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Seniority of Wives

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Traditionally, greater heed and weight is given to the council of the elder wives. The further down the chain a wife is in seniority, the less say she has in deciding family matters. For this reason, desirable women (those exhibiting beauty or martial prowess—or preferably both) will sometimes reject suitors who already have many wives, because they desire to have more influence in guiding the family than is being offered them.



Mushroom Petals

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Some varieties of fungi bring forth colorful blooms which are presented much as a bouquet of flowers might be gifted on earth. These are displayed in homes and last much longer than a typical bouquet of cut flowers might. The danger is that some of these blooms are extremely poisonous so they cannot be displayed where toddlers might be able to reach them and perhaps taste them.


Golden Skelks

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These are a hold-out from the pagan worship of earlier Muvari days when they had strayed from the worship of the All Father and his one son. One popular sect worshiped the image of a golden skelk which sat high upon a marble obelisk. This image was said to be of solid gold and three feet high and six feet long.

On days of festival, which were thrice yearly, the worshipers would bake cakes and leave them about the city for the skelks to feed upon. They carved little skelks made from the stem of certain fibrous varieties of mushrooms and presented them to each other as gifts. The wealthier worshipers coated the carven skelks with gold or silver and presented them to each other to gain favor and position and the even wealthier of the worshipers would cast them entirely from molten brass, iron, silver or gold. It was a sign of devotion and wealth to have many of these skelks about one’s abode and said to bring favor from the Great Skelk Who Dwells Beneath the Earth.

Though there are none among the Muvari who still worship the Great Skelk the tradition of presenting each other with gifts of skelks to gain favor has lingered on.

Fejuvisi Names

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Though most Fejuvisi children are raised in orphanages (though are some exceptions and these mostly from wealthy or influential houses) upon the age of majority they are assigned family names and instructed to uphold the honor inherent in those names. In some cases, the bearers of these last names will bind themselves together in a loose alliance, but more often they do not—since there is no real familial connection. By decree of Orastus some names are permanently stricken from being assigned to those reaching the age of majority. This is done in cases where someone bearing that family name has done something heinous enough to anger Orastus to such a degree that she wants the name permanently stricken from memory.



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The Fejuvisite city is named after the founder who was named Orastus, and each succeeding leader takes the name of Orastus as well. Orastus is known for its above ground millet production, with which it does a brisk trade with Ledgrim for steel implements and weapons.

Orastus is covered with nets to impede pesthule attacks. The residents worship a variety of gods, but most notable is  Yiyoo who is the goddess of fertility and bountiful harvests.