Holy Land of the Abreanists
Perhaps a day will come when the sons and daughters of Abrea break the chains that bind our fatherland. A day when the lords of this land can proudly sing songs in our mother tongue in defiance against the easterners.South Tellaiti is a wealthy well-developed region on the tip of the Tellaiti subcontinent that has for thousands of years been the homeland of the Ambrelians. The territory is known for being a centre of culture and theology, and people from across the continent regularly travel there to see the holy lake and the sacred town of Sentijk (also known as Setaik in the local Ambrelic language). South Tellaiti is divided between multiple smaller counts, a few duchies, a merchant republic and a kiretiaric, all of who swear fealty to Empress Sofia Pentiwichen of Pallernia.
Climate and NatureThe inhabitants of the region enjoy a pleasant climate where the waters are warm and the winters gentle. Pilgrims from far-off lands have oft referred to South Tellaiti as a paradise, but nevertheless, the locals have found plenty of things to complain about. The scorching sun is one such thing. It has forced the people to cover themselves in layers of clothes, but that's been the least of their problems. The more significant concern has been the lack of rainfall coupled with the harsh warmth.
Natural DisastersEven a supposed paradise goes through its hardships. Most of South Tellaiti's natural calamities are related to the sun in some way. Heatwaves kill the inhabitants while raging fires burn through forests, incinerating the flora and all unfortunate enough to get in the way of the blazing inferno. The surface dries up in periods of drought, leading to famine, unrest, and death. When the rain is plentiful, floods and storms may threaten the coastal regions, but thankfully all those disasters are relatively uncommon. The locals are used to such occurrences, and they are generally ready to face them. The rare earthquakes, however, are the disasters that truly catch them off guard.
Lords of the TellaitiThe lands of South Tellaiti are divided between sixteen vassals of the Empire of Pallernia. Fourteen of them are feudal lords who vie for power, land, and political influence. For the most part, territories where the common folk speak Ambrelic are ruled by fellow Ambrelians, but there are a few exceptions. Krekietei, a county that controls a peninsula of the same name, has a reputation of being rebellious. A local ruler there had once risen up against the Pentiwichens after seeing weakness and an opportunity. His war had been a remarkable success, inspiring neighbouring counties to fight for their freedom. Unfortunately for the rebels, the Empire recovered from their string of setbacks and crushed all resistance in South Tellaiti. Krekietei survived for a while, but the overwhelming armies of Pallernia brought their free count in Hapei down. His family was stripped of all land, and now an Almer noble sits on his throne.
Religious RightsOne of the few non-feudal vassals of the Empire in South Tellaiti is the Kiretiaric of Setaik. They are an Orthodox Abreanist bastion surrounded by a sea of Hillenist heretics. The Kiretia guards over the holy lake and the sacred settlement of Setaik, birthplace to both Abrea and Saint Gilei Hillen. The theocratic Orthodox vassal benefits from the Pentiwichens protection. No other vassal of the Empress is allowed to invade them as they enjoy special privileges under the law. The Kiretiaric of Setaik is a land where all Orthodox Abreanists are freely allowed to practise their old religion without fear of the Inquisition of Athe or anything else.
Merchant RepublicShips from the southeastern countries such as Vivernia and Enlitica regularly pass the southern tip of the Tellaiti subcontinent on their way to the Great Cinnamon Gulf. Due to this constant stream of trade, a lot of wealth flows into the region. All that coin gave way to the rise of South Peolotei, a merchant republic that sought to make use of their profitable location. They were once sworn to a lesser lord, but after accumulating enough wealth, they overwhelmed the countess of Peolotei with all the mercenaries that they were able to afford. Now the free merchantmen are contesting over the trade routes with other merchants. Though their existence is often considered an affront to the feudal rulers of the realm, Empress Sofia has tolerated them, but such mercy came at the cost of a higher tax rate.
List of Vassals
|Greater Peratei||Brea Valipatai||Duchy|
|South Peolotei||Iakepei Oiaili||Merchant Republic|
|Setaik||Ulea of Sentijk||Kiretiaric|
|East Hotsle||Nikolas Merzenwech||County|
HistoryIt's unclear when the first humans arrived in the region or who they were, but the oldest ruins and relics point to the Ambrelians. They are a people who speak a language, unlike any other. Scholars have speculated that there may have been others like them. Whether they were driven to extinction or assimilated into the contemporary Ambrelic tongue of the 16th century is still up to debate.
Saralian ContactsIn the aftermath of the Ascension of Hillen, the war-weary Saralians were in desperate need for food and supplies. They feared that a brutal winter could bring the downfall of their civilisation and something had to be done to prevent that. While most were hard at work reclaiming and stabilising their territories after years of aberati rule, some of the more adventurous folk went abroad in search for their salvation. Several of these Saralian ravagers had found the way to the fertile shores of South Tellaiti. Instead of raiding the Ambrelian lands, the adventurers instead offered their services to them in exchange for regular shipments of supplies back to their homeland. Such an arrangement worked well for the locals who then used their new allies to gain a significant military advantage over their foes. When the situation back in their homeland had improved, most of the raiders returned home, but a few of them remained, and they were given farms for their service.