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Dementlieuse Poor Commoner Resource/Guide
« on: April 17, 2020, 11:14:16 PM »
Dementlieuse Poor Peasantry Guide (Optional)


After speaking to Arawn, EO, and Dread in regards to my own PC, I thought making this might help others from what I learned from them. More information can be found in the Gazetteer volume 3 (Dementlieu).

Urban peasants and rural peasants will have differing attitudes, societies, and practices, on top of tending to dislike each other. This will focus on urban specifically, the lowest class. Commoners (middle and lower class) who work for nobility/socialize with nobility a lot might be different, but here's what I learned...

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General Way of Life

Dementlieu is like the early industrial revolution. There is a pretense to civilization as the nobility profit off the exploitation of the lower class, usually doing the bare minimum to take care of them.

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Workhouses are basically sweatshops and there are no orphanages. Children and adults alike work at these workhouses for 14 hours a day, seven days a week. There is the option of working for nobility for a slightly better paying job, however it is personally degrading. The workhouses have terrible working conditions with broken and malfunctioning equipment, causing accidents, sometimes fatal. There aren't any brothels in Port-a-Lucine (not in game anyways) however prostitution in the poor quarters makes sense as well as high class escorts for the richer ones.

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There is a lot of organized and not so organized crime in Dementlieu that may be made up of the lower class, however they prey on them. The large funds one might find in the sewers is the cache of these criminals and normal commoners don't really have access to that kind of stuff.

Social Protocol

For addressing nobility, commoners who hang around nobles might know all the intricacies however commoners who do not would be extremely different, saying things like "Your lordship" and other weird titles.
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Revolutionary Trivia

From a revolutionary's perspective, the Church of Ezra can be a tool used by the nobility to control the poor. Most Dementlieuse are irreligious, however the Halans do far more for the Ourvier (Worker's) Quarter than the Ezrites, helping the poor and down trodden.

The revolution can by symbolized with a red sash, tri-color cockades, and a phyrgian chapeau.

Pauline Jenout was a hero of the commoners during the 770 revolution and was killed by a treacherous noble, Lucille de Larose. She fought for reforms that have yet to be fulfilled by the council of brilliance in the past five years. Presently, only nobles can vote.

A couple of papers about the revolution/shortly after that are pretty cool are these two links...

L'Avant-garde
https://www.nwnravenloft.com/forum/index.php?topic=43678.0

L'Avocat https://www.nwnravenloft.com/forum/index.php?topic=39347.0


The following reforms have yet to be fulfilled...

--8 hour work days, 5th Day off
--An end to child labor
--Greater safety precautions and regulations for workhouses
--An end to debt bondage as a practice
--Universal suffrage**


**Universal suffrage was briefly installed by the Council of Brilliance after the Revolution (770) but overturned and nulled by the Maitriser, Marius de Mortigny, after taking Port-a-Lucine(773).

« Last Edit: April 17, 2020, 11:33:06 PM by Banshee »

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Re: Dementlieuse Poor Commoner Resource/Guide
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2020, 12:29:34 AM »


I appreciate you putting this resource together, Banshee.