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Corvenia

"A land where magic is as common as water and almost as valuable."
- Karadess Allin, Arch Bishop of Carrikos

Sunset over the Trackless Mire, Corvenia

Corvenia - Locator Map

Proper Name The Commonwealth of Corvenia
Ruler His Enlightened Authority, Speaker for the High Council Lord Querias Taun, the Renowned Teacher of the Light
Population 6,842,000
Population Density 18 people per square kilometer
(46 people per square mile)
Demographics Human 74%, Grum 10%, Elven 6%, Saurian 6%, Avarian 2%, Ogre 1%, Baenite 1%
Adjectival/Demonym Corvenian/Corvenians
Languages Corven 70%, Northern 25%, Sauric 5%
Capital City Zesrun (Population: 63,400)
National Colors Blue and white.
Year Founded 566
Currency Corvenian crystals.
Natural Resources and Manufactured Goods Lumber, herbs, spices, oil, sulfur, tar, hay, freshwater fish, freshwater crab, oysters, yams, chickens, hogs, fur.
Wealth Above Average
Government Type Democracy
Government Stability Stable
Allies Arkalia, Khenshire
Enemies None
Technology Level Dark Ages
Primary Religion Imarus
Other Religions Barrinor, Vorkayne, Semorjon, Sarreth, Kael, Mireldokar, Daramis, Farzak, Drenmoragin, Kolo, Erylon
Climate Temperate
Total Land Area 385,000 square kilometers
(148,650 square miles)
Arable Land 28%
Terrain Forest, grassland and swamp
Corvenia - Detail Map

Description

Corvenia is the nation of "natural" wizards. They have been called "psionic" mages, although their power is not psionic in the traditional sense of the word. The corvenians wield raw essence, just as normal wizards do. They only access the power in a different way. Rather than memorizing long spells and spending years studying, corvenains wield magic as an extension of their own minds. The ability to manipulate the magical energy field has developed genetically within corvenians. The corvenians treat magic as an art form, rather than a science of skill. For them, essence is an extension of life. It is for this reason that virtually all corvenians are capable of wielding magic. Those of mixed heritage tend to be less powerful than their true blood cousins.

Geography

Corvenia is a land of grassy lands bordered on the west by Cauldron Lake and the Trackless Mire and on the north by the Captured Sea. Southern Corvenia is hilly with numerous small brooks flowing in the Mire.

Notable Fauna and Flora

Because of its proximity to the Trackless Mire, much of western Corvenia is wetlands. Within the Mire, snakes, waterfowl, insects and ebrin are common. There are some reports of a gumric near the center although these are unconfirmed. Corvenians are able to obtain hundreds of useful and edible plants, herbs and flowers from the Trackless Mire. A number of deathgrip trees can also be found in the Mire.

History

Corvenia formed from a radical splinter group of mages as a direct result of the Sundering and the Great War. This group broke from traditional magical theory with wild proclamations and ideas. They fled during the Great War and founded a tiny nation on the shores of Cauldron Lake. Despite the catastophic landquake and subsequent flooding that resulting in the appearance of the Captured Sea, this nation has managed to survive and prosper, mainly due to their inherent magical ability.

Government

Corvenian government is much like Carrikos. The government and culture are focused on magic. However, instead of a church, a guild of spellcasters is the government. A single council of twelve members has total control. New members are appointed by the council. Membership is three year terms. This council is led by the speaker, Lord Querias Taun.

Legal System

Magic is used extensively to determine facts, truth, past events, etc. While the corvenians have been called a weak and squeamish people, they tend to favor harsh punishment for heresy against their beliefs on magic. They are especially hard on priests and mages from other nations.

Military

Military consists entirely of battle trained mages. They patrol the city in groups of three called "triads". Triads wear distinctive uniforms and fight with both spells and blades. They also serve as surrogate priests in that they offer counseling and words of wisdom. They frequently use their magic to aid the community in small ways. Every village has at least one triad serving it.

Economy

A strong economy exists in magical materials, herbs, fish, etc. Corvenia has limited resources of quarried stone, metals, weapons, armor and imports these items.

Culture

Corvenian prostitutes use magic to subtly alter and enhance their appearance. Because of this, their skin is always firm and supple, their makeup is always perfect, their scent is always alluring. They have a reputation for being vastly superior to others and they are highly sought after.

Corvenian Cuisine

Corvenian dishes take advantage of many of the unique plants and animals of the wetlands of the Trackless Mire. This includes the corvenian sweet grass, tirrania, globjules and turflas. The quintessential corvenian dish is kijara, a rich stew made from beef, sliced yams and sliced turflas (a large, nutty tasting fungi) both of which grow in abundance at the edges of the great swamp.

Magic

The Corvenians have a totally different view of magic. To them, magic is an extension of life, as natural as breathing. They all have the gift, young and old, clever and dim. Magic is everywhere in Corvenia, in every facet of society. This very fact is Corvenia’s weakness. Corvenian magic is too common. It has become weak, shallow and diluted. They rely on their pretty tricks and spells. Perhaps too much so, because Corvenians don’t last long in a fight. Corvenians are mostly human although a handful of other races have infiltrated and successfully interbred. They too have the gift of corvenian magic. Corvenian magic is simple to learn for those who have Corvenian blood, but not very powerful for most who learn it. This weak corvenian magic is used commonly in everyday situations - cooking, cleaning, repairs, security, construction and even  art. Most corvenians never achieve the kind of sheer power that Carrikos is famous for. This may be due to culture, hereditary or may simple be a limitation of their kind of magic. In any case, most corvenians are not greedy and do not pursue wealth and power. There have been exceptions though.

Towns

Name Population Notes
Thunder Falls 18,500 This large city sits next to the legendary waterfall for which it is named. The city makes good money operating ferries back and forth across its basin. These ferries are used heavily in trade and recreation, and provide a beautiful view of the falls.
William's Gate 14,800 This small, but fast-growing city lies south of Zesrun bordering grumman lands.
Round Hill 12,200 This heavily fortified city sits at the edge of the Trackless Mire and protects all of the villages that lie near and within that swamp.
Mire 8,100 Mire is a small city built on a patch of dry land in the Trackless Mire. Some Corvenians feel the pulse of magic in life and so wish to be close to the dense life energy that is found in the swamp. Others seek the rare herbs and plant life that can be gathered only deep in the wetlands.
Bogtown 6,600 Bogtown sits at the mouth of the Koskin River in a deep part of the Trackless Mire.The entire city sits on wooden stilts and platforms. Rope bridges connect separate platform "islands" and tree houses to the main town. Narrow rafts specially designed for navigating the bog is the primary method of transportation. The north side of Bogtown forms into several docks that stretch out into the harbor.

Villages (Population less than 1,000)

Burcham, Drenth, Elbrun, Feller, Galusa, Harbin, Hyne, Jessel, Kirjath, Marsh Hill, Muck, Riverwood, Sadkin, Shadizar, Shynar, Slagmire

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