I have so many head canons oh my lord. I’ve done so much world building for the Day Court you guys would be proud of me. I’m just going to start talking, honestly, so it’s not really in any order.
Deserts. Day Court is mostly deserts, but they do have cities and small towns scattered everywhere. I head canon about three major cities (one where Helion lives, and then the other two), and then smaller towns and communities everywhere else. I also see rivers and lakes but not a lot. If you look up different Africa small houses and huts (is it not canon that Day Court is African inspired? It is now. This is Renanon) that’s what I picture for the Day Court towns and communities and such like that.
For the large cities, palaces and buildings made of sunstone (looked it up. It’s actually a thing) and glass. And I think Day Court would have a few gardens. But Helion (and his wife/mate/High Lady, quote me on it) live in the main palace, which is larger than the other two in the other two cities. There are royal families in the other two major cities.
While we’re talking about the royal families I do have clothes in mind. Togas are only for formal events (dinners, meetings, etc.), but normally Day Court Fae wear traditional Ethiopian/Nigerian/Kenyan garbs (my mother’s family originates from Kenya and Ethiopia and one of my friends is Nigerian).
But when it comes to the High Lady and/or princesses and queens they would wear something like this:
For the ones who live out in the desert, they wear more covering clothing to protect them from the sand and sun. Which could include turbans and other headpieces.
Headpieces for the royal families/people living in the big cities would look like this:
There is also body paint, which would be worn at any sort of celebration or traditional dinners or meetings like the High Lord Meeting in ACOWAR. Helion would typically wear it as well his wife, which he 100% has, and his Council. Anyone else can wear it too, it’s all about their traditions (again look up Ethiopian, Nigerian, and Kenyan. West African for a broader search)
Cuisine wise it’s best if you look up Ethiopian, Nigerian, and Kenyan dishes. Because I can go on for a while. Everyone do yourselves a favor and try some of these foods they are SO GOOD but that’s not the point of this post. I can’t go off about all the different dishes, but looking them up is a very fun experience so I would go for it! Have fun. Just don’t do it while hungry.
For festive events right now I have two in mind. Which is the Day Court equivalents of Starfall and Calanmai. I don’t really have names for them yet but the Starfall equivalent is the day where it’s the hottest and the sun doesn’t go away, even at night, and it’s a cause for celebration as well. Everyone in Day Court celebrates this day, no work, no jobs, it’s a day off. And it’s a symbol of hope to them because the sun will always shine, no matter what. And then the Calanmai equivalent is a day where Helion’s magic gets stronger. I don’t really know how to explain this since I’m still working on this in… something (hint: its Helion centric)I’m writing but it’s also the day Helion was crowned High Lord and it’s been on that day ever since.
There’s also the equivalent (but not really) to the Spring Court Tithe. Which is where the smaller towns and communities and the big cities do an exchange. Money for food and crops and other goods. It keeps their economy pretty equal and well balanced and everyone is fed and has a good life.
When it comes to weapons Day Court mostly uses spears, but they do have swords and long blades and all of those other things. But the guards and most soldiers first weapon of choice would be a spear and maybe a bow and arrow depending on the person.
When it comes to powers Day Court powers mostly include the sun and the sand. Do with that as you will.
I think that’s about all my headcanons that I can really remember on the top of my head. When I finally finish writing what I have planned (yes I have like a thousand things planned and no time to actually do them) you guys will get a pretty good look at the Day Court. I am very proud of the world building I have done.
Seeing Lagos, Nigeria, Through New Eyes with @temi.coker
For more of Temi’s photos from Nigeria, browse his #temixnigeria hashtag. To continue along with Temi’s work in Texas, follow @temi.coker on Instagram.
When Temi Coker (@temi.coker) was 11 years old, he left his home in Lagos, Nigeria, for Arlington, Texas. Then, a few years ago during college, Temi developed a passion for photography and began searching for a way to bring his culture and art together.
Last December, opportunity struck. His grandmother was about to turn 70, and the family in Nigeria had some portraits commissioned to commemorate the moment. But when the photos didn’t meet Temi’s expectations, he made up his mind: He would return to Nigeria and take them himself.
Back in Nigeria, Temi began to see Lagos differently as he looked around through his camera’s lens. “For me growing up, when I moved to America everybody was making fun of Africa,” he explains. “I said, ‘Ok, well, my job here today is to go find the beauty in Nigeria and to allow people to see a different side than what they see on TV.’”
As he revisited the beaches, city streets and markets of his childhood, he was struck by the beauty he saw not only in the surroundings, but also in the people. From women selling crops to suya sellers to police officers directing traffic on their days off to fishermen cleaning out their canoes in the morning, he found inspiration in the working world of Lagos that he’d never noticed as a child — and he shared it with the #temixnigeria hashtag. “I just wanted to show people what it’s like to actually go to a place where you were born, now with a new vision, and capture the essence of that. Not to make the story about me, but about Nigeria and how beautiful it actually is.”
With a renewed sense of confidence as a photographer, Temi returned to Texas where he’s begun to take on professional work and develop many personal projects, including multiple-exposure manipulations and a storytelling series that shows the Nigerian traditions alive in the US.
From the possible earliest form of ancient shelter to a traditional 19th/20th century Igbo house. The supposed primacy of the conical shape of housing is reconstructed from the housing of the peoples who now populate the areas around the Benue River which is possibly the point of migration of the ancestors of the Igbo. The quadrangular style housing started taking shape with the development of architectural elements such as posts and beams. [Godwin Chikwendu Nsude (1987). The Traditional Architecture of the Igbo of Nigeria.Thames Polytechnic School of Architecture and Landscape, Dartford.; Zbigniew Dmochowski (1990). An Introduction to Nigerian Traditional Architecture: South-Eastern Nigeria, the Igbo-speaking Areas. Ethnographica Limited.]