Basic Argenian Information

The last world the Argenians lived on, and the one all our characters were born on, was called Ophiuchus (although any world the Argenians inhabited may be referred to as Argenia, at least informally). It was a small world that orbited Barnard's Star in the constellation of Ophiuchus. While most people lived in cities and villages in the temperate regions, you may also create characters who lived in the jungle, tundra, tropic islands, or any other climate logically found on an Earthlike world. The most densely populated continent was Argeeis, in the northern hemisphere. The seat of the monarchy Ava's parents, Nereus and Eglé, ruled over was located there, near the ocean.

The most common spoken Argenian language is very similar to Japanese, so for most, no re-education is necessary to speak to the natives in Crystal Tokyo. Some tribes spoke other languages, so those who aren't good at speaking Common may struggle to communicate with fellow Argenian survivors and humans alike. Despite the similarity in sound between spoken Argenian Common and Japanese, the written languages were very different. Argenians of all walks of life are functionally illiterate on Earth unless/until they learn written Japanese.

The level of technology back on Ophiuchus was comparable to medieval Earth, but with a touch of fantasy world thrown in. Most people would get around on foot or riding on animals, carts would be pulled by animals, boats would be rowed or use sails. Cooking was done with fire. Lights were candles or lanterns. Washing clothes or oneself was done either in a natural body of water or by heating water over a fire, and the soaps were made of animal fat. There were medicines, but mostly of the herbal variety, and rather primitive types of surgery (which couldn't be done under sterile conditions). Vision could be corrected by eyeglasses with glass lenses (making strong ones quite heavy) and metal frames, though they weren't common outside the upper class. Forms of entertainment included reading and writing (though not everyone could do those), storytelling, playing games (sports, board games, cards, darts, etc.), seeing plays or shows, attending festivals, doing crafts, going drinking, and other such low-tech entertainment. For food, you could grow your own fruits and veggies and raise and kill your own meats, or go to the marketplace to buy from those who did. There was magic, but we're not talking "Alakazaam!" and it's done. The people who did magic had to study hard to know what ingredients to mix, spells to recite, circles and rituals to do, etc. to accomplish their goals. Some of the practitioners were fairly harmless, like your run-of-the-mill village medicine man, while others did more serious magic, or even dabbled in the dangers of the dark arts. Magic was not a commonly known skill, and one would have to take an apprenticeship to a medicine man or magician to learn it. Only the rich would've had access to the more serious forms of magic, but meeting with village medicine men would've been common.

There was a basic public education system, or some wealthy families could afford tutors. Some children, especially those in rural farming areas, may have been kept out of school and only trained to take over for their parents one day, instead. After one completed (or just stopped going) to school, it was common to take on apprenticeships or other job-related training. There were printing presses, so most households probably would've had a few books, but only wealthy families had a lot of them.

Clothing varied depending on where one was from and one's place in life. As a general guideline, clothing was made of natural materials from plant or animal sources and natural dyes. Wools and plant fibers could be woven into patterns, but those were more expensive and not common outside the upper class. Fasteners for clothing included buttons, buckles, and ties. Jewellery for lower classes was made of a lower grade of metal with simpler designs and little use of gemstones, while the upper classes could afford much better variety of design and quality of materials. Lower classes had plainer, more practical clothing with little ornamentation, while the upper classes could afford to splurge on something more fashionable and showy. Members of Aboriginal tribes or other ethnic minorities had their own styles of traditional clothing.

Not everyone on the planet was religious, and of the ones who were, not everyone followed the exact same set of beliefs. What follows is the major religion of the Argenians, followed in one version or another by a large percentage of people.

The major pantheon of deities are the Zodiacs. There are thirteen Zodiac Goddesses, because unlike humans' astrology, Ophiuchus counts. Though all are worshipped with equal importance in general, individuals might hold the deity under whose sign one was born with a special reverence. Other constellations may be seen as minor deities called on for a specific purpose, or revered as the patron deity of a specific town or area. Of course, the largest, most important festivals are reserved for the Zodiacs themselves. Events of the festivals vary with the deity (fitting the elements and personality traits of their Zodiacs), but generally include getting dressed up, having a feast or fast, saying prayers and making sacrifices or leaving offerings.

Depending on what you believe, the Zodiac Senshi may be revered as the daughters of the gods, or the living incarnations of goddesses in their own right. Of course, there are those who don't believe they're anything special at all. For those who do believe, the Zodiacs are still an important part of religious life. Before asking them to attend services or festivals dedicated to the goddesses they represent, bless a wedded couple or newborn child, participate in diplomatic negotiations, etc. just be aware many of them are reluctant to embrace their divine origins.

Argenian Info written by Jo