Wings of Aether
Appearance / General
What do they look like? Dark of skin, eye and hair. Males average a height of around 5’6" Females 5’4".
How does appearance vary between individuals? Are there multiple races? Skin color, hair color and eye color tend to range between shades of brown and black. The world has become a melting pot and now hair, eye and skin colors of other shades are not uncommon due to interbreeding.
How do they change as they grow up and age? Skin tends to darken as they get older, those who spend alot of time outdoors gain a reddish hilight to their hair as it is bleached under the sun.
What traits are considered beautiful? Ugly? Classically the darker the skin the more “traditional” the beauty, while light skin traditionally is considered unfavorable, a new trend of white-fetishm has cropped up in the younger generation.
Are there any common diseases or ailments? Cancers are exceptionally common, as is toxic metal syndrome. most afflictions of the heart or lungs can be cured with prosthetics.
If they wear clothes, what are they like?
Is there any form of body art? Nazar has a thriving industry of ornate steam prosthetics. Recent trend has even seen people receiving prosthetics replacing perfectly good limbs or tissue in exchange for more utility or for fashion. Make up is not uncommonly used by both men and women.
What do they eat?
What is their lifespan? 116 (due to prosthetic replacement and medical technologies)
In what kinds of areas do they live? Which are preferred? The areas closer to the rivers and water sources are most coveted, the areas closer to the foundries and works shops are least coveted due to sound and fumes.
What kind of family groups do they form, if any? Extended families are quite common, especially in situations where both parents work, generally having 4 or more responsible adults to share in the raising of children and daily duties.
How do they raise their young? while some parents are known to take too much control of their children’s education and direction, the general society promotes freedom of a child to find their own path, as they have found that such often leads to innovation and creativity. Children that start to veer off a “bad path” (i.e. criminal or something distasteful, are often either pushed into something more “tasteful” or eventually disowned.)
How do they treat the dead? Funerals are still observed, they are certainly helpful for the living to find closure with the lost loved ones, but most Nazarics no longer believe in any sort of after life. Many, at their request, dedicate their bodies to science. Those that don’t are cremated.
What things should be done in private? Displays of Affection, even platonic touching has little place in public.
Are there any taboos?
Is there anything that should be done only in public?
Are there atypical relationships? If so, at what frequency? How do others feel about them? Same sex couples are not uncommon and are thought to be natural, polyamory exists but tends to be looked down upon by society as a whole.
What actions or rituals are considered common courtesy or polite? Greetings and farewell’s are generally a casual nod/tilt of the head, though bowing can be considered a sign of great respect.
What things are considered rude?
What do they do for fun? Board games of various kinds, including strategic placement games similar to chess and checkers are common, as are intricate puzzles. Painting and writing are all common pass times. Several sports are enjoyed, more often by children than adults.
Are there any common mannerisms?
Are there behaviors that are considered childish or unseemly in adults?
How do they get educated? Children often begin their apprenticeships at a young age, where they are provided with engaging research and studies. It is encouraged for a child to shift apprenticeships several times over their lives, as it gives them an eclectic array of knowledge from which to draw upon and ensures that the young Nazaric is more likely to find a career that they enjoy and appreciate.
What are valued disciplines of study? A culture that espouses advancement it values all disciplines of progressive studies, from technology to art. History and anthropological studies are seen to be somewhat less prestigious, but those who follow those lines of study are often thought to have “taken one for the team” and earn respect in that way.
Are there any areas of study that are considered immoral? A brief period of time saw a medical focus on not just prolonging life but resurrecting it. After the horrors that were created, the council of innovation placed a ban on the study of reanimating once living remains.
What occupations are sought after? Avoided? Science and Academic occupations are highly sought after and prestigious. Menial labor tasks are avoided.
How do they treat the environment? The invention of steam and aether tech has luckily staved off the worst side effects when you think of the industrial revolution. That being said they still strip the land of its resources and pave it over in the name of progress.
Do they form cities or other kinds of large gatherings? Cities and towns are very common within Nazar.
What do they use to make buildings? What are these buildings like?
What do they use for transportation?
How do they practice medicine?
How are criminals located? How is guilt determined? Nazar keeps a police force mostly all human but operating with automaton assistance. A trial is conducted to determine guilt.
How is crime punished? Fines are common, incarceration is less common, mos mid level crimes people are put into indentured servitude, capital crime is rare but in effect.
Which crimes are considered the most severe? Rape, murder, abuse of someone who cannot defend themselves (child, elderly, invalid, disabled person)
How do they produce food?
What kind of governments do they have? What does public opinion think of them? The government functions on basis of a meritocratic republic, people are voted into the council of innovation. Each councilman has almost complete control over their specific branch of innovation and governance, though as a check and balance, a group of three other councilors can overturn a decision if they feel it necessary.
Do they have any kind of military? Nazar has a incredibly strong military, back by military technologies they have not released to the rest of the world.
What are the most common causes of death? Parasitic and Infectious disease are amongst the most common forms of death. Accidents and Cancers follow just behind it.
Is there some form of news media?
What kinds of things are considered news?
How do they view history? A nation of innovation, Nazar as a whole tend to forget the past exists, they have records of history, of course, but few have time or care to learn it.
Are there public facilities or services of any kind? Nazaric exist as a meritocracy, those that are most productive receive more for their efforts, however even the poorest Nazaric is provided a job and enough food and supplies to live their life, even if its a somewhat meager life.
What kind of art do they produce?
What things are considered luxuries?
Are there any foods that are considered delicacies? Any that are avoided whenever possible?
Are there any notable subcultures? There are a subculture of modders that get clockwork modifications for fashion, there are a subculture of (mostly) youths that are attempting to re-embrace the old religion and reject technology.
Is there any common form of bigotry or discrimination? Nazaric’s tend to feel sorry for those of less intelligence, though they try not to be expressively mean, they still often come off as condescending. Until proven otherwise, any non Nazaric is considered to be less fortunate than an Nazaric.
Is there any variation between different classes or locations?
Are there any religions? If so, what are their beliefs? The Nazar as a nation gave up religion centuries ago, while some still pay lip service to their old beliefs, and fewer still believe it in earnest. Most have now worship the idea of innovation and progress. Science.
If there is more than one, how do they feel about each other? Particularly devout adherents to the old ways are seen as simple or confused, most people associate with them as little as possible and will often point out fallacies and attempt to convince them of their folly “for their own good.”
Do they keep pets? small clockwork automatons are just as common as living pets.
Do they play sports or have competitions? If so, are there professional athletes? Automaton fights are the sport of choice for the upper class, though they also enjoy trivia contests and scholastic gladiators. There are a few sports for the low class, games where physical skill is tested and often time bodily contact occurs during the course of the game.
Do they have any superstitions or folk remedies?
Are there any widely known folklore, fairy tales, or legends?
Do they have toys of any kind? Small clockwork toys are not uncommon, as well as the standard array of dolls and figures. Board games are fairly common.
Are there any common pastimes? Many people end up very engrossed in their work, but beyond that have a tendency to read, play board games, public social gatherings are not uncommon often at a restaurant, a smoke house or a sporting event.
Are there any celebrities? If so, what are they famous for and how are they treated? most celebrities are often politicians, they are usually cutting edge scientists or scholastic masters, they are treated as most celebrities throughout history are. Deified by some, respected by many, hated by some.