Naxos is a land of warriors, in the greek hoplite style. It has been ruled by Urien the Swift for it’s entire life of nearly 400 years. He keeps a council of the greatest generals of the land, each of which personally leads their armies into battle.
The people of Naxos tend to be grim and rough, but all of them aspire to glory and honor in battle, and while they do not rush to death, they hope to die in battle. Those who live longer can gain more honor before passing into the next life, but they will never run from battle, or they will loose all the honor they have ever gained.
Naxos is not a land for the weak, and those who are tend to die young, and are not pitied by most. The Icarians see this a brutish and evil, but the Naxos believe that the souls of the weak are ones that came to this world before they were ready, and that they will come again in time as better, stronger people. They think the way the Icarians pamper and care for even those unfit to live are despicable, keeping them from being freed from their tortured existence.
The main food source of the Naxos are boars, which are hunted by all adult males when not at war. The hunt of the boar is seen as a rite of passage for the younger, and those who survive are men, ready to don armor and shield and go to war. They also tend small fields of various plants, mostly hardy grains. The fields are tended mainly by the women and children, though also by men too old to fight. Most men do not reach this age, though, and for most doing so means you are a coward.
Age is a sign of respect, as it means that you have fought for many years and never lost a fight. However, senility is a sign of great weakness and cowardice, because it means that the gods have found you unworthy of living any longer. True men will either die in battle, or live forever as great warriors.
Women are seen as gifts from the gods to men, and as rewards for fighting prowess. However, as gifts, they should be treated with respect, and abusing a woman is seen as an offense to the gods, akin to receiving a gift from a friend and then throwing it to the ground.
Naxos has no official laws, but a few cultural beliefs serve the same purpose and are shared by all the cultures in the land.
Murder is not in itself seen as evil by the Naxos. Ritual combat and fighting for honor are always to the death, and seen as a way to gain honor and to prove your prowess in battle. However, if you kill in a cowardly way, then the penalty is death.
Those who abuse a woman lose all honor, and are exiled into the sea. They are tied to a rock and placed upon a wooden raft, and pushed out to sea. If they survive, then the gods have forgiven them and they can try to start their lives again, though they can never return to the town they lived in.
Stealing is the only other law that is enforced throughout Naxos, and the penalty is to be made a slave. Slaves have no rights, but treating one unfairly is looked down upon. The length of time that you are a slave depends on what you stole, and is mostly decided by precedent. For example stealing a man’s boar meat usually results in about 5 years of slavery for each boar’s size of meat that was stolen.
A man sleeping with another man’s wife is also seen as stealing, and especially dire because you are stealing the gift that man received from the gods. Thus, it usually results in a lifetime of slavery.
Another law that is not observed in all of the land is the persecution of those who use magic. In general magic is seen as cowardly, but some think it’s use is an affront to the gods, and must be punished. In some towns, using magic will cause the entire populace to set upon you and tear you limb from limb. In others, you will merely be spit upon and reviled. The lands more to the north tend to be more fanatical in their hatred of magic, while those to the south tend to be more understanding, most likely due to the influence of travelers and merchants from Icaria, where magic is more common.