What the people think of..|
Magic is the province for those with enough money to dabble into it. It's very useful but also a bit scary for those without it. Thankfully, you can always tell when someone is casting a spell thanks to the chanting and muttering that they have to do and the usually visual clues that are present before the spell is released. In most civil places, mages are accepted but an eye is kept on them just in case. If no one can be found guilty of a crime, a mage is the most likely to be used as the scapegoat seeing as he could have done any conceivable wrong, theoretically.
In courtly affairs, Mages are accepted and honored as defenders of kingdoms and thrones alike. Their ability to root out defectors and roast incoming armies make them prize employees of any prudent ruler. Oracles in particular find getting into royal circles an easy task if they know their job.
Mages have become enmeshed with the church, due to the folding of their guild. Though not all mages need to be priests, a good number share dual loyalties, and this can cause some concern.
Monsters have come a long way. Formerly despised and feared, or occasionally gawked at, monsters have become more main stream in purpose and function. Since Gaia was put to sleep peacefully, many monsters have found being part of civilized life to be much easier than before. Taking up most any job, many still find jobs that require martial prowess to be more natural. Some types of monsters are still hard to fit in civilized life, of course, and current law allows the hunting and killing of law breaking violent monsters of any kind.
90% of the population believes in GOD, also known as 'the holy one', 'the one', 'the father' 'the mother', and 'Grand Spirit'. The ultimate creator and ruler of all that we know to exist. The church built in his name is known for being a mostly kind and caring organization that has been there when the chips where down in many towns and cities, providing emergency care and provisions and helping to win wars with its formidable army.
There are others that claim to be gods and small pockets of people who follow their banner. The church acknowledges them as 'faces of the one', and sees them as just bits and pieces of the great unity they worship. Amongst the more popular is Whitefur, the goddess of numbers and Haley, goddess of Time.
In recent times, the church has become disturbingly proactive. Instead of assisting to enforce imperial laws, the church is making laws of its own, and spreading its influence as an active lawmaking body. While some have a hard time separating church from state, others are worried.
They have the money, they have the power. There's not much you can do about it. In earth terms, no revolutions have happened nor is the spark present to ignite any one. The peasants are subservient to their royalty. Besides, they do have that money, a peasant who is kind to a Royal member passing through the town stands to get some of it. Thieves like them too for the same reason... Royalty is also known for having guards and magic at their disposal, therefore brigands usually stay clear for them, there are much easier targets for their bullying. Royalty always gets their pick of seats in any given situation. To argue otherwise is a fool's game. And most people realize that.
In courtly affairs, visiting royals are given the red carpet treatment. Honored guests to the court they are attending to, if they mind their manners of course. Guests are expected to bring at least one gift of moderate value to repay the host's kindness. It need not be money, entertainment and shows are usually just as appreciated and a creative gift can bring a good reputation to a Royal member, making it more likely to be invited to the next gathering.
A largely Feudal system with kings ruling a kingdom and sheriffs/mayors running the individual towns within the kingdom. People are generally very accepting of their rulers assuming the declarations are remotely sensible and they are protected from attack. Dissenting citizens are more likely to just pack up bags and move rather then stand and complain. Those who complain are usually not long lived, the governors are not known for their tolerance of them. A common system of keeping the dissidents away is a reward offered unto anyone who accurately reports one in to the local law keeper/ruler. The reward varies with the danger level of the trouble maker. From a mere few coppers for a farmer to a platina for reporting a dangerous mage with thoughts of rebellion.
In Courtly affairs, law keepers and mayors and the like are welcomed with open arms when they bring reports or especially troublesome cases before the king/queen. The rulers occasionally take perverse delight in the slow death of a renowned criminal. Sometimes it's even a public affair, allowing peasants to come and watch as well as a warning to those that would consider such a path.
Crime and Punishment
You do the crime, you pay the price. That's the usual attitude. The people are usually unforgiving of anyone who does serious crimes, though they leave the matter of punishment up to either the wronged party(ies) or the local law keepers. A common practice is to leave the accused in the wronged's hands and allowing them to do as they wish. On rare occasion the accused in forgiven in such circumstances by soft hearted, often the accused wishes they had just been done away with.
As previously said, in the court, the matter of punishing criminals is a public affair, with all the trimmings of a full play. Royalty adores watching the scum of the earth suffer through creative and agonizing tortures of mundane and magic varieties.
It happens.. Slaves are used for a variety of purposes. Most people don't complain about it unless they live in especially high morality towns and the slaves are being cruelly treated. Even then, most keep their mouths shut. Slaves are most commonly used for menial labor. Working on farms or in primitive factories doing dead end jobs that most folks balk at. A rare few are given to royals for their attractive qualities, used as mistresses to satisfy hedonistic desires. It is beyond rare for a peasant to own such a slave. The cost of up keeping a pleasure slave far outweighs whatever comfort it may bring for most folks. On top of that, local rulers frown upon such luxuries in their commoners and have been known to seize such property for themselves.
In courtly affairs, A slave can find a very pampered life as a messenger, or house keeper. Some are used as butlers and cooks. It is not uncommon for royalty to have a slave as a confident. They are usually quite trusted seeing as their death can be ordered at any moment.
Slaves, religiously, are known as spirits undergoing cleansing and inner reflection. It is said a life spent as a slave enriches the soul with humility and new understanding, allowing it to raise to the next level of existence.
Chemistry is a respected art. The practice of concocting non-magic potions for the betterment of your brethren is a well paying and rewarding career. They are generally sought after to cure disease, venom, and that paper cut that's been annoying. They are banded together in a strong Chemist's Guild where they can trade and exchange recipes for various effects and Alchemical procedures.
Most courts have at least one Chemist at hand, for analyzing, destroying, and creating poisons of various kinds.
Simple, they can cut a swath through enemies like no one's business. Wonderful friends, bad enemies. If you need to take one down, call a mage. They usually have little problem finding a job.
See Crime and Punishment. They too have a strong guild that works underground and out of sight.
The commoner usually wears simple attire that shields them from the elements and adds a bit of appeal to the eye, mostly functionality. Some hybrids are known to go without, but it's considered highly rude for males to do so. Merchants and those with well paying jobs tend to show off with brightly colored armor and clothing. The clothes itself follows along the simplistic though for most, despite any icons or hues used.
In courtly affairs, clothes make the man. New fashions come and go with the passing of the tide and to be on top you have to be 'in'. All manners of exotic dress are seen inside the closed gates of castles and keeps. A rare few royals are known to hold contests where the most outrageous and innovative designers come and show off thier wares, the winner usually is rewarded with a contract to become the host's designer for the next year until the next contest is held. This being the Capital, fashion is a statement even some commoner's go out of their way to make.
Kept behind closed curtains and doors. It's generally not a topic for public discussion or debate. It doesn't carry quite as strong a taboo as it does on RL earth but it is still considered rude to bring it up in casual conversation. In private however, tastes vary and a wide manner of practices are in use between two or more participants. It is usually considered odd but exotic for mismatching species, or human and hybrids to share bedspace, and it's a safe way of doing it as no children can come of it.
Sex outside of union does happen and is generaly the province of younger fireblooeded folks who haven't settled down yet. To mate with someone after reaching about twenty years of age without marrying them or when already in another union is frowned upon deeply. The latter who break thier oaths can face very extreme punishments should thier case be brought before the church
Among the 'haves', Sex is one of many ways to get power and a favored past time for those with nothing better to do. Even a slave can attain some modicrum of title if they sleep with the right people and perform well. It is uncommon for royals to stay loyal to thier spouses for any period of time, unlike thier commoner counterparts, whom are usually quite loyal once a family is formed.
Of course.. there are those who make thier living through selling themselves, and odd enough they are accepted. They are the exception to the rule and one can even turn to them if in union if the consent of ones partners is attained.
To many commoners, Family is the point of life. Males and females alike are fiercly protective of anyone in their family and is the most common reason for fights when they do happen. The usual marriage consists of one male and one female united by a priest of the church. But exceptions happen, and poligamy is not forbidden. There have been church sanctioned unions of up to six people at one time, but they must all be present from the start and none may be added at a later date. Humans and hybrids usually stick to thier own when choosing a life partner but, as said, exceptions happen and are permitted, though no children will come of it. The same applies for cross species relationships. Without magic, only matching pairs can produce offspring.
In courtly affairs, Family is just a way of keeping track of whom has the power and who does not. Your father usually determines your initial place on the social pole and fighting against bad breeding can be a life time goal if people think lowly of your family. Loyalty is a rare trait amongst the royalty. Servants know to keep thier mouths shut. If a priest happens to stumble upon the infedelity, the consequences can be very grave. The church has issued punishments up to and including butchering of the offending organs involved in the trangression for especially vulgar cases.