Tea of the Four Nations

Something silly we thought of to explain the differences between the four major nations of Aes: the relative consumption of tea in Aeneam, Ayaziwa, Zhengqi, and Zahnrad.

Aeneam

If you want tea, you can buy tea. You can buy almost any kind of tea you can think of and a lot more than that. No one will force you to drink tea if you don’t want to, nor will anyone stop you from drinking tea how and when you please. You won’t get tea for free, though – you always have to buy it. The person making the tea has to be able to stay in business, after all. There are folks who’ll donate their tea to you now and then, though, out of genuine kindness.

Enjoy your tea however you like! Hot, warm, iced, or from dispensed by a turngear – there’s no wrong way to get your tea. There are even folks who go out of their way to find entirely new ways to enjoy tea, such as new rooms, tables, and teacups. You’re sure to find the way of having tea that suits you. And if not, invent it!

Ayaziwa

if you want tea, you’ll need to make it yourself. First you have to find something that can be used for tea. There are a lot of poisonous plants, so that’s harder than it sounds. if you can brew a tea worth drinking that won’t kill you, you’ll also need to keep others from taking your tea. There are plenty who only get their tea by taking it after someone else makes it. If you kill them, no one will mind.

You can have your tea whenever you’re not being attacked, because drinking tea while defending yourself isn’t advisable. Your tea is very likely to get cold. But don’t light a fire – that attracts a bad kind of attention from wild life and bandits alike. And if you’re in the north, there are Zahnrad invaders trying to steal your tea, too.

Zhengqi

If you want tea, take a trip to the tea district. What are you seeking to use the tea for? The tea seller comes from a family that has sold tea for thousands of years. They can tell you exactly what sort of tea will work best for you based on your mood, age, and life style. (And your pocket book.) You can buy tea that will deal with any number of ailments or with dozens of different flavors. The quality of the tea will also be topnotch. However, the selection of tea overall hasn’t changed much for centuries. New brands of tea have to prove themselves before they gain acceptance and that takes a few generations.

When it’s time to drink the tea, make sure you observe proper decorum. Tea drinking is a matter of much import and not to be done sloppily. Sloppy tea drinking is a sign that you lack self-respect. It also disrespects the tea seller and your ancestors. Brew the tea perfectly, pour it without losing a drop, and savor every mouthful.

Zahnrad

If you want tea, you must first consider which tea will have the best social implications. You don’t want to buy tea from a shop owner with the wrong way of doing things or be seen drinking tea that has a reputation for encouraging social injustice. When in doubt, buy the tea Chairwoman Sestra drinks. Her tea is always good tea. Most tea is based on her tea, since we don’t want people to start thinking their tea is better than the tea someone else has. So everyone gets the same, everyone is equal – and the Chairwoman determines the best kind of equality.

You should always drink tea together, because everything is better in groups. If you don’t like drinking with others, you need to question your values. If you want tea, but can’t afford it, it is the duty of the tea maker to do whatever they can to get you that tea. Tea is a human right and making money is a crude act that should never be used as an excuse to deny someone tea. There’s also state run charities that everyone contributes to whether they want to or not that will help provide you with tea. However, that tea will only be what the Chairwoman drinks, since that’s the only tea worth providing.

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