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Rebellion has swept the Territory in the south as Glacia dominates the north. Landen and Blood join forces to spread a message of equality with any method possible while Glacia works to infuse the land with power and the people with their Dark Beliefs. The Rebellion, led by a Council of Eight, is not always in agreement but none can resist the power, and the danger, the movement has generated.
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Current Territory Petition
« on: Mar 29, 17, 06:37:01 PM »
Writer's Name: Caryn

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Character's Name: Ambala Dhawan (former Seat of Kamini)

Character's Caste: Landen

Character's Jewels: None


Territory Plot:

War comes calling for Nharkava from both within and outside of its borders, with the Territory already weakened by internal rebellion and pillage by outside interests.


The shadow of Glacia continues to lay long over Nharkava as the first generation to never have known an independent Territory are approaching adulthood. The Territory’s Dark-Jeweled Blood have generally embraced the arrangement, whether for personal gain or as a way to cling to the Blood’s power of old. Those few who dare to be different, whether from sympathy or lingering stubborn national pride, are generally made to toe the line, or else. But for those at the top of the food chain, life is pretty good.


Other than some raids and propaganda, neither the Rebellion nor Glacia have made any special waves in Nharkavan life in the last few years. Glacia still alternatively cares for the land and bleeds it dry, but those with the richest fiefdoms can afford it. Their overlords otherwise seem content to rule through the aging Queen Mahamari Rien and daily life can generally carry on as they are accustomed to. They even lend their aid to help quell the discontent of the Landen who have clearly forgotten their place.


For other Blood, things aren’t so simple. The Glacians who had once been hailed by the ruling Blood as its saviors are now taking of the Territory’s bounty as its rightful due. Nharkava’s Light-Jeweled suffer just as much as their Glacian counterparts. Collars and disappearances haven't made an appearance yet, but give them time. The Light-Jeweled are denied Craft training, have lands seized, and, when permitted to keep them, are subject to long hours and hard labor to retain the privilege despite their flawed status. The common Blood of Nharkava  ride a precarious line between pressure from above to be productive and obedient to masters both foreign and domestic, and pressure from below as the burdens they pass down become strangling to the Landens who work for them.  Conflict will brew as they and their Jewelless brethren are torn between being incensed at the Landen rebels who are making more trouble for them in an already-difficult life, and starting to consider that greater rewards may come from throwing in the towel and joining those they once dominated with impunity.


One thing is clear: Nharkava will suffer in the face of Elisif’s wrath as it never has before. Glacia will move from trying to guide them as potential siblings in the Dark Religion to being content to rule from above as Nharkava cringes broken at its feet. There will be no more room for neutrals, for those making a deal to try and survive, or pushing their Landens just a little harder to make their quotas and so be able to feed their own families another week or month. Even those who might have chosen to side with their Glacian gurus may no longer be trusted to make that choice.


Nharkava’s Blood know only one way to fight and they are heavily outclassed in that regard; if they are to survive, they must find a way to even the odds. And try to survive the cost that help will demand.


Enter the Landen. For centuries after the Purge they had to rule themselves and did a damn fine job of it, yet only lasted five years on their own once the Blood had recovered enough to call them to heel again. Then it was back to laboring under the benevolent dictatorship of the ruling Blood if they were lucky and suffering cruel abuses at the whims of their masters if they were not. The arrival of the Glacians initially promised a better future, but the reality was that they had just added another set of masters. Those who talked about caring for and protecting them also became the ones seizing their property and forcing them to work harder than before for less reward.


Faced with such dissonance and desperation, the Landen began rejecting the those core concepts of the Blood entirely. If this was what it meant to “serve” and be “protected”, they didn’t need either. What began as a series of sporadic and spontaneous revolts grew with each success. Even the failures inspired persistence in the name of vengeance. It was a highly emotional time with potentially devastating consequences for the Territory, but the emergence of Devika Ranjana and the re-formation of the Council of Eight gave the Landen a new focus. Frustration grew into a true cause for the first time, with ideals and a constructive goal: equality with the Blood.


Years of guerilla fighting have honed Nharkava’s rebellious Landens into a blooded and cohesive fighting force. The Rebellion has developed spies, contacts and a support network already organized for war in ways that most Blood haven’t began to consider yet. If their recruitments efforts continue to grow, they are well poised to be able to make the difference in Nharkava’s fate. Efforts at low-level Blood integration into the Rebellion can be called a tentative success, though it remains to be seen if it will work on a Territory-wide scale.


Plenty of tensions exist in the arrangement, any one of which could yet be the spark to the powder-keg. Miscommunication runs rampant as the Blood struggle to explain and defend the core of who they are their Landen counterparts as no others in the history of either Realm have ever done before. Landen religion will clash with that of the Blood, including that of it which has been suborned by Glacia. Some Landen within the Rebellion have been too hurt by the Blood to ever truly reconcile with them and some Blood too hurt by Landen rejection and rebellion to trust again. The Rebellion itself will be beset with dissension in the ranks between those who seek to uphold the legacy of peace sought by Devika Ranjana, and angrier voices calling for vengeance on the Blood- Glacian and Nharkavan alike.


The Glacian threat itself will become more blatant as the native Nharkavan Court and its primary Glacian supervisors will be destroyed for having the temerity to kidnap the parents of Queen Elisif herself- or, in the case of the latter, for failing to discover and stop the plot. Glacia will set up its own Court to rule the Territory directly in the aftermath and changes within the top echelons of Elisif’s Court will have repercussions for its colony as well. There will be a new effort to bring the Landen-friendly aspects of the Dark Religion to bear in Nharkava, with the end result that some Landen may find it more rewarding to cooperate with the occupiers despite a general disdain for the Blood.


The looming threat of Glacia has brought together some truly surprising bedfellows and the more moderate voices on both sides will have a herculean task ahead of them to mend fences and build ties before that goad is removed. They will face mighty challenges as the Territory slides into disarray and war, its people struggling for survival amidst a burgeoning apocalypse.  If they win the cross-Territory war, the Territory is yet poised to slide into civil war.  But no matter what happens, war of some kind is coming and the people of Nharkava have increasingly little to lose.


Roles of Castes specific to Territory:


Queens: Queens are rare, cherished and protected. Even the Landens respect the caste for their ability to nourish the land and hold the leashes of the terrifying Warlord Princes. Though they found the tropical environment too uncomfortable to stay, Glacian Queens were originally the saving of the Territory and gave their blood to the land as no native Queen was strong enough to do adequately. Nharkava still honors that and will not willingly harm any Queen.

No Nharkavan Queen will hold an Offering darker than Purple Dusk without special circumstances being involved (come from out of the Territory, mixed blood with Glacia, etc.), and any who did show Dark Jewels would likely be removed to Glacia for special training/indoctrination. After the destruction of the Territory Court, the Territory’s Warlord Princes, at the urging of the Black Widows, will move to restrict them from ruling anything larger than a village: the thinking being “out of sight, out of mind”. These precious treasures will still be encouraged to give what they can to the land, under heavy guard and with random routes. They will also be encouraged to use the reduced load of responsibilities to have more children- and hopefully produced needed Queen daughters.

As the male triangle rises to prominence in Glacia and its protectorate, it will provide a new and horrifying phenomenon to Nharkava with its own in the new Territory Court: the collared Queen. This is likely how the Warlord Princes will sell the idea of seizing power to Glacia. It may, in some cases, even be true.

(Open concepts: Queens unhappy about being displaced by their males and set on doing something about it, Queens collared by males hoping to prove themselves to the Territory Court, Queens determined to make the best of things even at their now-reduced scale… this would bring them closer to the Landens and possible Rebellion contact)


Warlord Princes: This castes boasts almost twice the number of their counterparts in any other Territory. After the destruction of the Territory Court the Province rulers will come exclusively from this caste. District rulers are highly likely to come from this caste as well, with the occasional exception of a Healer or particularly ambitious Black Widow. Warlord Princes are highly feared due to the caste’s volatile temper and the removal of the Queens from power will do nothing to ease that fear. The Rebellion will be reluctantly recruiting more heavily from the Warlord Princes’ ranks as the war effort kicks into high gear (even if some of the Landen will be thinking of them as convenient cannon fodder).


As the use of collars spreads throughout the Territory, the Rebellion use their captured collars to target Nharkava’s Warlord Princes in particular to be their weapons in the inter-Territory conflict. If it works, the Landen win. If it doesn’t, they still get rid of a potential source of danger to Landen-kind.


(Open concepts: Province leaders, District leaders, Warlord Princes collared as weapons for the Rebellion, Warlord Princes without easy access to Queens, collaborators with Glacia to be near Glacian Queens)


Priestesses: The Priestesses of Nharkava are a caste divided. In areas of higher Glacian influence, the people also look to them as arbitrators and sources of justice. The Glacians have been aggressive in making sure that those of this caste have been correctly instructed in the Dark Religion and such measures will only increase as Glacia’s Shadow Triangle attempts to spread their version of it far and wide. Followers are rewarded with education and prime postings in the Territory, dissidents are publicly beaten for minor offenses and stoned to death for major ones.


In the South and East, Priestesses are teachers and record-keepers. The Landen, who follow different gods than Mother Night, often find their less mundane skills irrelevant. Opportunities for educational in the Nharkavan Priestess tradition are rare in any case, and hindered by the need to keep such activities hidden from the eyes of their Glacian occupiers. The Priestesshood of Nharkava do have some specialized duties that are kept a careful secret from Landen and Glacian alike. However, coming events may demand the breaking of this silence for the first time in the history of the Territory.


With the removal of the Queens, Priestesses will be valued as much as Healers among the Blood to act as a balancing feminine influence on male temper. The Rebellion will be seeking them out to guide their young Blood and half-Blood through their Birthrights and Offerings, and they will be needed to help soothe tempers and mediate within the Rebellion as well when differences of opinion flare. They are also used as spiritual guides and keepers to Queens during this trying time.


(Open concepts: Rebellion Priestesses, adherents of the Dark Religion, traditional Nharkavan Priestesses and spirit-keepers,  diplomats among the disunified Blood and keepers of the recently-demoted Queens.)


Healers: The second-most-revered caste in Nharkava. A Healer’s skills are tangible and life-saving, and they will be more important than ever with war brewing. In the wake of the Queens’ removal from power, District leadership may be offered to particularly beloved local Healers. They will be a valuable presence at a Court regardless as a female influence on the now-Ruling Warlord Princes.


The Rebellion welcomes Healers to its ranks with mostly-open arms. Aside from the obvious healing applications, they are the Rebellion’s desired diplomats and recruiters.


(Open concepts: Healers for the Rebellion, both in the field and in support roles at headquarters. Recruiters and diplomats for the Rebellion. District or village leaders.)


Black Widows: Viewed with suspicion as second in dangerousness only to the Warlord Princes, mostly due to their mind-webs and mystery. Any former ruling Queens probably aren’t very happy with the caste as a whole right now, but their skills will be vital as they craft the webs of disguise that will allow the Queens to continue to travel and give their blood to the land.


The Rebellion will be reluctantly seeking more out to join them as they form a counterpart to Glacia’s Chimera and do some cross-Territory spying of their own. One enterprising group in the South has attached itself to the Caravan of Maninder, figuring acceptance might come more easily with those serving a god of deception and the mind, with mixed results.


Black Widows could also be Snake Charmers for the Rebellion due to their resistance to poisons, but it would be highly discouraged in favor of more urgent, caste-specific duties. Black Widows outside of the Rebellion may inherit key roles and duties as the Rebellion’s poisons do their work and leave Courts scrambling to cover. Widows both within and outside of the Rebellion will have to deal with the removal of one of their key skills (the ability to touch the mind) as the Landen come to power. Or embrace it as a weapon that means certain death for the Landen menace.


(Open concepts: Black Widows to help with the Rebellions spying efforts, Snake Charmers, ambitious Widows looking to seize a little power in the leadership changeover, holders of control collars for the Rebellion.)

Princes, Witches and Warlords: Much the same as in any other Territory, barring the influence of the Dark Religion. The Dark-Jeweled will end up in the higher-class professions and the Light-Jeweled will be relegated to more laborious tasks. The Light-Jeweled will also be prone to land-seizure if they own any. Warlords who can calm enraged males will be particularly sought out and valued as Court members due to the reduction of Queens to hold their leashes.


(Open concepts: Anything your heart desires! Rebellion members, pro-Glacian collaborators,  those who want nothing to do with either side… anything is possible.)


Blood males/females:

In Old Nharkava, they were honored by the Blood as family and received the more favored of the servant, foreman and overseer positions. In Glacian-held Nharkava, they are worse off than even the Landen, who at least have some protection from the mind-webs of the Black Widows. Those who earn an offering Jewel are subject to the prejudices of the Dark Religion in the North and the more hostile of the Landens in the South. Many now choose to live as Landen than to acknowledge their Blood heritage.


The new Territory Court may be more friendly toward Jewel-less Blood according to the Dark Religion and to get more native informants and agents to assist them in pacifying the Territory.

(Open concepts: holders of control-collars for the Rebellion and looking to even the score against the Jeweled- and Casted-Blood who have taken advantage of them, willing or unwilling Sleeper agents for the Rebellion’s Widows)


Landens:  In Old Nharkava, they worked the land for the Blood and were content to be taken care of in turn- or at least knew no other way. Now, the Purge has given them a taste of power and self-governance. This is one of the reasons they have almost universally rejected the Dark Religion that their Glacian counterparts embrace. They can no longer accept the idea that they are children to need taken care of. There is also a certain dissonance for the Landens in Nharkava: they are told that they are supposed to be valued as creations of Mother Night, but their lands are seized to be awarded to the Dark Jeweled and those who can keep them are made to labor hard for their occupiers only to see the fruits of said labor shipped off to Glacia. Outside of Jharkhand, few Landen are Glacian-friendly and most are at least quietly in favor of the Rebellion, even if they are not active participants.


(Open Concepts for both Jewel-less Blood and Landen:  Rebellion membership, Old Nharkavan Blood resisting the uprising of the Landen out of old prejudice or legitimate fear, collaborators with the new Territory Court for power and land, Snake charmers. Snake charmers are hunters who use tricks of heat, light and vibration to capture deadly poisonous snakes in the jungles of Sikkim Province for the Rebellion’s use.)


Succession Plan: (old ruler to new ruler)

Queen Mahamari has recently begun to show signs of degeneration from years of depression brought by captivity and from being managed via Widow-web so long. Her remaining loyal Court got desperate enough to arrange the kidnapping of Kylli and Mika Brenden while on a visit to Nharkava in hopes of forcing Elisif’s hand to free them all. What they were not aware of was one of the unwritten rules of Glacia’s Silent Civil War: in the Dark Religion, family comes secondary to one’s standing with Mother Night.


In her rage and to preserve her standing in the eyes of Glacian society, Elisif will use the terrifying power of her Jewels to wipe out the whole Territory Court: the Nharkavans who dared to try and blackmail her; their Glacian “advisors” who should have seen what their charges were up to in time to prevent it; and her own parents, so that they may return to the Darkness and know Mother Night’s embrace closer than they ever could in life. Aksel and the Shadow Triangle will then replace it with a purely Glacian Court, which will begin making its presence felt in Nharkavan daily life as never before as the Widow Prince and his compatriots spin their schemes.


A spy emplaced by the Chimera and long forgotten will report in that he has finally been able to penetrate the ranks of the Rebellion far enough to obtain the location of the Council of Eight, bringing the Head of the Chimera herself to Nharkava to strike a blow at this group of rogues once and for all.


The Rebellion will get just enough warning to destroy or pack up the things that absolutely can’t make it into Glacian hands, but the attack will be devastating nonetheless. It may take weeks or months to account for the dead, or to find those who went missing in the rush to evacuate and either died or could not immediately rejoin the main group. Worst of all, only three of the Council Seats will be accounted for in the aftermath: Kamani, Vishal and Maninder. Though the three will try to keep the Rebellion together, the voice of the Mother will be sorely missed as the more aggressive in the moment launch vengeance raids without permission and the Blood suffer increased hostility from their colleagues.


The Seat of Rajendra will leave to look for the Mother, whose body was never found. The Seat of Carna, ever mistrustful of the Warlord Prince, will follow to make sure the Mother makes it back alive.  Thus, as the dust settles, Ambala will find herself the only of-age and sober Seat left on the Council and will step up as best she can. She has always run her Division well and tried to be a fair voice to those she represents, even if that voice has never been a particularly loud one. She’ll try to hold the Rebellion together with nothing but the proverbial spit and duct tape, but slowly lose ground without the spiritual influence of the Mother to act as a voice of reason.


Then scouts will report back with news: the Mother has been found! The Glacians unearthed her from the rubble and Healed the dying woman just enough for her to live to be publicly executed, along with the Seat of Gautama who had been with her. Ambala will order a raid to retrieve them, supported by the hellephant squadrons who are chaffing to see their first battle. The Rebellion will take heavy losses and fail to prevent Gautama’s execution, but triumphantly carry the Mother back to her people.


Unfortunately, Devika is truly dying. Her injuries are too severe and aggravated by the stress of travel, though one of few surviving Healers (a Hellephant healer) will try to the point of exhaustion. No Healer if sufficient strength, skill and trust can be found in time to save her life. She’ll live long enough to make it make to the Rebellion’s new lair in the dense jungles of Sikkim Province and die among her people- and give her Blessing, along with the Touch of the Mother, to Ambala Dhawan. Long live the Voice of the Mother.


Even when she gains the Mother’s blessing, Ambala will be hard-pressed to hold the Rebellion together. The new Seat of Carna will be openly contemptuous of her qualifications and make a bid for leadership of the Rebellion him/herself, and they’ll find at least some support among the Council of Eight, primarily backed by the Seats of Nila and Rajendra who favor the elevation of a leader more suited to lead in time of war. Some of Ambala’s most valuable support will come from the Blood among them, also opening her up to criticism from her peers.


The Blood of Nharkava that the Rebellion wishes to seek a more positive relationship with will have their own problems as Rebellion tactics get more insidious and Glacian oppressing requires a shift in leadership on such a scale as they have never seen before. Their land and hearts will suffer as their remaining  Queens cease to be able to move so freely, Glacian Queens are denied them and the Territory exists in name only as effective power devolves to the Provinces. Death stalks freely among the Blood of Nharkava as creatures once their kin stalk the night, poison takes the unsuspecting at random and the introduction of collars makes them into pets and weapons alike depending on whose hand is on the leash.


Welcome to the Apocalypse, Nharkava-style.


Impact on the levels of District/Province/Territory/Realm::


District: District leaders will be changing in response to the killing of the old Territory Court and direct seizure by Glacia, possibly inspiring more unease among the people. Any ruling Queens will be confined to village level only and Warlord Princes will be preferred, but District leadership will be open to any caste that can justify it (particularly Healers and Princes).

At the district level, there is more potential to explore why one might choose to join the Rebellion, or, on the flip side, one might be hurt by it. Conflict will almost certainly come between the new District leaders and the Queens they’ve displaced, while the Landen and common Blood will by and large be disturbed and upset by the removal of the revered Queens in favor of other castes. There is also plot potential for rebellious Landens to take advantage of the changeover and instability added by other plot elements to seize a District of their own.


Province: In the wake of the Territory Court’s collapse, the Provinces will begin to return to the old ways of everyone for themselves and Nharava the Territory will exist in name only. The real power will lie at the Province level.

Same leadership situation as Districts- only potentially worse, as Warlord Princes are more feared. Potential here to have conflict between Jharkand Province, which will be more directly held by Glacia than ever before, and Rebellion stronghold Sikkim. Goa may be Rebellion-sympathetic, Glacian-sympathetic, or try to stay neutral and play both sides against each other.




The Rebellion itself will be changing in character and focus. Gone are the mature, sensible voices who spoke with the Mother’s voice and for higher ideals. The, however brief, absence of the Mother’s voice among them will widen the division between Landen and Blood in the Rebellion as the Landen blame Blood magic for what happened and the Blood get increasingly defensive (and possibly figure out that the immediate cause was a Landen spy).


Even after the Mother returns to them in the person of Ambala, I plan to work with Nicole to ramp up Glacian aggression and the impact to daily life in the Territory. The Rebellion will have to move from guerrilla raids and propaganda to fighting proper battles. They will have to unleash the more aggressive faction among them that more moderate voices have always sought to keep in check if they hope to win the war, perhaps with devastating collateral damage if the tempers of the more hostile get away from them. In the process, Rebellion leaders will have to repair damaged relations with the Blood and reach out to people they may dislike, but who have as much reason to want the Glacians gone as they do. This may backfire on them in the end, when/if the outside threat of Glacia is gone.


I also want to get an invention arm of the Rebellion up and running. The Landen and Light-Jeweled among the Rebellion will plan to seize Glacian Craft-fuelled incendiary devices as they’re moved into the Territory to try and subdue the Rebellion. They would  also begin capturing control collars as Glacia began using them within the Territory and even try to reverse-engineer their own with Light-Jeweled Craft.


Furthermore, as the Rebellion moves its headquarters into the jungle of Sikkim Province, I would like them to begin making use of the poisons found in its native snakes to begin sowing chaos among the Blood- using Landen servants to slip it into their food and drink. It would trigger conflict, mistrust and paranoia among the Blood  as they waited to see who would be struck next. Or perhaps the Landen could even discover a different delivery system. Dissonant elements within the Rebellion and even the Council of Eight itself could even divert a supply of these poisons to try and silence their enemies among their own ranks, or the Nharkavan Landen now collaborating with their Glacian overlords.


Spy game: While there will be no equivalent to the Hand in Nharkava, I would like to see the Rebellion bring in some Black Widows to start a Chimera equivalent. They will be answer to directly to the Mother, giving her an important advantage over her enemies on the Council.  Unlike their Glacian equivalent, their goal is largely domestic espionage; a special challenge in Landen-rich Nharkava. They will slip agents into place as Glacian servants to get information, plant misinformation or even create sleeper agents for sabotage if they can get the Jeweless Blood volunteers (or “volunteers”, as the case may be). They are more likely to caste mind-webs and jewel-disguising webs that appearance illusions.

There will be an effort to simply send some agents in without the aid of illusion-webs under the excuse of finding a better life in Landen-friendly Glacia (or other appropriate cover).  As suspicions of the Jewelless Blood and Landen increase under Aksel’s influence, it could be interesting to play out the repercussions for those agents who were counting on that cultural blindness to do their work.


I acknowledge and plan to respect the fact that Nharkava is meant to be about strength in unexpected places and that the Landen have as much power in their own way as the post-Purge Blood. I do plan to show that off in a variety of ways, as hinted at above. However, I would like to see more Blood involvement in the Territory and in the Rebellion: “The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend”. There is so much potential in forcing people who don’t much like each other to work together out of necessity.


While there are multiple information threads about how Landen view the Blood, I would like to get into how the Blood view the Landen in their Territory. These are a people who are being squeezed from above (Glacia) and below (their own Landen) with no hope of real welcome from either. Where the Landen are more united, the Blood of Nharkava remain fractured in purpose and allegiance. There are still plenty who remember the old ways of the Blood, but even there one finds disunity. Many fear the Rebellion and the potential consequences to their way of life even if they do have some sympathy for their fellow oppressed. As the Blood have traditionally shown little effort to learn about the Landen beyond things to protect, neither have the Landen made an effort to learn about the Blood. Through rational creatures, instinct runs strong in them: what the Landen view as condescension, many Blood view as a sacred duty and privilege.  Even the Glacians, perverted as the Dark Religion has been, accept that. These Blood are highly insulted that something so intrinsic to their culture and spirituality is being questioned and rejected. And how can the Landen claim to be equals when they still need the gifts of the Healer and the Queen? Neither of which they will ever possess for themselves.


Other Blood, under pressure from their overlord Glacia, look to take out their troubles on the next poor bastards down the line.Those in the North are still more likely to stand with their Glacian benefactors, though they’ll be aware they’re standing on thin ice indeed. They will be desperate to prove themselves and will provide yet another challenge to their countrymen to overcome.


 If events get that far and if they ever throw off Glacia’s yoke (or secede partially a la Shalador Nehele), there is further plot potential in negotiating a more equal -or not- post-occupation government.


I plan to keep Dani’s original plan to “include some of the exotic beasts as assistance to the Rebellion. These are not Kindred, just battle or specially trained. Specifically “hellephants” or elephants are used in battle, with specific trainers being valued yet eternally in short supply. Rhinoceros will be seen as beasts of burden instead of horses or donkeys. Snow leopards and tigers remain mostly wild with the rare tamed beast. There are also a small assortment of trained monkeys - though they do not serve a very specific purpose aside from mischievous companions, they are something of a nuisance to anyone not particularly accustomed to them. Many Glacians pay extra to Hearth Witches to make sure the creatures remain outside their courtyards for the extra peace afforded. None of these are Kindred but they are all generally intelligent creatures if not somewhat wild at heart” (quoted from Dani’s petition). Because, can you just see a squad of hellephants plowing through a group of Glacians? And even their pack animals can gut you if you piss them off!





Obviously, the most immediate impact on the Realm will be cross-Territory plots with Glacia. I would like to see Glacia move to take control of the Territory directly instead of ruling through a puppet Court, possibly inserting their own Queens and Courts at the Province and District levels too. The Gray Queen’s anger at Glacia will not ebb anytime soon, so I’ll be doing a lot of plotting with Nicole as to exactly what form that retribution will take. No matter what happens, the Nharkavans (Blood or Landen) will no longer be able to go about business as usual. The rise of the Landen will have little impact on a Landen population both treated well and teeming with a healthy Dark-Jeweled population.


Though Mahamari Rien’s First Circle, including the highest-ranked Glacian advisor, will perish in Elisif’s attack, there are still plenty of staff who were away or successfully rode out the psychic storm to answer for the wayward Court’s actions. And answer they will, if they can be taken and tried in the heart in the frozen Territory.  (Open concepts: poltical prisoners, glacians on the run or actively defecting)


There is possible plot potential with Dhemlan if more convenient ways can be found through the mountains. The Territory is about to have its own Landen problems and possibly the two groups could exchange tactical advice, smuggled goods, or inflame one another to action.


The Dea al Mon might find the particular talents of the Nharkavan Priestesshood of use should they happen to look. Plots might include a delegation of Priestesses sent in exchange for some of the Territory’s surplus of Queens.


Relations with Little Terreille have waned under the rule it its Red-Jeweled Warlord Prince. The Nharvanas are wary of his Jewel and caste and he none too eager to take the steady stream of Glacian refugees from them.


No particular plot potential with Dharo or Scelt.
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