Dalmira (Firmament)

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"Dalmira isn't much like countries such as Mannazei or Aynach; not a diaspora of men of mixed histories. Dalmiric men descend from older, more weathered roots than those of the east. Not governed by gods, not iconoclastic and driven by the blood of their own kind."
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Dalmira is an expansive monarchical country located in the heart of Natelar, in the western reaches of the world. A country that retains much of its ancient history, Dalmira is known for its somewhat relaxed stance on racial diversity and its official retention of the Dalmiric pantheon, one of the oldest surviving religions in the world. Dalmira possesses one of the world's most formidable naval bodies, and as such have extensive trade capabilities second only to Merovaren.

History[edit | edit source]

Dalmira was one of two nations that formed out of the split of the Natelevarian Empire 646 years ago, alongside Taelen. A 26-year civil war between the human and elf populace regarding the treatment of magic entailed the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, which culminated in Taeleni necromancers attacking modern Dalmira. The only peaceful circumstances in which the conflict could end were for the Natelevarian Empire to disunite between Dalmira and Taelen. Whereas Dalmira acquired most of the Empire's former expanse, Taelen acquired more of its affluent regions, and within five years Dalmira fell into anarchy over the collapse of their economy.

The anarchic age of Dalmira is known now as the War of the Thirteen Kings - in truth, these were thirteen feudal lords that were among the richest men and women in the Natelevarian Empire that sought to control all of Dalmira for themselves. The war in itself lasted, ironically, thirteen years - ending only in a new constitution being written to distribute wealth equally to thirteen new provinces, to be governed by a singular monarch. From then on, Dalmira began to grow in riches as trade and agriculture grew - and over time, tensions between Dalmira and Taelen began to fade.

Geography[edit | edit source]

Dalmira comprises seven islands and the central part of Natelar, which is the southern reach of the western continent. Whilst there is a plentiful amount of fertile earth suitable for agriculture, a significant part of mainland Dalmira is mountainous. Historically the seafaring regions of the Natelevarian Empire, Dalmira possesses several populous and well fortified coastal cities across its islands - its capital, Azhnatmukand, was originally a Natelevarian Elf citadel of which its surrounding regions were expanded into its capital city. Due to the complex nature of Dalmira's marine geography, a number of fortresses and lighthouses dot the coastlines. Seven (sometimes thought of as eight) major rivers run through Dalmira.

Dalmira is mostly a cold country throughout the year (except for the summers), and thus wildlife in Dalmira tend to be able to cope in harsh winters. Bears, wolves, mammoths, horses and a number of predatory birds are indigenous to the region. Dalmira's regions in the centre of the continent are considered dangerous in all seasons of the year - as a basin between two mountain ranges, it is prone to heavy snow in the winters, and swampy conditions in the summers. Because of this, settlements tend not to exist so far inland.

Religion[edit | edit source]

Dalmira is home to several religious cultures due to its racial diversity, although it is legally recognised that the Dalmiric pantheon is the official religion of Dalmira. Temples and shrines are plentiful in Dalmiric cities and settlements, some which have survived in excess of six thousand years. Other cultures that exist in Dalmira have introduced other religions - Nalashtannylor is a revered god in some regions, while it is common to see worship of the Tusclandic pantheon on the eastern islands of Dalmira. Worship of Skasdrumri and Isiris is also considerably present.

Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

Indigenous to the region, the Dalmiric culture of humans have existed in this region for over eight thousand years. Dalmira however is very cosmopolitan in terms of racial diversity and its acceptance; Taeleni are perhaps the second largest demographic, followed by a myriad of beastmen races and some other human and elvish races as well. Tusclanders have been known to have migrated down south to Dalmira; most modern Dalmiric men are believed to be of mixed Dalmiric and Tusclandic ancestry.

Relations[edit | edit source]

Dalmira's closest ally, diplomatically and geographically is Taelen - though historical wars have set their kinds apart, Dalmira and Taelen share an identical history until 650 years ago, and thus Dalmiric and Taeleni architecture tend to be considered very similar. There is of course some bitter sentiments left behind from these wars, although these tend to be outdated beliefs in the modern age. Dalmira has cordial relations with Merovaren and sustain lucrative trade routes, as well as Tusclandia. The central nations, such as Eryliana and Aynach have less established relations albeit not aggressive, though many Dalmiric people dislike the societal structure of Mannazei.

  • Ambivalent relations
  • Negative relations
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Notable Dalmirans[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]