Common knowledge

1. Talingarde is an island. It is about the size of England
in the real world. It is an isolated place far from any
other nations and outsiders are something of a rarity. In
the south it enjoys a temperate clime, but the north of the
island is quite cold and often blanketed with snow. Most
people avoid this part of the island because it is populated
by monsters.

2. Talingarde is a lawful good nation. Talingarde is
a place of law and order. Violations of the law are punished
severely but fairly. Talingarde is also a place that
reveres the ideals of goodness. Clergy tend to the sick,
often for no pay. Knights seek to protect the weak. Paladins
are fabled individuals often featured in stories and
songs. Talingarde might be, in all the world, the nation
most committed ot the ideals of law and good.

3. Talingarde is a monarchy. It is ruled by good king
Markadian V called the Brave. Markadian is a much beloved
ruler from a well-established royal family known as
the House of Darius.
He’s dead

4. The King has no son. He does however have a
daughter, the beautiful princess Bellinda who is twenty
years old and still unmarried. The king and the princess
are the only full-blooded members of the royal family,
though they have lots and lots of cousins and more distant
family. The King’s wife Lucinda died in child birth
and he has never remarried.

5. The Victor was the first Darian king. Markadian V
is actually the great grandson of Markadian I called the
Victor who established the House of Darius and defeated
the former royal house, the House of Barca, at Battle of
Tamberlyn. The Victor remains beloved in Talingarde
even decades after his death and you still see statues of
him everywhere.

6. The only god you are allowed to worship in Talingarde
is Mitra.
Once other gods were worshipped, but
that all came to an end under the House of Darius. Worship
of Asmodeus, arch-enemy of Mitra, is outlawed and
punishable by death by burning. Worshipping other nonevil
gods is technically allowed but highly discouraged
and very rarely seen.

7. Mitra is the Lord of Light. Mitra is the god of light,
healing, goodness and leadership. He is usually depicted
as having three aspects – a king, a healer or a living flame.
Mitra is benevolent god and the arch-enemy of the First
Tyrant, Asmodeus.

8. The Church of Mitra is everywhere. No town in
Talingarde lacks a church of Mitra. The priests are almost
always important men in their community. The second
most powerful man in the kingdom is the High Cardinal
of the Church, Vitallian of Estyllis. There word is not
law but it is heard and respected and ignored only infrequently.
The House of Darius and the Church of Mitra
are allies dedicated to keeping Talingarde the bastion of
goodness, law and Mitran devotion that it is today.

9. Asmodeus is the enemy of Mitra and Talingarde.
Only one faith is banned and punishable by death within
the kingdom of Talingarde – the faith of the devil-god Asmodeus,
the lord of the Nine Hells. Before the House of
Darius rose, Asmodeus was part of the pantheon of Talingarde.
Asmodeus was not loved, but he was feared and
respected alongside the other gods. Markadian IV called
the Zealot outlawed the faith and unleashed the Inquisition
against it. In the Asmodean Purges of the twenty
years ago, every temple and high priest of Asmodeus was
burned. The Temple of Asmodeus never recovered.

10. Talingarde is defended by the Knights of the
The Knights are a storied and legendary order
of warriors who uphold the right, protect the weak and
work to see justice done. They are a religious order and
everyone has sworn oaths to Mitra. Uniquely, they are
not all nobles. Even those of common blood may become
a knight if they are deemed worthy. Not every Knight is
a paladin, but their order has produced more paladins
than any other.

11. Talingarde has six regions. The Island of Talingarde
has six parts – The Cambrian Ports, The Heartland,
the Borderlands, the Caer Bryr, the Savage North
and the Lands of the Yutak. The Cambrian Ports are the
three large cities of Talingarde that sit upon the Bay of
Cambria. The Heartland is the farms and rural parts of
Talingarde. The Borderlands are the northern reaches of
the kingdom protected by the Watch Wall. The Caer Bryr
is a great forest inhabited by the savage Iraen. The Savage
North is a wasteland of ice ruled by monsters. And the
Lands of the Yutak are scattered small northern islands
inhabited by strange men very different from the men of
Talingarde (or Talireans as they are sometimes known).

12. Talingarde was protected by the Watch Wall. Twelve
fortresses mark the northern border of the kingdom of
Talingarde. These fortresses control every point of access
from the Savage North and defend the land from incursion
by the bugbears and other monsters that live there.
Markadian V called the Brave earned that name defending
the Watch Wall.

13. Talingarde is at peace. But will it last?

Common knowledge

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