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Religion, Arts and Science

Religion
Arts
Scholastics
Magic


Religion

Tolerance, Prevalence, Diversity, Primary Belief/Faith, Other Beliefs/Faiths, Religious Orders/Organizations/Schools (Name & Affiliation & Purpose), Religious Government/Hierarchy (Religion & Office/Title & Function)

Tolerance: Poor (-2)

The Saraa have little patience for new or foreign religions. Although there is no official ban against or punishment for unconventional beliefs, a practicioner of such can expect disgust, ridicule, and may even be completely shunned and ostracized if they persist in their activities.

Prevalence: Legendary (+4)

Almost every member of the Saraa is a devout follower of the primary Saraan religion brought with them from the Dreamland. The entire community moves around a strictly ritualized daily regimen detailed by the edicts of the religion. The religion is apparent and adhered to in all aspects of life.

Diversity: Poor (-2)

The great majority of the Saraa peole follow the primary religion. However a few variants of the religion are appearing and gaining popularity. The new forms are generally espoused to be the true philosophy of their former Sayyadin, Samael.


Arts

Tolerance, Prevalence, Diversity, Primary Discipline(s), Other Disciplines

Tolerance: Good (+1)

The Saraa are artistic beings and express themselves as such in their endeavors. Craftsmen are encouraged to add artistry to their products and Saraa enjoy surrounding themselves with products from other cultures that exemplify art. Saraa who exhibit a high level of skill in their chosen trade can gain a good deal of renown and respect from the community.

A rather notable exception to this tolerance is representational art, art that depicts scenes from life. The Saraa religion condemns this sort of art as idolatorous and dangerous the the spiritual well-being of the people. Towards representational art, Saraa tolerance is Miserable (-4).

Prevalence: Good (+1)

Saraa art can be seen in almost every home and on most goods that they produce. Goods that are created with beauty and elegance are highly preferred to those that are merely functional.

Diversity: Mediocre (-1)

Despite the good level of tolerance and prevalence of art in Saraa society, the diversity remains low. This is largely due to the complete intolerance of representational art. Saraa art is completely devoted to abstract design and patterns. Also, the Saraa religion contains strong edicts against creating art for the sole purpose of art. There are no paintings, or sculptures, or plays, or even jewellry in Saraa society. Instead the Saraa exhibit their artistic tendencies in their crafts and goods. Pottery, woodworking, smithing, and many others are infused with artistry.


Scholastics

Tolerance, Prevalence, Diversity, Primary Discipline(s), Other Disciplines

Tolerance: Legendary (+4)

The highest goal of any Saraa individual is to attain the rank of scholar. The entire society revolves around supporting their scientists and philosophers. Scholars from every corner of the globe are welcomed in Saraa society to discuss their studies and philosophies the Saraa scholars and emissaries are often sent to distant foreign lands for this purpose.

Prevalence: Legendary (+4)

It is the duty of every Saraa to pursue some study each and every day. Time is set aside every day in the strictly regimented lives of the Saraa for this purpose. Every member spends the first 20 years of their life studying the fundamentals of Saraan thought before choosing and learning a trade. It is quite possible that the Saraan society nurtures more scholars per capita than any other society on the continent.

Diversity: Mediocre (-1)

The majority of Saraan scholars pursue a dogmatic method and philosophy of study and contemplation of the natural world. Divergent and foreign studies while studied and recorded for posterity's sake aren't considered truly worthy of new and original thought. However branches of Saraan thought, usually attributed to the former Sayyadin, Samael, are beginning to take root and gaining popularity.


Essence Magic

Tolerance, Prevalence, Diversity, Primary Practice(s), Other Practices, Magical Orders/Societies/Schools, Magic Governance (Institution & Office/Title & Function)

Tolerance: Good (+1)

In the Dreaming, the Saraa had a great deal of Authority. Because of this, Essence magic was almost totally ignored. Essence magic was considered something of a novelty, an almost useless past-time. Now that the Saraa are nearly totally bereft of Authority there is an increasing interest in Essence magic. Young Saraa who exhibit talent are encouraged to pursue studies in the area. The old prejudice is hard to overcome but as Essence magic shows itself to be a way to improve the Saraan condition, attitudes are slowly changing.

Prevalence: Fair (+0)

Most Saraa are beginning to see Essence magic as a way to improve their lives and the practice of it has quickly become entrenched in every day life. However the old prejudice against it as a frivolity tends to cause practitioners and recipients to adopt a low profile. So while Essence magic can be seen in everyday life in the community, it is usually treated in a mundane and downplayed manner.

Diversity: Good (+1)

Because of the little use of magic in the Saraan former existence, not too much was known on its practice and use. When the Saraa arrived to their oasis home, Essence magic comparitively exploded in popularity. To make up for the lack of knowledge and practice in this area Saraan practioners use any method that seems to produce results. Thus Saraan magic shows many influences. Including the various traditional schools of Saraan essence magic, many have adopted the techniques and practices of neighboring societies.


Authority Magic

Tolerance, Prevalence, Diversity, Primary Practice(s), Other Practices, Magical Orders/Societies/Schools, Magic Governance (Institution & Office/Title & Function)

Tolerance: Miserable (-4)

The Saraan have been completely cut off from the Dreamland and cannot contact any higher power of any form. This is a radical shift from their former existence where they had not only the goodwill of many powerful entities (primarily the Creator) but a great deal of Authority of their own. They now tolerate no attempt to contact supernatural beings of any kind. Anyone who attempts such, whether Saraan or foreigner, is banished into the wilderness.

Prevalence: Miserable (-4)

Because of their extreme intolerance of any sign of Authority magic, and the general consensus of the population on this opinion, the craft is not exhibited anywhere in the society.

Diversity: Terrible (-3)

Although the Saraan know the names of many Dreamland entities, they worshipped only the Creator, and all former practice of Authority magic was through this worship.