Kingdom of Nomambia
Nomambia is enclosed by Silvan Mountains to the east and by the Blacktop Mountains and Blue Alps to the west. To the north lies the Jadded Hills, a barren hill country inhabited by tribesmen called the Jaharim. To the south lies the Gulf of Tez, an inlet of the Sea of Tyrene. Nomambia is named after its principal feature, the Nomamble River. The river enters the kingdom from the north though the gap in the Silvan mountains. Meandering southward through the length of kingdom, the Nomamble exits where the capital city Jottenburg sits on the Gulf. Once heavily forested, only the Dire Wood on the hilly eastern reaches remains untouched. Most of the Nomamble valley has undergone clearing and cultivation. An exception is a large area of highlands to the south east known as the Caffercons.
Most citizens of the Kingdom are of Ambian decent. Originating from a land to the north west, they served as auxiliaries to the Aurean legions during their invasion of the Kanti and were given the right to settle. After the fall of the Aurian Empire, the subsequent Ambian kingdom gradually broke into the three kingdoms of North, South and East Ambia before being reunited as part of the Seven Kingdoms by the South Ambian king Edgar Lawbringer. Ambians are characterised by having fair skin, brown hair and eyes, and medium height and build.
A tall, blond race, after whom the Kingdom’s capital Jottenburg is named. They comprise around a fifth of the population of Nomambia. Jotten arose as a people in the lands of Goethia to the West of the Jagged Hills. They they fled the Aurian Legions by migrating east beyond the Banwikan Mountains. Some time after the fall of the Aurian Empire defeat ’s fell After the Fall of Dunfellow the Jotten returned, invading the Nomamble Valley from the north via longships. They created two kingdoms, Nom in the North and Jottenica in the South. These kingdoms were conquered by Edgar Lawbringer, and subsumed into the Kingdom of Nomambia.
Influences: Nordic and Germanic.
The Kanti were the lands first human inhabitants. They constructed many barrows, standing stones, and stone circles that are still in existence throughout the Kingdom. The Kanti were conquered by two waves of invaders – Aurelian and their Ambian subjects, then by the tall Jotten. The last remaining stronghold of Kanti independence was Cafficonia conquered by Edgar Lawbringer when he united the seven kingdoms. These days people of Kanti decent dwell mostly in the Caffercons. They comprise about fifteen percent of the total population. In ancient times Kanti ruled by the Druids, shaman in the service of the nature. Although some still hold to their traditional beliefs, most Kanti now follow other faiths – Druidry was until recently illegal in the Kingdom. The appearance of Kanti descendants can vary greatly but are generally characterised by their rounded heads.
Influences: The Celts.
Nomambian history begins a thousand years ago when the Aureans invaded Kanti Sylvania via the gap between Blue Alps and the Blacktops. They swiftly subjugated the entire region and founded many cities that still exist today The Aurians rewarded the loyalty of their Ambian auxiliaries by letting them colonize in the new province driving the Kanti into the remoter regions such as the Caffercon Hills. When the Aureans fell, the land was ruled by its successor the Alderian Empire of the Cardians. The last Alderian Emperor, known as the Lich King, ruled around 500 years ago. During this time the people suffered greatly under the thumb of Dunfellow, his capital west of the Blacktops.
After the Lich King was defeated and Dunfellow laid waste, the land became the Kingdom Ambia. However, the king died without issue leading to short but bloody civil between two contenders representing northern and southern nobility. Peace saw the kingdom divided in to Northambia, whose capital became Tonswick, and Southambia whose capital was Avebury.
When Galathea the Black who laid waste to much of Northambia, its king offered half his kingdom to whoever could slay of the dragon. Oscar Wyrmslayer slew the beast and claimed the lands to the east of the Nomamble River as his own. Thus was born the Kingdom of Eastambia, its new capital Wormchester was reputedly built on the site of the Galathea’s great treasure hoard.
Peace was again short lived. Jottenic tribes invaded from the northeast, their longships raiding the length of the River. The Jotten established two new kingdoms along the river the northern Kingdom of Nom and the southern, Kingdom of Jottenica, at the mouth of the river. The two Jottenic kingdom kingdoms grew to encompass the entire length of the river, all bar the city of Wormchester, which withstood a 5 five-year siege. During this conflict the Kanti of the Cafficon Hills rebelled against their Eastambian overlords and established their own Kingdom of Cafficonia. A particularly bitter episode in the Jottenic wars was the sacking of Tonswick after a prolonged siege. After Tonswick’s destruction the capital of Northambia moved to Hind.
The Southambian King Edgar finally halted Jottenic expansion. Edgar’s use of cavalry proved an effective measure against the mobility of Jottenic longships. Edgar united the three Ambian kingdoms, conquered the two Jottenic kingdoms then brought to heal the Kanti kingdom of the Cafficons. Finally conquered the southern lands of Castile, where at the mouth of the great Nyag river sits at the bottom of the Silvan Mountains.
Some time after Edgar’s death, the Saracen Mardigasi conquered Castile from of great desert east of the Mountains. During this time its Cardian Rulers fled north to Jottenburg. When the Cardian general Leonium the Great reconquered Castile, the then King of Nomambia installed him the Prince of Castile with independent rulership. Leone, the capital of Castile renamed after the general, is the largest city in the world. The Generals descendants have ruled Castile since his supposed death during a hunting trip in the Direwood around 200 years ago.
Last year the General returned along with the ancient Kanti demi-goddess, Saint Andreas Adena, his new wife. Overthrowing his descendant in a brief civil war, he and Adena were eventually recognised by the King of Nomambia as the co-rulers of the Principality. However, their rule has been increasingly erratic, an uprising by the previous ruler was brutally suppressed and the ex-prince beheaded. The King of Nomambia in growing concern organised a meeting with Leonium. The news has just arrived that the King was assassinated at this meeting and Leonium has been implicated. War is between the Kingdom and the Principality is imminent.