The Dragon's Maw
Local Culture of Ma'rib Dam
Transition into Adulthood
Children are raised in the Grand Temple in Al-Jinan from birth. In a sense they are all considered brothers and sisters. They spend their childhood learning of the ways of Maribians and their leader, the Malik Davar. At the age of 16, they are assigned a government provided house based on merit and performance during schooling. They are free to take up a trade or profession, but their housing and food is provided for life by the Capitol city. The only payment the country asks in return is paid upon their death.
The locals, refered to as Maribians, do not have any official marriage capacity. Couples may stay together for extended periods, but each citizen lives in their own dwelling. Children are immidiatly sent to the capitol city to be raised in the temple there. Because of this there are no traditional family groups.
Gender although not directly discriminated against, Ma’rib Dam is far from equal roles, but none the less not completely prohibitive towards a woman doing a more typical male role.
The dead are not buried. When you die a small service is usually held. It’s rather somber and always ends with a statement about repaying your debts to the state and then the oar masters take the body away. They are then sent to the capital where they are raised by necromancers and put to work in the mines, on a construction crew building new structures, working the fields tending crops, tending to the vast amount of livestock, or adding to what is known as the “Great Barrier”, a wall protecting the capital that is a hundred feet high and nearly fifty miles long. It has been under construction for almost a thousand years and each new leader is tasked with building it higher. The strength of a leader’s reign is traditionally determined by how much he adds to the wall. Each leader changes the coloring or design of his reign’s blocks to better separate his contribution from those before him.
Other Notable Practices
In Marib Dam, the undead do almost all of the manual labor jobs. This frees up the common folk to take on a trade or service industry of some sort. As a citizen the state provides weekly rations in the form of a dried animal meat, a form of flat bread, and dried fruit, along with up-kept housing for each person to live in. It’s citizens are some of the more highly educated populace in the world. With basic needs taken care of by the state, each person is free to carve out the life they choose, only working for additional amenities that they desire.