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. They are also sent to the capitol where they are raised by necromancers and put to work in the mines or a contruction crew building new structures or adding to what is known as the “Great Barrier”, a wall protecting the capitol 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. A the strength of a leaders reign is determined by how much he adds to the wall. Each leader traditionally changes the coloring or design of his reign’s blocks to better accent his contribution.