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More Parsantium stuff

Some more thoughts:
- the inhabitants of each quarter of the city support their own chariot-racing team: the Blues, the Greens & the Whites.
- street food includes kebabs on skewers, squab-on-a-stick, cheese pastres, thick hunks of bread smeared with tomato paste and olive oil and stuffed vine leaves
- the south-east gate is a chaotic jumble of camels, bullock-drawn carts, crippled beggars, snake charmers and eunuch/transvestite hustlers. By contrast, the north-west gate is much more peaceful and organised. What few beggars (mostly kids) are chased away by the guards whenever a noble is carried past on her palanquin.
- outside the coffee shops, old men sit grumbling about business, smoking sheeshah and playing backgammon.
- one of the most popular spots in the Old Quarter with both visitors and resident young lovers is the white marble Garden Mausoleum of Hulieman -- a beautiful domed building set in tree-lined grounds which survived several attacks on the city and now serves as a public park.

Any comments?

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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
kb98
Dec. 28th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
brings back lots of memories!
One question:
What is the role of women in society?
richgreen01
Dec. 29th, 2007 09:27 am (UTC)
Re: brings back lots of memories!
It's seems more real if you use stuff you've actually seen, even if it's in a movie or videogame!
Good question about the role of women - it will vary from culture to culture within Parsantium but they will have much more freedom than in any of the real world historical societies I'm stealing from.
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richgreen01
Dec. 29th, 2007 09:48 am (UTC)
Re: Some More Thoughts
Yes, the recapture could definitely have been part of a crusade. To make things interesting, perhaps the city was under the rule of a humanoid king at this time, maybe an orc or half-orc? I've been thinking about one or two paladin orders. In 4e, Bahamut becomes the paladin god (instead of Hieroneous) so might be fun to have an order of Platinum Knights as part of the Crusade.

I like the scheming enchantress wife - she's going in!

The chariot teams will be a bit like Celtic & Rangers in Glasgow or AS Roma & Lazio in Rome - as you say, the teams tie in to the religious, cultural and political affiliations of the population.
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