he must harden his heart and raise them with a harsh hand so that they may have a chance to survive later in their life. So, the children spend most of their time training. The males tend to be trained more in the physical areas as the females spend more time with their mothers in learning house maintenance, taxes, and other important support roles while still being trained in combat even though it’s less extensive. The mother is the foundation on which the house stands on she keeps everything in order and fulfills most tasks that may require a more civilized mind. She also is the educator within the family as she teaches the children while the father is the physical trainer. The daughters tend to spend more time with their mothers as the sons tend to be with their fathers more often. The fathers in the family tend to be considered the ‘House Patriarch’ as they are the head of household as their wives are considered ‘House Matriarch’. These titles typically only affect the leadership class as the titles become more important to the family.
Roles of Women
The roles of women are quite different but equally as important as the men. By the time a girl turns 15 she will have completed her education and training, which includes: Combat, Housekeeping, Running the home, ect… and have a tattoo inked on their backs. The Matriarch (wife of the Patriarch) holds equal power in the household however, the Patriarch's word is final. Drinking is prohibited for all children until they turn 15, but even then women must have complete their education and training, until then they are still prohibited from drinking. Women are also prohibited from drinking while pregnant. All abusive substances are prohibited for everyone, not just women. Women do not have to wear dresses and may wear trousers if they wish to. Women are not expected to marry or have children but they must get the blessing and/or permission of the Patriarch before they can marry or court (date) if they wish to do so. Women however cannot be a Patriarch, and cannot lead the family.
It is a common practice that the sons are tested at the age of fifteen. This is the most crucial part of the son's life as it could be their last moments before ultimately dying. The father is thought of the one responsible if they die or not as if he failed to raise them correctly then it’s their blood on his hands. The trials typically are dangerous and life-threatening as it’s a testing one’s strength for battle. If the son survives the trial is then welcomed home as a true man and typically given tattoos to signify his success. Each trial must be completed alone as if he were to experience true loneliness on the field of battle. Most suffice with a hunt with minimal equipment or raid on an enemy camp.
They are a proud people whom honor means a great deal. Though the honor is only shared among those within the culture as outsiders are not viewed as people with great significance. Thus an outsider’s words hold no pull over how they think or feel about their honor and pride. Though respect is held between the others within the culture. One’s honor is something that is heavily protected and sometimes such protection causes disputes that require honor dueling. This is known as ‘drawing the circle’ as a circle is drawn for the two before they fight to the death or first blood within the circle. An outsider whom has been accepted into the culture may become an honorary member of the culture, thus allowing them to hold the same weight as someone who was born into the culture.Society norms and systems
The people find both strength and intelligence as virtues of a leader thus the most intelligent combined with strength will typically claim head of the village. Each village is broken down into three classes Leadership, Warriors, and outsiders. The leadership class consists of the most skilled family heads as they make most of the village decisions while maintaining a healthy control over the warrior populace. The Warrior class is everyone else within the village was all of them are raised to be warriors and they spend most of their time training or running their household. The outsider class consists of the people whom lives within the society, but doesn’t really conform to the culture that they are surrounded with. These outsiders are typically merchants or farmers who feed into the society's economy as the warriors do not have the time to properly pursue these things.
Their buildings are typically made of hard stone brick to that of early lithuania. The buildings are typically spaced out across a range of mountains or plains. They never tend to overcrowd the land houses as they enjoy the open space for training. Inside the homes tend to be very minimalistic in nature with a few exceptions of course. The smaller villages typically lack walls surrounding the village, so they build garrisons near the center of the village for them to defend. Farming is based with agricultural aqueducts for the best irrigation possible, typically made further out from the village.
The military consists of the entire warrior class as both men and women fight on the field of battle. They typically branish chainmail and other light armors that the local blacksmiths can forge. A warrior’s armor and arsonal is typically self funded or even heirlooms passed down for generations as they typically spend all their money on equipping themselves with better gear. Spears are mandatory for carry as many of the formations they use mimic the great Greeks with their phalanx formation and many others. Formations are typically tightly formed together as they work in perfect unison to combat their enemies, using the group as a whole rather than dispersed combat.
Trial(Youth Trial): Banjomaja.
Blood for blood (Warriors greeting) : Tal ish tal’din.
Till the dawn draws (Until tomorrow): Rashse mosa drewfes.
Insults: Nipikan! Veruz! Sliv!
Thank you: Aciu.
Child: Fursi.(masc.) Fursia. (Femn.)
Draw swords: Azandi Kardas!
Capture them: Suokite juos.
Bring me: Pareikšti.
Defend to the death!: Genti iki Mirtis!
Shield Wall!: Azandi Danas!
Notch! (Bow command): Žingsniu!
Draw! (Bow command): Traukti!
Loose! (Bow command): Palaidos!
Chest plate: Torsofar.
This was a co-worked culture, I strongly drove the history and the meat of the culture. Though the language and women’s roles was strongly influenced by LizzyTheElement.
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