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* Plot Information for Dhemlan Terreille

It is natural for a Long-Lived Territory to remember the past, but it is equally essential to for them step into the future, and Dhemlan’s future is Democracy. With a proud tradition of representative government already in place, post-war Dhemlan has chosen to let the people decide their path forward. With drought and starvation looming, no one knows who the next ruler will be, but they do know this: the fate of Dhemlan Terreille will be decided not on the battlefield, but at the polls.
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Offline Savion Euskara

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Culture of Dhemlan, T.
« on: Aug 26, 13, 03:19:29 PM »
    {Dhemlan, Terreille}

    Capital City: Ardath

    Population: 4 million, combined of Blood & landen
    Population Breakdown: 84% native to Territory
    Caste Breakdown: 90% Landen to 10% Blood
    • There is a deficit of unbroken dark Jeweled Blood.
    • There are very few Queens due to the war and the Purge, and no dark Jeweled Queens.
    • There is a surplus of trained dual-casted Blood due to the deficit of naturally casted witches.
    Major Exports: timber products (especially paper and shipbuilding wood), leather, parchment and high quality wool, instruments, jewelry, fine artisan crafts, and intellectual products such as books and plays.
    Major Imports:  Food of any kind is pretty much the only thing the Dhemlanese are interested in importing given their impoverished state and the famines and droughts.

    Climate: Most of Dhemlan has dry, warm summers and balmy winters, and the climate is overall pleasant. The mountains are much colder, however, and eastern Dhemlan is fairly arid while western Dhemlan sees a fair bit of rainfall.

    Geography:



    Provinces
    • {Atholi} (Districts: {Maraste} & {Henspa})
    • {Sarque} (Districts: {Ciraea} & {Deville})
    • {Gravardi} (Districts: {Alici} & {Tiaga})
    • {Visanda} (Districts: {Calata} & {Belona} & {Sarryn})
    • {Ilbeda} (Districts: {Holliwell} & {Lorna} & {Quavat})

    Atholi borders Pruul, while Sarque divides it from Gravardi. Together, these three Provinces comprise the former Anagon. Though smaller than the remaining two Provinces, they have an equal number of places in the upper echelons of Parliament, which has always caused tension between those who rule. Dhemlan maintains a strong sense of regional identity throughout the Provinces, and some elder Priestesses can recount the tales of how each Province came to be held by the Dhemlanese.

    Atholi stands in opposition to the current regime. The mountains of the north borders are excellent for cattle farming and little else, for even before the Purge wiped out the Queens it was not particularly fertile. Now, though, the home of Dhemlan’s strongest mature Queen is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, for though it was once considered the most barren of Dhemlan’s Provinces, it is now the only Province capable of producing much in the way of food and is the sole source of grain available to Dhemlan at current.

    Sarque maintains traditionally tense relationships with Atholi and Gravardi and has ever since the civil war. The Province situated around the Sema Mountains is fiercely independent, largely as a result of their cattle farming roots. Considered something of a backwater by the rest of Dhemlan, it is nonetheless politically important as the stronghold of the conquistadors. The annual fiesta Sarque holds in honor of Prince Fermin, the High Priest of Sarque and the man responsible for Sarque’s independence, is a divisive event, for it reminds people of the Civil War and many Dhemlanese oppose the running of the bulls as barbaric. 

    Gravardi is Atholi’s strongest ally and traditionally votes in lockstep with Atholi. The Dhemlanese obsession with food is especially prevalent in Gravardi, which is known for being the birthplace of the tapas, which are small portions often served in bars. Quality cuisine is an artform in Gravardi, and the famine had only encouraged its growth – they may be poor, but they have learned to make do with what they have, and even a small meal is worthy of culinary expertise.

    Visanda is Terreille’s primary source of cocoa and is a favored source of olives. It has been hit hardest by the drought, for it is a primarily agricultural Province. As such, her people are content to do whatever it takes to secure a Queen and end the hardships that face the Territory, no matter how it might stain their honor. Euskara Estate is located within Visanda, as well as the capitol city of Ardath.

    Ilbeda is the westernmost Province and the only Province to share no border with a foreign Territory, though Chaillot is just across the ocean. It is home to the majority of Dhemlanese shipping concerns, for the forests of Ilbeda have always provided excellent shipbuilding timber. Most of the Territory’s trade is handled from Ilbeda, for all that it is sea-locked, for the darkest winds travel through it.


    Culture:

    Bureaucracy reigns supreme in Dhemlan, Terreille, a Territory known for its formality, its organization, and its progressive nature. Dhemlan in the Realm of Light has a complex system of laws for almost every instance, a situation that has only helped given the lack of strong Queens to rule, for the Purge not only wiped out the strong Queens, it destroyed the strong bloodlines that traditionally birthed them. Dhemlan’s aristo families have been decimated, leaving cadet branches in charge of consolidated fortunes and estates too big for them to handle, especially given the neglect facing the land without a Queen of sufficient strength to gift it with fertility.

    The aristo class of Dhemlan is strictly defined and tracked by the Priestesses who handle the census. A family must have produced a Queen or Warlord Prince going back six generations to be considered aristo, or twelve generations of direct descent wearing a dark Jewel. Once registered, aristo status lasts for three degrees of consanguinity (siblings, great-grandchildren, aunts, nephews) from one of the relevant dark Jeweled individuals. One cannot “marry into” aristo status, but they can ensure that status for their children. This practice encourages breeding for strength and declaring accurate paternity at the Birthright Ceremony, reducing the likelihood that spite will result in a broken family. The primary benefit of being an aristo in Dhemlan is exemption from tithing. The practical effect of this exemption is that aristos have strong financial benefits, which makes them significantly more likely to be successful business leaders and to have the leisure time to devote to politics, given their relative economic prosperity. In an impoverished Territory like Dhemlan, not having to pay the tithes is a not insignificant benefit, and money can always buy friends.

    It is worth noting that only the aristos in Dhemlan are entitled to use the 'de' (meaning of) particle in their names to indicate their home. Not all do, for instance if it would be redundant, ex. Savion Euskara de Euskara. Surnames in Dhemlan follow neither the maternal nor paternal line, but rather children take their name from their dominant parent. In the case of parents of relatively equal (or difficult to determine) dominance, the 'y' (meaning and) particle is used to indicate strength. As such, someone might have the name Pablo Rojas y Goya de Ardath, indicating that Pablo is of the Goya and Rojas lines and from the city of Ardath.
     
    It is not only the light Jeweled relations of dead aristos who have benefited from the Purge, for the landens of Dhemlan enjoy more political power in Dhemlan than in almost any other Territory in the Realm. Untouched by the Purge, their relative numbers have boomed in the last  few centuries, resulting in their controlling more places in Parliament than ever before… a situation unforeseen by the Blood who established the 3/5ths rule that allows the landen a vote in matters concerning the Territory as a whole.

    Pride is the force that props up the crumbling tower that is Dhemlan Terreille and stiffens the spines of those who live there. Drought and famine have come in the wake of the Queen’s death, and if something isn’t done soon, there will be no Dhemlan left to stand strong in the face of threat. Something must be done, for Dhemlan lacks – even with the gold taken from Askavi’s coffers – the funds to feed her people.

    Despite their impoverishment, the Dhemlanese view themselves as eminently civilized. Though not opposed to violence, there are a myriad of checks in place to ensure that it need not come to that, and Protocol is adhered to very closely despite the starvation nipping at their heels. They export instruments and it is not just the aristos who visit the theater to watch dancers and listen to the folk music of their people. Not even impoverishment keeps them from taking care with their homes and ensuring that nothing is shabby -- even if that means mending their clothes themselves. 

    The Territory finds itself caught between the forces of yin and yang on many levels; the hidalgos and the conquistadors, unification and separatists, tradition and civilization, pride and poverty. Dhemlan as a whole finds itself caught between outrage and hope, and this tension is embodied in every decision made.

    Offline Savion Euskara

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    Re: Culture of Dhemlan, T.
    « Reply #1 on: Aug 26, 13, 03:20:02 PM »
    History of {DHEMLAN}

    Pre-Purge History
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    The origins of Dhemlan are shrouded in myth. Some say that all of the long-lived were once one race, and some say that the lands known as Dhemlan were once ruled by an ethereal, winged race that knew little of war and much of love, and some say that they loved the waters as the eyriens now love the winds. Some say that the eyriens were birthed of the unions between these peoples and the long-lived races, before the halfbreeds fled to the mountains.

    Most think this is nonsense at best, but the rumors persist because of Dhemlanese hatred of the eyrien race following the war and all in Dhemlan knows of the hatred the eyriens bear toward the notion of halfbreed. But the Priestesses do insist that Dhemlan was not always united under one rule, and to this day the witches of the waters bear ethereal facades and hearts full of love, so the tavern arguments continue.

    The records show that in the beginning, the dark Jeweled of Dhemlan were each entitled to one vote, and would vote for which Queen they believed should rule the Territory. That Queen appointed Province Queens, who in turn would appoint District Queens, who in turn would decide who would rule the villages within those Districts. But that top-down practice died out, and it came to be that villages would vote every fifty years on who they would offer a contract to rule them would be, with interim rulers being appointed only in the case of unplanned retirement or death. Village rulers in turn would collectively vote on who would rule their Province, and Province Rulers would decide amongst themselves who would rule the Territory.

    The records also show...

    6003 BP: Under the rulership of Prince Fermin, a dual-casted Warlord Prince Priest, Sarque secedes from the Province of Anagon. Three new Provinces are created by way of civil war: Gravardi, Atholi, and Sarque.

    5999 BP: Parliament is created.

    5995 BP: Dhemlan Academy is founded in hopes that it will foster greater bonds between the future leaders of Dhemlan.

    990 BP: Dhemlan is attacked by Askavi, but manages to beat back the invasion forces.

    698 BP: Dhemlan is attacked once again by Askavi.

    687 BP: Eyrien forces killed the Queen and her Court. Parliament selects Elisabetta Euskara as her replacement and the Treaty of Queens is signed, surrendering Dhemlan to Askavi.

    Purge Era
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    Elisabetta ruled as a Sapphire Jeweled Queen until the Purge, which broke her of the Sapphire, broke her Consort entirely, and left her without a Steward. Askavi withdrew from her holdings in the wake of the Purge, and Dhemlan was left to fend for itself with few dark Jeweled Blood remaining and even fewer strong Queens. Despite Elisabetta’s broken Jewels, there were none better qualified or stronger who could take over, no matter how hard the Parliament looked, and she was a good Queen… just not strong enough, anymore, to keep the entire Territory healthy with so few Queens to give back their strength to the land.
     
    At that time, Elisabetta’s son Savion Euskara, himself broken back to his Birthright Blood Opal took over as Steward, a natural fit for him as he lived up to his nickname of “Savvy.” Casted witches began cross-training in additional castes in order to make up for the disproportionate numbers of casted and dark Jeweled witches affected by the Purge.

    Post Purge History
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    As Elisabetta and her Consort grew increasingly frail in their dotage, Savion took upon greater and greater responsibility in maintaining the rule of Dhemlan. Many felt that the increasingly reclusive Elisabetta ought to step down and let someone younger, if not stronger, have the reigns of the Territory, but she steadfastly refused and no one was willing to push the matter when there were no dark Jeweled Queens to replace her. She resolved to wait until one was born to step down, promising to train such a Queen, but unfortunately, she died before that was possible. Her Consort lasted mere weeks before wasting away without her.

    Modern History
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    Parliament was presented with two choices for her replacement. Isadora Diamente, who following Elisabetta’s death possessed the darkest Court in Dhemlan, campaigned hard for the right to rule the Territory and not merely the tiny Province of Atholi. But Savion possessed the backing of the Warlord Princes and Priestesshood, and a young Dena Nehelian Queen with a dark potential to bring health back to the starving lands.