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  • Realm

    The Realm is the largest political state in Creation in the [[Fifth Age]]. It is based on the [[Blessed Isle]], which it holds in totality, and has other holdings in every part of creation, from the [[Neck]] in the West, to [[Whitewall]], the [[Linowan]] …

  • Threshold

    The Threshold is what those from the Blessed Isle call the lands under the Realm's control and on the other side of the Inland Sea. The political states in the Threshold include, starting in the True West and going clockwise: -The [[Neck]] under …

  • House Cathak

    Cathak is the third oldest extant House, Cathak himself having been born over six centuries ago. House Cathak has always had a military bent, although less exclusively so than their rivals, [[House Sesus]]. Cathak's militaristic streak has always been …

  • Lapland

    The Lap and the surrounding region make up the Lapland, a fertile strip of land at the northeastern base of the [[Cinderpeaks]]. The Lap is the breadbasket of the [[South]], and enjoys a number of grain harvests every year, exporting rice, wheat, …

  • South

    The True South is defined by the two opposite mountain chains, the [[Cinderpeaks]] and the [[Mountains of Summer]], that run in the west and the east respectively. To the west of the Cinderpeaks is volcano, marshes, steam vents and jungle, and to the east …

  • Delzhan

    The Delzhan are a nomadic people originally from the foothills to the south of [[Chiaroscuro]]. Like many tribes in the area, they made a living of shepherding and raiding, occasionally supplemented by artifact finds. Two hundred and fifty years ago, the …

  • Harborhead

    Harborhead is a nation east of the [[The Varangian Confederation | Varangian Confederation]] and south of [[Thorns]], reaching from the [[Inland Sea]] to the slopes of the [[Mountains of Summer]]. It is under the control of the [[Realm]], and specifically …

  • House Sesus

    House Sesus is the third-youngest of the [[Great Houses]], and the majority of its members are Fire-aspects. They are an ambitious House, and have carved a name for themselves as a militaristic and ruthless House, which has served them well in garnering …

  • House V'neef

    V'neef is the youngest of the [[Great Houses]], and as was her general method for keeping nascent Houses alive, the [[Scarlet Empress]] showered the House with favor and protection. This of course angered the older Houses, as it always did, but it did …

  • Great Houses

    The Great Houses are the descendants of the [[Scarlet Empress]], with each House taking its name from her children. In chronological order: -[[House Iselsi]] -[[House Tepet]] -[[House Cathak]] -[[House Ragara]] -[[House Ledaal]] -[[House Cynis …

  • House Iselsi

    House Iselsi is broken and disgraced. It has no holdings, no military, and no navy. It collects no tribute. It exists at all only at the kindness and compassion of the [[Mouth of Peace]], and so it is no surprise that a great many Iselsi become [[ …

  • Amber Succession

    The Amber Succession is an on-going situation involving the question of the next [[Tri-Khan]]. Tri-Khan [[:urahim-iv | Urahim IV]] is in his late 70's, and from a line not known for longevity. His firstborn son, [[:yahsim | Yahsim]], was brave, capable in …

  • House Tepet

    House Tepet was, until recently, at the forefront of the [[Scarlet Succession]]. Respected by all the other [[Great Houses]], even those that hated them, accomplished in the military, publicly devout and upright, and with enough scholars in their ranks to …

  • An-Teng

    [[File:382029 | class=media-item-align-none | tumblr_modyhgrkev1qhttpto2_1280.jpg]] An-Teng is a kingdom in the [[Southwest]], and a loyal satrap of the [[Realm]]. It is a rich land, and a highly desirable assignment for young officers from the [[ …

  • Linowan

    A noble but war-like people of the [[Northeast]], staunch allies of the [[Realm]] and eternal enemies of [[Halta]]. They look very similar to Powhatan tribes, but with pine-green hair. They are master carpenters and know the rivers like nobody else, …

  • Scarlet Empress

    The Scarlet Empress was the [[Dragon-blooded]] founder and sovereign of the [[Realm]]. She saved Creation during the [[Summer of Falling Petals]], driving back the Fair Folk armies with the [[Sword of Creation]]. Afterwards, she founded the Realm, a …

  • Immaculate Order

    The Immaculate Order is the organized clergy of the [[Realm]], preserving and leading the [[Immaculate Philosophy]]. The Order teaches the supremacy of the [[Dragon-blooded]] over mortals and [[gods]] alike, but of course, like most functions of the Realm …

  • Bull of the North

    An Anathema of the far [[Northeast]], of the Ice-Walker tribe. He shattered the legions of [[House Tepet]] a year ago, in league with the Fair Folk and the savages of [[Halta]]. With his victory, it's only a matter of time before he menaces the Realm's …

  • Halta

    The Haltans are a race of tree-dwelling savages, who worship animals and make dark deals with the [[Fair Folk]]. They are eternally at war with the [[Realm]]'s allies, the [[Linowan]] Nation.

  • Sijan

    Sijan is a small city of perhaps 100,000 in the [[East]]. It was once part of the [[Confederation of Rivers]] but is now under the control of the [[Realm]]. The city itself insists on neutrality in regards to its main enterprise, however, which is the …

  • House Mnemon

    House Mnemon is the 7th-oldest of the [[Great Houses]], and has a strong tendency towards [[Earth-aspect]]s. [[:mnemon | Mnemon]], herself an Earth-aspect, proved to be an exceptional child on a number of fronts, but showed true interest in [[sorcery]]. …

  • Immaculate Philosophy

    The Immaculate Philosophy is the dominant religion of the [[Realm]] and is maintained by the Monks of the [[Immaculate Order]]. The Immaculate Philosophy teaches that as each life passes, it is judged on its virtues, including its humility and …

  • Imperial City

    The Imperial City is the capital of the [[Realm]], and possibly the largest city in [[Creation]]. It is certainly the richest. Home to the [[Imperial Manse]], the seat of the Scarlet Throne, as well as the mansions of the [[Great Houses]] and the [[ …

  • Lost Egg

    In [[Realm]] vernacular, a Lost Egg is a [[Dragon-blooded]] from a non-[[Great Houses | Dynastic]] family or from the [[Threshold]]. The Realm has always insisted that all such children be brought to their attention immediately, so that they can be …

  • House Nellens

    House Nellens is the second-youngest of the [[Great Houses]] and has the distinction/shame of being the only House founded by a mortal. Around A5 570, the [[Scarlet Empress]] took as a consort an ordinary mortal man, a patrician named [[Nellens]]. …

  • Lintha

    The Lintha are a pirate nation that have hunted ships in the [[Southwest]] for centuries. They make berth in a floating wooden city called [[Bluehaven]]. Recently they have launched audacious attacks against even the armored [[trireme]]s of the [[Fire …

  • Bluehaven

    [[File:380802 | class=media-item-align-none | water_city_concept_by_jjpeabody-d7og6ob.jpg]] The capital of the [[Lintha]], Bluehaven is a floating wooden fortress of flotsam and derelict ships, deep in a rocky, Sargasso and mist-shrouded section of …

  • Thousand Scales

    The Thousand Scales is the bureaucratic arm of the [[Realm]], comprising a veritable army of secretaries, scribes, translators, scholars, accountants, lawyers, diplomats, traders, magistrates, tax-collectors, appraisors, judges, and every other position …

  • Djala

    A race of white skinned people with black spots from the south. The perennial underclass in throughout most Southern nations, the Delzhan Empire being no exception. [[File:381665 | class=media-item-align-none | Faka_Revised.gif]]

  • Gem

    [[File:381667 | class=media-item-align-none | one_speed_painting_1_by_dawnpu-d7870v1.jpg]] Gem is a city in the deep [[South]], near the borders of the [[Wyld]] and at the end of the [[Dusty Road]]. It sprung up around sixty years ago, when an …

  • Paragon

    [[File:381663 | class=media-item-align-none | tumblr_nb2qb66kUq1rs7ih6o1_1280.jpg]] Paragon is a city-state in the [[South]], an ally of the realm, and ruled completely by a man known as [[:the-perfect-of-paragon | the Perfect]]. It pays tribute to [[ …

  • Mouth of Peace

    The Mouth of Peace is an office, the spiritual leader of the [[Immaculate Order]], living within the [[Palace Sublime]], a powerful [[manse]] in the [[Imperial City]]. The current Mouth of Peace is [[Ragara Yu-Soon]], an elder [[Wood-aspect]].

  • House Cynis

    House Cynis is infamous among other Dynasts. Merely being friends with a Cynis, particularly during secondary school years, is seen as a mark of corruption and degeneracy. The Cynis don't seem to mind this reputation much; at least it keeps the [[ …

  • House Ledaal

    House Ledaal has long lived in the shadow of its senior [[Air-aspect]]ed lineage, [[House Tepet]]. They have played the role of sidekick for centuries, up to and including a vigorous support of the Tepet [[Scarlet Succession | claim to the Scarlet Throne …

  • Ispata Kamala

    [[File:382077 | class=media-item-align-none | cairo_market_place_by_jonathandufresne-d79czru.jpg]] The capital of [[An-Teng]], located at the border of the [[Middle Kingdom]] and the [[Flatlands | Flatlands]], it is a major trading port and has a …

  • Tepet Arada

    [[File:382996 | class=media-item-align-none | Tepet_Arada_by_MelUran.jpg]] Tepet Arada was the leading candidate to replace the [[Scarlet Succession]] until recently. A venerable and accomplished general, he marched in the [[Northeast]] to crush the …

  • Ummah al-Arishaakh

    Ummah al-Arishaakh, meaning _Nation of the Blessed_ is a large tribe of [[Delzhan | Delzhan]] nomads that occupy a general area between Dry Rock and the edges of Creation. They are particularly stubborn about making their homes in places considered …

  • Army of Ten Thousand Dragons

    The military might of the [[Realm]], the Army includes all Common Legions plus, at least nominally, all [[Great Houses | House Legions]]. In recent years, the reality has been that the Houses ween away their best officers, troops and supplies to their …

  • Council of Four

    The ruling body of [[Dryharbor]], composed of [[:effendi-za-al-haffa | Effendi Za'al'haffa]], [[:jethohanna | Jethohanna]], [[:ledaal-gallius | Ledaal Gallius]], and [[:yu-tian | Yu-Tian]]. They meet at [[Pilgrim's Hall]] every Monday, [[Marday]], and [[ …

  • Elad

    [[File:406530 | class=media-item-align-none | cherry_o_baby_by_zigbone-d2xj9yv.jpg]] The first wife of the late [[Tri-Khan]], [[:urahim-iv | Urahim IV]], and the mother of [[:wazhu | Wazhu]] and [[:yahsim | Yahsim]].

  • The Varangian Confederation

    The Varangian Confederation lies between the [[Delzhan]] Empire and [[Harborhead]], with its northern border along the coast of the [[Inland Sea | Inland Sea]], and its southern border bounded by the [[Breadroad]]. The Confederation is made of a few …

  • The Old Man

    An island city-state, the largest on the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], build on the back of an enormous and ancient [[ha-pto | ha-pto]]. With a population of over twenty thousand, it is a major port and has a sizable navy - who are often accused of piracy by its …

  • Phorsycian League

    A coalition of islands within the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], they pool their defenses to curb raiding, and unofficially to engage in raiding on those who have not joined the League - particularly the [[Pontusian Alliance]]. Members include: [[Ti'amah]] [[ …

  • Pontusian Alliance

    A political entity comprising various island-states along the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], the Alliance formed largely in response to the formation of the [[Phorsycian League | Phorsycian League]] some forty years ago. Or at least so they claim. Those outside of the …

  • The Singer

    The Singer is a [[ha-pto | ha-pto]], unique among its kind for the distinct and deep wailing it emits every full moon, which is actually quite pleasing and first attracted sailors to its back. A town has sat on it for the past few hundred years, now with …

  • Din Bh'pei

    An archipelago on the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]] and one of the leading members of the [[Pontusian Alliance | Pontusian Alliance]]. Ruled over by the goddess [[:rin-gao | Rin-Gao]], its people are prosperous and capable in both battle and on a ship. It does a …

  • In'qia'ta

    A species of shellfish native to the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], it resembles a lobster in most respects, with an extra pair of claws and averaging about five feet long and over fifty pounds. It is a rare delicacy and savored by nobles throughout the [[South]]; …

  • Delzhan Fashion

    Delzhan fashion is emulated throughout the [[South | South]], being the single largest political entity and home to [[Chiaroscuro | Chiaroscuro]], probably the most cosmopolitan city in Creation after the Imperial City itself. Delzhan men like to wear …

  • Azh'hal

    An island along the [[Inner Ring | Inner Ring]]'s shores, and a member of the [[Pontusian Alliance]]. With one main port and a half dozen towns spread across the island, it is a fairly well populated island, with as many as 15,000 souls. It is known for …

  • Funeral Rites

    Funeral rites throughout most of the civilized corners of [[Creation]] tend to follow a similar pattern, based on [[Realm]] practices. The body is cremated, and then the ashes are placed in a ceremonial urn, which is placed for five days with images of …

  • Holidays

    The many peoples of [[Creation]] celebrate a large and often bewildering variety of regional and national holidays, from the [[Lintha | Festival of Kimberry]] of [[Bluehaven]], to the [[:the-pale-mistress | Lighting of the Darkness]] in [[An-Teng]], to …

  • Balial

    An island nation near the [[Straits of Azh'hal]], with a sizable population and a respected navy. Ruled over by the twin gods [[:yu-tsiang-and-yu-haxao | Yu-Tsiang and Yu-Haxao]], Balial has recently shaken up the Tsu-Dianese political landscape by …

  • Food of the South

    The many peoples of the [[South]] enjoy a wide variety of dishes, but they have in common a tendency toward strong flavors, with a large amount of spice, and a fondness for sweetness. Honeyed locusts and chili peppers are common street food, and lamb …

  • Por'bhat

    An island nation in the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], and a founding member of the [[Phorsycian League]]. Home to a moderate navy that has had mixed success in the [[Tsu-Dianese Wars]], and a failing fishing industry. The island is ruled by a [[Rakshasa]] named [[: …

  • Southwest

    The Southwest is a verdant region of high mountains, the western portion of the [[Cinderpeaks]], whose eastern slopes descend down into dense jungles and bayous further south. Off the coast are a series of volcanic islands that are home to a few …

  • Marakun

    A nomadic people living a bit to the southeast of [[Thorns | Thorns]]. They are known as master horse-riders and breeders, and are under the rule of [[House Sesus]], who use them as scouts and light cavalry.

  • Knob

    The Knob refers to the horn of land north of [[An-Teng]] and west of [[Lapland | the Lap]]. It is home to a few dozen small fiefdoms, all of which are under the control of the [[Realm]] in varying capacities. [[House Mnemon]], [[House Ledaal]], [[House …

  • Pets

    The great majority of people of the [[South]] tend to have little use for animals who sit around and don't contribute. Between thirst, taxation, bandits and slavers, they have enough to worry about without taking care of some useless animal. With that …

  • Realm Fashion

    The Realm's fashions are heavily influenced by their Dragon-Blooded masters, but strong sumptuary laws protect against certain styles that would bring mortals too close to the majesty of their masters. For example: a brief fashion in Cainis' teenage years …

  • Realm Food and Drink

    Realm food and drink varies largely by region and draws upon neighboring cultures for inspiration. On The Blessed Isle, seafood is very common, including a shellfish-and-rice dish. Noodles, a Third Age invention, are eaten mostly by the upper class, and …

  • Reaping of Saturn

    The 21st of [[Resplendent Earth]]. On the evening of the Reaping of Saturn, ghosts are said to wander Creation, their tethers loosened. Flying specters in service to the Grim Maiden are said to whisk off unwary travelers and take them to an early grave …

  • Merutian

    "Merutian" refers to anyone or anything from the [[Blessed Isle | Blessed Isle]]. The name comes from Mount Meru, now known as the [[Imperial Mountain | Imperial Mountain]].

  • Ummah al-Jheetani

    A powerful tribe that ruled [[Chiaroscuro]] before the [[Kha-Khan|Kha-Khan's]] armies took the city some 250 years ago, they remain an important player in national politics, and to ease growing tensions a few decades ago, [[:urahim-iv | Urahim IV]] …

  • Bhangazai

    The furthest southern point of [[Delzhan]] power, ruled by [[:effendi-ai-halla | Effendi Ai'halla]]. It has a population of some 6,000. It is an important base for the relatively small Delzhan navy, and sees some trade as well. As the furthest point …

  • Ummah al-Bhangaz

    An odd tribe within the [[Delzhan|Delzhan Empire]], they inhabit a small string of islands in the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei | Tsu-Dian-Pei]], the largest being [[Bhangazai | Bhangazai]]. Numbering some ten thousand, they hold disproportionate power within the Empire …

  • Bijan Son of Biju

    The [[Shayanti]] have a fearsome reputation even in the war-like nation of [[Harborhead]], inhabiting the southernmost reaches of the country, in the [[Mountains of Summer]]. Although they are the least numerous of the five tribes, which might imply …

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