Annals of Aldamere
Three Kingdoms of Chivalry
- A big place with some good rivers and very rich agricultural lands.
- Built upon the backs of the serfs/peasant class.
- Very stratified with almost no possibility of change in status
- The Church is strong, rich, and powerful – many noble sons/daughters
- Powerful militaristic nobles with ancient martial traditions that trace back to the High Kingdom of Old – even though those guys were savage warlords.
- Middle-class is geared toward supporting the nobility
- Being a serf sucks!
- A couple of good universities – but very much dominated by the Church
- As in Hanzmir demons can be a problem – but generally fewer candidates for possession.
- Some witches and hedge wizards here – but they aren’t a huge problem either.
- Religious heresy seems to be the biggest problem here – and it keeps the various religious orders busy rooting it out.
- For the most part the Three Kingdoms are allies. However Ordane and Nharos have little interest in the border squabbles between Almeryss and Hanzmir. Unless the Southron tribesmen actually invade Nharos, Ordane and Almeryss have little interest in spreading the One True Faith to the Infidels. And both Almeryss and Nharos find the constant Ordani “adventurism” into Mhentir to be a pointless waste of money and resources. The three monarchs do support one another though and frequently visit one another. There is a fierce rivalry to provide the lavish entertainments and most outrageous spectacle. There is much intermarriage between the noble houses of all three kingdoms and the three states share a common language — though regional dialects often make comprehension difficult. As each of the kingdoms have outlets for their expansion and martial ardor, peace has reigned for nearly 100 years (since the First Court of Chivalry convened by King Ademar of Ordane in XXXX). Prior to that the Three Kingdoms were called the “Embattled Lands”.