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Mar 16 2015, 10:54 PM

The Entertainment Industry in Ellyria is divided into two parts - TV and Film.

Due to the much kingdom's small size compared to today's global industry, there are only enough resources to support six channels. There's a channel each for news, sports, comedy, drama, music, and kids' programming. TV shows are similar to those today in that comedies and kids' shows are 30 mins long, dramas tend to be an hour. Comedies, Dramas, and kids' shows continue to air even after their popularity wanes because the higher castes make the programming decisions. They only really end when the actors (highest caste) say they want to do something else. Certain actors have a new show every other month, others have been running for 20 years.

Shows don't run on seasons, they take a break whenever the actors need a break and new ones start whenever the pilot is finished filming. Since there are 24 hours in a day, there's never a problem with finding and open time slot. Actors have gotten into spats with other shows for better time slots, but really that's just egos talking because a bad time slot won't get you cancelled. On any given day there are from 10-15 new run shows across all channels, and the rest of the time is filled with reruns.

The news channel reports only officially sanctioned news, and rebel/subversive news only makes their way on if it's so blatant that it can't be hushed up and ignored. News casters are also actors, and they fill the time between "real" news from throughout the kingdom with gossip talk about the monarchy and the rest of the entertainment industry. Again, the actors get to come and go from the various news programs as they please, and a show's popularity isn't based on viewership.

If there's news that involves the royal family, it preempts all 6 channels.

Music is the one place that's actually controlled by viewers. At least in theory. New music videos are played during a new music spotlight hour, but the other 23 hours in the day are controlled by viewer votes. The ability to vote is built into your remote and the number of votes you get is based on your caste. Higher castes get more votes and lower castes get fewer. Viewers can save up their votes and spend them all on one song but if they get out voted, their votes have still been spent. New votes are allocated every day, but people can buy more votes, which also favors the higher castes.

Sporting events aren't televised until after the event concludes in an attempt to increase attendance at the events themselves. There are also sports talk shows where actors and former sports stars talk about last week's game and the upcoming game. The rest of the time is filled with reruns of past games.

The other half of the entertainment industry is film. As with the TV, there are limited resources, and movies take much more to make than an episode of a TV show. About 5-6 new movies come out each year, so a new movie opening is kind of a big deal. Movie goers do have some feedback into a movie in that they can choose whether or not to spend their money on a ticket, but with so few options, most good kingdom citizens go to movies regardless of whether they're good or not. Ticket prices are such that they're easily affordable to castes 1-5, and not prohibitively high for 6's and 7's, although they have to weight the costs over other things.

The types of movies are similar to today's big budget hollywood films. RomComs, horror, action movies, and dramas are particularly popular. They tend to be large and over the top, big explosions in action flicks, big screams and big gore in horror, big slapstick laughs that inevitable lead to big music-crescendoed kisses in RomComs, and big heart wrenching tear jerkers in dramas.

Movies are made whenever there are enough resources, be they actors, directors, writers, or what have you. Actors can hire directors and writers to craft movies for them, or directors/writers can try and find actors for their movie. The actors have the final say in production since they're the highest caste. This leads to not only over the top themes, but longer and longer run times. The longest movie, Not Without My Queen, was a whopping 7 hours and 43 minutes long.

There are no "independent" type films. Well, not officially. There might be an underground market for those, but they'll never make it onto the big screens and the real industry firmly denies that they even exist.

-- submitted by tacocat

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Mar 16 2015, 10:51 PM

Q: Are templates required?
Not at all! If you want a template, however, and don't know where to find one, feel free to request one from either Qri or I.

Q: Can a character change jobs within his/her caste?
Yes, absolutely. As long as it is still within the same caste, it is completely legal for a child born a two, or similar, to start as a model and then move into the acting industry or something else similar.

Q: How does school work?
There's private and public schools, just like the real world. Royalty usually attend private schools with other ones and twos. Maybe the occasionally really rich three.

Everyone else goes to their local public schools or not at all. Many of the lower castes can't afford to go to school because they need the whole family out working in order to pay their bills or to feed the whole family.

Q: Under what circumstances would someone be able to leave and come back into Ellyria?
Generally, the only way out is to be flown over the death trap and left there for dead. Usually reserved for traitors etc. Another circumstance would be military weapon (bombs etc) testing out in the 'savage' lands where they are supposedly no people. Top secret.

Maybe if there were a conspiracy brewing under the city, maybe in its sewers, preparing for an attack on the monarchy, perhaps enlisting the help of the savages, ahem, they could have an underground smuggling network.

Q: How much taller are savages than dwellers?
About two to four feet taller than humans of their own gender.

Q: How does housing work?
Similar to real life; you buy a house, live in it, pay rent, etc. Richer families own estates. The Royal family and all relatives reside in the lavish palace, but in different sections. Slightly more removed families from the royal bloodline might live on their own estate. There are apartments in some parts of the city, closer to the heart, but small condos or houses near the outskirts and close to the wall because nobody really wants to be there. There's also some less sightly parts of the city where people live in buildings that resembled piled shacks.

Q: What technology do people have access to?
Anything that you have currently, but the internet is restricted to inside the city.

Q:What happens when someone’s born into a caste that requires a specific talent (intelligence in III or artistry in VI) and the person does not have that talent?
Well, they are just going to have to make-do. Even if a boy wants to become an athlete, he will be forced to become a painter or musician, whatever it is that he needs to do to survive. Their lives may not be happy, but it's supposed to be peaceful.
Mar 16 2015, 10:49 PM
oceanic tribe

the oceanic tribe, also known as the Tides, is one sustained by fishing in the ocean.

currently closed until the site fills up a bit. sorry folks.
Mar 16 2015, 10:47 PM
the nightsisters

the nightsisters were born from the ashes of lives governed by men; beaten and broken, used and abused. one woman, a monster came to hunt the other monsters, and began collecting the broken women. she rebuilt them, forced a ferocity out of them, and turned them into warriors. the years past, the tribe grew, in unity they find strength. fiercely loyal to one another and their blood lord, the wolfmother, they wear the bones of their former oppressors as a warning to all: cross them and you'll be dealt the same hand as your predecessors, death.
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Mar 16 2015, 10:46 PM
boreal tribe

the boreal tribe is the most advanced of the tribes, with well-maintained agricultural fields just outside the compound. the main compound is built onto the tallest mountain in the area. the Styx river runs from the mountain down to the ocean and is the main source of water and life for the Boreal tribe. the fields that sustain the compound were built is in the valley due to the good fertilization of the soil.

two hundred years ago, directly after the fall out, scientists from the pods tried to employ the help of the boreal tribe for protection from other 'savages' and also to use some of them in their experiments with the offer of living in a better world together as the collateral. the scientists, however, were swayed by the politics of their leaders, and were forced to betray the tribe, eventually leaving in the middle of the night without a word, taking as many resources as they could. this created a strong hatred for dwellers among those who live in the frigid north.

the traditions of the boreal tribe are many but one of the most prominent is in the naming of its residents: there are no last names. this was due to a movement in the past, when the boreal tribe was younger and smaller, when they had survived the fall out with small numbers, and declared their bond to each other as a whole stronger than that of family. everyone was together in one family, and blood is not strong enough to set them apart.

another big tradition of the boreal tribe, as spring approaches, is the water festival in the heat of the summer. in celebration of the heat and in praise of the gods who are smiling down upon their crops that year, everyone goes out with a bucket of water and pours it on their friends. this is also a way of showing endearment towards others.
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