Krix Salt State
KrixThe visible authority in the Krix Salt State nominated and approved during Standing Council events. Until the coronation of the Bat King, anyone could have had a chance to take over Krix by popular demand. It has since returned to monarchy but the Krix title has remained in place.
Speaking CouncilA holdover tradition/policy from when the land was but another subjugated state to the Triple Alignment. It is composed of aged professional politicians from diverse backgrounds who advise the ruler and push for particular agendas.
Rattles RiverThe single wide saltwater river that splits the land and the capital in two. Upstream is home to many crocodiles and alligators traverse up and down the river in search for baby and juvenile turtles. Downstream is generally the deeper area, where mature mace turtles prefer and once in a while the three species fight fiercely and noisily; disturbing the waters and the river bed and eroding the shore. More often the turtles win these sorts of fights and bellow trumpets of victory that rattle even the houses on land. Some like to attribute this for the river's name. But the Rattles gets its name from the crunching sound of the broken shells and discarded fish bones that have been flung over the Brine Marshes over the course of many years of salt storms and run rampant in the river waters.
Krix KingdomKrix got its name after the first leader who consolidated the land around the Rattles and claim the territory as his and therefore as the Land of Krix. From then on, the Krix line have ruled the area, with the kings changing their name to Krix.
Client StateKrix as a client state to Sangsalgu had gradually lost its power to internal corruption and untimely betrayals. No grand battles or shows of defiance. The merchants came with sweet fruits and chili peppers and the later monarchs traded their souls in exchange.
Witcher KingdomThe Krix witcher kingdom ultimately fell under the Raven coven, whose matriarchs ruled for 88 years. During that time the witches were accused of 'farming' the last of the Krix line to maintain legitimacy to go hand-in-hand with their 'right of conquest'.
Salt StateThe Krix salt state, like with the other 4 emerging states, is highly unconventional and came about surprisingly calmly. Rather than a violent overthrow, the remaining tinged witch leadership left their kingdom to its own devices and returned to their original homeland. Afterwards, a Krix male of the matriarch's stock was appointed as the new ruler until the return of the Bat King, a Krix branch member 23 years later.
Demography and Population
Krix sits in the center of the Salt Side of the valley, with a mighty saltwater river flowing from Pink Creek and bisecting the land in half. While the banks are profitable around its major settlement; further downstream, the Rattles forks around an islet shared by Krix and its immediate neighbor for the continued conservation of the important mace turtles.
Joi Salt StatePeaceable
Favourable Trade Relations
Kuit Salt StatePeaceable
Favourable Trade Relations
Cuit Salt StateFavourable
Close Cultural Ties
Gein Salt StateFavourable
Close Cultural Ties
Fair trade relations but complicated political history
Fickle with the trade embargo placed by Sangsalgu
Seeking greater trade but is complicated due to war with Sangsalgu
Other Distant Borders
Agriculture & Industry
Saltwater CropsAs most of the territory in and around Salt Side are on the direct path of the salt runoffs from the Brine Marshe, they are unsuitable for the conventional agricultural practices of those on the other side of the valley. Fortunately, on account hundreds of years of sea plants being carried from the ocean via salt storms and delivered further inland by the salt rivers, Krix ancestors have had the time to breed and cultivate salt-tolerant and yieldful specimens.
- Sea Grapes
- Nipa Grass
- Feather Weed
- Maguey Cactus
- Curly Line
- Sea Bubble
Trade & Transport
Krix is the Salt Side state most dependent on the salt rivers as its connection to Lake Coco is only through the Rattles. This river also flows between salt rivers: Pink Creek, Cobalt Rill and Asma Meander; and perpendicular to the freshwater river: the Runnaways. These waterways combine give the centrally located state control of trade throughout this side of the valley.
Turtle EstatesThe land is dotted on either side of the main river with private and state ranches who rear mace turtles up to maturity as part of conservation to be released, for their meat to be slaughtered or to be ridden and carry cargo on the lakes.
SentinelsThese are the left over covens from the witcher era of witch rule. Some of them date back to the wight war during the Sweeping away of Sang garrisons. Those that have not decayed to the point of collapse stand as watchtowers or landmarkers that signal the amount of distances travel. Knowledge of their proper operation as known during the tinge assault on Sangsalgu have largely retreated to the Marshes.
Commoner HomesThese homes are common and long-lasting with some being several generations old. They are purposefully half buried in the soft earth to better withstand salt storms. Most walls are tightly compacted peat with layers of vegetation stacked between. The floor is similarly packed with a central hearth for the fire from where the smoke made its way through and coloured the roof black.
Richer HomesBut for those with the time and resources, buildings can be built with double dry-stone walls packed with earth, and were roofed with wooden rafters covered with a thatch of turf with vine or reed. The floor was generally flatstones or packed earth with a chimney off to one side for smoke to escape through
- Kingdom of Krix
- Krix State
- Speaking Council
- King's Bench
Official State Religion
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