Kingdom of Arsavela
Oldest of Malkora's kingdoms, a sanctuary for the faithkept slowly losing its light
Within my kingdom of autumn, I lie on soft grasses and sun myself on rocky outcrops. Every day I gaze outside of my home and I just feel so happy! Look, mom, the sun is shining again! And it's only kind of windy today. Will I be able to keep smiling at these things forever? It can be so hard to pull myself away from work, and it only seems to be getting even harder each and every day that goes by. Maybe.. I can ask mom to fly kites with me today.The Kingdom of Arsavela is a group of regions in Northeastern Nefyran, making up a large portion of the continent's far eastern reaches. Claiming the title of the oldest kindgom in all of Malkora, these lands are dominated by rolling fields and scattered farmsteads, overseen by their shared capitol, Aurel.
Stable Land, Stable ReignTemperate lands of fruitful springs, lush summers, golden autumns, and liveable winters are the mark of Arsavela. Never seeming to see any drastic change, Arsavela's landscape has remained as it has been for millennia. This stability fostered a strong foundation for the development of its kingdom, a foundation not offered to any other population of Malkora throughout the world's known history.
The fortunate circumstance of sharing borders with two regions whose populations much prefer keeping to themselves has allowed this kingdom to prosper without fear of foreign threats, except those which may approach by sea — which have likewise been uncommon and negligible threats.
by Strixxline via Midjourney
Arsavela has known little conflict since the birth of its kingdom, with its happily secluded neighboring regions, paired with the grand mountain range which separates the lot of them from any westward threats. Though the aforementioned factors have done well to keep the region(s) safe, they have only contributed to Arsavela's sheltered nature.
Untouched by MagicIn a wide world brimming with magic of all forms, Arsavela is notably devoid of magical influence. This quality, one of exceptional rarity in Malkora, has produced a broad populace within the kingdom to which magic is entirely unknown. Though knowledge of such things inevitably reaches its largest cities and settlements through occasional exposure, be it through travelers with magical affinity or encounters with strange entities, magic as a whole may be seen as an alien concept to many throughout the kingdom's less visited regions.
Devoted to the HomeThe people throughout Arsavela lead simple lives, and these simple lives are often incredibly busy. With a large population base of agricultural workers and laborers, the contribution of a constant and steady stream of attentive work is all but expected from all who reside within the kingdom. Travel is rare for all but the privileged few who reside in larger cities such as the kingdom's capitol of Aurel, with the exception of those who take pilgrimages to the temples of the Church of Dawn, located in the neighboring Uris Braena. This journey is not known to be a dangerous one, but takes an exceptionally large commitment of time — time that most of Arsavela's humble laypeople cannot afford to spare.
Faith in ArsavelaWithin Arsavela and its neighboring regions, the Eastwind Pantheon is the primary focus of faith. This pantheon, local to Northern Nefyran, presents gods which make common patrons to those of an adventurer's spirit, a trait which many Savelan people tirelessly work to preserve, despite the sense of duty which binds them to their homes. As with most regions in Malkora, the Pantheon of the New Age is commonly worshiped in varying degrees, with a primary focus falling on the New Dawn and, more recently, Atreimus, the Purifier.
Symbol of Atreimus by Strixxline
With the ever-growing influence of the Alabaster Hand, the number of Atreiman grows within Arsavela's population. Symbols of Atreimus appear to be more common with each passing moon, appearing on the faces of buildings and at the gates of settlements throughout the kingdom.
Fields of rolling green and tilled lands offer bountiful harvests, but for how much longer?
Map of Arsavela by Strixxline
The New Dawn
Atreimus, the Purifier
Eastwind Pantheon (Regional Pantheon)