Berk

People known as Berks.


Major Cities and Holds
Khona – capital
Altmine – small city at the base of the old fire mountain where Altmyr is mined; where the miners and their families live and is also filled with businesses that cater to them
Cassel – a small coastal village
Mariadok – a small city in the central part of the country
Slank Highlands – area in the far western edge of the Alta mountains


Rulers and Their Stories
updates to come


Heroic Figures and Their Stories
Aidan, Destroyer of the Fire Mountain


Social Classes
updates to come


Military
Almost exclusively cavalry, drawing chariots that glide over the snow.

All first-born sons are required to serve five years in the army, after which time they may leave the service and return to their families to fulfill other duties, or remain in the army.


Holiday Traditions
Cafk’s Day: On the first day of the Second Month of Winter, all of Berk celebrates the new year by praying to Cafk for a mild winter and a good year to come. The wealthiest of families have feasts while the rest of the country simply has a dinner slightly more pleasant than any other night of the year.

Durasyan’s Day: On the fourteenth day of the Third Month of Winter, all of Berk honors the God of Love by giving gifts to lovers. It is also a popular night for intimacy among lovers, and Nymbs, the God of the Night, is also worshiped as a guardian of lovers.

Tysy’s Day: One the twenty-first day of the First Month of Summer, all of Berk celebrates the summer solstice by worshiping the god Tysy to ask for good growing weather. The growing season is short and prayers and ceremonies often ask for winter to begin late.

Lozk’s Day: On the twenty-first day of the First Month of Autumn, all of Berk worships the God of the Harvest. Festivals are held throughout the country and feasts are held before food is preserved for the winter. Prayers are given in thanks for whatever the fields were able to produce.


Treatment of Women
While women are allowed to fight in the military, it is expected for all other women to be good wives and housekeepers. All women are expected to marry and bear children, and are to be submissive to their husbands. The husband owns all property and the only businesses women may run are in the businesses of clothing – as a seamstress or launderer – and healing – tending the ill and making potions. Even then, the husband or father must be in charge of the money side of the business.

A woman who is in the military is expected to leave in order to marry before she is thirty years of age. If not, she will be forced to retire. Women who do not marry are scorned, and any who lose a husband to death are expected to remarry the first man who asks for her hand. Her dead husband’s property is then property of her new husband.


Relationships
No relationships other than a married man and woman are seen as acceptable. Men are not encouraged to court a woman, only to ask repeatedly for her hand if he likes her upon meeting her. If she declines, he may go to her father instead. Courtship is slowly becoming more and more common but is still not the preferred method of securing a wife. Arranged marriages are rare but allowed.


Naming
The families of Berk have household names. When a woman marries, she takes the household name of her husband and all of their children also bear his name.

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