Sometimes known as the Rozi.
Generally originate from Rzabystan and parts of the nearby small island which is under the country’s domain.
Human. Average height of 5’4”, shorter and slighter, dusky brown skin, hair and eyes.
Tattoos not super common but sometimes flower tats on backs. People wear simple, solid colored salwar kameez, for the most part, of various lengths and styles regardless of gender, usually with large or poofy pants. (Kind of like Punjabi style) Occasional simple embroidery decorates hems, and usually hems are trimmed in a contrasting color. There is also clothing with some influenced appearances from ancient Persian clothing as well as Parthian to modern clothes that closer resemble what we might consider “Western” dresses—and some Ottoman. Often brightly colored, but just as often muted or dark, with dotted, striped, and diamond patterns esp on belts, scarves, shawls, and coats. Sashes, wide-brimmed, conical or cylindrical hats, head scarves. Turbans not uncommon. Simple loose cloaks/robes. Ribbons. Sometimes knee-length pleated skirts for either gender.
Popular colors include blue, green, turquoise, red, black, pink, and gold.
Often loose, or pulled up, decorated with ribbons, when not covered.
There is a God (or Goddess?) of indeterminate appearance and name usually called منبع (Mniiʿ), existence, everything, represented often by Alina A and the sky. Alina B is this god’s fiery child بچه (Baccheh) who is said to visit the planet in a humanoid form every once in awhile to check on people. It is also said the moon is the god’s eye and the stars their teardrops. It is considered good practice to cover one’s hair however you like during daylight, though not required, and it’s almost always fine not to at night though some people still wear hats at night. In many ways like Zoroastrianism, especially in its tenets (“Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds.“) A focus on free will, doing good. Temple—”dar-e mehr":https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_temple.
Traditional Music and Performance
Oud-like instruments, spike-fiddles, some harps, various woodwinds and horns and drums, some other percussive instruments like gongs and bells. Some zithers. Sparse, melodic vocals. Hurdy-gurdy came from them. More focus on instrumental music and complex dancing, rather than operatic performance.
The Zabystani language is basically Ancient Persian, though modern Farsi works as well.
Given name + Family name.
Potentially might have “son of _” type names (bin-Blank).
Names may be formatted similarly to other languages’ possessive names as “givenname-e surname,” or “givenname-e father-e grandfather,” for names that end in consonants, or sometimes with son or daughter forms like “givenname ebn-e father ebn-e grandfather,” etc.
Overall probably likely to be: a given name, the name of a parent, followed by the name of a grandparent, profession, location etc…
I would say it’s much like modern-day Iran in some ways. But it is also next door to Shum, so there are definitely some influences between the two countries. A lot of the architecture is gonna have roots in Ancient Persian architecture. There might be a little bit of Babylonian/Greek influence as well, with more pillars, and there is a lot of plant life there, with green walls, rooftop gardens, etc. Definitely some beautiful, high-soaring modern structures with roots in Persian architecture. Domed skyscrapers and fluidly shaped monuments as well. Deep blue-glazed tiles and lovely mosaics.
Much like all of their neighbors, there are public and private bathhouses, which are still used. Very pretty, painted, mosaiced, many small bathing rooms and one area that is more communal in nature. Complicated layouts with a big waiting area. Usually separated for women or men, if they are public. Also of course private bathrooms with tubs, usually separated from toilets. Got bath robes/dresses, perfumes, soaps, scrapers, all that stuff you need.