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PostSubject: People   Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:31 pm

Just like the different countries that occupy Earth, Myst has Ages that have been created and have evolved separately from one another. Each Age's main race is humans, but each Age's human race is far different than all the others, affected by their leaders, food sources, economy and environment. Here is a directory of what each race of people is called in each Age, and all general information about them. We emphasize general because just like with any race here on Earth, there are always exceptions or leeway to each standard.

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PostSubject: Re: People   Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:30 am







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Inhabitants:
Rivenese
Subgroups: Moiety's. They follow very closely to the Rivenese people, however their village life slightly differs and they do not believe in the religion of Gehn. They do follow the laws and words of the Riven leader.
Ruler/Leader: Canon Open. After the tyranny rule of Gehn, Riven no longer believes in a absolute ruler, but more of a village leader who has council members. This leader is elected by the Rivenese people and can at any time be elected out. If they are not elected out, they will rule for five years until another election is held. There is no limit to how long one leader can lead if he keeps being voted every five years to stay in their position. The leader of Riven is meant to rule it's people as a democracy, where all decisions are to be voted upon by the people themselves.
Appearance: Olive to dark skin. Rather short, most are not above 5'6. Lean body builds.
Language: Rime
Education:Do not have a true education system. Gehn is all they learn.
Health:Believe in holistic treatment of illness and wounds by means of herbs and prayer.
Religion: Gehn. They believe in a male God, Gehn, who is said to be made of gold. Stories say after he created Riven, he split his body into separate parts and buried himself under each island so that he will always be with his people. The religion of Gehn is extremely important to Rivenese people, and is a vital part of their lives. Their are many statues dedicated to Gehn on every island and a large temple of gold erected in his honor on Temple Island. The religion Gehn is named after the first ruler of Riven, who ruled his people under tyranny and told them he was a human incarnation of their God and gave it his name.
Cuisine:Fish, meat and fruit. Fish and meat is typically smoked and left plain.
Army:
The only people who ever fight are the Moity's, a subgroup of Rivenese. This group of people branched off many years ago to rebel against their leader Gehn, who they accused of lying and taking advantage of their people. Even after his reign ended, the Moity's stayed away from the rest of Rivenese people and took residence in the destroyed Tree of Riven. When the war broke out between the different ages, it was the people of Moity who fought for Riven and continue today to be a almost police force.
Weapons: Spears, bow and arrows, knives. Use mainly hand to hand combat.
Transportation:By foot on individual islands, though some Rivenese people have horses or donkey's, though it is rare. Boats are used as well for those who do not trust the steam pipe technology. Small metal carts, called Trams, transport people across islands. It is a faster way then by boat.
Customs:Children are baptized in the Temple; Men and women do not cut their hair after they are married; there is no formal marriage, a couple enters the Temple, exchanges vows privately and come out acknowledged as married; death is the punishment for high crimes such as rape, murder or even defiling the God Gehn in any way.
Roles of Men: Rivenese men are seen as the sole providers and leaders of the household. They are to hunt for food, protect their families and give direction on how things must be run. They dictate punishment to their children and make decisions for their wives. Only men can vote and be leaders for the village.

The Moity village differs however. Men also hunt and manage their village, but much more of their time is being taught how to fight, more so than how to run a family. They may respect the chosen leader of Riven, but do not vote themselves. They prefer to work all together as a family unit with the women to run the village, then for them to make all the choices themselves in their individual families.
Roles of Women: Women are to stay home and take care of the house and children. They are revered and respected for their ability to give life, but are not meant to have a voice in voting or in how things are to be run in the home. They are to be respectful of their husbands and not argue against any man's opinion. They are also expected to keep the religion strong in their family's and are said to feel the spirit of Gehn far stronger than men.

Moity women are given far more freedom. In their village all women work together with the men to manage daily life, not just their individual families. Their opinions are allowed in all decisions and although they choose to do the cooking and cleaning, men do not expect or order them too. They are also allowed to be trained to fight alongside the men.
Average daily life:Life in Riven is a quick-paced life. There is no time for play or for much leisure, it is a life about surviving and growing. Whether it be the men hunting for food or repairing buildings, or the woman cooking dinner or cleaning clothes, there is always movement to the Rivenese people. The only day of rest is when family's pick one day a week to go to the temple to pay respects to their God. Only children and teenagers have more free time then the adults, but even then they have many chores and responsibilities given to them. Rivenese do not live a lavished life but a very simple one, living on the bare roots of the world around them. They rely on the land and themselves.
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PostSubject: Re: People   Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:28 pm







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Inhabitants:
Nanites
Subgroups:None
Ruler/Leader: Canon's Open. J'nanin is lead by five men and women called The Elder Council. The Elder Council is made up of the eldest men and women of J'nanin and they cannot be elected in or out and are only replaced when one passes away. They make all decisions for the people of J'nanin and speak for them.
Appearance: Light to tan skin. Huskier body forms due to the cooler weather. Heights range.
Language: Narayan
Education:Children learn the basics of reading, writing, math and geography. It is not required for children to continue school after twelve.
Health:Nanites usually have one or two doctors in their village, but these men and women typically do not leave to learn proper health education, it is simply passed on from parent to child.
Religion: Nanites believe in the spirit of the ocean, this is there religion. They have many stories about how the ocean shaped their island and gives them enough fish to survive. Though not spoken as a God, the ocean is told in a way that one would see it as a identity that exists more than just water. It is a force that provides them with life...and it also can take that life as well.
Cuisine:Fish and more fish that is seasoned by herbs and spices. Rice and fruits are also common.
Army:J'nanin does not have a army. When the war broke out, the men fought to defend their Age, but none were properly trained and are still not trained till this day. They believe in staying neutral and only defending themselves when threatened.
Weapons: Spears, knives, slingshots.
Transportation:By foot or by boat
Customs:All young men are taught how to maneuver a boat and catch fish; festivals are common to celebrate the changing of each season; girls are not married young like in other Ages, in fact women are not encouraged to even begin thinking of marriage until 25; it is proper to thank the ocean when fish are caught; they "bury" their dead at sea, to rejoin the ocean. They say spirits are the ocean waves coming to greet the living.
Roles of Men: Men are rather like lions in a pride when it comes to J'nanin. Although they do most of the fishing and hauling in, that is really all they do and spend most of their time in leisure. Men are often found lounging around the village in bars, hiding from their overbearing wives and escaping any responsibility. It is not a uncommon sight to see a group of men sitting together at the docks drinking till drunk, swapping stories and jokes. Men take charge when needed, especially in The Elder Council, but they are not the true leaders of J'nanin. They are often teachers, enjoying to pass down their knowledge with words then truly exhibit it in action. To them, life is about fishing and drinking, not much more.
Roles of Women: As the men are the lazy male lions, the women of J'nanin are the lioness's doing all the work. Women in J'nanin are the true back bones of the Age and keep everything together. They run their homes, children, husbands and everything else, like business's, which all but few are run by women. They are not afraid to take charge or to scold their husbands and tell them what to do. They are all raised to be strong women, who are to be independent in spirit but be loyal as wives and to their families. Many girls choose to continue their education past the age of twelve, unlike most men and are encouraged to explore life and it's possibilities before settling into marriage.
Average daily life:Life in J'nanin is a slow and peaceful one, where leisure is a must and family is far more important than work. Money and fancy fixings aren't important to Nanites, but they still know how to throw a wicked party. Children are taught to enjoy life and to appreciate every moment of it, that chores are important but one must not let the seriousness of mundane things get in the way of the beauty of the world around them. They are to respect nature and only take from it what is needed. Men go out early in their boats to catch the fish for the whole village to eat, while women run the business's and tend to the village and children run about playing. Though at times dinner is served in each individual home, more often then not the whole village at night gathers together to eat, dance to music, share stories and gossip and enjoy one another's company.
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PostSubject: Re: People   Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:12 pm







Uru


















Inhabitants:
Uruns
Subgroups:Royalty/Aristocrats; Commoners; Soldiers
Ruler/Leader: Canon's Open. Uru is lead by a King and/or Queen, who dominates all the lands. They make all decisions themselves and are to be respected by all, for it is punishable by death to verbally denounce them. The King and/or Queen are as close to God's as Uru has and they along with their family are royalty.
Appearance: Uru possesses all sorts of people. There is not one common appearance.
Language:Cleft
Education:Aristocrats and soldiers are given the best education, whether girls or boys. They are taught everything imaginable by the best educators and many venture on to Tomahna as a sort of university to continue their studies. Commoners however are given no access to education and are expected to teach themselves or go to other Ages to learn what they want.
Health:Doctors in Uru have the best education in health and medicine, but are only accessible to aristocrats and soldiers for they are to expensive to ask for assistance by anyone else. Commoners are once again expected to learn how to handle their own illness and wounds, which springs up many make-shift nurses to fill the gap.
Religion: Uru has no set religion, other then to respect and bow down to the King and/or Queen. They have no God's, no temples or no true belief systems.
Cuisine:For aristocrats and soldiers, everything imaginable is accessible to them and they are given the best indulgent delicacies. Commoners scrap by on bread, vegetables and meat when they can get it.
Army:Uru has the largest and most powerful army, told to be truly unbeatable. Men, and at rare times women, are trained to use all sorts of weapons and hand-to-hand combat skills. They are a true threat and all but won the war and were close to conquering all of the Ages before it came to an end. They keep a close eye on everything that happens in Uru and are expected to be absolutely loyal to the King and/or Queen. They give out punishments and maintain order and are treated just slightly below aristocrat status, even if they were born a commoner. Training is truly brutal and they are well respected for their position.
Weapons:Knives, swords, spears, war hammers, axes, catapults, bow and arrows.
Transportation:By foot or horses
Customs:Grand festivals for the rich; crowning of the King and/or Queen; bow down to royalty; commoners must respect aristocrats; public beheadings or lashings; girls are married at young ages; weddings are meant to be large and grand
Roles of Men: The life of a aristocrat man is anything he wishes. Men with money can do what they want, eat what they want, go where they want and anything else he desires. Men are told, not encouraged, to get the absolute highest education they can and to work in a prestigious position of power. Men are spoiled and expect all to bend to their wishes. Many are forced to be in arranged marriages and will gallivant with other women to escape it, which is allowed even if they do this in public. Competition is high between aristocrat men to have the biggest house, the most money and the nicest objects. Male heirs are desired for only men can have positions of power and inherit their parent's wealth.

Commoner men are not allowed this lifestyle. These men are poor and will take any job they can get. They must work hard for very little pay and typically live in small homes with many mouths to feed. Most commoner men see their wives as equals, but others do not, it is mere preference of the husband. Male heirs are not as important, for commoners do not have much so there is nothing to pass on. Life is a hard one and families are far more important but hard to maintain and protect. Many commoner men try to improve their lifestyle by joining the army, but it is a vigorous and brutal path and only the true brave of heart and body succeed.
Roles of Women: Like the men, aristocratic women are given anything they desire and live lavished lifestyles. They are forced to finish their education, but not pushed to go to a university, for they do not work and thus do not need further education in a particular skill set. Girls are married young, between the ages of sixteen and eighteen and are expected to be perfect behaved wives and produce male heirs. They are allowed opinion, but are not allowed to be bold or brazen and must know when to shut their mouth. They are expected to spend most of their days sewing, chatting with friends, going to parties and bossing their servants around.

Commoner women have much the same fate as commoner men. They too are expected to marry young, so they will no longer be burdens to there families. Women are usually slightly luckier than men at finding jobs, for if they show proper decorum can become servants or cooks for aristocrat families. Their lives are just as the men, they are to work hard and get as much money as they can, but are also expected to take care of the home and the children. Depending on their husband, commoner women are allowed far more independence then aristocrat women and are not told to be quiet, simpering wives but are still meant to know their place.
Average daily life:Life in Uru is forever going, from morning till night and even through the night, there is always something happening. For Aristocrats their lives consist of parties, games, going to court and feasting on the best food and drink there is to offer. Their lives are easy, where everything is expected to be given to them and they are not to lift a finger for anything. For women it is all about getting educated, getting married to the richest man you can get and having children. For men it is about making male heirs and being the man with the largest house and the most money after the King. Politics and gossip rule the aristocrats, where obtaining power is a scheming game of lies, backstabbing and giving money to get what you want.

For commoners, life is a far more simple one and far more hard. Life is about working to just get enough money to survive for you and your family. Their competition is to get the best jobs that they can, which is working for aristocrats and if their even luckier, the royal family. Families are large and children are expected to work as well to support their parents. Some commoners strive to try and climb the social latter and leave the poor life behind, while others are content in simply surviving in the world that they have. They have festivals and fun as well, nothing ever as extravagant as the rich but they make due with what they have to enjoy themselves.
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PostSubject: Re: People   Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:00 pm







Tomahna

















Inhabitants:
A melting pot of people from the different Ages, but all foreigners who are scientists are refereed to as Prodigies. Those who are born and raised here are simply called Natives.
Subgroups:The Protectors. They are natives to Tomahna, but there are few left
Ruler/Leader: Canon Open. Tomahna is led by a Head Scientist who oversees all projects, trains new recruits and runs the laboratory and the tests that are done. The Head Scientist is secretly funded and commanded by the King and/or Queen of Uru.
Appearance:Since the people of Tomahna come from all Ages, their appearance reflects that. The Protectors are tall, brown/red skinned and quite Amazonian like.
Language:All languages spoken.
Education:All prodigies are trained rigorously in whatever skill set they have shown high competency for. Prodigies do nothing but sleep, eat, train and work. There are high expectations placed on them and their knowledge capacity.
Health:Health is at the highest standards here in Tomahna. All Uru doctors are trained here for many years on the most modern health and medicine advances.
Religion: There is no religion in Tomahna, only science and fact are accepted here. Science rules everything and there is no room for fantasy or irrational thoughts. No religion is allowed to be practiced here.
Cuisine:Fish, insects, plants, few vegetables and bread.
Army:Tomahna possess no army but they do supply all weapons and technology for war.
Weapons:Knowledge is their only weapon.
Transportation:By foot, elevators, bicycles or sky trams.
Customs:Tomahna has no set customs.
Roles of Men & Women: Men and women both share the same roles on Tomahna. Gender and race do not exist here, a person is simply measured by their mind. Both men and women are treated equally and are only put one before the other by their own personal achievements. Both men and women can be in positions of power and both are praised the same. This does leave however the frequent possibility of being snubbed or treated poorly if you are not seen as intelligent as others. Their is much competition to be the smarter out of all other Prodigies and many times if one falls underneath the line of what is expected of them they will be restricted daily things like the best food, the cleanest lodgings or nicest clothing.

Average daily life:Tomahna has a bright side and a dark side, it all depends on who you ask. Those who view Tomahna positively would say it is the Age with the most modern intelligence and technology. People who wish to pursue an education of the utmost respect come here to learn for as long as they wish. Money, stature, color of skin...it does not matter to Tomahna, they accept any and all who wish to learn. They mold visionaries and are ever searching to expand and perfect technology. They wish peace and prosperity for all the Ages and follow the words and teachings of Yeesha. All skills are appreciated here.

Then there is a dark side. In truth, Tomahna is run by the King and/or Queen of Uru. They dictate what technologies and weapons are made and who they are given too and who gets to find out about them. Though some choose to go to Tomahna, others do not get an option. If the Head Scientist or royals of Uru learn of anyone in another Age with a special and unique skill and they do not wish to come to Tomahna freely...they are kidnapped and forced to live here and expand their abilities, especially if those abilities seem similar at all to The Art of linking books. The higher ups in Tomahna truly do not care about Yeesha's teachings and they are the one's that held her prisoner and gave her up to be murdered.

The Protectors are another story all in themselves. They were the native people of Tomahna, before it was taken over, gutted and buildings were put in place to house Prodigies and science. They tried to stop the raping of their lands, but were not able to protect it and those who pushed too far were killed. They were however able to protect their most sacred of places, the Memory Chamber, because in the end it intrigued the scientists. They are a intelligent people, said to have never left Tomahna yet know all languages and knowledge of other Ages. They were great friends with Atrus and Yeesha and tried to free her when she was captured. They are a quiet people, typically peaceful but deadly when threatened or aggravated. Many of them were killed or died from illness other humans from different Ages brought over. It is said there are only seven left who guard and protect the Memory Chamber. Those who seek spiritual guidance and pure truth come to them for answers.
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PostSubject: Re: People   Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:46 pm

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Riven Leader: Canon open. Please see Adoptables page
Council Members: Open. It is usually between three to five. Only men allowed. See Adoptables page for more information.
Rivenese: Unlimited
Moiety's: Unlimited, but will be monitored. They are a much smaller group then general Rivenese

J'nanin Elder Council: Canon's open. Please see Adoptables page
Nanites: Unlimitied

Uru King and/or Queen: Canon(s) open. Please see Adoptables page
Royalty: Related to King and/or Queen.
Aristocrats: Unlimited
Commoners: Unlimited
Soldiers: Unlimited

Tomahna Head Scientist: Canon open. Please see Adoptables page
Prodigies: Unlimited
Natives: Unlimited
The Protectors: 7 allowed. 0 Taken. See Adoptables page for more information.



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