Orkenay

Frontier People, Savage Land Capital: Loch Baliel Heraldry: Eagle on a field of Purple Ethnic Majority: Brynn, Brittanic Significant Minorities: A smattering of anyone who wanted/needed to flee from another nation. Orkenay has become known as a place where the name many folk give is not the one they were born with. Major Religions: Old Faith (Rhaine, Sarai, Eldrea) Ruled By: King Kentrid the Scarred and Queen Leanna Other Noble Families: Sylgrid, Harper, Augustus Youngest of the kingdoms of Brittanis, Orkenay is has been literally carved out of the wilderness in the last generation. 21 years ago, Kentrid, the Duke of Orkenay and a sworn lord to High King Aurelius Pendragon, betrayed his oath to the High King and instigated the assassination of his lord by dark magic. Many believe that Leanna, Kentrid’s wife and younger sister to Aurelius and Uther, assisted or even instigated her husband to the act, intent on ruling as High Queen alongside Kentrid. The gods had other ideas, however, and Kentrid’s plan to become High King crumbled. Uther Ambrosius, brother to both the slain High King Aurelius and the traitor’s wife Leanna, gathered those still loyal to the murdered High King and led them against Orkenay in battle. Kentrid was outfought and out-maneuvered by Sir Uther, and Kentrid fled by ship back to Orkenay. Where formerly Kentrid was a Duke in service to the High King, now he has declared himself to be King of Orkenay and Leanna to be his Queen. A pragmatic and ambitious man, Kentrid decided that if he could not usurp a kingdom, they would carve one from the wilderness instead. Orkenay is wild, frontier territory that barely holds to a semblance of law. As more settlers move across the mountains to send the furs, timber and ivory of the north, Orkenay prospers and grows in power and wealth. Despite its youth as a full-fledged kingdom, Orkenay is as expansionistic as its King is grasping. In the days following the assassination of King Riordan of Lyonesse, warriors from Orkenay marched down from the mountains and occupied the town of Riverbend, because Lyonesse had no leadership to mount a counter-offensive. Some believe that King Kentrid ordered the murders himself so that Lyonesse would be weakened for an invasion, and under-estimated the young King Connor. The truth may never be known, but Orkenay holds Riverbend even today. King Kentrid was exiled for treason, and his kingdom follows its ruler’s example. The markets of Orkenay are known as places where anything and everything is for sale or can be had for a price. Poison, drugs, and goods that are contraband elsewhere are commonplace in Orkenay—though merchants pay heavy taxes for the privilege of selling in the open. Murder is easily for sale, and the thieves and assassins of Orkenay are known to be as dangerous as any in Brittanis, though their methods are far less subtle and far more bloody and brutal than the assassins of the more civilized lands to the south. Likewise, both because of the rugged and monster-filled wilderness that Orkenay is carved from as well as the dangers of the society at large, many mercenaries and guards find steady, if perilous, work in Orkenay. Recent History Character Ideas