Kingdom of Enlitica
MonarchThe Kingdom of Enlitica is ruled by a monarch who has almost full control over their country. When the monarch dies, the oldest male child of theirs becomes the new King. If there are no male children then the throne will go the oldest child or grandchild. If the royal dynasty were to die out the feudal vassals would have to vote for their next ruler, thus changing the law from agnatic-cognatic primogeniture to agnatic-cognatic elective, turning the country into an elective monarchy.
The current monarch is King Harald of House Herwick.
Herwick's BandAfter being banished from the Empire of Pallernia following their refusal to go along with the new laws that had made living with Vitaemancism a capital offence, the Herwicks gathered their supporters and freed as many mages as they could before leave their old homeland behind. Unsure where to go, the top leaders of the group plotted their route on a map. Many suggested that their band should go to the Magocracy of Alminthas but Karl Herwick considered the route too long and dangerous. They were on near the Pallernian-Vivernian border when the decision was being made and on the map they saw opportunity. Just beyond the Military Dictatorship of Vivernia lied the crumbling Enlitic Kingdom, a state panedur state that had been suffering from infighting.
Karl Herwick convinced his followers to support him in the invasion of the Enlitic Kingdom and to get there, one of Herwick's friends, a Vivernian woman named Caldia Fora, crossed the border to her homeland and contacted a representative of the government. She was able to negotiate a deal between Herwick's Band and the Military Dictatorship of Vivernia and the next day Karl Herwick crossed the border and signed the Treaty of Velota.
Through ViverniaKarl was allowed to recruit volunteers into his army under the understanding that he would allow the veterans to settle down in his newly conquered land and the deal suited him perfectly as he aspired to make his new nation free or at least nearly free of the old panedur inhabitants. In his opinion a grateful human population would have been far easier to control than a resentful panedur one.
As the band travelled down the river they went from town to town, inn to inn, and looked around for volunteers. There was a limit to how many they could hire from a single settlement as the Vivernians didn't want to lose a significant amount of their population. Eventually, as they approached the neck of the Enlitic peninsula, Karl had people count his numbers and from what they could tell, the band's numbers had increased by around 25%. Not every recruit came to fight. Many were just family members of the warriors who assisted by doing the cooking, the laundry, and other more menial tasks around the camp.
Claiming the ClawWith the assistance of several dozen guides provided by the Military Dictatorship of Vivernia, Herwick's Band passed through the Wetland safely without getting into skirmishes with the Rehenians. The Claw, a large isthmus that connected the Enlitic peninsula to the rest of Lethea, was the band's first target. The region had been weakened by unrest and the constant raids that the Rehenians had been conducting in the area. Karl led the soldiers of his army to the town of Valskaen, but encountered little resistance as the settlement had been in a state of anarchy and even the gates had been breached by someone prior to their arrival. With the town captured and the residents pacified, the band left their civilians behind the protection of the walls and to ensure their safety from the old inhabitants, the Panedur were kicked without their possessions and those who resisted were executed.
As the new inhabitants of Valskaen settled in and began repairing the damaged gate, Karl Herwick and the troops marched out, leaving behind a small garrison to defend the place from future attacks. The band encountered a small force hostile force when attempting to cross a river to get to the town of Halikel. Despite being outnumbered, the panedur held their line as long as they could, but eventually the band's battlemages forced them to rout. Karl Herwick ordered his men to march on so that they could take as much land as quickly as possible, but a few of his scouts reported seeing a large army approaching from the east, forcing Karl to abandon the town he'd just captured.
Treaty of HalikelHerwick's Band fortified their positions on their side of the river, hoping that the panedur would underestimate them and attack across the river. Noone in Herwick's Band knew much about the flags and heraldry of the Enlitic Kingdom and therefore they had a hard time figuring out wheater the army across the river were the loyalists or the rebels. They were also not entirely sure what the civil war had been about and how long they had until their foes united to fight a common foe. After a few days of staring across the river, the Panedur sent out a messenger to Karl Herwick. She claimed that they were on the rebel side and her leader wanted to know what their demands were. The rebels had been desperate and were willing to cede the Claw to House Herwick in exchange for a trade agreement and a five-year truce. Karl Herwick accepted the terms of surrender and turned his attention on the internal stability of his new realm.
During the truce period Karl Herwick began investigating into the civil war and started the process of resettlement. The locals who had lived on the land for centuries were offered an ultimatum. Leave or kneel. Many refused to leave their homes and possessions behind and organized into an armed resistance group. Herwick's Band was too slow to react in time and as a result, the rebels launched an assault on one of the armies as they were disconnected from the rest. This conflict became known as the Raid of Rinsted and it initiated the Autumn War.
Tattered TruceHearing tales of the crimes committed against the Panedur in the territories under the rule of Karl Herwick, the United Kingdom of Enor and Puhna assembled an army and pushed through rebel-controlled territory all the way up to Halikel. From there they sent the humans a demand to leave the land and to pay reparations. Herwick's Band refused and prepared to fight off a new enemy. The Enori-Puhner soldiers crossed the frozen river and looked on in horror as they marched passed the crucified bodies of thousands of their countrymen.
Karl the Conqueror ( 1504 - 1548 )With the old United Kingdom of Enor and Puhna and their rebels defeated and the Treaty of the Claw signed, King Karl Herwick banished and enslaved the majority of the natives and called for human immigration to his new country. There were plenty of empty homes and jobs that needed doing and above all, he wanted people to have a safe new homeland, free of the threat of the Empire of Pallernia or the Inquisition of Athe. In a controversial move the monarch declared that the nation would be Baglamistic instead of Hillenistic, somewhat alienating a few of his oldest companions who had accompanied him from the start of his exile and through the war.
Most of the old settlements and regions received new names and King Karl Herwick moved his household to Loktwersted. A few months later the city was officially declared the kingdom's capital. By the end of his days, King Karl was known to his people by the nickname the Conqueror, but those who he had enslaved and subjugated called him by different, less respectful names. King Karl Herwick died peacefully at the age of 81.
Roger I ( 1548 - 1562 )An admirer of his father's deeds and the battles that he had fought in, the newly coronated King Roger Herwick began investigating more into the details of the war. He feared that by getting too settled in and by devolving into decadence the country that his father had forged would break apart. By figuring out what had allowed his father to win, Roger figured he could replicate the results in future conflicts.The Khaz Massacre fascinated him and by looking into it, he had learned a lot about the advantages of using battlemages. Seeing them as the key to victory, the King assembled his advisors and discussed the idea of a new university for mages.
All of his advisors agreed with him and they decided that the building should be in the ancient city and former capital of the United Kingdom of Enor and Puhna, Trotlif. By the late winter of 1551 AA the magnificent structure was opened up to the mages of the world. To ensure the safety of the people and to calm the rhabdophobes and Panedur who were firmly against magic, the King enacted a new law that controlled who, where, and when a mage could cast their spells. The new law left both sides a bit displeased, but tensions calmed down after a few years.
In the early spring of 1555, a group of Rehenian raiders crossed the border from the Wetland and sacked the town of Selkaen. Upon hearing the tragic news, King Roger Herwick sent the a unit of Battlemages and several units of heavy infantry from his personal retinue to Valskaen so that they could respond with haste in case they had decided to raid again. Karl af Rinsted, Duke of Duchy of Karllan and the person whose lands had been attacked decided that the King hadn't done enough. He knew that the raiders were incredibly skilled and quick, by the time the King's men would have received news of an attack the raiders would have been home.
He assembled his finest soldiers and prepared a trap for the raiders near a small, seemingly defenceless village. Several weeks after the Rehenians returned and fell into the trap. The ensuing skirmish was quick and deadly. Many of the Duke's men had been slain, but in the end, the Rehenians dropped their falxes and surrendered. After the costly victory Duke Karl af Rinsted informed the King's men in Valskaen that they had successfully fought off another attack and captured several prisoners. Those troops arrived at Ratteoard Keep, the home of the Duke, a few weeks later and they offered to assist in the fight against the raiders in the Wetland.
With the King's and his own retinue, Duke Karl af Rinsted marched toward the Rehenian lands. One of the prisoners they had captured offered to guide them there in exchange for his freedom and a life of relative luxury. Despite the guidance, the army had a hard time moving through the swamp. Many men went missing in the night and a few of the heavily armed soldiers sunk through the ground, suffocating before anyone could dig them out. After several weeks and a few dozen casualties, the army reached an area where there were multiple settlements within a few miles of each other. The Duke and his men marched in and wiped the settlements off the face of Ryel, killing all who could oppose them or were too old or young to serve as slaves. With Selkaen's slaughtered populace avenged, the Duke's men executed their guide and marched back home using a rough map that they had drawn up.
Years later, in 1560, King Roger Herwick visited an old marvel of Panedur ingenuity called Rikor Tower. He wanted to hold a meeting there to discuss future plans, but a day after his arrival, he caught wind of a plot by a group of terrorists called the Saésari Oathkeepers. His spies told him that they were planning on assassinating him and the other Lords and Ladies of Enlitica during the meeting. King Roger Herwick wanted to sleep on the information and retired to his bedroom. At night, he heard a fight breaking out in the room next to him and seconds later, a guard unlocked his door and told him to evacuate the building. Mere seconds before he and the guard rushed through the main door that led outside, the tower's walls began to collapse.
The king managed to jump out of the way of most of the rubble but a large brick crushed his leg. The guard was buried beneath the stone. The pain had forced King Roger Herwick to pass out, but the other guards who were taking care of the assassins helped carry their monarch to Valskaen, where his leg was amputated. Although alive, the King never fully recovered and became weak to the flu. Until his death in 1562, the country was mostly ruled by his sons and the regent.
King Jonas the Feeble ( 1562 - 1565 )After the death of his father, King Jonas Herwick was crowned King of Enlitica. He was a sickly man who remained bedridden for most of his reign. His regent, Jochen of House Bernas, the Duke of Einstall, made a deal with the King's younger brother Harald.
It is unclear whether the two plotted to poison or otherwise hasten the King's demise, or if the regent wanted to assist and make sure that when the King would eventually die his brother would be ready and the succession would be smooth. Whatever their plot was, the feeble King died of an unknown disease a year later, in the first few days of 1565.
King Harald HerwickKing Jonas had left the world without leaving behind any children thus ensuring that his brother, Harald, would become the next monarch of Enlitica. Harald's a patient and quiet King, always in his own thoughts. Because of his quiet nature, a few of his vassals considered him unfit for the job as they felt he was being too idle while their nation was being attacked by pirates to the south. The King has yet to do anything about the developing situation, but recently during the Victory Day celebrations of 1567 he gave a rousing speech announcing that the threat would be dealt with in the following years. The speech surprised his vassals as they hadn't expected him to be great at speaking to large crowds.
Demography and Population
- Founding Date
- 9 Vernavar, 1504 AA
- Geopolitical, Kingdom
- Government System
- Monarchy, Absolute
- Power Structure
- Feudal state
- Economic System
- Mixed economy
- Official Languages
- Controlled Territories
- Neighboring Nations