MYCENEAN CULTURE

        This document is general guide to the people and culture of Mycenean. It is by no means an exhaustive study nor a guide for individual Myceneans, but it is simply a series of observations which may prove useful to those unfamiliar to the culture.

AGRICULTURE:

        Myceneans use standardized layouts regarding fields. They tend to square or rectangular fields, if the terrain permits. Landowners or landholders use 2/3 of their fields while the remaining portion remains fallow. The portions are rotated accordingly so that the land is not rendered infertile. Primary crops are staples, such as figs, vegetables, corn, wheat, and tubers. A smaller percentage (20%) of the arable lands are used for luxury items such as certain fruits trees and difficult or less hardy crops. Often individuals will supplement foods privately; see HOUSING. Farming is all organic as the idea of introducing chemicals for insect and disease control has not yet been introduced.

ARTS

        This area is similar, and perhaps unremarkable, to other cultures. All forms are used: sculpture, painting, literature, poetry, and music. Ballads and songs are the most common. They most common are often repetitious with simple rhythms easily sung during work. They also reflect current concerns and interests, sometimes finding their way into the newspapers as a result. Art forms are still either Expressionism or Realism in form. Materials vary from durable steel and marble to temporary ice.


BOOKS AND LITERATURE

        Books are thus far, the most prevalent information source available. The invention of the press, as with other societies was a great equalizer in learning between the aristocracy and the public. Also, as with most societies of this period, the written word has almost taken an almost revered place in society. If it is written, it must be true. Since literature is printed, along with classics, it hasn't reached the stage of the
tabloid, so a naive viewpoint still prevails. Literature consists of epic classics and esteemed authors who write social commentaries as well as historical pieces. Epic sagas are still popular in schools, because it is seen as necessary for each person to know their heritage.
As a result, books are available to the public all across Mycenea.

CHILDHOOD
        Until the age of 6, children are kept at home, tended to all requirements, the state supplies these needs if necessary. The early years are D'Vassa: The Great Beginning. Euthanasia is prohibited except in the case of extreme disability and only if the family deems it desirable. There is no term for illegitimacy; all children are seen as valued in of themselves. If a family cannot care for the needs of the child, the community takes care of it.
        The second stage is D'Sora (Emergence) where the child is taken into society to begin learning of etiquette and social forms, especially the beginning of the training of rhetoric. This begins at the age of five.
        The third stage is Phi'lassam (The Education) where the child begins formal education in a public forum. This begins at the age of six. Public institutions are the norm though there are a few private institutions. This is generally frowned upon because the student loses the advantage of social interaction amongst their peers. Some private instructors are exceptionally learned men who supplement public learning if the student requires it. It is also common for a family to foster a child out at this time, to gain the benefits of a family with better social or economic standing. This is especially true of those children who are particularly promising.
        The fourth stage is D'nora (The Coming Out). This is at the time of puberty where the child is formally acknowledged as an adult. This follows a ritual where the child becomes an adult by engaging in a formal rite of sexual intercourse. Great pains are taken for that rite to be private, fulfilling and nonthreatening. It is considered a horrible crime to interfere in this procedure (molesting a child, for example) and is severely punished. The stage is formalized through feasting and celebratory entertainment with the new adult(s) as the guest(s) of honor.




CLOTHING


        Materials are usually durable, cottons, wool's, etc. Forms are loose togas of light fabrics in hot climates and heavier one in cool-temperate zones with an undershirt to protect the upper body from the cold. They are tailored to an individual (male or female form) for a proper fit. Complex pleating, decorations, and custom fits allow for a wide variety of appearances. Labor-intensive activities have adopted tunics and breeches which have spilled over into other areas. This is not yet considered appropriate attire for most occasions but this may change as time goes on. Colors explore the entire gamut from soft pastels to vibrant colors. Patterns are dominantly geometric or replicating dyed patterns which interlock.

COSMETICS
        Artificial enhancements are somewhat done in Mycenea. Hair is often adorned with henna and colorings to show off a style or complexion or a line of cheek and neck. Some cosmetics are used to portray a clear complexion, and truly elaborate hennas are sometimes used to cover the skin and show off a particularly lithe or attractive form. Perfumes have not been used since its invention has yet to be necessitated. Cosmetics are created from a wide variety of ingredients, from metallics and minerals (cheap) to herbal and natural.

COSMOLOGY

        This reflects the societal belief that they are destined to rise up in their place in the cosmos against all opposition and prevail against all obstacles. Unity is the key. Nationalism is a very valued part of public life. They do not believe they are the center of the universe but believe they are an important integral part of the universe. They work for the time where they can rise up to meet their ancestors who have become the stars and watch over them. Consequently, there is a lot of thought in astronomy and astrology. The stars are the key for all knowledge.

DEATH

        This is one of the more elaborate parts of the society. When a death occurs there is a comparatively brief period of mourning where individuals are allowed to act on their grief as long as it harms no one else. The explosive, sometimes violent, reaction may be due to the societal pressure of quickly passing through the public stages of grief. It is considered unseemly for extended periods of personal grief (more than one week). Private, personal grief is accepted as long as it does not interfere with one's public duty. If so, the person is commended and respected is accorded so as not to inflict further difficulties on the grievers.
        It should be noted that the culture views the explosive nature of grief is in direct proportion of their feelings for the deceased. Grief, tears, and even blood, are an expression which carries to the deceased, fortifying them on their journey to the stars. Higher-placed families sometimes enhance public grief so ensure a brighter place in the sky. Interrupting a ritual is a serious crime, making the offender the object of a public duel, for they have caused the deceased's soul to be lost.
        If one's honor has been irreplaceably challenged, or the family will suffer on behalf of one individual (i.e. you cannot honorably follow an immoral public decree with bringing dishonor to the family or the people), ritual suicide is an acceptable form of atonement or redemption. Since this is a fore-known event, the usual period of grief is changed. The intended will congregate family and friend during a predetermined period of time (determined by the number of guests) where the last days are spent in joyous feasting, giving all the opportunity to say their peace, and a chance for reconciliation. In extreme measures, it can even be used as a political platform if the issue is dire enough. Even military personnel, if family or close friends, will be given a reprieve from duty to attend any of these events. the method of suicide is left to the intended.
        Myceneans are concerned with the past, the present, and the afterlife. Little consideration is given to the remains. They are usually cremated but sometimes are buried. Tombs are sometimes erected to honor a person's deeds but this is only for very distinguished people. A sacred grove in the city is reserved for these. But for personal areas, perhaps for honoring the past or for present grieving, families have in their home, memory chambers. They are often small areas, private from the rest of the public areas in the house, and are as elaborate or simple as the family chooses. More prominent, distinguished lineages will usually be more elaborate and larger in size.
        There has been a growing trend where a portion of the deceased (i.e. a bone fragment from the crematorium or a lock of hair) is in the memory chamber, and this has caused some division of thoughts and feelings regarding the appropriateness of this. Those opposed believe it helps the grievers to linger in grief and is a primitive practice worthy of only of less evolved cultures.

DOMESTICATED ANIMALS

        There are a large variety of domesticated animals largely depending on region and socio-economical abilities to care for them. Sheep, dogs, cattle, cats, etc. are all part of the culture. In addition, three stand out:
        Malinor: a small mammal with thick, dense fur. Usually 50 cm long and 7.5-10 kilograms. They are small, quick and extremely agile. Their claws, fangs and tail are hollow where a potent poison is stored. They are very territorial to “their” family and are often used to safeguard children, of which they are ferociously protective. They are also very pleasant and friendly though not above a quick swipe (claws retracted) if the child's notion of fun exceeds theirs. They do not stop the family's interaction (like when a parent must discipline a child) but they become very agitated when violence is brought into the picture. If pushed to far (or not removed to their sleeping area, away from the violence) they may act on the violent person.
        Kakalan- a bird imported from a distant region that was quickly adopted by the Myceneans. They are pigeon-sized with plain tan feathers, often dyed in the colors of their Houses. It is the most common identifier of the birds. They are extremely hardy, able to eat anything, even that which is poisonous to the people). This makes feeding them an easy chore. In fact, the duty of securing food from them is a constant chore (else they become torpid with their glutting). But this duty is light compared to their ability to memorize locations and their use as message carriers. Some kakalan have been known to memorize 50 locations and recognize their names so that they know where to go. The recent technology of the telegraph is a concern to some since this may prove the birds obsolete. To the dismay of purists, many are let go to fend for themselves or killed outright. There is a growing outcry not to abandon them in consideration for their cheerful, sometimes annoying, colorful dispositions.
        Neider- a reptile that grows to about 1 meter long bearing formidable teeth and spiked tails. They bear some resemblance to the rare, elusive firedrake and have the intelligent equal to a canine. They must be bought when hatched (within three or four days of this) to allow for proper imprint. They are extremely territorial and must be trained to learn who they may allow on the grounds. Sometimes they will only learn to take the cues from their primary caregiver or owner. They are used as security in places such as estates, banks, jewelers, and other areas with a risk of security. They are very loyal and will no eat or drink anything not given by their caregivers. If a caregiver or owner dies, the animal usually has to be put down.

ETIQUETTE

        This is a complex subject and too large to recite all opportunities in this small observation. A greeting is simply placing one's open hand over the heart. Because of ranking, meeting a new individual is usually done through a third party who implicitly vouches for the new arrivals honor and integrity. If something goes wrong, more often than not, the introducer is caught in the backlash and if it is really bad and perhaps the entire family is ruined. See DEATH: Ritual Suicide.
        Hospitality rules are fairly simple. The host's job is to make sure their guests are safe, relaxed, and welcomed with all their need attended to. Guests' are to be gracious and not over-taxing to their hosts, never to ask for what a host may not be able to provide without hardship. In going to dinner, or some other social affair, never bring a host wine or food for that implies the host may not be able to provide for them. It is a bad reflection on the hose if a guest must ask for something which should have been foreseen. It may be construed as a deliberate insult.

FAMILY

        This is the most important structure in the entire family. It is the smallest “community” that exists for the sake of survival and life. It is the family which keeps the State alive. It is the most natural of political structures. It is very extended, sometimes several generations will live within the same household. Illegitimacy is not an issue and any problems are not reflected onto the child. Children are raised by the entire family thereby benefiting from a wide selection of learning and experiences. The family, by being united, can all work together to ensure the advancement of a potentially promising individual with the burden spread to all, rather than just one or two parents. No one forgets that their first allegiance is to the Family, despite one or more members walking among more exalted circles. All family holdings are owned by each member with a share with a reflected investments in the family votes. Families are run or directed by the matriarch and this passes to the nearest female relative.

FOLKLORE

        The Mycenean people have a rich folkloric history dating as far back as their first days. The majority of the stories focus on the heroes who made surviving possible. The following are a few examples:

THE PIPER
        My elder sister was piping for some people at a certain place, while another, a woman from Talsarius, was playing for the children at the same house. At eleven o'clock or so, the children were taken home. The woman who had been playing for them, Aunt Matyi, was paid and she took leave of my sister and left for home.
        On her way home, three women stepped up to her and said, "Come along, Matyi. We want you to play for us. We will go to that house over there, at the end of the avenue. And have no fear, we're going to pay for your piping.
        When she went in, they made her stand on a dais near the wall. And there, she piped for them. Money, mostly gold and jewels came in showers at her feet. "I'm not doing badly at all," she thought.
        At about dawn, there came a terrible crash and in a wink she found herself standing right in the top of a tree at the end of the village.
        "Damn it! How can I get down?"
        Through careful movements and be remaining calm, she was able to extricate herself from her precarious position. Once down, she met her sister who saw him descending.
        "By the stars, whatever were you doing up there?"
        "Well, sister, three women stopped me on my way home. They asked me to follow them to a house at the end of the avenue. When I went in, they made me pipe for them. They've given a lot of money for my time."
        Matyi began looking for the money she had seen. But there was no money, only a lot of broken crockery and little chips of glass.
        Matyi's sister shook her head at the young woman's foolishness and left her there looking for wealth which wasn't there.
        Such things sometimes still happen.


THE WERELING

        Many years ago, a woman named Hana led a very holy and humble life; she never wore finery, she traveled only by the simplest means, ate sparingly and was frugal. One moonlit night, while on her travels, she decided to sleep in the open, to prevail over the cold. She was preparing to sleep in a copse adjoining a grave, ten kilometers from a city in Shanshi. By the light of the moon, he saw a wild aiden (a lizard-like rodent) place on its head a skull and some bones from a nearby grave, and clothed itself with grass and leaves. Presently, the aiden took the form of a handsome man, plainly dressed, and wandered out to the adjoining road. As the noises of a traveler became clear, the man began to tiredly walk down the road, showing extreme fatigue. The traveler approached from around a turn and stopped along side the man.
        "Sir," she asked, "What brings you here, alone, in the night? Do you need help?"
        The man stopped, turned, and told his tale. "I am the widower of Aeloran. My wife died suddenly last year. I was going to her Family's Estate, when I was set upon by brigands. Her family lives a ways off and I'm not sure of the way. Just today, I have traveled from Galdenon."
        "Galdenon! That's quite a ways, indeed.!" When the woman heard where the Family resided, she said, "I come from that place and I am on my way home again. If you do not mind rough traveling, you may ride with me."
        "It could not possibly be rougher than the long walk alone." He accepted gratefully and vowed he will never forget the traveler's kindness. She was just ready to make room when Hana saw the aiden smiled, revealing sharp, vicious teeth. She came out of the copse, crying out "Beware! He is a wereling! If you do not believe me, wait for a few minutes and I will make him resume his true form.
        Hana practiced the ancient arts, yelling "Return at once to your original form!" The man immediately fell down and changed into his true shape. His flesh and blood flowed away like a stream and nothing remained but the dead body, a skull, and a few dry bones and some leaves and blades of grass.
        The traveler bowed reverently to the holy woman and went away, full of astonishment and respect.

FAST PARENTS
        Oh, yes. There was a young woman who was seeing a young man. After a time, she went to her father, with who she was very close, and said, "I wish to marry that man and join our Estates." His father said, "Well, Jona, let me tell you. I knew that man's mother when he was young and that man's your brother.
        Well, she felt bad and she left him. After a time, she met another one from an even better Family. She once again went to her father and said, "I wish to marry that man." Her father said, "Well, Jona, I knew that man's mother when he was younger-that man's your brother."
        She felt awfully bad. One day while she was working, her mother saw she was sad and asked her "What is the trouble, Jona?"
        "Nothing,” she answered.
        "There's something wrong and I want to know what it is. Why did you leave that man, the first one, especially after we agreed to not consider those we had chosen for you? And what happened with the second one?"
        "Well," Jona replied, "Father told me he knew their mothers when he was younger and they are both my brothers."
        Her mother turned to Jona and said, "It is true that your father was fast when he was younger. I want to tell you that I also knew many people when I was young and your father isn't your father at all."


FOOD

        Sweets are considered bland to most outsiders, being made from nothing sweeter then honey or natural ingredients such as cocoa. Fasting is seen as counterproductive unless there are acting outside circumstances such as mourning. Meals are eaten 4-5 times a day, in smaller portions and usually communal with the family. Gluttony is frowned upon. Meals will be eaten alone if their is a need for private reflection, perhaps before an important event.

GESTURES
        
        Another complex topic. A nod of the head denotes respect. Including the shoulders denotes submissive respect. A nod with shoulders with hand over the heart is a complex mixture of submission, honor, respect, and homage.
        A direct gaze is expected. Diverting eyes is a precursor for delivery of bad or uncomfortable news or information. Sometimes unpleasant news is given with a slight smile, in an attempt to lessen the blow.
        Fans are often used to express dissatisfaction, interest, boredom, happiness or a wide variety of messages. It is all done with subtle wrist positions, duration or intensity of the fanning. This is made more complex with the colors and patterns of the fans chosen.
        There is a minimum arm gestures and bodily movement in public.
        To bow or kneel is to reduce oneself to the status of a lowly servant or slave.

GOVERNMENT

        Mycenean society is a mixture of a semi-democracy and monarchy. At the local level are elected officials. Citizens do not vote, but elect a representative to do so for them on their behalf. These officials may call for a vote where the people are divided or to get their desires known. Public forums are frequent and often energetic, to discuss district policy or stances on an issue. Representatives are elected as Senator for two years.
        They in turn elect the Grand Senators on a Regional Level for ten year terms. They also have forums for all the Senators to meet and this happens three times a years unless warranted otherwise. they will meet one additional time to express concerns or resolve and issue, to the Queen (or Consort or Regent). Rhetoric plays a vital part in these sessions.
        The Queen has a hereditary position allowing her to formally dictate policy on all matters. Should the Grand Senators vote otherwise by a 4/5 vote, her policies can be vetoed. This has happened only a dozen times in the history of Mycenea.
        A highly valued position is the Justicar of which there has never been more that 7 though it can be as few as 2. They are appointed by the Queen to individuals of uncompromising honor and integrity. The qualifications are so rigorous to prove these that there are often only 1-2 at a time. The strictness is vital because the Justicars, when investigating any crime or incident they feel deserves their notice, can commandeer any resources they require. When a case is closed, the Justicar then assigns sentences to any guilty party (this also includes pardons). There is a chance for appeal, where the case is presented to any other Justicar, and can be overruled or sustained as the case may be. Such situations are rare.
        In an investigation, not the Queen not any Senator or official party may impose blocks or oppositions, even if they are the object of the investigation. If a Justicar feels threatened, she may commandeer whatever military escort deemed necessary, and they are now only answerable to the Justicar.




HOUSING


        Usually multi-level. Public rooms (living areas, salons, dance halls, dining rooms, courtyards, gymnasiums, gardens, etc.) as well as utility areas (kitchen, bathing rooms, etc.) are on the first (street) level. Private areas (bedrooms, guest suites, offices, etc) are either on the lower level or the secondary floors, depending on the terrain. A newer trend is to have more of the house on the second floor, especially in lower income areas.
        Houses have flat roofs with a uniform design and structure. Materials for houses range from wood slat to clay to brick to stone or marble. Entry doors are on the east wall. This means facing a bare wall of the house to the east. Here individuality is shown here. Neighbors to the west will express their individuality by painting or commissioning a painting of a mural on the blank wall they face. Many a feud has begun or been preserved by the painting of an “Inappropriate” painting, or having no painting at all. If disagreements between owners and neighbors go too far, the courts will scrub the wall and place a standard neutral one, not to be replaced for 5 years. The cost is split between the two neighbors and it is by no means inexpensive or cost-effective.
        Houses are built in an “O” shape, with a semi-public courtyard or garden in the center. Roofs are flat, usually used as a vegetable or herb garden. A current trend is to create a terrace, even to have dining events, perhaps to show off influential guests. Roofs of adjoining houses are often interconnected to facilitate neighborly meetings.

HYGIENE

        This is given a great deal of time. Public bath houses can still be seen, though the majority now prefers private baths in their houses, even if that means less social contact. An unkempt appearance is frowned upon, especially if in a public appearance. Obvious exceptions are made for sporting events and laborers.

LABOR

        Here is the standard social contract; employers are to provided jobs with equitable wages, safety, and are concerned with the health and lives of their workers. Employees are expected to work hard, be loyal, and to look to the interests of the company.

LAW

        Law, as well as politics, relies heavily on rhetoric. This skill is highly regarded to the point that lawyers prepare cases for those with rhetoric to perform. Logic, reasoning, and a verbal, legal repartee often are the determining skill for a successful law practice.
        Suits are conducted regularly. Judges travel from location to location, even in the main cities, preventing them from gaining preferences for particular people within one locality. Each citizen must complete particular training in school in the subjects of law, rhetoric, legal precedence, and logic. Only then are they able to conduct their jury duties. All criminal cases are trials by jury. Most civil suits are not, those in cases in extreme negligence, a judge may choose for a jury. Having a jury is the judge's choice in civil maters.
        Either way, trials are fairly straight forward. Both the prosecutor and the defense must present their sides of the issue. Trials are considered too serious to be let slide due to insufficient testimonies. This is an important factor where the defender is considered innocent before being proved guilty. This is not so in Mycenea. Here, the object of the trial is considered neither guilty nor innocent beforehand. That is why the trial exists; it is their purpose.
        Justicars are revered people. They simply decide which case they will investigate and do so. Usually it is difficult cases or ones with wide impact. But, this is not universal. Turval once investigated the accidental death of a pet animal. That it led to the unveiling of a matter of treason is irrelevant to this example, since he just wanted to find out why the dog died.
        In trials, each person is expected to represent themselves. The judge is trained to ignore any particular ignorance of a person and work with all parties to disclose the truth.

MARRIAGE/ PARTNER BONDING

        Mycenea has a long tradition of contractual marriages. Either the parents or the intendeds announce their desire for marriage to their respected families. This is discusses or negotiated by all involved (this usually involves an overabundance of advice and negotiations).
        This is a complicated procedure involving the transference of one's property which is incorporated into the new household. The equity never truly changes names until the marriage has completed five years.
        Divorce is complicated economically, but legally allowable. The property reverts back to the family or the original owner. Little disparagement is heaped on the divorcees unless anger and resentment spills over to create “collateral damage.” Divorce can be initiated by either person or the matriarch of the family with sufficient reasons.

MEDICINES

        This area is primarily herbal and holistic. Any means which will bring health to a patient is considered valid. Surgery is usually considered the last resort, but it is done. Anyone within the society is guaranteed the right to health and each physician is dedicated to this goal. The Hippocratic oath is still taken and upheld, to the point that physicians, woman and men, are almost cloistered with each other to ensure the dissemination of new knowledge, techniques, and experiences.

PREGNANCY

        This lasts for the standard period of 9 months and is usually under the care and supervision of the family and a mid-wife. Women continue working until the 8th month which at that time, they retire to prepare for the birth. Afterwards, the child can be remanded into the custody of a wet-nurse or elder, if the woman wishes to return to work. The elder can be any member of the family, but is often male. The father, or another elder male can be the primary care-giver, which has been the case in the last few decades. No penalties are awarded to either parent if they wish to continue to work.

PSYCHOLOGY

        Myceneans are generally pleasant, quiet, and reticent people who work hard to avoid undue hardship or embarrassment to another. They tend to try to be observant, willing to offer assistance if the need arises, though they are often unwilling to ask for assistance if the need arises, just in case that they would be intruding on another or inflicting difficulties on another. The need to look outward to others' needs is the key to maintaining the perspective of keeping one's duty to others.
        Above all, the concept of face is zealously guarded, if it is at all possible. This is not saying it takes precedent over Justice or Law, or whatever is moral. They just see no need to be un-decorous about it.

RELIGION

        
This is an odd mixture of philosophy, ancestor worship, and religious activity. Philosophy, involving the individual and the universe, revolves around the paramount right to self-will and self-determination. It is based on the belief that each person tries to do what is right, but, while that capacity is natural to each person, it must be developed through practice. The ability to do good depends largely on reasoning, which is what places humans over animals. The concern is on actions, not necessarily with being right irrespective of other considerations. Actions are a demonstrable event which reflects the desire to do good. Actions can be explained through reasoning and rhetoric if required.
        Ancestors play an important part in society to direct and influence the world to a better place. Portent signs and messages are seen in the sky which explains why astronomy and astrology are considered the most important sciences. It is thought to be a most prestigious event when a star is found when someone dies. There are some who think that society is failing because so many stars have been catalogued and fewer are found each year. This implies fewer are worthy to join their brethren in the heavens. Others believe that this simply means we must find the magic or science to reach the stars. Because ancestors play such an important part of society, families records are vigorously kept and breaks in the family history is an almost painful thing.
        Religious authority comes from a pantheistic religious system. The Gods do not play an overt role in the world, usually only appearing to individuals or small groups. There is an unusual relationship between the normal person and the gods. It is an almost cooperative relationship and people tend to be very outspoken to these deities. It comes from the understanding that the gods live by the worship of the people, not necessarily through a church function, but in everyday thoughts. So the people may think on them and argue with them...it works much more efficiently and is more lasting than rule through fear.

SPORTS AND GAMES

        The largest event within Mycenea culture is the yearly Olympics. It attracts visitors from all corners of the country and even from foreign cultures. It is a congregation of non-professional athletes performing in events such as bull riding, track and field events, swimming, gymnastics, hunting and related pursuits, dueling and the like. Once won, the athlete cannot perform again and win. They may teach or coach aspiring contestants, but if they compete, even if they win, they cannot receive further awards. Military personnel are exempt given the nature of their profession (they are considered professional in many of these events).
        On a daily basis, sports range from a wide variety of team sports, and only one or two individual ones. Teams are often publicly owned by a town or region, who can collectively choose to support such diversions.

SUPERSTITIONS

        This is another area where extensive coverage cannot be made in the space allotted. Myceneans can be extremely superstitious especially when considering astrological signs such as comets, eclipses and the like. Comets are seen as portentous, for good or ill considering the alignment of the stars. There have been common occurrences of women delaying pregnancies for more auspicious times. Eclipses are generally seen as particularly good omens due to their rarity.
        Animals play many roles. For example, foxes are seen as mischief makers who are not to be distrusted and have the ability to change shape. If seen, it denotes some trickery is being done. Griffins, if seen are never attacked as they are guarding something important. Seeing one may denote extensive, and unseemly greed depending on many factors.

TIME AND CALENDAR

        Time is seen as fluid and Myceneans have not reached the point where it rules each life. Aside from important events, which are relative in and of itself, the idea of having to constantly hurry is abhorrent. Life is not to be filled with constant stress. Each person has what everyone has, regardless of social class, they have a lifetime. This means they can enjoy it, pursuing what is needed to be happy. Offices and shops open in the morning, but it is common for one person to go to a store and find that it has not opened yet. The visitor would either wait or conduct any business in the meantime. Lunches are extended for this is the time for a parent to spend a little time with family. There are whole sections of the city which will close down for a few hours in the middle of the family for such a purpose. If it is not clear, time is not a ruling concept. Life is taken in a casual manner.

        Time is delineated as per most societies but it is based on the hours of the night and the movement of the moon as opposed to the sun. The calendar is segmented by those times of the year which correspond to astrological events. For example, Spring begins so that it corresponds to Spring solstice falling into the center of that period. All Hallows Eve is the time for ancestors to be remembered and welcomed back to join in the festivities. Different regions celebrate local events of particular importance, i.e. a hero's death or birth, a famous battle, a noteworthy event.

TOWNS

TRANSPORTATION
        
        The majority of the people use horse, mule, carriages, etc. To transport goods. In the city, there has been a speedy movement for the mechanized transport, trains and some mechanized bicycles. Even ships have joined in the technological leap. This has led to other problems such as pollution and disenfranchisement of the technological illiterate, but there are many plans to work on these. For the most part, walking is a preferred and enjoyed experience.

WARFARE AND WEAPONS

        Warfare is conducted with definite rules of engagement. Distance weapons, while they are becoming more prevalent, is seen as dishonorable. If one is not able to face the enemy, you are a coward. It is still an individual procedure where one can show their bravery and honor. Consider many medieval practices and it is probably applicable to Mycenea. Because of its individual focus, hand weapons are the primary tools including spears. Guns have yet to introduced and would probably meet considerable resistance for a while.