A Land Free of Division
We stand here today in the Gap as protectors of Rothnia. Each and every Vakner man and woman understands the role they have to play, the price they've got to pay. Only as a united front can we withstand foreign incursions into our land. Only under the golden banner of Rothnia will our sons and daughters walk freely through our fields and forests.Rothnia is a region in the northern reaches of Pekkola that has been inhabited by the Vakner people ever since their migration south from inhospitable frozen glaciers of Æþíne. This region and its inhabitants are cut off from the other Vakner that dwell in Henvikendal because of the Qalewahian mountains that lie between them. The only reliable passage in between these regions is the Brother's Path. The region's southern frontier lacks such significant barriers, however, and the natives of Aethelland are keen on waging war and launching raids against their northern neighbours. Following the fall of the Rahyamin Empire, the Vakner learned to deal with foreign threats by uniting under a single banner.
Don’t waste your time going through the Gap of Rothnia. There’s a large military presence there due to threats of Aeth attacks, so not only will you have robbers to deal with, our own men might get a bit overzealous when checking your goods. Take the Brother’s Pass to Henvikendal instead. From there, you’ll have an easy time travelling south.
If they are unwilling to see reason, then it is clear that they must be reminded of what happens when someone dares to stand alone.All of Rothnia falls within the sphere of influence of the High Kingdom of Rothnia. The majority of the region’s landmass is directly controlled by their high king and his vassals, and the few nations that remain outside their direct control are often forced to pay tribute. In times of crisis, such as when a large force from Aethelland threatens the region, the high kingdom will call upon their tributaries and demand that they contribute soldiers to assist in the conflict. Countries who refuse to pay tribute or fail to fulfil their obligations are met with ruthless raids where dozens of villages will be set ablaze. If the leaders of such a defiant country remain stubborn and reject demands of subjugation, the high kingdom will contemplate complete annexation of their land.
The Vakner are a sturdy people who have mastered shipbuilding and seafaring. They live in the cold heights of Henvikendal and Rothnia
Aeths are an ambitious people who excel at skirmishing and raiding. They are native to woodlands and fertile fields of Aethelland and Lointen