Exalted: Duty and Honor
Natives of Lookshy tend to be fit and healthy, and even the elderly exercise regularly, often outdoors where they perform gentle, stretching Katas which look graceful but are merely slowed-down versions of full martial arts moves. By performing the same moves at full speed, an elderly Lookshyan can defend himself quite well from an attacker.
Hair is normally worn short or in tight braids which can easily be clipped up under a helmet. Wearing one’s hair down indicates trust or a sense of security. Normal clothing is usually practical and often looks like it has a military cut, but with civilian colors. For more formal situations beautiful Kimonos, Cheongsam’s and elaborate tunics over trousers are worn, along with boots or flat soled shoes. All of these outfits are designed so they can be fought in at need.
Music is a big part of Lookshy life, and the wandering “troubadour from Lookshy” is a common enough sight in the river province that Rangers in intelligence gathering roles sometimes use it as cover. Most Lookshyans sing – maybe not well, but they are normally in rhythm and enthusiastically loud.
Lookshy cuisine is notable for being hot and spicy. Originally this came from the need to disguise the fact that what the soldier was given to eat was actually something he’d probably rather not consume, like fish guts or pond algae. Even though Lookshy now has as much choice in food as any other prosperous city, some odd dishes remain a staple of the local diet and the custom of adding chillies to just about everything remains. Many local homes have a number of pots outside or on the roof where the residents grow varieties of brightly colored chillies which find their way into almost any dish. Traditional recipes from all over Creation have been adopted by the locals, but even these are normally “improved” by the addition of chillies. Often they are also added to replace a traditional component of the meal that is unavailable, which can result in some meals which outsiders find almost impossible to finish.