Ailron does have some power so long as he does not go against the wishes of the Children.
The thief is branded for the first offence, his or her right hand is cut off for the second, and he is hanged as punishment for the third.
In the thousand years since Hawkwing's death only one House, House Todande, has held the throne for as much as five generations.
Queen Tylin Quintara of House Mitsobar now controls the capital and the land around it for a hundred miles, but little more.
The People :
Recognised by their dark hair, dark eyes, and olive complexion.
The women are fierce and bold. They are extremely polite, yet quick to answer an insult with steel.
Marriage Knife :
When a couple marries the man gives the woman the knife as part of the ceremony. He then asks that she use it to kill him should he ever displease her.
A white sheath means that the woman is widowed and does not intend to remarry. A blue sheath means she will consider offers.
Jewels or glass beads set into the knife represent children of the wearer.
White stones for sons and red for daughters. If a son died in a duel, the setting of the stone is enamelled red, a daughter, the setting is enamelled in white.
If children die from a cause other than duelling, the settings are enamelled in black.
Many women remove their children's stones, effectively disowning them, if they refuse a duel once past the age of sixteen.
Women who are engaged to be married wear a choker to show all that they have been promised a knife.
Altaran Fashion :
Women's dresses are often pale in colour with snug bodices and full skirts over bright petticoats. The necklines of commoners are cut very narrow and deep, while for nobles the bodice has a round or oval cutout, allowing those with marriage knives to show them to best advantage, and those without to show that they are available.
For commoners the skirt is always worn gathered above one knee to reveal the brilliantly coloured petticoats beneath, while noblewomen wear it raised in the front.
Large hooped earrings are worn by most women and some men.
The trademark of an Ebou Dari man is his long, elaborate vest. When the cape is worn a long narrow sword is usually carried, in addition to the standard dagger. Both men and women adorn their hands with rings.
Other Features :
The Rahad : It is not unusual for someone to be killed just because their clothes are fine. In such cases the thief uses a very narrow-bladed knife to avoid mining the cloth.
Duelling : The prize agrees to go with the winner. Death of a man at the hands of a woman is justified unless proven otherwise.
Remen : A town on the Manetherendrelle, notable for its streets which run in chaos from a single central square.
The People : People are extremely suspicious of outsiders.
Capital : Lugard on the banks of the River Storn is kept alive by trade, but has a reputation for thievery and licentiousness.. Perimeter walls have tumbled down in many places.
- Arad Doman's flag is described here as "The Sword and Hand on a field of four green and three blue horizontal stripes", yet directly opposite is a flag with a field of four green and three off-cream horizontal stripes.
The Domani believe that they are descendants of those who made the Tree of Life.
The People :
No other woman can compare to the Domani when it comes to the art of seduction, which mothers begin teaching their daughters in childhood.
Domani men are recognisable by their long thin moustaches and earrings, and are known for their temper.
Domani do not like to travel the sea.
Rule : King Alsalam - rumoured disappearance of several members of his family.
The People : Taraboners call themselves the Tree of Man, and claim descent from rulers and nobles of the Age of Legends.
- Which sort of overlooks the fact that the AoL government was a democratically elected council.
In Tarabon it is considered impolite to fully reveal one's face except when eating and drinking.
History : Tarabon has spent nearly three hundred years squabbling over Almoth Plain with Arad Doman.
Tarabon's historians claim that part of the Panarch's Palace was built as far back as the Age of Legends.
The exhibit includes priceless cuendillar figures, rare sculptures, and even an angreal.
- Pity that the angreal didn't enter the plotline while it had the chance. Still, I wonder what it is?
Capital : Tanchico is larger than Tear and possibly Caemlyn on the mouth of the River Andahar - a city rotting from within.
Taraboner Fashion : Taraboner men often sport facial hair under the veil in the form of a thick moustache, and wear a dark cylindrical cap on their thick dark hair. Both lords and commoners wear baggy white trousers and coats embroidered with scrollwork on the shoulders. Loose fitting shirts with embroidery across the chest are worn under the coats.
Noblewomen veil their faces, but they do not believe in hiding their figures. Most wear clinging gowns of thin silk that are almost as revealing as those worn by the Domani.
The People : Even before the Prophet came they were wary of strangers.
Rule : With its back against Garen's Wall, Ghealdan was a relatively quiet and self-sufficient nation ruled by King Johanin from the Jheda Palace until recently.
Alliandre Maritha Kigarin now rules this troubled country.
Marrying a commoner in Ghealdan means giving up all claim to the throne.
The Lords of Ghealdan's High Crown Council had a hand in removing the failed rulers.
Ghealdan is still a nation.
- Maybe so, but is it still a state?
Rule : Current ruler is Mattin Stepaneos, he is rumoured to have an Aes Sedai advisor.
- And so the Book has already dated :)
Assemblage is chosen by and from Illian's merchants and ship owners.
There is always a three way battle over any task or legislation.
Capital : Illian has no massive defensive wall. As large as Cairhien or Caemlyn, Illian is a major seaport which specialises in the production of finished leather.
Illianer Fashion :
Men wear long coats with raised collars, and beards which leave the upper lip bare.Many lords also wear boots fringed with gold or silver.
Women, both high and low, favour wide-brimmed hats held in place by long scarves wound around the neck in a utilitarian and decorative fashion. High ladies adorn themselves with decorative slippers worked with gold and silver, Their dresses are cut high at the hem to show these slippers to best advantage. The dresses usually have low cut necklines to show the lady's natural assets to best advantage as well.
Further Information :
Between the end of the Trolloc Wars and the beginning of the War of the Hundred Years a Hunt for the Horn was called.
- Why? Was it something to do with the Second Dragon ? Or if that possibility doesn't leave much time for a proper Hunt, then when exactly was it called, and why ?
Illianer Companions, are an elite unit of crack troops who usually ride with the commanding general during any military action to be deployed wherever their extraordinary abilities are needed.
Capital : The inner city is protected by a high wall of gray stone.
The port district is called the Maule, and the warehouse district adjoining is is called the Chalm.
The Stone : The Stone of Tear was built shortly after, or sometime during the Breaking, and was made using the One Power. The Stone has been attacked and besieged over a hundred times.
High Lords performed the Right of Guarding four times a year.
They ceased adding to the collection some three hundred years ago.
Industry : Contains the greatest port on the Sea of Storms.
Tear is best known for its oil and horses. It has no rivals in the breeding of horses.
Tear's fishing industry has flourished.
Tairen Fashion :
Tairen belief that commoners are actually lesser beings, so the dress of the high is quite different from that of the low.
Lords wear colourful coats with puffed sleeves. Breeches are tight to show a well-muscled leg to best advantage and are often brightly coloured.
Regular soldiers are uniformed with brilliant red coats, with sleeves ending in narrow white cuffs.
Their breeches are of the same tight cut and are worn tucked into knee-high boots.
Defenders of the Stone wear black and gold coats with puffy sleeves as well as plumes of various colours on their rimmed round helmets to mark officers and under-officers.
Common men wear baggy breeches, some few wear coats long and dark fitting tightly to the wearers arms and chest and then becoming wider below the waist.
The noble ladies of Tear wear long dresses with necklines cut to bare shoulders and even considerable bosom. Tairen widows wear white and have been known to don the colour while their dying husband still lived.
Common women's dresses have chin-high collars that reveal nothing, and ankle-high hems.
Bamboo staffs are also favoured by many to help in the difficult process of traversing Tairen streets.
Further Information :
In the card game called Chop the Ruler of Cups is always the leads the highest suit.
Tairens are always willing to go to war with Illian, despite the fact that there has never been a clear victory.
The town of Godan was allowed to remain on the Bay of Remara only because of its strategic importance overlooking Mayene.
Rule : Originally there was also a single Second Lord or Lady, but over the last four hundred years the tradition changed so that several lords and ladies held the title at once. On some occasions there have been as many as nine second lords and ladies.
Military : Mayener Winged Guards are the First's personal troops.
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