A Day in the Life of a Lorathian
Clothes and Fashion
Typical Lorathian clothing consists of a long sleeved, loose fitting tunic that hangs below the waist, coupled with loose or tight fitting trousers. Due to the heavy rains and generally cooler conditions in Lorathia, layers are often worn.
If armor is worn, it is worn on top of this basic layer.
On top of this basic garb, a kyrtill, or overtunic is usually worn. This is emblazoned with a house sigil, a holy sign, or some other demarcation of affiliation. In addition, many people wear leg wraps around the calves and shins to protect the legs from muddy terrain. These wraps are known as jarrars. All clothing that is outward facing is usually made of tight wool weave coated in linseed oil to make it rain resistant.
Usually over all of this a thin, simple shirt or overcoat (in cold weather) of oiled leather is worn. This shirt fastens with clasps along the side of the chest and is hung up to dry when entering a residence or place of business.
During the Tempests broad hats made of straw are worn to deflect the rain away from the body. These are usually worn on top of a woolen head lining that leaves the face exposed but covers the neck, scalp, and ears.
The final piece of clothing, and the one with most social significance is the stormcloak. Stormcloaks are pieces of great pride and reputation among the Lorathian people. They are great cloaks made from seal skin, and lined with fur on the inside. They are coated in multiple layers of whale oil and linseed oil during preparation to make them highly rain and cold resistant. Usually on their back are embossed the sigils of family houses, or religious affiliations. Ornaments of office and station are pinned to the fastening chains around the neck. They are passed down through generations, mended and repaired as needed.
Most of the architecture in Lorathia is stonework with thick, buffered walls to protect from storms. Topped by highly-articulated, swooping, low-slung, horizontal roofs with angular features, they are covered in ceramic shingles to better deflect wind, and maintain some semblance of cover during strong storms. Double rooflines are common. The architectural style is reminiscent of Roman fortresses with a Chinese roofline.
The buildings are usually laid out in sets of 3, with the main house facing the entry gate, and two side buildings for guest quarters and staff on each side as you enter the main courtyard. Doors facing the main entrance are used for important functions, while the doors facing the posterior are used by common workers and staff. The buildings are laid out with an emphasis on symmetry and balance. All of these things (3 buildings, symmetry/balance, and an emphasis on not building upwards) are a function of the teachings of the Church.
Most courtyards feature a circular garden in the center as an homage to Ormagh. These tend to be natural in construction, with very few statues or elaborate features. This is due to the storms, as well as the religious teachings of outward humility in the face of nature. Another common feature in these circular courtyards (especially in the clan manor houses) are small stone shrines dedicated to family.
To the extent that buildings greater than three stories exist in Lorathia, they tend to be relics of mages from bygone ages. It is believed that their lack of humility led to their downfall.
The cuisine of Lorathia varies greatly by regions. The following are a couple of staple foods and drinks