Chronicles of Neverael
The Kingdom of Naen occupies what one might call the “heartlands” of Antegaea – bordering Bachraen on it’s west, Leorans to it’s south, the Izhendarc Empire to it’s north, and Thanelia to it’s east. Naen is in a very central location. Add to that the geography of Naen – rolling grasslands, plains, and savannahs, and one would think that Naen would be considered prime real estate. Naen was once called “the bread basket of the Empire” when it was the Atlaneian province of Naederani. In modern times, however, Naen is considered little more than a cross-roads – a place to pass through on the way to more important places. This doesn’t change the fact that Naen grows more fruit, vegetables, and grain than any other land in Antegaea and that it produces some of the most sought after horses in any land.
In the turbulent times right after the dissolution of the Atlaneian Empire’s government and the beginning of the Warring Provinces Era, Naen was the site of many battles for territory and resources but was, eventually, passed over as the fighting began to focus around former urban centers and places of greater strategic importance. During these troubled times, the former governor of the province of Naederani declared martial law over those living in the province and began to raise levies to restore order to the province. The province had been divided up between various factions of brigands and would-be warlords who all sought to make a name for themselves in the collapse of the Empire. Using his force of peasant soldiers, the governor managed to carve out a chunk of territory in the north of what is now modern Naen and establish something resembling borders there. It wasn’t long after this that the people living under the former governor’s rule declared him King. It is said that this declaration was made of the people’s own free will – but many historians think that coercion played a large part in these matters. Fighting between the former provinces and fighting between different factions within the provinces themselves continued throughout this era.
Modern Naen did not take true shape for another two centuries, when the last of the independent factions within the former imperial province were absorbed by the military strength of North Naen. Though it would be some time before Naen reached it’s current size and shape – as several chunks of it’s “rightful” territory were subsumed by lords from rival provincial countries – Naen was well on it’s way to becoming a power player. Fighting between Naen and it’s neighbors would last – off and on – for another 800 years before finally being settled with the signing of the Great Concordance – an effort largely advocated by Naen’s royal family.
Modern Naen is a peaceful place – the people living there know very little of hardship and warfare now. The Naenish Royal Government rules with a light touch – trusting to local government to sort out their own affairs and to request aid when necessary. Trade passes back and forth through Naen with great regularity and it’s a common place for travelers to stop over during their treks across the continent. The people of Naen, as such, have developed a reputation for hospitality and tolerance that has put them in good standing with their neighbors. The Naenish are a mixed breed – resulting from the numerous wars, incursions, and occupations of the territory over the centuries by foreign powers. They claim no single heritage, but embrace all customs and all comers.
This is not to say that the people of Naen are not proud of who and what they are – they’re just not the type to get worked up about it. There are few natural hazards in Naen and the bandits who manage to make a living for themselves in Naen don’t usually last long enough to become a serious problem – the Naenish Highway Guard is quite thorough in rooting out such nuisances. Other than bandits, thieves, and the odd pack of Talonstriders, Naen is considered to be one of the safest places to travel through.
Naen is looked upon by a few of it’s neighbors as being rather “backwater” or “rural” – especially by the Bachraeni. But few would ever speak openly of such things as Naen controls a large chunk of the east to west trade routes. All it takes is the King getting wind of something he doesn’t like and all Bachraeni or Leoransian goods have to pay higher tariffs to pass through his lands.
Ethnic Characteristics: The Naenish are famed for the frequency of red and blonde hair colors amongst their people – so much so that many curious expressions have arisen around the trend. Eye colors in Naen tend toward shades of brown, green, or hazel. The men of Naen average about 5’10” in height and weigh in at about 170 lbs. Naenish women average 5’6” tall and weigh about 130 lbs.
Major Cities: Arwic, Dogrun, and Hanevar
Major Exports: Fruit, vegetables, grains, horses, wool, cattle.