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  1. Vhaela of House Aeramor would smile at the sight of new land.
  2. I am so proud to be apart of this cute and amazing project! Let’a go pride!
  3. The sickly sick ill'ridden Carolicz woman is sick and sad. But is proud of her friend showcasing his research for such vile creatures. The young woman of Petra also hopes her many friends are safe and well.
  4. @MunaZaldrizoti you are so brave for speaking out about this and I have nothing but complete support for you. Sending good energy and love. Don't stop speaking. Do not let people put you down. Keep on standing proudly and speak the truth. As no person should ever have to experience this type of pain for so long and stay silent. Ignore those who are trying to dismiss your pain. Because your feelings are fully valid and should not be shut down. I also send my love, good energy, and support, to all who where effected by the behaviors of these people. Anyone else who might be staying silent for the fear of being attacked, remember, you are loved and your feelings are always valid. If you are planning to also speak out like Muna, I also fully support you. Remember everyone, to spread love and support those who have experienced these type of things. It is never okay to be attacked because of your identity and it is never okay to speak about harming another human being in the type of way shown in this form or joke about it. I want to say before finishing off, to the people who have experienced this, once more I remind. Your feelings are valid, your pain shouldn't have happened in the first place, and I fully support you and people love you.
  5. "Briar's relative was harmed in such a way? I must check on her! How could such a bastard do such? Briar must be devastated at how her own blood and flesh was dishonored in such a way." The Tiber expressed before planning a trip to the Barrowlands to console her friend in these hard times. The young teen packing as many treats and fruits for her friend's pet raccoon. Looking towards the night sky while making a sigh; unable to comprehend how a man would cause so much anguish for so many people.
  6. Even we don't talk as much anymore. I want to thank @TwistedFries and @TheHeftyDonutfor guiding me through the server in my first months. You two are amazing and thank you both. You two are amazing and only hope the best for you both.
  7. First Edition of the Recording of Raevir Traditions Issued and confirmed by THE COUNTY OF VASKA 7th of Snow’s Maiden, 1913 Contents I. Introductory Notes II. Courtship III. Marriage IV. Miscellaneous Rites V. Conclusion Introduction Since time immemorial, Raevir men and women have taken part in hereditary customs. Most recently we believed many of these customs were lost to the ravages of time. In these recovered articles, the Raevir people and those who are interested in its culture will be able to learn such lost traditions and ideologies from the age of the Exalted Sigismund. The Raevir culture’s past downfall and eventual loss of identity we believe are due to the lack of recording from Raevir scholars of old and lack of elders passing down the traditions to newer generations. In this edition of the extensive chronicle of Raevir Traditions we shall explain the customs of marriage and courtship which the Raevir people take pride in. Going over what is and what is not acceptable when one is seeking out courtship with another within Raevir culture. A great deal of credit is due to the many scholars and historians who, through meticulous scanning of sources and extensive research, have managed to record some of these ancient traditions of the Raevir people. Much of this information has been either passed down secretly through the generations of renowned Raevir families or through centuries old textual recordings of traditional Raevir marriages and courtship. Courtship When one plans to make their intention to court another known within the Raevir culture, this is called the Lyubovnaya Zapiska or known in common as Love Note. The reasoning behind the name is primarily obscure. But, some modern scholars believe the name of this action or stage within the courting process to be referring to a folktale of two figures who shared their love through letters. These letters were created from embroidery on the hide of wolves. The two lovers send their messages of love with baskets filled with cooked lamb, bread, and an alcoholic drink. When the two eventually wed and had children, they too could tell their children to do the same, until the skies fell. “The Youth” by Irena Volkov (1912) When a young Raevir woman or man wishes to do the Love Note. The first thing either male or female must do is ask the head of household for permission to court one of their house. But before one does such, they must offer tribute. This tribute may come in the form of fine furs, hide, bread, meats or silks. The fur can be from any animal but a bear. If one offers a bear hide or fur to their intended family. It will be seen as an insult to their family name and their ancestors. As the bear symbolizes the respected Saint Arpad of Vilacz. So it is highly suggested one does not give bear hide or fur. It is also taboo to give bear meat for the reason written above. Favored colors when gifting silks to the family of your intended lover are red for its symbolism of strength and gold for its symbolism of wealth. It is not recommended, but scholars have recorded purple being another color widely accepted, symbolizing nobility. Though, it is suggested many do not seek this color out for the rarity and difficulty of getting purple dye. Colors which one should not gift are yellow and green. Yellow is considered a color connected to betrayal and separation while green is seen as a color of misfortune. Superstitions abound on people suddenly falling ill when in green rooms or wearing green silks and textiles. Once the young male or female Raevir is finished gathering the items for their tribute to the family of their intended spouse, they must prepare to wear the most modest and ragged clothing. For this will show that you care not for wealth or power but for the member of their household you wish to court. It is said within Raevir folklore there was once a pious beggar. One day, the daughter of a hetman took notice and eventually fell in love with the beggar. The hetman was unimpressed with the beggar until he saw the gifts which he brought to a dinner which he invited the beggar to. At that moment the father realized that the beggar was no beggar at all but a man who decided to live by the words of Godan. So with this story, it is considered good luck to follow the example of the beggar in the story written above. “The Spring Celebration” by Ivan Petrovkov (1517) Once the male or female Raevir is given permission by the one who the other wishes to begin courtship with to court them. The two go through a period nicknamed the Ispytaniya Golubey or known in common as Trial of Doves. The naming of this phase is not really well known, some suggest it is from myths or an inaccurate translation from older text in the prehistoric ancient Raevir language. This is when the two go through courtship itself, finding out about each other and seeing if they are compatible enough to be spouses for each other. Embracing Raevir ideals, it is considered not offensive when two people end a courtship on good terms because they are not compatible together. But when a courtship ends on bad terms, the consequences and price which either person must pay is determined on the severity of their action. If either person is found to be cheating on the one they are with, they must pay the other or their family about two hundred and fifty mina. When either person is found to be harming the other through the mind, they must pay a hundred and fifteen mina, but when it is physical, then the victim or family of the harmed person must be paid eight hundred mina and the aggressor must lose their middle finger on their right hand. Forcing the person to lose their ability to hunt with a bow, letting their chances to receive hide or fur from an animal, lower. These punishments are the same for both male and female Raevir. When either Raevir is ready to propose and both are prepared to become wed under the light of Godan, it is expected for either male or female Raevir to propose to have the permission of their intended family. The first step is to gather the most fresh flowers for the mother, the second is to get the head of a great and large stag. Once those two things are done, the third step is for the Raevir man or woman to hunt down a creature of the woods and prepare to serve it to the family which your future bride or groom comes from. Eventually, once the three steps are done, you must prepare a tent in the woods with a table and a campfire in the center, as in the forest shall you invite the family for a feast. “Lady Raevina” by Olga Fedorovna (1813) Once the gifts are given to both mother and father, you then ask the family for their blessing upon all which you hold dear to take their family member’s hand in marriage. Assuming you have gotten the permission of your lover’s family. You then are able to propose marriage to your lover in any sort of setting but first one must create a wooden ring from spruce wood and then burn it for good luck. Once the ring is burnt into ashes, you then find a ring created from gold with any gem. Though traditional gems include rubies and emeralds, but, diamonds are also considered a classical gemstone to use for an engagement ring. Once the engagement is official, the two Raevir who intended to be wed under the light of Godan must host a grand feast to pronounce their intentions to wed before family, friends, and their entire community. Once this is done, the planning for the wedding can begin. Marriage Before the wedding planning may begin, it is a part of Raevir tradition for both bride and groom to go through their own separate pilgrimage called the Put' Dzhulii or translated to common as Julia’s Path. The name refers to Saint Julia of Paradisus being the faithful wife of the Exalted Horen. Both bride and groom must visit holy sites across the continent. It is a tradition for both bride and groom to wear modest clothing in earth colored tones when visiting holy sites across the continent. The only thing which may be an ounce of metal is the Lorraine Cross which you take with you on this pilgrimage. The way one must travel upon this pilgrimage must be by foot or horse. One must not be allowed to stay within an inn and may only camp within the woods or ruins. Though, if you do encounter a monastery, you may be permitted to ask for refuge for one night then leave the next morning after offering tribute of bread or carrion black to the nuns or monks running the monastery. Once both the bride and groom have finished their respective pilgrimages, they may begin planning the wedding. “The Halls Of The Exalted” by Zelina Varui (1436) One of the first things both bride and groom must prepare when planning a traditional Raevir wedding is to find a priest who may conduct the wedding. It is not only pious to place Godan first when thinking about a life binding union, it is smart to find the availability of the priest. After the bride and groom have found the priest for their marriage, the two must find a venue for the celebration after the bride and groom take their vows. Traditionally Raevir couples pick the woodlands or large moot halls. Though options like castles, taverns, or anywhere a large amount of people may gather is also acceptable. As the Raevir ideology is for a wedding to not only announce a holy union under the light of Godan, but to announce the love which two people share in front of their community and to show their compatibility with each other. Decorations for the location of the after party for the wedding include wreaths filled with berries and pinecones, then banners of red and black colors or if the bride and groom are a part of a noble family. The banners then shall be the coat of arms of both bride and groom. “The Imperial Raev” by Svetlana of The Marches (1836) Traditional Raevir brides are expected to wear gold or ivory colored clothing. Adorned with gemstones and pearls. A matching Raevir kokoshnik must accompany the sarafan styled gown. The Raevir kokoshnik when worn in a setting of a wedding is typically adorned with an abundance of pearls and gemstones. The kokoshnik has a veil attached to the back. The raevir groom is then expected to match his outfit with his bride, if his bride wears gold. He wears gold and vice versa. Though the groom wears a deeply embroidered kaftan and a matching fur hat with feathers decorated on the top with a gemstone being on the center. Once both bride and groom are ready and fully dressed. Both bride and groom then must go through separate rites with their closest same gender relatives or friends before arriving to the church. For the bride, each female friend or relative must offer the bride many pearls. The pearls given to the bride will be then stored in a small golden pouch hidden in her gown. Each pearl collected represents a year the bride and groom shall be together, believing the roundness of the pearl represents wholeness and unity. Once the bride has finished this rite, the bride with her female relatives will walk to the church where they shall store the bride in a small room for her to wait for her groom to walk to the altar. For the groom each male friend or relative will offer a feather for his fur hat required for his outfit. Each feather represents strength and flight, and with that, the more feathers which are present on the fur hat, shows how strong their union shall be. With that, both bride and groom are prepared to meet each other at the altar, the groom of course arriving at the altar before his bride. Once the groom has arrived the bride may reveal herself and be handed off to the groom by the eldest male and female relative of their household. Though, a key detail which must be noted is that when both bride and groom are presented in front of the altar, they are expected to be holding a long wax candle. Symbolizing their long held prayer to Godan for a hopeful and blissful union. Once the bride and groom are officially announced as husband and wife in the house of Godan, the celebrations then begin. “Sigismund and Helaine” by Ealinea Ruviakovich (1410) Celebrations include both newly announced husband and wife dancing to traditional Raevir music and songs along with their new relatives and old relatives, drinking contests amongst men and women, and other events such as a duel and a great hunt. Things which must happen during the wedding is the presentation of gifts to newly married couples. Gifts which are appreciated are silks and furs. Gemstones and metals are also appreciated but might also appear as something overly exorbitant. Gifts which are always well appreciated are weapons and tools which may assist either bride or groom in daily tasks. Another thing which must happen during the wedding is the exchanging of goblets. This is where the bride and groom, during the beginning of the feast which is customary during the after party of a wedding, both take a sip from a goblet filled with Carrion Black. Once the two take a sip from the goblet. In the Raevir culture, they are seen as bonded for life and truly husband and wife. The sipping of the goblet symbolizes the two embracing all challenges of being married, together, and standing united. Miscellaneous Rites Other rites which don’t exactly fit within both subjects of courtship and weddings include the celebrations of both the bride’s party and the groom’s party partake or how Raevir people tempt to woo each other through modest and pious means. For a Raevir man or woman being interested in a fellow Raevir. Gifts which may signal to the other Raevir at the proposition of courtship as an idea includes the gifts of fur and alcohol. Furs may include any animal but a bear, as explained before in courtship tributes to your lover's family. For alcohol, it is to be thought of as romantic if one gifts another red wine with a side of beetroot, the beetroot symbolizing a heart, a symbol of romance. The Raevir people as a whole are known to be based on community and hard work. So another way a Raevir man or women may show their interest with another is offering to go hunting or do any other form of labor, showing that you are confident in the other. Though, this way of showing affection could completely miss the mark. As doing labor with a fellow Raevir is just common practice. Though hunting can be something which could be seen as a sign of interest in the other if the creature you are hunting for is a wolf, boar, or any other woodland animal which is aggressive by nature. “The Tsar’s Feast” by Irena Volkov (1900) For the bride and groom, there are certain celebrations which happen during the planning periods of a wedding. These parties are called the Salyut Nevesty for the bride, translated in common as, the Bride’s Salute. Then the party for the men is called the Provody Zhenikha translated in common, the Groom’s Sendoff. For the Groom’s Sendoff, the groom with his male friends and family members partake in a grand hunt, after the grand hunt, the one who had gotten the least animals or no animals at all will be paying for drinks inside of the tavern where the procession may drink and celebrate the announcement of the groom’s union to his future bride. For the bride in the Bride’s Salute, the bride and her party filled with female friends and relatives will partake in a session of painting, horse riding, and overall relaxing activities to lower the stress of the bride when the day of her marriage comes. After some hours of relaxing activities, the bride with her friends shall then attend a sleepover with the bride and her friends and family telling stories. These stories may either be true historical events or folklore and myth. Another event which may happen with this sleepover is the brides and her companions wine tasting with cheese and grapes for the further relaxation of the bride before their wedding day. Conclusion In conclusion, there are many things which are still unknown for the Raevir culture. But for courting and marriage, these traditions shall stand. Even when there is the lack of written records of these events. They will always be the ones surviving through the ages and passing down these traditions to the younger generations. The hope is this study into the courting and marriage traditions within the Raevir culture shall once more be practiced amongst the younger generation of the Raevir people. Godani Jest Wieczny
  8. "This is surely a twist." The young Lady Blackford expressed to her brothers and sisters.
  9. An orphaned Blackford looks at the massive and quickly disposes it. Throwing the piece of paper into the fireplace of her family's estate. "So the 'almighty' Johannians can be unholy and make flaws? I am not surprised. This man is a stain, all bastards are a stain, needing to prove themselves to gain forgiveness from God for their parents sin." Helen expressed while drinking her orange juice, as she was only eight years old.
  10. "Was it not the Archduke who was the one making the decision against the valah church? Seems ironic he is now helping the kind people of Petra; even when their duke was against them. I think it is to be believed that this priest man has no authority within the church and only is doing this to gain his own power within a micronation!" The young Athri'onn expressed to some of his friends within the capital of Celia'nor, drinking his tea in tranquility while the soft and warm wind blew upon him.
  11. "How unfortunate, a man's insecurity and own personal matters leads to treason and war. I shall hope the Archduchesses the best. No woman nor man should face such calamity." The Celia'norian noble expressed while sipping his tea, his violet gaze faced towards the ocean.
  12. "I think gays are cool." Naerys Athri'onn expresses softly while spilling the tea with his friends, the 'aheral throwing the article behind his back after reading through it. The Athri'onn then peered towards his many friends with his violet eyes, shaking his head. "These people are so obsessed about people who dislike the opposite gender."

    Going to war against Norland is like declaring war against the Halflings.


    1. NotEvilAtAll


      except there's more halflings than norlanders

  14. Write what you want my dude. No one is stopping you. Just because of a few form gremlins, which are insulting, doesn't mean don't write the lore. Simply shows there is always a majority who just criticize and doesn't actually write up a helpful and constructive critique. Note/Edit : This is to address the people who are just insulting the dude instead of giving a proper critique. Isn't cool to vibe such a negative vibe.
  15. "So must we bow to this man then? He left his people and now seeks out respect? Please, I shall not bow to a man who does not bow to god or acknowledge how he ran away with his tail between his legs." Eleanore von Wexler expressed in an annoyed to her maids while she was dressed in her mourning gown. The woman looking at the crystal clear mirror; she saw herself in a plain and simple black gown, looking back at the cabinet which once held her beautifully tailored wedding gown. Lady von Wexler would then let out a prayer, holding onto the Lorraine cross, shutting her eyes closed. Dismissing her maids before falling onto her bed, her grey eyes looking up towards the celling; her hand extending up. "My dearest friend Philip, what shall I do? I Pray for your strength my good friend. War approaches; blood is to be spilt."
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