If your story has an idle nobility class, their culture shouldn't just be different from the general population, it should be an over-the-top caricature of the common folks' culture. Whatever the population generally agrees is ideal, fair, admirable, or good, the nobility will take into stupid extremes.
Contrary to the beliefs of many, people are actually not at all happy when they're idle - a person with no assigned task or duty will go out of their way to come up with one. And all around the world, whenever there's been an upper class with nothing to do, they've started to compete with each other over stupid shit, but always stupid shit that the culture they live in considers positive qualities.
From the noblemen in Europe challenging each other to a possibly lethal duel over insulting someone's hat, to a Chinese noblewoman being moved to tears by the beauty of someone's calligraphy, bored elites everywhere have always wanted to outdo each other in their expressions of possessing all the noble traits that this culture in particular holds in value.
You can, and should, use this as a way to highlight what the actual values of this society is. In a setting where being religious is held as an admirable trait, there is nobility coming up with new ways to one-up each other in their expressions of worship. Society that values art and music will have them competing over who hires the most artists, and who employs the most talented musicians. Aggressive, war-like people will have fuels to the fucking death over a stupid hat.
Literally anything can be competed in, and bored people with far too much time and money in their hands will become competitive over the most ridiculous things. This isn't just an useful tool in worldbuilding, but also a fun one.
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wow nice to see this suddenly make the rounds again?? Thank u to whoever's reblogging my outfitobers haha
something I learned after posting it originally, is that the red pompoms on the headpiece usually are a visual cue for "military leader" type characters!
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Day 26. Retrofuture Beijing Opera/Jing Ju
This started as an excuse to draw those cool half-skirt things and spam red colour everywhere, but now it’s my fave outfitober so far because I spent way too long on it. Also peep the wi-fi signal flags! In Beijing Opera, the headpiece with the feather antenna often denotes the “hero” character.
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It’s actually really funny how many cultures have fox spirits and how many mostly consider them Complete Assholes, whether actively malicious or just dickheads that trick people
You’ve got the Kitsune that can be anywhere from incomprehensibly evil and powerful to doting mothers and good wives,
You’ve got the Huli Jing in China which were believed to be entirely female and needed male energy to survive, and did so by corrupting high-level politicians- and the Jiuweihu, the big girls that took to leading souls away from Dharma,
You’ve got the Gumiho in Korea, who just straight up eat people’s livers or steal their life force,
In Scandinavia, specifically Finland, fox spirits were believed to be the cause of Aurora Borealis, revontulet, the “fox fire”, as well as just usually messing with people, and then also the Brunnmigi for the Norse which poisoned water because fuck you,
The Celts also attributed them to be wily little bastards that existed to make fools of hunters and apparently that’s where the word “Shenanigan” came from, originally being sionnachuighim, “I play the fox” in irish gaelic,
In Europe you’ve got Reynard the asshole baron,
and from what I’ve seen a lot of native american tribes also just consider them dicks on the level of coyotes
it’s like every human that sees one of these
is just like “wow, what an asshole”, it’s great
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Do you know any kinds of cells with really funky internal structures?
mm probably this one!
it's Valonia ventricosa (also called bubble algae or sailor's eyeballs) and that whole mess is, in fact, a single cell.
and because this one cell is so damn huge, it contains multiple nucleuses and billions upon billions of individual chloroplasts.
go ahead and stick this thing under a microscope, I dare you.
but the really bonkers part... is that in order to reproduce, these fucking things undergo mitosis just like any other cell.
sure am glad I don't have to deal with that!
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