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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

Lyonesse

Young Queen, Old Enemies Capital: Redwall Castle Heraldry: Lion on a field of Burnt Orange Ethnic Majority: Brittanic, Norn Significant Minorities: Free Dwarves Major Religions: White Court (Aenryia, Aureus, Ghorn ), Old Faith ( Eldrea ) Ruled By: Queen Rosalind MacGregor Other Noble Families: Kathstein, Tremayne, Morrigen Lyonesse is a nation that could have fallen into ruin, but the resilience and ability of its royal family has surprised many. King Connor MacGregor, crowned just three years ago, was barely turned 19 years old when he took the throne. On his 18th birthday both his grandfather the old king and his father the prince were assassinated by unknown attackers. Suddenly thrust into leading a nation, Connor took the throne and led people into relative prosperity. Orkenay and the Fomorians both have designs on the mountain valleys of Lyonesse, but King Connor proved an able ruler, expanding his kingdom into the formerly lawless lands to the south. He has bound several of his grandfather’s loyalists to him by giving them lands or by marrying them into the royal house. Thus the nobility that might have faded away to other lands stayed and fought with renewed vigor for their new king. Sadly, this was only a peaceful interlude in the troubled history of Lyonesse. This past spring saw an attack by a large Fomorian force farther inland than had ever been seen before. King Connor rallied his vassals to fight the invaders and eventually prevailed, but lost a hand in the battle due to grievous injury. Only the intervention of a group of adventurers saved the kingdom from a grisly assault by the Fomorians. Later that year, King Connor, too, was assassinated at the castle of one of his own nobles. Lord Cedric Tremayne is suspected of being the assassin, but no proof to exonerate him or conclude his guilt has been found, and the man himself disappeared immediately after. Lyonesse is a mountainous land, filled with valleys and forests and natural resources. Its warriors are used to working in such rugged territory, and are known throughout Brittanis as foes of implacable endurance and stamina. Marching up and down mountain passes, through ancient woodlands and fighting battles on mountainsides makes the fighters of Lyonesse both incredibly adaptable and very difficult to wear down in a prolonged fight. King Connor’s elder sister Rosalind MacGregor—passed over for the throne when her father and grandfather were murdered in favor of her younger warrior brother— now sits upon the throne of Lyonesse with a country on the verge of civil war and both Siluria and the savage Kairn looming like vultures. It remains to be seen if the young Queen will be able to save her kingdom from ruin. Recent History Character Ideas

Logres, the Lost Lands

The Fallen Kingdom, The Swordlands

"This is the dead land This is cactus land Here the stone images Are raised, here they receive The supplication of a dead man’s hand Under the twinkle of a fading star. --T.S. Eliot, "The Hollow Men"
Capital: Caer Corbenic (fallen) Heraldry: Crossed Silver Swords on a Field of Black (no longer in use) Ethnic Majority: (former) Brynn, Brittanic, now more monsters than people. Significant Minorities: Free Dwarves (see below) Major Religions: Old Faith (Rhaine, Sarai); White Court (Dagmar, Arturian) Last Ruler: Queen Ceinwyn of the Fianna Other Noble Families: Rowyn, Tiarnach, Dierdra (all thought to be wiped out) For dozens of generations and more, the people of Logres stood vigilant against The Waste, their people constantly on guard against the gibbering, slithering horrors of that blasted, corrupting realm. Long before the coming of the Tiberian Empire, the ancient kings of the Brynn built the titanit Black Wall across the two major passes exiting The Waste, and guarded against the madness-inducing horrors of that place as their sacred duty. The wall stood over a hundred feet high, with watch posts every half-mile and only two major gates. All the realms of Brittanis paid tribute to the Fianna in gold, weapons, and soldiers to help them man the wall. For a long time, this tithe was seen as part of a king's homage to the gods, in protection of his people. Even the lords of far-off Siluria and Benwyck paid the tithe, knowing that if Logres should fall, all the kingdoms and realms of Brittanis would be in danger.
  • 44 years ago Logres that was fell and was destroyed; today it is a haunted, monster-infested wasteland known as The Swordlands in which no man is safe. Monsters pour through the gates that once stood strong against them to ravage and destroy all of central Brittanis.

History

 
  • Much of the history of Logres was lost in its destruction 44 years ago. It is known that the royal line had ruled unbroken since the construction of the Black Wall, an event that occurred after the Brynn pushed the Fomorians out of Brittanis. The Black Wall was old when the Tiberian Empire landed on Brittanic shores and began their conquest.
  • Early on during the conquest of Brittanis, the invading Imperials sent ambassadors to the various kings, queens, and chiefs f the land offering them alliance in exchange for continuing their own rule. Initially, Logres refused the Imperial overtures, and fought their own battles against the invading legions. Like most of the Brynn, however, they could not gather enough united strength and lost several battles.
  • Their forces depleted in their battles with the Imperials, the highlanders of Logres were nearly overwhelmed when an invasion from The Waste began assaulting the Black Wall. The Queen of Logres, then named Siobhan, sent to the Imperial commander with an offer: peace and alliance in exchange for troops to reinforce the Black Wall and keep the monsters of The Waste at bay.
  • The Imperial Commander, thinking that the monsters of the Waste were merely myth and the superstition of savages, agreed and sent a single cohort to assist. The cohort and a large Logrysian force were annihilated shortly thereafter and the Black Wall nearly over-run; only the intervention of a group of mighty heroes prevented the utter catastrophe that would have occurred had the Black Wall fallen. The heroes gave their lives in defense of the Black Wall; their names were lost to history in the fall of Logres.
  • For the remainder of the Imperial Occupation, a full legion of Imperial legionaries were stationed across the Black Wall. They held the line bravely, fending off at least two other potential incursions during the 600 years of Imperial rule. Logres, because it had submitted to the Empire (more or less) willingly, remained a self-ruled state and its royal house carried down unbroken through the generations.
  • Even before the time of the Empire, it was custom for the lords and rulers of Brittanis to send tribute to Logres in order to arm, train, feed, and support the soldiers on the Black Wall; ancient tales recounted what Brittanis was like before the construction of the Black Wall, and no ruler wanted that chaos and misery to reign again. As time went on, however, the kings either forgot or considered the bests of The Waste to be myth or no longer a threat. The tribute trickled in and once the Empire took over, stopped entirely.

Recent History

 
  • Just over a century ago, the Imperial legions were called back across the Sea of Storms to their homeland on the continent of Caledor. Almost immediately, The Waste began to stir once more, as if it knew the forces guarding the Black Wall were weakened. Logres called to the High Council of Brittanis for tribute once again, but no answer came. Again and again, as the attacks increased and more monsters slipped past the Black Wall, the rulers of Logres called for aid; again and again, they were met with only silence. When the Wastewar finally came, Logres stood valiantly against the oncoming tide of horror, but ultimately the kingdom was doomed.
  • The last confirmed and crowned monarch of Logres was Queen Ceinwyn, who ruled over the Fianna, a large tribe of Brynn as well as the Brittanic people who shared their lands. She was young and lovely, said to be the most beautiful woman of her generation, and she ruled Logres well up to the very end of her kingdom's days.
  • When the creatures of the Waste came pouring up to the Black Wall, Queen Ceinwyn immediately sent her mighty warlord, a knight and commander named Julius Ambrosius, to the council of Kings to ask for aid. The Council did not believe the cry for assistance; they claimed Ceinwyn had sent her warlord to extort money and troops from the other kingdoms in order to strengthen themselves in a bid to take power. They debated, and argued, and delayed. Julius pushed harder and harder to bring his Queen the support she needed, and Ceinwyn fought a series of protracted holding actions, delaying as long as she could and losing more and more ground every day to the twisted horrors of The Waste.
Eventually, it was too late. Ceinwyn fought one last, desperate battle and committed all her forces into stemming the tide of horror pouring through the Black Wall. Only after Ceinwyn was defeated and Logres utterly lost did the High Council see the true threat. Julius Ambrosius forced them into uniting and led the alliance into battle. After two long years of battle, Julius managed to push the mutated, chaos-infused horde back into the Waste, but the damage was done. Logres was lost, it's people scattered, its noble families crushed, its queen presumed dead in her last stand to buy Julius Ambrosius the time to unite the fractious kings of Brittanis under his banner.
  • Today, the lands once known as Logres are most often called The Swordlands, both in recognition of the crossed-swords heraldry of the fallen kingdom as well as the nature of the land itself. Monsters hunt the forests and hills here; bandit kings and brigands rule small patches of whatever land they can keep control of. Petty warlords try to carve out pieces of the countryside, ruling whatever they can defend until the monsters swallow up yet another settlement.
  The land is tainted by the corruption of The Waste-- the trees are stunted and gnarled, the grasses sickly and yellowish, the rivers brackish and nearly undrinkable. The land is not as twisted and mutated as The Waste itself, but the taint is spreading. Each year the Waste grows another mile or so. Right now it encompasses the Black Wall and several miles beyond it. No-one knows when the corruption will stop, or when another twisted, horrific horde will pour out of The Waste and across the landscape of fallen Logres to prey on the soft underbelly of Brittanis again.

Rumors

 
 
  • Julius Ambrosius was not only an oath-bound warlord to Queen Ceinwyn; rumors and tales say he was also her lover, and may even have been pregnant with his child.
  • Ceinwyn was a sorceress of great power; in the final years before the Wastewar, she succumbed to the curruption of the Waste and weakened her army before the invasion.
  • The spirits of Logres' army still linger in the Swordlands, animating from battlefields all over the countryside seemingly at random.
  • A mighty, dark power now rules in the Swordlands, amassing power and wealth needed to invade the heartlands of Brittanis.
 

Seridane

Kingdom of the Crystal Throne

The Forest Kingdom of Seridane
The Forest Kingdom of Seridane

Capital: Erethril

Heraldry: Stylized Tree of Life

Ethnic Majority: Gael’Dar (Moon/Wild Elves)

Significant Minorities: Brynn, Erin’Tar (Sun/High Elves)

Major Religions: Ancestors (see Gael'Dar), Old Faith (Sarai, Eldrea, Rhaine)

Ruled By: Queen Alithera, the Crystal Queen

Other Noble Families: Aleandaar, Tyrneathem, Caenen

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Aquilon

"Weep for the pride of Aquilon, ye mortals; weep for that which is lost. For the glory of old shall never come again; the light of Aerys has gone out. Doors barred to the mind of man lay askew; gates with keys of madness gape wide. Awake is that which woken never should be; the price of pride is the Doom of Aquilon."

--from a fragment of the Cyriandran Cycle,
translated from ancient Aquilonian

Aquilon is name of an ancient civilization which held sway over large swaths of Brittanis. It was possibly the largest empire in the history of Aerys, and its eventual destruction was the event that heralded the Breaking of the World. The hubris and disobedience of Aquilon's leaders caused the gods to send a fiery mountain hurling down from the sky, sinking the entire continent beneath the waves and bringing darkness and desolation to the world for a thousand years. Seas fled the coasts in some places, mountains fell into the ocean or were thrust up from deep beneath the earth. Mortals by the millions died. coastlines were re-drawn and the wrath of the Otherworld was visited upon the sons and daughters of Aquilon for their treachery. The world was broken and has never reclaimed the glory of the Lost Empire.

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Tiberian Empire

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1020558/ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1020558/ Far across the Eastern Ocean lies an empire that spans an entire continent. For 600 years the armies, magistrates and culture of the Tiberian Empire ruled Brittanis. Just over a century ago, Empire was assaulted by a vast army, and the Emperor Caelestus called the whole of Tiberian forces abroad back to defend their homeland. Today, precious little is known about the goings-on across the ocean. The occasional trading ship crosses the vast expanse of the Eastern Ocean carrying goods and news from the former masters of Brittanis, but such instances are exceedingly rare. Many suspect that the Empire has fallen to conquest itself—a bitter irony for some Brittanic folk. Continue reading Tiberian Empire