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    The Vosch Culture

    Post  Admin on Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:40 pm

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    ivosch - A person of high rank, one who has a seat on a Fleet Council and generally captains a ship (though not always)

    blessed - Wealthy.

    anvoi - crew of a ship. Crews are seen as subordinates on Vosch ships; your rank aboard a vessel is your cultural social standing as well. Some ships even regard their crew as servants, but this is considered a sign of a weak or posturing ivosch.

    The Five Fleets - The make-up of the Vosch race. Each Fleet is comprised of at least two dozen ships of varying sizes, yachts to freighters. The individual Fleets are like clans, with different styles and traditions, but they unite under the Vosch cultural tenets. Once every year, the Five Fleets meet for a week-long event of celebration, trading/buying, governmental meetings and competitions.

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    Re: The Vosch Culture

    Post  Canatsey on Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:25 am

    The Vosch are a nomadic race of humans, traveling the galaxy in various starships. The Vosch come in all shapes and sizes, but over the last 100 years two distinct body types have begun to emerge through various breeding. Vosch who remain predominately in space, spending their whole lives in the galaxy and rarely touching dirtside, tend to be lean and tall and thing while those who spend much time going in and out of gravity fields and terran landscapes are generally shorter and of stockier build. They tend to dress in a random assortment of styles, leading many people who encounter them to think they are a race of homeless drifters at first glance, but each period of attire and jewelry has its symbolism and deep meaning. After abandoning Earth and other associated colonies to for the Five Fleets, the Vosch have lived in starships predominately for over 100 years. The negative side effect to that has caused many children born in the newest generation to have weaker immune systems, and as a result the Five Fleets have begun to explore new ways of insuring the survival of their race from bacteria and other dirtside virus's within their respected home fleets. With their natural limited amount of living space and resources due to existing primarily on spaceships, Vosch may only have as many children as each captain decides fit. Due to the occasional rarity of children, while though reproduction of the race is considered important the various captains also ensure that there are never more mouths than available supplies, many Vosch families take great pride in their youth and any loss of a life during those young years are marked with sadness and mourning of an entire ships worth of Vosch.

    All young Vosch are required to embark upon a Pilgrimage, a rite of passage where they leave their home ships and set out to discover and bring back something of value or use, whether it be an artifact, equipment, stories of adventure or even knowledge, which they would present to the captain of the ship of their choice. Most standard human interaction outside of a purchasing deal occur during this time, and the rumored propensity for violence or other extreme emotional behavior stem from stories of the young Vosch as they are encouraged to explore and act out to discover the results and create new stories. The Vousch are required to move to and live on a different ship than the one they grew up on, in order to promote genetic diversity and eliminate genetic damage through inbreeding. Once the gift is accepted, the Vosch is accepted into the ranks of the ship and given all the rights and privileges of an adult member of the society; gifts are rarely declined, as most captains are bound by tradition to accept anything that can be of use, but a stigma is attached to those who offer substandard gifts.

    The Vosch are divided politically into two branches of government: the Chorus, a civilian body that represents the majority of the people on the various ships of the Five Fleets, and the Admiral Board, composed of the five highest-ranking captains in each fleet as voted by the Chorus. The Chorus is made up as an elected board of captains from every ship in the Five Fleets, each captain is democratically promoted to the role and also serves as that ships representative to the Chorus. Captains who ignore their respective crews and citizens on too regular a basis are either ordered by the Admiral Board to settle their disputes on their own or relinquish command. The Admiral Board has a great deal of influence on all matters pertaining to the fleet, the five members are elected from within the ranks of the Chorus ever two years, has direct command of the fleets' various internal militia if needed and has veto power that overrides any decision the Chorus makes that is seen to be detrimental or dangerous to the fleet. However, the decision must be unanimous and once this veto is invoked, the entire Admiral Board must resign their seats immediately, to prevent any possible abuse of power. Any Admiral Board member who refuses to relinquish his or her seat is subject to arrest. This has only occurred once in the history of the Vosch race.

    The Vosch are looked down upon by the rest of the human races, mainly due to their ethnic backgrounds and refusal to support or stand with the GSA and other similar entities. Those that would later become the Five Fleets left their various homeworlds and colonies to roam the galaxy in a ragtag colony in space, a huge shipyard and floating station powered by the combined ships. The Vosch are generally distrusted throughout the galaxy due to their skill of space travel and aggressive merchant styles. Despite all this, their natural skill at electronics and engineering make them ideal workers for major corporations and mining firms; Vosch are considered to be among the best and brightest of the galaxy when it comes to technological aptitude and offer their services with a premium price in mind ever time.
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    Re: The Vosch Culture

    Post  Canatsey on Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:32 am

    Dress:

    The only unifying apparel style of the Vosch is a desire for jewelry. To each Vosch, the stories of their lives and adventures are one of the most important aspects of who they are as an individual. To a person who is trained in the art of the Vosch method of personal communication, the clothing one wears can be a roadmap of the story of their lives.

    A common thread all Vosch have is an attraction towards jewelry of any kind. Precious metals and stones all denote wealth and success, and both are important when dealing with fellow merchants and soon to be customers. Vosch will often wear chains, headpieces, earrings or standard rings with great flair, the more showy the pieces the more they are angling to earn the sale by attempting to convince you that they are men and women of means.

    Vosch, when given the choice, tend to drift toward finer clothing fabrics and styles. Earth silks, natural cottons and exotic dyes predominantly encompass their wardrobe. Due to spending almost their entire lives in space, Vosch are also well versed in space suit and space craft design to mimic a more rural and home-like appearance.
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    Re: The Vosch Culture

    Post  Admin on Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:45 pm

    To the Vosch, wealth is everything. Not just accruing it, but spending it and using it to achieve greater ends. To quote Hello, Dolly! – “Money, pardon the expression, is like manure. It isn’t worth a thing unless its spread around, encouraging young things to grow.”

    The Vosch take that axiom to heart and to soul. They are not just merchants, but investors, spendthrifts and philanthropists. Of course, most of this financial ministrations occur within the Five Fleets, but the Vosch also realize not to snub a fantastic opportunity for profit, growth or commerce just because it appears outside their own race.

    Many small businesses across the galaxy owe their start to a Vosch investor. Many brokerage firms’ largest clients are Vosch. While the race may look like Gypsies In Space, they are shrewd and just as financially brilliant as any Wall Street guru.

    But, if that’s so, why aren’t they titans of power who control the galaxy via their vast oceans of money and property? The answer is simple – that’s just not how they roll.

    When the money comes in, it goes right back out. Repairing and fueling almost 100 ships is costly, and so are supplies to feed and clothe an entire race. The Vosch also don’t hold with personal wealth. It’s not illegal or banned, but for the most part, the Vosch prefer to pool resources. And, at the end of the day, they’d rather spend that return from an in vestment on a fantastic dinner party than slip it back into their portfolio.
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    Re: The Vosch Culture

    Post  Admin on Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:46 pm

    With money playing such a huge role in the Vosch culture, the tradition of giving coins is a significant one.

    All Vosch like to collect coins. While physical money is all but obsolete, there is some still floating around out there, and the Vosch use coins to tender messages and declare feelings and intentions.

    The higher the denomination or rarity of the coin, the deeper the feeling attached to it. A penny could signify friendship, or a ‘thank you’ for something that greatly aided the Vosch who gives it, similar to a medal or other commemorative token. A nickel could mean the Vosch holds the receiver in high esteem, considers them a confidant and worth of respect, something more personal than just basic acknowledgment. A dime goes to family, passed down from mother to daughter or father to son, or those the Vosch culture ‘adopts’ – a symbol of familial acceptance. And a quarter is used almost exclusively to declare romantic and matrimonial intentions.

    A Vosch will usually etch his or her own personal symbol or initials onto the coin to identify him or her as the giver.
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    Re: The Vosch Culture

    Post  Admin on Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:17 pm

    The Five Fleets:

    Al-Fidaa
    Elysian Fields
    New Venice (Jolan belongs to this one)
    Avalon
    The Parliament

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