Heroes of Immoren
The Kingdom of Llael
According to the history of the dwarves of Rhul, the first people of Llael were the nomadic Llae tribes, who herded cattle across the steppes south of the mountains of Rhul. Ancient Llaelese legend says that these people were the souls of dead animals and plants, who were rewarded with physical form for honourable deeds.
It is unknown whether the Llae tribes conceived of themselves this way, or whether this was the opinion of the elves, because a steady stream of elven settlement in the steppes slowly lead to the dominant ethnicity of the land being elven. The noble elven families of Llael still claim to be descendants of various Llae tribes, and it is believed that much of Llae culture and custom is preserved by the elves, as it is very different from the new elven homeland of Ios.
In the early years of its recorded history, Llael served mainly as an intermediary for trade between the dwarves of Rhul and the Morrin humans, controlling the Black River trade route. Llael was protected from Khalorian invasion by both of these more powerful kingdoms.
Magic, Religion and the Orgoth Invasion
Unlike the elves of modern Ios, the Llaelese favoured the power of magic over that of the natural world. The wizards and alchemists of Llael were among the greatest of their era when the Orgoth Invasion was finally defeated. They combined their magical prowess with the technology of the old Khalorian Empire to create giant magical collosi that were instrumental in driving the Orgoth from Immoren forever.
Since that time, however, both magic and religion are seen as the legacy of the Orogth, and are seen as dishonourable to use. Magic was banned under the formation of Llael after the end of the Orgoth domionion. Some government agents are permitted to practice magic, largely to police unlicensed magic users. A government body known as the Knights of the Mundane seeks out practice of religion and sorcery in Llael to arrest the practitioners.
Coal and Gunpowder
When the dwarves found that Llael had plentiful coal in the hills, it turned from a nation of nomads to one of miners almost overnight, fiercely protective of their natural resources, which they sold to the dwarves and the morrin before eventually developing the technology and infrastructure to use coal as well. The largest coal town in the realm is Leryn, scarcely a league from where the Black River crosses over into Rhul.
Made rich by a culture of trade of both of gold and knowledge, Llael was where gunpowder weapons were first developed, revolutionising international warfare. Guns are pervasively popular in Llael, where they are seen as “levelling the playing field” with those who use divine and arcane magic for malicious purposes. The Llaelese value honour above most other ethics, and see duelling as the most honourable resolution to slight or dispute.
Before the Orgoth invasion, the elves of Llael were divided by allegiance to different noble families, all of whom claimed to be descendants of the various Llae tribes. Four of the most prominent are the Glabryn, the Paravyn, the Gandalyn and the Mellyn.
The first King of Llael, Mikao Paravyn I, was appointed following victory over the Orgoth and the formation of the modern states of Immoren. While the King is head of state, it is the Council of Nobles, comprised of the most senior members of each noble family and based in the royal capital of Merywn, who decide the laws of Llael. Currently, Llael is without a regent; when the last king passed on, the line of ascension was muddled, and the matter has been tied up in the courts for eight years. In the interim, the Council of Nobles has appointed a Prime Minister (Lord Deyar Glabryn IX), whose position seems more permanent with each day.
They in turn answer to a complex network of officials who are elected, appointed or hold hereditary titles, all in charge of keeping the others accountable. The entire system is riddles with inconsistencies between appointment and election, and the flow of power is almost completely obscured in the process, so that no one is entirely aware of where their responsibilities begin and end.