A Kingdom of Eastern Terath.
Leader: The Triumvirate: a council consisting of the Sovereign Ambassador, Sovereign General, and Sovereign Scholar
Princess Maria Pretia: Named Sovereign Ambassador, Maria is the second child of the late Queen Isme and her first husband Oswald and viewed as most likely to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Astute, wise and thoughtful, Maria is regularly found acting as a diplomat at the court in Rhoum. She was named the Keeper of Lists by High Queen Embla after the War of Kings, and acts as one of the Stewards Pro Tempore of the Broken City until a new Steward of Rhoum can be named.
Prince Hector Pretia: Oldest child of Isme and Oswald, Hector is the Sovereign General of Chindius. Fond of war games and weaponry, Hector keeps the royal army and navy in a state of constant readiness, though they are usually occupied with civic building projects. Hector has been known to hire adventuring parties to retrieve rare or famous weaponry for his personal collection. Hector is married to Yasmine of the Creon Noble Family of Myzentius, and has a young daughter and son, Quinna & Osvaldo, upon whom he dotes.
Prince Eben Pretia: Only son of the late Queen Isme and her second husband, Alvar, Eben is the Sovereign Scholar of Chindius. Educated at the University of Astreas in Ethlinspire, Eben often finds himself responsible for smoothing over diplomatic hiccups between the two countries. He has little interest in anything but academia and is fiercely loyal to his half-siblings.
Other Historic/Notable Figures
Isme Pretia (Deceased): The Late Queen of Chindius, a widow who never openly took an active political role until her second husband died. She retreated from public life until her death, citing poor health and the necessity for her children to learn how to govern fairly and wisely. She died in the year 210 PB, when the royal palace was destroyed in by Dragon Fire during the Draconic Domination of Terath.
Oswald Pretia (Deceased): Late King of Chindius, he was significantly older than his wife Isme and was succeeded by her when he succumbed to natural causes.
Alvar Veda (Deceased): Isme’s second husband, he was Royal Consort and thus had no claim to the throne should Isme die before him. Technically, Eben should have no claim to it either, but Isme insisted upon including him in the Triumvirate as a foil for the other two children. Alvar was a soldier in his younger days and was tragically obliterated in a hunting accident almost ten years ago.
Gabriel Veda: One of the late Alvar’s younger brothers, whose smooth talk and keen business sense make him invaluable to the royal family. He is very close to Maria, though rumors of a romance between the two have not been confirmed.
Rice, lumber, alchemical reagents, dyes, silver
Relations with other nations
Ethlinspire: Chindius shares a unique relationship with Ethlinspire. The two countries have been allies for hundreds of years, and continue to maintain close ties in spite of racism that runs rampant in the elven kingdom. Tensions are currently high due to Ethlinspire’s habit of deporting “undesirables” (Troglodytes, Xelaque, humans, etc) to Chindius.
Hadrianus: Chindius views Hadrians as somewhat wild and barbaric, but honorable. Open trade relations flourish between the two countries.
Myzentius: Chindius’ allegiance to the empire makes them wary of powerful mercenary groups. Political relations remain civil but generally the Chindians prefer to travel through the Queen’s Lands. Prince Hector’s marriage to Yasmine Creon has helped keep relations between these two kingdoms relatively stable.
Narovo: Chindians have differing views of the denizens of Narovo. Because the racial make-up of Chindius is very mixed, Chindians tend to deal well with the varied citizenry of their northern neighbor. However, Chindius is a very old kingdom with a relatively large population, and the barren landscape and nomadic traditions of Narovo make them uncomfortable.
Queen’s Lands: Chindians believe in the empire. Maria Pretia and a large population of the court spend much of their time in the capitol of the Queen’s Lands. Although monarchs may have their differences, citizens of Queen’s Lands know that they have a staunch, steadfast ally in Chindius.
Brief summary of culture
To Chindians, family is the most important aspect of life. People rarely stray from their extended family groups as they age, and an old bloodline is a badge of pride in any town. Political marriages are common amongst more well to do family groups for this reason, but romantic stories dominate Chindian theaters, taverns and written tales.
The weather in Chindius is hot and humid, with a long rainy season in the early spring that allows for the growth of the staple crop, rice. Chindians dress in brightly colored, loose-fitting clothes that are designed to be pulled up and out of mud. Raised heels are common for both sexes due to the tendency of puddles to form in the streets during the rainy season.
Chindian meals almost always feature rice prominently, flavored with various spices from Narovo, Hadrianus and the Queen’s Lands. Lamb and goat’s cheese are also common foods, and shellfish are a rare and prized delicacy.
Brief known history
The family Pretia has ruled Chindius almost as long as the nation has existed. Once a colony of Ethlinspire, Chindius collected the various disenfranchised or entrepreneurial souls from the capitol and eventually desired to govern independently. The first Pretian king, Ordu, engaged in what is commonly referred to as the War of Wits in Chindius. During a week-long diplomatic row with the King of Ethlinspire, Ordu managed to convince the elven nation of the logic in granting Chindius independence. Trade relations and embassies were immediately opened and relations between the two countries have been relatively good ever since.
Oswald was a very strict monarch, and though policy has loosened somewhat under Isme, penalties for crimes are still very severe. Over the past several decades various groups have arisen for the sole purpose of deposing the Pretian line. The most troublesome to Isme has been the Seekers of Exarch, who managed once to successfully assassinate her in her younger days. Recently, a newer group that once supported Falion The Red of Ebrus has come to the forefront. Following an enigmatic leader known only as The Last, this loosely organized group has been dubbed the Black Coterie for their support of the code of the Black Knight.
5 things you should know
1) Chindians are very fond of music. Gypsies are welcomed to specific outdoor performing amphitheaters and it is not uncommon for Chindians to know several variants of most common dances. Lyric poetry is also experiencing a resurgence of popularity
2) Legend has it that the late Queen Isme once offered each of her children one-third of the forests of Chindius. When asked what they would like to do with their part, Hector announced he would create war machines out of the lumber in his section and walls to defend the borders. Eben said he would create a library to rival the greatest ones of Ethlinspire and fill it with all the books he could have scribed. Maria, hearing her brothers’ answers, announced she would leave her part as it stood, so that there would still be forests in Chindius. For this, she has gained the nickname “The Wise.”
3) The most famous romance in Chindius is that of Jack and Helena, a famously lucky soldier and gambler and a sheltered noblewoman, respectively. Helena’s father had Jack thrown in jail for attempting to court her. Jack, through his luck, wit, and charm, not only escaped from the jail but infiltrated the court in Pretia to meet with his love. When his ruse was discovered, Helena’s father demanded he be put to death for his deception. Jack pleaded his passion for Helena to the royal family and the courtiers, and it was decided that he would bet his future a roll of the dice. If he rolled well, he would not only have Helena but a proper title and land as well. If he threw poorly, he would spend the rest of his years in a lumber camp. Jack rolled straight sixes, although some stories have Helena replacing the dice with rigged ones at the last moment. The family Cassaro, who trace their bloodline through Jack and Helena, are particularly fond of the story. The famous, now dead, playwright Nelson Cassaro wrote a commonly performed variant involving cards instead of dice.
4) The largest racial group in Chindius is human, but surprisingly, populations of fairly civilized Troglodytes also exist in the forests. There are a few Xelaque families in the south of the country but many have migrated to Haven. Orcs and elves are few and far between, and parthan are relatively rare although they are sometimes found in some of the northern towns. Races intermingle freely in most cities, except for the township of Tralga’s Glade, which is made up almost entirely of Fey.
5) Lumber from Chindius is a highly sought after commodity. Throughout the last century, criminals have been resigned to lumber camps chopping wood for export rather than rotting in jails. Lumber camps are notoriously miserable, so they serve both to save money on jails and deter potential thieves and other criminal elements.
The Future of Chindius
Chindius remained sidelined during the war between Kajorelle and Falion due to internal strife, but was not spared in the subsequent dragon attack. Queen Isme was obliterated and the Sovereign General took a death. Pretia’s royal quarter was almost leveled, but the Sovereign General, Scholar and Ambassador have thrown their combined energies into rebuilding. With Queen Esme gone, the Triumvirate is supreme, and the Sovereign Ambassador does not, for now at least, seem inclined to claim the title of Queen for herself, even though it is generally accepted that she was anointed to rule after her mother’s passing.