Rise and Fall of Valencia
Geographical name: Farai (far-eye), Nevaeh (nu-vye-ah), Rosheen (row-sheen)
Name of citizens: Faresians (far-ee-shuns)
Government: Under Sollertii dominance, with some village elders having a say in what’s going on
Real World Inspiration: African diaspora/Western Africa
“We didn’t free ourselves only to lose it all to foreigners.”
As a naval people, the Faresians have traveled the world over and have experienced many cultures. They have mingled with many people and returned with their style of dress and even their religious beliefs. Furthermore, the Faresians have small trading ports set up in several nations for peaceful use and trade with exotic nations in the far east, like Etsuko, made them quite wealthy. Like many cultures, they have dark parts of their history, namely a sect dedicated to dark gods that demanded animal, and human, sacrifices that once ruled over their people. Though this religion was marginalized for most of their history, the assault by Sollertii conquerors exacerbated the Faresian culture as many people looked to the dark gods for strength. After much bloodshed, the Faresians finally lost to the Sollertii and accepted their dominion, but they continue to rebel regularly with the help of smugglers and pirates.
“Take our riches, eh? We’ll see about that.”
Faresian society has changed somewhat since their Sollertii conquest, namely their lack of autonomy. Many draconian laws have been imposed upon them, like violently enforced curfews, and a society of resistance has arisen. Though there are few open rebellions against the Sollertians that rule them, many of their laws are regularly undermined and the trade stolen from the Faresians retaken by Faresian pirates. Despite much of their wealth being taken from them along with their homeland, the Faresians have continued their tradition in various other nations, trading ports, or on the open seas where merchant princes have embraced the notion of noble piracy.
“Excellent! Where did you get that?”
Unnaturally tall and dark skinned, the Faresians can look imposing when they desire. However, most of them are light hearted and prefer to decorate their garb with colourful silks and armbands with tropical feathers stuck in them. Many carry ornate bracers that they use with their archery, which the Faresians are renown for and why their fleets are so feared. Many Faresians adopt foreign fashions they enjoy to their garb as well, and it is not unusual to see a Ciariacan hat with an obnoxious feather resting atop a Faresian captain’s head.
“They believe what? That’s ridiculous!”
Little is known of the original Faresian religion that ruled the islands in their earlier days, or what caused the Faresians to overthrow it. Since then, the Faresians have returned with whatever religion they found and believed in on their travels, and Faresians are notoriously open to such ideas. Many have become adventurers to discover more about the world and debate their findings, which some religious people find infuriating.