The Life of the Lunarian

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Excerpt from Volume 9, Chapter 15

As the central point in what had been the Moon Kingdom, the aforementioned capital center of the empire had within it it's own norms and traditions. Many of these, in case of point, could be seen within the daily social habits of both the noble and the average citizen of this ancient world and through existing records, survivor accounts and archaeological evidence, we can paint a fairly solid picture of this past.

Luniaran - The Shining World of the Noble

While all individuals living on the Moon originated from the same home world, that being the ancient society of Selenos, the nobles could proudly proclaim for themselves to be descended directly from those Selenos of higher class and bloodlines. Many of these names were ancient by the time they had arrived and thus the daily life of this group (often simply called Luniarans) are often seeped in deep traditions and regular routines.

Many of the noble class were almost completely contained within the walls of the capitol, from which the great Moon Palace dominated, barring local nobles who would be placed in positions of power to govern smaller villages and lands. For those living within the walls of the capitol, though, life for the most part followed a strict pattern of behavior and etiquette. For many, the morning would start off with breakfast amongst each other, allowing for some private time amongst each other to gather the day. This was counted as especially important, as the rest of the day would see little to no personal time for themselves afterwards. During this time, nobles would often take part in early morning walks through the parks of the capitol city, something which would often result in local commoners trying their best to get a good look at what the higher ups' life would be like. For others, this time would with a morning gathering at one of the many bathing areas within the area, to take part in a purification of body and soul for the day.

Afternoons would see these nobles gather to the castle which would usually see a Royal Luncheon provided where the lesser nobles could directly speak to the royal family, allowing a form of semi-formal socialization for the group. In this small way, the queen helped to keep the morale and loyalty of her subjects intact. This would also be the time where most often servants would be sent out to do small tasks for their masters and mistresses, often related to whatever business the nobles would see fit to do at that time. This was often because these afternoon hours were in contrast to the more leisure filled mornings and evenings "business time", though what sort of form this business be in would vary from individual to individual, sometimes being little more then another formalized form of pleasure, though this seems to have been within a very small minority.

While dinners were for the most part a private affair (barring special occasions, the royal family never attended dinner with the other nobles), the rest of the evening would very often be spectacular affairs. Social gatherings were very often put together by the Royal Family which ranged from ice skating in the winter seasons to concerts and other dramatic performances. However, the most common form of entertainment was the Royal Ball, which were a fairly common affair especially later on within the Silver Millennium. These would often go on for great lengths into the evening and at certain times of the year would also see the more lower classes attending in some fashion. Thus the average day of a Capitol Noble would end, a day bookmarked by pure pleasure.

The country Nobles that is those who lived outside the capitol would not be bound so much by routine as those who lived within the palaces. Most often these Nobles would prefer to use mornings as their working periods in contrast to their more urban cousins. While most nobles in the countryside would be seen far more often then in the city, they still maintained somewhat of a distant relationship with those of the lower classes around them. They would most often only rub shoulders with these individuals during festivals or other local social gatherings and would most often only be seen around the capitol during special occasions.

Selenites - Children of the Moon

One of the first things to note in regards to this essay is the fact that the concept of a "lower class" on the Moon is not as simple as some may suppose. It is not nearly a matter of financial rank in so much as role in society as well as ancestral origin, though even then there is chances for upward movement along social ranks, though less in terms of title.

This being said, the life of the average Selenite (a term which is used interchangeably to those living on the Moon but most often designates a non-noble) is far different then their noble counterparts. Very few Selenites live within the capitol itself, apart from servants and some merchants. Rather many live in the villages and very small cities which are spread out across the light side of the satellite. Dependent on their job or talent, meals are often shared with families though in some communities they are a communal affair, shared amongst all who live within the village. This is most common among farmers, who due to the rather difficult growing seasons and locations often have to rely on each other for help. A day's work makes up only a small part of the time of each week and while these people lacked the grand balls of the nobles, they had their own forms of entertainment to tide them by. Very often country nobles would pay for and provide the money needed to create the community events, ranging from dramatic works performed in small theaters to carnivals.

The most important times for these people would be the numerous holidays and festivals with which they most often could mingle with those of the higher class. The relationship between lower classes and nobles is fraught with ceremony and tradition and so often it would be thought by some to see these nobles and royals, especially those from the capitols and some manner of deities, to be worshiped and feared and respected.

Now there are people for who seem to straddle these class differences. These tend to include military officers, priests as well as some merchants. Due to this, their culture tends to be a rather even mixture of the aforementioned lifestyles. Due to this fact, however, it is not of great important to reiterate simply what aspects they tend to share.