Mortháyin [morth-eye-in]

  • Ruling Body: Emperor Naumazir IV
  • Government: Monarchy
  • Capital: Yúdin [yoo-din]
  • National Emblem: Black Crown & Stars on a Red Field
  • Wealth: Very High
  • People: Dyaths (96%), other (4%)

Geography

Located on the northern coast of the Rúksea, Mortháyin is the largest realm of the Dyaths. Its cold, snowy winters are the stuff of legend. The Empire is a vast stretch of land divided into two large provinces: Lower Mortháyin in the south-east and the Highlands in the west. Both are highly developed in terms of agriculture and population. The ancient city of Yúdin is the home of the Emperor and the seat of the government. It is located in Lower Mortháyin, on the Bay of Elba. The realm is renowned for its fine cities, well-tended roads, and picturesque countryside.

Economy

The source of the great wealth of Mortháyin is no secret. Considerable deposits of silver and gold are found in its mountains. Its large stretches of farmland also contribute to the Empire’s success. Since its inception Mortháyin has been a feudal state of tenant farmers and petty lordlings. Though the Emperor’s coffers are fit to burst, many of his people live in near-poverty. Taxation, ostensibly used to maintain the land’s highways, is inordinate. Those who cannot pay are often forced to work off their debt in the mines while their land is sold at auction.

Foreign Relations

Mortháyin’s chief ally is the island-state of Twel Yebral. Years of warring with the princes of Sardimir have strained relations with the western nations. Many view the Empire as a relic, a thing that has lived beyond its natural lifespan. And so the kings and officials of the Rúksea bide their time, watching the Emperor and his cabinet for any signs of weakness.

Religion

The twins Mendé and Methuné are the chief deities of Mortháyin. Notably, Mendé is far more popular with the common folk, while Methuné’s most fervent followers are found among the nobility. Large and impressive temples to both deities are found in every city, and monastic communities are scattered throughout the countryside.

Arthur Rackham

Illustration by Arthur Rackham

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