Blessed Isles

The Blessed Isles are an archipelago of coral-fringed volcanic islands about 2110 km north-north-west of Thekla. The Blessed Isles are comparable to the Hawaiian islands in size and number. The natives are of the same racial stock as the Gehennese, but their way of life is much less strenuous.

To be brief, the major activities of the Blessed Isles are gardening, hunting, fishing, and partying. Men are responsible for hunting and fishing, women for gardening. Families are matrilineal, inheritance and authority in the family follow the avuncular pattern, which is to say that a chieftain’s heirs are his sisters’ sons, and that the head of a child’s family is his or her mother’s eldest brother (or uncle, if he is still alive). There is no marriage as such—couples live together and part on their own terms and as they please, the women being protected by their brothers. Land belongs to families rather than people.

There are two kings of the Blessed Isles. The land king is a human demi-god. The sea king is a merman demi-god. They are sons of the daimon of the Blessed Isles. Their function is priestly and judicial. Their authority ultimately backed up by the power of the daimon, though for the most part the society is peaceful and harmonious, and the kings need intervene only rarely in affairs which normally run in well-known paths. The eldest sisters of the kings are priestesses and concubines of the daimon.

The Blessed Isles have plenty of [[[obsidian]] for making tools, but lack good stone for construction, and all metals. The characteristic buildings are of wood, bamboo, and thatch. The characteristic boats are large sea-going sailing canoes with outriggers. Despite this apparent primitiveness, the people of the Blessed Isles have a sophisticated culture, with excellent art, music, mathematics, literature, and philosophy. All Blessed Isles artifacts are elaborately, and most beautifully, decorated. The people themselves, especially the important men, are also decorated—with swirling-patterned tattoos. The national costume is a batik sarong, worn around the waist by both sexes.

Although the Blessed Isles have no military tradition, the co-operation to the merfolk, humans, and daimon make them an unappealing prospect for raiders and would-be conquerors. The people of the Blessed Isles are supposed to be a very attractive race, their lives a byword for ease. The royal families are famed for beauty.

The climate of the Blessed Isles is dominated by the trade winds, which blow steadily from the north-east. The ferocity of the occasional hurricane is mitigated by the power of the daimon of the Isles.

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