Princedom of Fenn
The Princedom of Fenn, more commonly referred to as Fenn or the Princedom, is the home of the Elven subrace the Mali’Fenn and is one of the most powerful and long-lasting racial nations within the realm. The current capital of the Princedom, Tahu’lareh, is positioned in the eastern mountain range of Arcas. The government within the Princedom is an absolute hereditary Monarchy, the head of the state known as the Grand Prince. The title has always been held by the Tundrak bloodline, the founding family of the Princedom. The Grand Prince has a group of advisors that are apart of the other major bloodlines, dealing with things such as housing, religious ceremonies, and diplomacy. They are known as the Grand Council.
The military plays a major part in the holding of trials and enforcing laws, the army is known as the Ivae’fenn centralizing much of the careers in Fenn. The head of the Ivae’fenn, is known as the Grand Marshall and has a place on the Grand Council. Another major role in Princedom life is the Idhren’tirn, the priests of the Wyvrunic Contract. The head of the group is known as the Arch Vigilant (or Tahu’naeri) and holds sacrifices and rituals in name of Wyrvun.
In most situations, Fenn prefers to remain neutral on the world stage. However, due to the strong military within the nation, Fenn possesses powerful defensive and offensive capabilities and only attacks when provoked. The Princedom maintains positive relations with its neighbour the Kingdom of Norland.
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The Princedom of Fenn has been lost and reforged a few times, always brought together by the Tundrak bloodline. The earliest records still intact show the founding of the Princedom in the land of Anthos.
Most records lost to time.
Grand Prince Tundrak I ascends to the throne as the first Grand Prince of the Mali'fenn, forming the Princedom of Fenn. Through this action, House Tundrak is made the Royal House. Houses Drakon, Atmorice, and Fenn'Asul are named as Noble Houses. The Princedom takes up solitary residence in the mountains of southern Anthos.
Many years pass before Grand Prince Tundrak I falls ill and passes away. He leaves behind a daughter, Amnestria, and five sons, Thar, Eregurn, Sparticus, Hithaerbin, and Solies. Hithaerbin and Solies, stricken with grief for their lost father, set out into the snows and never return.
Sparticus, having been chosen by his father, is crowned Grand Prince Tundrak II. He promises to lead the Mali'fenn into a new era and end their isolation from the other races.
The Snow Elves emerge from the southern mountains and trek north, seeking to make contact with the other races. They come upon Kal'Ithrun first, where Grand King Indago Stormhammer reigns.
A deal is struck between the Snow Elves and Dwarves. The Princedom was granted ample land in the snowy forests south of Kal'Ithrun in return for vassalization. Grand Prince Tundrak II swears his loyalty to the Grand King, and the Snow Elves set out for their new land.
Grand Prince Tundrak II founds the town of Frostfall, serving as the new home of the Snow Elves. The Ivae'Fenn is also formed, and Sparticus names his brother Eregurn as its commander.
Construction of Frostfall is complete, but the peace is short-lasted. The Holy Kingdom of Oren and Grand Kingdom of Urguan clash in a mighty war. The Ivae'Fenn are marched north, where they fight day after day alongside the Dwarven Legion in the trenches of Kal'Ithrun. In the first day alone, the Ivae'Fenn manage to slay a Prince of Malinor and a Carrion Prince.
War continues to rage, until finally the Holy Kingdom of Oren mounts for a massive attack on the Dwarven fortress of Indagolaf. The fortress is defended by a coalition force of the Dwarven Legion, Snow Elven Ivae'Fenn, and Adunians. Oren's attacks are repulsed, and the siege comes to an end.
The Order of New Dawn swears vassalage to the Princedom of Fenn. Several months later, however, the Order sides with Oren in warfare. The Ivae'Fenn march upon the Order's lands, and combat ensues. The Order's soldiers are quickly cut down in what can only be described as a slaughter. What is left of the guild retreats north, yet the damage has been done, and the Order of New Dawn soon after disintegrates.
The Grand Kingdom of Urguan and Holy Kingdom of Oren manage to sign a peace treaty, ultimately ending the war.
Within Frostfall, dissension begins to grow. Eregurn Tundrak and the Grand Prince grow further apart, and it is soon discovered Eregurn would attempt a coup. House Drakon feigned allegiance to Eregurn's cause, but when the coup was executed, the bannermen of House Drakon immediately turned on the rebels. The conflict was over in minutes. Eregurn is stripped of his post as commander.
The combined forces of the Dwarven Legion and Snow Elven Ivae'Fenn march through the deeproads in order to retake the Dwarven city of Kal'Azgoth from Ondnarch and his minions. A massive battle ensues in the deeproads as Ondnarch's forces are forced back. Within Kal'Azgoth, the bloodshed continues, until Igor Ireheart slays Ondnarch in single combat. Wyrvun is purified through this act, rising once again to the skies, but not before blessing the Snow Elven and Dwarven soldiers.
A mysterious tower of the Scourge appears within the Princedom on the outskirts of Frostfall. The Scourge had managed to penetrate the northern defenses of the descendant races and create a southern front. Immediately, the Ivae'Fenn began bombardment of nearby bloodshards with trebuchets and ballistae, detonating a number of them. Corruption began to spread throughout Frostfall.
The Princedom was pressured by The Conclave of Malinor to take action against the Scourge or else they would go to war with them.
A combined coalition of the Princedom of Fenn, Grand Kingdom of Urguan, Holy Kingdom of Oren, and Rexdom of Krugmar march on the dark spire on the outskirts of Frostfall. A massive battle ensues, resulting in a victory for the Black Scourge. Frostfall is corrupted and laid waste. The Snow Elves, with Setherien on their northern doorstep and barren land inhabited by cultists to their south, are surrounded. They found the massive underground fortress city of Khazad'Karrzark beneath Frostfall, and close the gates. The Siege of Khazad'Karrzark begins.
Grand Prince Tundrak II received no aid from the Conclave, and the people of Fenn were forced to move underground into Khazad'karrzark. Food begins to run low in Khazad'Karrzark as the Ivae'Fenn desperately hold the gatehouse against repeated attacks. Eregurn Tundrak finds his faith, and becomes the first High Prophet of Wyrvun.
A Red Dawn: Wrath Of Setherien:A group of Ivae'Fenn, the Grand Prince among them, silently slip through the siege lines during the night, and ascend to the top of the Dark Spire. There, they enter a portal, and find themselves in the lair of Setherien himself, deep in the North. Combat ensues, and the Snow Elven soldiers manage to slay two Harbingers before encountering Setherien himself. The Grand Prince enters single combat with Setherien and looses an arrow at the Black Wyrm's face, managing to chip one of its teeth. The soldiers put up a valiant stand against Setherien, but are ultimately forced back into the portal with heavy losses. It remains the first time and one of the only times Setherien is injured by mortals. The Siege of Khazard'Karrzark is broken as Setherien's forces march north once more in order to combat the other nations.
Most records and their dates lost to time. Therefore, these may be out of order.
The Realm known as the Fringe is discovered, and the Snow Elves set out through the portal and settle there. They found the city of Lindale.
A final battle ensues in the Realm of Anthos as the mortal races struggle to defend the Old Cloud Temple, but ultimately are forced back into the portal by floodwaters. Anthos is destroyed.
A Snow Elf known as Aglarond is named Lord Commander of the Ivae'Fenn.
Through the Treaty of Lindale, Grand King Wulfgar Grandaxe grants the Princedom of Fenn its independence, though an alliance is made between the two nations.
The Battle of the Red Realm occurs, and the Princedom marches its forces alongside those of the Grand Kingdom in the conflict. After months of battle, Setherien himself is finally slain, and the great conflict comes to an end.
Conflicts simmer between the Princedom of Fenn and Kingdom of Alras after a group of rogue Alrasian soldiers assault the Grand Prince. Peace is soon orchestrated by the Grand Kingdom, though.
Houses Drakon and Atmorice leave the Princedom of Fenn, setting up the Palatinate of Fenn. Brief combat ensues between the two Snow Elven nations before the Palatinate of Fenn is disbanded and the Princedom of Fenn is fully reunited once more.
House Atmorice is stripped of its noble status after they all disappear, and the line of House Atmorice is believed to have come to an end. House Fenn'Asul is also stripped of its noble status for the same reason aswell as due to High Treason against the Princedom and Mali'fenn as a whole and Intermingling and marriage of the Matriarch to an enemy of the Princedom.
Verbal hostilities ensue outside the Dwarven city of Kal'Arkon as Emperor Peter Chivay accuses Grand Prince Tundrak II of raiding the city of Kaldonia. The hostilities escape into full-scale war when the Emperor declares war on the Princedom, and the Crimson-Silver Alliance of Haelun'or and the Empire of Oren rally their forces. The Grand Kingdom of Urguan breaks its alliance with the Princedom so that it is not drawn into the conflict.
The Ivae'Fenn find themselves out-supplied and very heavily out-numbered. Nonetheless, they put up a valiant fight, holding their own against Orenian raiding forces. By this point, the Princedom is slightly winning the war, however the Empire of Oren is not even committing itself to the combat yet.
Finally, the entire Imperial Army marches north and lays siege to Lindale. Snow Elven forces are out-numbered roughly 10:1, as a force of 20,000 Snow Elves, Orcs, and Sand Elves face off against 200,000 Imperial soldiers.
The battle is over quickly. Imperial forces breach the walls, slaughter the defenders, and sack the city. Every building is razed to the ground, and women and children are slaughtered in the streets. It becomes known as the Sack of Lindale, and later, the First Snow Elven Genocide.
Lord Commander Aglarond disappears in the fighting, and Prince Thar is killed in the combat.
The Empire of Oren then declares war on the Grand Kingdom of Urguan, and they commit their forces to that front.
Lindale is rebuilt as New Lindale, and stronger this time thanks to such architects as Ninde Luinwe. A more unified Snow Elven nation rises from the ashes.
The Krughanistan Bloc is created, consisting of the Grand Kingdom of Urguan, Kingdom of Alras, Sovereign of Hanseti, Rexdom of Krugmar, and Princedom of Fenn. The five nations of the coalition enter war with the Crimson-Silver Alliance.
Bitter fighting breaks out at the Mouth of Dungrimm, a massive Dwarven wall. Haelun'or and Vekaro are subject to daily raids by the coalition forces.
A High Elven deserter from Haelun'or named Kael'Daenor leads a force of other defectors to the Princedom of Fenn, where they join the Snow Elves. Kael'Daenor soon rises to the rank of Lord Commander of the Ivae'Fenn.
The Princedom commits the entire Ivae'Fenn to the war, numbering 15,000 men at its strongest. The war begins to tilt in the Bloc's favor.
House Sarino, a human house, is granted nobility in the Princedom in exchange for vassalage. The town of Barrowhaven is annexed and placed beneath their rule. -Edict of Barrowhaven-
- The Princedom of Fenn hereby annexes the lands west of the capital.
- The Princedom of Fenn hereby names these lands the Jarldom of Barrowhaven.
- The Princedom of Fenn hereby names Ericus Sarino as Jarl of Barrowhaven.
- The Princedom of Fenn hereby elevates House Sarino to nobility.
The Ivae'Fenn are disbanded and the Faersu'sil take their place, creating the only other cavalry force in the Fringe, the other being that of the Empire of Oren.
Peace is made between the Crimson-Silver Alliance and the Krughanistan Bloc.
Bastion Ireheart arrives in Lindale, warning the Grand Prince of treachery. He tells of seeing Kael'Daenor and Kalenz Uradir, leader of Haelun'or, rallying the forces of Haelun'or and preparing to march on Lindale in order to arrest and depose of Grand Prince Tundrak II. The Ivae'Fenn is immediately rallied, and soon enough, the soldiers of Haelun'or arrive outside the gates, demanding the head of the Grand Prince. A traitor within the Faersu'sil lets them in, causing the loyal forces to retreat back into the inner city. The Dwarven Legion arrives along with Orcish soldiers, and the Ivae'Fenn rush out of the inner city. Combat ensues, and the Empire of Oren's forces join the fray. The Bloc forces are pushed back to Castle Blackfrost, where they hold off the attacks and push the Orenian and Haelun'orian forces back.
Kael'Daenor disappears, and his son Gabriel Daenor is granted authority over the Snow Elven district Okarn'fenn in Haelun'or, splintering the Mali'fenn. Gabriel claims himself to be a Snow Elf and takes up the title of Laurir'Fenn. War between the Krughanistan Bloc and the Crimson-Silver Alliance continues, the Princedom's forces greatly weakened, and Snow Elves now fighting for both sides.
High Prophet Eregurn Tundrak disappears.
House Drakon, originally having sided with the Daenors, realize the error of their ways and switch back to the Princedom, where they are forgiven.
The Ivae'Fenn is reformed and Arayon Drakon is named as their Lord Commander.
After years of conflict, Gabriel Daenor and Grand Prince Tundrak attempt to resolve the split, and peace talks begin in secret between the Princedom of Fenn and Snow Elven District of Haelun'or. The peace talks, however, prove a failure, and a vote is attempted. Irelia Fenn'Asul, last of the line of House Fenn'Asul, attempts to gain power but fails, and ultimately disappears along with the rest of House Fenn'Asul after she is exiled by both the Princedom and District. Their line is believed to have ended.
The numbers of the District grow until the Princedom is disbanded, and Grand Prince Tundrak II, also known as Sparticus Tundrak, disappears. Gabriel Daenor's rule is complete.
The Realm of the Fringe is left behind by the mortal races, who discover Thales. The Snow Elven District of Haelun'or settles outside Haelun'or in order to repulse Orcish raids from Haelun'or's borders.
Gabriel Daenor grows increasing tyrannical in his methods of ruling according to his people, prompting House Drakon to rebel. The rebels set up camp near the Dwarven city.
Gabriel Daenor leads the Snow Elves in banditing, hitting nations such as the Grand Kingdom of Urguan. Many Snow Elves oppose conflict against their ancient allies.
The Treaty of Thales is signed, and Haelun'or and Oren betray the Snow Elven District and Gabriel Daenor. Haelun'or, Oren, and the Grand Kingdom of Urguan commence the Second Snow Elven Genocide. The Mali'fenn who are escaped are forced into hiding.
Claudia Daenor rejects her family, and she and Arayon Drakon construct a camp deep in Thales where most Mali'fenn hide.
The Snow Elven people become enraged with Gabriel Daenor, as it was him who betrayed the Bloc and allied himselves with such treacherous nations as Haelun'or and Oren. The Usurper is overthrown, and Grand Prince Tundrak II once again reigns, House Tundrak taking up its old position as the royal house. This time, he reigns over a scattered and decimated Snow Elven populace. He vows resistance against the genocide. The Daenors (minus Claudia Daenor) are eternally banished from the newly refounded Princedom, and are labeled as kill-on-sight. Despite the ravages of the genocide, for the first time in many years, the Snow Elven people stand united and determined.
In Lindale during the plauge, at one point the gates were firmly shut. Crowds of infected and non-infected people wait outside the gates to be let in. Ivae'Fenn soldiers with TAC masks stood guard, slowly letting non-infected people into the city.
The Princedom of Fenn celebrated in the streets. The Ivae'Fenn had been the first into Kal'Azgoth and the first to hit the line of defenders guarding the sacred Dwarven Halls. Alongside the dwarves, they slew Ondnarch and set Wyrvun free. In the end, they had seen the Aengul Wyrvun, who had been so absent when they prayed to him until that point.
The Princedom of Fenn refuses to recognize the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Hanseti.
Crown Prince Rhaegar Tundrak captures the Imperial Princess by the name of Vittoria Chivay for a ransom of 20,000 mina or she would be executed.
Most records and dates lost to time.
The Snow Elves construct the warship RMS Wyrvun's Wrath and sail to Tuv Aviv, joining up with the rest of the fleet. The RMS Wyrvun's Wrath is the most heavily armed ship, with 8 ballistae aboard. As they begin to sail away, the ship is boarded by creatures from Gazadriel's army. The crew of the ship manage to fight them off, until a great and powerful creature appears on the deck. After a violent fight the beast is slain, and emergency repairs are made on the ship as they sail away.
The RMS Wyrvun's Wrath arrives in Athera, and the Snow Elves search the lands for a suitable home.
Conflicts arise against the Lordship of Adunia, Clan Orvar, and Sovereign of Hanseti over land. In the end, the Snow Elves settle in Fort Frostleaf, where they refound the Princedom of Fenn.
The Lordship of Adunia captures a Snow Elven settlement, infuriating the Snow Elves. The Ivae'Fenn set out and ambush the settlement from all directions. Adunian forces are absolutely slaughtered. The Lordship of Adunia never recovers from the attack, disintegrating soon afterwards.
The nation of Valeria is founded to the north-east, comprising of multiple settlements, its capitol being Illicia. Immediately the Snow Elves and Valerians clash. Though outnumbered, the Snow Elves successfully hold off the Valerian forces until a coup takes place in Valeria and peace is made.
Sylen Drayzont II is appointed Lord Commander of the Ivae'Fenn.
Fort Frostleaf is torn down and in its place, Castle Winterhaven is constructed.
A coup takes place in the Empire of Oren, putting House Carrion on the throne. The Princedom and new regime declare peace, ending hostilities with the Empire of Oren.
Prince Solies Tundrak returns and becomes the new High Priest of the Temple of Wyrvun.
10,000 Ivae'Fenn march to the Haelun'or crossroads, slaughtering over 20,000 Haelun'orians. The Ivae'Fenn then march to Aesterwald, where they butcher Chivay-loyalists in the streets. The Chivay-loyalist forces charge out from their keep, only to be scattered and sent running for their lives. The Ivae'Fenn then march back to Castle Winterhaven.
The Jarldom of Tanem is created east of Castle Winterhaven, becoming the seat of House Drakon. Between the two, the Jarldom of Shift rises, serving as the seat of the newly-noble House Grayhammer. Hostilities continue against Haelun'or.
Tensions rise against the Duchy of Polaris (Valeria renamed). The Duke demands tribute from the Princedom and is denied. Soldiers from the Duchy attempt to kill the Grand Prince but fail.
The Haelun'orian army is defeated several times in a row by the Snow Elven Ivae'Fenn.
The Princedom of Fenn allies itself with the rebelling clans of Azog and Dom. Joined by the Grand Kingdom, the combined force goes to war against the War Uzg.
The first skirmish takes place between rebel and War Uzg forces, resulting in a decisive rebel victory.
The Jarldom of Shift is abandoned and House Grayhammer disappears, resulting in their removal from nobility.
Grand Prince Tundrak II enters a mysterious trance, going unconscious. Until such a time as he rises once more, his body is placed in a tomb below Castle Winterhaven. Lord Chancellor Zane Drakon shall rule the Princedom alongside the Grand Council until the Grand Prince returns.
Most ecords lost in the travel from Vailor to Axios.
Lived in Tar'sil and Tennallar'fin.
The Treaty of Southern Vailor, 1523 was signed between the Princedom of Fenn, Grand Kingdom of Urguan, Nation of Aeroch Nor, Lordship of Adunia, Enclave of Karakatua, Warhawkes, and the Scholars’ Society.
Most records lost to time.
Lived in Nim'Lindel.
Created The Citadel of Acael. Created The Tundrak Palace.
The Second Treaty of Lomal, 1623 was signed by the Princedom of Fenn and the Dark Elves of Leyu’celia.
Most records lost in the many wars of Atlas.
Founded the city of Talar’ikur (Cold Horizon in Elven).
Founded the city of Tahu’Lareh (High Rock in Elven) upon reaching Arcas.
In 1715 the Princedom took part in the War of Two Emperors joining the Holy Orenian Empire and its allies and vassal-states who were lead by Joseph I, Holy Orenian Emperor. The Princedom held onto the fight until 1719, and lost only lives as a result of the war and its refusal to admit defeat.
In 1727, The Grand Prince Aelthos Tundrak III ordered the Ivae’Fenn to march on the Spider Elves caves as they were constantly attacking the Princedom. The Ivae’Fenn under Marshal Aesilonth then approached the borders of the Cultists but realised that they were in Llyrian territory. After a few denouncements and missives, the council of Llyria accepted the terms but then decided not to give the land and instead offer some minas. While Llyria was doing all that, early on 1728, Aelthos signed a defensive pact with the leader of the High Elves. Grand Prince Aelthos Tundrak III then rallied all his troops and summoned his allies. The war against Llyria started on 1728, with Fenn, Urguan, Haelunor, Aegrothond and some other minor factions marching together to purge the Llyrian dark mages and cultists. After two years of constant raids on Llyrian lands, the Llyrian council decided to simply pay 40,000 minas as tribute for the hostilities to cease. Grand Prince Aelthos, not wanting to continue as the Llyrian put minimum to non-ressistance, accepted the tribute and marched home on 1730.
In 1733, Grand Prince Aelthos Tundrak III and the High Chieftain of Irrinor Lyemar started the construction of the railway between Irrinor and Fenn. A year later, in 1734, the railway was finished.
In 1735 Grand Prince Aelthos Tundrak III temporarily leaves the throne to his son Aldred but takes it back in 1741. Over the course of 1735-1741 several people of the Princedom of Fenn are expelled and Aldred is given the nickname "The Mad Grand Prince".
In 1742 Grand Prince Aelthos Tundrak III relinquishes the throne and his son Akkar Tundrak takes hold.
In 1749 Grand Prince Akkar passes Akkar Proclamation of 1749 Which disbanded unnecessary guilds, placed the ivae'fenn directly under the Grand Prince, ordered a reconstruction of the city, and lastly clearly stated that the Princedom of Fenn shall prefer neutrality within Elven politics and refrain from entangling itself in alliances and defensive pacts unless absolutely necessary.
In 1772 on the 9th of the First Seed, Grand Prince Akkar releases The Signs of Change open letter to the Princedom of Fenn people and announces the return of Aelthos Tundrak III. Current Grand Council members are switched out with new ones.
1772, Grand Prince Aelthos Tundrak III signs the Heussen-Tundrak Contract between himself and the Heusstandarte Company.
1773, Grand Prince Aelthos Tundrak III reforms the Grand Council, creating the Upper Council and Lower Council. The Grand Marshall position returns. Morael Atmorice becomes Archvigilant, Velatha Sylric is promoted to Grand Marshall, Kailu Kaeronin becomes Grand Architect. A new position is made for Martin Heus and he becomes the Maester of the Heussen. Grand Princess, Alenia Atmorice, and princess Lydienne of Fenn enter advisory roles. In the lower council, Chomylla Atmorice becomes High Steward and Bellara Tathvir becomes High Emissary.
The Princedom consists of mainly mali'fenn and as their name suggests they have a natural affinity for the cold tundras of the many continents the mortal races have resided in. Their cities often resemble a fortress, reflecting on their militaristic, isolationist nature.
The Princedom is a Hereditary absolute monarchy with the Grand Council primarily being the legislative body of the Princedom of Fenn. This council is presided over by the Prince and the positions on the council are often given to members of the Ah'Laureh Talonnii'an. It is divided into the Upper Council and the Lower Council. The Lower Council is no way inferior and merely refers to positions that are less dire in the survival of the nation.
Grand Prince - Aelthos Tundrak III
Grand Princess - Alenia Atmorice
Grand Marshal - Velatha Sylric
Tahu’naeri/Arch Vigilant - Morael
Grand Architect - Kailu Kaeronin
In advisory roles:
The Grand Princess, Alenia Atmorice
Princess Lydienne of Fenn, Princess of Talu'lareh
High Steward - Chomylla Atmorice
High Emissary - Bellara Tathvir
The Grand Prince of Fenn, Aelthos III of the Royal Tundrak Household
Chomylla of the Atmorice, Bloodline Head
Aroiia of the Drakon, Bloodline Head
Velatha of Sylric, Bloodline Head
Valeria of Tathvir, Bloodline Head
The Ah’laureh Talonnii’an (Lit.: Chosen Families) are effectively the noble houses of the Princedom who all trace their lineage to the first Mali'fenn who passed through Lomal's World Altar. Traditionally, and for the centuries since the collapse of Elcihi’thilln, the Mali’fenn have been led by these few families, those that had once held the top managerial positions of the original laboratory. This tradition has continued within the Princedom, with the families controlling most of the power of the Princedom between them. These bloodlines each have a duty to fulfil and failure to follow through with this duty has caused problems for not only the bloodline but the Princedom itself. Their forms have now been changed to Common.
Thuln’diraar or the Tundrak Bloodline
Diraar’onn or the Drakon Bloodline
Ante’mordu or the Atmorice Bloodline
Sil’siimah or the Sylric Bloodline
The Stolt'aroloth Bloodline unfortunately died out.
The Mali'fenn are a solitary people, focused on the perpetuation of the self-realized benevolence brought about with the belief of their total purity. Housing is occasionally pre-decorated. Their right to free speech is not impeded, as the Mali'fenn tend to hold a trusting attitude for their leaders, being allowed to voice opinions without fear. Aesthetically, the Mali'fenn take great pride in their appearance. This often leads to the use of excessive jewellery and the showing-off of tattoos depicting deities and houses. Their clothing is body-conforming, more often than not with shorter sleeves. For those who choose to wear armour, it is forged to the highest quality and shaped into ornate, though still practical, styles.
brief description of the economy in this particular realm
While once the Mali'fenn were ruled over by the Grand Council, who maintained a noticeable degree of authority, and the Prince. Today, the Prince is the absolute ruler of his people, while lawmaking is reserved for the Grand Council, who usually do so with the support of the people and not without the signature of the Prince. The Mali'fenn are a very close-knit group, lead primarily by a few long-lasting families. The Snow Elves are a fairly isolationist people. Education and equality are the main priority of the Princedom. Gender and race do not come into any factors inside the Citadel and Princedom cities as all citizens are protected by the laws. It's clear to see the Mali'Fenn military activity inside the citadel itself. Men and women join the military and may start training at the age of 15 to become an officer and enter battle by the age of fifty. People living in the Princedom live comfortably in properly sized rooms and are able to take on jobs from fisher to soldier. Snow Elves and the citizens trust the government to guide them but are allowed to freely speak out of or against it. The Grand Council listens to the citizens and makes laws or change some depending on what they see is best for the citizen. Democracy is looked down upon as they see it as a majority of the people disregarding a minority, therefore complaints are given to the council directly and they will act on it. Decorating your body is a common thing in their society. Tattoos depicting Houses, families or the Fenn God Wyrvun are a common sight. The Mali'Fenn like to wear more constraining clothing, usually with shorter sleeves. Ornate armour made from expensive materials is very common for Snow Elves, as they want to enjoy everything that life has to offer. The community in the Citadel is very close together. Asking the Council for materials or tools is not unheard of- in fact it's encouraged. The citizens of the Citadel like to take care of each other because, at many times in the history of the Princedom, the only people who backed them up were each other. Despite the clear existence of organized religion, the Mali'fenn do not care what religion outsiders or citizens practice, so long as it does not harm anyone around them.
A few terms to keep in mind:
Thill’al - The belief of the Mali’fenn that they have achieved thill’al, or complete purity, has given them an attitude of sympathetic benevolence. They had become perfection itself and needed no validation of it. Therefore, while not outwardly cold to outsiders like their cousins, they would be far less likely to fall to impurity, and for their children to show the signs of it. Their governmental policy is made to reflect this, with open entry and citizenship but the highest leadership positions almost always being taken by those of Fenn. Anti-racism and general discrimination laws are in place to protect all the citizens of the Princedom, with punishment for committing such terrible crimes can range from a fine up to banishment.
Chul o’tilru - The saying chul o’tilru, or “to serve as a must”, comes from Aelthos’ legendary meeting with Wyrvun far past Anthos’ Wall. For they are the chosen of Wyrvun, in return for their great boons they must serve the Aengul. It is the cultural understanding that all Mali’fenn must serve the Mali’fenn people as a whole, and Wyrvun, typically through military service. The concept is an acknowledgment of the Snow Elves’ existence as a militaristic society in which all Mali’fenn are expected to engage in soldiering and be proficient in its practice.
Wyrvun I’ayla - Wyrvun I’ayla, or “Wyrvun is good”, is the now-traditional cultural goodbye of the Mali’fenn. It represents a complete faith in their patron, and in the knowledge, they will continue to live well. It is also often used as a war cry by the Ivae’fenn and Wyrvunic worshippers as a whole.
Elcihi’fenn - The city of snow, this is meant to mirror the Elcihi’thilln which they once inhabited. The Princedom always lives within a single, centralized city, their only other settlements being farming colonies. Central to their cities are often great temples to Wyrvun containing vast libraries. The cities of Fenn are built of marble and stone, with many areas decorated with lapis in reference to the chilling thanhium ore.
No art of note is known to have been created in Fenn as of 1700.
The Mali'fenn lack any leisurely literature of note, as the vast majority of their works consist of those created for the purposes of documentation, education, and propaganda. Their means by which to articulate is very fluid, self-described as being "well-versed". The authors of the codexes detailing family history are of the heads of the houses themselves while bloodline archives are held by the Justiciars.
One-piece of snow elven literature is a poem by the name of "My Lover: He Wanders The Tundra" by Katrina Atmorice. A poem that has become a classic and is often performed by drunk mali'fenn.
No music of note is known to have been created in Fenn as of 1700.
The Wyrvunic Contract
Whilst not originally religious, they bound their fate to Wyrvun, thus both saving them and giving themselves away as a race. They worship him not as an Aengul, but as a god, with six other Aenguls making up what is called “Wyrvun and his Six”. While only Wyrvun is considered a god, the others are widely respected by the Snow Elves overall. Once again, though, their principle of thill’al means that they care not what religions are practiced within their lands, so long as it is not detrimental to themselves. The religion is under a government body known as the Faith of the Seven. The Faith is directed by a High Priest/Priestess, which is a position within the Grand Council. In the Faith of Wyrvun’fiyem, there are six sects that dedicate their position in the temples to pray to the Aenguls, the seventh sect being the faith itself.
Fenn’ikur The Fenn’ikur, or “Wrought of Ice”, are those revered figures of the Snow Elves’ history that would in other cultures be considered paragons or saints. They are those that have contributed to the race at a higher level than others, and are considered, Mali’fenn or not, to be “of the ice”, and as such raised to the level of the Snow Elves. The title is earned through significant service and importance to either the Snow Elves as a whole, or to Wyrvun, able to be earned through both secular and religious means.
For a more in-depth analysis, view the The Idhren'tirn and the Wyvrunic Contract
The Snow Elven nation, the Princedom of Fenn, has its origins in the Constitutional, Hereditary, Representative Monarchy formed in Frostfall under the House of Tundrak, in Anthos. However, a period of in-fighting among the Grand Council and rebellions against Tundrak authority led to the gradual stripping away of the Grand Council's powers, eventually leading to the Absolute Hereditary Monarchy that the Mali'fenn maintain to this day. The common laws that are in place within the Princedom of Fenn in the modern era are made up by the Grand Council with the blessing of the populace of Fenn, and with the signature of the Grand Prince- the absolute monarch of the Princedom of Fenn. The laws in the Princedom and her cities are very progressive and free-thinking. Prejudice is illegal and in its worst forms could end up with execution.
Punishments in the Princedom of Fenn can be very harsh from an outsider's perspective. Snow Elves see their laws as sacred, therefore encroaching on the laws is a direct disrespect to the Crown, the Princedom, and her citizens. For non-citizens of the Princedom, breaking any law could cause the instant execution without trial by the proper military personnel within the city at that point. Citizens of the Princedom are granted the right to a fair trial by a member of the Grand Council, that usually being the High Chancellor whose job is to oversee and manage the daily life of the Princedom's citizens.
Snow Elves are isolationist and the Princedom follows this by keeping to itself in global matters and only lending a hand to close to friends. With the nations strong focus on military, it has always been a valuable ally.
Fringe:War against Alras for the brutal murder of Grand Prince Tundrak II by Alrasian guards. The Princedom of Fenn demanded, 10,000 minas, 10 crates (blocks) of iron, and the heads of "Seraph" and all other guards responsible for the murder.
1445-1453: The Ithrun War. In Oren, House Silverblade and House Tarus prepared to rebel against Oren. The goal was to have House Tarus become the ruling family with the support of nearly half of the Kingdom. When the rebellion finally declared war the Grand Kingdom of Urguan reluctantly joined in support of it after being convinced by House Silverblade. The Princedom joined in support of Urguan. Battles the Princedom took part in:
- 1445, the Battle of Shadowcastle. A loss.
- 1451, the Siege of Thoringrad. A loss. Led by Prince Aelthir Tundrak.
- 1451, the Siege of Indagolaf. A victory. Led by Prince Aelthir Tundrak.
- 1590, the Battle of Mount Gorgon. A loss led by Aelthir Tundrak II.
- 12th of Sun's Smile, 1593, the Battle of the Gorge. A victory led by Aelthir Tundrak II.
- 12th of The Sun’s Smile, 1594, the Battle of Goldfields. A victory led by Aelthir Tundrak II.
- 1595, the Siege of Johannesburg. A victory led by Aelthir Tundrak II.
1667-????: The Vaeyl Wars. A series of battles fought in the southern reaches of Atlas, between the fiercely xenophobic Vaeyl Order and Descendant Realms. The Princedom stood by its fellow Descendant Realms.
- Horen's Welcome 1715, Battle of Upper Rodenburg a Victory and the fabled Fennic Flank in the skirmish. Led by Aelthos and Vyrion Tundrak.
1728-1730: The Ivae’Fenn under Marshal Aesilonth approached the borders of Cultists that had been causing havoc in Princedoms lands, but realised that they were in Llyrian territory. After a few denouncements and missives, the council of Llyria accepted the terms but then decided not to give the land and instead offer some minas. While Llyria was doing all that, early on 1728, Grand Prince Aelthos Tundrak III signed a defensive pact with the leader of the High Elves. Grand Prince Aelthos Tundrak III then rallied all his troops and summoned his allies. The war against Llyria started on 1728, with Fenn, Urguan, Haelunor, Aegrothond and some other minor factions marching together to purge the Llyrian dark mages and cultists. After two years of constant raids on Llyrian lands, the Llyrian council decided to simply pay 40,000 minas as tribute for the hostilities to cease.
- The Mali'fenn rarely get along with the other subraces of Mali, which has lead to their extremely isolationist culture, and reserved personalities.