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A few bits of cultural information (adapted from the introductory chapter of Avalanche Press' Last Days of Constantinople):

Superstitions
Parsantines are terrified of what they call “the evil eye,” and many carry amulets to protect against it, worn under the clothes against the bare skin of their chest for maximum security. Arcane magic, as an earthly manifestation of evil, is often feared by superstitious citizens, particularly Batiarans from the Imperial Quarter. If Parsantines see someone casting a spell, they are likely to flee in terror, calling for the Watch.
A cat crossing your path while walking down the street is thought to bring bad luck; dreaming of a white cat signifies good fortune, as does seeing a one-eyed cat. If the latter occurs, a Parsantine will spit on his thumbs, press it into the palm of his hand and make a wish (which is bound to come true).

Food and Drink
Eating at home is an important ritual to the Parsantines. Meals are typically served in a separate dining room with everyone removing their boots or sandals before entering. Diners sit around a T-shaped table on benches or chairs; food is brought in on plates and in bowls. Forks and spoons - devices largely unknown in the barbarous lands to the west - are used to eat with, and afterwards the diners clean their faces and hands with cloth napkins. Spiced meat, especially pork, is a favourite dish, usually served with grilled tomatoes, aubergines, peppers and other vegetables.

Parsantines drink wine heartily, usually watered and drunk from bowls. Those who are so drunk they can’t lift the bowl simply rest their heads on the table and lap from the bowl until they become totally insensible. It is not unknown, though generally a form of urban legend, for especially heavy drinkers to drown themselves in their wine.

Clothing
The women of Parsantium prefer a hip-length robe draped over a long, flared skirt. Social class varies the quality of the clothing, but not the standard pattern. All Parsantine women wear hair adornments, usually a metal circlet, but sometimes a cloth headband is worn in its place. Heavy makeup is the order of the day, with bright red lips and dark black eyebrows.

Men wear far more elaborate clothing, with heavy influence from Batiaran and Akhrani customs. Long, ankle-length tunics are common, often ornately decorated with gold thread. Parsantine men see long hair and beards as signs of devotion to the gods, and also like to be distinguished from eunuchs and criminals (who have their heads and beards shaved). Citizens of both genders also like jewelry, and usually wear pendants with religious symbols (the sun symbol of Pelor being the most popular of these) as well as rings. Sandals, the standard footwear of earlier centuries, are now uncommon, as both men and women wear Akhrani shoes (often with pointy tips) or soft, knee-high boots.

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(Anonymous)
May. 7th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
thank you
thanks much, dude
richgreen01
May. 10th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
Re: thank you
You're welcome! Am I being thanked for anything in particular?
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