The Dawn of Earum
To the South is Sanctuary. The poorest of the kingdoms. Their economy is based off of the fish they catch, the lumber from the surrounding forest, and the warriors they let the other kingdoms higher for dangerous missions or monster elimination. Very little crime goes on in these parts but this does not stop the king from having a well trained city guard. The citizens are friendly and well fed. Every true citizen (resident of at least 3 years) is required to serve at least one year in Sanctuary’s Academy or active service with the Army or Navy. Very few take only one of these options and fewer only do the standard year. This has built a very strong sense of camaraderie in the community as they all see each-other as brothers and sisters in arms. Even the rulers are required this service. Any non-noble may enter into a political career under the requirement of no less than 4 years of service at the Academy, Army, Navy, or any combination of the 3.
If a citizen is particularly skilled and has done at least 4 years in 2 of the 3 services they will then qualify for Sanctuary’s Special Forces. Their existence is known to all but the tasks they are given are a very closely held secret. The Special Forces are never for hire by any of the other kingdoms and are feared. It is said that the Special Forces even pull a lot of the strings in Sanctuary’s politics and the King is a figure head rather than holding actual power. Some say that the king holds all the power….. Some are wise enough to know combinations of things can also exist.
The structure of Sanctuary is a democracy for the most part. The High King has final say in any and all decisions that effect Sanctuary. Representatives from the towns and cities under Sanctuary’s protection and or rule are allowed to make most decisions for their respective lands and peoples but must present themselves before the King and his delegates before making major changes. If an act of war is affecting one of these towns or cities Special Forces are sent to protect the people and make sure that the ruler of the land does not make stupid or rash actions that will effect Sanctuary negatively. As such, the new religion of The Dragon Slayers has reached many ears in these places and in Sanctuary itself. The High King, Monathis, is not opposed to the new religion but has not adopted it. However, he has not stopped any of his citizens from worship and even let some of the cities and towns under his rule make it standard. Even letting them erect Churches for the faithful and for the curious. These places have set up petitions and very good arguments for Monathis to look over and hear to go make the religion a standard for all of Sanctuary’s lands.