Just a fun dispatch where I add / remove / edit as many TV tropes as I can find with some basis in Ephyra, either because they accurately apply or are substantially subverted.
Some tropes may contradict one another, as Ephyral citizens may have unique ways of interpreting the systems surrounding them, leading to potential disagreement - or a case of circumstantial application of one trope as opposed to its alternatively valid opposite.
Many of these tropes reflect cultural trends in Ephyra intended for values dissonance exercised within a consistent culture. It is almost guaranteed you will find something morally objectionable in this list. Discretion is therefore advised.
KISSING COUSINS | Like the tolerated marriage of brother and sister, cousins of any degree including first are eligible to marry each other, and do so with high frequency, including amongst the non-Selian citizens of Ephyra. As related families often live near each other, cousins are able to form attraction themselves, and request marriage from their familial fathers. Other times, a young woman will be presented suitors both cousins and non-cousins by her father, in the hope of gaining her a good marriage, particularly if the young man is already known well due to being a familial relation. No taboo exists for such marriages, which are generally viewed more positively outside of Ephyra than its brother-sister traditions. Depending on whether the cousin is from a father's aunt or uncle, or from the maternal side at all, some are harder to spot, as since wives do not take the name of their husband, some wives may appear to be unrelated whilst being as close in blood to their husband as one who shares the same name due to a shared paternal grandfather.
LOVE GODDESS | One of the most important and popular deities in the modern Selian pagan pantheon, the deity Aminis has undergone changes and taken on new epithets since her ancient days to reflect both more positive and negative aspects of love, lust, and sex, viewed by the Ephyral who worship her. Aminis the Mother reflects her mythological background as an ancestor of some of the Selian tribes, as well as the symbolic mother of cities - not to mention the procreative role of women, which though usually encompassed in the sphere of Rhaea, includes Aminis also in the role of marital sex. Aminis the Victorious is the curious association of this goddess of love with victory in battle, just one of the many mythological associations pairing sexuality and violence, as noted in a previous trope. Aminis the Companion is considered a patron of prostitutes and courtesans, both of whom (if believers in the pantheon) may offer tribute to her that they receive profitable business. Aminis is thus both loved as a patronage of marital love, affection, motherhood, fertility, the beauty of women, and victory, but simultaneously averse in her aspects of promiscuity, licentiousness, lust, immodesty, and clouded judgement. In mythology, she embarks on many love affairs with mortals, as well as gods, birthing demigod heroes and other gods. She represents a duality of the good and bad of sex and love. She is often paired, as the symbol of femininity, with the chief god of war, Larox, as a symbol of masculinity.
MANDATORY MOTHERHOOD | And fatherhood, but motherhood is certainly more emphasised. Childbearing and raising is perhaps the noblest duty a citizen woman has, and for any fertile woman, taking this duty is rarely optional. Even those who enter the virginal priestess-hood of the hearth will, upon being relieved of their vows of absolute chastity, be expected to marry and reproduce. Women, and female sexuality, are the seeded of the state as the source of reproductive power. Not only does the state have an interest in this, but every family. It is likewise the duty of a man to reproduce, become a husband, father, and fulfil his own duties as a citizen beyond the military and political, but he also has a personal and familial incentive to carry on his name, his individual bloodline, and his property to the next generation. This requires a wife, and thus the principle objective of marriage is childbirth. It is entirely expected that a bride will become pregnant within the first year of marriage, and both spouses will make offerings to the relevant deities to aid in her conception. Pregnancy within the first moon of marriage is considered a blessing. Women will become pregnant multiple times over their marriages, producing on average around three children, but some go for four, five, and in rarer cases, six and upwards. Only the curse of infertility otherwise relieves a woman of her obligations, although simultaneously ostracising her, as she is of no use to a husband.
MARRIAGE BEFORE ROMANCE | Arranged marriages based on perceived qualities of femininity and masculinity have not always lent themselves to the necessary long-term courtship preceding marriage that may allow in other societies the development of love between spouses, and indeed, love is not a primary factor in determining marriage suitability. Any marriage though should be, at the bare minimum, one of concord and co-operation, through which it is believed (alongside the production of children) love can develop. Some marriages therefore are deeply affectionate, whilst others merely cordial, husband and wife performing their duties honourably and respectably, but without deeper love.
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