“The culture of Lyon is vast, encompassing the entirety of those who reside behind The Walls. Having a mysterious past and spanning through many ages it has become a place of both retribution and mass oppression. It is a place of refuge where care is taken for all and for none.”
The People of Lyon
The people of Lyon are split through their seven regions, all with a rich tapestry of history and culture. Their affluence depending on their proximity to the capital Qüadal, the people of Lyon are primarily a peaceful people who aspire to care for their fellows; though there tolerance levels are low and can be brutal when forced. Their lives are very much lived in fear of their gods and the consequences that may befall them through the hand of the infamous legends of The Fallen. Life is hard, certainly on the outer regions such as the settlements within Eldon, Ail and Clearedge Coast; thus it is rare to live past middle age. Reaching elder status gains them a specialised segment within society, of which is revered and respected.
Any form of agriculture is strictly forbidden within The Walls, as by the word of The Karimi (the divine council of gods the people of Lyon worship) , it is strictly forbidden to the disrupt the natural harmony of life. Thus groups from villages and cities will go on both arranged and spontaneous hunting trips to gather meats and on parallel will forage for other edible substances. The lack of agriculture has caused difficulty in survival, particularly in winter months, thus during the ages the threat of extinction in the outer areas of Lyon have caused deaths forcing migration and change.
Depending on the segment of the class system the child belongs to will greatly effect how the education system reaches them. Many are often left with the task of educating their young, where educations lies in simply tasks of survival and what is related to the cultural system within the village. Elders will also educate the young in history, religion, arts, music and many cultural studies; however these session are conducted in a group format and often within a village centre.
Descendants of The Bureau are entitled to a more official education, with one on one tutoring; often through The Order of The Guard or The Bureau itself and in some cases are sent to specific educational establishments (though this is more typical of the higher ranking members).
Intellectual studies and art is mostly inaccessible to the many, and in most cases in Lyon the subjects themselves are not openly welcomed. Though those with higher status are taught these fields and in some cases practice them.
The natives of each area of Lyon (typically identifying themselves by the village their ancestors descended from) each have their own dialect of Lyon’s primary language. Of which new words form to name new species specific to each area within Lyon. In some cases where outlaws have banded together their speech has become so incomprehensible that it could be deemed as a new language entirely.
Having been denied the ability to store records much of Lyon’s history is unknown. All that remains of it’s past lies in the memories and ancient stories of the elders that have been passed down generation after generation. Very few within all of the continent possess the ability to read and write, those who do are typically members of the most prestigious and ancient families that have shaped Lyon’s history; all of which live in the affluent capital of Qüadal and thus their abilities in record keeping remain undetected and secretive. There is much speculation of what truly transpires within the closed circles of The Jarð and their faithful supporters thus there have been many uprisings; some building in to all out war, but word travels slowly in Lyon and often become distorted. It can be hard to decipher between truth and lies.
One story that has remained prevalent throughout the history of Lyon and that was the building of The Walls; in which the first of their people became restrained by the hands the gods they worship. From their descendants they pledged sanctity and protection of the walls, thus The Order of the Guard was formed, headed by the five Jarð’s who governed all law and creed; it is first a foremost an establishment of religion and secondly of political rule. It is unclear why the walls were formed, whether it was to keep dangers out or society in many myths and rumors surround it and many more dismiss its existence as nobody has ever seen the walls. Rumor has certain members of the bureau have access to it, as do The Jarð but there has been no confirmation to it; thus the wall remains shrouded in mystery. There are said to be many secrets held among Lyon, and much blood has been shed in assassinations of many though no greater mystery lies than within the only legal piece of writing; the text of their gods.
From the original bloodline of Lyon came the venturing and expansion of the seven settlements within Lyon itself; the founding base being Qüadal, then they moved to Kard, Alesi, Lia, Clearedge Coast, Ail and lastly Eldon. Slowly they have built their villages and cities; Qüadal being the centre and largest and Eldon the smallest and most humble.
- Theft is punishable by public torture.
- Murder is punishable by death.
- Criticising or denying The Cantium is punishable by death.
- Both men and women inherit equally.
- You shall worship no one else other than the gods
- Adultery is not tolerated in the bureau, it is not regulated in the Proletariat’s
- Lying is not tolerated; punishment is issued by a court
- It is illegal to wear a mask in public
- The use of passive weapons is taken very seriously
- All indoor places must have a view of the sky
- Music at night is strictly forbidden
- It is illegal to deny a member of The Bureau access to your home
- It is illegal to form alliances not official to The Guard or The Bureau.
- Destroying or defacing money is illegal.
- Leaving your home naked is illegal.
- Abandoning your horse is punishable by selling of the horse into The Order of The Guard
- Clothes are not to be hung to dry on Durasday
- Marriage without the consent of parents is punishable by death of the first child
- Jumping off a roof is illegal
- Suicide is punishable by death.
- Prostitution is legal, but prostitutes must pay taxes like any other business
- During worship of The Cantia no horse are allowed in Quadal.
- It is illegal to curse.
- It is illegal to die in the centre of Quadal without the consent of The Jarð,
- It is illegal to wander the night wearing black.
- Bars are required to stable, water and feed the horse of travellers should they belong to The Bureau.
- The higher your rank, the more legal standing you have.
- An offence against a person of higher ranking leads to a greater level of punishment.
- Land is managed by the kinsman, the pure paternal line of a common great-grand father. The lack of a presence of a kinsman of any patch of land will result in its retraction by the state.
- It is illegal to keep records, those able to read and write will be punished.
- Everyone is obliged to sing the national hymn during ceremonies.
- There is no age of consent.
Crime and Trial
A criminal will be brought before a member of The Bureau in an act called ‘kvidr’ which is the native word for a legislative assembly and the court. A criminal will be brought here to stand trail that will last no more than 13 day cycles. The presumed facts of the case are established by a panel stating what they think is the truth.
A jury of 12, multiplied by two or three depending on the importance of the case decides the fate of the person in question. A ‘law-sayer’ typically a member of the bureau will read out the information on the law the crime was committed under; the ‘law-sayer’ is also the one to declare the final decision on the individual in question and a judgement is passed. Innocence or conviction.
To be released under innocence is a conviction in itself, leaving the cleared criminal free to the wilderness and to their enemies. Most who are convicted innocent last little more than a few months before being hunted down by outlaws, rebel factions or their own enemies.
Other unofficial ways in which disputes are often handles in through Holmger and Jouevenberg, trial through combat and ordeal by fire. These consist of fights to the death and disputes involving fire; of which the convicted have to walk through fire, walk upon blazing red hot iron and survive the flames. Very few survive these trials.
Lyon typically plays host to three divides of citizens within its society; the Proletariats, members of The Bureau and The Jarð whom govern the continent. It is an unidentified system of which everyone adheres to behind the serenity of The Walls. Those deemed a citizen automatically qualify as a Proletariat no matter their standing within society due to the equal nature of the political system present within Lyon. On rare occasion will they close the door on the needs of the desperate, which is indeed the situation with our main characters within ‘The Wall of Lyon’ Cassini and Fenri. They hold no standing within the ranks of Lyon’s society and have thus been labelled outcasts; holding no right to any beneficial claims. They stand very much, alone. Those who join The Order of The Guard automatically rank as members of The Bureau and thus receives the perks associated, they are given an almost royal like status; even those who have descended from civilians. Naturally despite the equal nature of Lyon’s systems, many groups form even among the three class systems, leaving disputes within the guard, corruption and occasional war that spans over the continent. Despite this however it is a mostly peaceful system, though trouble slowly arises as modern developments pushes the boundaries of what it can cope with. All this tide is held back by The Jarð and the members of The Bureau who are not related to The Order of The Guard. Five Jarð head all decisions and The Bureau implements them. The class system very much relates to the political and religious state of Lyon.
Political State of Lyon
Having only ever known one way which is indeed considered ‘the only way’ the people of Lyon have never come up with a name for their political system as in their minds there is simple no other way of think; and anyone who does oppose this system is very swiftly taken care of. However due to the heavy emphasis on religion it could be deemed as a theocracy, as its rulers are also the keepers of their belief system. It operates under divine rule. There is no opposition in thought nor balance of politics. A circle of The Jarð deliberate and head all the decisions. This system mirrors perfectly the power system of the gods they worship which consists of a circle of ‘political’ deities that rule over a paradise land. The approval of justified torture and the supremacy of the military is greatly justified through the political system and the moral construct of the society as a whole; which has spanned from the formation of the state itself. The leaders of this system ‘The Jarð’ are chosen through a careful process. When a member of the leadership circle dies a conclave is summoned within The Bureau to determine the newest member of the circle from a selection of candidates.Candidates are members of the bureau who were born into the ‘Àsjá’ rank and are trained from birth; only a handful exist.
All decisions through The Jarð are handed to the bureau and simultaneously The Order of The Guard, in which has almost limitless power to enforce law and control.