The Saga of the Wicked
The Republic of Maela
A large, flat region known for its fertile soil and peace loving populous. The region, though a republic in name and in its governmental structure is named for the leader and family that directed it towards freedom and pulled it out of a age of darkness and terror.
The province is one of the oldest and most well developed on the entire continent of Ergon, its documented history stretching back for approximately two thousand years. In recent times, the province has enjoyed a long stretch of peace and prosperity but that was not always the case. It is not known when the initial invasion occurred, but the documented start of the war with the Lycan tribes is the year 8723 in the month of Jeha on the fifteenth day.
Hordes of lycanthropic creatures swept across the lands of Ergon, initially intermingling with the native peoples of each region while in their human form. It was then that they struck from within, crippling centers of power, murdering hundreds in cold blood while they slept in their beds. Nobody truly knows where they came from though it is whispered that they came across the sea from Jöt. The nation of Maela was in its youth at the time and barely more than a collection of farming towns. Construction that would lead to the first expansion of the city of Vallyne had just begun, at the time it was little more than a keep and the surrounding farmlands. People lived in fear, not knowing if their neighbor was friend or foe. It was not until the secret of silver weapons was uncovered by the smith Miika Siggurdson that the people were able to effectively begin fighting back. Led by Ralyphe Aethert-Mael and his militia group, the people of eventually pushed back and retook their land. It is told in the legends that Ralyphe’s sword shone with the light of the golden moon Seriel and burned with the heat of the sun. After the violence, the Academy of the Silver Sword was founded to train military leadership and continue the art of silver weapon making. Ralyphe Aethert-Mael was named a champion of the people and became the first regent of the land.
- Maela is a republic throughout. All public offices in cities and towns are obtained through elections that take place every three years, this is the same for members of the Senate who dictate the laws for the entire province, all the way down to the mayors of each city or town.
- There is one exception and that is for a member of the Maela family to remain in the seat of power. This is a courtesy to the legacy of the family but the vote on any issue is still equivalent to any other vote cast.
- The flag of Maela depicts a white wolf across a vertically split green and brown background. The wolf stands on all fours with stalks of wheat under one forepaw and a sword under the other.
- The only multi regional flag that is flown is the flag of the Order of the Rose, a borderless organization that conducts trade and acts as intermediary diplomats between nations. This is a white flag with a red rose in the center. there are two green, thorny stems dividing the white field in thirds.
- Guilds are permitted to fly their own flags for identification purposes.
- Maela is primarily an agrarian society. The staple crops are wheat, barley, oats, and rye as they are blessed with a fertile grassland. They would be considered the “breadbasket” of Ergon if not all of Jundaria. Additionally, they are able to grow corn and a variety of squash/gourd type vegetables.
- The western portion of Maela, including the City of Corpathium is situated on the Blood Sea, a moderately large body of saltwater that is an extension of the Cerulean Ocean that surrounds the continent. From the Blood Sea, the region has access to the fishing of Halibut, swordfish, trout, salmon.
- Delicacies can and are traded in from other regions but Maela itself is not home to any special dishes that would tantalize the senses of its own denizens.
- Those who are lucky enough to live near the sparse wooded areas partake in a limited amount of hunting of deer, boar, and bear.
- There are wild and magical beasts that roam the lands, some of which may be eaten but only if there is someone brave enough to hunt it.
- The Festival of the New Eye A lunar celebration that takes place when the three moons are in alignment. It is a cosmic phenomenon that causes a dual eclipse which results in the white moon appearing as pupil-less eye. During this time, it is believed that the barrier between planes is the thinnest, and therefore the prayers to the gods are most easily heard. It is celebrated by different groups of people for different reason varying from the desire for a prosperous harvest to lovers believing it will bring their relationships good fortune to parents naming their children in hopes of honoring deities for good favor. For secularists, it is a time for revel. It is the first and one of the largest holidays of the calendar year.
- Suncrest The date when the days are longest, usually in midsummer season +- 15 days. The capitol city hosts a 3 day long festival with the final day taking place on the day of the Suncrest. Anyone may enter into the tournament to take part in various competitions of physical strength / skill, and magical prowess. The winners receive special commendations from The Crown and the overall tournament winner is granted a lordship and becomes landed.
- Festival of the New Eye, the first and one of the largest of the calendar year.
- Suncrest, a 3 day long summer tournament
- Purification Day: A day of remembrance for when the lycanthrope scourge was driven from the land.
- Poor/Farmers: roughspun cotton tunic, shirt and pants, long dress in white, grey or brown, no shoes or sandals. Farmers might own as many as two sets of clothing.
- Lower working class: roughspun cotton tunic or dress in a wider range of colors including navy, dark green, and burgundy. Sandals or moccasin type shoes would be most common. Adults usually own 2-3 outfits.
- Merchant/tradesmen: Tunic and leggings of fine cotton or wool, larger range of colors including lighter blues and greens, and yellow. Leather shoes or boots of a basic make. Women might own one of two pieces of jewelry. Adults would have approximately 4 outfits, children would have 2 of the lower working class style outfit.
- Wealthy merchants/nobility: Numerous outfits of fine wool and silk in any color desirable. Men wear tunics with intricate volknot patterning around the neck, stripes, or diamonding on the torso, leggings and high leather boots. Some wear long tunics, others short. Women wear long flowing dresses with detailed bodice work, long sleeves with frills on the cuffs. Women have varying amounts of jewelry as would befit their station and means. Cloaks are owned and worn while out and to protect against the elements.
- Clergy: black and dark brown cotton or wool full body coverings with headwear that exposes the face.
- Guards/Military: Typical city guards are outfitted in leathers or chainmail depending on their rank. They typically carry crossbows, halberds, or shortswords. Army personnel would be more well outfitted, usually with armor and weapons of higher quality, full plate armor for those of higher ranking.
- The music of the region is based around the use of lutes, pipes, and voice. It is heavily melodic and relies on counterpoint as the basis of its technical structure.
- Songs range from bawdy tavern improvisation to tales about adventure on the high seas and in distant mountains to romantic poetry.
- Maela is home to a small number of venues for stage plays that take place. These supplement the musical culture of the region and gives latitude for singers and musicians to perform in other capacities.
- Some favorites include The Golden Hall of Thrair, an adventurous action performance filled with combat and suspenseful dialogue, Vulgaris Magistralis, an action-comedy about a barbarian king who’s legends far exceed his actual abilities, and The Crown and the Wolf, a drama loosely based on the events of the purging of the Lycan tribes from the land.
- Structured dances are practiced almost exclusively by the nobility during their gatherings, parties, etc. The box waltz, the Cinque Pas (a 5 step), and the Galliard ( a quick tempo jig type dance.
- The lower classes do partake in dance during festivals and other times of revelry, children generally dance around Maypole type structures, the Roundel and Branle are the most popular styles however.
- Children’s games include the standard tag, hide and seek, bandits vs guards.
- Festival games include jousting, bareknuckle fighting, log toss, axe throwing, archery, pie eating, magic dueling, spell mastery, and a limerick contest.
Arts and Crafts
- The art style of the region is typical of Elizabethan England, oil painting and portraits are commissioned and made for the wealthy.
- Children typically have dolls made of cloth, or toys made of wood.
- Tools are fairly typical of an era that can work steel, cut gems, and tool fine jewelry.
- There is a distinct lack of anything that has pistons and very little that operates using gears.
- Clay pottery is typical for storage vessels, as are wooden barrels and crates. there are artisans from different areas of the region that provide these construction services.
- Stonemasonry is commonplace and all large structure is made of stone with wood for accenting. Smaller structures and domiciles are more likely made of wood than not. Some poor still live in thatch huts.
- Poetry and limericks are the most common forms of literature as song is the most common of any form of text.
- History books, public records, and ledgers exist and are kept in town and city libraries.
- Magical texts are a rarity and those that do exist are generally kept under lock and key in the Capitol. There are a few exceptions here and there for general commonplace magic (cantrip level stuff).
- Common is common
- Elvish is spoken by a few small group of people in noble circles and a few merchants here and there.
- Some dignitaries speak Dwarvish
- Members of The Watcher’s Eye Clan speak common only,
- Members of the Order of the Rose speak all three + Setian
- The Order of Balance Keepers speak any combination of the three + a base dialect of Setian
The World at Large
The Provinces of Ergon