Embyr: The Fifth Age
Talia (tah-LEE-ah) is a peninsula that juts outward from the southern-most reaches of Aurodei at the Calabrian Mountains and is surrounded by the Sea of Silence to the north, the Sea of Swords to the west, and the Sea of Gold to the south.
Much of Talia is covered by mountains, some of them volcanically active. The Eumun Mountains which extend across northern Talia are part of the Calabrian mountain range. The Erippine Mountains stretch along the southern coastline of Talia, towering over the Pullo Islands. The Su River, just north of the Erippine Mountains, feeds into the Su Valley, which hosts the richest farmlands in the country.
In northern Talia, temperatures can reach below freezing during the winters, with snow in the most northern areas. Southern Talia has a warmer, more moderate climate with a moderate but steady rainfall.
The Talians are the Merchant Kings of the land and sea, and it is commonly held that the land of Talia itself is the crossroads of the Known World. Talians travel the world in ships and caravans plying their various trades, exchanging services and wares for gold and barter, establishing and maintaining the common roads of commerce. This constant interaction with the world at large is the reason why the common tongue in Embyr is Talian.
Once a mighty and feared empire, they are now a benign republic, ruled by a council of elected officials from the city of Sunia. The council in turn appoints a Grand Chancellor, who then in turn appoints a Lord High Magistrate to oversee the established laws of the realm, a Grand Marshal to command the Talian armies, a Grand Admiral to command the Talian naval force, and an emissary to the Society of Magicians.
Talia is also the Divine Seat of The Church of The Nine. The church must ultimately ratify any rulings of the council before they can become law.
While all subjects not deemed to be slaves within Talian borders can at least claim to be a ‘Free Talian,’ only a citizen of Sunia may vote in this republic. A citizen of Sunia is different from a resident of Sunia in that the citizen has an official recognition as such, while a resident merely lives within the city walls.
Talians by and large believe that the good of the community must supersede the good of the individual and hold the word of law in the absolute highest reguard. Therefore, while a free individual is still protected by The Charter of Sunia, he is expected to conduct himself in a civilized manner lest he feel the weight of law fall upon him. This would fall under the preview of the Lord High Magistrate, the highest voice of authority in all civil matters.
As a veritable focal point of material goods, cultural enrichment and worldly trade, Talia has found itself in the midst of a renaissance of enlightenment. Improved shipwrights, refinement in working common metal, new construction techniques and clever inventions are regularly developed here. Artisans abound in Talia, and most bards either come from these lands or at the very least aspire to visit them.
As Talia is the crossroads to the known world, free Talians can be of any bloodline. Most citizens of Sunia however are Talian Nationals. That is to say, they are from traditional families with a well established heritage that many can trace back to the Old Empire.
The Talian Nationals as a people are olive skinned with dark hair. They can have eyes of nearly any color. A rare few retain a characteristic of the Old Royal Bloodline; eyes of lavender hue.
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