The hanging valley on where Soonous is founded is called Mais. Within Soonous, is the corn court ruled over by the corn queen. The names of Mais, Soonous and Corn Court are often used interchangeably by other political entries and laymen. But they mean very specific locations to the Courtmen.
The population is homogeneously Courtiers. There is, though, a strip of land home to the painted tribe who the court contracts to serve in Highwatch on its valley border and for special missions in the Floodlands.
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HighwatchThe judicial responsibilities of Highwatch is a secondary role harped onto them to police the rural areas of Soonous. Their first and continued role is that as a border watch, skirmishers and first respondents.
The RowsA tall forest of wild growing corn stalks, with few clear paths that lead in or out. It is also called the Maze for the disorienting effect and confusing sense of directions, even to those familiar with the area experience.
MountainsidesBeing so fitted within Mais, Soonous braces right against Meiz and the Jaguar Hills; both of which gives a height advantage against invaders who have to filter through the urban center in-between them
Inside, the sunlight falls like rain,
yellow kernels and browning husks eye the weary traveller.
glittering dusts and rustling leaves chase them into the shadows.
finding relief in the comfortably dark vines.
Industry & Trade
Wild Meize FarmingThe unorthodox height of the maize that grows in Mais makes their harvesting the most predominate sector in the Court's economy.
Gold Salt CollectingFlakes of gold salt materialized around the Corn God's Light and drift in the enclosed air. They have to be collected and transported in half-filled rubber nets.
colossal overland bridge that starts from the Corn Court, travels over the Mais Rows and curves around Mount Meize. The bridge serves as a direct connection between the Corn Court and the side of Salt Place; maintaining its height all the way from Soonous' hills. At the foot of the thirteen legs of the bridge are fortresses that garrison the Highwatch men.Ket Hidden Forts
MeizBuilt deep into the western hill of Soonous.
CobbnitigBurrows an impressive distance beneath the Jaguar Hills.
KettsainBorders Salt Place, nestled secretly below the Ket fort at the end of the Golden Bridge.
Mais RowsSoonounites, generally, use a light touch technique with regards to tending and harvesting the 20 feet tall maize plants which, through generous trade and land grants, helps to feed a great many cities outside of the court's borders and still feed their own.
Guilds and Factions
Court CourtiersThe administrative elite who hear, advise and carry out the will of the corn queen.
Maize MerchantsThere are three cooperatives operating in Soonous that produce and facilitate the movement of goods from the Floodlands to the larger valley through Mais. Floodlands and are in much need of the food Soonous grows in abundance.
FoundingAs the legends say it, a great king (whose name is lost to history) was beckoned in a dream to the then barren valley. Where a blinding yellow light crashed onto the land and, rather than dissipate, remained standing tall and proud and rejuvenated the surrounding lands into the most arable in the valley. Taking on the mantle as the Corn King, he founded a small village and ruled over it for 300 years; marrying different Corn Queens as his rule continued through the centuries.
SeedingThe Seeding was a period of expansion and colonization, mostly further into the Mais' parent valley. Serveral colonies founded by courtier settlers include:
Corn QuarrelsA series of political concessions Soonous made with its many colonies over its long history. Very few came to actual blows, but the ones that did came to be called the First, Second and Third Quarrels.
Conflicts with the AlignmentWhenever the empire felt confident, the emperor or a general would strike a piece of wood into the country's soil, symbolically attacking it and declaring war. They have formally declared war five times, along with countless border skirmishes and other intrusions. Sang were forced to retreat back through the rows being continuously harried by Highwatch.
Corn Queen's CaptureWhether justly or deceitfully, the most recent corn queen was taken by sang military actors as a hostage against her daughters. More impactful, however, was the demoralizing effect it had on the common corn soldier. Such so, that the remaining leadership encountered a loss of legitimacy and many disheartened warriors deserted.
Divided CitySoonous possesses a strange layout separated into the King's and Queen's sections; with passages between the two largely unknown to most who live on either side. And as Sangsalgu replicates a similar style for Sangsalgu Proper, Soonous builds buildings on top of buildings.
King's QuarterIn its early establishment, before Sheien was even a thought, the corn king (when he was a man) fortified his town by walling it up Soonous hill and stretching around where the Corn Light touches the ground. Later Corn Queens raised these old walls and incorporated them into building the Sheien and in the process created a section exclusive to the elites.
Queen's QuarterUnwalled and composing of the majority of the Soonous map. Thanks to its high food yield, Soonous is also the most densely populated place in the valley. The regular and easy access to gold salt, particular in white and yellow reigns, allows its liberal use to build higher and higher; creeping along the exterior of Sheien and sloping outwards like a hill further out the city limits.
Gold Salt: Gold coloured salt that emanates from within the corn court. Meize: Nutrition rich and abundant, the strain of corn grown exclusively in Mais' soil.
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