Heroes of Khemer
Government: Fuedal monarchy, hereditary kingship
Cities/Towns/Villages: Phlan, Anvil, Bravil, Bruma, Chorrol, Cheydinhal, Kvatch, Leyawiin, Skingrad
Cryodiil culture was a pragmatic melting pot of the various contrasting cultures of the region, unified by the strong hereditary King, the rule of law, a professional army, and tolerance of disparate polytheistic worships. Education and wealth was broadly distributed through all social classes where Imperial culture has flourished. Many citizens were literate and protected under Imperial Law.
Persons of all races and creeds could advance in wealth and status in commerce, the bureaucracy, and the military. However, moral and political corruption was at the highest levels of Imperial society, and the economic strain of maintaining military occupations in widely separated hostile provinces proved to be the Kingdom’s downfall.
The geography of Cryodiil can be described in three words: drab, marshy, and cold. Building roads through the land is expensive, time-consuming, and ultimately futile, because the stones sink farther into the marsh year after year. Structures outside the major cities encounter much the same problem, and few people have found a compelling reason to build fortifications to defend such unwelcoming terrain.
With little vegetation, frequent incursions by monsters, and a cold climate, farming is relatively unknown along the Northern Radiant Sea. Down the center of the area, the River Stojanow flows, creating a fertile belt known as the Nibenay Valley, that allows for the sowing of some grains and a few hardy vegetables. Without the protection of a major city, however, no large-scale food production takes place. Few small communities pop up in the north for similar reasons, so most of the region’s population is concentrated in its cities.
The Nibenay Valley is the most prominent area of the land, a great grassland with Radiant Sea at its heart. It is at this delta that the capitol, Phlan, stands. The rest of Cyrodiil also contains the cities of Anvil, Bravil, Bruma, Chorrol, Cheydinhal, Kvatch, Leyawiin and Skingrad.
Each city has its own Council that rules over the city, and the surrounding county, which has the same name as the city.
During the Goblin Wars, Phlan continued to be the stable heart of the Kingdom, offering a good model to its satellites of government that settles disputes by diplomacy, not by force of arms. The marriage of Lady Alessia, daughter of the Countess of Chorrol, to Count Marius Caro of Leyawiin typifies this, a perfect blend of love and sound political judgement.
Nevertheless, there have been a few frightening moments in Cyrodiil. A suspected outbreak of the Knahaten Plague, a threat for the first time in hundreds of years, sparked panic along the southern border with Black Marsh. It was revealed to be a hoax, perhaps created by Argonians fighting back against Imperial incursions led by the Blackwood Company, and the fear was dissipated. Family strife in Kvatch claimed the lives of both sons of Count Haderus Goldwine, vying for the inheritance. While peace has been restored, the Count mourned the death of his sons and did not designate a new heir.
In the Royal Court, there was thankfully no such tragedy. While the King chose not to remarry following the Queens’ death, she left to him three healthy sons who have spent their adult lives learning the arts of politics from their masterful liege and father. Crown Prince Geldall had already taken many of Uriel’s responsibilities, and impressed one and all with his acumen. As the heart of the Kingdom was solid, all of Tamriel was strong.
However, certain events turned the whole of Tamriel upside down. It began with the assassination of King Uriel Septim VII and his three known sons from the hand of Mehrunes Dagon and the Black Sacrament. The events that followed were known as the Oblivion Crisis . The illegitimate son of Uriel Septim VII, Lannister, searches for the assasins and looks to reclaim his kingdom, and with the divine help of Tyr, cast down Mehrunes Dagon back into Oblivion. After these events, Phlan was thrown into chaos and political strife.
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