People known as Phelinians.
The most notable trait of Phelin is its polyamorous ruling family. For the last several generations, the country has been ruled by a line of Grand Kings, each with three spouses: the Second King and two Queens.
Major Cities and Holds
Ryal – the capital
Arren – a city in the more central part of the country, five to seven days’ ride from Ryal
Craywell – a city only two days’ ride from Ryal
Drolle – a city near the northern border
Flaice – a town at the foot of the Alta Mountains at the northern border with Berk, two days’ ride north of Drolle
Windwick – a village outside Arren, currently a ruin
Rulers and Their Stories
Heroic Figures and Their Stories
Royalty – king, queen, and their children
Dukes – any princes other than the crown prince become Dukes
Earls – landowners by blood
Barons – appointed by the royal family to oversee a former duke’s/earl’s holding if needed; if a child takes over the child becomes an earl
Commoners – everyone else
Phelin has a standard army and navy, and also an elite Royal Guard.
The navy is led by a Prince- or Princess-General, usually a sibling of the Grand King. The fleet currently stands at fifty ships of various types. There is a general for each type, and each ship itself is commanded by a captain who gets direct orders from the general of whatever type of ship it is. Real-time communication can be done through magic, even if the captains and generals are not mages. Sailors work under the same captain for the duration of their carriers – aside from a small number of comings and goings each year, crews remain unchanged for several years at a time.
The army is led by the Prince- or Princess-General of the Army, another sibling of the Grand King, and is divided into three main branches, each led by a general. The branches are: cavalry, archers, and infantry. The cavalry fights exclusively on horseback, and the infantry on foot. Most of the infantry and cavalry only fight in close combat, but among both branches are the archers. Half of the archers are infantry and half are cavalry, though at times the entire archer branch will be called to action itself, and on such occasions the cavalry archers may go without their horses. Each branch is divided into segments and led by various levels of commanders who work together with the Prince- or Princess-General.
The Royal Guard is and elite unit made up of five hundred men and women who must compete in a tournament in order to be accepted into it. In order to qualify for the tournament, the contestant must have served five years in the infantry, cavalry, archers, or navy. The sole purpose of the Royal Guard is to protect the royal family, and it is led by the Grand King’s closest sibling. The Prince-General or Princess-General commands all five hundred men and women in the Guard, which is divided into five battalions, each commanded by a general. Each battalion is then divided into five companies and each is led by a lieutenant. Companies are then each divided into ten platoons, each led by a captain.
While, in all branches of the military, promotion is done based on merit, the Royal Guard sees less change and has less opportunity for advancement. Guardsmen are given marks, displayed as gold crosses along their shirt collars. Each mark represents a well-done duty and an elevation in pay and rank. Rank changes only in terms of name and pay, and the opportunity to advance to captain. The marks are to show a Guardsman’s experience, and those with more experience are generally looked to for advice or in times of crisis and conflict by the rest of the Guardsmen. Two or fewer marks signifies a guardsman rank. Three to four marks signifies a trooper rank. Five to six marks is a corporal rank. Seven to eight marks is a master rank. Nine and ten marks is a sergeant rank. In order to be considered for an open captain position, the candidate must be of a ten-mark sergeant rank and recommended by a commanding officer for the vacancy. All members of the Royal Guard may retire after ten years of service, even if uninjured. This is the same retirement requirement of the rest of the military. Injury that will render a Guardsman unable to fight in the future will lead to termination for medical reasons, as will a female soldier becoming pregnant while serving.
Cafk’s Day: On the first day of the Second Month of Winter, all of Phelin celebrates the new year by giving gifts to friends and family. Markets are closed and most people don’t work, aside from some guards and servants. Many wealthy people host or attend parties and the royal family holds a ball and feast.
Durasyan’s Day: On the fourteenth day of the Third Month of Winter, all of Phelin honors the God of Love by giving gifts to lovers. Balls are held by the royal family, though there aren’t many parties across the country. Prayers to Durasyan also ask for love for people not in relationships – or in ones that aren’t as fulfilling as they should be – and fertility of couples, animals, and crops. It is also a popular night for intimacy among lovers, and Nymbs, the God of the Night, is also worshiped as a guardian of lovers.
Tysy’s Day: One the twenty-first day of the First Month of Summer, all of Phelin celebrates the summer solstice by worshiping the god Tysy to ask for good growing weather. Prayers are led asking for rain in times of drought, or for less rain if needed. If the weather has been almost ideal, the prayers are ones of thanks. Family dinners are held across the country and the royal family hosts a feast of summer game.
Lozk’s Day: On the twenty-first day of the First Month of Autumn, all of Phelin worships the God of the Harvest. Festivals are held throughout the country and feasts are held before food is preserved for the winter.
Treatment of Women
Women have the same rights as men in Phelin. They can own land and businesses and can choose if they marry or not. There may still be some traditional ideas in some places in the country that expect women to marry and have children even if they are doing other things, but for the most part women are just as respected as men. They may also join any branch of the military and may compete in the tournament to enter the Royal Guard if they wish to after their years of service have qualified them. Women who are assaulted or harassed can bring charges to the one who harmed them and will usually succeed, especially in the military.
Due to the nature of the royal family, neither same-sex or polyamorous relationships are seen as odd in Phelin. Some parts of the country may still believe that, just because the royal family does it, doesn’t make it proper.
Names are given as Name, of Place of Birth.