The Papal StatesMidtelande
Midtelande is a monarchy under the influence of the Holy See and in the geographic center of the continent. Midtelande was originally selected as the site of the capitol of Emperor Aelfric's continent-spanning empire. The royal family of Midtelande are said to be the only living descendants of Aelfric, although their descent is indirect, via peripheral bloodlines. Greve Strad
. The capitol of the Midteland. During the One Hundred Years War, the King, Queen and hundreds of elite nobles reigned from this illustrious, well-defended city. The royal court hosted huge banquets during the war, uniting the nobles with high-ranking generals. A culture of rumors and shadowy affairs grew within the ranks of the nobles, creating a secret brotherhood within the royal court. Protected by the White Order of the Dragon under the control of Duke Elias - the King's own brother.
Originally founded by Emperor Aelfric as the capitol due to its location in the rough center of the continent. The original city was destroyed by a catastrophic event and the current city of Greve Strad was founded on it's ruins by the royal family of Midteland centuries later.Ringsted
is the gateway for Rekkrvakan steel. A profitable trade in times of war. A port town overlooking the white expanse of the Wisp Sea.Kolding
. A stopover town ruled by the Lord Mayor of Kolding. A pleasant town important for the prisons there and the military armory built there as a resupply stop.St. Albion
. A city under the protection of the Holy See. A city fallen into vice and current home to the Holy See's personal army the Brothers of the Sword. The leader there is the Inquisitor Marius who does so from St. Dymphna's Cathedral.Useful Information:
The people of Midtelande are pale skinned with generally dark hair and eyes. The men average out at about 6' and the women around 5'6". Very feudalistic in style and tone of culture. Names are generally Danish in style. A listing of such names can be found here: http://www.behindthename.com/names/usage/danishValois
A powerful militaristic nation boasting the most powerful and skilled military on the continent. Ruled by tradition bound noble houses infused with a powerful sense of loyalty to the bloodline and the nation. Techniques and strategies are often passed down through the noble lineages. A strong theme of honor and social appearance define their interactions and even nobility can be removed from their station by acts of cowardice or incompetence.
Valois has a feudal system of government; the royal power is largely decentralized. In rural areas, feudal lords handle matters such as defense and the maintenance of law and order. The feudal hierarchy starts with the King at the top. The next step down are the Liege Lords, Generals, and other nobles with titles who are given manors and fiefs to control within the King's Domain. Below them are the vassals, or lesser lords who controlled smaller pieces of land on the Liege lord's manor. Below the knights are serfs. Odense
is considered to be unbreakable and was once one of the main border castles of Midtelande. It is surrounded by mountains, and a vast open wasteland sits between the castle and a river. The large, open land makes a perfect battlefield for open wars.
Odense once belonged to Midland until the armies of Valois invaded and took complete control by way of treason. Later during the Hundred Years War, it has become a staging point for invading Midtelande's empire and is also a military base for Valois' strongest army, the Violet Order of the Charger led by General Bastien. The castle's governor, Lord Gaubert, is the descendant of the traitors who gave Odense to the Valois.Gardanne
the capital of the nation of Valois. From here King Cyril II orchestrates the war that his great-grandfather began with the capture of Odense. It is a city of gothic architecture from the time of Geiseric and one of the most heavily defended cities in the world. Few Midtelanders have seen it's walls since the war began.Useful Information:
The people of Valois tend towards fair hair and skin with an average height of 5'10" for the men and 5'4" for the women. Highly militaristic, serf based culture. Valois names are French in style. Such can be found here: http://www.behindthename.com/names/usage/frenchThe Holy See
The Holy See is the hand of God to the masses of the papal states. Their insignia is a hawk in flight with the rising sun behind it. Much of the Holy See's doctrine is based on a strict conduct of purging oneself from sin and keeping the Vigil. However, beneath that veil, in conjunction with the nobility, the Holy See monopolizes the wealth of the world.Cesena
the seaside seat for the Holy See. From here, guarded by the Seraphim Guard, the Thearch keeps vigil over the souls of his flock. Perhaps the single wealthiest city in the world and it looks it. Beautiful architecture of marble and sandstone and the finest statuary.Useful Information:
The natives of the Holy See tend towards dark hair and olive skin. Most of the men stand around 5'8" and the women closer to 5'2". Very religious and arts based culture with a trend of militaristic religious orders as private armies are not allowed to be maintained by anyone other than the Church. Names are Italian in style - http://www.behindthename.com/names/usage/italianUstica
A land controlled by the Merchant Families. Brilliant and ruthless traders bound by an old code of honor that has allowed them to escape the persecution of both Midtelande and the Holy See. The Families own the allegiances of various villages and towns within the territory with only Siena being controlled jointly.Siena
is the City of Masks. Ruled by consigliore of the Merchant Families as a council. Each with their face hidden behind a mask (Venetian style). Anything and everything can be purchased in Siena if one knows who to ask. Also know for its bacchanals.Useful Information:
Physically the same as the people of the Holy See. Even the same kind of names. Culturally worlds apart. A culture focused around money, honor, and respect. Break faith with a Ustican and you have made an enemy for life.