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The Barese, a fictional human culture from a temperate river climate.

The Bar Culture

This culture is called the Bar. Its people are the Barese, and they are a human society.

They speak Bar. Bar is an abrupt language. It uses a syllabary writing system, with characters composed of arcs, boxes, and sharp angles. The sample phrase "Hello! It is good to see you, friend." in Bar is said "tal! Tel tir tir gir til, bir. "

They originally came from a temperate river region.

Common Names

Male Names

  • Tol'en
  • Pilon
  • Belan
  • Dizgelon
  • Paren
  • Tolon
  • Gedaron
  • Puðparan
  • Babean
  • Telan

Female Names

  • Del'et
  • Tebera
  • Gezpula
  • Gavpale
  • Til'et
  • Gel'a
  • Gera
  • Dithdelet
  • Debala
  • Bepeðgere

Family Names

  • Kiz'Girpor
  • Kate
  • Tuspelpor
  • Pegathdirper
  • Pelte
  • Gizderpor
  • Pil'por
  • Kisgelpir
  • Dazhkelpor
  • Kuzkalpir

Buildings

Buildings have walls made of stone slabs with large decorative arches, and roofs are flat and made of thatch. Doors are made of thick wood and braced with metal. Windows are medium and wide. For decoration, people often plant bushes around their homes.

Music

This style of music has a single rhythm with a very fast beat. It is quiet, with simple harmony. It has a chaotic melody with a high pitch in a major key. Usually, it has a reedy timbre.

Clothing

As the Barese hail originally from a temperate river region, their clothing style is appropriate for that kind of place. They often wear the following:

Male Clothing

  • sleeveless shirt
  • pantaloons bunched at the hips
  • boots with thin soles
  • shoulder-to-waist sash

Female Clothing

  • robe with ribbed sleeves
  • boots
  • tricorn hat
  • belt

Common colors include black, dark grey, and dark orange. Decoration tends towards feather decorations.

For jewelry, some of the following are common:

  • entwined metal chokers set with gems
  • lustrous metal anklets

Food and Drink

Common main dishes for the Barese include:

  • bitter and savory stewed duck
  • sour and sweet baked mudhen eggs on long millet noodles with salt
  • sour and savory roasted carp
  • savory and sweet roasted quail eggs in thin millet noodle soup with salt
  • spicy and aromatic stewed long-nosed gar in thin millet noodle soup with salt

Common desserts include:

  • quail eggs pie
  • sweetened tart
  • elderberry cake
  • duck eggs
  • sweetened crisp

The most common alcoholic beverages are:

  • strong elderberry wine that's pale yellow
  • strong millet liquor made with elderberry that's tan-colored
  • very strong elderberry brandy that is golden-hued

As far as eating customs go, they have the following:

  • serve food chilled

Religion

The Barese have a polytheistic outlook. They gather in temples.

Deities

The deities of the Barese are as follows:

Beran

Beran is the god of balance and revenge. He is plain. He is fae and wise. His holy item is a broken dagger, and his holy symbol is a circle divided in half.

Daren

Daren is the god of law. He is rotund. He is peaceful and fair. His holy item is a book, and his holy symbol is a sword overlapping a book.

Gathberen

Gathberen is the god of animals, harvests, and summer. He is perpetually sunburnt. He is lecherous and warm. His holy item is a sickle, and his holy symbol is a dog's face.

Dav'Garen

Dav'Garen is the god of trade. He is round. He is calculating and measured. His holy item is a scale, and his holy symbol is a book and scale.

Gal'en

Gal'en is the god of sky, war, and life. He is surrounded by living things. He is clever and wistful. His holy item is a seed, and his holy symbol is a circle. Gal'en is child of Dezhdelet.

Gezhkapelon

Gezhkapelon is the god of dawn and spring. He is perpetually damp. He is belligerent and short-tempered. His holy item is an amulet, and his holy symbol is a wreath of flowers. Gezhkapelon fears Koron.

Kevperet

Kevperet is the goddess of hope and art. She is short. She is fierce and lecherous. Her holy item is a ring, and her holy symbol is a spiral. Kevperet is a friend of Gare.

Tochpale

Tochpale is the goddess of thunder and persistence. She is perpetually wounded. She is booming and loud. Her holy item is a necklace, and her holy symbol is a drum. Tochpale is the enemy of Baðgae.

Gare

Gare is the goddess of dusk, lightning, and darkness. She is dark-skinned. She is lecherous and unpredictable. Her holy item is a rod, and her holy symbol is a black circle. Gare is a friend of Kevperet and cherishes Bale.

Bale

Bale is the goddess of knowledge and horses. She is old and wrinkled. She is absent-minded and studious. Her holy item is an orb, and her holy symbol is a horse. Bale is the rival of Padira, is amused by Dezhdelet, and cherishes Gare.

Kar'et

Kar'et is the goddess of love, winter, and nature. She is blue-skinned. She is down-to-earth and destructive. Her holy item is a cloak, and her holy symbol is a flower. Kar'et is the mother of Koron.

Koron

Koron is the god of water, plants, and oceans. He is blue-skinned. He is destructive and quiet. His holy item is a necklace, and his holy symbol is a plant. Koron suspects Gezhkapelon, is the father of Padira, and is child of Kar'et.

Padira

Padira is the goddess of air. She is bird-headed. She is sly and belligerent. Her holy item is a staff, and her holy symbol is a circle with three squiggly lines in parallel. Padira fights with Bale, envies Dazh'Gere, is a child of Koron, and wars against Deð'Doren.

Bolon

Bolon is the god of chaos, strength, and protection. He is powerfully built. He is protective and courageous. His holy item is a necklace, and his holy symbol is a shield. Bolon is the rival of Tolon and supports Befgilet.

Befgilet

Befgilet is the goddess of nobility. She is one-armed. She is peaceful and jolly. Her holy item is an orb, and her holy symbol is a crown. Befgilet is amused by Bolon.

Dezhdelet

Dezhdelet is the goddess of the moon, evil, and music. She is harpstrings for hair. She is creative and quiet. Her holy item is a necklace, and her holy symbol is an evil eye. Dezhdelet enjoys the company of Bale, is the mother of Gal'en, and is child of Baðgae.

Baðgae

Baðgae is the goddess of justice. She is blind. She is even-tempered and insidious. Her holy item is a scale, and her holy symbol is a blind man. Baðgae wars against Tochpale, is the mother of Dezhdelet, and is the daughter of Tolon.

Tolon

Tolon is the god of autumn and hunting. He is rotund. He is subtle. His holy item is an arrow, and his holy symbol is a beast. Tolon is the rival of Bolon and is parent of Baðgae.

Dazh'Gere

Dazh'Gere is the goddess of fertility, death, and the sun. She is thin. She is humble and seductive. Her holy item is a sickle, and her holy symbol is a vagina. Dazh'Gere envies Padira and is chagrined by Deð'Doren.

Deð'Doren

Deð'Doren is the god of trickery and thieves. He is cloaked. He is bold and callous. His holy item is a dagger, and his holy symbol is a dagger. Deð'Doren wars against Padira and is suspicious of Dazh'Gere.