Saadat (Zyanya Supplement)
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Life and Society:
Much of Saadat's population remains semi-nomadic or nomadic.
To show respect and maintain proper distance between genders, men and women do not always make eye contact during conversation.
Saadat value education, culture, cleverness, and wisdom. Their perception of time is more flexible than the that of other lands. Saadat do not stress punctuality over individuals' needs, which are considered more important than schedules. Saadat is ruled by a hereditary monarch. Though his official rank is Emir, within Saadat he uses the traditional title of Ayatollah.
The family unit is strong in Saadat and provides its members with a sense of identity, security, and social organization. The father is the undisputed head of the household. Large families with many children, especially boys, have been traditionally preferred. It is legal for a man to have as many as four wives if he can provide for each equally. He must also have permission from his other wife or wives and from the government. However, most men choose to have only one wife.
Relatives remain close. The elderly are respected and cared for by younger members of the extended family. Parents feel a lifelong commitment to children, often providing them with financial support well after marriage. Regardless of their age, unmarried persons live with their parents until they marry. Weddings are elaborate celebrations lasting as long as three days. Some couples may choose to have a temporary marriage (sigheh) as a trial or because the sigheh wedding is much less expensive than a conventional wedding. Sometimes the sigheh simply provides a legal means of entering a brief intimate relationship. The sigheh can last between a few days and 99 years. A woman marrying in this arrangement and any children born in the marriage do not have the same rights and privileges as conventional wives and children, but they are accepted as legitimate. Both the man and the woman must consent to a sigheh, and many women do so in exchange for financial support. When a sigheh is terminated, the woman may not marry again for at least one hundred days.
Saadat does not have the same prohibition against alcohol that other regions of Basira do.
The economy of Saadat centers around the bazaars, be they permanent or temporary. Tea is their largest export.
Traditional Saadat instruments include the tar (guitar), the santur (a stringed instrument played with a hammer), and the kamanche (a spiked fiddle).
Some, especially religious leaders, wear traditional robes and turbans. Most men have beards. Women are encouraged to be covered from head to foot in public.
After an Saadat person dies, the body is washed and wrapped in white cotton. Readings from their holy scriptures go on all day. Burial occurs promptly. Female family members may cry and scream for the deceased at the burial and at a ceremony held three days after the death. The mourning period lasts 40 days. During this time, mourners wear black. Friends and family visit the house, bringing food.
Major Geographic Features:
Population: 31,579 Power Center: Conventional Alignment: Lawful Neutral Gold Piece Limit: 100,000; Ready Cash: 157,850,000 Humans: 30,315; Halflings: 631; Elves: 315; Dwarves: 0; Gnomes: 0; Half-Elves: 0; Half-Orcs: 0; Others: 318
Population: 16,052 Power Center: Conventional Alignment: Lawful Neutral Gold Piece Limit: 40,000; Ready Cash: 32,100,000 Humans: 15,409; Halflings: 321; Elves: 160; Dwarves: 0; Gnomes: 0; Half-Elves: 0; Half-Orcs: 0; Others: 162
Population: 23,083 Power Center: Conventional Alignment: Lawful Neutral Gold Piece Limit: 40,000; Ready Cash: 46,160,000 Humans: 22,159; Halflings: 461; Elves: 230; Dwarves: 0; Gnomes: 0; Half-Elves: 0; Half-Orcs: 0; Others: 233
Population: 11,555 Power Center: Conventional Alignment: Lawful Neutral Gold Piece Limit: 15,000; Ready Cash: 8,662,500 Humans: 11,092; Halflings: 231; Elves: 115; Dwarves: 0; Gnomes: 0; Half-Elves: 0; Half-Orcs: 0; Others: 117
Population: 7,857 Power Center: Conventional Alignment: Lawful Neutral Gold Piece Limit: 15,000; Ready Cash: 5,887,500 Humans: 7,542; Halflings: 157; Elves: 78; Dwarves: 0; Gnomes: 0; Half-Elves: 0; Half-Orcs: 0; Others: 80