There are many different forms of entertainment in Craszava as the people there are rich and they can afford to spend on entertainment. There are a few common types of entertainment such as songs and dance which will be held in the pavilion near the central of Craszava. A few other unique entertainments will be shadow puppet show and the chicken fight show. Shadow puppet show originated from Thrium and eventually it moved into Craszava. The shadow puppet show is the best past time for all ages, they are easy to understand and the show times are always at night. Shadow puppet shows are held in the central pavilion and it will start at 7pm on every alternate night. They are put up by a group of professional shadow puppeteers who came from Thrium.
Another type of entertainment is the chicken fight show. It is a kind of fight show that Craszavians enjoy. Craszavians can bring the chicken that they raise to the fighting ring and it will compete with the another chicken there. Eventually, Craszavians start to bet on the potential winning chicken. The champion chicken will then be seen as a ‘celebrity’ in Craszava and it can fetch higher price in the market. The champion chicken will be champion till it is defeated by another chicken. This entertainment started with 2 chickens fighting with each other on the street over a piece of corn after they ran out of the cage in the market. That fight attracted many passers-by to stop and cheer on their ‘preferred’ chicken. The craze about chicken fight show started since then.
Prince Batulh and Prince Wind arrived at the foot of the Mount Elpth in North Eastern Thrium. They have to cross over Mount Elpth to get to the town in Thrium.
“We might need to spend the night here; it’s getting dark.” Prince Batulh turned to look at Prince Wind.
“Why not we proceed a little further? I heard there’s a small waterfall in front. We can wash up over there too.”
The group moved on towards the forested mountain. The clutter of their horses’ hooves and the ringing of the bell on the horses filled the ears of everybody.
When they are in the forested mountain, the wind changes direction and the sky darkens even more. “The rain is approaching. We have to set up our tents somewhere now!” Prince Batulh raised his voice at Prince Wind.
The drastic change in weather is a bad omen for travelers, especially when they are on the mountain or in places where they are unable to navigate around easily.
Fog thickens as the time passes. Both princes lost their way in the forest as they kept moving back to the same spot after sometime. The visibility is low now and there isn’t suitable ground to pitch tents.
The knee-high grass is making the situation worse as they cannot see what’s in hiding in the grass. They didn’t know that there are a pair of evil eyes looking at them.
“Have you heard of the Thunder Fog? It’s the fog that’s casted by evil spirits to trap preys! Are we going to die here…?? I don’t want to die…” One of the attendant said softly to another attendant.
“You will not die here. We will get out of this.” Prince Batulh said firmly.
The both of you have to leave this foggy forested mountain without sacrificing anybody.
The festivals that Crazavian celebrates are King’s Birthday, National Day and New Year. On top of these, there is a festival that is specially dedicated to the Atkello group, which is the “Kiatos Worship”. The reason for having such festival was because there was once, Kiatos, Atkello witch’s familiar spirit, came into the countryside’s cylinder houses and started to kill every villager there. The bodies of villagers were dragged miles into the woods for other Kiatos to feed on.
It was believed that the Kiatos were furious that Craszavian did not acknowledge their presence. Hence, it became a traditional festival to celebrate the birth of Kiatos on the first Friday of August.
Craszavian celebrates by laying out offerings in the woods and also by leaving offerings outside the main gate of their house. Offerings such as fruits, meat and wine are offered. Everyone will tie a blue ribbon on their right wrist on the day of festival to express their appreciation for Kiatos’ presence. This is because Craszavian will hold up their right wrist to their chest as a form of respect and blue is the colour of Atkello. Thus, by tying a blue ribbon on their right wrist their respect for the Atkello and also the Kiatos. The Imperial Palace’s celebration is slightly bigger in scale, there are dance and orchestra performances in the Central Palace. Not only that, miniatures of Kiatos are being paraded on the streets of Craszava with loud music and 20 soldiers behind the whole group. This festival is considered as one of the most important festivals in Craszava.
Craszavians are very particular about having respect for the Craszava culture. For example, removing your shoes before entering any room in a Craszava house. They deem the ground outside as ‘dirty’ so you have to remove your ‘dirty shoes’ before entering in order not to dirty and spoiling the luck of the people in the room.
Besides that, nobody is allowed to question the legitimacy of the royal family in Craszava or ask about the Atkello witch tribe. If the offender is not Craszavian, he/she can be banished from Craszava if they are reported.
Craszava being a high context kingdom, there are many unsaid rules. An example will be, never spread rumours about the authority in Craszava, especially those that will tarnish their reputations. The punishments associated to the offences are not predictable. There were cases where the offenders are warned and in some cases, the offenders just disappear. There are many rumours that the authority of Craszava will keep offenders in captive when they are suspected to commit any serious offence. (The definition of serious offence is not clearly stated by the authority too yeah)
Craszava flourished in the 400 BCs, architecture in the capital of Craszava was highly decorated including the homes of the commoners. Most of the houses were in the form of courtyard residence (A few halls and a square common courtyard in the middle) and each residence was separated by narrow street and alleys. This was due to the great increase in the population size in Craszava so there was high demand of houses at that time.
Craszavians were mostly affluent, including the villagers at the countryside. The houses at the countryside were mostly tall and had at least 3 storeys. They adopted a very interesting structure which the house was in a hollow cylinder shape. There was no starting point or ending point on the corridor. So you ended up walking big circles if you walked along the corridor without looking out for which door to stop at. In the middle of the courtyard stood a big kitchen and dining rooms for the villagers who were staying there.