Life In Aatos

Agriculture and Livestock Pokemon play integral roles in agriculture, and they are the livestock that is eaten in Aatos. Large farms breeding and raising miltank, magikarp, and tepig for meat are becoming more and more common, though hunting and fishing are still essential parts of society. Generally these farms use Domesticated Pokemon for food production due to the ease of their breeding and harvesting. Eggs are most generally collected from torchic, as they are thought to have the best taste and are extremely common. Aside from the huge breeding facilities that provide food for cities, farms are also good sources of meat, dairy, and other pokemon products. A normal sized farm with a family of 4-6 people can generally handle up to 100 different pokemon, although only three or four different species. These are most often associated with a town's market where they sell their excess products. These products include meat, eggs, dairy, wool, and crops.

On the agricultural side, pokemon are integral to the farming practices of Aatos. Pokemon with the sprouter and fountain capabilities are highly valued on farms for their ability to dramatically increase the yearly harvest in both quality and quantity in order to maximize profits. Rough land can be shaped by pokemon with the groundshaper and materializer capabilities to make terraces or irrigation channels quickly and efficiently. Pokemon such as growlithe and houndor serve both as guard dogs and efficient ways to burn properties to maximize growth potential of crops. As with pokemon production, large farms a relatively rare, though they do exist. More common are the family farms where the farmers work several acers of land their entire lives to scrape a living for themselves.

Calendar and the Passage of Time The vast majority of Aatos has adopted a calender known as the Doran Calender, though everybody just calls it a calender. It consists of 365 days, with twelve months with 30 days each, and a 5 day month celebrating the changing of the years. While celebrations and festivals differ from region to region, most places have festivals on midsummer night and some sort of ceremony over midwinter. Years started to be recorded at the beginning of the Vardamir Empire: the current year is 1073. Calendars are often kept updated by religious organizations. To the church, the exact date of a celebration is vitally important to their worship. Their interest far exceeds that of an average farmer or townsperson, who cares only for the passing of seasons.

Days are 24 hours long, and split into day and night. Clocks are rare, clunky, and often wrong, though they are based off the tilting of a hoothoot's head. While few people actually know the exact time, they can approximate well enough by the position of the sun and the events going on around them to have a good idea of when it is. It would be common for two women to meet at sunhigh for example, or a joust to start at dawn.

Education Schooling is rare throughout Aatos; it's the exception and not the rule. Only the highborn and wealthy receive any formal education. They go to the rare private schools, or to academies that focus as much on courtly manners and swordplay as on a real education. The richest of the rich hire private tutors for their children to teach them a variety of disciplines specific to the life ahead of them. Commonborn children don't attend school, though learn to read a write from their parents at a young age, and they pick up a general knowledge of Aatos through bedtime stories and travelling bards.

Language Languages in Aatos vary between places, with each people having their own tongue and several different dialects. However, oftentimes groups of people that frequently interact with each other develop what is called a 'common' tongue. These are a hodgepodge of words from several languages are strung together with little grammar. Everything from the Miristan west shares a common tongue, as do all the countries who do business in the vicinity of Lake Lyra and the Sea of Falling stars. Generally, merchants who travel between areas that use different languages have a working knowledge of anything they might need to use. Telling that somebody is foreign is quite obvious, as the accents from around the world differ as much as they do in our own. Additionally, telepathy works across languages, so psychics and psychic type pokemon with telepathy are highly valued as translators.

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Rural v Urban A large separation exists in the people of Aatos. The difference between city folk and country folk is huge, and the two groups live completely different lives. The common farmer is remarkably uniform across the vast diversity of countries in Aatos. While some are protected by the law and some are not, farmers live plain lives free from direct interference by the rich and powerful. They usually live within a mile of a village or hamlet at which they can trade their goods for supplies that they can't get themselves. Usually these people are protected from bandits and wild pokemon attacks by some minor lord who owns a large house in the largest village in the area. However, it would be unwise to put blind faith in nobles who oftentimes choose to ignore their rural subjects, so the majority of farmers keep at least one guard pokemon on the farm on all times.

City-dwellers on the other hand live much more hectic lifestyles. Most are either merchants or physical laborers who are consumed by the hour to hour lifestyle of living in a city. Oftentimes they need to join a guild of some kind to gain influence in their field, and they are active participants in social life, more so than rural folk. A city dweller and their family lives in a home with several others. Usually they will have an extremely small yard for growing herbs to cook with. Food comes from the city markets, which are supplied by outlying farms and villages, or from a local port that brings in a bounty of fish. Nobody can enter or leave their city at night, as the gates are closed and guards patrol the walls to prevent wild poekmon that operate at nighttime from getting into the city.

Travel Though farmers and peasants never go further away from home than the nearest city, a surprisingly large number of people spend their time crossing Aatos. Most of these people are traders and businessmen who travel great distances for profit. The cheapest, and usually safest form of transportation are barges. Going downriver they get poled along, while they are towed by pokemon when going upstream. Water transport is cheaper, faster, and easier than land when moving large amounts of good, so ships are one of the primary forms of transportation. Since most rivers in Iussus go north to south, traders often make their way south to the Sea of Falling Stars for east to west travel. Smaller orders and individual travel are almost always are done by land. The roads in Aatos are usually packed dirt (except in cities, where they might be cobblestone). Traders take caravans down these roads: several wagons pulled by beasts of burden like rhyhorn. Their large numbers provide some safety from wilds and bandits, and every caravan has armed guards. Individuals can purchase passage on a caravan or on a ship to get where they need to go, though travel is still dangerous. Some powerful people can afford to take winged mounts, like pidgeot or fearow, allowing them to travel faster and safer than others. Oftentimes this is how governments send messages - via flying riders.

Wealth and Privilege The vast majority of people in Aatos are quite poor. These people usually live on farms or share housing with others of their station. They have little prospect of improving their station in life, though some innkeepers or successful merchants can obtain a decent amount of wealth. Only by leaving their homes and pasts and beginning the path as a mercenary or adventurer can these people make their way up the socioeconomic ladder. The few who aren't common born are either of noble blood or of high class merchants. These people often have others waiting on them, with a plethora of servants. Oftentimes, their wealth comes in the form of land, which peasants farm for the noble. The duties of these nobles include settling disputes between their people, and ensuring that they are safe. to this end, many nobles hire adventuring parties to take care of threats to their people in the form of wild pokemon or bandits. These country nobles answer to those with a higher position than them, with whom they supply soldiers and weapons. Higher nobles are generally from long line of noblemen or related to the royal family. Oftentimes, these are also the leaders of the armies and navies, and they hold power in their individual baronies.

As far as money itself, goes, different places use different kinds of currencies. However, the exchange rate is even, so 1 Drachma in Ningal is equal to 1 Trien in Galla. Everything from Miristan west uses the Trien, a small triangular coin made of silver. The area around Lake Lyra uses Gold, a currency which originated in Sarran banks. Ningal has refused to follow the trend of using Gold, and instead uses a gold coin known as a Drachma. Gavent, Ohtar, and Khalkha all use the Poke. Carhtak and Kush both use Shekels, as does their mother country of Chandra. The Syreni Islands and 'civilized folks of Silvastre use a hodgepodge of different currencies, though Gold is the most predominant.

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