Nordern

CategoryEmpires
WorldBal-Kriav
RegionTroll Bogs, Lands of Purity
GovernmentTheocracy
CapitalFathom Two
Population
Races
Eenkai75%
Tragaran15%
Diiv Kiir5%
other5%
Alignmentlawful good, lawful neutral
DeitiesBahamut, Phalgas, Tempestant
Enemiesnone
Established16 Prey 734
MapChen'gom

The Eenkai are a race of "alien" humans dwelling in areas of the Troll Bogs, Lands of Purity and across the oceans of Midrêth. Their arrival to Bal-Kriav is an epic story of travel and struggle for survival.

The Eenkai descendants that now dwell on Bal-Kriav come from a large group of intellectuals that fled their home world Throndar. They left because of a widespread persecution against what would be deemed the intellectual elite. Those highly learned, science practitioners, and anything that bordered on exploring the unknown were considered a threat to the common people. In the First Epoch, these intellectuals were a rather large population of Throndar's population of nearly ten million Eenkai. For as long as anyone could remember, the intellectuals held the reigns of political power. This began to change in the Year 500, as the population clamored for rulers more representative of the common people. Over the next two centuries, the intellectuals struggled to retain their privileged status and what they considered to be their right to rule because of their intellectual gifts. These intellectuals of Eenkai society became known as the Intellectual Creed. Sensing that a bloody purge was only a matter of time, many decided to leave Throndar and find somewhere else to live.

In 734, the Intellectual Creed left their home world Throndar and journeyed across the star systems, reaching the cratered world Gebs Rain. They made this journey so quickly because of their passage through the Hollow of Tarsilja. They crossed the void in megalithic-sized voidships powered by Tarsilja Lattice engines. In these vessels was a vast population of Eenkai numbering a little more than 100,000 souls.

When they came to Gebs Rain, the Eenkai were fortunate in that they did not come around the time when it subjected to deadly meteor storms. They came when Gebs Rain was very distant from the Belt of Geb. The Eenkai could look at the landscape and see that it was battered in the past, so they adapted their dwellings for such a future event. They attempted to dig underground, but the indigenous life forms fought them for territory and it often proved even more dangerous to live in these Underdark realms with frequent earthquakes and cave-ins from the shocks of the meteor showers which Gebs Rain gets its name.

The Nordern empire struggled for decades. Initially, the population was in a sharp decline. The scientists were unable to come up with a solution to thwart the meteor storms and could not use the same voidships that they arrived in because their Tarsilja Lattice engines depended on special crystals called Ptah Teardrops.

In the Nordern civilization of Geb Rain, including the Eenkai back on Throndar, magic was non-existent. They had no knowledge or even capacity to use magic because Throndar is a magic dead world - having had its Web of Magic stripped from it by the primordial Sarseg. They were also atheists; even those of the their distant home world Throndar has no concept of divine energy and the spells it empowers for those worshiping the Higher Powers.

Once the Intellectual Creed were outside their magic dead world, they gained the attention of the higher powers. The religious sects of Nordern grew from contact with highly intelligent dolphins. The creatures were silent for a long time; only making their presence known by helping the Eenkai fishermen finding fisheries or saving swimmers from the hazards of the sea and warning them of impending danger. The dolphins then began to communicate telepathically with the Eenkai, telling them of religion and great beings, a creator of things, and that a hope exists for those when they passed on. The Eenkai listened and things began to happen. Some Eenkai, especially the believers in the dolphin's tale, began to feel the power of the god Tempestant. These worshipers became the first priests of Nordern. They used their power to heal and ward off some of the dangers of the meteor storms. Many conflicts occurred between the scientists and the priests, but they rarely ended in bloodshed. The Eenkai, noted for their law and goodness, have historically resorted to killing only as a last option. In time, the priests were accepted and aspects of religion came to influence Nordern society.

At this time in history, around the Year 826, the female goddess Tempestant was a minor god, having only the dolphins, squid, and some fish, all intelligent creatures, as her followers. Tempestant quickly realized the potential increase in her divine powers from the god-less Eenkai. She taught them her ways, granted some priestly powers, and protected them in what ways she could, such as calming weather and seas when they threatened to dangerously harm her new children. It was beyond her power to stop the cosmic forces, which rained rocks on the planet and threatened to exterminate the Eenkai civilization. She knew of a way to save the people and gave them this knowledge.

Using the secrets of Tempestant, the Norderns built their dwellings atop vast coral reefs. The growth of the reefs was accelerated and hardened by powerful druidic magic. The scientists then came back into power with the creation of elastic membranes to cover the dwellings. These were far too weak to stop an impact from massive boulders screaming through the atmosphere at unthinkable speeds. This was not their purpose, they were to protect the dwellings for deep immersion in the seas. The druids and priests used the mightiest divine spells of Tempestant to float the reefs on the seas like islands.

These coral islands are a marvelous site. Colossal walls surround the coral foundation. The beautifully colored walls are an extension of the coral base, making them formidable for defense. Beyond these walls are canals and harbors for the ships that ply the waterways and return with victuals for the inhabitants of the Nordern island-cities. They vary in size, with none less than 20,000 citizens. The Nordern priests and the most devout of worshipers use many aquatic creatures as mounts. These "blessed" Norderns are mutated, with the length of devout worship a gage for determining the extent of their mutations. The most devout are equally at home in the water or on land, capable of swimming with their webbed feet and hands, breathing water through gills in their neckline and able to soften their bones and organs for deep dives.

Bombing of Geb
When the orbit of Gebs Rain takes it close to the Belt of Geb, a cataclysmic event befalls parts of the planet. It is subjected to pummeling meteor storms. In 1692, Nordern civilization was nearly wiped out, with only 40,000 people of the original 110,000 surviving the Bombing of Geb.

In 1692, Gebs Rain was hit by a great meteor shower. The lands already pitted and cratered from these frequent bombardments were set-upon by a fury greater than anything seen before. The Eenkai had been experiencing minor meteor shows for many centuries and adapted to them. This was because the orbital path of Gebs Rain takes it near the asteroids of the Belt of Geb. The rocks rain down on the world bringing destruction to large areas.

- Jolarmi, Eenkai professor at the College of Rumakarrûs, "History of the Eenkai"

The Bombing of Geb devastated Gebs Rain. The land heaved from the impacts and the seas churned with tidal waves and undersea earthquakes. The coral island-cities of the Nordern submerged into the waters, protected by their air domes, sinking into the deeps to escape the rock storms occurring above. Even at 5,000 fathoms, some of these cities were struck and suffered horrendous losses. The people prayed to Tempestant for guidance and safety, but she was unable to stop the meteor onslaught. Tempestant, an occasional lover to Phalgas, called upon him for a favor. Phalgas granted her request, but only if she would some day aid him in kind. Tempestant was torn between saving her people and being subject to a promise that may some day prove to be of ill benefit. The destruction of several more Nordern island-cities brought her in league with Phalgas. Phalgas harnessed the powers of the Web of Magic and opened three watery rifts to the Bog Sea, through these tears in the Web, the Nordern cities left Gebs Rain and came to the world Bal-Kriav.

The Nordern were cautious in this new land. They were sealed in by the shallows of the Bog Sea or by the narrow channels, which lead to Mephigax, and surrounded by powerful beasts and flying serpents that they had never seen on Gebs Rain. The people sent their ships across the Bog Sea to the shores of the Lands of Purity and to the distant lands of Brucrumus, Gorejun, and other continents. Trade flourished between Nordern and the great nations of Ivory Asylum, Malacost, and Grimmarsveinn.

The Norderns joined the Luran Alliance and fought alongside the Tragarans in the Phoenix Rising war. The absolute trust between the Norderns and the people of Rumakarrûs led to a treaty where the Norderns would garrison the cities and fortresses while the armies of the Luran Alliance crushed the barbarian hordes. After the war had ended, and the Divine Empire was established, the Norderns were welcomed as citizens of the Divine Empire, and the Norderns in kind granted citizenship of the Divine Empire into their nation. Thus the people of the two nations hold a joint citizenship in the Divine Empire and Nordern.

In the Year 1829, the Norderns finished the Mephigax-Bog Channel. This short-lived channel allowed them to move two floating cities, Bathyl and Biomechallum, out of the Bog Sea and into the seas beyond.

Architecture

Nordern cities are massive in size, with wide open streets and airy buildings. The foundation of the cities are floating islands of living coral. On Gebs Rain, there are said to be hundreds, if not thousands of these floating coral islands on the open seas. Nordern cities are also submersible, a product of the hazards of living on Gebs Rain. During submersion, they become protected from oceanic depths and most attacks by a magical elastic membrane. These cities are very colorful, akin to a coral reef. In the oceans, they become a beacon for marine life, and are often followed by vast schools of fish.

Civilization Tree
Fathom
Nordern
Bathyl
Biomechallum
Fathom Two