Basira (Zyanya Supplement)
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Each province of Basira is ruled by an Emir. Over the Emirs is the Sultan. However, the Sultan cannot make any laws that violate the holy teachings of El Ila-h, making Basira essentially a theocracy. Zyanya
Shekel 0.01 Ducat 0.1 Riyal 0.75 Dinar 1 Dareike 10
Much of Basiran's exports is knowledge, in the form of literature and poetry. The Basirans prize scholars highly, and have several universities that rival those of the gnomes. As such, Basirans welcome gnomes openly, though there are occasional cultural issues. Though the healer's guild did not originate in Basira, much of the current medical practices and healing techniques did. Many of Basirans people are still nomadic, traveling from oasis to oasis, but magnificent cities have sprung up around the larger, more permanent water sources. Basiran architects are valued all over the world. Basirans have a reputation for being shrewd and crafty traders, with perhaps a deserved reputation for being able to convince their customers to part with more gold than necessary.
Basirans are very conscious of personal and family honor and can easily be offended by any perceived insult to that honor. The people are generous and hospitable. Privacy is valued. They prefer to establish trust and confidence before proceeding with family, work, or other matters. Their chief devotions are to family and religion. In the company of those they know and trust, Basirans are very laid back people. To strangers, they are often stiff and formal. Men and women are often segregated, save when only family is present. They are extremely male oriented, with the man being the undisputed head of the household. Women are not allowed to interact with men outside their own families and oft must be accompanied by a male relative when outside the home. Though infidelity is considered a crime, men are permitted to have multiple wives, provided their first wife consents. Generally, when a son marries, an extension is built upon the family house rather than the newlyweds moving out. A woman joins the family of her husband. The women of the household live in separate areas from the men of the household, called harems. Marriages are almost always arranged (often at the time a child is born), and a woman is expected to be chaste at the time of her marriage. Men pay a dowry for their brides.
Literature and poetry are treasured by the Basirans and considered the highest art forms. Skilled poets, or those skilled at reciting poetry, are prized by the nobility. Most Basiran histories are set in the form of epic poetry or song. Those that can read and act as scribes are almost automatically considered to be higher caste. Dance is also considered an excellent art form, and the sword dance, or al-ardah, is popular with the men. Eid al Fitr is a three day feast held once a year, preceded by a week of fasting (the very young and the ill are not required to take part in the fasting). It is considered a time for extended families to gather together to celebrate and bond, and arguments are to be settled or laid aside at this time (sadly, a tradition honored more in the breech than the keeping) Basira has a wizard university, and also a strong tradition among it's nomadic people of using the magic of the desert's fire against their enemies. The greatest of the Basiran swordsmen can set their scimitars aflame or dessicate their enemies with the wave of a hand. More than one Amareth general has expressed that they would 'rather battle a sclavini in the forest than a Basiran in the desert'.
Men wear a ghutra (headdress) and thobe (ankle-length shirt, usually white, that covers long pants). A mishlah (cloak) is often worn over the thobe. The ghutra is not removed in public. It is held in place by an igal (braided black cord). Some wear a perahan tunban. This consists of a knee-length shirt (perahan) worn over baggy trousers (tunban) that are pulled tight with a drawstring. Men may wear a dress coat or open vest (vaskot) over the perahan tunban. Sandals and boots are removed for prayers. Laborers and village men wear a long cotton garment (dishdasha), a jacket, a light wool cloak ('aba), and a checkered headscarf (kaffiyah or yashmagh). Sleeveless embroidered jackets and khanjars (ornamental curved daggers) are common among the nomads.
Depending on the location, women in public have veiled faces (veiling is not practiced in some areas) and wear an abaaya (black robe that covers the entire body). The abaaya is often worn over beautifully tailored dresses. Modesty is of utmost importance. Women can also wear a long colorful dress with a short jacket, long coat, or shawl. They often wear a head-to-toe covering called a chadiri or burqa over their clothing; faces are covered by an intricately embroidered window through which the wearer can see. Jewelry made from gold and silver is common. Many people, especially children, wear a tawiz (amulet) to protect against evil. Even women who dispense with the chadiri or abaaya often wear a head covering (maghna-eh) to hide their hair. A maghna-eh is most often black, but can be quite colorful and decorative. Many rural women continue to wear traditional dress, consisting of long flowing gowns and scarves or veils (hijab)
Men and women worship separately. Death is regarded as the will of gods and the soul's gateway to the real world, that of paradise, so excessive mourning for departed loved ones is not considered acceptable. The body of the deceased is interred as soon as possible, usually on the same day, and, except for a small stone, the grave is unmarked. Basirans do not eat pork. Religious leaders are called Caliphs and Imans.
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Most Basiran males are educated in warfare, as weapons training is part of the education they receive. Basiran prefer peace, but when moved to warfare, they are both skilled and relentless. They are peaceful neighbors with codes of honor, but those codes of honor are often set aside should Basirans be attacked as a nation. Unlike the gnomes, Basirans have absolutely no compunction against putting their technological advances to use in warfare (such as deadly poisons). And should that not be sufficient, it is worth noting that Basiran spellcasters have learned much from the desert. Currently, Basira is not actually at war with anyone.
Character Creation Info
Saba - spoken by the nobility
Bayat - the low tongue (Bayat is not a written language)
Zahia (dead language)
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