Salvar

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Capital Knife’s Edge
Form of Government Feudal
Ruler(s) King Bratus Kutzovich; Highborn Oligarchy
Legal System Feudal and Religious Law
Official Language(s) Salvic
Population Approximately 21,000,000
Religion Church of the Ethereal Sway
Literacy 34%
Technology level Mid-late Medieval
Major Imports Luxury goods, fruit, grain
Major Exports Animal skins, ore, lumber
Natural Resources Forests, Minerals, whales and fish
Salvar, known for its blizzards, frozen wastes, jagged mountains, and powerful church, is the northernmost region of Althanas. Stretching across the harsh and frigid northlands, this vast, mighty kingdom still reels from years of civil war between its Church and State. The clash of steel has quieted and the two sides have finally reconciled, though both reduced to shadows of their former power. Anarchy and chaos now grips this once proud nation as its people struggle to survive.


[top]Geography


Most foreigners stereotype Salvar as a frozen, snow-laden wasteland, and this holds true for considerable portions of the kingdom. However, southern Salvar, which runs along the Kachuck Mountains that mark the border with Alerar, enjoys a more mild climate, rolling hills of golden grass, and agreeable farmlands. The Testhan River Valley, cradle of the capital city of Knife’s Edge, is particularly fertile.

To the north, the weather turns much harsher. River-lands and hills give way to ancient pine forests and rugged steppes. Further north, the land turns harsher and wilder still. Few humans inhabit this endless, untamed expanse of icy tundra and towering, jagged mountains. Trolls, giants, and tribes of feral humans and Orcs prowl this wilderness, as well as other dangerous creatures. Even further still, beyond the Frozen Sea, lies Berevar. This mysterious and uncharted wasteland is inhabited by only those as harsh and unyielding as the land itself. Few have ventured there and returned to tell of it.


[top]Religion and Magic

[top]Church of The Etherial Sway

As the official state religion of Salvar, The Church of the Ethereal Sway once held nearly unchallenged authority over the country's people. It was once perhaps the largest and most powerful religion in the known world. However, when the Church and Salvar's king, Iorlan Rathaxea, began to squabble, civil war between the factions broke out. This conflict resulted the death of the monarch and the weakening of both the aristocracy and the church. The two sides have since reconciled and the Ethereal Sway works to steadily recover and rebuild. It remains the official and most widely practiced faith in Salvar.

The religion itself centers on worshiping a pantheon of mysterious spirit-beings, the Ethereal Sway. Religious texts state that they traveled to Salvar from another world and guided its early rulers along the path of greatness for their fledgling country. After leading Salvar to a golden age of peace and prosperity, the Sway vanished. No one has had direct contact with them for a thousand years. The Church itself formed to continue guiding the kingdom according to the tenets of their divine benefactors. They claim that by upholding the proper laws and moral values and living righteously, they will prove themselves worthy and the Ethereal Sway will return to guide them once more.

The official head of the Church is known as the Justice. Historically appointed by the king, the Justice is now elected by the League of Nobles as part of the peace agreement between church and state. The position currently remains empty, with the elder clergy leading the Church for the time. The last Justice, Lev Testhan, was slain by Ashiakin and his cohorts during the civil war.

The Church was a law unto itself during the height of its power, trying and executing traitors, witches, and heretics for a wide variety of crimes, perceived or otherwise. These included witchcraft, corruption, demonology, and heresy. Some of the more radical agents even spoke out and acted against non-humans (though Dark Elves and Dwarves seemed largely exempt due to a long-standing Salvic alliance with Alerar.) The fearful image of a black-robed witch hunter brandishing a torch and the emblem of the All-Seeing Eye remains a common nightmare to this day -- a story that mothers often tell misbehaving children. Large-scale witch-hunts rarely happen anymore, due to the terrible losses that the Church suffered during the civil war. Still, they were once commonplace enough to perpetuate fear, just as the Church leaders wanted.

Despite their dark stigma, the Ethereal Sway performs many good works across the region. Their witch hunters root out infernal forces, necromancers, and other very real threats to civilization. The power of faith once maintained order and internal peace in the kingdom, and even after the civil war, it provides a bastion against chaos and bloodshed. Their holiest saints perform great and mysterious miracles. Their missionaries feed and clothe the poor, and help rebuild villages after natural disasters, and their churches always welcome weary travelers and the homeless.

The Ethereal Sway's core doctrines and tenets include nationalism, selflessness, devotion to duty, and submission before authority. They encourage daily prayer so that individuals may attempt to communicate with their missing gods and seek guidance and visions. Its most revered saint was Denebriel, a nationalistic and seemingly immortal woman who would vanish for centuries and reappear during times of need. She last returned to lead the faithful during the civil war, but was allegedly killed near the war's end. Many now view her as the holiest of martyrs and others believe that she will return again in a future century.

The faith also preaches purity of body and thought, which includes alarmingly anti-magic rhetoric. Most scholars point to the War of the Tap as the reason for this condemnation. The Ethereal Texts, the Church's holy documents, contain pages upon pages of historical tales supposedly told by the spirits of the Ethereal Sway themselves. Many of these records described the ancient war and the catastrophic destruction wrought by magic run wild. Other accounts tell of demonic influences and claim that magic can corrupt the mind and scar the soul. The Sway prophecies even say that the world will end in sorcerous fire, and as such pyromancy is especially hated and feared.

While magic itself is not fully illegal, it remains sanctioned, supervised, and controlled by the Church. The most notable arcane agents of the Sway are the Empowered Priests, robed men and women armed with unique iron spears who command wind, lightning, and ice, and the Aeromancers, high in their towers using magic to tame the region's harsh weather. Even after the civil war, witch-hunters still venture across the countryside and through city streets to hunt warlocks, rogue sorcerers, and those believed to consort with demons. Meanwhile, other agents hide within secret dungeons, studying and experimenting on sorcerers, shamans, and other arcane practitioners.

Even in its diminished state, the Church remains vigilant, doing its best to stamp out any magical influence not under its control before it spreads like an infection. The age is changing, however. The resources of the Church have been stretched thin as it struggles to recoup its losses and reassert its authority. Will magic surge back to prominence or will the Church eventually regain its hegemony in the kingdom?


[top]Government

For much of its history, Salvar's government has been a Theocratic Monarchy. Though the King was the highest power in the kingdom, the Church of the Ethereal Sway maintained a great deal of influence over him with numerous advisors and their control over the common citizens and many lords. For the most part, the monarch and faith worked together. With the backing of the powerful church, the King wielded nearly autocratic power, directing foreign and domestic affairs and the military. Beneath the king ruled the lords of Salvar's many fiefdoms, who upheld law and order within their domains' borders. Local lords were responsible for punishing any "minor" crimes (theft, murder) that occurred within their fiefdom, while the Church prosecuted those guilty of treason, heresy, and other crimes against the state.

The civil war shook Salvar's government significantly. The previous king, Iorlan Rathaxea, was born of a bloodline that began with the marriage of a Salvic princess and an immensely wealthy Coronian aristocrat several generations prior. He met his end at an assassin's blade during the war. When the League of Salvic States and the Church of the Ethereal Sway finally reconciled, they agreed that the people would more readily accept a new ruler of pure Salvic lineage. Bratus Kutzovich, distant cousin to the late Iorlan and one-tenth shareholder in the Vogruk-Stokes Trading Company, was chosen. On the one-year anniversary of the peace signings that ended the civil war, the high priests of the Sway and the Salvic nobles crowned him king on the steps of the newly-rebuilt Saint Denebriel's Cathedral.

The new Salvic government takes the form of a Theocratic Oligarchy, with most power currently held by a council of Church leaders and Salvic lords. Unlike his predecessors, King Bratus Kutzovich possesses more limited authority. He oversees the council meetings, arbitrates disputes between lords, and holds the additional title of Baron over the river lands surrounding Knife's Edge.

The Salvic nobility consists of numerous lords of different levels of influence and authority. Despite the complex social structure, all nobles ultimately fall into one of two categories: titled and untitled. Untitled nobility includes knights and any other landed gentle. Most such households bear the name of a powerful noble family, often created by second/third/etc sons, or bestowed upon those who performed a service to a more powerful lord. Titled nobility comes in three types: Counts, Dukes, and Boyars. A Count might rule over a couple villages or a bustling town. Dukes control larger tracts of lands, sometimes ruling over smaller cities. A powerful Duke usually has a Count or three and several untitled nobles sworn to his service. A Boyar rules one of the twelve provinces, its highest lord. All nobles in a Boyar's province are sworn to his or her service.

The Salvic Council consists the twelve Boyars (some send representatives in their place rather than attending personally), and the twelve High Priests of the Sway. The council meets twice a year to discuss affairs with the king and vote on pending issues. The king presides over the meeting and casts the tie-breaking vote when needed. It remains unknown whether King Bratus will toe the line or use his considerable financial backing to grab more power as time goes on.


[top]Places of Interest

Knife's Edge -- The Capital City

Knife's Edge is one of the oldest and certainly the largest city in Salvar. Its history dates back over a thousand years, to the founding of the Church of the Ethereal Sway, and with a population exceeding 450,000, it is the third largest city in the known world (behind Ettermire and Radasanth). Despite the destruction wrought against Knife's Edge during the civil war, it remains a thriving city, and after only a year, much of its critical infrastructure has been rebuilt and repaired.

Built along the southern banks of the Testhan River, the capital city enjoys a fairly mild climate compared to the rest of the kingdom. Its winters are still harsh, but the rainy springs and warm summers make it the bread basket of the region. Its position along the wide, slow stretch of the Testhan River also makes it the main stopping point for the hundreds of river barges floating east toward Tirel. Several tall towers surround the city, home to the church's Aeromancers. These powerful holy mages use their magic to push back the harsh northern cold and keep the river valley mild and fertile.

At the northern banks of the river lies "Old Knife", an ancient town that predates the capital by well over a thousand years. Nobody knows for sure why a new city was built on the other side, rather than expanding the older town -- the only records exist in religious texts, stating that Saint Denebriel commanded the first Ethereal Sway cathedral to be constructed south of the river. "Old Knife" remains though, home to about a thousand farming serfs and a few inns for travelers hoping to avoid the bustling capital city.

Knife's Edge is a very formidable and intimidating city, surrounded on all sides with a tall and sturdy stone wall. Each side as a large iron gate, including the northern wall's "River Gate" that allows barges and ferries access to the city. Water flows through the River Gate and into a series of canals and sewers networking the entire city. There are a number of notable areas within the city.

Saint Denebriel's Cathedral: Named after the Church's most beloved saint, who allegedly died during the civil war, this cathedral is a huge, towering structure of granite and obsidian, stained glass, and leering gargoyles. As much a fortress as a place of worship, it served as a bastion for Sway forces during the war. It sustained major damages when royalist troops laid siege to it, but much has already been repaired. Its interior awes most visitors with rows of statues, golden candelabras, chandeliers, and vast paintings of saints and the Ethereal gods themselves. Said to be as large below ground as above, Saint Denebriel's Cathedral sports vast dungeons and networks of tunnels that hide many mysteries.

The Castle: Formerly known as Castle Rathaxea, that name has been removed since the former king's death. Simply called "the castle" by most Salvarians, it serves as King Bratus's throne, the High Counsel meeting place, and the last fortified bastion in the city. It rivals Saint Denebriel's Cathedral in size, and its palisade walls and study keep make it even harder to attack.

Rubble Town: Taking up the southern quarter of the city, Rubble Town (as many now call it) still lies in ruins in the civil war's wake. Few structures remain fully intact and no concerted effort has been made to rebuild the section, mostly due to the anarchy and lawlessness rampant there. It is the wretched hive of Knife's Edge, haven to the city's criminals and most desperate.


Archen -- Gateway to the North

Resting at the southern base of the Sulgoran Steppes in central Salvar, Archen is known as the "gateway to the north". With rugged wilderness to its north and gentle grassy hills to its south, the kingdom's third largest city (home to almost two hundred thousand) rests between two different worlds. Viewed as the last bastion of civilization by many in southern Salvar, Archen serves as a vital trading post in the kingdom's heart. Lumber mills process the great pine logs brought from the highlands and tailors ply their trades on hundreds of animal pelts. Caravans carrying ore and other raw materials travel south along the ancient cobbled road affectionately nicknamed the "wolf trail", guarded by Vorgruk-Stokes mercenaries.

Though rather austere compared to Knife's Edge, Archen still exemplifies the traditional look and feel of a Salvic city, with its timber houses and meed halls, grey granite towers, and domed roofs on its churches and central castle. An old stone wall surrounds the city to deter bandit raiders and warlords from the north. Its people are hardy and proud, charitable with their own countrymen and shrewd with everyone else.

During the civil war, Archen was a Sway bastion for much of the conflict. Its access to raw materials, strategic location, and vast grain stores gave the church an upper hand for the war's first two years. It came as a great surprise when the city rose up against the Ethereal Sway, ransacking its churches and executing any priest that did not flee in time. Though the church's forces eventually retook the city, the battle cost them dearly and marked the turning point against them -- one that eventually forced them to accept peace terms with the Salvic nobility.


Tirel -- The Eastern Harbor

Nestled within the Gulf of Scales, Tirel is, despite its young age, the fourth largest city in the kingdom and its busiest port during the spring and summer. As one of the few places in Salvar mostly untouched by the civil war, the eastern port remains a thriving center of commerce, with ships traveling to and from Corone, Raiaera, Scara Brae, and even distant Fallien. It also serves as the staging area for Salvar's small but growing eastern war fleet. It boasts a population of just over two hundred thousand people, many of them foreigners. Coronian merchant families and a fair number of Dark Elves call the city home, as well as a surprising number of High Elf refugees fleeing the undead hoard that so recently ravaged their homeland.

Due to its unique origins and large foreign population, Tirel possesses milder Salvic influences in architecture and culture. Red-brown brick buildings with tiled roofs stand in place of the traditional timber structures and grey granite seen in other cities. A few Thayne temples exist in the foreign districts, seemingly exempt from the Ethereal Sway's purges.

It was originally founded two hundred years ago by Coronian colonists seeking access to region's rich natural resources. This venture did not survive long, however. Within six months, the king's agents discovered this new settlement. The monarchy and church declared the eastern shores part of Salvar by right and demanded that the colonists depart. When they refused, the armies of the kingdom fell upon them in the only known war in history between the Kingdom of Salvar and Corone. The conflict was short and bloody, ending with the Coronian colonists fleeing back to their ships. Salvar took control of the settlement and ruled the eastern shores without contention ever since.


Pestovo -- The Western Port

Pestovo, the main port on the western coast, is the second largest city in Salvar (population of approximately 300,000). Believed to predate the Ethereal Sway by several centuries, it is also perhaps the oldest. Despite its vast sailing distance from most other countries compared to Tirel, Pestovo remains an extremely important port for two reasons. First, it sits very close to Salvar's closest trading partner, Alerar. Ships constantly sail away laden with raw materials and return with holds full of quality steel, tools, and even rare and valuable firearms. Second, warmer currents flow along the western seas. Whereas ice chokes much of the Gulf of Scales during the winter months, Pestovo enjoys clear waters year round. Therefore, many merchants choose to do business in Pestovo, even when sailing all the way around the continent to Corone or Scara Brae.

Most of Pestovo is made up of old timber structures, lacquered and tarred to preserve the wood. Every few decades, the city's shipwrights and carpenters band together to rebuild a section of the city. Therefore, despite the city's age, most of the buildings are fairly new. Only the shops in the city square and the central keep, built from stone above a series of ancient ruins when the city was founded, remain.


Skavia -- The Rugged Wilds

The infamous mountains and tundra for which Salvar is known all over Althanas, Skavia covers the country's northern and central lands. Frozen wastelands, vast pine forests, and rugged mountains compose a landscape ravaged by the harsh winter elements. Skavia is constantly slammed with blizzards, scouring icy winds, and avalanches that could bury an entire city in an unmarked grave. The wasteland is peopled by proud, hardened tribes of barbarians, orcs, and other throwbacks to previous eras of Salvar who fight both Nature and the ferocious beasts that prowl the Skavian wilds. This unforgiving wilderness promises adventure for those with the courage and ability to survive its trials. In Skavia, survival is a gamble and death is the only sure bet.


The Kalev Highlands

Far to the north lies the Kalev Highlands, a half ring of mountains forming the highest point in the kingdom and perhaps the world. The highlands were formed from the broken remains of the impossibly massive Mount Modhgar, which was shattered during the War of the Tap. These highlands see the coldest, harshest weather in all of Salvar, bearing the brunt of terrible northern storms that can bury the land in twenty feet of snow and ice in a night. Yet, protected within the crescent of peaks, an expansive valley thaws in spring and summer, revealing grasslands and forests and lakes and rivers full of fish. The Kalev Highlands are a place of wonder and the stuff of legends, home to most of Salvar's giants and minotaur, and a plethora of other fantastic creatures thought to only exist in folktales.

Two unique groups inhabit the highlands, the orcs of the Black Eye Clan and the small human nation of Andvall. The orcs occupy a series of caves and large wooden forts on the northern edges of the cresent. They are ruled by mighty chiefs who lead their warriors on raids across the northlands of Salvar, bringing slaves and plunder back to their homes each year. The people of Andvall, keeping a dozen fortified holds built around ancient ruins across the crescent's interior, are direct descendants of a band of knights who separated themselves from Salvar's monarchy and church hundreds of years ago. They are considered traitors and deserters by the Salvarian government because do not recognize the kingdom's sovereignty. Though benevolent, fairly peaceful, and accepting of outsiders, the people of Andvall are hardy and strong, adapted to the harsh world they live in. Their strength and determination has earned the grudging respect of the Black Eye orcs, and the two groups have maintained a truce for generations.


Berevar -- The Frozen North

An uncharted, arctic wasteland that lies north of the Frozen Seas, Berevar stretches beyond the reaches of Salvar's power. Though home to many hardy, savage orc clans and a plethora of other terrible creatures, Berevar is considered largely uninhabitable to those who can't stand up to its horrible conditions. Rumors have circulated for years that Berevar is also where the Old Gods of Salvar retreated after the fall of their paradise thousands of years ago, before the rise of the Ethereal Sway. But, whether you're looking to explore the wastes or uncover the mysteries of the past it's best to be wary and well prepared for everything this savage region has to offer.


[top]Economy

[top]The Vogruk - Stokes Trading Company

Leader: - Yorgei Vogruk and Edgar Stokes

Base of Operations: - Stokes's Estate, just south of Archen

Description: - "Where there's coin, there's Vogruk and Stokes."

The saying could not be truer. The Company, starting just shy of twenty years ago, has blossomed in Salvar, growing deep roots in both the community and the land itself. It was started by two unlikely business partners, an amoral business man from Corone named Edgar Stokes and a charismatic peasant from the Salvic city of Archen named Yorgei Vogruk. With the Coronian's business savvy and Yorgei's ability to draw in other Salvar natives to do their bidding, it was only a matter of time before this company took off. Conducting most of its operations across the country, the Trading Company has its hands in all sorts of business, ranging from sea trade to mining and lumber, and even slave trading. The goal for Vogruk and Stokes is not just profit (which it makes plenty of), but to help bring Salvar forward and help its people prosper.

The Company supplied workers and financial backing for Alerar's good will gesture of: a cobbled trading road running north from the Dark Elf capital of Ettermire, through the Kachuck Mountains to Knife's Edge. This project brought both countries a great deal of new trade and commerce, helping to cement their friendly relations. The Trading Company remained neutral during the civil war, selling weapons and supplies to both Church and State forces.

Their formidable financial power often puts them at odds with both the government and the Church of the Ethereal Sway, as it makes them difficult to control. The company relies heavily on both private armies and modest fleet of warships to protect their interests. In just twenty short years, this company and its founders have expanded not only across Salvar, but to other countries as well. They have stakes in various business ventures in Alerar, Corone, and even Fallien. Because of this, Vogruk and Stokes possessed both the coin and the territory to weather the civil war and emerge even stronger. Multiple boyars on the Council are in their pocket, and the new king of Salvar holds some shares in the company.


[top]Population

Salvarians
As seems obvious, most humans in Salvar are Salvarians. These men and women are known for their fair hair and skin, physical bulk, and fortitude.

Urodins
This comparatively small population of humans inhabits the southeastern marshlands of Salvar and trace their lineage back to the tribes that were driven from Raiaera by the elves thousands of years ago. Most have dark hair, brown eyes, and slender builds, and are stereotypically known for their shrewdness.

[top]Skavians

The natives of Skavia, the rugged northern wilds of Salvar, the Skavians are thought to be the first humans to inhabit the region. These humans are feral and tribal, known as large hairy barbarians by many Salvarians.

Orcs
Nobody knows whether these strong, savage green-skinned people hail originally from Berevar and have expanded south, or if they originally inhabited much of Salvar and got driven north. One this is certain, though: the Orcs are some of the fiercest, hardiest warriors in the known world. Their greater physical bulk and iron constitution makes them well suited to survive the harsh Salvic winters.

Dark Elves
The Dark Elves living in Salvar typically hail from Alerar, setting up shop in their northern neighbor for various reasons.


Dwarves
Much like the Dark Elves, the Dwarves usually immigrate from Alerar. Many make excellent livings smithing arms and armor in Salvar.


[top]History


Modern Salvar's history properly begins after the War of the Tap. See Ancient History [link] for information predating this tim

The Ethereal Sway Appears -- CP 100 to CP 200

The divine beings known as the Ethereal Sway appear to mortals in Salvar near what is now Knife's Edge. They lead the local Salvarians out of their dark age and oversee the construction of the Grand Cathedral. They would guide their followers for one hundred years before mysteriously vanishing. Though the official Church of the Ethereal Sway would not properly form for some time, this new cult would continue to grow in size and influence. See: Ethereal Sway [Link].

Salvarian Expansion -- CP 200 to CP 450

The Salvic people who had inhabited the Testhan River Valley for untold centuries, begin pushing west and north. The young and zealous cult of the Ethereal Sway unites with a number of greedy oligarchs to expand this new country called Salvar. They wage war against both the Skavian humans and the orcs (who in turn wage wars against each other). Over centuries of intermittent conflict, Salvar captures the ancient city of Pestovo and huge swaths of new land. [Possible future links to Skavian Wars and First Orc War.]

Salvar United -- CP 450 to CP 624

Growing unrest between Salvar's nobles as well as the cult of the Ethereal Sway prompts the crowning of the first King of Salvar [name pending]. The city of Archen is founded on the northern frontier. The orcs launch a major campaign southward to retake lost lands and the Salvarians and Skavians set aside their centuries' old grudges to unite and repel the invasion. Some tension will remain between the two human groups afterward, but most Skavians would come to see themselves as part of the Kingdom of Salvar from then on. In the south, untold thousands of Urodins flee Raiaera after a bloody purge by the high elves, setting in the marshy southeastern region of Salvar. They would later rename the land Uroda and swear fealty as a province of the kingdom. [Possible future links: Second Orc War.]

The Demon Wars -- CP 624 to CP 837

See [Demon Wars [Link]]. The Haidean demons did not reach Salvar for the first century of the war, though the damage they caused elsewhere effectively isolated the kingdom. When the demons did arrive, even Salvar's well-prepared defenders failed to stem the seemingly endless tide. Ultimately, it was Saint Denebriel, anointed of the Sway, and her followers who broke the demon horde at the Grand Cathedral (which would eventually be renamed Saint Denebriel's Cathedral).

Founding of the Church -- CP 837 to CP 1000

Though the Ethereal Sway's religion had been growing since after the War of the Tap, only the end of the Demon War brought it to such a dominant position in Salvar. The vast majority of the citizens worshiped the Sway by this point, forsaking the Thayne or Old Gods of their ancestors. The Church of the Ethereal Sway forms, the official state religion of Salvar. Numerous holy orders form, including the Witch Hunters, Empowered Priests, and Paladins. Magic and its practitioners face persecution as the Sway's anti-magic doctrine becomes more extreme.

During this time, Salvar recovers from the Demon Wars along with the rest of the known world. The crown passes uneventfully from heir to heir, given dispassionate nods by the nobility and church. Exports of fur, lumber, ore, and other raw materials draw outside attention to the northern kingdom.

Succession Wars -- CP 1000 to CP 1241

See: Salvic Succession Wars [Future Link]. King Vadim Goreya, known for his devout faith and punitive taxation of the nobility, dies of old age in CP 1,000. His son and heir, a sickly boy of eleven, is declared unfit to rule by many rival families. What follows are a series of bloody coups and civil wars between major factions in the nobility. Several kings are crowned and overthrown within a few years, followed by years of more fighting.

For nearly two and a half centuries, the people of Salvar suffer and starve as the rich and powerful fight for control. The export of raw materials steadily declines and finally grinds to a halt. This finally attracts Coronian attention to the war-torn kingdom.

Coronian Colonization -- CP 1241 to 1301

Hoping to restore the flow of raw materials from Salvar, Corone and a coalition of wealthy merchants send a fleet to the kingdom's sparsely populated eastern coast and establish a new colony. They build what becomes the city of Tirel along the Sea of Scales. Within a year, fresh lumber and other materials flow out of Salvar again.

After a few decades, the squabbling Salvic lords finally begin reacting to this foreign incursion. A number of lords send their own troops to capture Tirel, but are each repelled. Meanwhile, Corone's colonial forces push toward Uroda, causing mounting concern among the populace. Without a king to lead them, Salvar seemed incapable of repelling Corone's forces.

In CP 1296, a powerful lord named Marat Desinov secures the backing of the Church of the Ethereal Sway and rallies a great army, with several other noble houses backing him. He marches across Salvar and in a series of bloody battles, drives the Coronians to the sea, burning many of their ships as they retreat. He captures Tirel and declares all of the continent north of Kachuk, from west coast to east, as part of Salvar. With a large army behind him, he secures the throne of Salvar in short order, turning the land into a dictatorship in five short years.

Desinov Dynasty -- CP 1301 to CP 1624

The heirs of King Marat rule for several generations, some kind, some wise, some cruel, some reckless. The nobility sees their power in governing the kingdom dwindling as the Desinovs act as absolute monarchs. With the Church's backing, the Desinov Dynasty is secure.

Rathaxea Dynasty -- CP 1624 to CP 1808

In 1624, King Grigor Desinov dies, leaving his daughter Idara as his only heir. Members of the largely patriarchal Salvic nobility saw this as an opportunity to increase their own power and depose the Desinov Dynasty. To avert civil war and also secure her power, Idara marries a wealthy Coronian aristocrat, Silas Rathaxea. His wealth and influence combined with Idara's own allies and backing of the Church secures her throne.

Three years later, Idara is assassinated, leaving Silas, a foreigner, as the king of Salvar. He quickly arranges for his own first-born son to marry the Boyar of Pestovo's daughter, cementing his dynasty's power for generations.

War of Flesh -- CP 1808 to CP 1812

For generations, the monarchy and church, once closely tied, have slowly drifted apart. The Sway grows to resent the secular leanings of the foreign-spawned Rathaxea dynasty. Likewise, the crown has grown to fear the church's power. King Iorlan Rathaxea and the Ethereals Sway's high priest act simultaneously. The king is declared an apostate and excommunicated and the priests of the Sway are declared traitors. See: War of Flesh [link]. This civil war ends with the Church weakened. A new king, Bratus Kutzovich, is chosen because of his proper Salvic heritage and backing from the Vorgruk-Stokes Company. This king, however, holds less power than those before him. The League of Salvic States now votes on many matters of state.

Present Day: 1815


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