Merovaren

From Bestiary of the Hypogriph

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The skink folk of the desert and the ones who live under them always bring precious gems and other things which they never seen to run out of. Their quality weapons and armory makes them fearsome sometimes, but they are in fact friendly and welcoming, if not slightly too pushy about getting us to trade with them. It makes me wonder if they do it out of profit or out of pleasure. Beastmen are a curious lot after all.
โ€” Daniel de Braquemont, Aynachian governor

Merovaren is a country located in the southern deserts of the continent of Aurelia. Predominantly an empire of traders and merchants, the Dynasty of the Sands of the lizardfolk possesses great influence across the world due to their extensive trade routes, the so-called Sandy Roads, which unite much the continent in a great network of trading centered around their capital of Sohitaria. With an extensive history, rich resources and potent military, Merovaren is a major faction in international affairs who are always aware of the current important events of the world thanks to their great sphere of influence.

History[edit | edit source]

Tribes of lizardfolk existed through the land which would become Merovaren until they were united under the rule of an individual named Marigrax, who would lead them into founding the Dynasty of the Sands seven hundred years in the past. Quickly expanding their influence through the decades, caravans from the capital of Sohitaria begun spreading across the continent, soon enough creating a great network of trade routes which many other nations begun using as well; these would become known as the Sandy Roads, which pass through the four corners of the continent and converge all on Merovaren.

Geography[edit | edit source]

Merovaren is primarily made up of sandy, dry desert with many kilometers of nothing but dunes. The cities of the lizardfolk are segregated around the ocean shore, rivers and oases which dot the landscape. The largest water source of the region, the Snake's River, passes through much of the region between the western mountains where it is born until it reaches the ocean shore. Wildlife native to the area include camels, addax, oryxes and scorpions, some which come in giant sizes.

Government[edit | edit source]

Merovaren is a hereditary monarchy led by a sultan who passes the title to their oldest son or daughter upon death. The sons and daughters of the sultan are known as prince-governors, and are tasked with maintaining the empire's provinces in each region of the desert. Typically, a single family remains in control of the entirely of the nation unless they are all killed or shamed to the point of no longer being considered creditable to their race.

Religion[edit | edit source]

Merovaren is a deeply religious state whose main, official deity is Almonohuim, the force of nature dedicated to serpents, treasurers and sands. Temples dedicated to him are scattered across the Dynasty's provinces and are deemed holy ground, to be left untouched by conflict and where all individuals are equal, being considered safe grounds for the persecuted or the poor who were shunned away by the rich. Additionally, commerce is notably forbidden inside temples. They are often decorated by great marble statues of Almonohuim surrounded by statues of desert-dwelling serpents which the god favours.

Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

Beyond the lizardfolk, the Snake's River is home to a particularly strong breed of crocodilian which are considered formidable foes of anyone unlucky enough to enter their territory. Within the southern region of the nation lies the Serpent's Throne, the lair of Almonohuim and his serpentfolk, and despite being within their territory, the lizardfolk make no claim of the land out of respect for their god and his servants.

Relations[edit | edit source]

As they base themselves on trading, the lizardfolk prefer to keep on the good graces of other nations whenever possible. Their trading partners include Aynach, Mannazei and Eryliana in their home continent, and their ships regularly visit Dalmira and Taelen in the west. Their enemies include the ratfolk of Skitterfall who have raided their lands in more than one occasion, the vampires of Duskwood and the empire of Khyannarith, whose tyranny has threatened the lives of the people of Merovaren for many years.

  • Positive relations
    • Aynach - The lizardfolk's trading caravans are always welcomed in Aynach, who are fascinated by their desert crafts.
    • Dalmira - Dalmira is Merovaren's main trading partner in Natelar.
    • Eryliana - Caravans of the lizardfolk find good trade in the lands of the Ashen Elves.
    • Khargrimnir - The dwarves and lizardfolk trade frequently, even if they find each other's cultures very unusual.
    • Ontrea - While their relations are stronger with Tuaben, the lizardfolk also broker frequently with Ontreas as well.
    • Tuaben - Tuaben is among the only nations to be considered true diplomatic allies of the lizardfolk, as opposed to mere trading partners.
  • Ambivalent relations
    • Isem-Ankharset - While most traders fear the undead, some are daring enough to broker with the mummies of Isem-Ankharset on occasion.
    • Mannazei - Lizardfolk caravans go as far as Mannazei, though many have a low opinion on its inhabitants.
  • Negative relations
    • Duskwood - The lizardfolk shun the vampires of Duskwood and refuse to do business in their cursed land.
    • Manis - The lizardfolk's distaste for slavers makes them shun Manis, and their presence in the nearby islands is seen as a threat.
    • Mirseleth - The Dark Elves have been responsible for much death across the sea routes of Merovaren's traders, as they find lizardfolk slaves very useful.
    • Ogrelands - The ogres love raiding Merovaren and its trading caravans, stealing everything they can get their lands on.
    • Skitterfall - Ratfolk incursions have emerged within Merovaren over the years, with many caravans disappearing mysteriously.

Notable merovar[edit | edit source]

  • Dynasty of the Sands
    • Sultan Megrovaz II - Current ruler of Merovaren
    • Earath Mileoveraz - Mercenary and adventurer
  • Historical figures
    • Sultan Marigrax I - Founder of Merovaren

See also[edit | edit source]