The Ashania kingdom celebrated many events, it’s festival ranges from the celebration of the first harvests to the offerings of the Gareel. In fact, Ashania had so many celebrations and festivals, that there are at least 8 days of holidays every month throughout the whole year.
The most prominent festival that showed the jubilee spirit of Ashania has to be The Tyrant’s week. The origin of the festival came from an event 650 years ago when Ashania was still ruled by the Old Tyrant King, Seifer Vandran Bonia Da Ashania. The old tyrant was ruthless and cruel, torturing Ashanians with high tax rate and waging wars with neighbour nations, crippling Ashania’s economical and political well being. It was when Seifer finally hind his counsel’s advices to hold a celebration for the victorious battle against a neighbouring country named Celifron, located to the south of Ashania. For eight days, Ashanians peasants and farmers did not have to pay taxes and soldiers gets to return home to celebrate with their family. The Colosseum of Bornia held gladiatorial fights for eight days straight. The old tyrant would visit the Colosseum daily to enjoy the fights and gets to decide if the victor gets the pleasure of finishing the opponent off.
It was on the last day of the festival when Seifer was deciding whether to give the victor the pleasure. The victorious Gladiator, Goin, flexes his muscles and tendon, winding his body like a spring, and in a spit of a second, releasing his spear, hurling it towards the direction of the Tyrant king. The spear travelled through the sea of crowds and pieced through the chest of the Tyrant, ending his 50 years reign. Ashania celebrated for another ten days for the death of Seifer.
For eighteen days straight, local Ashanians would prepare tons of delicacy and delicious treats for the family daily. The kingdom would be filled with cheery shouts and waving hands. There would be performances and mascot parading at the common square and streets, illustrating the events where the hero, Goin, slayed the Old Tyrant King with his signature wavy bladed spear, resembling something like a flamberge sword. The festival was an attraction for many travellers and merchants, being promise of the businesses and money that would be made during such festival.
The festival also celebrates the opening of Ashania to the world. After the death of Seifer, Ashania opened up their seaports and trading route for merchants and travellers all over Miriandynus to trade, increasing their wealth to mitigate the expenses spent on 32 years of warring and besieging.
Ashania is divided into two parts, the west and the east. The west part deals with sea trading while the east handles mining and land trading. While it is possible, it is extremely difficult for a single lord to handle all the ongoing affairs in the kingdom. Lord Bornia Sangrey therefore assigned two of his cousins to run the kingdom together with him. Lady Lace Moonfall run the east side of the kingdom and Lord Alex Sangrey take over all the administrative work in the kingdom.
Under these lord, there are multiply adviser for them to consult their decision with. The first line of adviser, mainly a group of four, are called the Redcap. The second line of adviser, normally serving the Redcap and consist of a group of 17, are called the Savant. With all the Redcaps and Savants together, they are consisted the council. Each lord had a council of his own.
On the eastern Ashania, there are multiply brothel and illegal drug store around the street. It is said that Lady Lace profit from these outlet and allowed their existences to continue, even thrive in Ashania. While on the west, Lord Bornia seems uninterested in governing his kingdom. Slave trading and public execution is a norm in western Ashania. Rumours had that Lord Bornia is just a puppet, being controlled by his cousins and his council, living a life in bliss and ignorances.
The Kingdom of Ashania is set in a world called, Miriandynus. Transportation in Miriandynus is troublesome, very troublesome. Traders and merchants travels with their goods, using mainly animal-drawn wheeled vehicle. Utilising horse, donkey, camel, sometimes even elephant and mutaki.
Mutaki is a type of mammal, a hybrid between a cow and snail, with a hard shell covering its neck, hind legs and body. Mutaki is about 15 feet tall and weighs around 18,000lbs, their shells come in different sizes, shapes and patterns. The most prized Mutaki usually come from the far east side to Ashania, the one with a matte black, dome-like shell on its back, only reveals its beautiful colours and patterns under moonlight . It is said that Mutaki can carry goods up to thrice its body weight, saving traders and merchants an extra trip, with the only disadvantage being its slow speed.
In the world of Miriandynus, bandits and beast often loitered around the forests near the trading roads, ambushed any traders and travellers alike. To combat such problems, sellswords were hired to guard the caravan from such attacks during its trip. However, mercenary is hard to come by and usually comes with a high price.
Therefore, merchants and trader utilizes a technique called Inna da Inna to distract its enemy.
Inna da Inna is an elvish word for basket to basket, utilizing a minimum of three wheeled vehicles to successfully pull off the technique. The caravan will travel in a straight roll, with most of its valuable items in the middle wagon. The first and the last vehicles usually contains fake gems, jewelries and sometimes food. When an attack is launched, traders will abandon its first and last wagon to the enemy, fleeing with only the middle one.