This page is for general need-to-know information (:
People on Sorla age much more slowly than we do. Generally, these are the age ranges that can be found.
Child - 1-20
Teen - 21-30
Young Adult - 31-35
Adult - 36-119
Elder - 120+
Lifespans range from 200 to 250 years.
-Children are expected to learn.
-Teens are expected to begin taking their places in the world [aka shadowing their parents if taking over ruling, or shadowing a mentor of their chosen skill]. Marriages are acceptable at the higher range of age, but not common.
-Young adults are ready to move out and live on their own (not applicable to future rulers). Sometimes they marry at this age, but most often not.
-Adults are working members of society, with families at home.
-Elders are the storytellers and keepers of lore. Their knowledge is highly sought-after, and most of them share it freely with those younger.
Each race of Sorla has their own language, with various dialects. However, all Sorlians are taught as children the official language, Soran, and the ceremonial language, Zekan. Soran and Zekan are very simliar - Zekan is just a bit more 'flowy' and soft. Zekan is also used solely by priests or priestesses of the Goddess.
All racial languages are based off of Soran, so even without using the official language, people can understand some words.
Here are some words commonly used:
-mitan | This is a term used for nobility, or a student to a teacher. Name-mitan means that you have a great amount of respect for the person you're speaking to, or that they are in authority over you.
-emin | Reserved for the highest rulers of each race, their heirs, the Goddess, and the Princess, this defers the highest amount of respect. It is used the same way as -mitan, coming after the name.
-nesai | Used the same as above, it is used for priests/priestesses of the Goddess.
-ka | Endearment used at the end of a name. Most frequently used by lovers & spouses.
-sei | Used by the nobility, it is most often added to the name of a servant or commoner that the person respects/admires.
If you really want to remind someone of their place (their place being under the heel of your boot, that is), then you would use the term -krel, either added to the end of their name or on its own. The use of -krel is considered impolite, unrefined, and downright common by the higher nobility, and as such you'll most likely never hear them utter it.