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.
He spends most of his time in the castle, but his home and his family are in the city. He spends his free time camping in the forest, or fishing out on the ocean together with his sons and his friends.
Nauplia lives in a luxurious apartment in the castle, together with her husband the High General, and her daughter, Nastasha. She teaches regional history to second year boys and girls in the Royal Academy.
She has dozens of close friends in the royal court, and plenty of time to socialize with them. At least once a week in the castle there are lavish banquets and dancing well into the night. And there are more lunches, breakfasts, and evening parties than she has time to attend.
Lairen is a widower who runs one of the most successful farms in Arra. Every week, he brings to market baskets of fresh vegetables, cases of eggs and fresh milk, and a cart full of the most sought-after dairy products in the kingdom. His wares include fresh and aged cheeses, creams, and a local cultured specialty called krenna.
Some farmers in Arra are wealthier than others, but they all have what they need to live well. The benevolent royal family ensures this.
Bitsy, a woman in her late 30s, is a servant to the royal court. She lives with other female servants in a dormitory in the sub-basement of the castle. She is treated quite well by the court and has everything she needs. Her husband tragically died at sea.
Bitsy’s two sons attended the Arran academy and became tradesmen in the city. Bitsy is thinking of moving to the city where she can be closer to her sons. But most servants live in the castle.
Her duties include food preparation, serving, and clean-up. She also looks after the small children of the court from time to time.
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.