Arran culture is much like our island culture in many ways. Arrans are peaceful, supportive of all members of society, and kind to the needy.
Here are a few Arrans I have heard stories about:
- Talidale, the Jeweler
- Marco, the Royal Guard
- Nauplia, of the Royal Court
- Lairen, the Farmer
- Bitsy, the Maidservant
Talidale, one of the most skilled jewelers in the land, lives with his wife and two teenage daughters in a fine house in the city’s merchant district. He has two workshops; one in the city, and one at the port. A close friend of the king and queen, Talidale helps to keeps the royal family apprised of the needs and concerns of the merchants and other subjects.
With gems, gold, silver and shells so abundant in Arra, Talidale has no shortage of raw materials to work with. His craftsmanship was once featured in an exhibit at the Royal Museum.
Influences on Arran culture
THE SUNSET GENE – Arrans, like the other countries in the region, have to deal with what scientists are now calling the “sunset gene.” Long ago, females often had more than two children, but for the past few centuries women have become infertile after having two children. Even Celmareans are at a loss to explain why this is—it affects us as well. Because of the “sunset gene,” the countries in the region are only able to replace their own populations naturally. Any sort of war, natural disaster, or widespread disease could literally mean extinction. Arrans have confronted this dilemma by devoting themselves to thinking and research, hoping to save themselves through science and technology.
MENDERS – Some families in Arra, including the royal family, have the unique ability to heal some types of injuries and to shape matter with their minds. Menders help to minimize the likelihood of death resulting from trauma. But menders cannot cure the sick. If they could, King Julian would have certainly saved his ailing father, the revered King James, from his terminal illness.
WEALTH – Arra has a wealth of natural resources and produces many items other nations desire. There is a healthy trade with the Audicians, Skarjians and Trystans to the north. Some caravans even bring goods from Arra far east across the wilderness to distant trading partners.
Recent Arran technological advances
Arrans have nearly completed a hydrothermal power plant. Eventually this will supply electricity into subjects’ homes. Electric batteries are used to power scientific equipment.
- RADIO COMMUNICATION
Arran engineers have been working on a radio communications network. They have some of the required infrastructure already in place. It’s not that reliable.
- MEDICAL LABORATORIES
Medicine has seen considerable advances in the last few decades. Arrans with medical expertise can now carry out sophisticated blood tests, create medicines, and conduct delicate surgical procedures.
There have been many recent improvements in Arran geoscientists’ equipment to monitor risks from quakes and volcanic activity, and to predict the weather.