Day 9: Social Status
What is your OC’s social status? What sort of education did they receive? How do they interact with people from a higher social class? From a lower class?
Well, being from the Alienage, her social status is rather… low. The elves look out for each other though, so they make sure everyone knows the basics – writing, reading, calculating, basic fighting skills (for self-defense if nothing more). Fian’s mother taught her to fight with two daggers, something rather daring since elves are not allowed to carry weapons of any kind. That was also the only „education“ she received, preparing for a life as wife and thus „manager“ of everyday life. This did not stop her from reading everything she could get her hands on, a habit she continued throughout her journeys. She has a special interest in history and elven lore.
The respectful behaviour towards nobility is something very much ingrained in people from a lower class, so she wouldn’t dare speak ill to nobility – out of self-preservation if nothing else. This changes during her journey, however and she comes to think of noble-borns no different than her companions. She sees the mistakes they make and that they are just as born into it as she was in the Alienage. There are few who earn her respect through deeds.
Aren is an elf and a mage, she pretty much has the lowest social status possible in Ferelden. Despite of that, the circle actually gave her an opportunity at higher education she wouldn’t have gotten living in the alienage. She never was anyone’s servant like so many of her people and she has been relatively sheltered in the circle so that the status issues were not all that present on her mind. She got some rather cruel reminders of it when she first arrived in Ostatgar and all through fighting the blight.
The circle had no nobility and now even lower class so that was something she was utterly unprepared for. While she has sort of an ingrained respect for the Templars and the chantry she generally talks to everyone she meets outside like an equal. Which got her into a few difficult situations, mainly with easily offended nobles in Denerim. On the other hand it gave her an actually quite warm relationship with some others who appreciated someone ignoring all the social rules and not meaning it as an insult. Anora is one of the,
Even in Amaranthine, being the equivalent of an Arl she still feels her difficult standing sometimes. She makes an effort to be respectful towards everyone, especially people of lower status to set an example to everyone under her care.