As I mentioned last week, the Tamian homestead isn’t quite what we’d consider a ‘home’. The Tamian people are active from the crack of dawn to the very moment the sun goes down (and if there’s a special brew on tap at the pub, usually a lot later than that). Because of this, many other races of the Four Kingdoms would consider the Tamian to be workaholics – unable to stop and smell the proverbial roses.
For most Tamian, this is absolutely true. Some Tamian – even those with homes to call their own – rarely return to them, even to sleep. They are perfectly fine sleeping outdoors in the treetops, and in fact most of the Tamian people do in fact sleep outside in a spider’s web of communal hammocks that surround the city’s high-class center.
Quinlan, however, is rather attached to his home. As you can see, he keeps it clean and tidy, and he’s even adorned it with a few various knick-knacks. Of course, the purpose of Quin’s journey home is to pick up his Captain’s uniform – a tunic and sash emblazoned with the symbol of the Tamian kingdom: an oak leaf.
The oak leaf has been around for a little while in our internal canon – if you look back at the old Tamian tree-house concepts from last week (which were drawn up quite a while ago, actually!) you will see them on banners hanging from the walkways. If you look carefully, you’ll see it in a lot of places throughout the city – it’s not just a symbol of the kingdom, but a communal sort of symbol for all Tamian people – a cultural identifier – one that even the least-patriotic Tamian can wear without feeling uncomfortable.