featherwriter replied to your post: Late Night Worldbuilding
Okay, let’s throw a few of MY favorite things at you. Desert society (but the sandy kind), high magic, reverse sexism so dominant females (because why the heck not)? GO!
Oo, deserts and high magic are some of my favorite things as well! :D Again, sorry for the lack of names.
The Empire has existed, unchanging, for millennia. Or so their historians will tell you. How true this is might never be fully understood by outsiders, as they are quite exclusive when it comes to sharing information, but considering how stable their way of life has been for basically as long as anyone can remember, most people are willing to accept it as fact.
Women dominate nearly every facet of life: government, trade, and even day to day society are run exclusively by female hands. Works of art, literature, and music are all created by women. Rumors exist of men secretly publishing under female pseudonyms, but no record of these men or their works actually existing has ever been found. Take that for what it’s worth.
Grace and elegance are the defining forces in their aesthetic values. Where women are lithe and graceful (regardless of size), men are seen as inherently clumsy and ungainly. No matter how graceful or practiced a man’s movements, he will never be seen as equal to a woman’s superior form and movements. Where women have the defining roles in government and culture, men are relegated to positions of labor, servitude, and military service. However, because women are considered to be the only suitable leaders, the otherwise all-male military will be dominated by a select few female officers. While still above the men, these women often rank very low in society because of their masculine role.
It is interesting to note that martial prowess has a particular duality about it to this culture. Bloodshed and violence are seen as unseemly, hence the assignment of military duty to the men, but as with every aspect of their culture, it is infused with the principles of beauty and grace, though one would be a fool to assume that they sacrifice skill for beauty. Should you ever cross swords with one of their Blademasters with such a thought in your head, you will meet the most beautiful death imaginable.
As a polyandric society, it is a sign of wealth and privilege for a woman to have multiple husbands. Indeed, rather than being his wife’s only husband, a man actually gains influence and prestige by being the favorite among his wife’s many husbands. Many scholars believe that this practice began because of the curious imbalance between the sexes, with many more boys being born than girls over the centuries. The cause of this is still unknown.
However, the Empire’s most defining achievement - despite its cultural achievements, despite its vast military might - is magic. They are responsible for many of the world’s most important magical advancements, and those are just the ones they decided to share with the rest of us. There are constantly rumors and whispers crossing the world as to what other wonders might be hidden behind their palace walls and veiled faces. As the highest calling possible to their people, its practitioners are treated with the utmost respect, bordering on outright reverence. Girls all over eagerly await their tenth birthday, on which they are tested for the ability in a mysterious ceremony that takes place behind closed doors. Of course, being a superior calling, only women perform magic. Men aren’t even tested because of the pervasive belief that they simply don’t have the ability by virtue of their sex.
However, all that might be changing. There are whispers - terrible whispers - of a man who, above all odds, taught himself to use magic. The Palace is tight-lipped on the subject, all but pointedly looking in the other direction, and these rumors are viciously suppressed, but all those soldiers and warcasters are certainly looking for someone…