Tansimir [tan-zih-meer]

  • Ruling Body: Princes of the Culkë Compact
  • Government: Confederacy of City-States
  • Capital: n/a
  • National Emblem: n/a
  • Wealth: High
  • People: Dyaths (85%), other (15%)

Geography

South of Dyánmir is the watery land of Tansimir. Fed by the rivers of the Azure Mountains, much of the land is partially submerged throughout the year. A large portion of the realm is dubbed the Floodlands, a wide and hazardous marsh that varies in depth according to the season. The most habitable area, at least by the standards of the Dyaths, is found along the rocky coasts. Most of the land’s cities can be found there. South of the country is a body of water known as the Tansimirian Gulf. Heavily fished by the people of Tansimir, the Gulf is known for its violent storms.

Economy

Tansimir is a land ruled by a particularly avaricous group of petty lordlings. These self-styled princes govern small parcels of land where a single city and perhaps several towns may be found. All who live within a prince’s land work toward the enrichment of these urban areas in general and its lords in particular. This has been the situation for quite some time, though once the land was ruled by a single king. Fishing and the crafting of large merchant vessels are the main sources of Tansimir’s wealth. Indeed, a good third of the boats found on the Rúksea were built in Tansimir. Timber is brought in from the north-eastern coast of the Lost Kingdoms, a no-man’s-land controlled by the Tansimirian princes by virtue of military strength.

Foreign Relations

Most of the nations of the Rúksea regard Tansimir with skepticism. Given the whimsical nature of its prince-despots, many prefer to deal with the realm from afar. This attitude is justified by the well-known history of assassinations that have occurred on Tansimirian soil.

Religion

Though no temples to the god exist in Tansimir, Lord Rúk’s name is often invoked by those who live on the Sea. In general, Tansimir is viewed as a godless land, though small cults are known to exist in certain remote areas. The princes themselves neither advocate or discourage a religious temperament among their people, being practical men more concerned with the accumulation of wealth than affairs of the otherworlds.

Illustration by Edmund Dulac

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