In The River Country
The River Country
The River Country is a region located almost directly between The Rose Kingdom of Lyria and The Saldean Empire of Champagne Sands. The name comes from the massive set of tributaries and other streams that cross the countryside, as well as the singularly large River Saesa that divides the Upper and Lower portions of the country. It is said that there isn’t a barren piece of open land in the entire country; the portions of land that aren’t farmland are usually dense evergreen forest. The Skymast Mountains in the east span the length of the countryside from north to south, forming a portion of the border with The Empire of Sands.
Despite (or because of) The River Country’s high value and immediate location between two much larger countries, her history is filled with frequent changes in leadership. The most recent governing body, a group of former mercenaries and aristocrats calling themselves The House of Havranal, were killed or driven into exile during the the massacre of Aritum, leaving The River Country in anarchy. Both The Rose Kingdom and The Empire of Sands have attempted to claim sovereignty but neither have yet been able to install a successful leader.
Regarding slavery: the citizens of The River Country vary depending on which border you’re closer to. Many River folk close to The Rose Kingdom (both politically and literally) keep slaves as a mark of allegiance and commiseration, and vice versa on the other side of the country. The majority of River folk don’t have any strong outlook one way or the other; most are uncomfortable even discussing the topic.