|The Veilrien People |
|Species & Subrace||Faeru / Starborn|
|Estimated Poulation||Between five to six and a half billion|
|Home Regions||Veilais (Native Cluster), Masardie|
|Languages||High Avalonic (Native Language), Low Avalonic (Secondary Language)|
|Religion||Predominately Silver Creed, The Thousandfold and Deuxianity|
The Veilrien (Veilrienne in High Avalonic) are a Starborn ethnic group native to the clusters of Veilais (their native home cluster) and Masardie in Secteur Quartre where they are in the majority. A small population is found in localized enclaves in the neighboring cluster of Haugrene. They speak the Masarde dialect of the High Avalonic language which is a member of the Estruano-Avalonic family of languages which includes Estruanol (spoken by the Estruanol people), Giatano (spoken by the Eusakueses people), Quiro (spoken by the Quiraná people), Lethiani (spoken by the Letiano people), and Urian (spoken by the Uriach people). The Veilrien are descended from an order of guardians who once stood watch over the mountain glades which surrounded the World's Gate on Elys.
Over four thousand years ago the first ancestors of the Veilrien people walked out of the World's Gate and made their home. Their name, Veilrien, was derived from the Vigil they came to keep the Gate itself. These Watchkeepers build grand fortresses around the Gate and for most of the Founder's Era, they dutifully served the Hermid Dynasty in its power. Then the power of spaceflight came and the Gate closed. Locals suddenly began to push for more land near at the gate and pressure mounted. Finally, the Vigilkeepers fled to the Stars as soon as possible established a series of colonies in the fourth Sector of the Inner Pale.
The Veilrien built their nations of Veilais and neighboring Masardie carefully and over time. Life on the March of civilization meant raids from Corsairs and "Voidstalkers" who materialized from the depths of space. Their collective culture would come to focus on military excellence and perfection as the loss of lives was lessened over the centuries. From a ring of mountain forts to a series of fortified asteroid colonies the Veilrienne folk rebuilt their defensive lifestyle to fight back constant threats.
In modern Eras, the Vigil is still kept, and culture has thrived. Art and literature expanded as the population expanded to included new colonies and stations. But, even when life is good the watch is kept, always ready for when threats come lurking out from the dark.
The Veilrien are a pale skinned people of tall height and anywhere from blonde to black hair. Their frames have adapted to years living in the low gravity of the colonies rendering their frames thin and longer than their Worldborn cousins. All genders tend to be thinly musculature and have long articular hands adapted to complex reflexes needed to zero-g work. Most men in the clusters of Veilais and Masardie have trim facial hair and either long or short hair. Women, on the other hand, wear their hair short or long (longer hair tends to mark non-military individuals) depending upon their chosen occupation in life. Non-binary individuals usually adapt either or following a similar trend as the binary gender identities.
Dress for the Veilrien, in particular, can be quite important. Commons often wear more drab colors reflecting their station in life. Soldiers and workers usually wear one-piece suits which are easy to clean and make. Soldiers often have dress regalia which includes pants, shined boots, and a military jacket to display their proper rank. Merchants among the Veilrien have come to favor billowing robes and holo-jewels to display their wears a decision which has created a small prejudice for anyone seeing spurning local tastes.
Veilrien Errants, in particular, are known for wearing small caplets embroidered with the emblems of the House they served. These are often also then fringed to showcase the Errants rank in combat, and includes the name of their Chevalier somewhere in the design.
Veilrien culture is militarist and disciplined to its core. Even the eccentric Merchant Class has an understanding of weapons and easily does their best to make sure their people are always well provisioned. At the end of the day to any Veilrien is te survival of the whole over the many (a common Starborn viewpoint on life). They are known for being somewhat patriarchal with men being seen in leading positions and always inheriting over women. Even in the military and Guild Firms, a Veilrien male will usually be preferred to a female or non-binary individual. Why this is is uncertain, some say it is just the attitudes of Rook, others say it has to do with the Nobility which have champion male inheritance for centuries in both Masardie and Veilais.
The traditions of High Avalonic naming are well established with members of each social class taking their surnames either from the realm they were born in, the prominent bloodlines they claim relation too or the profession of their choosing. All Veilrien names begin with the given name gifted to a child at their christening in a sacred space or in a house of worship. The way their name is structured is then dependent upon the child's gender (which influences noble names) and their station in life.
The basic structure of a name for the Veilrien is simplified as <Given Name> + <Surname>.
- Noble Names
- Men adopt the term "du" meaning "of the" before their surname.
- Women adopt the phrase "de la" before their surname.
- Non-Binary adopt term "del" before their name.
- Profession Names
- Most individuals gain their surnames from the professions they keep such as being named "Carpentier".
- Others gain their name from the station of origin or the province they call home.
- Priestly Names
- All priests no matter their origin take the name of the faith they claim.
- "D'Argent" for Silver Creed, "D'Lien" for Deuxians, etc.
- All noble priests simply contract the particle in their name and do not denote their religion.
- Errant Names
- Errants within Veilais and Masardie adopt singular words as their surnames if they are -not- nobles. These words are often given to them by the family they serve.
- These names are often words such as "ri'Éternité" to describe that their skills shall always be remembered.
- Robert du Durant - Robert of the House Durant
- Marie de la Merovée - Marie of the House Merovée/
- Amé Fabron - Amé a member of the Smiths Guild.
- Alain D'Argent - Alain a priest of the SIlver Creed
- Alain D'Secnelieu - Alain a member of House Secnelieu who is a priest.
- Julienne ri'Saphir - Julienne the Sapphire, a blue-eyed Errant.
The typical life of a Veilrien family is dictated by their place in the station and the cluster overall. Working families do their best to make sure that they are able to support their children (if any exist) and dependents. Soldiers make sure to instill a sense of discipline in their kinsman, and merchants do their best to ensure an increased profit. The Velrienn family mindset is about self and group progression and moves that will profit the state at the end of the day. A nationalist ideal propagated and actively embraced by members of the nobility.
Power in a family is held generally by the oldest living male member. Women can rise to importance, but often then look to a brother or son for support. Much like rulership, this at times disliked by members of the family, but in general is accepted as a fact of life. These leading figures can disown members of the family and even have them legally cast out of their homes if they see fit (this can be appealed to local members of the Imperial Judiciary).
Most Veilrien are devout Silver Creedans and follow the authority of the Gods of the Stars. Reading the Curmhinn is a typical act many partake in when they need inspiration or when faith is needed. Holy days are actively observed and most take the day off to celebrate the Saints of the Creed. Families even send their children to the local Starhold for the teachings of the Prebyster when they can. Soldiers in battle often incite battle cries in the name of the Stars and wear the emblems of the Creed for defense against the evils of the Void.
Many other Veilrien have adopted the faith of the Deuxian Nexus, most live quiet lives doing their best to not inspired division when they can. The two faiths actually work quite well together but at times sectarian inflammations have occurred with the ruling families doing their best to moderate. Followers of the Thousandfold, however, tend to be far more adversarial in their worship. Going as far as even crossing the traditional lines of racial prejudice to ally with Worldborn elements when threatened.
Veilrien cuisine is known across the Triad as one of the best Starborn have to offer as a Faerin people. The roots of the cooking draw heavily on the soups, stews, pan frying, and sources of eating often beloved by the lower classes. Over time as the clusters of Veilais and Masardie have established themselves as centers of culinary exploration and excellence. While the commons prefer military rations, and carefully cooked fungi to provide the necessary nutrition for the massive populations of the space colonies.
The nobility are able to afford far more extravagant fetes, often importing meats such as beef, bacon, and even chicken to appease their appetites. Some animals such as Grav-Hog can live in the low gravity and have even adapted to life on agri-colonies in the Veilais and Masardie regions. Most of these more expensive dishes focus on delivering delicate tastes and aromas to their denizens. Hours of work are put into each as the Avante-Garde attitude of the chefs reigns supreme to appeal to the expensive tastes of their patrons.
There are two primary cultural divisions among the Veilrienne is mostly nationality between the three clusters they call home. The Veilien (those from Veilais) are generally the most militant and focus on the defense of Secteur Quartre. They are also the most industrious focusing on the creation of new weapons for the defense of their people. Meanwhile, the Masards (those from Masardie) are far more hedonistic and academic in their culture. Those led by House LeFaye believe that life must be studied, and that art must be explored. Veilrienne art thus flourishes primarily in the stations and ships of Masardie and even Haucrais rather than that of Veilais.
The Haucrien born Veilrienne, however, are the most liberal and open-minded in their religion and in their lives in general. Haucrais as a home to many Quiro individuals of the White Creed is the most accommodating of the three nations of the Velrien. At the end of the day though, when the Clans of the Void come for the Line the Watchkeepers will be ready to meet them.