Fairisle
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle as Fairisle
REGION INFORMATION
Region: Fairisle
Kingdom: Tanara
Rulers: Aberdeen
Wealth: Immense
Population: 87,000
Language: Daereni (Common)
Religion: Light
Demonym: Tanaran/Tanarians
Primary Revenue: Exports/Boats/Shipwrights/Island produce/spices/olive oil
Cultural Niche: Sea Soldiers
Weakness: Limited space, high population
MILITARY INFORMATION
Fortification: Carrick Halls, built on a mountain
Specialization: Naval/Cavalry
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Overview

Fairisle, often called Aberdeen Island is where House Aberdeen calls home, though the neighboring Zauri Island also falls under their rule, collectively forming the Kingdom of Tanara (though Tanara is the older, formal name and the Kingdom is usually referred to simply as "Aberdeen" by natives and foreigners alike). Both islands boast lush greenery, no venomous snakes, long stretches of both black and white sand beaches, and a tropical climate that remains pleasant nearly year round (save for the occasional storm). Zauri Island does have crocodiles and Zauri Dragons (Komodo Dragons), making it a bit more dangerous than Fairisle.

Fairisle is a lovely island boasting a coastline on three sides with the jagged stone of a large mountain on its' northern tip. Fairisle's coastlines are heavily populated, with the interior given over largely to agricultural pursuits. Zauri Island is the larger of the two islands, albeit somewhat less populated. it has far more mountains than Fairisle, though they tend to be lower and more rolling, blanketed in the near-endless green of tropical rainforest from which an abundance of fruits and flowers are obtained. With exports of tropical fruits, fish, boats, ships and pearl and shell jewelry the people make their own fortunes living just off of the islands, making them quite self-sufficient. Market stalls offer a variety of items made from shells, pearls and sand. Not surprising with the abundance of sand available, Aberdeen's glass-blowers are among the most renowned in the known world, as well. With rich, fertile soil available, fruit stalls are quite popular, with an abundance of tropical delights such as Pineapples, Coconuts, Bananas, Mango, Papaya and a host of berries and nuts, as well as various types of tea leaves.

The farmer's markets also offer a wide array of vegetables alongside the exotic fruits. The fish markets offers their abundance on a daily basis, the available items varying wildly from day-to-day and month-to-month. A small vineyard rests in the hills beneath Carrick Halls, producing a rare vintage that is furnished almost entirely to the Royal family, leaving precious little for sale elsewhere. This makes the slightly sweet and highly refreshing Aberdeen Ambrosia among the most prized and expensive wines in the world. Invited guests of the Royal family, however, are served the wine for free.

The folk of Aberdeen are a proud people, having fought and won the islands in varied stories of triumph passed down through generations of the Royal family and Islanders alike. During the warmer seasons, they depend on food stored in cellars dug in the ground to keep the fruits, meats and vegetables fresh. The colder months are not so very cold at all, with temperatures rarely ever dropping below freezing except at the highest elevations.

Culture

Unsurprisingly, much of Aberdeen's culture revolves around the sea. While the lush vegetation of their tropical isles does provide much bounty, the sea is central to their trade and military power. Pearl diving is something of a rite of passage for young men of the Kingdom of Aberdeen, particularly among the common folk, though some of the more adventurous noble sons often partake of the activity themselves. Most young men (of common birth) are expected to make at least one dive when they come of age, both to show their courage and their strength as swimmers. The activity is often performed in a special ceremony wherein one of the local Noblemen and his family witness the courage of the divers and watch as they open any oysters they find for the precious stones. Of course if a pearl is actually found on that dive it is a sign of great fortune for the lucky recipient, and they can either choose to keep the pearl for themselves (potentially as a marriage token later on), or sell it to the noble who witnessed their dive for a generous amount of coin (usually more than the pearl is actually worth), with neither decision being considered less wise than the other. Failure to at least bring up an oyster is a sign that the young man is not quite ready for adulthood, though he may of course try again the next time the ceremony is held.

Another example of this reverence for the sea comes in their marriage traditions, where it is considered proper for a prospective groom to gift his bride and/or her family with something that represents the bounty of the sea. For commoners this often takes the form of shell jewelry, furnishings carved from driftwood, or objects of blown glass (sand being considered "of the sea"). For nobles, jewelry or clothing that incorporates a pearl or pearls into the design are most common. Traditionally the groom should have gathered the items to make the offering himself, though in the case of nobles and pearls, it is usually considered sufficient that a symbolic pearl dive be made. However, should a groom actually find one or more pearls himself, it is considered a sign that the marriage will be greatly prosperous.

Obviously, Pearls are quite highly prized by the people of Aberdeen, holding a position within their culture similar to diamonds in many others (and commanding prices nearly as high both at home and abroad). A full necklace of pearls would be considered the kind of thing a Prince might gift to his future bride, for few others could afford such an extravagant offering. To call someone "my pearl" is considered a sign of deep affection, whether romantic or familial.

While dogs are not particularly uncommon on Fairisle and Zauri Island, Felines are considered lucky and more prized by the people of Aberdeen, particularly because they are also useful for battling rat infestations aboard ship.

Tourism

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Vendors of some of the most unique items for sale, Aberdeen has many tourist towns along their coastlines, attracting nobles and even the occasional well-to-do commoner (particularly from neighboring members of the Eastern Isles) who go to spend their coin on rare items such as shells, glassware, exotic fish, tropical fruits, vegetables and even ships. When visiting, most tourists remain several days and bed down at one of many inns in the evenings while spending days in the markets, seeking shells down at the coastline, exploring the lush jungles, or if extremely fortunate (and of noble blood) sampling a taste of Aberdeen Ambrosia. Noble guests of course are often hosted by one of the noble families of Aberdeen rather than staying at the Inns. Fairisle in particular is considered one of the most pleasant places known to exist (hence its' name), and its' agreeable climate is considered by many to be good for the health of visitors, though Zauri Island also enjoys a thriving tourist market (particularly since it tends to be slightly less expensive than Fairisle while having a fair bit more open space inland for visitors to explore.

Carrick Halls

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Carrick Halls, named for the rock of the castle, built painstakingly on the Island of the very same mountain that takes up part of the island that the castle was built upon. Aberdeen Island is for the location at the mouth of the river and the fact that the castle is on the rocks, the castle is called Carrick Castle Halls, though over time has been shortened to Carrick Halls. The walls are high and impenetrable on the northern side with the sheer drop to the sea below and on the other sides protected by walls and clear coastline. It would be difficult to plan or execute a sneak attack with the existing defenses.

Fashions

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Crown of King Aberdeen

The styles of the Aberdeen consists mostly of light, gauzy materials, dresses of whimsy edged in shells and pearl seeded buttons or layers overlapping. Sheathes over one shoulder, wrapped around toga style in varieties of materials. The men in fine tunics of beige, white, black, tan, more earthy tones, some with sandals upon their feet, perhaps something of a culture shock, yet each casual and elegant in their own way.

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