Ebrus is primarily a militaristic kingdom, with relatively firm views on gender roles. It is expected that at least one male of each generation of each family will join the armies of Ebrus. The other males are expected to serve in a position which will support basic life, such as black-smithing or farming. Females are expected be domestic, by doing things such as laundry, or other activities, such as farming. In addition, families are encouraged to be moderate-to-large in size, with 3-8 kids each.
Within the kingdom, it is considered “woman’s work” to handle money. Buying and selling with currency (rather than bartering for or exchanging items) is considered a lesser profession and only women (or poor and desperate men) engage in merchanting or street vending. Regardless of a clear lack of progressive views on gender, Ebrus is an extremely cosmopolitan kingdom; welcoming openly members of every race and species equally. The Kingdom as a whole also has a fair amount of respect for the Path of The Nightwalker, which is followed by the majority of Ebran Knights, whose numbers were significantly diminished during The War of Kings.
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Queen Vivian Marie Falion: The sister of the once-king Charles Rezak Falion The Red, like her elder brother, Queen Vivian retains supernatural youth after nearly eight centuries of life. After the banishment of the King Falion The Red, Vivian was permitted to remain in the royal court while a General of the Ebran army took the throne. In the years that followed, she eventually organized a coup in 218 PB and deposed and executed the former general, King James West. She is the first woman to rule Ebrus in living memory, and many are eager to see if she will falter beneath the weight of her kingdom’s traditions, or if her rule will be as savage and bloody as her rise to power, which is often referred to as “The Red Hour of Ebrus”.
Lord Knight Cadaeris : Commander of the Black Knights of Ebrus, Lord Knight Cadaeris was trained personally by Falion The Red. He is young, ambitious, and a true patriot of Ebrus. Already seen as a war-hero, he exemplifies the dedications of Loyalty & Service within the Path of The Nightwalker, and is known for having no tolerance for any weakness within his ranks.
Captain Kruek: Primary military adviser to the crown of Ebrus. Captain Kruek is a Knockmilna who gained rank and glory during time spent guarding the border of Ebrus and The Queen’s Lands. Many of the Margraves (Military Nobility) of Ebrus rely on Captain Kruek to assist in the rallying and coordination of the Ebran military, though some have directly opposed Captain Kruek’s further ascent to power for political reasons.
Dorian Azure: Leader of the Mages’ Guild within Ebrus. Dorian is a human, and although he is a skilled Ritual Caster and Scroll Maker, he is known to be deeply envious of the power and knowledge held by the great mages of more magically inclined kingdoms.
Tidus Katrell: Leader of the Healers’ Guild within Ebrus. Tidus is a bold Parthan Capsirior who retired from active service in the military to take charge of the kingdom’s Healer’s Guild.
Benjamin Sellas: Benjamin Sellas is a Fey courtier who had the ear of King Falion The Red and continues to have the ear of his sister Queen Vivian. He is an important member of court whose exact role is unknown, but he is said to have great influence in the royal court.
The Ebran Mercenary Guild is the primary source of spies and under-handed violence within the kingdom of Ebrus. Merecenaries are looked upon with disdain through much of Ebrus, as it is believed to be the merchant’s path to glory in combat while service to the Ebran Military is far more desirable. It has been proclaimed that the Ebran Mercenary Guild does not serve the crown directly, although their mercenaries frequently serve Ebran national interests. There are three individuals suspected of being the true leader of the guild – A human noble named Lord Sullivan, a Troglodyte known only as ‘Pierce’, and a Hrungnor Dwarf name Visp Rasaek.
Relations with other nations
Westerland: Ebrus and Westerland have traditionally been at odds. Yet with the rise of King Mutt The Black Titan, who is known to follow The Path of The Nightwalker, the relations between the two kingdoms is ever improving.
Falconcrest: The Kingdom of Falconcrest is perceived to be an upstart realm with delusions of glory. The King of Falconcrest follows the Path of the Lightwalker, which in many ways is at odds with the cultural traditions of Ebrus, which glorifies the strength and honor of warriors and conquerors, rather than coddling the weak. That said, The Kingdom of Falconcrest has proven to be both a formidable foe and a valuable ally during the past decade or so, and Queen Vivian has suggested that a formal alliance with Falconcrest is perhaps worth considering.
Queen’s Lands: Ebrus had always been rebellious against the authority of the Queen’s Lands, and with the changes in power during the last decade or so, these rebellious tendencies have instead manifested in proud hostility. Ebrus fought a brutal ware against the people of the Queen’s Lands during the War of Kings in 210 PB, and while High Queen Embla Vanir has replaced former High King Kajorelle as the ruler of the Queen’s Lands, the people of Ebrus still generally consider the Queen’s Lands to be an enemy.
Hadrianus: Ebrus has a respect for the strength of the kingdom and attempts to maintain amiable relations with them. Ebrus is far enough away from Hadrianus that the Hadrian Raiders rarely trouble the people of Ebrus. However, Ebrus has often taken political steps to prevent the rise of a more unified military power in Hadrianus.
Myzentius: Ebrus finds their mercenary ways to be underhanded & distasteful. Ebrus considering itself an honorable kingdom above officially recognizing mercenaries as core part of their kingdom. However, Ebrus has always remained on friendly political terms with Myzentius; taking advantage of their services within the letter of the law whenever it is politically advantageous to do so.
Akeron: Ebrus feels a fair amount of disdain for the kingdom of Akeron due to the kingdom’s history of prioritizing merchant businesses and international trade over more honorable pursuits. However, Akeron was an ally during The War of Kings in 210 PB, which has improved the relations between the two kingdoms in recent years. Ebrus was one of the primary supporters of the nationalist group known as the Sons of Akeron during the reign of the villainous Seer of Akeron in the year 211 PB.
The Golden Era & The Red Era
Ebrus existed under the leadership of the Teague bloodline in what was known as The Golden Era of Ebrus for hundreds of years during the earlier portion of Queen Octavia’s reign. During this era the Teague family forged the traditions of racial tolerance throughout all of Ebrus, welcoming people of every cyclic species to take part in the governance of the land. Additionally, the Teague family created various traditions which focused on architecture and the formation of grand structures. Even today, over a millenium since the start of the Golden Era, The people of Ebrus value the fusion of form and function. They enjoy the creation of grand and ornate buildings, which also serve every essential function. Wealthy families often sponsor the creation of great buildings to draw fame and glory for their descendants – grand buildings make grand statements.
It is said that every ruling member of the Teague Bloodline, beginning with Baron Jacen Teague, possessed draconic heritage to some degree. This draconic blood gave pause to many cyclic mortals throughout Terath, and eventually became a source of trouble for the Teague family.
In an era weary of dragons, Rodrick Falion began to plant seeds of doubt within the minds of the people. Rodrick first waged a political campaign with the common people to arouse fear and concern that dragons would rise to rule them once more, due to the manipulations of their dragon-blood minions. It wasn’t long before the people were pointing a finger at Baron Teague himself. Soon the commoners and nobles alike began to doubt their baron, causing great tension and anarchy within the barony. Rodrick then stepped forward to present himself as a source of change, saying that his purity of blood could bring the unity to Ebrus that no dragon ever could. After an official challenge, approved by the Queen under the duress of a barony anxious for blood, Rodrick defeated Baron Teague and stepped forward to take the title of Baron himself. Rodrick Falion was widely considered to be a champion and sired four children during his rule, three sons and one daughter. of the people until his unfortunate passing, due to natural causes, at the age of 72 and passing the leadership of the barony onto his eldest son, Charles.
Charles Rezak Falion, known now as Falion The Red, took the title of baron as a skilled leader at the young age of 14. He was seen as wise beyond his years and a capable leader and ruled as the Baron of Ebrus for approximately 775 years; having been known to believe in strength and justice in all things and following the Path of the Night Walker through and through.
The period during which Falion The Red ruled as the Baron of Ebrus is widely referred to as The Red Era. It was during this time that the Barony of Ebrus was elevated, becoming the Kingdom of Ebrus with King Falion at its head. The Red Era ended shortly after the elevation of the barony, ending with Falion’s banishment by The Great and True Dragon Cureanon. at the conclusion of The War of Kings; when Falion The Red lost in a duel against High King Arador Kajorelle.
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5 things you should know
1. Ebrus is a mix of frigid mountains throughout the central kingdom, and fields extending towards the coast in the northwest. The diverse climate leaves them prepared for most any kinds of weather and they adapt quickly to most any area. The mountainous terrain makes Ebrus home to many ancient and secluded places, such as the Monastery of Ten Thousand Lanterns, which has stood in a lofty place of solitude for over a millennium.
2. The once-king Charles Rezak Falion’s reign began as the Baron of Ebrus during the Red Era, which was a period of much greater emphasis on militaristic practices and with a much stricter regime. The people are enormously more patriotic than during the Golden Era’s indifference. His sister, Queen Vivian, continues these traditions of patriotism. In Ebrus, those common folk who have received recognition for their great patriotism and service to their kingdom often have the honorific ‘Vor’ appended to the beginning of their family name.
3. Undead and necromantic magic are common in Ebrus, where neither are illegal. Common undead, such as skeletal knights, are considered a great supplement to the armies of Ebrus. The casting of Necromancy, however, is limited only to those who have served in the Ebran Military.
4. The group, The Tainted Crown, is rumored to police the alleged underworld that exists within Terath. No organization has ever used this name as a signature; it is the name given by the people. Though you may hear this name throughout Terath, it is rumored to have originated within Ebrus, and have ties to the organization known as the House of Cards.
5. The Crawling Cave is a popular place for young adventurers because of its supposedly infinite spawning of lesser creatures. Those wishing to join the adventuring lifestyle find this a perfect place to practice and hone their craft.