Introducing the Alkoryn culture.
The Alkoryns are a humble self-sufficient community, who are highly productive without being industrial. This ever busy society excels in craftsmanship, relying heavily on the natural resources from the Alkoryn Islands, such as the abundant locyan-palm; thick trunked trees with parasitic vines creeping over the bark. The avopalto; a fatty fruit which when mashed produces a thick oil and the phoro plant; a herb finely woven into incense. Their intricate wood carvings adorn almost every building and their villages and towns are paved with exquisite etched stonework.
Excluding the main towns, the people of Alkoryn live in small close-knit communities, single villages dotted around the islands. Everybody knows everybody else and they are highly social and gregarious, treating daily chores and work as nothing more than social gatherings.
They are a socialist community led by a single Monarch whose children lead each of the sovereign states: Bayhaven, Spiritmist, Orewick, Ridgemead and Aelston, the home of the Monarch. The Monarchy don’t lead as an authority but as a respected noble family, they don’t see themselves as superior to the Alkoryn people they rule. As the culture is a very peaceful one, there is no army or weapons and security details are limited to only the most populated areas.
The culture have limited technology, travelling on carts and carriages, cooking on stoves and using oil lanterns, yet they have achieved great feats of development. Monoliths, towering religious statues, temples and magnificent harbours. They have little use for power and most workmanship is done by sheer man power alone and ingenious machinery built entirely from wood and metal. However, they do on occasion utilise animal power for the most heavy duty work, primarily relying on the equid and ‘moxo’ glenny. Two animals I will explain in a future blog post.
Religion is at the forefront of Alkoryn culture and they have an entire state island dedicated to the worship of Aedolyn. The oldest doctrine teaches of Aedolyn as the leader of the first settlers to the land, naming it Alkoryn and building Aedolyn’s Promise; an incredibly exquisite temple on Spiritmist. It has been rumoured that Aedolyn’s Promise even pre-dates that of Alkoryn settlement but there is no known proof of this.
One day Aedolyn was giving a speech to her people, when she broke down into tears minutes before disappearing before everyone’s eyes. Her tunic falling to the ground. It is said that her tears were collected and held in a sacred chalice. This chalice is always full, no matter how often Aedolyn’s Tears are used in rituals.
Statues and monuments, as well as, decorative ornaments, usually depict Aedolyn in a long white robe; much like a toga or tunic, with her hand outstretched in front of her. She is sometimes portrayed as aiding a naked man from the ground, symbolising her guidance to the first Monarch, his nakedness a statement of his purity. Some statues show her weeping into her hands.
The doctrines teach young children about Aedolyn and to respect the land of Alkoryn. A land whose borders can never be breached. Children are taught about the impassable hazards that surround Alkoryn, and that their only responsibility is to that of their people.