Vasant (Zyanya Supplement)
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Vasant is a warm province with ample rainfall. Much of the region is covered with dense jungle, some of which remains unexplored.
- 1 Specific Nations
- 2 History
- 3 Commonalities
- 4 Religion
- 5 Organizations
- 6 In the World
- 7 Character Creation Info
In it's height, Vasant was famous for it's interplanar dealings, and more than one half-fiend ruled the empire. Vasant has fallen since those times, but is well on it's way to risen once more. Their dealings have left their mark on their populace, and many Vasant can claim extraplanar ancestors.
Iron Rupee 0.01 Rial 0.05 Silver Rupee 0.1 Jade Rupee 0.5 Gold Rupee 1 Tenge 5 Royal Rupee 10 Tugrik 50
The economical status varies by province. Some are extremely poor, while in others even the Dalit can lead opulent lifestyles. The region is rich in gold and spices.
Each Mahajanapada (kingdom or province) in the Vasant region is ruled by a Rajah, or king, who is the supreme authority of that province (in theory, in some provinces the Rajah is little more than a puppet of his advisors). Most Rajahs have an excellent network of spies and assassins, and subterfuge is common. There are currently 21 Mahajanapadas, though at times there have been as many as two hundred. Every now and then a Rajah will conquer the other provinces and title himself a Maharajah. Few such empires have ever outlived their founder.
Most provinces war between each other for territory. Even those that are at peace with each other engage in intrigue. Palace life can be fraught with danger. Soldiers and guards are well-paid.
There are at least three different ‘races’ of humans in Vasant. The Barwe tend to be a shorter people, with broader faces, jet black hair, dark eyes, and brown, almost black skin. The Othan have yellower complexions, oblique eyes, high cheekbones, sparse hair, and tend to medium heights. The Kimbar are brown-skinned with often willowy builds, wavy hair, and dark eyes. Women of Vasant dress in Sari or salwar kameez, while men wear Dhoti, Lungi or Kurta.
There are five castes in Vasant society: Brahmins: teachers and priests; the Kshatriyas: warriors, nobles, and kings; the Vaishyas: farmers, merchants, and businessmen; and the Shudras: servants and labourers. The fifth caste is known as the Dalit (untouchables), or those who are spiritually unclean. The strictness of the caste system varies by province. In some provinces, birth determines caste and there is no straying or intermarrying, in other provinces the caste system is barely noticeable and may be moved through freely. Females belong to the caste system of their fathers. If their father's identity is unknown, they are by default Shudra unless their mother was Dalit.
Most holy men of the Vasant region can more accurately be described as philosophers rather than clerics. Priests are well-educated and often are alchemists, astronomers, and arcanists. Prominent philosophies are Dharma (ethics and duties), Samsara (the cycle of life and rebirth), Karma (moral law of cause and effect), Moksha (liberation from samsara), and various Yogas : Bhakti Yoga (the path of love and devotion), Karma Yoga (the path of right action), Rāja Yoga (the path of meditation) and Jñāna Yoga (the path of wisdom). They believe that the true self of any person, called the atman, is eternal and is reincarnated again and again throughout time. The ultimate goal of life is to attain Samadhi, the perfect understanding, by following the eightfold path to the four stages of enlightenment. Many monasteries devoted to the eightfold path exist in Vasant, though not all follow the same eightfold path. There are many rituals that are part of everyday life, and the stars are consulted for many decisions. Cleansing rituals are among the most common, and mantras are chanted at various times during the day. Sacrifices are offered to the gods in various forms. Throughout the region, the dead are cremated. A significant percentage of the populace is wholly vegetarian. Many follow the path of ahimsā or non-violence, believing that the divinity of life permeates all things.
In the World
Character Creation Info
There are nearly a hundred languages spoken in Vasant with at least forty different alphabets, though most people speak the Vasant common tongue of Bharat. Each province has it’s own language.
Bharat (common tongue of the Vasant region), spoken by the Kimbar
Amita - Spoken mainly by monks and holy men. Considered the 'high tongue'
Divya - Spoken by the Barwe
Laxmi - Spoken by the Othan
Padmini (dead language, still occasionally used by alchemists)
Sandhaya (dead language)
Vijaya (dead language, survives in written form only)
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