All are playthings of Fate until they bond together
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All are playthings of Fate until they bond together
Today, I will write on the island country Daeryn, a poor country with no ability to take care of its people.
Daeryn is wet, cold, and miserable. Thousands of years ago, it was connected to Shurca, but it broke off after an intense earthquake. The country makes very little money, and the money it makes is from traveling merchants that have sworn to serve Ancia, and the majority of the profit is given back to the church. The people of Daeryn are in constant famine, and eat small animals that don't have much nutritional value due to desperation.
The country is a theocracy, its ruler is a church led by Clergyman Sashma, Sashma refuses to help the starving people of Daeryn because he believes that the goddess Ancia lets those people die if they are meant to die. Daeryn is truly isolated from the other countries of Seinara, it has no enemies or allies, and because Daeryn is very poor, there isn't a particular reason to make a partnership with them. There are only people living in Daeryn because they were born there and raised to believe that they were born to be servants of the temple until they die.
The only stand out thing in Daeryn is the temple, called the Caelum Sanctum. It is essentially a skyscraper with an altar at the top. Each level of the tower has blessed water flowing through it, and it is said that those with pure hearts and holy intentions can drink from it and then ascend the rest of the tower without any difficulty. The altar is restricted to visitors, only those who give offerings to the church may enter and pray at Ancia's altar. The Caelum Sanctum is considered the most tranquil and beautiful spot in all of Seinara, but few can go to the top of the tower and back down without serious and unhealthy physical stress. Many Daeryns stealthily slip inside the tower, hoping that they can pray to Ancia and be blessed with food, but they are too malnourished to reach the top.
There are no playable Daeryn characters, the only notable Daeryn is Sashma.
Today's spotlight will shine on Duchess Yerilla's native land, Kestra! Kestra is home to any able to afford it (which is not cheap o_o) It is bordering Riese, an ally, Nykos, with whom it has a mutual distaste of, Shurca, a trade partner, and Maya, a desert wasteland with little to no population.
Kestra is an aristocracy, and the dukes, duchesses, and councilors are extremely powerful because of the country's wealth. They do not have much of a military force, though, because most Kestrans are pacifists or value their lives over their country. This is why they are allied with Riese: Riese sends them skilled mercenaries to protect the Northern Kestran border, and in exchange, Kestra gives a large sum of money to Riese each year, like an annual mercenary fee and a payment for Riese's loyalty.
It is damp and hot, which is perfect for many herbs and flowering plants. The flora that grow there are sold an an extremely high price, due to their multiple uses, such as tome page paper, medicinal use (vulneraries, elixirs, salves, etc.), and simply aesthetic pleasure. This makes Kestra a very rich country, the richest on the continent, in fact, and those who live there pay hefty taxes with pride. Some who live outside of Kestra question the quantity of plants, because those types of plants should not grow in such abundance naturally, but the people of Kestra don't look into it, because they'd prefer to keep the moneymaking plants in high supply.
There are very few children, because most Kestrans are older, and have built up the wealth to not only live there, but set up a spot where they can cultivate plants and sell them, which takes time and money that they would otherwise have to use on kids.
Kestra is not openly religious.
Kestra is one of the only countries that has wyverns, who live on misty mountains that separate Northwest Kestra from Southwest Nykos.
Kestran playable characters: Yerilla, Harley
Today's country spotlight is on Tryst, the rural ungoverned country above Lyrouche.
Tryst, as previously stated, has no government. This is not due to chaos and rebellion, but actually a lack thereof. Tryst's citizens are not interested in their country, they are only interested in farming and making money off of their produce. They leave each other alone, and so, despite the lonely lives the people there live, there aren't wars and other countries really have no desire to take the land because all it's good for is farming. Additionally, some military forces are afraid of striking Tryst, for it is the only country that does not enforce the removal of shape-shifting beasts, and so these creatures roam the area and defend their territory with ferocity.
The area has a temperate climate, and it has many thick forests. The trees in Tryst are the oldest on the continent, some have existed longer than people are estimated to have began living on the continent of Seinara. These trees are not touched by the population, as they are superstitious and believe that damaging the ancient trees will result in the death of livestock.
Tryst has no consistent religion, although there are rumors of a cult worshiping the dark god Larces and killing farmers' livestock in sacrificial ceremonies. Unfortunately, Trystans do not bother with helping others, they live very individual lifestyles, and so no one has sought out this possible cult to stop them.
There are no playable or notable Trystan characters.
Here, I have work I have previously posted on Serenes Forest, but it may be new to some readers. There will be a few Weekly Country Spotlights that will be similar or identical to the Serenes Forest content I posted, but there are a few countries I have not written about, and I will toss them into the mix as well. The first country I will be writing on is "the good guys" country, Lyrouche.
Lyrouche is a monarchy, the current king is Lord Firos, who's daughter, Syllish, was to inherit the throne when she turned twenty, but at twelve she was put in a coma from the Empirion incident. The Empirion is the country's national treasure, a powerful crystal housed inside the castle and guarded by the royal sage.
The culture in Lyrouche is simple, but they do hold a prejudice against shifters, because Lyrouche is not the native home of any type of shifter (laguz). Most shifters avoid government when they can, so anarchies and free regions like Tryst are preferred in comparison to more strict, government focused countries, such as Lyrouche.
The country largely believes in Ancia, the goddess of control and light. Lyrouche isn't focused on religion, but again, most do believe in the goddess, and those who worship Larces are usually ignored, treated poorly, or in some serious cases, imprisoned.
Lyrouche has a bit of a god complex, as it has the most power and believes itself to be the most morally sound, as well as the best generally, of the Seinaran governments, making negotiations with Lyrouche painful and long, as they demand too much and return too little simply because they believe they are superior to the other countries. This is why they don't really have allies, they have countries who deal with them, like Riese, Kestra, and Shurca, and countries that fight back or pick fights themselves, like Nykos and Nicholas.
Royal knights of Lyrouche are considered the best in the continent, and because there is an abundance of troops due to common patriotism (or you could say egotism) and a rather large population, soldiers are occasionally rejected for not fitting the mold. The current captain of the royal guard, Gill, maintains strict control over these men and women, and demands only their best for the royal family.
Hawkinson is a village near the capital that is small, humble, and most noteworthy, the home of Taren, Tenn, Tyken, and Annika. It tends to attract those who are lost or wandering, and it's homely and plain appearance also makes it a prime bandit target. Unfortunately, Hawkinson villagers must fend for themselves, as the capital doesn't really care what happens to poorer communities like Hawkinson, as they don't make the capital much money.
Lyrouchi playable characters: Taren, Tenn, Tyken, Annika, Gill, Karti, Schall, Simon, Ramona, Shel, Michael, Pim, Gwenivere
I am a recent high school grad who really should have better things to do. I have a passion for world building, video games (especially FE), and writing. I also enjoy music, doodling, and avoiding socializing :\