Caerne

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The Empire of Caerne
Government Empire
Emperor Andien XXV
Population Half-orc, Halfling, Human, Orc, Others
Language Rhocar
Capitol Lajochi
Referring to the lands conquered and united at the beginning of the third age 41 by
the Half-orc Emperor Resplendent Andien I and expanded by his son Andien II and his son Andien III and so on through twenty three generations of sons and daughters. Caerne is a gigantic nation it’s windswept steppe spanning more than half of the known world.

History

The Twenty-fourth Aundien split from the vast military administration structure of his ancestors renaming himself Amut-ar-Aramut “The One God of the Land”. This marked a great upheaval in Caerne and brought much strife to the citizens that would not worship Amut-ar-Aramut as their God. He also broke the ancient truce held with Mikaan shortly after the the Sundering of the island thinking in their weakness he could invade and conquer These twin blunders are usually considered to be the major contributing factor to the meteoric rise of the Mikaanese Empire. Amut-ar-Aramut’s vast political and social reforms inevitably led to the Caerne civil war 596-616 3A ending after twenty years with a bloody coup. Amut-ar-Aramut’s nephew Anakuiran leading a host of religious dissidents personally slew his uncle and ascended the throne to become Andien XXV at the age of seventeen. This new Aundien is faced with several challenges, rebuilding his empire, repelling the Mikaan,re-establishing the Caerne navy and placating the people who stayed true to their faith as well as those that flocked to the promise of their own God-King Amut-ar-Aramut. Caerne still holds one of the most impressive and technologically advanced navies in Hammurak and it’s extensive mining operations are among the most productive in the land for copper, coal, silver and other precious minerals.

Geography

Geographically southern Caerne is rich in mineral wealth and dotted with short mountains and hills. Northern Caerne is dominated by a sweeping plain that eventually turns into the Steppe of Rho. The steppe can fall away to sheer cliffs and stubby dunes in the west that tumble into the cold sea, in the east the halfling groves and monumental stone rings and walls dot the foothills of the mountains that lead into the lands of Barcoby and Shet.

Power and Politics

Collectively known as the Wyvern Emperors, the Aundien are distinguished from other Kings of mainland Hammurak by not asserting their kinship with the Gods. Caerne has no official religion preferring the shamanism and animistic faith of their Orcish forebears. The dynasty of the Wyvern Emperors remained unbroken until the rise of Aundien XXIV. There are a few autonomous “kingdoms” that are allowed to exist inside of Caerne as long as they swear fealty to the current Aundien and give them tribute, chief among these is the halfling nation of Aegen’Woll.

The People

The people of Caerne are widely dispersed across the plains of the west and the rolling hills and forests of the east. The life of the Half-orc plainsmen of the west revolves around the use of the three beasts of the plain; the lumbering, ornery Woolly Pigs, their swift but small chariot horses and the ferocious Sabre Cats.
The eastern wood is home to three tribes of Halflings making up the small province known as Aegen’Woll. Historically elusive, it was not until after the Halfling King Eobhas Tosa surrendered to Andien I at the battle of Rhagom’s Copse that the small folk began being seen in the world. To the surprise of all the people of Caerne instead of enslaving or crushing the people of the woods the first of the Wyvern Emperors negotiated peace with Eobhas Tosa in exchange for the use of two divisions of Spearmen and Cavalry to be sustained at all times. This substantial addition to the Wyvern Emperor’s armies proved to be one the keys to the success of his conquests. Since that time the Wyvern Emperors have always kept up good relations with the woodsmen and barring emergencies they have rarely put their troops on the Halfling land.The Caerneese are allowed to keep no slaves, traditionally the Emperor also declares all slaves that walk unchained through the gates of Holy Kalbekel to be freed.

Religion

There is no official religion in Caerne and it’s citizens are free to worship as the will as long as they obey the laws of the Aundien. Most of the half orcs and humans living in the traditional ways of the steppe have an animistic faith centred around the veneration of the land of Caerne, the animals that live upon it and the might of the united tribes under an Aundien in a mixture of Orcish shamanism from Rho and the hero worship of the Sunbloods. The half-orcs especially value combat as a spiritual experience and participate in many rituals preparing them to become a living part of the harsh steppe-lands. For the steppe people their year is hinged religiously on annual pilgrimages to Holy Kalbekel a small mound on the steppe where new emperors are crowned. The halflings of the east have an ancient and complex faith that is closely guarded and revolves around the veneration of the natural world especially trees and the tracking of celestial bodies using gigantic stone circles erected on hilltops.

Notable Places.

Holy Kalbekel the naming place of kings, venerated as holy long before the Aundien dynasty the place where a single stumpy mountain juts out of the steppe is a point of pilgrimage for the Caernese. Lajochi the capital of Caerne sits on the north-western coast, a city of sprawling wooden buildings it is a major port and fishing site. Turugaa the mining city of the south has been under Mikaanese attack for nearly a decade luckily their mountain fortifications hold back the colonials for now. Chane the new capital built by Amut-ar-Aramut quickly fell to ruin after his death though it is inhabited by those still loyal to him who proclaim that he will return to lay waste to his traitor nephew

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