|Average Lifespan: 110 for females, 95 for males
Age of Adulthood: 16 for females, 14 for males
Family and Marriage:
An anauli woman’s family is her identity. All the females of a family live clustered together, and refer to one another as aunts, sisters, or daughters of the family depending on age relations. All responsibilities, including rearing daughters, are shared among the group. As soon as young boys are no longer in need of the care of the women, he is sent to stay with the men. All the men belonging to a family live together separately from the women. There is no marriage in anauli society.
Anauli clothing is very light and flowing, made of layers of a somewhat sheer material that allows easy movement in water and quick drying on land. For women, garments are always short-skirted dresses with various styles of bodices or straps. Higher class women, who generally do less swimming, might wear longer skirts with more jeweled accessories attached. Attire is made formal by the addition of flowing drapes on the arms or shoulders. Men wear much the same type of garments as the women, though they are much, much simpler than those of the women and may lack the top half. Shoes are never worn, nor are the lower legs and forearms ever covered. A female will strive to bedeck herself in as many of the most lovely pieces of jewelry as possible including bands which curl around limbs, avoiding the fins. Often some jewelry will bare her family’s unique insignia. Men do not wear jewelry excepting those of unusually high status such as a personal guard to a member of the royal family. Anauli hair is always naturally very straight and slick. Men always wear their hair cut very short, as do underage girls, but women of sixteen and older keep their hair in long, elegant styles with fancy accessories.
Appearances are the most important thing in anauli culture. An anauli is admired for her beauty, style, and grace. Though there are beautiful pearls and corals available from the sea in which they live, the Anauli favor glass, metal, and gems to decorate themselves and their environments. For these they trade heavily with the Varogels and the Renommans by river and sea routes. Anauli also love all forms of art. A city’s galleries and shows might be just as busy as its strings of shops.
Females are dominant in anauli culture. Women hold all positions of authority and importance, including those of watchkeepers, artists, and officials of all sorts. They may choose to receive training in any area in which they show talent or great interest. The role of men is to perform more difficult manual labor such as pearl/seaweed farming, fishing, or construction and repair work. They may also be chosen by women as attendants.
Individual anauli cities function fairly independently, but above all there is the queen who rules from the capital of Piralota. She does not need to give her approval for the decisions of other towns, but she represents all the Anauli when dealing with Abmiram’s other cultures. The oldest daughter of the queen is prepared her whole life to become the next queen, and the crown princess replaces her mother once the current queen has begun to lose her youth and therefore her beauty. This usually occurs sometime around the age of sixty-five.