Noru

Overview

The Noru people are a culture of northwestern Nalbadonas.

Philosophy

The Noru tend to be philosophically lawful and social. The Noru are a proud people, who honour family and tradition. They enjoy the visual arts, and decorate their homes, cathedrals, and public places with statues, tapestries, and paintings, many of which honour historical figures and events. Their music is subdued and ceremonial, and their songs commemorate their past.

History

The Noru are an offshoot of the old Korum peoples who once lived in north-eastern Nalbadonas. As the Istanese barbarians migrated to the north, the Noru quickly spread westwards to take their place. At the height of the Umorit Empire, most Noru settlements fell under the influence of the empire. Since its fall, the rising Tithagry culture has been the Noru's biggest competition.

Society

Noru kingdoms are ruled by Kings or Queens. More commonly, smaller regions are duchies ruled by Dukes or Duchesses. Settlements are ruled by Counts and Countesses, and land and business owners are Dons and Dames. Cities with city rights have citizens. Citizens have the right to seek refuge within city walls and protection from the city guard. Peasants make up the bulk of the rural population. Some peasants are granted special forest rights. Both citizens and peasants are sometimes referred to as tenants. Slaves are fairly common in Noru society in noble families. Due to the strong family values in Noru society, most slaves are treated very well, however, with few legal protections, those unfortunate exceptions have little recourse to improve their lot.

Law

Law and tradition are important to Noru culture, as such laws and social hierarchy are rigidly adhered to.

Rulers

  • Monarchy: Most Noru states are run by a king or queen. Kings are more common than queens. According to Noruvalon tradition, The Eldest son of the king is the rightful heir to the throne. If there is no son of adult age, the eldest daughter gains the throne.
  • Nobility: Regions of Noru states, and smaller Noru states are run by dukes or duchesses. Settlements are ruled by Counts and Countesses.
  • Magistrates: Cities are managed by magistrates and forests are managed by wardens. These are usually also nobility.
  • Landowners: Land and business owners are Dons and Dames.

City Rights

The following rights are the common rights granted when a city is granted city rights by the duke.

  • Wall right: Cities may build defensive walls.
  • Market right: The right to hold a market and receive income from a market.
  • Storage right: The right to store and exclusively trade particular goods, often only granted to a few cities.
  • Toll right: The right to charge a toll.
  • Mint right: The right to mint city coinage.
  • Citizen rights: Citizens are freed from feudal obligations. Citizens may seek refuge within city walls.
  • Taxation: Cities can levy taxes.
  • Judiciary: Cities can make their own city laws.

Forest Rights

The following are common rights which may be granted to rural plots of land. Not all plots of land have the same rights.

  • Pasture: The right to pasture grazing animals.
  • Pannage: The right to pasture swine.
  • Estovers: The right to gather firewood.
  • Turbary: The right to cut turf.
  • Marl: The right to dig clay for fertilisation of land.
  • Bracken: The right to cut fern for bedding for animals.

Religion

Categories: Cultures, The Known World

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