|Society Name||Daenj||World Placement|
|Riverlands, along the Denevrosaleza and Susurou river valleys, and areas of the western and southern Tuente Hills.|
|Society Concept||Jalani society that has been heavily influenced by Itasu and Hssuga cultures.|
|Terrain||Mountains and rolling forested hills make up over half of Daenj's territory. The remainder is fertile river plains descending from the hills toward the Pelou River to the northeast.|
|Climate||Mostly Temperate, ranging from Warm Temperate in the southern hills, to Cool Temperate in the foothills to the northwest. Daenj receives very little direct precipitation in the lowlands, but its rivers are fed year-round by precipitation in the mountains to the west.|
|Society Age||Age Value||7||Society Scope||6|
|Founding Date||AV -89||Geographic Size||Medium Country / Region|
|Related Narrative Environments|
|Major Heritage Groups||Daenji (Jalani Human), Jyvelan (Jalani Human)|
|Minor Heritage Groups||Itasu (Itasu Human), Pelosi (Haseni Human), Staka (Cheyhro Human), Drushae (Drushae), Shub'gun (Hssuga), Hsytha (Hssuga).|
|Background Templates||Eskrime (Fencing) Instruction, Metiko (Physician) Training, Privileged Education|
|Aspects||Tradition (Cultural Maturity)||Daenj is not extremely difficult to reach, although only two neighboring societies have easy access routes. Daenj is surrounded on three sides by mountains or ranges of hills, and can only reach the ocean by travelling the length of the Pelou River to Merochas (passing through Pelos, Jyvelik, and Belaquin territory in route).|
|Conviction (Philisophical Ideals)|
|Areas of Emphasis||Daenji culture emphasizes artistry over all else - technological developments must be shown to have aesthetic merit before they will be generally accepted and exploited.||Daenj interacts with neighboring societies on a limited basis. Trade is
limited to necessary or overwhelmingly desired products (both for export and import), and
requires lengthy diplomatic negotiations. Few travellers pass through Daenj en route
to another destination - Daenj does not lie astride any major trade routes.
Daenji culture does not favor external cultural influences, and thus is reluctant to import new products or ideas.
|Rate of Advancement||6|
|Rate of Assimilation||8||Subsistance|
|Power / Manufacturing||16||Societal Mobility||Sedentary|
|Agriculture / Environment||16||Subclassification|
|Building / Architecture||16|
|Transport / Communication||16||Kinship|
|Political Infrastructure||Advanced||Absolute||Economic Infrastructure|
|Despotism||Exchange System||Buying & Selling|
|Military Infrastructure||Resource Value||12|
|Mining (iron, copper, tin, gems)
Timber (hardwoods and specialty woods)
Agriculture (viticulture, orchards, croplands, herds)
Esoterics (enchantments and augmentants)
|42,000 Feudal levies (primarily heavy infantry, supported by some light cavalry and crossbowmen).|
|Supplementary Forces (Standing Conscript)||Exploitation||15||75%|
|6,000 Archers and Light Infantry from mountain provinces - used for border patrols, bandit suppression, and general duty.||Daenj exploits most of its available resources. Primarily, these resources are internal, rather than trade.|
|Daenj has cool relations with Jyvelik, and is worried about Mylharran intrusion to the north in Pelos, with whom Daenj has historically tense relations.||Daenj trades on a limited basis with neighboring cultures, but seldom actively seeks trade.|
|The Jalani pantheon is dominant, although the Zhaol gods are
becoming more popular. Several syncretic movements are attempting to establish
philosophical links between the Jalani gods and the Zhaol gods.
Despite the difficulties inherent in such philosophical contortionism, these movements are gaining in popularity, even among the followers of the Jalani pantheon.
So far, there is little evidence of deific displeasure.
|Daenji scholars are divided between Humanists (who favor newer, Human cultural interpretations) and Classicists (who insist that traditional Hsugga interpretations and philosophies are supreme). Daenji scholarship is pre-occupied with philosophical implications of new discoveries, and scholars often spend decades constructing elaborate defenses of the philosophical implications of a new discovery before even mentioning it to friends or colleagues.|
|Although formalized, the arts flourish in Daenj. Unlike its neighbor Jyvelik, Daenji artistic formulas promote originality within a broad range of accepted techniques. Daenji artists continue to produce stunning works in painting, music, dance, and sculpture. Daenji literature is highly specialized, and does not translate well into other dialects or languages. For this reason, Daenji literature is seldom encountered outside of Daenj.||Mana is the only openly approved secular Origin
(Alchemy is considered a
sub-Origin of Mana in Daenji culture - the two are always taught together).
powers are tacitly accepted, although public approval varies.
Spiritism especially is considered dangerous and akin to Necromancy.
Sorcery is distrusted as a foreign philosophy, and its practitioners are few.
|Primary Foundation||Tradition||Kinship||Custom of Status||7|
|Daenji Caste structure is the primary determinant of status. Although one can change castes, it is extremely difficult to increase one's status by changing castes (it is relatively easier to decrease it, although still not common).||Rigidity of Status||7|
|Daenji Caste structure defines a number of customary behaviors and distinctions between castes. Changing these behaviors is commonly regarded as being reserved as a prerogative of the ruling class or the gods. It would be presumptuous of lesser mortals to do so. Thus, regardless of the specific beliefs of any individual Daenji, he is likely to ascribe his status and that of others as the will of higher powers.|
|Daenji cultural traditions also specify some relative status distinctions between members of the same caste. Generally, those who serve higher caste members have slightly higher status among their own caste. There are a few exceptions, however, especially among members of the ruling and privileged status archetypes.|
|Among the higher castes, political power does override cultural traditions, and in some unusual cases, even the expected status differences between castes.|
|Artistic talent is highly regarded, and can mute caste differences or even result in de facto increase in status above one's caste, if the talent one displays is significantly higher than is typically found among one's birth caste. This is regarded as a sign from the gods that the individual in question is of a higher caste than his parents. In a few historical instances, this has resulted in a permanent increase in caste for members of that lineage.|
|Vertical Aspects||Horizontal Aspects|
|Slavery is a common and accepted practice in Daenj, including some forms of hereditary slavery.|