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The Kingdom of Athenia
Panamos, 672 BC

Current Activity Level: Active A kingdom of politics, clever words and haughty adherance to law, order and significance of birth, Athenia is a kingdom of strict etiquette and limited displays of public feeling. The largest of the Grecian kingdoms with the highest population, Athenia is located in mainland Europe where skirmishes on the northern and western borders keep their military busy on occasion and the two large harbours on its coastline keep the kingdom rich in trade and food. Mostly self-sufficient, Athenia is a powerhouse of arrogance in the Grecian waters.

The capitol is slowly falling to pieces. After a raid by insurgents on the royal palati, the new monarch Queen Persephone has disappeared. Some claim her to be dead, others that she has run away, pursued by the men who attacked the palace. After a Senate vote changed laws of inheritance for Persephone to rule, it is unsurprising that many of the Athenian nobility do not consider it a loss of their real ruler. Others claim the vote was legal and democratic and therefore loyalty to their absent Queen remains vital. Now, the Princess Emilia operates as a hindered regent in more ways than one. Not only is she limited in her powers without being made formally monarch (difficult when you cannot prove your predecessor to be dead), she is also exceedingly young and over-shadowed by her cousin Lord Elias of Stravos - a man who offers much counsel and forms many instructions and edicts in her name, whilst claiming the princess to be too emotional to be seen in public.

A skilled and worthy baron, Lord Elias is finding a kingdom far more complex to rule. Tax changes have not been made, income levies and important administration has not been carried out. Trade is withering away from the Athenian coast and crime has increased in the capitol. The people of Athenia had suffering from inconsistency and lacking food one week, water the next. The Senate has not been held since the Queen's disappearance and Elias is losing the tenuous allowance he was given by the Athenian Guard - a militant force within the city walls who are, by oath, loyal to the official monarch of the land. On the opposing side of this, the House of Stravos have continued to spread rumours that such issues with the people and ruling classes of the kingdom would not have occurred if the Queen had not abandoned her people after a single attack by a small band of rabble. It is, of course, in their best interests to never reveal that such rabble was hired by Lord Elias himself.

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Athenia, The Capitol

The royal palace is one of the most impressive structures in the city. With towering columns, grand hallways and expensive cloth draped over every wall and floor, the royal home leaves nothing to be desired in its luxury. The palace holds the residential quarters of the current monarch, his official spouse and their immediate family. Occasionally other relatives will be allowed to live within the royal walls at the monarch's discretion - this is most often true of young females in the family who have no male guardian available. Politicians from the Senate will often visit the king or queen at the palace but not official laws or decisions can be passed in the building - these must be declared in the Senate to be legal.

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The Temple of the Gods is a sacred place for pray, reflection and offerings. The clergy templeman who look after the temple live in a small residential wing, each with their own private room consisting only of a bed, a nightstand and an epitaph of their preferred deity. The rest of the temple is open to the public, its impressive columns, halls and statues designed to be stared upon with awe and fear.

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Reply By Emilia of Xanthos
Jun 19, 2020 15:29:41 GMT

The Athenian capital's most impressive structure, barring the royal palace, and its oldest by several generations, the Naos of Athena is the grandest temple in the Athenian kingdom, paying homage to their patron goddess. In classic ancient Grecian style, the temple is a large square, comprised around its edges of towering columns. A triangular display above its front gates offers the story of the creation of Athena, from the head of the great Zeus. Inside, the building is a single open space, embodying the goddesses' belief in honesty, justice and the lack of deception or hidden secrets. Along the left and right hand walls are marble statues, the height of a man, and representative of each God of Olympus, paying tribute to them as Athena's counterparts, while the likeness of the Goddess of Wisdom herself stands twice as tall and in bronze at the far end. Ledges run the entire circumference of the temple, open to gifts and tributes to any and all Gods, while the far back wall, either side of the Athena statue, offers two such shelves - one at waist height and the other at shoulder, in order to support the additional gifts given to the Goddess' who claims possession of such a grand structure.

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Naós of Athena Sew Your Respect
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Jan 20, 2020 21:12:30 GMT

The Inner Circle is the rich central sphere of the city. In the center, is the royal palace, and around it are the homes of the wealthy and important members of Athenian society. This is likely to include, the other royal families (those who are not currently on the throne), the noble families, the families of the senators and courtiers, and anyone rich enough to own a property in the richest part of town.

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Inner Circle Let's Not Talk About This
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The dikastírio is the Senate of Athenia. It includes the male monarch of each of the noble families (some of which have royal blood, and some of which do not) as well as the chief politicians of the realm. It is here that decisions in law, trade and war are discussed in an open forum between the senators and the royal monarchs.

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Reply By Persephone of Xanthos
Jul 3, 2020 8:56:35 GMT

The Athenian university is considered to be the best education system in the kingdom. With professors from all of the world and a large financial budget from the current king, it affords some of the greatest learning that you can receive in the ancient world. It holds the biggest library in the kingdom and offers education to any man, and any married noble woman, who can afford the tuition fees.

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Reply By Lesley of Lands Afar
Jul 3, 2020 20:24:40 GMT

The central square is a public stage for events, announcements and open punishments or executions. When not in use for an important ceremony, the square functions as a place for the wealthy to congregate and gossip.

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Central Plateía A Trial of Worth
Reply By Evi of Antonis
Jun 20, 2020 19:07:59 GMT

The homes of those who live in the Outer City range in size and smoothness of construction but nearly all of them are crafted from stone and square in shape. A few have second storeys, though most are on a single level and some of those in the poorest areas have constructed wooden extensions to bridge the gaps between each building, attempting to make the properties slightly larger to accommodate a growing population. These wooden constructs are also diverse in the quality of workmanship and are sometimes used as additional storage or rooms to the homes they are built onto the side of or are homes in their own right; two foot by four foot spaces in which the poorest souls live, away from the havoc or rain of the outside world...

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Outer Circle To Hold You Again
Reply By Demi of Arcana
Jul 1, 2020 14:52:14 GMT

Those who don't shop at the market may deal directly with traders they prefer. The shops and trader posts that are owned by the merchants and Athenia are all located down one main street. Here, the wealthier patron can look into shop windows and purchase on demand rather than battle the crowds at the local market.

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Merchant Stores Righteous
Reply By Sofia of Marikas
Jul 4, 2020 2:34:51 GMT

The agorá is the market. Here, people of the lower classes or the servants of the noble families will trade and purchase goods from the countryside or those imported in from the other realms. A lot of local traders set up their stalls at the agorá most days of the week, but on a sunday the market is full to bursting with sellers and buyers, making it hot and sticky work just getting through the crowds. On quieter days, singers and dancers entertain the shoppers for a coin or two.

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The Agorá Integrity
Reply By Evi of Antonis
Jun 13, 2020 17:27:18 GMT

An old temple rarely used anymore, the temple dedicated to the Titaness Themis used to be the centre of the original city of Athenia. Her role as custodian of legal order and justice helped to form the basis of morals for the Athenian people.

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Naós of Themis Let the Wind Eavesdrop
Reply By Sofia of Marikas
Jul 4, 2020 2:00:40 GMT

The arena, set into the center of an entertainment colosseum is used for many purposes. Sometimes the sandy floor will be graced by performers and artisans, sometimes by gladiators and combatants. Sometimes chariots race up and down its length. The arcus is a place for entertainment of all sorts.

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Reply By Lesley of Lands Afar
Jul 4, 2020 4:59:43 GMT

The public baths are open to both genders but have separate areas for men and women. Children generally bathe with their mother's until they are old enough to be considered women in the own right, or old enough to be thought of as men and told to switch to the male bathhouse area. Servants keep the bathhouse stocked with towels and soaking oils.

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Public Loutrá Not so chance encounter
Reply By Lesley of Lands Afar
May 4, 2020 23:37:33 GMT

Home to the headquarters of the Athenian Guard, the Barracks is a building set atop and astride the city prison. It has a separate out-building as an armoury to the Guard and the entrance to the jail below ground is kept guarded at all hours of the day, despite its entrance being directly in the centre of the Guard House's courtyard. The barracks also holds the basic living quarters for all guards who do not have a personal home in the city. Part of their wages is deducted for bed and board if they decide to live at the Headquarters.

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Athenia, Other Areas

Athenia's capital city of the same name stands on the precipice of an impressive cliff face, overlooking the crescent ship harbour below. Post here if your topic does not belong to any of the following locations.

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Athenian Crescent If at first you don't succeed, try violence
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The land of Ire (as the territories of Athenia are collectively known) is a large piece of the mainland, that stretches out as three distinct fingers into the Aegean sea, creating the two main harbours of Athenia, plus the southern most coast. In land, Athenia stretches out into Europe, encapsulating its royal provincial lands.

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The Provinces Birthday Wishes
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The Outer Lands, as they are known, are the less managed and abandoned areas of borderlands shared between Athenia and their neighbours to the north and west and into mainland Europe. These areas lie beyond the borders of the official Athenian provinces and are often home to travellers or the homeless - or to the skirmish battles between Athenia and the testing forces of Europe.

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The Kingdom of Colchis
Kuklios, 672 BC

Current Activity Level: Very Active Colchis is a land that is as harsh and blunt as its people. But it is also a land of honesty. Ruled by a royal family who, across the three Greek nations, is most secure in its own power and the loyalty of their peerage, the kingdom of Colchis is smaller than its neighbours but hard as rock in their determined place in the world. Carved from the very cragged surface they live upon, its cities and towns are set into the Kirakles Isles, the mountainous formations in the north of the Aegean sea that possess gold and fine minerals within their belly. Highly covetted as a source of great wealth but difficult to invade with treacherous seas, rocky coastlines and only a few safe harbours with mountainous treks to the nearest cities, Colchis is a fortress in and of itself. Skilled in metal ore work and talented weapon-smiths, the Colchians are a direct and stoic race of people, happy to work for hours on end for the sense of completion and perfection in their work. The weapons they build go to other kingdoms as one of their main exports but also to equip their own men who fight almost constantly on the northern mainland, in order to keep barbarians and savages away from a border only a short ship ride away from their homes.

In recent months, Colchis has suffered in every way imaginable. From storms and fires to the apparent death of a monarch and the near assassination of two kings, Colchis is awash with trial. Yet, that is how the dogged and sturdy people of the Kirakles Isles most thrive. Rumour and investigations are abound to find the culprit that poisoned Prince Vangelis and the Thanasi are receiving darkened looks for their attempt on the life of King Tython...

To honour the treaty between the Grecian kingdoms, Colchis sets sail for war with Egypt! With the intentions to support King Achilleas in his efforts against the southern kingdom, the soldiers leave behind their woman folk - equally strong in their own way - to handle a suspicious and violent death in the capital - a bad omen indeed at the entrance of the great Halls of the Gods - not to mention the Court dramatics and gossip over the absent Crown Prince and his two betrotheds! Just who exactly is to be the next Queen of Colchis?

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[680 BC] Pieria Heavy Weight
[675 BC] Midas Fire and Brimstone
[684 BC] Midas Winter Wonderland
[677 BC] Eubocris Artemis' Honour

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Midas, The Capitol

The location of many a fight or deadly scuffle, this discussion chamber, also known as Great Hall of Midas, is used only for meetings held by the current royal family. Designed to be a forum for thought and opinion, the chamber has gradually become a room in which mental and intellectual warfare is played out. Unlike other kingdoms, Midas has no royal palace and, instead, uses the Great Hall for all courtly/royal functions, while the current ruling family of Colchis remains living in their family home.

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Dikastírio Chamber Hello, Fellow Bookworm!
Reply By Essa of Drakos
Jul 2, 2020 3:53:34 GMT

The very origin of the city of Midas, the capital of Colchis was begun as a temple to the Gods. Carved deep into the mountain, the Naós Cavern has separated into specific temples for several of the major Olympian Gods. While other temples are situated around Greece, the ones held within the Hall of the Gods are always considered the most divine and the closest one can get to their preferred immortal.

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Halls of the Gods Humble Mortal
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The upper levels of the city are home to those who can afford it. As the weather is monsoon-like for nearly half the year and rain water runs downhill, the upper levels are often clean, crisp and full of beautiful architecture designed to keep the wind at bay.

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The trade off for inhospitable weather and a city perched on the edge of a cliffside chasm are the hot springs to be found in the mid-levels of the city. Used by both the high and low classes (though they are privately closed when the king wishes it) the hot springs are a relaxing and effective means of cleanliness and many people travel to Midas in order to experience the reported beautifying qualities of the hot spring mud.

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Midas Hot Spings Look, But Don't Touch
Reply By Silanos of Valaoritis
Jul 4, 2020 9:32:17 GMT

One of the few surfaces of Midas that is on a steady level, the plateía operates as both the central square and the city's marketplace. Official functions are always prepared and announced ahead of time, causing the market to close whenever an execution or ceremony is to be performed for the masses.

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Agorá Plateía Birds of a Feather
Reply By Essa of Drakos
Jul 2, 2020 2:36:12 GMT

Colchians are skilled weapon makers and leather producers. The merchants are worldly-wise and are intelligent traders with foreign suppliers and shippers. There are many blacksmiths in Midas because of the wind current for steeping fires and it is common knowledge that nearly every official royal sword or armour in the nearby kingdoms was made in Colchis.

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Merchant Stores Window Shopping
Reply By Myrrine of Midas
Jul 2, 2020 5:03:54 GMT

The lower levels of Midas are built sturdy and strong but almost on top of each other. A maze of homes, roads, alleys and walls, the lower city is a labyrinth when not familiar to the walker. This area is mostly home to the workers of the mines or holds slave and servant houses, owned by the noble families who own the people within.

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Lower Levels A Drunk Man's Words Are A Sober Man's Thoughts
Reply By Silanos of Valaoritis
Jul 4, 2020 11:24:20 GMT

A long entrenchment between multiple faces of rock, the harbour of the city of Midas is far below its capitol. Either a long winding road leads up to the city, or passages into the mines beneath the settlement can be found in the cliff face. Either way this harbour is a safe haven from the winds and rain of the Aegean and the biggest import and export location in the kingdom of Colchis.

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Reply By Tythra of Drakos
Jul 2, 2020 0:11:46 GMT

Colchis's biggest export is metal and precious ore. In the mines, slaves and free men work side by side to remove the bronze, silver, gold and iron from the land. Skilled mathematicians and designers are on constant watch in the mines to ensure that no-one digs too far towards the sea or in a manner that would weaken the city above.

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Mines of Midas Deeper Origins
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The Kirakles isles are rocky and occasionally unstable. With only small areas of open land suitable for arable farming, much of its livestock is lamb, mutton and goat, that can be easily farmed and reared on rocky hillsides. The provinces are small but densely and efficiently utilised.

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Colchis is comprised of five islands: Kos, Milos, Samos and the pair known as the Naxos isles. These are collectively termed the Kirakles islands. If your thread does not specifically belong in a province or is out at sea near one of the following isles, post it in the appropriate sub-board.

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The Kingdom of Taengea
Kuklios, 672 BC

Current Activity Level: Very Active Taengea is a place of life and love (and a little too much of both). Many neighbouring kingdoms believe these lands of wine and fertility to be hedonistic and irresponsible. This, however, is an erroneous judgement from afar. The Taengeans work as hard as they play, believing in the importance of duty but also that the Gods gave them such beautiful lands as to be luxuriated in. Taengeans are known to be overtly friendly, very hospitable and break the personal touch boundary a little more than other Grecian cultures are comfortable with. They are a vibrant, chatty people who thrive on gossip and money. The political structure of Taengea is one of the most corrupt in Greece but with blackmail, extortion comes an excessive economic system. Holding the largest treasury in Greece and the secrets to the breeding of the finest equestrian stock, Taengea might not be the largest of the three Grecian kingdoms but it holds its own in its specific areas of talent.

Finally, some semblance of calm, peace and order has been brought to Taengea. The crown and kingship of the nation has passed from a murdered king, to an usurping son, to a manipulating uncle and then down to the nephew of the late and great King Zenon. Achilleas of Mikaelidas, with his new wife Theodora, previously of Leventi, are charged with bringing a sense of stability to the kingdom. Despite war being the opposite of this, the people of the lands flock to the capitol in order to feel the national solidarity that now blooms along its streets.

Great work is at hand! As the people of Vasiliádon look to potential violence in their future, the capitol of Taengea has, over the last month, been moulded into a fort. Higher walls, piked shores and the equipment needed to defend their home if the Egyptians evade King Achilleas' men and find their way to the coastlands of the Isle of Serenn. One cannot walk the streets of Vasiliadon without seeing timber scaffolds, building supplies and men in full armour patrolling the streets. Watchmen have been assigned night and day and in the evening hours, with so many now a part of the capitol, music and drink flows freely. It is to this Vasiliadon that the Colchian soldiers stop for resupplies of food and fresh water.

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[681 BC] MacendiaBorrowed Freedom
[684 BC] VasiliádonAny Savage Can...
[672 BC] VasiliádonA Lion's Pride

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Vasiliadon, The Capitol

The palace of Vasiliádon is the crowning jewel of an already beautiful city. Taking advantage of the smooth land of the island, the palace occupies a huge square foot area, with shallow pools and columned promenades in white marble. Against the temperate and balmy blue sky, it really is a palace of dreams, and is home to the currently ruling noble family.

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Instead of a huge, stuffy hall in which to negotiate, the politicians of Vasiliádon prefer to practice their debate and bluster in an open arena forum. The structure sits in the centre of a long spiral pathway. The creator argued that his design was deliberate - in order to give the men plenty of time to consider their points and remove all emotion from their arguments, before arriving at the Arcus itself.

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Reply By Imeeya of Drakos
Feb 21, 2020 0:06:46 GMT

Home to the wealthier and more luxurious residences in Vasiliádon, the southern quarter of the inner circle of the city is home to the royal and noble families, close to the sea and in view of beautiful sunsets dipping below the horizon.

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The Quarter Change of Power
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Music and the arts are incredibly important to the Taengeans and, as such, their capital holds the greatest music and arts school in the known realms. Located in the wealthier area of the capital city, the school is exclusive and only open to those who can pay a high tuition for the privilege of attending.

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Scholeío of the Arts Enough is Enough
Reply By Anastasia of Lands Afar
Jul 4, 2020 12:09:31 GMT

No one knows how to throw a party like a Taengean and in thanks for their vineyards and their sweet fruit, the Taengean's make a point to worship and celebrate the God of Wine. An annual festival is held in Vasiliádon for the express purpose of celebrating the God and the temple is decorated with vines of ivy every harvest.

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Naós of Dionysus I'm Not As Think As You Drunk I Am
Reply By Mihail of Thanasi
May 27, 2020 14:37:37 GMT

One cannot live in Vasiliádon without worshipping the Goddess of Love and Beauty. The noble houses of Taengea seem, in recent generations to have a propensity for producing beautiful women and many believe this to be due to the blessing of the goddess.

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Naós of Aphrodite When The Gods Made You
Reply By Nikos of Condos
Jul 4, 2020 2:44:18 GMT

Known for their love of music, the Taengeans are generous in their donations and gifts to the God of Apollo, including the creation of a large structure, deliberately built facing the east so that the rising sun might illuminate the jewels and crushed glass used to emphasise the sculptures and decor of the temple.

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Naós of Apollo Not a typical morning visit
Reply By Anastasia of Lands Afar
May 18, 2020 23:38:28 GMT

Open at all times of day for slave-trades, performances and musicians, the central square of the capital is more a central hub of gossip than anything else and operates as a place for courtiers and laymen to mingle and chatter outside of official constraints.

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Central Plateía The Night is Young
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Home to the less wealthy of the city, the residences occupy the northern area of the city, further away from the pretty sea and closer to the fields in which most of the occupants work. The houses are pretty and robust but the amenities are something to be desired and it is a long daily walk to their workplaces out in the countryside.

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The Outer City Exile
Reply By Kyros of Attia
Jul 4, 2020 3:33:28 GMT

The public baths are divided by gender but also have private rooms for the more wealthy who are interested in further privacy. The eunuchs and slaves who man the baths are also trained in massage and skin treatments to those who pay. All proceeds go to the owner of the baths - the Leventi family.

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Public Loutrá The Princes of Ice and Fire
Reply By Stephanos of Mikaelidas
May 27, 2019 17:49:03 GMT

The Order are a private military group that are loyal only to the current monarch of Taengea. They cannot be bought or ordered by any other - no matter their status of nobility - and it is against the code of the Order to take on independent military work. The Order is a guild of men who believe in a brotherhood and unity in honour and serve with their lives.

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Order House Jail Bird
Reply By Eirini of Leventi
Jul 1, 2020 15:18:41 GMT

The port of Vasiliádon is small compared to other nations in the Greek isles. Built as part of the capitol city the port operates efficiently and with high intensity intervals of ships docking and then being transferred back out to sea to be anchored off shore. The crew, dock workers and sailors who work in this area are all fast and efficient workers, making the most out of the limited docking space. The advantage to comes with such limits, however, is the close proximity to the immediate streets and stalls, allowing all transport and trade to happen quickly and cheaply.

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Port of Vasiliádon someone like you
Reply By Skylla of Magnemea
Jun 6, 2020 0:31:50 GMT

On the outskirts of the city is the circus - the arena of champions. Chariot races are famous and the horses who win them even more so - if anyone wants to gamble or fight in the greatest race of their life - they come to the Vasiliádon Circus.

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The Great Circus Turning Up
Reply By Nike of Acaris
Jul 1, 2020 15:10:49 GMT
Taengea, Other Areas

The Taengean lands are vast, green and fertile. Known to be incredibly beautiful - especially in the summer months - and always seen to be coated in arable crop growth or animal herds, the Taengean world is bright and vibrant. The provinces of Taengea are separated onto three main isles with turquoise waters between.

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Serenn, Emae, Macendia. The three Taengean isles collectively are the ruled kingdom of Taengea. Serenn is the name given to the largest landmass and includes the capitol and provinces owned by a multitude of families. Esme is a piece of land that supports several of the Dimitrou provinces and is mostly forest, and Macendia is a singular province in the Leventi name, run by its baron Georgios of Leventi and famous for its rolling hills and beautiful landscapes.

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The Taengean Isles These Walls of Stone
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The Kingdom of Bedoa
Awwal, 672 BC
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Current Activity Level: Slower Pace The land of Bedoa stretches from the borders of Egypt in the east to the Port of the West on the north western coastline of mainland Africa. The swells and dunes of the Sahara between are the dusty and acrid world that the Gesin of the Bedoan people call home. With their kingdom once, as the Bedoan people believe, a lush and vibrant land of greenery but destroyed through their own greed and ignorance, the Bedoans have now, for many generations and centuries, lived as a nomadic people, never setting down roots long enough to be able to claim a piece of dusty land for their own. Without longevity, there can be no ownership. Without ownership there can be no covetous nature or desire to steal from one another.

In the hopes and faith that such a mentality breeds a stronger, kinder race of people, able to live with the pride and dignity that other kingdoms and cultures cannot lay claim to, the Bedoan people are voluntarily isolated and private in their affairs, telling their tales in the form of familial and inter-personal stories more than grand and large affairs of the rest of the world. Connected through trade and the necessities they require to survive, the Bedoan are just attached enough to the rest of the world to understand the general state of affairs but private enough not to care.

The Bedoan people are comprised of seven tribes. The Gesin are specific in their own cultures, values and strengths and anyone born to their Gesin is known by their name. The community is a collective that, aside from their First Families are without hierarchy. The prevalent need to ensure the wellbeing of each other is high in the dangerous world of sand storms and dehydration, making petty arguments unworthy of attention. Instead, for the world of Bedoa to be shaken, something grand and dramatic must blast its way into their reality like the swirling storms and dangerous quick sands of their home... Only then will the Bedoan Gesins and their ages old loyalties and peaceful associations be tested. The land of Bedoa is one of calm stubbornness. But turn that stoic viewpoint to issues of right and wrong and suddenly the heat is rising over the African sands...

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A glittering coastline or rocky and sandy beaches, the rock pools and streams in the area provide shellfish and pretty coral. The stones of the area are polished to a soft shape and shine and are often used in the decoration of Bedoan weapons and jewellery.

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Reply By Tanishe of the Zaire
Jun 21, 2020 15:47:44 GMT

In a natural crescent of the coastline, where ships would dock away from the winds of bad weather, using the land formation as a safe harbour, a large town has naturally grown. Made of little more than mudhuts, tents and a few wooden shacks (mostly built form the debris of broken boats) the "city" as the patrons like to call it is a hub of black market trade without tax or legal stipulation.

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Port of the West Heated Flesh
Reply By Saro of Lands Afar
Jul 3, 2020 20:01:55 GMT

The Sahara desert is expansive and frightening in its might and ability to take the lives of those who travel it. With sand dunes to the east (near Egypt), dry savannahs to the south and rocky terrain in the nroth western point, the Sahara is an expanse of "meadows of gold" everywhere in between.

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Desert Sands A little help, please?
Reply By Neena of the Zaire
Jun 28, 2020 11:15:00 GMT

The southern sands are vast and seem to be ever expanding. Open dunes and weaving thoroughfares of dust passages and sandy fields. The area if prone to sandstorms and earth beneath your feet that swallows you deep. As such, few of the Bedoan peoples ever travel this far south unless it is to see the few oases that exist here far to the south...

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These sands are not as deep nor as rolling as those in the centre of the desert. Instead, they are easily navigable and often coated in tall, dry grass that can cut like a knife if blow by the wind at the right angle. These eastern lands border the edges of the western provinces of Egypt and are where Bedoans will go to trade with the people of the East.

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Eastern Dunes Crime and Punishment
Reply By Saro of Lands Afar
Jul 3, 2020 20:45:45 GMT

The Origin. The Sacred Place. The only area of cool and vibrant green life. A small rainforest situated in the southern western corner of the Sahara desert. The Bedoans have strict rules upon this place, built into their culture and ethos on how and when it should be visited.

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The Kingdom of Egypt
Thanii, 672 BC
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Current Activity Level: Medium The kingdom of the evening star is a land of great contradiction. A massive empire of more land and people than any other, of the six, Egypt would be a force to be reckonned with if they were less reliant on international trade for arable goods and able to unify their people. With larger areas comes communication issues and Egypt operates on a less collaborative level than their enemies in the Mediterranean. This puts them on an even keel in terms of force but with deeper pockets and resources for drawn out conflict or political clout. The people of Egypt are hedonistic in the extreme, enjoying life as it was given to them by their Gods but also punishing heavily for anything that is seen to be a transgression against such a gift. More liberated than any other kingdom in some areas and more discriminatory than most in others, Egypt is a land of the passionate extremes, where the tenuous honour and social decorum is as ever shifting as the sands beneath your feet.

Currently, in Egypt, the rule of the land has changed. It has been only a few months since General Iahotep was given the acceptance of the Egyptian Council to marry the young and nubile Queen Hatshepsut. With her marriage comes her independence from her Queen Dowager mother but only to settle once more under the thumb of another. Now pregnant with her Pharaoh's child, Hatshepsut is a tool to Iahotep to securing his legacy. Another tool? War. With news that the Grecian kingdom of Taengea is not looking so strong, Iahotep turns his military mind to the north, believing that the collective atmosphere of battle against a common enemy will unite his people beneath him.

Whilst the Pharaoh sits arrogant upon his claimed thrown, the nobility of Egypt wrestle and jostle for advantageous positions in the new world order, now that they have a king once more. Such machinations are leading to secrets being spilled, unions being forged and deals struck, the results of which trickle down into the public festivals and celebrations of the common people. Whilst the peerage of Egypt must handle the annual festivities and celebrations of the Gods, as well as natural issues such as flooding in the capitol, all wait with baited breath on whether the coming war with Greece will seal Iahotep's hold on his realm or stain the golden sands of their home bright crimson.

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Cairo, The Capitol

Excessive, extravagant, several dozens of feet high for each level and at least two storeys high - a rarity in Egypt - the architectural wonder that is the royal palace is a feast for the eyes. With columns of marble and malachite, of black onys and white alabaster. With mosaics of tile and glass in every shade and walls literally painting in molten gold, there is no building in the known would that has such wealth literally carved into its walls.

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Evening Star Palace The price of knowledge
Reply By Kesi of Alexandria
Jul 3, 2020 20:31:02 GMT

Flanked by stone statues of Osiris and Ra, the Grand Temple is a square building lined on all sides by round columns of stone. At it's centre is an open and uncovered square of mass proportions, surrounding the statues of all of the main Egyptian Gods standing with their backs together in a circle. Blessings and offerings are laid at the feet of each God and priests of the temple are charged with the accepting of such gifts and the throwing away of those that have become spoiled or wilted.

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Grand Temple The Child-Like Empress
Reply By Khufu of Benin
Jun 23, 2020 17:07:48 GMT

A temple built to provide worship and praise to the Egyptian god of the Underworld, the Temple of Osiris have a large temple which can be entered via a stone gateway, which will first lead to the outer structure which surrounds the main grounds. Upon entry, the first thing to greet people would be the looming golden statue of Osiris hidden by the shadows, surrounded by offerings of pottery models and black ashes. Behind the temple is a small building where live sacrifices are made to honor the god.

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Temple of Osiris The Might of the Gods
Reply By Deshra of Alexandria
Jun 13, 2020 16:24:51 GMT

The worshippers of Set look more cultlike then anything. Setians believe that Set is the one real god, and has aided humanity by granting them intellect. As such, the temple of Set is built in such that allowed Setians to perform initiations for new members of the Order. Entry to the temple is guarded by the Priests and Priestesses, while the innermost sanctum is only accesible to the Maga/Magus and the Ipisissimus and Ipisissima of the Order. Much of the temple and religion is still shrouded and surrounded by mysteries otherwise unknown to regular members of the public.

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The richer areas of Cairo with wider streets and larger buildings, there are several that are more than a single storey tall and many have towers and columns reminiscent of arabian design, popular some hundred years ago in the first building of Cairo.

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Ghani District The Show Must Go On
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The northern square - or "central space" - is open to only the noble classes and has a large fountain for cool, clean water available for the servants of the Hei to collect from for the households of their masters. It is also a great communal area for the Lords and Ladies of the Heis to socialise and gossip.

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Northern Wastan Hold On
Reply By Kesi of Alexandria
Jun 29, 2020 16:18:22 GMT

Most merchants in Egypt sell their wares at the Grand Souk on the weekends but operate a private or personal shop or store during the weekdays. These stores are most often visited by the common folk of the city or by the servants of the Hei Houses.

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Merchant Traders Market Day
Reply By Kahi of Benin
Jun 24, 2020 13:48:47 GMT

The seedier end of the district comes alive as the sun sets, and prostitutes come out to entice customers or gain patrons. The dark is chased away by the bright lights, song and laughter that would come from these establishments that come alive at night. It would only die down as the sun rose again, and many could be seen wobbling away on unsteady legs - be it from excessive drinking or a night of not sleeping.

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Taverns and Brothels When Opportunity Knocks
Reply By Hatshepsut H'Naddar
Jun 28, 2020 19:00:10 GMT

The lower class homes of Egypt were often built of that which was most accessible and easy to come by in order to fix repairs or continue building at later dates: mud. The mudbrick the homes were built from were often built via heavy wooden poles being drilled into the ground, woven reeds forming the walls between said poles and then a mixed of thick mud and straw was applied over the reeds to make the walls solid. Homes could be built in conical shapes or in square blocks (the domed top ones normally in the poorest areas as they were easier to make but provided less standing space. Home were never more than a single storey high and often had separate rooms for adults and children, as well as a living space between the two. The preparing of food would be done inside the home and the cooking of it outside over an open flame. Egyptians were skills potters and were more likely to hold all their goods within ceramic vases than they were boxes or crates. Wood was a rarer commodity than clay. There was often little need for fabrics or luxuries used for warmth but the stitching of mosquito netting was very required and most beds - even in the lower classes - would be covered with one.

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Common Residences Faked and Forgotten
Reply By Khufu of Benin
Jun 22, 2020 13:28:26 GMT

The southern square - or "central place" - is open to the common people of Cairo and used, most often, as a space to hear the latest news from cries, witness executions or punishments or stage shows and talks. It is the open communal space of the people of the city.

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Southern Wastan I Will Teach You
Reply By Nafretiri of Thebes
Jun 17, 2020 18:24:13 GMT

A building of magnificient architectural achievement for the time, Cairo's bathhouses are praised, and any who visited would be those who wish to wallow in luxury. The bathhouses are separated by gender, and then further separated by hot and cold pools. Massages are provided for the men, and the whole bathhouse is guarded by a mohtaseb, who would supervise the guests. Shoemakers and lepers are banned from the pools to prevent contamination, and the mohtaseb's would oversee a twice-daily cleaning, which included scrubbing and fumigating with coal and frankincense.

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Public Bathhouses Moments of Luxury
Reply By Zoser of Thebes
Dec 8, 2019 20:58:34 GMT

Located in the heart of the bustling district of Cairo, the open air Grand Souk is a sprawling maze that spans throughout the mudbrick buildings of Cairo's marketplace. Gold and spices are sold side by side here, and it also functions as a networking area for many merchants and businessmen alike to meet. The Grand Souk is famed for having the highest quality products, be it food items or textiles, and are made by local artisans themselves. The smells and sights all prove to be a truly spectacular experience for visitors and tourists alike.

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The Grand Souk Wanted: New Talent
Reply By Kesi of Alexandria
Jun 21, 2020 2:42:44 GMT

A long and thin stretch of port along the edge of the river Nile, the Port of Cairo is famed for its thirteen stretches of dock that reach out, half way to the opposite bank, allowing boats to dock either side of the wooden walkways. The Port leads directly the Grand Souk.

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Port of Cairo The Greatest Show On Earth
Reply By Anastasia of Lands Afar
Jul 4, 2020 12:52:55 GMT
Thebes, The Great City

In testament to Ra's position as God of the Sun, this columned building is painted almost entirely in gold, with only key pieces being built from obsidian rock - a startling black against the light. The gold paint reflects the sun causing the temple to shine almost permanently.

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Temple of Ra Cheating Death
Reply By Narmer H'Haikaddad
Apr 8, 2020 13:46:52 GMT

Hathor's temple is as feminine as the God herself but holds all the might and power that her position as a deity should. Large, constructed from white marble and with intricate carvings over every inch of surface, the temple is a beautiful structure from which yards and yards of dyed gossamer hang in swaths; its columns, beneath its arches and looping from its ceiling creating an effervescent and softly pretty atmosphere over the power and strength of the marble.

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Temple of Hathor The Silence of the Dead... Or the Incompetent
Reply By Mwenye of the Zaire
Jul 3, 2020 7:58:40 GMT

While the necropolis at Giza holds the bones of the old kings and the burial lands of Zanibar hold those more recent, the Valley of the Kings holds those born and dead long before the pyramids of Giza were even built. A sacred place of hushed reverie and immense awe, the Valley of the Kings is forbidden from entry aside from the very Pharaoh and his entourage.

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Valley of the Kings The All-Seeing Eye
Reply By Zoser of Thebes
Jun 30, 2020 16:24:36 GMT

The richest of areas in Thebes, the Mabsoot district is strangely quiet and holds many manors that are empty. When Cairo became the new head of state fifty years prior, most rich merchants and the Hei families took their business and their homes to the north. Not wanting to give up prime estates in the original capital, however, these homes in Cairo were in addition to the ones they kept in Thebes, leading to Thebes' richer areas becoming only half inhabited...

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Mabsoot District Into the Sunset
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The central square of Thebes is large and ornate with a spiralled mosaic across its floor. A statue of the current Pharaoh (recently installed) is located at its centre and four wells are plugged into the earth at equal points around it, creating a square - each corner a water source and its centre the king of kings.

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The Wastan Sketches of Life
Reply By Nenet H'Sheifa
Feb 17, 2020 19:24:23 GMT

Most merchants in Egypt sell their wares at the Grand Souk on the weekends but operate a private or personal shop or store during the weekdays. These stores are most often visited by the common folk of the city or by the servants of the Hei Houses.

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Not enclosed like the houses of Cairo, the public bathhouses of Thebes are out in the open. Built around natural springs, the marble steps and pools are constructed outside with a canopy of embroidered fabric - sheer enough to let in sunlight but masking enough for the modesty of its high class patrons - forming the ceiling and walls. These mixed-gender bathhouses are strictly for the upper classes, while the lower classes bathe in the Nile.

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Public Bathhouses Goddess of the Night
Reply By Neithotep H'Sheifa
Jun 28, 2020 20:33:00 GMT

All cities have their sinners - Thebes is no exception - and the, effective, red light district of Thebes is famous for its pretty girls and fine beers - not to mention a lot of merchants looking to gamble away some coin.

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Taverns and Brothels My Bad
Reply By Khanh of Giza
Jun 27, 2020 11:07:46 GMT

The lower class homes of Egypt were often built of that which was most accessible and easy to come by in order to fix repairs or continue building at later dates: mud. The mudbrick the homes were built from were often built via heavy wooden poles being drilled into the ground, woven reeds forming the walls between said poles and then a mixed of thick mud and straw was applied over the reeds to make the walls solid. Homes could be built in conical shapes or in square blocks (the domed top ones normally in the poorest areas as they were easier to make but provided less standing space. Home were never more than a single storey high and often had separate rooms for adults and children, as well as a living space between the two. The preparing of food would be done inside the home and the cooking of it outside over an open flame. Egyptians were skills potters and were more likely to hold all their goods within ceramic vases than they were boxes or crates. Wood was a rarer commodity than clay. There was often little need for fabrics or luxuries used for warmth but the stitching of mosquito netting was very required and most beds - even in the lower classes - would be covered with one.

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May 20, 2019 8:41:15 GMT

The Souk of Thebes is set up in a larger space than the one in Cairo. Situated on the outskirts of the city, rather than in its centre, the market is massive in its size and grows or shrinks depending on the number of traders who are there each week. Twice a year, an even larger Souk is held in the same spot as travellers from the east, south, north - and sometimes west - all come to trade at Thebes, creating a sea of merchant stands and tents as far as the eye can see.

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The Grand Souk Sliver of silver
Reply By Mayet of Obsor
Jun 6, 2020 12:28:59 GMT

The city of Thebes has no walls. As such, it is hard to know precisely when the territory of the settlement ends and where the lands of the provinces around it begin. The Outer Plains are the open savannah like space between the two, often used for chariot racing or horse farming by the locals.

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Outer Plains Claws and Fangs
Reply By Mafdet of Mansa
Jul 1, 2020 22:22:28 GMT

The Nile reaches into the city of Thebes like crawling fingers through the streets as man made tributaries and overflow areas have been constructed to allow boats further into the city in order to do business with traders or offer transport to the good people of Thebes.

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The Riverbank The Beautiful Feast
Reply By Nafretiri of Thebes
Mar 10, 2020 0:39:01 GMT
Egypt, Other Areas

The northern areas of the Nile have the river thinner with faster flowing water that rushed down and on to the Mediterranean. The fishing is better here as the water and its wildlife are constantly being disturbed but to fish in these areas would require a net rather than a pole for the creatures swim by fast in the current. Sailing is bumpier and docking your vessel most important during the rare rain of Egypt.

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Northern Nile To the Victor
Reply By Tahena of Wad El Talke
Jul 3, 2020 9:31:43 GMT

The Nile to the south of the country is much wider with calmer waters. Fishing is able to be completed here with a sharp tick used like a spear by an individual wading in the waters. The banks of the Nile are often encouraged into the fields, irrigating the crops that grow there. This is also the area of the Nine favoured by animals such as hippos and rhinos - where they are able to take time at the water's edge to drink and cool themselves.

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Southern Nile Bring Me That Horizon
Reply By Amenemhat of Alexandria
Jun 14, 2020 20:59:25 GMT

Egypt consider themselves to be the greatest power in the known world. And they have good reason to. With more land and provinces than any other kingdom, not to mention the number of people who reside in those provinces, Egypt have a massive force at their command. The difficulty is the terrain, supplies and the range of mastery required to control such a broad area and diversity of people. Egypt may seem powerful, but the intricacies of each province are open to opportunity and corruption at every turn...

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The Provinces The Art of Performing
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A moderately high mountain a distance away from the capital, the mountain is one that is difficult to scale, and is believed to be a sacred site where the Gods would commune their wishes to their people. Few monks would inhabit or scale the sides of Mount Sinai in their wish to seek words of wisdom from the Gods, but otherwise the summit is something only observable, but is yet to be achieved by anyone as of yet.

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The mines in the very east of Egypt - on the opposite side of the Red Sea are the furthest point that the kingdom reaches to in that direction but is also highly significant and important to the mason requirements of the kingdom's major cities.

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Apr 8, 2020 14:00:11 GMT

Spreading out to the South are the savannahs and open lands of lower Africa, an area beyond the map of Aeipathy.

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The Kingdom of Judea
Awwal, 672 BC
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Current Activity Level: Medium A land of deep faith and devout practice, Judea is a world in which the known and familiar is safe, secure and, most importantly, right. Tradition has endured because of the successes it has produced and the environment of economic stability and peace that they now live within. To break with the social decorum or norm is seen as a threat against such political and social equilibrium. A kingdom without army or militants, the Judeans live in a staunch belief that the high standards and morals they hold within themselves should be held within others, their disconnect from potential threat fuelled in equal part by peaceful optimism and cold xenophobia. Judea occupies the land north of Egypt and branches into mainland asia. Part of our Africa realm due to its historical ties and economical trading with the kingdoms to the south and into the Aegean, Judea is a dusty and warm world of faith and calm. But woe betide anyone who puts that calm in jeopardy by stepping into social taboo.

Currently, Judea is playing an observant role in the approaching war between Greece and Egypt, concerned for their own involvement through both proximity and association. Since the last Greco-Egyptian war, Taengean soldiers have lived encamped in a rented section of the city province of Israel - the closest to share a border with the sands of Egypt. The soldiers here had failed to amalgamate with the native people, even in ten years, and tensions are always high between the two races of people. What is more concerning still, however, is the idea that Greek soldiers on Judean soil will tempt the battles and warfare closer to the Six Cities than their residents are comfortable with... As such, the Councilmen of Judea are often to be found in heated debates over Gurion of Noah's decision to allow the Mediterranean soldiers to utilise their city, regardless of the excessive and much needed gold coin that it pours into the treasury of the city and, in turn, its five brothers'.

Trust is now in limited supply in Judea and a low burn of concern for the future a constant companion to its people, as eyes turn sharper against those who do not belong and may create the chink in the holy armour that the Judean people have worn for so many years. The question now comes down to philosophy and each Judean's familial and personal interpretation of scripture: To what extent does one accept their neighbour, when there exists the fear for the damage it may do to the brotherhood of a community as a whole?

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Named such for its beautiful, sparkling buildings - constructed from granite and painted purest white - Ammun is a city of travellers and traders. On the eastern border of the kingdom and with strong connections to Asia and the Middle East, Ammun is home to some of the richest merchants and families and widely recognised as the place to go when looking for a particularly exotic or hard to come by item. Landlocked as a province, there is no sea trade or fair so fish is seen as a rare delicacy in Ammun and the richer families have it imported in from Moab. However the hot weather further east means that citrus fruits grow aplenty around the city and dried, sweet treats are popularly sold on street corners along with roasted nuts. The people of Ammun are skill hagglers and know the value of anything and everything. They enjoy money and are careful to make sure the profits they gain in trade are high enough to make them pleased but not so high that they feel they are swindling others and going against the honest and modest Judean way of life.

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Jun 27, 2020 14:42:47 GMT
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Damascus is on the bordered edge of Assyria and the hottest of the Judean city provinces. Settled in the natural curve of a mountainous region, the western face of the city looks out across miles of flat savannah between the walls of Damascus and the borders of Israel. Such open space is known as the land of judgement - there is nowhere to hide from your sins or yourself. Many in Damascus are uncertain of foreigners - even Judeans from other cities - and are a private people who live recluse lives, interrupted only by the regular camel trains that arrive with goods on their trade journey once every two weeks. The people of Damascus, while private, are not ignorant, and they spend great portions of their lives reading and engrossed in scholarly pursuit. There is a large library and university in Damascus that many travel far to visit, with tomes in as many languages as there are tongues to speak them (so they say).

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Israel is a city province on the coast of the Aegean Sea and as such is one of the coolest and most temperate of the regions in Judea, but also one of the most humid. It enjoys excessive trade and a busy economy, trading with both men of the north-western islands in Greece and with the travellers to the east. Israel is one of the largest city provinces and therefore has the largest population which encourages still further commerce and innovation. It is a city of design and progress with machines and inventions being built in the back room of many a creative man's abode. The city is also home to a large number of Greeks. While the division between the two races of man is strong and prejudices rife, there is no violence from the Greek militia's station in the province of Israel for they are not there to conquer nor have they been placed there to keep the Judean's in check. They have no authority and do not rule. They are accepted as "guests of Judea" through the money Taengea pays directly to the Israel leaders and are there solely to be easily mobilised into Egypt should war appear prevalent once more. The Greeks have no assimilated and often wear their armour or traditional clothing which makes them easy to spot on the streets of Israel.

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Israel Take Up Arms
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Built on sacred land, Jerusalem offers one of the largest populations in Judea. With so many wishing to live within the city's holy boundaries, a wall has been constructed within the last forty years, defining the border of the city and province and disallowing the construction of homes outside of it. As such, the city is a place many are desperate to live, and yet unable to find a vacant home. Several areas at the very edges of the walls have turned into shantytowns as wooden properties are built in the gaps of the stone ones, offering new residences for the desperate. Jerusalem is incredibly pious and has more temples and sanctuaries than any other area of Judea. It holds festivals and rituals upon every sacred day of the calendar and has an order of the pious whom seek to help the lives of others however they can, living in poverty and offering all they have for the benefit of others. Many are seen walking the streets of Jerusalem, aiding the homeless or the hungry.

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Jerusalem May Your Future Be Bright
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The capital of the kingdom, Judah is the largest city in all of Judea. With no boundaries or walls, the city just keeps growing and is built on one of the few raised pieces of land in the area, making the city appear conical and raised at its centre where a giant cross is affixed atop the highest central spire of the main temple. The city is large and dense in population, but it does not have the bustling feel of Israel nor the calm, monastic seclusion of Damascus or Jerusalem. Instead, it operates as a kind of middle ground, a calm and peaceful place that busies itself along in its own time. Here is where the main chamber of Council Elders congregate once a month for their leadership meetings and where many major festivals are held for the people.

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Judah Worlds Collide
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Built on a small cape protruding in the Dead Sea, Moab is a city of two sections. The centre of the city is stone, built on the land and enclosed in a wall that sits on the very edge of the cape on all sides, with large open archways at regular points in its circumference. These points open onto wooden steps leading down to the rest of the city built in wood and across stilted platforms out into the Dead Sea. Beginning as docks to capitulate on the traders that moved between Judah, Israel and Ammun on the waters, the docklands spread and grew to include merchant huts for selling their own goods to the travellers. Then the homes of the merchants are constructed. Then another walkway for another dock to capitalise on still more trade. And so on it went until nearly three-quarters of the city of Moab is built upon the water - only the highest and richest born of families residing inside the stone walls of The Island.

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Positioned dead centre in the kingdom of Judea, the Dead Sea might not offer any connections or route out of the kingdom but it does give trade connections between all of the city province barring Damascus.

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Situated to the north of Damascus, on a flat plateau in the Seleg Mountains, the Masada temple is a recluse retreat for pious monks. Taking nearly two weeks to climb the mountainous trek and reach the plateau it is told by the few who have been there that those of all kinds of faith and practice live together in harmony in Masada.

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The plains of sand to the north lead a traveller towards Assyria and Anatolia. Mercenaries and desert raiders call this land home and it is rare for an inexperienced or uncultured trader to risk the journey across it. Sticking to the camel roads is important and not knowing where they are can be fatal.

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Northern Plains

Where Egypt meets Judea, the southern dunes are located south of Judah and Moab and are eerie in their lack of foliage and plant-life. Few people venture into this land unless they are specifically determined to cross it, in order to trade with the Egyptians.

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Southern Dunes

The Eastern border reaches out towards the Middle East and is arid dry and hard in earth. Little to see or scavenge here it is known as the Wandering Wastes.

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Eastern Border

To the east of Judea is a small mountain range that in its walls hides the Valley of Seiett. Supposedly a valley of great fertility and life, in the middle of a rocky spine of mountainous peaks, it is rumoured that bathing in the Lake of Seiett will grand you great fortune and good health.

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Other Areas

The body of water to the north east of the Mediterranean, the Aegean is the waters surrounding and dividing the Grecian kingdoms. Post here if you are on a boat in this area of the world.

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Aegean Sea Practice Makes Perfect
Reply By Mihail of Thanasi
Jun 30, 2020 15:49:46 GMT

The Red Sea is a tropical one and offers wildlife and coral that many are able to sell for a high price if able to be caught or fished from its waters. Unlike the Nike it is a saltwater inlet and splits most of Egypt from the lands to the East.

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Jul 4, 2020 9:23:53 GMT

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Missives and Letters Missive to Queen Persephone of Xanthos
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Jun 22, 2020 23:28:23 GMT
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