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'''The Empire of Namorn''' is a large country in the Emelan universe that extends from [[Yanjing]] to the Western Sea. It borders Yanjing to the east and [[Lairan]], [[Irod]], [[Olart]], and [[Capchen]] to the south.
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The '''Empire of Namorn''' is a large country in the [[Circle Universe]]. that extends from [[Yanjing]] to the [[Western Sea]]. It is ruled by a powerful woman, [[Berenene dor Ocmore]], the famed omnipotent empress.
   
It is ruled by Empress [[Berenene dor Ocmore]]. The Imperial Court is at the capitol of [[Dancruan]], which is located on the southern shores of the Syth (a large lake that dominates the western portion of the country.)
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==Geography==
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===Location===
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The empire is vast and extends from [[Yanjing]] to the [[Western Sea]]. It has many mountain ranges and a huge treacherous lake called the [[Syth]], named for the trickster god [[Sythuthan]], that is very spontaneously stormy. It also has desertland, farms, forests, mines, and other such places.
   
The society and culture of the country is similar to Russia. While the nation is ruled by a woman, women in general have fewer rights in Namorn than in the countries to the south. While women can inherit land and titles, it is assumed that once they are married their husbands would take over any responsibilities.
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Bordering [[Yanjing]], it has the famed [[Sea of Grass]], which earned its title by being a huge expanse of only grass.
   
Many of their towns are built entirely out of wood. Because of this the punishment for arson in Namorn is to be burned at the stake.
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===Climate===
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Namorn is incredibly cold in the winter, and the mountain passes become unsafe and unclear, forcing everyone in Namorn to stay in Namorn. It snows during the winter. During the summer, it gets mildly warm, but sometimes they get a chill wind from the [[Syth]].
   
In Western Namorn there is a tradition of men kidnapping unmarried women and forcing them into signing a marriage contract. While the women could go to their liege lords to get the marriage ended not all lords and ladies are sympathetic. The empress herself has been kidnapped twice, but was able to escape both times, and remains unsympathetic to those who could not.
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==Politics==
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===Government===
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===Head of state and councils===
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Namorn is ruled by an emperor or empress. In 1043 [[KF]] and before then, Namorn is ruled by [[Berenene dor Ocmore]]. It is unknown for how long [[Ocmore|House Ocmore]] ruled Namorn, but it is assumed to be quite a long time. There is a council of nobles, a large assembly, and other such councils to help run Namorn. The Mages' Society of Namorn is also quite powerful, as it is headed by very popular and powerful [[Academic magic|academic]] and [[Ambient magic|ambient]] mages.
   
After [[Sandrilene fa Toren|Sandry's]] exit for the country it is believed that her cousin, [[Ambros fer Landreg]], is going to attempt to get this practice banned.
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===Aristocracy and feudal lords===
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As Namorn is a feudal monarchy, aristocrats have tremendous power in the realm, depending on their title, money, and lands.
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Noble titles are as follows:
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*''Bidis/Bidisa'' — literally means "dagger", the 1st rank of nobility, baron/baroness
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*''Saghad/Saghada'' — literally means "arrow", the 2nd rank of nobility, lord/lady
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*''Cleham/Clehame'' — literally means "sword", the 3rd rank of nobility, count/countess
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*''Giath/Giatha'' — literally means "shield", the highest rank of nobility, duke/duchess
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The nobles of the realm have a history of being hotblooded and sometimes violent. They would fight with each other, extending their lands, titles, and terrain, and occasionally they are known to turn against the Crown. Empress Berenene prevented this in her realm by beggaring the great nobles through taxation and loopholes in noble privileges. She also uses her beauty and sexuality to entrance the masses, knowing that if men's time is spent in getting her to fall in love with them, and to look upon them favorably, they would have less time to fight against her.
   
 
Fiefs in Namorn include:
 
Fiefs in Namorn include:
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*Holm
 
*Holm
 
*Haugh
 
*Haugh
*Pennan
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*Pennan <br />(and many more)
(And, oh, so many more)
 
   
==Notable People==
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===The rights of women and peasants===
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====Women====
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Women are considered second-class citizens, and it is very difficult for a woman to wield power in the empire. Even though Namorn is ruled by a woman, there have been very few improvements for women in the empire. For example, the bride kidnapping custom that ran rampant in Western Namorn still exists under Berenene. The bride kidnapping custom dictates that a man may kidnap a woman and somehow break her will for her to sign a marriage contract. Once the contract is signed by the woman, she has no rights, and she essentially belongs to her husband. The custom technically only applies to women who are taken out in the open, and when they are not under the protection of their liege lords. While women may go to their liege lords and ask for the marriage to be severed, not all liege lords or ladies are sympathetic. This includes Empress Berenene, who believes that a woman who is silly enough to be taken is a caged bird by nature and deserves and needs a keeper.
   
* [[Sandrilene fa Toren]]
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The custom applies to every unmarried woman in Namorn, even those who are related to or are members of the [[Ocmore|Imperial Family]], including Berenene before she became all powerful. Noblewomen, of course, are considered more desirable victims due to their wealth, but the station of their noble birth keeps kidnappers from physically harming them. Berenene was kidnapped a couple of times as a princess, and the men who took her were a lot more careful with her than say [[Halmar Iarun]] was with [[Gudruny Iarun|Gudruny]].
* [[Amiliane fa Landreg]]
 
* [[Berenene dor Ocmore|Empress Berenene]]
 
* [[Ambros fer Landreg]]
 
* [[Ishabal Ladyhammer]]
 
   
==Namornese Government and Aristocracy==
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====Peasants====
Namorn is a monarchy with an emperor or empress at its head. The ruler is more than a figurehead and wields great political power in the country. Although there may be a constitution of some sort, it seems as if the monarch is more of an autocrat. Like the states surrounding Namorn, it is a feudal country. The nobility or aristocracy also wield great power throughout the realm depending on their station. Their peasant tenants are practically property whom they rule over like monarchs. Nobility status is listed as follows:
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Peasants live on the lands of the nobles and work the lands. Some liege lords are more sympathetic to the rights of peasants, others are not. Peasants are also almost treated as property of their noble liege lord.
   
''Bidis/Bidisa'' — literally means "dagger", the 1st rank of nobility, baron/baroness
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===International relations===
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Namorn is bordered by [[Yanjing]] in the east, and [[Lairan]], [[Irod]], [[Olart]], and [[Capchen]] in the south. Namorn has been in an on and off war with Yanjing for the past few years.
   
''Saghad/Saghada'' literally means "arrow", the 2nd rank of nobility, lord/lady
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Empress Berenene has a tremendous amount of political pull. To force [[Vedris fer Toren|Duke Vedris IV]] to urge [[Sandrilene fa Toren]] to come to Namorn, Berenene threatened monetary repercussions on [[Emelan]]. She said that Namorn and Emelan have been allies in the past, but the empire's smile may fade away from Emelan.
   
''Cleham/Clehame'' — literally means "sword", the 3rd rank of nobility, count/countess
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==Culture==
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===Known cities===
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*[[Dancruan]], the capital of Namorn and the location of the [[Imperial Palace]]
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*[[Kugisko]], the archipelagic town on the [[Syth]]
   
''Giath/Giatha'' — literally means "shield", the highest rank of nobility, duke/duchess
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===Religion===
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Western Namorn also has its own gods, separate from those of the [[Living Circle]].
   
==Language==
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====Gods of Namorn====
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*[[Qunoc]] - Goddess of Crops <ref>''[[The Will of the Empress]]'', Cp. 3 (p. 65; Scholastic)</ref>
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*[[Vrohain]] - God of Justice <ref>''[[The Will of the Empress]]'', Glossery (p. 550; Scholastic)</ref>
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*[[Sythuthan]] — trickster god of the Syth.
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*[[Yorgiry]] — merciful goddess of healing and death.
   
Unlike most countries around the Pebbled Sea Namorn has its own language called Namornese.
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===Language===
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Unlike most countries around the [[Pebbled Sea]], Namorn has its own language called Namornese.
   
 
*''argib'' - currency of the Empire
 
*''argib'' - currency of the Empire
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*''saghadat'' a lord's or lady's estate
 
*''saghadat'' a lord's or lady's estate
 
*''Viynain, Viymese'' - mage or wizard
 
*''Viynain, Viymese'' - mage or wizard
<ref>''[[The Will of the Empress]]'', Glossery (p. 546-550; Scholastic)</ref>
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<ref>''[[The Will of the Empress]]'', Glossary (p. 546-550; Scholastic)</ref>
   
Naming and language are very similar to Russian and Scandinavian names and language.
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Naming and language are very similar to Russian and Scandinavian naming and language.
   
==Religion==
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===Fashion and dress===
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====Women's dress====
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=====Court dress=====
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Wealthy Namornese women wear a visible undercoat and an overcoat that adds to the splendor of the outfit. For example, in the [[Imperial Palace]] where Empress Berenene first officially met [[Sandrilene fa Toren]], the empress wore a dusty-rose colored open robe over a cream undergown, with a veil of sheer, cream-tinted silk.
   
Western Namorn also has its own gods, seperate from those of the [[Living Circle]].
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==Notable People==
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* [[Sandrilene fa Toren]]
*[[Qunoc]] - Goddess of Crops <ref>''[[The Will of the Empress]]'', Cp. 3 (p. 65; Scholastic)</ref>
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* [[Amiliane fa Landreg]]
*[[Vrohain]] - God of Justice <ref>''[[The Will of the Empress]]'', Glossery (p. 550; Scholastic)</ref>
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* [[Berenene dor Ocmore|Empress Berenene]]
*[[Sythuthan]] — trickster god of the Syth.
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* [[Ambros fer Landreg]]
*[[Yorgiry]] — merciful goddess of healing and death.
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* [[Ishabal Ladyhammer]]
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
 
* [[Dancruan]]
 
* [[Dancruan]]
 
* [[Kugisko]]
 
* [[Kugisko]]
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==Notes and References==
 
==Notes and References==
   
<references/>
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<references />
 
[[Category:Places in Emelan]]
 
[[Category:Places in Emelan]]
 
[[Category:Countries in the Circle Universe]]
 
[[Category:Countries in the Circle Universe]]

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Namorn
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General
Type
Location North
Size
Terrain Some farmland, desertland
Climate Cold
Islands
Landforms
Bodies of water
Marine Life
Zoology
Location Information
Established
Official Language
Religious Head
Leader/Governor
Owner
Population
Residents The Namornese
Religion
Patron God
Law Enforcement
Major Events
Affiliation
Architecture
Capital Dancruan
Port Cities
Major Cities
Major Roads
Landmarks
Notable Buildings
Rooms
Politics
Government Monarchy
Head of State Berenene dor Ocmore
Councils
Military
Wars
Allies
Enemies
Economics
Main Industry
Trade Partners
Currency
Bibliographical information
Circle Universe place
First Mentioned '
First Appeared '
Latest Appearance '
Last Appeared '
Only Appearance '
Last Mentioned '
Only Mentioned '

The Empire of Namorn is a large country in the Circle Universe. that extends from Yanjing to the Western Sea. It is ruled by a powerful woman, Berenene dor Ocmore, the famed omnipotent empress.

Geography

Location

The empire is vast and extends from Yanjing to the Western Sea. It has many mountain ranges and a huge treacherous lake called the Syth, named for the trickster god Sythuthan, that is very spontaneously stormy. It also has desertland, farms, forests, mines, and other such places.

Bordering Yanjing, it has the famed Sea of Grass, which earned its title by being a huge expanse of only grass.

Climate

Namorn is incredibly cold in the winter, and the mountain passes become unsafe and unclear, forcing everyone in Namorn to stay in Namorn. It snows during the winter. During the summer, it gets mildly warm, but sometimes they get a chill wind from the Syth.

Politics

Government

Head of state and councils

Namorn is ruled by an emperor or empress. In 1043 KF and before then, Namorn is ruled by Berenene dor Ocmore. It is unknown for how long House Ocmore ruled Namorn, but it is assumed to be quite a long time. There is a council of nobles, a large assembly, and other such councils to help run Namorn. The Mages' Society of Namorn is also quite powerful, as it is headed by very popular and powerful academic and ambient mages.

Aristocracy and feudal lords

As Namorn is a feudal monarchy, aristocrats have tremendous power in the realm, depending on their title, money, and lands.

Noble titles are as follows:

  • Bidis/Bidisa — literally means "dagger", the 1st rank of nobility, baron/baroness
  • Saghad/Saghada — literally means "arrow", the 2nd rank of nobility, lord/lady
  • Cleham/Clehame — literally means "sword", the 3rd rank of nobility, count/countess
  • Giath/Giatha — literally means "shield", the highest rank of nobility, duke/duchess

The nobles of the realm have a history of being hotblooded and sometimes violent. They would fight with each other, extending their lands, titles, and terrain, and occasionally they are known to turn against the Crown. Empress Berenene prevented this in her realm by beggaring the great nobles through taxation and loopholes in noble privileges. She also uses her beauty and sexuality to entrance the masses, knowing that if men's time is spent in getting her to fall in love with them, and to look upon them favorably, they would have less time to fight against her.

Fiefs in Namorn include:

The rights of women and peasants

Women

Women are considered second-class citizens, and it is very difficult for a woman to wield power in the empire. Even though Namorn is ruled by a woman, there have been very few improvements for women in the empire. For example, the bride kidnapping custom that ran rampant in Western Namorn still exists under Berenene. The bride kidnapping custom dictates that a man may kidnap a woman and somehow break her will for her to sign a marriage contract. Once the contract is signed by the woman, she has no rights, and she essentially belongs to her husband. The custom technically only applies to women who are taken out in the open, and when they are not under the protection of their liege lords. While women may go to their liege lords and ask for the marriage to be severed, not all liege lords or ladies are sympathetic. This includes Empress Berenene, who believes that a woman who is silly enough to be taken is a caged bird by nature and deserves and needs a keeper.

The custom applies to every unmarried woman in Namorn, even those who are related to or are members of the Imperial Family, including Berenene before she became all powerful. Noblewomen, of course, are considered more desirable victims due to their wealth, but the station of their noble birth keeps kidnappers from physically harming them. Berenene was kidnapped a couple of times as a princess, and the men who took her were a lot more careful with her than say Halmar Iarun was with Gudruny.

Peasants

Peasants live on the lands of the nobles and work the lands. Some liege lords are more sympathetic to the rights of peasants, others are not. Peasants are also almost treated as property of their noble liege lord.

International relations

Namorn is bordered by Yanjing in the east, and Lairan, Irod, Olart, and Capchen in the south. Namorn has been in an on and off war with Yanjing for the past few years.

Empress Berenene has a tremendous amount of political pull. To force Duke Vedris IV to urge Sandrilene fa Toren to come to Namorn, Berenene threatened monetary repercussions on Emelan. She said that Namorn and Emelan have been allies in the past, but the empire's smile may fade away from Emelan.

Culture

Known cities

Religion

Western Namorn also has its own gods, separate from those of the Living Circle.

Gods of Namorn

Language

Unlike most countries around the Pebbled Sea, Namorn has its own language called Namornese.

  • argib - currency of the Empire
  • amdain - fool(s)
  • bidis, bidisa - Baron or Baroness, first level of nobility
  • bidisat - baron or baroness's estate
  • cleham, clehame - Count or Countess, third level of nobility
  • clehamat - a count's or countess's estate
  • giath, giatha - Duke or Duchess, fourth level of nobility
  • giathat - a duke or duchess's estate
  • naliz - piece of dung
  • Ravvi - Mrs.
  • Ravvikki - Miss.
  • Ravvot -Mr.
  • Ravvotki - Master (as in title, not position)
  • saghad, saghada - Lord or Lady, second level of nobility
  • saghadat a lord's or lady's estate
  • Viynain, Viymese - mage or wizard

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Naming and language are very similar to Russian and Scandinavian naming and language.

Fashion and dress

Women's dress

Court dress

Wealthy Namornese women wear a visible undercoat and an overcoat that adds to the splendor of the outfit. For example, in the Imperial Palace where Empress Berenene first officially met Sandrilene fa Toren, the empress wore a dusty-rose colored open robe over a cream undergown, with a veil of sheer, cream-tinted silk.

Notable People

See also

Notes and References

  1. The Will of the Empress, Cp. 3 (p. 65; Scholastic)
  2. The Will of the Empress, Glossery (p. 550; Scholastic)
  3. The Will of the Empress, Glossary (p. 546-550; Scholastic)
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