[Doblian and Silver Shadow]
This region is part of the Imperial heartlands; indeed, it includes the imperial capital. Doblian was long more battlefield than province but is now healing; Silver Shadow is the very heart of the empire. Both regions are warmer than you would expect as they are lower in altitude than points south and warmed by imperial magics.
Often a battlefield, it is now a patchwork of many cultures whose homeland is elsewhere, gradually recovering from ancient wounds. The largest cultural group is the Pelandans, and the Satrap, Yan Kor Yan, is a Pelandan, but much of the government is full of Carmanians.
Wheat, barley, and corn dominate in the lowlands of the southeast; cattle and pigs and sheep roam the grasslands of the uplands, while fishing and rice production predominates close to Lake Carmania. The uplands fluctuate between warm fire seasons and bitterly cold storm and darkness seasons. The lowlands tend to have mild storm and darkness seasons and warm fire summers and very rainy storm and sea seasons.
The central hills are home to the Arir, who are hunting and herding clans who try to hold to the old ways, led by the mightiest warriors and hunters. They find themselves confined and clearly chafe at it; they used to rule the lowlands but now they watch the weakling lowlanders strut around with power and wealth while they struggle to survive, working as mercenaries and herding their cattle and raiding each other in frustration. Some forty clans squabble over the lands, a grand total of 35,000, where once there were many more. They worship Arakang and ErtelEnari?, the Bear King and Bear Mother, Kenstrata the Hunter (who ruled them in the Storm Age), and Daxdarius, who liberated them from the brutal Andam Horde. Their warrior nobles are known as hegemon, and they choose a leader (in theory) of the Arir, the Wanax, who is 'first among equals'. The current Wanax is Vanaxius Battle-Scar, who controls the ancient hill-fort Hamah, which controls an important trade route; the money from this gives him some extra leverage over his turbulent people. Many of his people, however, have assimilated into the other nations of Doblian. Vanaxius has a seat on the Satrap's council but tends to be rather obstructive of getting anything done.
The forests of the southwest and the Ventali River Valley are home to the proud warriors known as the Anadikki. They are storm worshippers, yet their pantheon is not that of the Orlanthi, who dislike them; the dislike is mutual. Tarumath the High Storm, his son Karumath the King, and his wife Brola the Queen rule over it. They are loyal to the Empire, and the Lunar way is growing among them. They are organized into clans of 800-1200 people, which tend to form tribes of 7-13 clans. Constant war with the Elves to the northwest and the trolls and hill barbarians to the south and south east has sapped their numbers but made the survivors stronger. Their High King, known as the Karm, Ulfigmath, delights in war and is known to be a priest of Karumath in his aspect as Darkness-Slayer. He hurls lightning in battle which strikes down creatures of darkness, such as trolls. He also sits on the Satrap's council. Some seven tribes, made up of 65 clans, number around 70,000 people.
Satrap Yan Kor Yan of the Yanoriaoilart clan rules this region in the name of the Red Emperor, since victory in a Dart War in 1575. He is Pelandan, but despite that, he draws more of his personal staff from the Carmanians of the satrapy, because their long rule of the area gives them more people with experience and it helps to defuse trouble with the Carmanians, who remain feared by most of the peoples of this region.
He is an initiate of Daxdarius the General and is Pelandan in culture, tall and strong with short black hair and olive skin. He is also initiated into the Seven Mothers as anyone who wants to be a Satrap must be, but people think he generally just pays lip service to the Lunar Faith and is more interested in his own culture's traditions. But he never *says* that. Indeed, it's hard to tell what he really wants beyond continuing to be in charge.
A strange land where the four magics are common under the Lunar Way and all peoples mix and meet in the shadow of the Red Moon, which stands high above its birthpoint, the Great Crater, which now is a huge lake ringed with strange mountains throw up when the Red Moon's core wrenched loose from the very earth and rose into the Middle Air with the Red Goddess. The Silver Proxy, chosen by the Red Emperor, rules this land for him; of late, though, he has become erratic and evasive and often vanishes into the streets of Glamour, leaving his subordinates to follow their own whims.
The land is bathed in a constant silvery glow which rises out of the crater and flows over the land like a mist, mixed with the red light of the moon. Nature is always placid where the glow spreads. Many Daimones of the Moon live across the land, helping out the locals and serving the Lunar Way.
The local populace is a mixture of Lunarized folk, Pelandans, and Dara Happans. The Dara Happans are mostly in the East and Glamour, the Pelandans in the central to western regions.
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