Once, the val’Tensen lands were united and at peace as part of the Coryani Empire, but after the secession of a rebel province and their quick establishment of the Kingdom of Milandir, a portion of the val’Tensen family sided with the rebels, while the other half remained loyal to the Empire.

After centuries, an attempt at reunification was made, but just as peace was at hand, the leaders of both sides of the family were assassinated, with each side blaming the other.

After years of almost constant warfare, a figure has not emerged to unite the desperate factions of Almeric, as just about every city or town claims the crown for themselves.

The once rolling, lush hills are now muddy fields of death, with crops irrigated by blood. Those suffering the most, the common villager, has little hope for an alleviation of these dire conditions, unless someone, through force of arms or a legitimate claim can finally unite the free city-states of Almeric and end the cycle of bloodshed and misery.

National Languages: Low Coryani

Almeric Personality Traits (d6)


1 I am the rightful king of Almeric and I demand to be treated as such.
2 It’s every man for themselves. The only one looking out for you is you!
3 My battle-cry is always “For Almeric!”
4 I grew up hungry, eating mud to fill my belly. Now I take every opportunity to enjoy what luxuries I can.
5 Many say I’m paranoid, but after nearly having your throat cut for a stale piece of bread, you’d sleep with one eye open too.
6 I will always give a coin or two to a beggar.

Almeric Ideals (d6)


1 Unity: Only by coming together as one nation will Almeric ever know peace.
2 Responsibility: We need to look after one another.
3 Peace: What the common folk want is just to be left alone. Only rulers and madmen desire conflict.
4 Destiny: I will either take the throne, or rule from behind it.
5 Vengeance: A band of mercenaries slaughtered my family just to sleep in the house, before moving on. I was a child that could only hide then. Now, I can make them pay!
6 Self-Reliance: I need to tale care of myself and my allies. Counting on the charity of others is foolish.

Almeric Bonds (d6)


1 The ancestral sword of the val’Tensen can only be wielded by the rightful ruler of Almeric. The monks of the Order of the Blade must come down from their mountain fortress with the sword and test every claimant until the true ruler is found.
2 A pretender to the throne killed my family and I will avenge them.
3 All I want is to see my ancestral lands restored.
4 The (other side) was responsible for the assassinations that ignited this war. They must be exposed and brought to justice.
5 I fight for those that cannot fight for themselves.
6 It is clear that the teachings of Hurrian and the rest of the Pantheon has been forgotten by the people of Almeric. A religious leader should be installed, and strict religious rule imposed.

Almeric Flaws (d6)


1 I bow to no one.
2 My arrogance often creates dangerous enemies for me.
3 After experiencing other lands, sometimes I wonder if I want to go back to Almeric.
4 Human (or any of kind) of life means little to me. I’d just as soon see you screaming in pain as not.
5 I treat every noble I come across as a simpering fool.
6 I indulge in every vice and excess to make up for my years of going without.

Almerian Naming Conventions

Almeric is a young nation born from the melding of two smaller territories pulled from other lands. Only a single generation has passed since its founding and the traditions of naming have not changed much in this short time. The common people typically have a given name and a surname, whereas the nobility have elaborate naming structures as described in the Milandir and Coryani Empire sections.

To create Almerian names of your own, Germanic ones would be suitable for those whose families are from the Milandir, while ancient Roman ones are best for those families originally from the Coryani Empire.

Common Given Names
Male: Adalbard, Bergen, Carl, Eryk, Gerald, Jurgen, Konrad, Luthold, Reinhard, Symon, Wernher, Wolfram.
Female: Agnes, Bertha, Clare, Hedwig, Jutte, Osanna, Ursula, Veronica.

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Appearance

There hasn’t been enough time since the creation of Almeric for it to develop its own ethnic style of dress, so most still hearken back to their Milandisian or Coryani ancestry. If a stereotype had to be made of the average Almerian it would be a dour, stout person, normally malnourished and unwashed, with stringy dark hair and clouded bloodshot eyes.

Gender Roles

With the amount of internecine war, day in and day out, the people of Almeric fill all roles necessary to survival.
Some men are forced into weaving cloth for their noble lords, while some women, especially the scions of the val’Tensen, are likely to be found as heavily armed and part of a military unit. The one exception to this are those women capable of bearing children, who are segregated and protected to maintain the population, as constant warfare results in more deaths than births in any given year.

Nobility

The “nobility” of Almeric is like no other in the Known Lands. With the implosion of any sort of political unity, anyone who could put forth any sort of claim to the crown of Almeric, also can take the title of noble. The legitimacy of this status is often measured by the number of sellswords under one’s command. This has led to dozens of “princes” and “princesses” across the land. Any other titles are bestowed, at a whim it seems at times, to those who back their claim.

Val

As noted, the most common val in Almeric are the val’Tensen, the Scions of Hurrian. Once renowned as the most level headed and compassionate of the val and proclaimed widely as the Protector of Man.

Commoners

In a land where it seems that every stable boy holds the title of viscount, it is surprising to discover that, the majority of Almeric’s population is made up are common folk.
Before the outbreak of the civil war, the lands that now make up Almeric once enjoyed a thriving middle class of merchants, craftsmen and artists. Now most commoners are put to work either as soldiers or in the fields. These farms are growing less and less able to support the farmers, let alone the men-at-arms that are fielded, due to the constant battles in the land. When supplies are not enough, it is the common man who starves, to feed the military machine and, of course, the nobles.

Religion

Whether the Temples in Almeric follow the tenants of the Mother Church of Coryan or newly formed Milandric Church depends entirely on the region and the religious views of the local lord. Many temples have been destroyed during the fiercest battles and there are not enough priests to gather together and decide which version of the holy text to follow. Most priests were conscripted into the military and informed by their new rulers that Hurrian’s preeminent aspect is no longer the Defender of Man, but War.

Military

Almeric is an armed camp, with either standing armies under the direct control of nobles or roving bands of heavily armed bandits roaming the region. Almeric has yet to be invaded by a foreign army, thus it’s unsure whether they would band together against a common foe. The defense of the common people has been assumed by the monks of the Order of the Blade, the keepers of the holy sword, Precision.
These monks, now more of a fighting order than religious scholars searching for the deeper meaning behind the teachings of the Gods, patrol the most heavily used paths by pilgrims traveling to the Blessed Lands, doing their best to protect them through the war zone that is Almeric. At the same time, while maintaining their neutrality in the battle for the crown, they defend helpless villages and attack any military units they encounter who engage in atrocities.


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