The Darkest Hour
As this game is meant to reflect on real world history through a fantasy lens, Grenada is intended to be an analog for real world Spain. Their history, culture, and even the geography is intended to reflect this.
- Grenada's western perimeter is formed by mountains rising from narrow coastal plains and plateaus. To the far east is Nepali, but massive cliffs and rocky coasts act as a barrier. The entire region is southeast of Central Anglia, and famous for its art and gothic architecture. It is almost entirely arable land, and acts as a bread basket for the eastern portion of the empire.
- Winters are cold, seeing occasional snowfall, while summers are warm and dry, with drifts of poisonous wildflowers blanketing the hillsides, while rising water levels crash against the imposing basalt cliffs known in the old empire as 'Murozc Infarus', or the wall of hell.
- Grenada is a massive provincial territory of the Anglian empire presided over by individuals and families from a defunct Monarchy. It recently suffered a defeat, trying to emancipate itself from the empire, and has been reeling from military losses since the inception of the empire. Dux Vincenzo Colombi is the reigning governer over the vast majority of the province by virtue of the church's blessing. He is famous for declaring the region bankrupt in 1596 as a result of mis-managed taxation. Internal strife amongst the 'ruling class' has left the nation destitute and contributed to economic decline.
- Grenadas primary industry is textiles; with Grenadan Wool being prized above all else. The region and its people have a long history of fashion and art, but It is also famous for bold and fruity wines, though their crop is not nearly as respected as Nepali's.
- The common folk favor front fastening gowns and aprons that have wide, split sleeves with bands or ribbons keeping them tight. Grenadan clothing comes in somber whites, browns and greens, while the elite mostly wears elegant dark clothing. They especially prefer black, as the dye is expensive and immediately shows wealth. It has an added benefit of meeting reforms and sumptuary laws issued by the church in 1529 to encourage simplicity of dress. Grenadan fashions are very conservative, with high collars and minimal ruffle or lace.
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- The Grenadans value opulence and generosity above all else, save for maybe piety. They are never shy to spend coin, and this is evident by the fact that they abhor frugality and business altogether, leaving it to foreigners that have settled into the region. Most Grenadans prefer to seek employment with the church and government. These ideals run so deep, and part of what has led the economy to ruin multiple times.
- Grenadan culture puts emphasis on eating and drinking together as a means of social activity, and rarely will a gathering occur without a meal or drink. This includes religious feasts, special occasions, and even celebrations of birth. Many of these involve invited guests, and in small villages there may be at least token food offerings to the whole populace. Food is the principal currency of social exchange.
- The Grenadan diet is rooted in agrarian, pastoral products. Principal staples include wheat breads; legumes; rice; garden vegetables; for meat, the preference is almost always lamb and veal, though seafood dishes are fairly common by the coast and cured pork products are a favorite of the common folk.
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