( formerly डैकबर • DAIKABARA )
Vojshā, Goddess of the Veil
(an allusion of the Kingdom's history)
Imports & Exports:
K'wãt, Teas, Books, Lumber, Corals, Various Gemstones, Metals
Books, Glass, Stained Glass, Llî-lko'
Coral & Orange
Snug beneath the northern Becal Curtain lies Fawzia-Kedet, a stand-alone kingdom, known simply as Fawzia to the locals. It is a bohemian retreat known for its relaxed lifestyle and journey for intellectualism. Tam'nýer—a''s philosophers are known to gather here, tossing theories back and forth into the wee hours of the morning imbibing in rooms filled with hanging clouds of smoke.
Fawzia-Kedet also boasts the largest library in all the lands, Laðărul, and is one of the most stunning landscapes to watch the sunset. Not only does the kingdom have this, it is known to be the only kingdom to be completely built through a commission by the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa. By who you ask? Well, that's just the thing. Fawzia-Kedet as we know it now is a Human & Khah' run kingdom, but it was actually requested by the Ṅkhya'jra, and taken through war in a collaborative effort of Püertagœ and the Federation of the Sky-Coral Sea (Uwhang).
Most of the buildings resemble a mix of traditional Japanese architecture, and 'modern' Art Nouveau, with walkways with ample room to stroll casually in the mingling crowds, usually gracing either the wide river & waterfall that splits Fawzia in two or the rich forest that the buildings seem to birth out of thanks to the history of it being originally a Nkhya'jran city.
Before it became known as Fawzia-Kedet, it was originally called Daikabara, and during the transition of it being Daikabara into Fawzia, the entrances to this capital city of the Kingdom, which bears the same name, were changed dramatically. Thousands of beautiful painted bricks were erected to make stunning mosaic gateways into the city, greeting all travellers with a richness that one expects only to find in the renowned library. Each Gate bears the name of important people who had a hand in conquering Daikabara during the war.
The closest the 'open world' can get to, to experiencing Nkhya'jran architecture is the remnants of it in Fawzia-Kedet, as it was originally an outer kingdom of the Nkhya'jran people built by the Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa. Although Fawzia-Kedet distinctly still has Nkhya'jran architectural roots, that doesn't mean that the Humans and Khah' who now make up the majority of the population haven't made their impact. However, it is obvious that the Human influence is much stronger, as a love for nature is something both the Nkhya'jrans & Khah' hold close to heart and display openly. When it comes to the Human touch on the architecture though, it is to make this intellectual hub a display that speaks equally of design and talent via its windows.
Beautification in the sense to further create a harmony between nature and their kingdom, it just as important to Fawzia-Kedet as its infamous library, its wide spread education, and social delve into philosophy and knowledge. Thus, this sort of glasswork is throughout the Kingdom, as is the horticulture.
Depending on what part of Fawzia-Kedet you are in really makes the difference. Some places resemble what some would imagine to be opium dens; the air is thick with smoke from smokers, there is laughter, mixed with coughing, and beds can be the carpet on the floor, or a proper single bed, or a pile of pillows and your clothes. This is obviously for the philosopher and artist who have nothing, and is surprisingly not looked down upon by many. After all, who doesn't want to be a part of the glory and wonder that is Fawzia-Kedet? What people want are minds, so importance is placed more so on the ideas and theories you present to the group discussion rather than being able to host everyone at your posh apartment.
However, if you are part of the more fortunate, your accommodations might be floored in sparkling white marble, with columns throughout, plants, and carpets of varying colours laid one over the other denoting the pathways throughout. Your kitchen will consist of an inlaid fire pit set up for communal gatherings which have a door to cover it during non-visiting hours, but slides into the rest of the flooring to expose it when guests are over and hungry.
Fawzia-Kedet, thanks to its more northern climate just on the brink of the northern Becal Curtain, it remains relatively warm, but cannot reach the high points of summer heat in comparison to its continent sister of Püertagœ. Fawzia-Kedet is a Warm-summer Mediterranean climate on the Köppen-Geiger climate scale. This means that while winter is in season, it too, like Püertagœ is raining, but can stay mild to chilly in temperature between 18 and −3 °C (64 and 27 °F). That's not bad at all! However, this means that it stays pretty well mild all year round because the temperature Fawzia-Kedet gets for summer is dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 22 °C (72 °F).
With the multitude of cultures, races and destinations, clothing can have a major impact on your character. Hence, clothing etiquette and knowing before you travel is probably best.
In Fawzia-Kedet, it is known that intellect and wisdom are the highest pursuits. As such, clothing follows a simplistic yet elegant design. Men and women alike can be seen wearing Jasptí, an overcoat that is usually worn sleeveless. During colder temperatures or up to one's own preference, Jasptí can also have sleeves, so there is nothing taboo or out of style about them, they are simply less popular. Jasptí are always embroidered with varying designs and can be made from light or heavier fabrics.
Underneath Jasptí, for the ladies, are again, basic but lovely dresses that are free flowing. On the sides the dresses have low hanging in-seams, and while this may come off to us as very revealing, the Jasptí have a small in-seam. This is to allow the armpits to breathe, so that one does not get overly sweaty. This cut for the dresses also does not bring any attention to the breasts.
Now, the men of Fawzia-Kedet do not partake in the dress wearing, but can be seen wearing loose tunics, and trousers with a dropped-crotch seam. This again, is to aid the body from overheating in less than desirable places.
Fawzian shoes are probably the most eccentric style you'll come across on the Lung continent. While they are usually made of tapestry or leather, they have a very distinct look, and that is a rather elevated one. Are they practical? Not really. But the look and functionality if you know there's been a rain recently works out to try and explain these beautiful oddities, as it keeps trailing Jasptí out of the wet and muck of colder seasons, but also can keep them away from burning hot stones of walkways in hotter seasons.
Albeit, it should be said that thanks to constantly having cultural influences from its past, as well as it's southern neighbor (Püertagœ), shoe styles can vary here.
One look at the main jewellery affair in Fawzia-Kedet, which is earrings, and you can instantly tell that both Püertagœ & its history as a Nkhya'jran city hold sway here. Their long dangling strands, be it of coloured strings (taking from Nkhya'jran tassels), leather, gems or metal (the most popular), make them outrageously iconic, eye-catching and beautiful. Usually ornamented with a half-circle of imprinted metal (Püertagœn influence), close up, Fawzian earrings are nothing short of an art piece. As such, you can imagine that not only do they vary in price, depending upon all that is used, but also crafting time as they tend to be quite intricate.
Because of their style too, though, this means that Fawzian jewelry is becoming something of a smash hit, and it wouldn't be unlucky to find them worn around Tam'nýer-a' by those more 'fashion savvy' individuals.
Fawzians take part in various piercings, though it must be mentioned that it is not a truly common happenance; money. Because one needs to be able to afford a strong, reliable antiseptic for a long period of time as acute infection is common. However, the commonality of infection is also why most people are turned off from the practice as some feel it is not worth the hassle.
Both men and women partake in piercing in Fawzia, there really isn't a gender thing here, but piercings border on a spiritual experience too. Given the city's affinity for philosophy, sometimes those who feel that they are empathic to life, and the Gods plight tend to have more piercings. Though there is also a polar opposite to this amongst philosophers, believing that one's body should remain intact as much as possible until death.
In comparison to its conservative neighbor Püertagœ, Fawzia tends to be more forgiving. Perhaps it's the fact that it is in also in proximity of T-'a'Ţăs'múr, but nonetheless, more can be revealed here. Arms, legs (to the knee), even low necklines teasing a sight of breasts is all right.
In the case of overheating whether it be due to the weather or physical activity, one is most certainly permitted to removed their shirt, including women! However, remember that people can tell when you're cold again so best to cover up once you're feeling all right again. On this same point, shoes may be removed, as the promenades here are well taken care of and there is little risk of stepping on something unpleasant.
Tam'nýer—a' being a world of nature, brimming with life, there is a societal obsession with the world around them, most especially in places such as Püertagœ where the social hierarchy is very strong. This is apparent in how women and men of means & high standing paint their faces, although there is the choice to opt out freely without question.
Which colours, you ask? Pinks & reds. This is mainly to mimic spring with connotations the innocence of new life, but also meld the two; species & nature by bringing an allusion to blood.
However, the placement of where make up is acceptable can be viewed oddly by us on Earth, as it is somewhat restricting. For instance, one should never paint their whole face as makeup is supposed to highlight and be reminiscent of nature, therefore only some colours should be introduced but the majority of the face must remain natural, or 'as is'. The blood reds and pretty pinks are used to highlight the eyes and cheekbones, bringing attention to 'our colour', the eyes.
Further still, to accent the eyes, some women, (though rarely men will do so too), use soot and clarified butter to create a traditional idea of what we now today call eyeliner. Or some go farther, if they can afford it, to grind down minerals for their pigment using a similar method to create eyeshadows. The eyeshadow thing however is more prominent in B'hărăbû.
Apart from this and dependent upon how one is dressing for the day and what is revealed, or if anticipating a visit to the bedroom, it is customary to emphasize one's bone structure; e.g., the collarbones at the base of the throat, and the rounding of the shoulders. Some, though mostly found in brothels, will even outline the inside curve of their buttocks, and is the only non bone-structure accentuation.
Concerning Fawzia-Kedet solely, and thanks to its heritage as a Nkhya'jran city, make-up is less prominent overall. However, you might find that this is also because of Fawzia's evolution as being a place for the mind and intellectual pursuit rather than that of societal hierarchies and pressing traditions. In truth though, you may find some — including Nkhya'jra — who go to the complete opposite end of the spectrum and turn make-up into an artform, sometimes going beyond the 'acceptable' colours. After all, isn't nature much, much more than mere pinks & reds? Perhaps to limit one's colours would be an insult to Praq-huykl'. Like most things in this fair kingdom capital, it is up for debate.
The main instruments of Fawzia-Kedet are the Cello & the Sitar
With Fawzia-Kedet's history of once being a Ṅkhya'jra kingdom, and then through force transferring to a Human rule, Fawzia's music holds remnants of it's origin. Mixing with the more traditional instruments of Püertagœ, it retains distinct sounds that speak of now very distant culture; that of the Ṅkhya'jra. Together it has touches of the notes one might associate with the nearby Z'sa'Ză-'Bäa, making Fawzia-Kedet not only a hub for intellectual pursuit, but a musical journey for the soul.
Gramurr'tz is an iconic and scenic village split in half by the Bluş'taji river. Gramurr'tz is not only beautiful, but important, most especially to Fawzia-Kedet, but also the rest of the world. This importance is due to the fact that Gramurr'tz is the only village that has the legal right to mine and pan the Bluş'taji for Llî-lko'. Not only are the residents of Gramurr'tz the kingdoms miners for it, but they also are the guardians of it.
Gramurr'tz meets a specific government regulated quota each week for Llî-lko', which is picked up by a special caravan sent down from the Kingdom hub itself. However, despite all this Gramurr'tz is pretty carefree, and more focused on the river that cuts through it. The village is visited frequently by river-faring merchants who make a living bringing food and wares from Fawzia through Gramurr'tz and all the way to Kwetz. Some residents choose to be the fishermen for the village to guarantee protein every day.
If nothing else, Gramurr'tz is a beautiful destination to simply dip your feet into the water, and the village is very welcoming of newcomers; whether they be simply visitors or looking to move in.
Hajibaq is a small studious village that now acts as an extension of Fawzia-Kedet. In truth Hajibaq, named after its founder who was a reclusive scientist/physician, is an experimental place for intellectuals with money from Fawzia-Kedet.
People tend to stay in Hajibaq for random periods of time, and scholars tend to come and go, keeping their ‘labs’ and ‘studios’ here for either experimentation or to get away from prying eyes that the Kingdom capital holds. It is also used as a getaway by the more artistic and philosophical to get distance from the ‘interfering mob thoughts’ of Fawzia, but then return to it to share their new discoveries & thoughts.
Bluş'taji is the largest river in Tam'nýer—a' that runs from Fawzia-Kedet all the way down to the fishing village of Kwetz. It is a staple to the life that thrives on the Lungs continent, supporting multiple villages and the growth of Llî-lko, a heavily regulated metal by the kingdom of Fawzia-Kedet.
Bluş'taji not only provides drinking and cooking water but a home for a variety of fish, snakes, and other creatures, as well as a safe breeding ground for some of the fairies of the sea populous.
Curated by Ghal'Liem
If you are looking for books, sheets of parchment or vellum on the latest philosophy theories, or what fashion is like in Uwhang, the Great Library, or how it is officially known as Laðărul, is the place you want to go to find your answer. Laðărul is the library of Fawzia-Kedet, world renowned for being the biggest library in all of Tam'nýer—a'. The librarians here guard their books and scraps of knowledge very well, and collect like mad, forever growing the repository of history, fiction, mythos, science and mathematics. Be it any subject, there is worth in it. So much is the avarice for more and wisdom that it is rumoured that Laðărul's walls can be heard whispering the words of the texts it houses when there are little to no people within its halls.
Not only is it the world's best resource for information, but is sits on the edge of the Blus'taji River, looking over to the other side of Fawzia-Kedet, creating the most beautiful sightseeing of the landscape. This also explains as to why, despite being the greatest library in a city known for its glass making, have mere windows on the building's sides, and leave the stained glass and frescoes for the ceiling. Whatever your interests, you certainly will be inspired here.
Interior: Bruno Delzant
Stained Glass: victorgrigas