"We are Mogogol, and this is our island." -Mogogol Who Slayed the Dragon



Homeland: Yunith

Folk Edit

War played a central part in the history of Yunith. Warring clans control much of the country. A clan is made up of related families - and there is a chief at the head of each clan. The wars are usually about land. Only twenty percent of the land in Yunith is suitable for farming. The struggle for control of that land is what led to the rise of the Samurai. They became a class unto themselves. They are called by two names: Samurai and Bushi. Some Samurai are related to the ruling class. Others are mercenaries. 

All Samurai give their complete loyalty to their Daimyo, or feudal landowner, and received land and position in return. Each Daimyo uses his Samurai to protect his land, to expand his power and to gain the rights to more land. The common people suffer during this warfare - and they are not permitted to have weapons. They occasionally resort to using their farm tools to defend themselves. Some farmers become rogues or assassins. 

Early in Yunith history, there were many secret schools in Yunith. Rogues and assassins were hired by many Daimyo. When Yunith joined the Empire of Bael Turath, all such rogues and assassins were brought together under Imperial authority and remade into spies for the Empire. Many Daimyo, of course, still wanted to hire their own. This was illegal, but many did it anyway. 

Angharradh and The Silver Flame are Yunith's most popular faiths. They have co-existed for several millennia and even complement each another to some degree. Many Mogogol consider themselves faithful worshippers of Angharradh, The Silver Flame, or both. 

A new kind of theater developed with the rise of the Samurai class. This is Noh - a blend of storytelling, juggling, acrobatics, harvest-ritual music, and dance. There are also humorous skits between the acts of the Noh plays. These skits are called Kyogen. Kabuki, an evolution of Noh theater in which men played both male and female part, and Bunraku, puppet theater, also became popular.  

Some of the best-known Mogogol musical instruments are the thirteen-string Koto, the bamboo flute, and the three-stringed Shamisen. So are the sacred Taiko drums, which have been used for millennia to drive away evil spirits, bring rain, offer thanks for the crop and call warriors for battle. 

The Mogogol have long been famous for their beautiful artwork. Some of their styles originally came from Alluria, while others are entirely their own. Their appreciation for beauty and nature can be seen in paintings, statues, pottery and even gardens. Throughout Mogogol history, art was not separated from daily life; it was a part of it. Traditional Mogogol clothing, like the kimono, was beautifully designed. Homes and temples held small statues of The Silver Flame, simple elegant pottery and more. Flower arranging, also known as Ikebana, was originally a discipline for men only. 

Yunith is a mountainous nation of over three thousand islands - with little land for agriculture. Therefore, the Mogogol have always looked to the sea for food. Religion also influenced what people ate, since the eating of meat was discouraged for some time. Most Mogogol are farmers and fishermen. So rice, vegetables and seafood are the staples of the Mogogol diet. Seafood is eaten in many forms both cooked and raw, as sashimi and on top of sushi. Vegetables were important, even seaweed. Because the faith of Angharradh teach that the taking of any life is wrong, many Mogogol are vegetarians. 

Through imperialism, the kimono was introduced - for men, women, and tadpoles. Women's kimonos have obis, or wide sashes, which go around the waist and are tied elaborately in the back. Everyone wears kimonos. The fabric they are made of depends on social class. Farmers, merchants and artisans wear rough kimonos made of cotton or hemp, while the ruling class wears silk. 

Their homes are made of wood planks with roofs made of thatch. The floors of some of these homes are dug into pits, so the floors are dirt. through the second era, houses remained simple. They had thatched roofs with log pole beams to hold the roofs up. Temple architecture is more complicated. Except for the castles of the Daimyo and the Shoguns - Mogogol architecture remains quite simple.

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