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Unity is a central element of Elladan traditions and values, and many of them have a theme such as "the village, united" at their core, so local customs often contain ring-dances with hand-holding or gatherings. As a sidenote, this valuation of unity is also at the core of the idea of the empire. It also makes Elladan a good culture for adventurer parties, and those hailing from Elladan regions tend to stick together from the beginning, while many other cultures require those molding experiences to form.
One typical sign of Elladan culture not found anywhere else in the world is the unified guild house. While other cultures know guilds and guild houses, they seperate them, while Elladan cities very often have one large guild house that is home to all the guilds, each one having a room or a wing, depending on how big and wealthy the guild is.
A second important element of Elladan culture that pervades many traditions is the concept of balance. To a Elladan, this is not a trivial concept. For example, the gods are equally male and female - and thus balanced. But there are more evil than good gods - and yet the world is in balance because the good gods are united while the evil ones are divided, balancing their superior numbers.
In architecture and art the love for balance is found in strong symmetries especially in official buildings and symbols.
Another common element are the village or town festivals that Elladan people practice extensively.
The first major festival is Spring Break, celebrated when the first flowers break through the ground and commonly seen as a festival for the young people. Many a marriage arrangement are made following Spring Break. Dancing, singing and various games such as stealing girls from the nearby village and trading them back for ale are typical parts of the festivities.
The second large festival is Harvest End, celebrated when the last or at least the main harvest has been brought in late in autumn. This is seen as more of a festivity for adults and commonly consists of a day-long feast.
Most Elladan garments are light and colourful, though materials depend mostly on the climate and season. Especially near the southern coast, where the plants of the jungle provide all kinds of colours for dyeing, bright reds, blues and greens are everywhere and having not at least three colours on your clothes is rare, except for high officials who stand out in their one-colour official clothes. They are, in fact, often called by those colours in colloquial conversation. For example, where priests wear green, terms such as "a green" or "the greens" are understood to refer to priests.
At the south coast and during summer in most coastal areas, short trousers are common for both men and women, as are short-sleeved shirts, often open in the front, held together by clasps or colourful strings so that a hand-width line of skin is visible. In the forest, mountains and especially in the jungle, long sleeves are more common.
Unlike more northern cultures, hats and other coverings for the hat are uncommon in Elladan culture and are usually associated with a function, such as the metal helmet for protection. In fashion, covering the head is almost unheard of.
Open architecture is a feature of Elladan culture, though it is only used extensively in the warm south. Roofs are a must there, due to the regular rainfalls at and near the coast, but most buildings have at most three walls or large openings where further north there would be smaller doors. Most Elladan homes, shops and public buildings have an open or semi-open entrance hall that is a kind of inbetween - half inside of the house and half houtside in the public. In the warmer areas, that open area is often roofed but open to three sides.
Further north and in higher altitudes, where temperatures can be less comfortable, much of the open architecture of the Elladan culture is retained only symbolically, with columns and wide archways much like the Greek or Roman architecture of the real world.