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The North

Where the Ironwoods grow

The North refers to the northernmost corner of the current known world. The North can be split into three geographical locations. The Boreal Steppe, the Hypoboreal Archipelagos Complex, or HAC and the Ehrling Peninsula. Of the three regions, only the HAC and the Ehrling Peninsula is permanently inhabited.

  The North has long been known as "the playgrounds of kings" because of how fractured the North was in both the new and old worlds.  

Geography of the North

 

Boreal Steppe

 

The Boreal Steppe, also known as the Far North, is a vast barren wasteland of arctic tundra. It is the largest region of the North, but it is also one of the most uninhabitable places in the known world. There are no permanently habitable settlements in the Boreal Steppe, and much of the Boreal Steppe is still uncharted. Temperatures are so extreme in the steppe, that on average, if left to your bare skin, you'd freeze over and die within just two minutes of exposure.

 

Frozen Seaway

  To reach the Boreal Steppe, you must first traverse the Frozen Seaway. It is hundreds and hundreds of miles of frozen seawater that surrounds the actual Boreal Steppe.   Once you traverse the Frozen Seaway, you will hit solid land, but it's very difficult to distinguish the Frozen Seaway from the arctic tundra. The only sure way to tell is to look out for obvious rock formations, such as hills and mountains.  

Flora and Fauna of the Steppes

  As hostile and barren as the Far North is, it is still home to a few creatures such as Boreal cod, Boreal shark, Arctic cod, Arctic flounder, Arctic halibut, salmon, fox, hare, bear walrus, reindeer, owl, beluga whale, narwhal, giant squid, harp seal, lemming, ringed seal, emperor penguin, dire wolves, dire bears, and even frost giants.   There are also a plethora of aberrant creatures that inhabit the Far North. Aberrant creatures such as, aboleths, balhannoths, carrion crawlers, chuuls, destrachans, gibbering beasts, grell, and grick. Not to mention all the undocumented aberrants of the deep found in the unfrozen waters of the Frozen Seaway.   The Eidolonians claim that there is a strange creature that lives in the far north, a creature called a Mind Flayer. They claim that these Mind Flayers are somehow connected to the Everlasting Crystal because, at least as some Eidolonians claim, these Mind Flayers can also cause living creatures to go mad, and to turn upon the living, just like the Everlasting Crystal does. Many early century Eidolonians, and their forefathers blamed Mind Flayers for sabotaging any expedition attempts to charter and explore the Far North, but no such Mind Flayer has been sighted.   These claims have long been thought to be made up fiction used to discourage dangerous and costly exploration in a barren land, and to further exaggerate the Northerners to make them seem even more tough and hardy than they are already believed to be.   However, one day, King Ferdinand XII of Eidolon moved their nation's capital from Puerto de la Madera Hierro to Valladolid, their most northern settlement, and transformed the fishing hamlet into a heavily fortified settlement... facing northward.   The Boreal Steppe is home to a few wild beasts, and aberrant monsters, most of which live in the unfrozen deep of the Frozen Seaway, or in special natural geothermal hot spots, similar to the ones found on the Ehrling Peninsula. These geothermal hot spots are farmable plots of land, but are typically heavily infested with microbes, which competes with and destroyed most crops before they can reach maturity.   A very diverse, and distinct ecosystem of microbes live in the natural geothermal locations of the Far North. Most of which are generally non pathogenic, but occasionally some pathogenic microbes find their way into these hot spots. This makes the Far North home to extremophiles, some that thrive in the extreme cold, and some that thrive in the extreme heat.   The only known settlement in the Boreal Steppe is said to be built on one of these geothermal hot spots, but hasn't been inhabited ever since a very lethal infestation broke out in the settlement early in the 3rd century. It also hasn't been seen since then, which leads many to question its existence in the first place.   The Far North is home to plenty of natural geothermal hot spots, and the natural coldness of these lands make them ideal locations to plant Stirling engine. However, as of 1584 NCE, the cost and risk, and the labor of keeping them microbe free has not connived any investor as of late.  

The Everlasting Crystal

  The Boreal Steppe is home to the Everlasting Crystal. The crystal was discovered in the late 1st century NWE in the time of the Great Migrations. The crystal forever marks the place where Fredrich's Comet landed. It is believed to have fragmented from the comet itself, making it a cosmic substance. Not much of the Crystal is known. The Everlasting Crystal is cursed. Any living thing that spends too much time around, or staring at the crystal go mad, and turns against the living. The crystal itself has strong arcane magic. It constantly emits strong gales, and occasionally creates super storms that reach the edges of Northern civilization.  

Hypoboreal Archipelagos Complex

  Otherwise known as the HAC. It is the smallest region, and the 2nd most northern region of the North. As of January 1st, 1584 NWE the HAC is owned by the Kingdom of Eidolon, and is ruled by High King Ferdinand XIV of house Trastámara, a dynasty which has provided an unbroken lineage of monarchs for the Kingdom of Eidolon ever since the Kingdom of Eidolon unified in the late 4th century.   As the name implies, it is an archipelagos. The HAC is made up of five major islands, Valdolia, The Selene Isles, and the Trinitarium.  

Valdolia

  Valdolia is considered the main island because it is the largest of the five main islands, and it is where the monarch rules. It is a "V" shaped island, with the open end of the "V" facing north eastward, while the pointed intersecting part of the V points towards the Ehrling Peninsula.   On the open end of the V shaped island is the nation's capital city, Valladolid. It used to be a small fishing hamlet, until one day, King Ferdinand XII moved the nation's capital from Puerto de la Madera Hierro to Valladolid, and transformed the once small fishing hamlet into a heavily fortified compound.   On the pointed end is the entire North's largest port city, Puerto de la Madera Hierro, and old capital city. Madera Hierro is named so, because nearly every building in this city is made out of Northern Ironwood, which is a testament to how old this city actually is. (Because it takes almost a life time for quality ironwoods to reach maturity) The city was built on an ocean side cliff that gradually lowers to the shoreline, making it very protected from flooding, and invasions.   In between these two settlements is the King's Road, a road about two and a half days apart from each settlement that parts a forest, and two mountain ranges. The King's Road is guarded by the Segovian fortress, compound built into the very mountain itself, just like the Dwarves do, but to a lesser extent. This is a new fortress, the old fortress, Cerveteri, was located east of Madera Hierro, but ever since Eidolon unified, that fortress was abandoned, and turned into a funeral home that overlooked a vast cemetery.  

The Selene Isles

  The Selene Isles are named such because of two reasons. One, the main island is shaped like a crescent moon, and two, the isles are owned by the Moonscale clan, the same Moonscales who were head of the military of the ancient Arkoshian Empire. When the Empire of Arkoshia was turned to glass during the Forty Days of Fire, the remnants of the Moonscale clan migrated elsewhere in search for food, and ended up traveling with the Lativitic people who ended up migrating all up north.   The Moonscale clan is ruled by a single patriarch. For now the leader is the head of the Dvorak family. The Dvorak's are the living proof of pride of the Moonscale clan's dedication to her people. Once upon a time, the Moonscale clan picked one family to live in luxury, and arranged their marriages for hundreds of generations. Through this selective breeding, they took the best traits of a warrior, and enhanced them over and over and over, until the Dvorak family was made. The Moonscale clan was now in possession of 15 foot tall Dragonborn, with plenty of muscle and charisma to spare. They are born with six wings, the largest of which make an 80 foot wingspan once fully matured, and they all have scales of platinum.   Vaulter Dvorak XVIII is the current head of the Moonscale clan, and the current Grand Admiral of Eidolon's Royal Navy. He has also been appointed as the Viceroy of Almoravids. The Dragonborn of the Moonscale clan make up about 45% of Eidolon's Royal Navy, and over 60% of the fleet docks in the Selene Isles.  

Trinitarium

  The last three main islands of the HAC are all collectively known as the Trinitarium. They have no individual names, so they just call them the Northern, the Easter, and the Western Trinity. The Trinitarium is home to the largest concentration of Deva in the known world, and is the most devout location in the known world, believed to be over 99% Oathkeepers, the 1 % being non Deva, or Deva who are corrupted and fall, then reborn as Rakshasa.   The Trinitarium is home to the Hospitalers, thee absolute oldest monastic order of the Church, responsible for creating over 40% of all Oathkeeper's clerics in the known world, and over 36% of the world's doctors, and health care professionals.  

Puerto Princesa and Eidolon

  There is a secret second country within the HAC, in the very Kingdom of Eidolon. Few know of it, and even fewer know that it is actually its own country. It's just not common knowledge outside of the Eidolon.   Within the largest port city in the entire North, enclaved by Puerto de la Madera Hierro, is another sovereign city state known as Puerto Princesa, home of Primma Donna cathedral, the largest cathedral in the known world, headquarters to the Oathkeeper’s faith, and residence of the Holy Mother herself.   Together, these two countries form a strong symbiotic relationship. The Church built the infrastructure of Eidolon, and provided Eidolon a common identity, tradition, and culture to rally behind, and eventually rebuilt the navy. In return, Eidolon has long provided missionaries, and clergymen to the faith, and even explored the unknown corners of the world just to spread the faith.   Despite being the smallest country in the North, it has survived almost 1600 years of war mongering, and politics.  

Flora and Fauna of the HAC

  In addition to all the other Northern Ironwoods that grow throughout the North, there is a special Ironwood that only grows in the HAC, Ebony. Ebony is a dark black wood, with a slight brown hue and swirl to it. Ebony is worth more than it's weight in silver as it is the strongest of Ironwoods, and it is the tallest and widest tree. It's compression strength is as good as stone, which makes it very useful building material for the most ambitious of architectural projects. The smallest Ebony trees are over 250 yards high, most reaching 285-300 yards, with some as tall as 320 yards tall.   Ebony is so dense, and so hard, that it would take two dozen men, two months to cut down the smallest Ebony tree. Ebony sinks in water, so only the sides of ships can be made with Ebony. Ebony is so strong that shots from a 36 pounder long gun simply dents and bounces off the wood. Properly treated, and lacquered, it will last several life times. It takes almost a hundred years for Ebony to grow, meaning that the growth and harvesting of Ebony is very closely monitored, and carefully guarded.  

The Ehrling Peninsula by the 15th Century

  By the start of the 15th century NWE, the Ehrling Peninsula was still divided into eight nations.   The Kingdom of Eidolon is a part of the North, but technically not a part of the Ehrling Peninsula.   There’s the Kingdom of Catalan, located right in the middle of the Ehrling peninsula. With a mountain range to it’s west, and large lake to it’s east, and the ever neutral Duchy of Bravaria to the south, Catalan only ever had enemies to the north of her. For centuries, the Kingdom of Catalan has been absorbing nations north of her in order to gain access to the sea . Catalan was the only landlocked nation of the North, and she very much so wanted to participate in the raids with the Caliphate of Almohad and Almoravids. The only Kingdom left that stands in Catalan’s way is the Kingdom of Fran.   The Kingdom of Fran was once good allies with the Kingdom of Eidolon, until the dynasty of their long reigning monarch ended. Ever since then, the authority of the Kingship of Fran has been given to lesser men, and the Kingdom slowly alienated themselves from the rest of the North. It wasn’t long before the Kingdom of Catalan was on their doorsteps, and they found themselves standing alone against a hungry beast.   There’s the Principality of Weißen all the way east of the peninsula, and the Duchy of Asturia just north and west of Weißen. Together these two countries own the largest farmable land in the entire North, and and busiest fishing zones of the entire North which is a brutal combination of natural resources because the land that can be farmed in the North is very valuable, and fishing is the greatest alternative food source other than farming. Not to mention, the Principality of Weißen is the industrial capital of the North, because the natural geothermal hot spots found in Weißen provide Stirling engines a natural source of heat.   Then there’s the Caliphate of Almohad which occupies the north western half of the peninsula, and the and Caliphate of Almoravids which occupies the south western half. It wasn’t until the late 14th century was those lands still known as the Caliphate of Córdova. The Caliph of Córdova was pressured by his own people, pretty much the entire North, and the Church to cease their raiding on the Westerlands. To ensure that a part of his dynasty still stood in the event of civil war, the Caliph divided his country and left his two sons to inherit them.   Lastly, there’s the Duchy of Bravaria. Mountain men, located at the most southern part of the entire North. The Duchy of Bravaria has remained neutral for most of all of Northern politics for over a thousand years, and has always worked to serve the entire North by thwarting southern invaders. In return, the North as a whole has supported the Archduke of Bravaria when both Northern and Southern invaders attacked the duchy. Not that the Archduke needed the help. Corfe castle, the ancestral home of the Vonberlichingen family, blocks the only path on foot to the North, and has never been breached.  

The Cradle of the North

  A mountain range that marks the southernmost border of the North. The Cradle of the North is the southern border of Almoravids, Bravaria, and Weißen, but of the three Northern nations, the mountain pass only thins and becomes passable at Bravaria. All things considered, when it comes down to it, the Bravarians decide who enters, and who exits the North on foot.  

The People, and the Politics of the North

 

The Ethnic People of the North

  In order of most prevalent to least prevalent races, Northerners are mostly; Humans, Half-Orcs, Dragonborn, Tieflings, Goliaths, Eladrin, Elves, Half-Elf, Shifters, Deva, and Changelings.   The greatest tragedy of Northern civil wars is that Northerners are pretty much the same ethnic people, yet it took them over 1500 years to unify. They all share the same blood, coming from the same ancestor, the Lativiticans, and the Götz.   The Lativitic people were just one in a dozen of ethnic peoples who dwell within the Arkoshian Empire's immediate sphere of influence, back in the Old World. When you hear "Arkoshian Empire", you probably think of "Dragonborn", and while that was certainly true in the early years of the empire, the later years proved otherwise. The Arkoshian Empire grew to become a continent-expanding power, engulfing many outlying villages, towns, and cities in the Grand Desert of the Old World. Like all large empires, Arkoshia was very diverse, filled with races and ethnicities, very rich with cultures and traditions with little to nothing but the national government keeping it all bound together.   In the forty days it took for the gasses of Fredrich's comet to burn completely, the intense and constant heat transformed the Great Desert of the Old World to the Crystallized Waste, an extremely hostile barren wasteland. This forced the Lativiticans to join the Great Migrators of the first century NWE in search for new lands to settle.   The Lativitic people were welcomed by the Götz, the indigenous people of the lands now known as The North. The Sage Emperor Friedrich VonHohenzoleran was Götzic himself, and ever since the Forty Days of Fire, the Götz have carried the burden of being associated with the Sage Emperor in that they were ferocious warmongering people. The Götz were surprised that a people willingly allied themselves with them, and happily accepted the Lativiticans, among other migrators, into their own lands, assimilating them trough faith and family.  

A Fractured North

  Velka, the Goddess incarnate, was born a Götz. When she gave the gift of oaths and civility to the world, it spread from north to south, making the Götzic people one of the first proper modern civilizations born from the oaths made to God. Oathkeeping runs deep in the veins of the Götzic people, which made them very noble people. The Lativiticans are remnants of the great and mighty Empire of Arkoshia, making them a very proud people. The union of the Götz and the Lativitic people created the quintessential modern day Northerner. Very proud, very noble, and stubborn, set in their own ways, and have kept out of the affairs of most political dramas south of them.   The problem of having very proud and very noble people, is having many kinds of proud and noble peoples. To a nationalist, all it takes is a few deviations to completely put someone off from said tradition, methodology, or culture. Without a strong national identity to hold the many different races within the North together, the people were forced to turn to more basic forms of identity politics, trusting in their own race, and their immediate neighbors.   Sadly, a strong focus on the local government lead to a poor focus on a national government, and it was only a few generations before everyone forget that they're essentially the same people. This infighting within the same ethnic people would last for centuries. The history of the North was written in blood. The historical accounts of Northern civil war are very brutal, and over half the battles fought were to the last man, even in cases where people were outnumbered seven to two thousand.   Despite the Götzic people being deeply rooted in the Oathkeeper's faith, the mass immigration of the Lativiticans, and the other dozens of minor ethnic groups who migrated North, unbalanced the the national faith of the lands now known as the North. It wasn't until the early 4th century did the Oathkeeper's faith experience a Northern renaissance did it start to become a prominent religion in the lands once again.   The reevangelization of the North to the Oathkeeper's faith was a slow, and bloody process. There are thousands of historical accounts of Oathkeeping missionaries being martyred for advocating Velka's gift of oaths and civilization. One thing was certain. The more the Northerners embraced the Oathkeeper's faith, the larger and stronger their civilizations became, and the less brutal their civil wars became.   The Oathkeeper's faith was exactly what this post apocalyptic world needed. They needed the trust and assurance that their oaths be taken seriously, and with that assurance they could place their trust in others. With that trust in others, they built communities. Strong communities, with almost everyone supporting, and watching each other's back.   As the Velkinheim family always say, "two in harmony surpasses one in perfection. There are somethings in life, that no matter how much you sacrifice, cannot be attained on your own."   Because of the faith and strong communal ties, It became difficult to distinguish people from another country, form people on the other side of your own city. Monarchs and governments struggled to convince and force the people to engage in warfare with other civilizations, when they were just so similar. Eventually the Northerners grew sick and tired of constantly fighting each other, and the Northern infighting gradually died down between the 9th-15th centuries. The Oathkeepers provided the North with a common faith, which produced a common community, which produced a common culture, and tradition.   By the 14th century, almost half of all Northerners were Oathkeepers, and by this time, Oathkeeping spread on a global scale, like it once was in ancient times.  

Northern Raiders

  The extreme cold, the master carpenters of the North, and Northern Ironwood is what made the Northern navies the best in the world. Through the 11th-14th centuries, the Northerners on land weren't really anything special, but on the seas, the Northerners were unrivaled. While traditionally speaking, Northerners never bothered in the affairs of the world south of their own, one Northern country challenged that tradition.   The Evangelization of the North wasn't the only thing that helped reduce Northern infighting. Even during times of peace, war mentality doesn't just fade into obscurity. The Caliphate of Córdova, the westernmost Northern country, subverted the war like mentality of their people to the Westerlands, and frequently participated in naval raids on the rich and unmolested coasts of the Western Kingdoms during the 9th to 11th centuries. This shook the world. The North has always been secluded, and kept to themselves. No southern invader ever made it passed the Cradle of the North, immigration was heavily restricted, mercs were almost never allowed in the North, and no country dared to challenge them on the seas in order to invade their lands. Then, one day, the Northerners just descended like winter's winds? They sent a chill down the spine of every port city near the North.   And rightfully so. The Córdovan raiding had seen success on a global scale, reaching the furthest most territories of the far west coasts. The Kingdom of Catalan wanted to participate in these raids, but she had no access to the sea, so ever since the 10th century, the Catalans stared their politicking and warmongering propaganda, so that they may officially declare war with nations North of her.   The richer the Caliphate of Córdova became, the more their reputation with Northern countries plummeted. For three centuries did Córdova grow fat and rich at the expense of the North. The North has stayed out of the affairs of the southern world. They kept to themselves, and hardly allowed people in their own country. Do you really think a a southerner would know the difference between a Córdovan and a Northerner? From their point of view, they are all Northerners, and when the victims of the Córdovan raids told their great trials of tribulation, it wasn't just the Córdovans who became hated, it was the whole North.   The rest of the North, with the exception of the Kingdom of Catalan, imposed heavy trade and foreign relations sanctions on The Caliphate of Córdova. Eventually, the combined forces of the sanctions, and the blood of hundreds of Oathkeeper's martyrs, the Caliphate of Córdova collapsed due to a fractured people. A Caliphate is a theocracy after all, one that the Oathkeeper's faith does not recognize, and has long sought to undermine.   Eventually, one day, the Caliphate of Córdova failed to muster a raiding force large enough to successfully sack multiple settlements, and was crushed by the Western defenders. The world had it's first taste of victory over the Northerners and was hungry for more. Eventually, the Westerlands would reclaim the lands they once lost to the Córdovans, and either massacred the Córdovans who settles in their lands, or assimilated them to their own benefit. The Córdovan raiders were forced to defend their own shores, and eventually negotiated peace terms with the kingdoms of the Westerlands.   With a military forced on the defensive, and a country so fractured, almost on the brink of civil war, the Caliphate split into an extremist faction Almoravids, and a lesser extremist faction, Almohad.  

The Oathkeepers

  The conquest, infamy and tales of the Northern Raiders had swollen so great during the 12th and 13th centuries. The split of the Caliphate of Córdova effectively ceased the raiding, but the schemers and plotters of the world wanted the infamous, ferocious "Northern raider" on their side. It wasn't long before Northerners found out that people were willing to pay great amounts of money to fight for them. When these Northern mercenaries spread around the the known world, they took their faith with them. The world saw first hand the ferociousness of the Córdovans, and thus were quick to accept the vastly different proud, noble, and faithful people of the North. And just like that the Oathkeeper's faith has taken a strong foothold on a global scale.   The Church needed more clergy to serve the faithful, and the laity. While it was easy to find a few maidens with the will to lead, and the fortitude to fight, it wasn't easy to find them en masse. But the Church foresaw this, and prepared for it long ago. In the mid 5th century, the Holy Mother allowed for a separation of Matriarchal duties, and the duties of an Executioner. For the first time in history, men were allowed to serve the Matriarchy as either Executioners, or as Executioner's Assistant.   It was due to their close ties with Northerners did the Oathkeepers experience a global Renaissance, making them one step closer to being one of the major global religions of the world, just as they were in ancient times of the Old World.   Within just a few centuries, Oathkeeping became the official religion of a few countries outside of the North, which was exemplified by the Church anointing monarchs, like they did in the North, and the days of old. With new Cathedrals, churches, and the communities that would flourish around them, the Church saw more donations, and could finally afford to invest in bigger things.  

The Blooming World

  The tremendous wealth and power the Church accumulated gave them more than enough influence with the Eidolonian Crown. By the very late 15th century, the Church made a deal with the Crown of Eidolon. The Church would give the crown the money to reform their fleet with the capability to not only sail the deep seas, but also to sail right through the Frozen Seas. In return, Eidolon would owe the Church missionaries to spread the faith to all corners of the world. Both known, and unknown. It would also help fund King Ferdinand XII's plan to switch his nation's capital from Puerto de la Medera Hierro to Valladolid, and to heavily fortify the small fishing hamlet.   The Crown of Eidolon commissioned five explorers to sail east, and of the five, only one found inhabited land. They discovered Lupang Maharlika, or the Land of the Nobles. Like Eidolon, Maharlika is another archipelago, and when the Eidolonians landed on the shores of Maharlika, they were met with great curiosity. The Church was quick to capitalize on this curiosity, and began evangelizing the Maharlikans, while Eidolonians tried to establish good relations with the Matalas dynasty that ruled Maharlika.   King Ferdinand XIII spoke with the young Emperor Issip, and together fostered good relations between the Maharlikans and the Eidolonians. Emperor Issip opened his country up to trade and immigration with the Eidolonians. In return for Eidolonian carpenters, craftsmen, Northern ironwood, and Oathkeepers, the Maharlikans traded exotic pelts, tropical fruits and vegetables, eastern chitin, and most importantly, spices.   The discovery of Maharlika was important because it opened up even more of our world. It was only in the 16th century did Allkind develop the technology to create ships large and strong enough to sail the deep seas, and it was the interest of everyone to explore the world of Phoenix. We know from speaking with the Maharlikans that there is even more land further east of their own, and those lands are supposedly bigger than the known world as we know it. Imagine that, continents filled with unexplored land, and filled with many different peoples. What riches and adventures lay in those foreign lands? How many more cultures could there be out east?  

The Northern Trade Federation

  The 15th century was really the last century of North on North consolidation via conflict. Through marriage, the Principality of Weißen united with the Duchy of Asturia, forming the Principality of Weißenaust. Through conquest, the Kingdom of Catalan forced the Kingdom of Fran to consolidate, and to marry into their royal lineage forming the Kingdom of Catafransisca.   Since the mid 15th century, the Caliphs of Almohad and Almoravids have ceased their raiding due to influence from the Oathkeepers, and public opinion of all Northerners that they make an honest living. By 1555, Almohad and Almoravid hasn’t been involved in a single raid for 96 consecutive years. As a result, the Western Kingdoms and the rest of the world have changed their opinion of the Northerners, and King Ferdinand XIII of Eidolon noticed this.   He called for a treaty involving all the Northern nations, and called for a federation, in the hopes that the new global opinion of the North along with the new reputation of the Northern Trade Federation is enough to open the North up to trade and immigration with the rest of the world. This way, the North may share in wealth and trade goods, while satisfying the Church's thirst for evangelization of the rest of the world without the need to spill an ounce of blood for it. Pretty much everyone loved the idea, but the Western Kingdoms would only agree to the trade treaty if the Northern Trade Federation were to pay recompense for the centuries of raiding, and swear an oath never to raid on a country they are currently trading with.   The Caliphs agreed to the proposal and swore their oaths. The King of Eidolon also proposed that should any country within the Northern Trade Federation violate these oaths while still being a part of the federation, that the rest of the North swear an oath that they would declare war on countries succeeding via violating the trade treaty. This way, even if some Northern country did violate the oath, the Northern Trade Federation would still hold their honor in the eyes of the rest of the world. Ever since then, in just 20 years, the Caliphate nations saw an increase of the Oathkeeper’s faith by over 40%, giving them an even stronger sense of national identity with the rest of the North.   But the sons of these Caliphs were not happy with this agreement at all.  

The Great Civil War of the North

  At 1570 NWE, the crown prince of Catalan, Prince Robert Francois-Damiens, son of Herbert Francois-Damiens King of Catafransisca invited the princes of the North to a hunt, to celebrate Northern unity, and in the hopes that future heirs got along well with each other. In secret, the hunt was just a guise so Damiens can plot with the prince of Almohad and Almoravids the heinous crime of patricide, and to usurp their father’s thrones, and to command the traditionalists to raid the Westerlands once again. After all, Catafransisca just recently got ports, and a navy, and a strong populace willing and eager to raid. The heirs and prince of the Caliphs of Almohad and Almoravids felt that raiding has been an important and defining part of their history and identity. The North has always been feared because of these raids out west, and this reputation made Northerners one of the most valued mercenaries worldwide. A great amount of wealth has come to the Northern caliphate nations because of these raids, and the idea that their fathers would settle for terms of trade was a sign of weakness, and ultimate betrayal to their history, and national identity.   The traitors and plotters knew very well that the upcoming annual Northern tournament would be held at Catafransisca, and that the Caliphs of Almohad and Almoravids would be present at the games, along with many royals, and high nobles. The plan was to assassinate their fathers, and blame it on the Eidolonians, who have always hated those three nations for giving all of the Northern nations a bad reputation at a global scale. King Ferdinand XIII of Eidolon did not attend the tournament, as at this time, his health has been deteriorating over the past few years. But his son, the crown prince Ferdinand XIV loved the tournament games, and decided to go without his father. The plan was to frame Prince Ferdinand for the assassination of the Caliphs and King, and have that be the excuse for why they killed him on the spot so he couldn’t defend his position.   However, through an unforeseen turn of events, the traitor and usurpers failed to separate the Sword Saint Santiago, captain of the Eidolonian royal guard and childhood friend of prince Ferdinand, from Prince Ferdinand and King Herbert. On accounts of the enemy, Santiago intercepted the poisoned dagger with his bare hands, not even receiving a single scratch on himself. But Prince Robert had 6 crossbowmen as back up in case his assassination attempt failed. After disarming Prince Robert, the crossbowmen all loosed their bolts, and Santiago is said to have dodged two bolts, caught two bolts, but took one to the upper thigh, and one to the upper chest that broke his collarbone.   Instead of a quick and quiet assassination, it turned into a two day siege on the royal palace, where the Royal Guard of the Caliphates and the Royal Guards of Eidolon fought to defend their Caliphs, King, and Prince. And although the resistance would eventually fall, Prince Ferdinand and the Caliph of Almohad would be able to escape with their lives.   That Siege was the fall of Santiago, the Sword Saint, and former Captain of the Eidolonian Royal Guard.   Luckily, since it caused such a commotion, the nobles, knights, and serfs of Almohad, Almoravids, and Catafransisca knew that something was fishy about Prince Robert’s claims of Eidolonian betrayal, and since one of the caliphs survived, he was able to back up Prince Ferdinand’s claim of attempted patricide, assassination, and coup d'etat. And thus war was declared. Almohad was in civil war. The strong military half of the nation was in support of their prince who was for raiding, unlike their king and his pacifist loyalists who was for trading. Almoravids swiftly dealt with their loyalist party, and put into power pro raiding nobles, and same with Catafransisca, who without their King was unable to rally as a nation against the usurpers.   In finding out that people he thought were friends conspired against his heir, and put his heir in danger, spilt Eidolonian blood, killed a Sword Saint, broke the Northern Trade Federation the trade deal with the Westerlands, ruined the reputation of all Northerners once again, and probably the most important thing, broke officially sanctioned oaths, absolutely infuriated Ferdinand XIII. Casa de Trastámara, the dynasty that rules Eidolon, had long been religious people, the Velkinheims are one of their closest and oldest allies, and so this violation of oaths was so repulsive to the Eidolonian king.   However, the reluctance of the remnants of the royals and nobles of Fran, Almohad, and Almoravids to step up and form some kind of organized resistance angered him even further. They did swear oaths that if a Northern country seceded from the Northern Trade Federation, the rest of the North would declare war on traitors.The indifference of Bravaria did not help either, and thus Ferdinand XIII took on the self proclaimed temporary title of High King of the North, threatening that all those who take their oaths lightly will pay the price. The Kingdom of Eidolon was backed by the Church, the Principality of Weißenaust, and the Stormlands. Together, they had the military strength, the resources, and the public support of most of the North to fight in this war.   The Principality of Weißenaust, being on very good terms with Eidolon, was the first to support the High King, suggesting that their nations join under one banner through the marriage of Prince Ferdinand XIV, and Evelyn II, daughter of Princess Evelyn I of Weißenaust, forming the de jure Kingdom of Eidleweiß, which would solidify his title of High King, and once the other Northern nations bent the knee, he could form the whole, and proper empire of the North, the Holy Northern Empire.   King Ferdinand XIII was reluctant at first because he was well aware of the ever scheming Principalities great matchmaking capabilities, consolidating great power and influence through marriages, but ultimately agreed to it when he saw that his son and their daughter were genuinely in love.   The Kingdom of Catafransisca, and the Almohad and Almoravid Caliphates sent their raiding party out west, thinking that they had the safety of winter on their side. The Northern Sea route was completely frozen. However, unknown to them, Eidolon’s new navy had ships that would cleave right through the thick ice in the frozen seaways of the far North. Eidolon descended upon Catafransisca with the full wrath of winter’s winds, and cut deep into the North.   Sadly, after the invasion of Catafransisca, and giving his blessing to his son’s marriage, he would pass away shortly after due to a fever he got during the voyage to Catafransisca. He did decide to attack in the dead of winter with his new Icebreaker class ships. Responsibility of the war had now fallen to his son, the new high king, Ferdinand XIV, and the Northern assault on the Kingdom of Catafransisca had now fallen in the hands of Vaulter Dvorak XVIII of the Moonscale clan, and Grand Admiral of the Royal Navy. While the new High King led his army on the shores of the Duchy of Bravaria from the east.   The war lasted for 14 years, officially ending on January 1st of 1584 NWE. The result was total Eidolonian supremacy. The Kingdom of Eidolon is to merged with the Principality of Weißenaust to form the Kingdom of Eidleweiß. The Kingdom of Catafransisca has been abolished, and is now just known as Viceroyalty of Catafransisca. The same happened with the Almohad and Almoravid Caliphates. They have been abolished and reformed into the Viceroyalty of Almohad and Almoravid. The three royal appointments of Viceroy has been given to oldest and most loyal houses of Eidolon. The Dvorak family of the Moonscale clan has been appointed as Viceroy of Almoravids. Vaulter Dvorak XVIII was given the task to sell the old fleet of Almoravids to merchants, and to use that money, along with revenue from the territory to create for the empire a great armada. The Velkinheim family has been appointed as viceroy of Almohad, and was given the task of mass conversion on the eastern half of the North, who still largely worshiped pagan gods. The VonAlstyne family has been appointed as Viceroy of Catafransisca, and has been given the task of keeping the peace between Catafransiscans. The Duchy of Bravaria has also been abolished and reformed as the Viceroyalty of Bravaria, but since Götz VonBerlichingen surrendered Bravaria to the High King, he was allowed to keep the title of Archduke of Bravaria, provided that he submitted to the Holy Northern Empire, and swore and oath of loyalty to the Emperor. In addition to all that, as a sign of good faith Götz ordered his son to serve in the Eidolonian army. The young man, Bolt, served three years in the front lines in the battles against the rebels of Almoravids, then was stationed to guard duty at Eidolon when the war started to die down. The Kingdom of Eidleweiß, whenever it forms, now owns four territories, Almoravids, Almohad, Catafransisca, and Bravaria. Together, these five territories will form the Holy Northern Empire.  

L'écartèlement of Robert-François Damiens

  January 15th, 1584 NWE, after an hour and a half of Robert-François Damiens’s execution by ecartelement, by the hands of Vyyssenyya Dvorak, youngest, and only daughter of Vaulter Dvorak, it was concluded with all four limbs being torn apart. He remained alive, bleeding out for another 15 minutes, before finally dying. Damiens’ dismembered corpse was then thrown into the nearby fire.   After the execution of Robert-François Damiens, his residence was demolished, and the town’s name was terminated and changed. His relatives’ names were all changed, and they were banished out of the North. All vestiges of “Regicidal” Robert-François Damiens ever having lived was thoroughly struck from every record imaginable, not with the intent to erase a man from history, but to make a point, in the name of Velka, and on behalf of the soon to be Emperor of the Holy Northern Empire.

Alternative Name(s)
The Playground of Kings, The Northern Trade Federation, The Holy Northern Empire
Type
Continent

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