The Commonwealth 1746 - 1795
This is a map of the known world. Since Alachanhea (nature) decimated our population our space to live is limited to this area of Pentara. Every try to expand or explore new terretories was a failure since nature is lethal outside the borders of the Commonwealth.
WESTBURY builds the centre of life. With its green hills, seas and rivers it's a good place to life. It's a monarchy for 859 years now.
Darley is the kings capitol and with a population of 211.000 people (counted in the last year 1794 A.H.) the largest city in the Commonwealth. It's divided into five districts, the merchant and shipyard district in the south, the military and instustrial district in the east, the university and museums district to the west, the royal district in the north and the old temple district in the middle of Darley.
Mistwick is the transportation hub between the cities in Westbury and with the population of 2500 the smallest city. The Rangers training camp is located in the middle of the Salisburry Sea. They speak their vows and learn everything about nature to survive in the wilderniss. Near the sea is the Burnwood prison located. The land around the city is populated by farmers.
Duneby is the last city to the south of Westbury. It's a hub for fishermen, merchants and information. Rumors, stories and informations get exchanged between Duneby and Dunford. The city itself counts 6800 Souls.
"The climate and the temper is getting rougher from here."
-old saw of Duneby fishermen
Caley is the Templecity of Westbury. It locates Amats residence and the shrines of the lower deities. It's most visited place for all pilgrims of the Church of Harbinger.
Readwick is the gate that connects Westbury with Cuwick and Talem. Because of being located near Caley it's growded with pilgrims and religios people. The Church of Harbinger's cathedral is a major attraction point.
There are several classes in the Kingdom of Westbury:
Since A.H. the value of securing the food and life support gained the most important weight.
Fishermen and Farmer have a great reputation and a special status. They are as obliged to the Kingdom as the King/Queen is obliged to protect them. There is a councel of agriculture to discuss changes in the nature or problems with the harvest/food support etc. They live in guilds called houses.
For each fishermen his ship is their house and for every Farmer their farm it is, they carry their coat of arms with honor.
People of Craft are those who laber for the wealth of all and they do the work that needs to be done. Working on the field, repairing stuff, cleaning the streets. They are united within the house where they're employed and the head of the house treats them like familiy.
Craftsmen are self made masters of their craftwork. When they prove their skills they get recognized as a master of their craft and become a member of their guild. Every one within the People of Craft can become a Craftsmen.
Craftsmen are allowed to have an own shop or teach others their craft.
Noblemen or women are descendants of the families who survived the Harvest and found those cities. They have a long bloodline and they have more rights and a higher vote about decisions in the city amongst the King/Queen. They are above all other classes, just the King/Queen is above them.
The Church of Harbinger is the main religion in Westbury since Amat herself lives on this continent. Members of the church who devote themself to the believe in Amat and the minor deities have a special status in the community.
Royalty is bound to Westbury since the Harvest of Nature. Amat resurrected the human who sacrifised himself to seal the pact between humans and Amat. The humans made him to their new King and Amat was pleased with him.
There are several unofficial Clubs and Guild for those with comon interests. Some of them got forbidden because they tried to overcome the guild solution.
2. Minor Deities
4. The Church of Harbinger
5. Noblemen and women
6. Craftsmen/Fishermen and Farmer
7. People of Craft
The Greeting ritual depens on the status of each invididual:
People of Craft shake hands with others of their craft in the same rank. When they like the opposite they add a smile.
To everyone who stands above them in rank they bow their heads while looking the opposite in the eyes. When they do not look into the eyes of the superior it's treated as an insult. Since they're the lowest class no one has a greeting ritual for them. They get adressed with their names Mr/Miss/Mrs ....
Craftsmen/Fishermen and Farmer shake their hands because they value the hands as their tools. Captains grab the right forearm of the opposite (it's a gestue from helping someone on a boat or from a boat). When they like the oppisite they add a smile and claps on the shoulder. When one pushes the other ones shoulder with his own it's treated as an insult. When they meet Noblemen they tip their hat (even when they don't wear one at the moment).
Noblemen lift their hat when they meet other men of their class (even if they don't wear one at the moment). When they meet a Lady they lift their hat and kiss her hand when she offers it. When the man looks into the Lady's eyes while kissing her hand it's a gesture of dominance while looking at her hand is a gesture of honor.
Of someone meets the King or the Queen they kneel and look down. They're allowed to rise and look at them when they're told to.
The Church of Harbinger has several servants in different ranks. All people greet the servants with a small bow while placing their hand
on their own heart and looking at them. It's a gesture of huge respect to Amat trough her servants.
In an introduction of people who don't know each other the women are introduced first. It has a symbolic meaning while Amat is a female Goddess
so women have a special status in the Commonwealth.
* The most comon food resource is fish in all its forms. It's food for every class because fish is easy to get and the main food source - cheap
* Whales, sharks and sea-monsters are unique and not easy to catch. Those need extra ships to hunt them down and carry them back to land. Their bones get sold to artists and craftsmen and their flesh has a high value because of the protines and effort to catch - expensive (craftsmen/nobles/royalty)
* Bread and baked goods are made from land- and seacorn. Both is harvested and manufactured by the farmers and the people of craft can only afford it once/twice a week (craftsmen/church/nobles/royality)
*Fruits, Tea and Wine are also luxury items because it's not easy to grow, some of it needs to be imported so only higher classes can afford those (noblemen/church/royalty)
* Forestpicks like mushrooms, berries and herbs are for everyone. On the market they're sold to ha high price because of the risks for the collectors life
* Beer is made from honey and berries and it's a comon and cheap product. Some manufacturers use fruits to brew it and there are some trade marks which are affordable to the comon people and those for the higher classes
* Meat is expensive and season-food. Farmers sell it only to special occasions and the rangers are only allowed to hunt during special times and when the population is at it's zenith. (church/noble's/farmer/royalty)