Kalinor

 

Government: Absolute Monarchy

Religion: Pantheos

Population: Predominately human, with a larger number of elves in the east and many halfling villages in the south.

Terrain: Fertile, and quite flat. Some regions of hills, and large forests 
approaching the north-east

Magic: 
Magic is treated as a trade in Kalinor, although a highly valued one. 
There are two small schools dedicated to teaching magic, but most mages in Kalinor learn their craft by apprenticing with a more learned one. Most nobles have one or more mages in their courts, and some are mages themselves if they have the time and aptitude to learn. The Kalinoran king pays for the training of a small cohort of wizards for his personal use, as well. There has never been much suspicion about sorcerers in Kalinor’s past, and so in times of sorcerer-killing or cult-hunting elsewhere sorcerers have fled to Kalinor for protection and safety. This has resulted in Kalinor having a slightly greater number of these folk than normal, as the bloodlines have persisted.

General Information:
-Capital: Lorvaston.
-Heavily centralised state, with the barons having little authority outside the king.
-One of the most powerful kingdoms in Terras.
-The aristocracy pass their land to the king upon their death, who acts as the executor of the deceased's will and takes a cut of their wealth before passing the rest to their designated heir (usually).

History: Kalinor was founded 80 years ago in 3244 AR by George Windas, the Fireslayer- a draconic sorcerer who won the loyalty of many of the common folk by slaying a powerful, marauding dragon and gaining its power. He used the loyalty of the commons to raise an army and conquer the kingdom of Lorvas and the surrounding baronies.  George heavily centralized his new kingdom, depriving the fractious and abusive barons of much of their power and authority and placing it with the crown. He also had many of the barons executed and replaced them with his own, loyal followers. King George became widely renowned for his fair and just rule, and he reigned for 20 years in peace and prosperity. He retained the love of the smallfolk for his whole reign, throwing lavish festivals on his many travels throughout the land.

Problems began when he died, leaving behind only two sons to carry on his legacy. His eldest son Loren faced stiff resistance from the aristocracy as he took the throne. Loren exhibited no sorcerous powers, and was thus thought by many to be an ill-fitting heir to his magical father. His younger brother John, on the other hand, was an adept spell-caster and beloved by many as a kind and gallant knight. With the aristocracy and many commoners rumbling that the younger should succeed as king, Loren arranged a demonstration of his dominance. At the tournament that celebrated his coronation, Loren spent lavishly to show that he was worthy of the crown. But John was a skilled jouster- and unhorsed many famous knights, winning the place of tourney champion. Loren was enraged, and instead of crowning John champion, he ordered for his own brother's arrest. John was clasped in chains and hurried to the dungeons as the smallfolk rioted. Filled with rage, they overcame Loren's personal guard and killed the king himself. John was no more fortunate- being executed by panicked guards before his allies could reach him. When the fires of disorder were finally quelled, the late King George's widow Maria was the one who sat on the throne as the Dowager Queen Regent, governing with a council of nobles until a new king could be chosen. It was decided then that forevermore, a sorceror would succeed any other claim, despite usual inheritance laws. However, a new post was created- the Grand Regent- who ruled behind the king and advised him, theoretically bearing a great deal of power behind the throne.

Dowager Queen Maria ruled as the first Grand Regent- acting as king until the adolescent children of Loren and John could grow old enough to rule on their own, or exhibit sorcerous powers. Five years later in 3269 , one did- Mary, eldest daughter of Loren. A girl of 16, Mary became the first Queen of Kalinor, with her grandmother maintaining an advisory position as the Grand Regent. Mary ruled with passing ability for most of her thirteen years on the throne, although she was ever a bookish person who was hopeless at politics. While her ideas were grand, she lacked the skill to mobilize the aristocracy or the smallfolk in her support. The death of her grandmother and mother in 3270 left her politically isolated, and it only took two years of weak rule and frequent noble rebellions before she "willingly" abdicated the throne, ceding the crown to her younger brother Arthur, who was not a sorceror but enjoyed a great deal of support from the aristocracy in Lorvaston. 

Arthur ruled for ten years, and after his passing in 3280 from a strange illness (that many suspected was dark magic), his eldest son was crowned without trouble. Problems arose shortly though, for the new King Gallert the Gallant was not a sorceror, but was a valiant and famed knight. A year and three months into his reign, however, the youngest of his four siblings- Loren- manifested sorcerous powers at age 17. The law dictated that Gallert abdicate the throne in place of his brother, but he was an arrogant man, and refused. He ordered that Loren and his supporters be arrested for treason, but they fled Lorvaston and rallied barons, knights and commoners to their cause. A war broke out, the first and only civil war in Kalinor's history, as supporters of Loren and Gallert warred for supremacy and to settle age-old disputes. The land was torn apart, until eventually Loren slew Gallert with his magic and took the crown. But he made a concession to Gallert's allies- he rewrote the law, dictating that sorcerous power only takes precedence when the power has already manifested itself. Never again would a king be forced to abdicate for a sibling sorceror.

While the land took decades to pacify and re-unite, Loren II proved himself a wise and just- if stern- king as he ruled for 24 years. In 3308 he was succeeded by his middle daughter, Sarah, who was a sorceror herself. Her son- John II- is currently the ruling king of Kalinor, and has resided over a peaceful land for eight prosperous years. 

 

Kalinor

The Fall of Moldar- Orc Campaign LiamMansbridge