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Velmark


Velmark is situated far in the north, on the slopes of the ice-capped mountains known as Bluethorn. The people of that land are a hardy and resourceful breed of men whose ancestors carved entire cities into the side of the mountain. Their kingdom is located in the capital city of Nordenfell. It overlooks a sprawling forest--which fuels most of the Velian growth--and commands a wide and unobstructed view of its southern borders. The Velians are excellent craftsmen, known across the land for their superior weapons and armor, though very few can afford their masterwork goods. The Velians themselves prefer to use long spears and heavy chainmail, although they decidedly oppose outright war and are a rather peaceful people.

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Geography

A map depicting the borders of Velmark in the year 675.
Velmark's geography is primarily mountainous. The weather during the winter season can reach below zero degrees. During the summer the weather is warm during the day and chilly at night and in the morning. A sprawling forest of firs, evergreens, pine, and spruce spread out from the base of the mountains. Many people call these forests home, living among the trees and animals. The Bluethorn produces many mountain streams and rivers that flow southerly through Keatland and Haerland. The Velians use these rivers as trade routes. The major cities of Velmark are actually built upon the mountain itself. Squat buildings of stone and mortar are constructed on cut-out ledges. Some of these buildings are stacked on each, connected by stone stairways.


Basic Values and Prejudices

Velians are proud people who value their work above all. They are dedicated craftsmen and artisans who feel their work is an art. It is because of this thinking, that their laws are slightly stricter when it comes to personal security and privacy. Stealing is treated as a grievous crime, punishable by death or banishment. The Velians are rather peaceful people that believe in hard work and ingenuity. Laziness is accounted a sin of sorts, and is strongly discouraged from birth.

Velmark is close allies with Keatland. Their cliff dwellings are kept well guarded against any trespassers, but their forest settlements are open to all. Velians are not known for their hospitality, but they do not turn anyone away who might need help.


Child Rearing

Male children are raised to take up their father's profession, usually to take over the craft once he's able. Males are taught the value of hard work, perseverance, self-reliance, and honesty. Usually males train with the primary weapon they craft, though the long spear is by far the most popular weapon.

Female children are raised to support the family's business. They also learn how to craft goods, usually to compliment the father's goods. When they grow older, they are entrusted with selling the family's goods, which means they must travel far from home. Female Velians are usually taught self-defense and are quite skilled archers.


Political Structure

Because of the Velsh treaty signed with Keatland in the year 379, Velmark has been ruled by a king in the Keatish fashion. Unlike Keatland, the king of Velmark is elected through due process. The term of a king lasts until he dies or is impeached by the majority. Velmark has been quite prosperous with this style of government, since the standing king is held accountable for his actions. It was the Velians who stepped in during the fall of Keatland in the year 483, and helped established the noble council.

Aside from the king, the people of Velmark are broken into two castes: the noble caste and the working caste. Commonly, one is born into his or her caste and usually follows the footsteps of the family. This can be overlooked if a rich family looses its money or a poor family comes into money. The noble caste is commonly made up of landowners and council members.


Gender Roles

Males in Velmark are typically the breadwinners. They take on a stronger role at home than most cultures, mostly due to their passive outlook. Males regard their work with top importance, be that stonecraft, soldiering, or carpentry. Males have the more prominent role in government, though the same cannot be said of society itself.

Females support their fathers or husbands in whatever way possible. Usually when choosing a career, a female may learn something that relates or compliments her spouse's profession. If the men are stone, the females are the gilding. It is said in Velmark, "Never complete a project, without first letting a woman see it".


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