The Hammer of the Church of Order

Major Cities: Fjalar 50, 000, Jershemish 50,000

Population: 750,000

Languages: Vulgate Inzhari, Idenic, some Sydenic

Religion: Church of Savar-Strict Adherent

Established: 1800 years previous by conquest by Inzhar, freed 450 YBP by Savarid, Declared Independence in 450.

Landmarks of note: Sir Eason’s Castle. The Cathedral at Fjalar

History: The Lords of Ravos are a nation comprised of many bloodlines—much like the Thunarkans to the north—their perennial adversaries on the continent. Ravos has been the sight of as many battles as Oleskant and suffered even more greatly in the direct punitive missions of Inzhar. Jershamish was sacked twelve times over the Millennium—and as it claims itself as the birthplace of St. Udun—this is a sacrilegious act of the first order. The eventual liberation by the Savarid Empire was heralded with open arms by the Ravosians, and they wholesale converted to the faith of Savari. More than that they immediately instituted a pogrom against all chaos and balance worship in their country. In their laws the worship of chaos and the balance are punishable by torture and death. Now the land is fertile, the Cities have been rebuilt and the church is stronger her than anywhere else. The Issuance of the Memorando Ecclesiastes—is music to the ears of the Ravosians. Now not only the Knights of the Nine orders ride to protect the world against the evil of chaos and the mistakes of beast worship—they can also strike against the perverters of the faith who tolerate such things.

Ethnography: Ravosians are Gol, First peoples, Sydenie, Inzhari Legion and most recently of all—Savarid. They encompass all skin colours and bloodlines. They may be of any build or hair colour.  The rainy wave lashed coasts contrast with hot dry interiors and the Ravos are at best staid at worst humourless fanatics. Faith is huge here—buildings marked with the Signs of the Savar, the architecture largely uninspired in their more utilitarian buildings is rapturous and completely overdone on religious structures. The Ravosians themselves tend to dress in subdued and dark colours. There is a cultural predisposition towards laconic speech and inexpressive character. Music is ceremonial. Celebrations are marked with reserve but good cheer. Gender roles are set and largely unchangeable. Family names are given first, then individual names. The Church has its own arm of inquisitors and enforcers called the Palatines. They investigate heresy and prosecute it as well. Even the noble class is not immune to this pressure.

Geography: Ravos has a wet cool shore where it faces the Sea of Good Favour, and dryer and hotter in the interior. The land is largely plains and wet coastal forest that has been diligently turned to agricultural purposes. In places the farmland has become ugly with the sheer utilitarian use found in the place. Roads in Ravos run precisely North/South or precisely East West. Town layout follow as familiar a plan—a grid.

Fauna: The plains are known for their hunting dogs---huge packs of up to 100 dogs will hunt down and kill any thing that crosses their path. Also known here are the King Eagles—huge birds of prey that can and do occasionally prey on human beings. Cattle, horses and sheep are also raised inland by landed nobles and their tenants.

Economy: Ravos has built its wealth up through agriculture and hard work. The feudal Lords play their tribute to their Dukes and Marquises and they in turn to the Earls and in turn to the King. The King is both the head of state and the head of the Church and in that manner only reports to the High See in Savari—and even then as more or less an equal.

Head of State: King and High Cardinal Guirod Do Vanez

State Type: Feudal Kingdom

Standard Arms: Broadsword, Shield, Morning Star Shield, lance, plate and mail amongst nobles. Blades longer than one foot are illegal for any but the noble classes or those under employ with the noble classes and carry a writ.