|Average Lifespan: 80 years
Age of Adulthood: 21 years
Family and Marriage:
Normally, immediate families are quite close in varogel culture, but there is a lack of neighborly behavior that one might find with esile. Almost all marriage pairings are the result of individual choice, not a decision of the family, though it is typical that the families get very involved in the process.
Varogel attire is typically constructed of light, flexible pfowe leather from the many farms in the Moroberg Foothills. For women, clothing is usually revealing of the legs, arms, and midriff, often consisting of a simple sleeveless top and a skirt or shorts. Men usually cover the legs completely, but may omit the top. They often wear open-front jackets without sleeves and with flaring collars. Garments are stitched with leather lacing and the shoulders are often left uncovered. There are few varieties of color in varogel outfits, but sharp geometric designs are often burned into the leather for interest. Older varogels may choose to wear looser garments in more layers with sleeves. Laced gloves are common, and there is an enormous variety of footwear. Varogels who live in the foothills nearer to sebellpan and anauli settlements may incorporate more cloth into their attire, and those farther north often add thick shepzel fur in the winter. Like clothing style, hairstyle is a matter of preference. Both men and women have hair which naturally forms very rigid clumps and can be easily shaped. Women often wear their hair in exciting, flaring styles while men normally keep their head hair shorter. Men do, however, take pride in finding unique beard styles.
There is a great deal of focus on the trades in varogel society. In the cities higher in the mountains many citizens work in mining or smithing, providing nearly all of Abmiram’s metalware. It is uncommon for varogels to want to pursue more intellectual vocations. In the foothills farther from the Moroberg Mountains, varogels often raise livestock or grow produce, supplying the rest of Abmiram with a great deal of food, leather, and other material as well. There is very little difference between the roles of men and women in varogel society. Both men and women are quite capable of difficult manual labor. Children are often apprenticed very early and are only formally educated in their trades. Because travel is made inconvenient by natural barriers, it is usually only traders who venture beyond the foothills by way of the rivers.
The Varogel republic is headed by its chancellor in the capital city, Vulkrast. The chancellor and his large council handle all major decisions and relations with other nations of Abmiram. For each decision there is a vote among the members of the council who represent all varogel towns and interests. Security officials called sentinels populate the capital and tolerate no one who speaks out against those in power.