Loknoth (Zyanya Supplement)
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Life and Society:
Loknoth dishes, which are mildly spicy, are composed mainly of rice with lamb or chicken. People prefer to talk before and after a meal rather than during it. Women rarely interact with men outside their family.
Life in Loknoth is fairly relaxed, in spite of them having the strictest religious codes of all Basira. Loknoth prefer to establish trust and confidence before proceeding with family, work, or other matters. Loknoth 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.
Marriage (Nikah) is considered a contract with the husband accepting responsibility for the wife. Divorce (Talaq) is the right of the husband. Women are not allowed to engage in polyandry, whereas men are allowed to engage in polygyny. However, in such cases, men are required to treat all wives with equality. It is extremely frowned upon to marry outside the faith. Many marriages are arranged. A woman must be chaste at the time of her marriage, failing this is an extreme dishonor to the woman's family and usually results in her death. Mahr is a mandatory gift given by the groom to the bride. Unlike a bride price, however, it is given directly to the bride and not to her father. Women are expected to obey their husbands. Sex outside of marriage is strictly forbidden for women, and frowned upon by men that are not discrete.
Wetnurses are common in Loknoth culture, and children nursed by the same woman are considered to be related (and thus may not wed each other) even if they have no blood ties.
They are very religious and their religious customs, therefore, play a key role in determining cultural practices. Their chief devotions are to family and faith, though they can be patriotic as well. Government:
Hudud are the most serious crimes a Loknoth can commit. They include: Drinking alcohol (sharb al-khamr) Theft (sariqa), Highway robbery (qat' al-tariq), Illegal sexual intercourse (zina'), False accusation of zina' (qadhf), Rebellion against the ruler, and blasphemy (irtidād or ridda). The penalty for these crimes is stoning.
Qisas is the principle of an eye for an eye, the usual punishment for murder or battery. Punishment can also come in the form of compensation (Diyya) if exact retribution is not desired.
Adab, or 'good manners' is part of life in Loknoth, and there are many set behaviors, such as not using the left hand for interaction, posture, not pointing the soles of the feet at anyone, and other general ethical behavior.
Major Geographic Features:
Hills of Rolling Jade
Population: 27,419 Power Center: Conventional Alignment: Lawful Neutral Gold Piece Limit: 100,000; Ready Cash: 137,050,000 Humans: 26,322; Halflings: 548; Elves: 274; Dwarves: 0; Gnomes: 0; Half-Elves: 0; Half-Orcs: 0; Others: 275
Population: 28,180 Power Center: Conventional Alignment: True Neutral Gold Piece Limit: 100,000; Ready Cash: 140,900,000 Humans: 27,052; Halflings: 563; Elves: 281; Dwarves: 0; Gnomes: 0; Half-Elves: 0; Half-Orcs: 0; Others: 284
Population: 13,818 Power Center: Conventional Alignment: Lawful Neutral Gold Piece Limit: 40,000; Ready Cash: 27,620,000 Humans: 13,265; Halflings: 276; Elves: 138; Dwarves: 0; Gnomes: 0; Half-Elves: 0; Half-Orcs: 0; Others: 139
Population: 8,581 Power Center: Conventional Alignment: Lawful Neutral Gold Piece Limit: 15,000; Ready Cash: 6,435,000 Humans: 8,237; Halflings: 171; Elves: 85; Dwarves: 0; Gnomes: 0; Half-Elves: 0; Half-Orcs: 0; Others: 88