Kingdom of Rheynland
|Kingdom of Rheynland|
The Kingdom of Rheynland, formerly known as the Kingdom of Westholm, is the first organized state exclusively established by the human race, currently led by Richard I. The kingdom's capital city, Avengard, is a gem beyond the western mountains, its tall and kempt city walls stand proudly, and the chimneys of each home are lively, streets bustling with activity, the humans are prized for their solidarity and unity within the city, protected by the subtle Calendale Keep atop the ridge.
Humans are not natives to the shores of Enarion, the first expedition of humans only landing on the shores of Enarion on 703 A.L on the subtle western island named Ynslee. From there on they spread out and shattered into different groups of varying ideals, becoming nomadic and split folk groups. During which time the developed elven kingdom took pity upon the primitive human settlers, and offered to teach them technologies and magic in return for their servitude and vassalage.
As time goes on, more human expeditions arrive on Enarion to seek new land and spoils, with the population growth, and with more settlements establishing along the coast of Enarion comes a time of chaos. Fearing the rapid expansion of the humans, war breaks out between the humans and the elves the year 767 A.L. Bloody fighting and guerilla warfare ensures, a hard fight for the humans to overcome with their shattered groups and limited resources. Finally, the elven king is slain in battle, which brings the conflict to an abrupt stop as the two races seek and make peace with each other. The land which previously belonged to the elves on the western side of Enarion is claimed by the humans as more expeditions and settlers arrive to establish their own groups. The next few centuries are marked by peace, humans begin to settle down and eventually relations with the rest of the kingdoms stagnate, with the rare conflict once in a while but with no serious escalation into a war between the human or foreign states.
Once the calamity arrived in Enarion on 1333 A.L, many human settlements scrambled to head inland but ultimately perished before they could make it anywhere remotely safe. The few humans that did survive the calamity’s wrath conjoined at the Azure Keep, with one or two humans from each settlement surviving its horrors. A handful of the humans made it through the portal opened by the courageous mages and successfully escaped from the calamity, one of which was the soon-to-be king, Edwyn Thorpe.
0 A.C, as the humans emerge from the ancient gateways to look upon the abandoned Enarion and looked upon the landscape, Edwyn Thorpe managed to convince the split humans to congregate and march as one to the old settlement of Calendale to the west of the Azure Keep, as they marched they examined the remains and took any resources that would be salvageable and once they arrived at Calendale, a blood-drenched cloth with a serpent nailed to its pole was raised on the grassy hill. Which soon became the founding stone of the Kingdom of Westholm.
Fate was not well to King Edwyn Thorpe I, as in the year 1 A.C. he was slain in a duel with a dwarf with a grudge against him. Richard de Retford I takes regency, and later, kingship of the Kingdom of Westholm. The House de Retford becomes the monarch of the Kingdom of Westholm. Under King Richard de Retford I, the Kingdom of Westholm marches upon the Kingdom of Ordheim with assistance from the Kingdom of Tor Ascara to push back against dwarven banditry and aggression. The battle of the Earthshine, 2 A.C., ends in a stalemate between both forces. Many weeks after the conflict comes to an end, The Royal Wedding between King Richard de Retford I and consort Saoirse Winterskorn is interrupted by a storm wind, putting out Saoirse's ceremonial torch. The wedding, dubbed now as The Scorched Wedding, was then interrupted by clergy members of the Cult of the Five Divines, who claimed the Gods had rejected Saoirse Winterskorn. In addition to this, the clergy pressed Saoirse due to her not having the Mark of Inoculation, a small mark on her hand given by the cult. Despite push back from the clergy, King Richard de Retford I ordered the death of the Raymond 'the radical'. The Royal Wedding was postponed for a later date.
Lust for control in the region and generations of dispersion and pastoral living among the primitive humans have brought the people together to unite under one name. Holmish society is fairly humble but the respect of the caste system does not shine upon everybody.
The society is predominantly human, and the caste system consists of the King and his royal bloodline at the top, second consisting of the ennobled, loyal to the King those of whom have their own ranks and hierarchy within the nobility, the third tier consists of the vassals and lords under Rheynland, the fourth tier consists of royal ministers, and lastly at the bottom consists of the peasants, conscripts, and laborers. Those who are not written into the civil ledger are considered strangers and are thus outside of the caste system. The human’s feudal society is founded on the belief that all land will have equal and plentiful use by their servants, lords, and ultimately by the ruling monarch. A land’s yield and output will constitute its use and servitude to the crownlands.
Culture & Customs
Holmish culture is unique to Enarion, through generations of traditions and customs which were preserved by the conservative culture can fortunately still be practiced by native humans. The native Holmish people of Rheynland and those molded by its ideas and virtues from the commonwealth ruling from the King’s grace, their culture is based upon the individual person to each his own.
To benefit the community through means of contributing to the best of a man’s ability. Guards occasionally turn a blind eye to those who commit petty criminality, knowing people’s hardships, however, criminal trials are often biased in nature and can be very circumstantial and is often based upon the presentation of the accused, in the native culture it is also well-established that the city prefers and encourages strong and young men to enlist in the soldier’s life early on.
What the native people usually hold dear is the tradition, stemming from nomadic times, and it is right to look badly upon strangers when they commit acts such as public defecation or ripping flowers from the ground, such acts are considered immoral behavior. Holmish people take pride in their tradition, and these old traditions root from the times of their nomadic and agricultural lives. It is considered tradition to the people of Rheynland to greet one another with a smile, even if it is not genuine -- it signifies respect to one another, in the case of elders it is imperative to kiss their palm as an extra sign of respect.
- Kissing elders' palm; a sign of respect.
- The killing of flowers will bring wrath to the west.
- Always consume copious amounts of alcohol at gatherings.
- Unless they injure royal blood, serpents are not to be killed or maimed. Instead, they will be treated royally and to be on display at holidays.
- In case of death, the deceased is burned in a furnace and their ashes are then a fine powder which you pour into a warm cup of water and drink, to preserve the dead’s dignity for your lifetime.
- In the case of royal death, if royal blood dies, his finger is to be cut off and preserved in ice, his ashes are also to be served in warm cups of water and to be drunk only by the noble council.
The Kingdom of Rheynland can be considered a fairly primitive monarchy, consisting of the king who has the right to rule and govern with the approval from the Gods provided he completes certain feats to appease them.
Along with the assistance of his noble council, consisting of his entrusted privy and like-minded individuals, acting as a second-hand to the King, also making up the above-average upper echelon of the caste system, although in small numbers. The Army of Rheynland consists of the commoners who have been granted the privilege to enforce the guidelines and civil law of Rheynland and its territories, as well as consisting of those willing to fight to preserve the kingdom’s ideals and fulfilling the nation’s diplomatic interests in times of war and peace.
The regular citizens of Rheynland have the lawful right to participate in the Public Council, which all working-class citizens of Rheynland can participate in, the meetings that the Public Council hold is mostly weekly and often detail and take note of the people’s concerns, suggestions and quarrels with the Kingdom of Rheynland or respective subjects. It is a civilized court and caters to those who seek to improve their local communities. The King’s Privy Council must be present at the Public Council meetings, and if possible, the King may attend to supervise and offer his own thoughts and virtues to the people’s worries.
All decisions brought before the Public Council are to be handled by the King’s Advisory, and from there be discussed and then finally brought to the King for a final verdict, whether a concern to be amended by being stamped into law or a local concern it is to be taken care of properly in case it is successfully brought before the King’s eyes, as then it is deemed a serious enough concern.
It has always been a virtue to possess a powerful and mighty military force to protect Rheynland and her vassals’ philosophies, ideals, and their citizens. Either in defense or offense or in war-time or peacetime, the Army of the Lion serves to carry out Rheynland's wishes and God’s will. There are a handful of ranks within Rheynland's Army, and the promotions are gained through a show of merit and loyalty to Rheynland.