Life in Celestia
The lands of Celestia are developing into and past an ‘age of sail’ towards an ‘industrial revolution’. Many lands even already have hints at an industrial era in certain places. That said the biggest industry is trade. Deposits of materials and goods vary considerably by location on Celestia and demand for exotic goods tends to be high.
Food, fabrics, gems, lumber, and metalworking are also big industries. With the rarest and most profitable industry being the recovery of pre-cataclysm artifacts.
Relic hunting also known as ‘delving’ is easily the most dangerous and yet most profitable jobs around. Even small relics and artifacts found within ruins are worth their weight and more in precious goods. Big items are worth small kingdoms. However ruins are incredibly dangerous often filled with aberations and creatures not found elsewhere as well as many old damaged pieces of equipment.
Aberrations are the name for those creatures and sometimes people who are altered by certain pre-cataclysm relics/artifacts. Most often these changes are external, though many suspect non-external changes are actually the most common and people just never know it happened. Anything or anyone traveling near or entering into pre-cataclysm ruins must be aware of what can happen. Physical changes often include developing scales or armored plates, growing horns or antlers, or even developing non-functional wings. Non-visual changes are often behavioral changes including complete brainwashing.
Many adventurous types act as soldiers in the various armies, guards for traveling merchants and cargo, pirates that prey on merchants, or act as mercenaries hired to take care of local problems. Talented warriors and other adventurous types can make a better than living wage through the use of their skills.
Sports and Games
The people of Celestia play a variety of games, though by far one of the most popular types of games are card games. The three main countries all have their own sets of cards: Valencia uses the exenita set with 32 wood pulp or wood plate cards, Tiāncháo uses the Kǎ set with 146 rice paper or ceramic tile cards, and İlahi İmparatorluğu uses the البطاقة الفضية set with 64 engraved silver cards. Several different games are played with each set and some include extra items to play such as dice.
Pūkè is a complex card game popular among all ranks of Tiāncháo using the Kǎ set of cards. It vaguely resembles a mix of poker and Mahjong. One must arrange various sets of cards into groupings to win, with grouping ranked into an order from highest to lowest. The highest card wins.
Tenno is a card game from Valencia that uses the exenita set of cards and a set of dice. One must acquire the best ‘hand’ of cards and have the best rolls of the dice to win a round.
Salani (or سلامى) is the name of the card game played by the wealthy of İlahi İmparatorluğu. The concept behind it is to match cards so one has no cards left in your hands. The first to get rid of their cards wins.
For other games a common type of ‘street game’ is simply called ‘kick the ball’ and the exact rules vary by region. The core game however plays much like soccer using a rag ball with what is usually a rice or sand filling. Teams core points for getting the ball into goals on other side of the playing field.