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The Four Kingdoms is a continent in the world of Dunia.

Official Map

Demography

The Four Kingdoms is home to seven races- Canid, Ermehn, Felis, Lutren, Polcan, Tamian, and Vulpin.[1] The Polcan are newcomers, and have been displaced from their home across the sea.[2]

History

(See: Timeline)

The first city founded in the Four Kingdoms was Gair, in the first year of the Era of Reason. In the ninth year, the Ermehn founded the second- H'arkenlowe, their capital. At that point in time, there were no kingdoms- only city-states separated by large chunks of untamed wildlands.[3] There was little communion between the seven races.[4] There was constant war[5] fuelled by racial strife.[6]

In Year 98 of the second era, the Polcan were driven from their home continent and invaded the shores of Lutra,[7][8] forcing the Lutren and the Tamian to set aside their differences and unite into what is now Sunsgrove.[9]

However, not too long after Sunsgrove united, the Canid came to Sunsgrove begging for aid and claiming the Ermehn planned to invade Sunsgrove. The Sunsgrovians believed the Canid, and helped them drive out the Ermehn,[10] leading to the fall of H'arkenlowe[11] and the banishment of the Ermehn en masse to the Northern Wastes.[12]

War consumed the entire land and thousands of lives were claimed.[13] After the war ended, the races separated themselves from the others save their own allies, if any were to be had, finding relative peace in distance.[14] The Treaty of Cenolau established the existence of The Four Kingdoms- Aisling, Kishar, Nessa and Sunsgrove- [15] and changed their borders.[16] The treaty also banished the Polcan and the Ermehn from the Four Kingdoms, driving the Ermehn into the Northern Wastes and the Polcan to piracy on the Western Sea of Sunsgrove.[17]

There is still much tension between the races and peace is fragile.[18][19]

Geography

The distance scales for the Four Kingdoms are more in line with European countries than something the size of Australia. Specifially, the Terria to Deltrada trip is akin to walking from Wales to Scotland.[20]

Felis Map

The Four Kingdoms according to the Felis

The Four Kingdoms have one large mountain range, from which drain three major rivers. Two of those three rivers drain from a large body of water in Aisling.[21]

The Verodun River marks the border between Aisling and Sunsgrove. There is a single great wood- the Deep, which is divided by the Sunsgrove-Navran border into the Western Deep in Sunsgrove (although the Western Deep extends into Aisling) and the Eastern Deep in Navran.[22][23]

Before the Treaty of Cenolau, borders between nations were entirely decided by natural features like rivers. After the Treaty, some of the borders were shifted to maintain farmland and trade routes, but most of the natural barriers remained.[24]

While every capital has a network of well-guarded roads, there are many unsettled areas that remain unpatrolled, especially on roads that are not traveled often. Few roads lead north to Aisling, and the ones that do are subject to harsh weather conditions, such as snowstorms.[25]

Economy

The Four Kingdoms each have their own forms of currency, and having access to more than one currency gives more financial freedom.[26]

The kingdoms are capable of trading with a continent across the Eastern Sea. Fine scarves from this unknown continent can be purchased in Nessa, the Vulpin capital.[27] Several races from outside the four kingdoms can be found in Gair,[28] and possibly other important trade cities and capitals.[29]

Linguistics

Even though all races keep their own languages alive, after The Treaty of Cenolau was signed and the Four Kingdoms were created, a single universal tongue became the standard method of communication.[30]

Calendar

While every culture had its own dating system, all but the most traditional have switched to the Felis calendar developed with the founding of Gair.[31]

Trivia

  • Alex Kain has stated that there are no reptilian races in the Four Kingdoms, adding that it was a wide world and anything was possible in the future, indicating that sentient reptilian races may exist in Dunia outside the Four Kingdoms.[32]
  • In the Four Kingdoms, the races' creation myths are usually different enough that one does not necessarily disprove the other- one can agree the Lutren came from the sea while maintaining that the Tamian fell from the heavens. However, some individuals still believe their race's origin makes them superior to the others.[33]
  • While Halloween is not celebrated in the Four Kingdoms, there are similar festivals themed after celebrating or warding off the dead with costumes and culturally appropriate lanterns or baubles.[34]
  • In the Four Kingdoms, there is not a defined line between child and adult. Children are treated as adults as soon as they are capable of wielding a sword or attending to other physical chores.[35]
  • The accordion has not been invented in the Four Kingdoms yet.[36]
  • Harsh punishments to deter crime is the norm in the Four Kingdoms.[37]
  • Crossbows are a relatively new weapon and have not changed the landscape of combat yet. [38]
  • Each race has own variation on the tail ring.[39]
  • Last names do not exist in the Four Kingdoms, and if duplicate names happen they are distinguished by family or place of origin.[40]
  • Cheese is plant based if present at all.[41]
  • In the Four Kingdoms, the only way to deliver a message is via bird or in person.[42]
  • There’s a fair overlap between names and races, ie Tess being a Lutren name but is also the name of a member of the Vulpin Council.[43]

References

  1. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 6
  2. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 11- Alex's Commentary
  3. Intermission: Week 1- Alex's Commentary
  4. The World
  5. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 7
  6. The World
  7. Intermission: Week 2- Alex's Commentary
  8. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 21- Alex's Comment: January 29, 2014, 2:08 pm
  9. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 12- Alex's Commentary
  10. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 12- Rachel’s Commentary
  11. Intermission: Week 1
  12. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 9
  13. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 8
  14. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 8
  15. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 21- Alex's Commentary
  16. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 2- Rachel's Commentary
  17. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 21- Alex's Commentary
  18. The World
  19. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 8
  20. Beyond the Western Deep, Chapter 2, Page 57- Alex’s Comment on October 5, 2014, 12:25 am
  21. The World
  22. The World
  23. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 56
  24. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 2- Rachel's Commentary
  25. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 43- Alex's Comment
  26. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 23- Alex's Commentary
  27. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 1
  28. Song of the Eastern Sands Cover Page, Alex's Comment: October 26, 2015, 5:01 pm
  29. Song of the Eastern Sands Cover Page, Rachel's Comment: October 26, 2015, 4:25 pm
  30. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 41- Alex's Comment: December 22, 2012, 11:49 pm
  31. Intermission: Week 1- Alex's Commentary
  32. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page Six- Alex's Comment: January 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM
  33. Intermission: Week 3- Alex's Commentary
  34. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 1- Alex's Commentary
  35. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 60- Alex's Commentary
  36. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 2- Alex's Commentary: November 7, 2015, 6:42 pm
  37. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 27
  38. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 24- Alex’s Comment: December 21, 2013, 3:26 pm
  39. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Intermission 1- Alex’s Commentary
  40. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 41- Alex’s Comment: May 27, 2014, 10:29 pm
  41. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 41- Alex’s Comment: May 27, 2014, 10:29 pm
  42. Beyond the Western Deep, Chapter 2, Page 57- Alex’s Commentary
  43. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Three, Page 3- Alex’s Comment on November 12, 2016 on 9:50 am

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