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Jul 17 2017, 05:16 AM
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Drouwe

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Lore written & submitted by @Mulac_Snotcloak, ed. AEON

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<p><b>Drouwe is a feudal monarchy, controlled by King Aethelred the meek</b>. According to tradition, the monarch is granted power by an ancient guardian deity, known as Uthras, which gives them their agency and right to rule. </p>

<p>The king divides his power and land between powerful nobles, who then divide their influence and land between lesser nobles, who then divide theirs amoung knights, who are given land and power in exchange for fighting for their lord when war breaks out. Those under that, unless they are craftsmen, clergy, or other freemen, are considered property of whoever owns the land they work. </p>

<p><b>Culturally</b>, Drouwe can be easily compared to low medieval england, although it does share much with it's neighbour Harlant. It puts particular emphasis and pride on ideas of chivalry and valour, with duels and tournaments common across the land, and a breach of honour is often seen as one of the greatest crimes one can commit. One particularity is that it is tradition for knights (who are seen in very high prestige despite their technically low rank) to carry their swords at all times. This happens to the extent where most nobles carry beautifully carved blades at all functions, although these blades are usually blunt and purely ornamental. However, due to the prestige connected to swords, only nobles are allowed to carry them, and thus most of the population use spears or longbows. </p>

<p><b>Technologically</b>, Drouwe is almost on the equal to Harlant, although it is far less spread across the population.</p>

<p>After their recent defeat at the hands of Harlant, the kingdom has become more and more fractured, the nobles wrestling for power and influence over their relatively weak, young monarch. Most of the south and centre of the country is scattered with battlefields and castles, results of the war with Harlant and the power struggles that were caused by the death of their previous monarch during the final battle with Harlant, Queen Beatrice the valiant. </p>

<p>In the north too, there are troubles. In the northern weald, territory newly conquered by queen Beatrice, whispers of rebellion swirl in the indigenous population</p>

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<p><h3>Uthras</h3></p>
<p>Uthras is Drowe's most prominent deity, who is worshipped by most of the population. He is usually represented as a great dragon with golden scales, and is generally seen as a god of order and nobility, and in particular a guardian of the Drouwic royal family. To clerics of Uthras, magic is not to be trusted, as it is seen as a chaotic force, and thus particularly devout followers forswear it all together (although most common people follow a mix of old magical belief, and Uthrasian teachings). </p>

<p><h3>The Greenmantle family </h3></p>
<p>The Greenmantle family used to be one of the five powerful families of Drouwe, although probably the least influential of the five, until, thanks to a great act of dishonour from a distant ancestor (attacking an invited guest, see Percival's backstory), their rights to knighthood were revoked, and although they kept their land, they lost all prestige.</p>
<p> They reside in the north, just before the borders with the northern weald, protecting northern Drouwe from anything coming over the northern border, be that man or beast. Because their Knighthoods were revoked, all Greenmantles are barred from military service, and from carrying swords. </p>

<p><h3>The northern weald. </h3><p>
<p>The northern weald is an area just beyond the mountains in the far north. It is made up of a small highlands area, in the midst of mountains, between the mountains and a small sea border. It is an area of people, collected into small clans. They are a hardy folk and are currently warring with each other and the occupying Drouwic forces. </p>



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<p>A list of resources that can help develop characters and stories, as well as familiarize oneself with fairy tales and fall in love with them - whether for the first time, or all over again. </p>

<p>If you have any resources you'd like to share, please comment with a link below, and they will be added ASAP! Thank you! :> </p>

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  • The Gold Scales - Large collection of folktales and fairy tales of different cultures [Link]
  • Tales of Hans Christian Andersen [Link]
  • Tales of the Brother's Grimm [Link]
  • Tales of Charles Perrault [Link]
  • Aesop's fables [Link]

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Archetypes

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  • Flash cards for quick reference [Link]
  • More detailed break down of archetypes as found in literary studies [Link]

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  • Fairy Tale Discussion Forum [Link]
  • Projekt Gutenberg - Free online ebooks, featuring Andersen's fairy tales and others (For English, you need to search by author or title) [Link]



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<p>Just less than five minutes by foot from the baker’s guild by the large fountain on the market place the wooden stage built just for the occasion shot up high and demanded the attention of the crowd. On it, performers of various skill were playing a continuous piece, from eight in the morning until eight at night. Not too far from the main stage, there was a little pedestal set up to allow the old dove Berthold the Whitewinged to rest comfortable and at eye-level as he told his stories of the forest. </p><p>

A puppet show on the opposite side enthralled the children. Where there was lewd laughter from the main stage, here there was the light ringing of their voices as they yelled back and forth with the colorful characters brought to life through wooden figures and strings.</p><p>

The puppeteers masterfully portrayed a rendition of the founder’s legend, while the play on the main stage was a tragicomedy featuring a changeling child and a worrisome mother, and the story of Berthold the Whitewinged revolved around a dark, mysterious tower further than the heart of the forest, covered by ivy so thick not even sound could escape it.
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<p>The baker’s guild, a short, stout, red bricked building just outside the first city wall, was shining bright and freshly polished, decked out in linen banners and colorful spring flowers for the occasion. The doors wide open, two young bakers stood on each side to encourage bypassers and determined festival goers alike to enter and try the various delicacies and innovations lined out on table after table inside. </p><p>

Outside offers enough distractions, however: A disorganized and colorful array of stalls and blankets misused as displays, filled to the brim with baked goods, flour and grain, herbs and anything and everything in between. Old miller’s wives and young inventors were selling their goods side by side, and even members of the fae and a lone fable sheep have put up their stalls, trying to entice and enthrall the citizens of Banwalt. </p>

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