The Kingdom of the Westerlands was an independent, predominantly human nation located around the western part of Tahn encompassing a region known to the descendants simply as ‘The Westerlands - a cold, mostly barren land wild and untamed. The heart of the Kingdom was located in a thick boreal forest.
At the request of Leopold of Marna, his nephew Emperor Philip Frederick I released Leopold and his garrison of their vows to the Holy Orenian Empire so that they could continue their fight against the Sunless Sanctum in the year 1594 which was reaffirmed soon after by the Pax Occidenti, commonly referred to as the Peace of the Sun’s Smile made between the Axios Coalition and the Westerlands which resulted in White Peace.
Without hesitance and with the help of the Company of the Westerlands and Imperial refugees from Johannesburg in the year 1595, Leopold was able to rally a strong enough force to safely venture deeper into the boreal forest and establish a new permanent wall in preparation for his expansion plans to house his people. Soon after he stylized himself as Leopold Francis I, King of Vandoria and the Westerlands. His new seat of power, replacing the weathered fort Death’s End, was the city of Bastion - something the King thought symbolic to the integrity and sacrifices humanity has made to survive even in the most inhabitable of lands.
As the capital of the Westerlands it was the hub of all of the Westerlands activity, and a safe haven to those fighting the hordes of undead beyond its walls.
In the year 1606 Bastion fell under the ire of the Dragaar Lich Mordring and his legions of Undead Minions. Mordring saw Bastion as an encroachment on his lands as it stood near the entrance of the Sunless Sanctum, his home and place of rest. This came to a head in the year of 1608 when Mordring attacked the bastion, Sacking the once proud city and leaving nothing more than rubble. The Bastion of the Westerlands now stands broken, inhabited only by the Undead it once kept at bay in an ironic twist of fate.
McGrubor’s Woods' - A massive boreal forest located in the southeast quadrant of the Westerlands region. It was the heart of the kingdom as the forest provided at least some shelter from the harsh climate and for the most resourceful, it was bountiful in game and goods needed to thrive in the region. The capital city of Bastion was located at the conjunction of the River Noumenon and the River Piscatoris which formed the bigger River Salv that fed into the western ocean. There were plans for future, smaller settlements such as House Rovin’s hold to be called Arnheim.
- High Sovereign - His Majesty Caius Sigismund of House Horen
- Crown Prince - His Highness Lucas Adrian of House Horen
- Archchancellor - Ludwig of House Nil
- Prefect of the Interior - Her Majesty, Annabel Victoria of House Horen
- Prefect of Eccumencial Endeavors - Lord Arminus von Aesterwald
- Prefect of Apostolic Endeavors - Arch Lector Adalwulf Toov
- Prefect of Logistics - Gansem Thersist
- Royal Exchequer- Farouk Al-Jahwad
- Court Mage - Vacant
- Royal Physician - Ser Elrach
The Kingdom of the Westerlands had an Absolute Monarchy style of government with King Leopold Francis I as the sole ruler of the nation. Under him was a privy council that acted as his advisors and enforcers in different aspects of the realm. They carried out his will and saw to the implementation of his desired policy. Unlike other Privy Councils, the Westerlands lacked a standing Lord Marshal. In times of war, it was the King that inherited the role of Lord Marshal and he was able to delegate it temporarily to another at his own discretion.
Due to the harsh environment, resources were generally limited and rationed. Those who worked hard and provided for the people were rewarded for their efforts and the government continued to seek new ways to reward those who displayed model behavior through both words and action.
The Kingdom of the Westerlands used multiple forms of commerce such as the universally accepted mina and resources of equivalent value. The government had plans to issue a reward system known simply as ‘Vandermarks’ which could be used to buy luxury goods, pay rent or buy drinks and food at the cantina.
The military of bastion was mostly common folk who joined the army to fight the undead.
The Westerlands was a melting pot of Human cultures with heavy Imperial, Kaedreni and Waldenian influences which put humans above the other descendants as they believed humanity was the chosen people of the Creator. One of the unifying aspects of the Westerlands was the Vander Code - an ancient code of conduct dating back to the Aegisian Era that has helped shape and form other codes of chivalry since its reemergence in the Anthosian Era.
The Vander Code
Why do Vanders fight?
- † To fear the Creator and maintain His Church
- † To serve the liege lord in valour and faith
- † To refrain from the wanton giving of offence
- † To live by honour and for glory
- † To despise pecuniary reward
- † To obey those placed in authority
- † To guard the honour of fellow Vanders
- † To keep faith
- † To at all times to speak the truth
- † To persevere to the end in any enterprise begun
- † To never to refuse a challenge from an equal
- † To never to turn the back upon a foe
While the people of the Westerlands have made no great contributions to the arts, their prized collection of Thersist portraits could be found all around the city if one were to seek them out. Predominant members of the family typically portrayed are Temp Thersist and his son Brutus Thersist.
The Kingdom of the Westerlands followed the True Faith, specifically the Owynist sect which derives its teachings from the Exalted Owyn. This particular sect is referred to as Rhoswenii Owynists.
- Did you know the Westerlands are plagued by undead?
- The Westerland army is always looking for new members to defend Bastion.
- On a different note, did you know the orcish language is called Blah? Find out more here!