The Kingdom of Worlorn
Worlorn is ruled by her Fach-Bandae, or King. The title was created by Surgorn, who was the first to use it and is the current ruler. He replaced the Tassotarn (Theocrat) who was the highest governmental authority under the theocratic state of Pallon.
See the map of the Kingdom of Worlorn
|ORDER OF RULE|
Tassotarn means "Judge for the Gods." Fach-Bandae means "Shield of the People." In the times of the Drue Lords, the Fach-Bandae were the heroes who protected the Saers whilst they resettled the land. The leader of these bands was often referred to as the Fach-Bandae.
|ORDER OF WAR|
The -taen ending indicates a military leader, with the prefix for rank, hence haertaen, gurtaen, bathtaen --- army leader, war leader, battle leader. The -gar ending means "hero" (or knight).
|ORDER OF AID|
|ORDER OF LAW|
|Sollon||153 000||Bar-Ennichtor||Surgorn, King|
|Aellbasta||46 000||Aelltor||Crall, Count|
|Ardren||36 000||Arddon||Oston, Baron|
|Brissenmor||69 000||Bristor||Hastan, Duke|
|Gaetheld||26 000||Gaetheld||Langath, Baron|
|Nesserheld||27 000||Nesserheld||Cadron, Baron|
|Riudsech||18 000||Riudsech||Brosian, Baron|
|Caella||34 000||Caella||Angoll, Baron|
|Cantiglan||37 000||Dunsiell||Mondath, Baron|
|Gornanglae||52 000||Brachanglae||Harlam, Count|
|Hidmor||82 000||Molich||Eindred, Duke|
|Aranglan||18 000||Troecara||Chilgen, Baron|
|Echilon||18 000||Glasrain||Salgen, Baron|
|Lornimpent||19 000||Lintorn||Glaedon, Baron|
|Rengurlech||25 000||Gurhalm||Arlath, Baron|
|Immornell||39 000||Immornell||Surgorn, King|
|Rethell||30 000||Rethellain||Choda, Baron|
|Tembirdam||52 000||Ballennich||Mengon, Marchion|
|Palliglan||25 000||Soehalm||Olmer, Baron|
|Temormacha||35 000||Neffilmiun||Worgan, Baron|
After the Siege of Mirsach and the death of Malladun, the priesthood of the Order of Rule gave up their power to rule. The powers of the Tassotarn were informally bestowed upon the highest ranking member of the Order of War who at the time was, since Haertaen Hueor had also died, the Gurtaen Surgorn Sollorin, Lord of Gornanglae. The charismatic nobleman had little difficulty establishing his authority, since his army was loyal to him and his leadership uncontested. The loyalty of his officers derived from the ritual oaths they had made as members of the Order of War. These officers Surgorn elevated to positions in the new Order of Rule.
The former members of the priestly Order of Rule went widely separate ways. Many of the highest ranking priests were killed in the Siege of Mirsach. Those who had the misfortune to live in Galfmor or Merglan were persecuted, hunted, and executed. In Worlorn, some became itinerant holy men, some joined the Order of Law or Aid. Others simply disappeared.
Today the Order of Rule takes on the nature of a superset of the military Order of War. King Surgorn is simultaneously the highest ranking military officer, and the highest ranking ruler of Worlorn. The actual effect of this is to put much more power into the hands of clan heads than they previously had, as the almost all authority rests in the hands of the Order of Rule (see the section on Pallonic Law.
Pallon was subdivided into ecclesiastical dominions governed by high-ranking priests. Surgorn the major divisions and gave them to his highest-ranking officers to govern. The title given to them is transliterated in these documents as Duke.
The major divisions (duchies) of Worlorn during the reign of Surgorn are, in order of size:
- Sollon (towns: Sollum, Glan)
- Brissenmor (town: Staed)
- Hidmor (town: Moell)
- Tembirdam (town: Glum)
The nobility of Worlorn did not change with the government. Lands are mostly clan-owned, but the clanheads (i.e., the owners) are almost always sworn under religious vows of loyalty to some Ruler. Some lands and towns are government-owned, which is to say that no clan claims them as property.
Under the duchies, subdivisions of government often occur. Members of the Order of Rule who govern these provinces are entitled to the use of government lands and castles.
|Moell||C||10 000||C3/W4||40/100||35 ha||Hidmor|
|Sollum||B||23 000||C4/W4||90/225||63 ha||Sollon|
Hidmor: The farmland at the upper end of the Somberflow begins to diminish in fertility starting here. The people of Hidmor subsist more on herding orgs and fishing in streams than do peasants downstream. They still grow mostly grop, but geith supplements some farms in the outskirts. The Hidmorings breed high quality hueglachs.
Sollon: The heartland of Worlorn, with Merglan, Sollon's history extends back to the time of Angorlon, when it was the western half of the ancient theocratic state.
The best gardells are bred in Glan. There are famous seedworm farms just upriver from Sollum.
Staed: Occupying a large islet where the Verentian Highway crosses the confluence of the Somberflow and the Wede, Staed is the hub of activity between Worlorn, Tredaen, and Ralubia. Frequent traffic brings goods down the Wede or by road from Tharam, or down the Somberflow from Moell, Glum, and Dis. From Staed these goods are taken down the Somberflow to Sollum.
Tembirdam: A hilly march inhabited by loggers and miners and down-to-earth folk. There are famous deaberry orchards outside Glum.