Tales of Fantasy Bohren and Ashland Introduction
Tales of Fantasy Major Powers Bohren and Ashland Introduction by TOFGary
The Kirin Empire
Capital: Jun Ma City
The Kirin Empire originated in the eastern regions of Elterra. Legend has it that its citizens were led by the Prince of the West, Fusu, through the Dimensional Gate into the continent of Elterra many years ago, eventually forming their empire. The populace, comprising of a mixture of common folks and nobility, then settled down with their valuable knowledge of alchemy and cultural heritage. It was this knowledge that allowed its citizens to survive the harshest conditions of war and the rampages of demons. Though ravaged, the citizens of Bohren never forgot their noble heritage, and have been strengthening themselves for a future comeback.
The Kirin Empire has a centralized government system, formed by the later generations of migrants, and includes the Monarch, courtiers and priests. Its divine beast is the Jade Kirin.
Despite this, its citizens strongly believe that they are the descendants of the Kirin, with noble blood flowing through their veins, making them the true heirs of the lands of Elterra.
Policies: unite the lands, eliminate Ashland and drive out the Zan Korrel, and exterminate all the demons from the central regions.
The Kirin Empire is currently at war with Ashland. They also have rampaging demons to worry about. It is rumored that the Monarch has started constructing a secret tunnel that will pass through the central region straight into Ashland territory.
Zan Korrel has removed itself from neutrality and has set itself against both Ashland and Bohren. However, the Bohren Monarch discovered abnormalities in Zan Korrel‘s sudden change in diplomacy and has decided to send someone to check out the matter.
Land under direct control: Kellead Village, Northgate, and the Norlow Plains.
the imperial guards of the Monarch, they govern the security of the city. They boast 8,000 soldiers per troop for a total of 64,000 men.
Flying Cavaliers: the border guards of Bohren are a combination of Bohren Taoists and Praetorian elites. Maple Alchemist Zhou Yun Tian commands this division.
Farming and craftsmanship is the driving force behind the Kirin Empire‘s economy. Key exports include provisions, tea, woven goods, and porcelain. The population stands at 5.396 million, with a yearly revenue of 3.237 million Gold.
This eastern culture‘s people are characteristically honest and hardworking. Focuses heavily on farming and light commerce. Strict practices within the caste system emphasize their beliefs, righteousness, mannerisms, and loyalty. Taoism is the national religion, with a strong emphasis on alchemy.
The Phoenix Empire
Beliefs: Followers of Illuflamos (the Illuflamos, or worship of the legendary Phoenix, is a national religion with its roots in the deserts)
Capital: Lotus City
When the first settlers reached the southwestern region of Elterra, they were shocked by the barren desert and snowy mountain range before them. Driven by sheer resilience and aided by advanced agricultural technologies, the founders of Ashland managed to work with the local tribes and united the oases of the region. They established the magnificent Lotus City, a single spark amid miles of frosty wasteland. Beyond the city walls, the punishing cold continues to remind people of the perseverance of their ancestors and the constant danger that lurks around every corner.
The Phoenix Empire is governed by its church. Its leader rules the land through the will of their gods. The nation itself is a coalition of many local tribes. There are a total of 12 high priests who govern the Empire. All of them answer to one man, High Priest Tai Si, who can hear the words their gods.
The legendary Phoenix is said to be watching over the whole empire.
The Phoenix Empire is located in the mountainous region of the south. Most of the empire consists of deserts, cliffs and frozen peaks. Few crops can survive the harsh cold that sweeps through the nation. However, the mountain range is rich with ores and minerals. As such, most of its citizens are nomads, miners, or traders.
Policies: expatriate the Kirin Empire and suppress the 3 remaining nations to regain control of Elterra and banish the surviving demons in the central region.
Currently at war with the Kirin Empire. Although both armies are roughly equal in strength, the people of Ashland are naturally skilled combatants. With the blessing of the Phoenix, the Phoenix Empire has managed to halt the Kirin Empire‘s advance. Ashland‘s people believe that all life is insignificant compared to the vastness of the earth. Their strong beliefs help unite the people under the charge of the 12 high priests.
Recently, the High Priest has discovered indications of Zan Korrel‘s involvement in the ongoing war with the Kirin Nation. Uncovering the role Zan Korrel plays in the war is now of utmost importance.
Lands under direct control: Ancient Snowridge, Polar Desert, and Sinking Tillplain
Illuflamos Guard: the border guards of Ashland, they are led by Illuflamos Priest Sikong Ten.
The Phoenix Empire‘s economy is driven by pasturing flocks, mining, and trading. A full 70% of the Empire‘s income is dependent on trade. Following the most recent war, its population stands at 4.72 million. The national income is over 2.78 million Gold.
Initially inclined toward strength and fire, the nation developed its own brand of culture for interacting with the east. The people believe in the practice of Hesphaestus. The people hold the High Priest, who is well-versed in the teachings of the scriptures, in the highest esteem.