Seheron headcanons

I’ve got a lot of backstory for young Metis and his wife
Mara roughed out in my head and, in order to get it down in writing, I’ve been
doing some Seheron world building. So I present to you a few of my Seheron
headcanons (mixed in with the few actual details I’ve managed to find in canon), for
discussion, and for batting around ideas in hopes my lovely followers have
Seheron thoughts to add?

  • It’s mainly jungle, but there are some
    settlements named (on maps, by Iron Bull, in the comics, etc.). Major
    towns/cities mostly are inhabited by the Qunari occupying the island and the
    Qun converts (mostly elves, former slaves liberated by the Qunari or
    descendants of that generation of elves?) that work with them, but some
    settlements would presently be under Tevinter control. Tevinter and Qunari
    forces fight back and forth over the larger cities/ports. Smaller settlements,
    more inland, are mostly farming communities. Fog Warriors, the true natives of
    Seheron, live mostly to the north, in camps easily relocated when the Qunari or
    Vints get too close.
  • In some of the smaller villages, natives live in
    tree houses because that’s safer than the jungle floor. Think the tree
    platforms in JoH?
  • Tevinter ruins can be found in many places,
    dating to before the Qunari conquest; modern Seheron people live in the shadow
    of the ruins, the way Roman aqueducts and other such structures are scattered
    throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. In some towns, ruins have been
    converted/rebuilt into modern homes or other buildings, like the apartments
    above the Theater of Marcellus in Rome, etc.
  • Crops/food tends towards: fish; tropical fruits;
    spices. I believe Bull mentions bananas at one point, and there’s some mention
    of hot cocoa coming either from Seheron or Par Vollen so cacao beans are
    presumably a thing. Coffee? Papaya? Pomegranate? Cinnamon? oh yeah, I found a Sten dialogue mentioning farmers with neat rows of cinnaon and nutmeg trees, so that’s a thing.
  • Most of the natives (Metis included) have former slaves among
    their ancestors
  • Seheron has an oral,
    not literate, culture
    (because I figure that if Leto’s mother had learned
    to read before becoming a slave, she’d likely have taught the kids to read, at least Mara definitely would have; and
    I don’t think losing his memory in the lyrium ritual would have also erased skills like that). There are epic poems
    recited by Homer-like bards/skalds; there are poetic lists used as mnemonic devices,
    like the herb-lore rhyme Metis recites in Warriors.
    People have good memories out of necessity because they can’t write down things
    like grocery lists.
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