Nation of Pehaam

Pehaam is a nation ruled by a coven of witches known as the Circle of Moonrise. Fearsome creatures roam its forests, and spellbound soldiers comprise its armies.

The Circle of Moonrise appeared some 120 years ago, and established itself at the border between then warring Ithear and Ashea. As the coven grew more and more powerful, feeding on the deaths of soldiers, its magic started warping the forests and the mountains around the coven's grounds. Ferocious animals, shadow creatures, and horrifying walking trees filled the area, striking fear into the hearts of local people.

Soon, surrounding villages pledged themselves to the coven, begging the witches to protect them from their own creations. They would give their sons and daughters to the Circle as their tribute. The daughters were to become the younger Sisters of the Circle and the sons, through blood magic, the mighty Heartless warriors, fully subservient to the coven.

These days Pehaam, still ruled by the thirteen witches of the original coven, is wholly separate from both Ithear and Ashea, both of which dare not test its borders. Inside Pehaam, most of the monstrous creatures have been exiled to the forests and mountains, leaving plains to the people.

Kingdom of Ithear

Ithear (ee-THE-ar) is a kingdom on the western shores of Ishon (EE-shon). It is the largest state on Ishon and is inhabited almost exclusively by humans.

In the year 1227, previously small and peaceful kingdom of Arrath turned to theocracy under the rule of king Cassius the Pious, who has established himself as the Patriarch and started the Ithearian Conquests. The Conquests lasted ten years, until in the year 1238 king Lionel the Uniter has annexed the last of the eleven provinces of the Itherian Empire.

Now, Arrath is the capital province of Ithear, though it is sometimes subdivided into North Arrath and South Arrath along the river Faeran (fah-er-AHN), mostly for the sake of being able to say that Ithear consists of twelve provinces. Capital of Ithear, Faereth (fah-er-ETH), then ends up on that division line.

The province of Uther, named Demakh before its annexation, is the most restless of the provinces. The duke of Uther is on good terms with both neighboring dukes and queen Flavia herself, and was invited to Arrath on a few occasions to advise at the royal council. There are rumors of another insurgence brewing in Uther's many abandoned mines, but the duke of Uther staunchly denies them all.

Ithear doesn't get along well with neighboring nations. Reasons for that are many territorial disputes in the aftermath of the Conquests, and general attitude of Ithearian nobility towards non-humans and heathens.