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 ===== Overview ===== ===== Overview =====
-Rang is a huge kingdom, covering more than a million square miles, and extending from the [[zioth:​place:​great_sea|Great Sea]] to the [[zioth:​place:​ice_sea|Ice Sea]]. It dominates the area politically,​ militarily and religiously. Rang is a monarchy, led by [[zioth:​person:​diure_lxiv|King Diure LXIV]], but its immense size weakens the central government. Most feudal lords manage their lands independently,​ and only answer to the king in the loosest sense. The king does have several pockets of power, such as in [[zioth:​place:​huerten|Huerten]], which allow him to maintain control.+Rang is a huge kingdom, covering more than a million square miles, and extending from the Great Sea to the Ice Sea. It dominates the area politically,​ militarily and religiously. Rang is a monarchy, led by King Diure LXIV, but its immense size weakens the central government. Most feudal lords manage their lands independently,​ and only answer to the king in the loosest sense. The king does have several pockets of power, such as in Huerten, which allow him to maintain control.
  
 The common language of Rang is Rouch. The adjective form of Rang is Rouche (as in, "​Rouche currency"​). The common language of Rang is Rouch. The adjective form of Rang is Rouche (as in, "​Rouche currency"​).
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 ===== Religion ===== ===== Religion =====
-[[zioth:​religion:​andritha|Andrithanism]] is as prevelant ​in Rang as Christianity was in medieval Europe, and attitudes towards other religions are as predjudiced. There are small pockets of [[zioth:​religion:​jarram|Jarramites]], particularly in [[zioth:​place:​duerstadt|Duerstadt]], the capital. ​[[zioth:​religion:​morenth|Morenthians]] can be found in small numbers in the far south, restricted to the two towns of [[zioth:​place:​huerten:​maelbourg|Maelbourg]] and Haelbourg. Other, less prominent religions, such as [[zioth:​religion:​zahira|Zahiranism]], are represented in small numbers throughout the kingdom.+Andrithanism is as prevalent ​in Rang as Christianity was in medieval Europe, and attitudes towards other religions are as predjudiced. There are small pockets of Jarramites, particularly in Duerstadt, the capital. Morenthians can be found in small numbers in the far south, restricted to the two towns of Maelbourg and Haelbourg. Other, less prominent religions, such as Zahira, are represented in small numbers throughout the kingdom.
  
  
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-Rang is bordered on the north by the [[zioth:​place:​ice_sea|Ice Sea]], on the south by the [[zioth:​place:​great_sea|Great Sea]], on the east by the [[zioth:​place:​eastern_kingdoms|Eastern Kingdoms]], on the west by the [[zioth:​place:​three_kingdoms|Three Kingdoms]], and on the southwest by [[zioth:​place:​terradia|Terradia]].+Rang is bordered on the north by the Ice Sea, on the south by the Great Sea, on the east by the Eastern Kingdoms, on the west by the Three Kingdoms, and on the southwest by Terradia.
  
 By Nathan Weismuller, 10/22/99 (revised by the DM, 5/28/08) By Nathan Weismuller, 10/22/99 (revised by the DM, 5/28/08)
  
-Immediately to the east of the capital city of [[zioth:​place:​duerstadt|Duerstadt]] and the Royal Estates is the largest sub-state within Rang, the [[zioth:​place:​ostmark|Duchy of Ostmark]]. Ostmark stretches along the coast of Rang and into the interior, and makes up the entire northeastern border of the kingdom. The capital of Ostmark, ​[[zioth:​place:​darnien|Darnien]], is a seaport to rival [[zioth:​place:​duerstadt|Duerstadt]] itself in size and wealth.+Immediately to the east of the capital city of Duerstadt and the Royal Estates is the largest sub-state within Rang, the Duchy of Ostmark. Ostmark stretches along the coast of Rang and into the interior, and makes up the entire northeastern border of the kingdom. The capital of Ostmark, Darnien, is a seaport to rival Duerstadt itself in size and wealth.
  
-[[zioth:​place:​duerstadt|Duerstadt]] lies at the mouth of the [[zioth:​place:​river_jendes|Jendes River]], one of the longest and widest navigable rivers in the known world, which wends vaguely south while forming the western border of [[zioth:​place:​ostmark|Ostmark]]. Going down the Jendes, which is a major artery for transportation,​ one would pass on its west banks the Baronies of [[zioth:​place:​freilund|Freilund]] and [[zioth:​place:​acher|Acher]] before the [[zioth:​place:​river_nessen|River Nessen]], a tributary of the [[zioth:​place:​river_jendes|Jendes]], empties in from the south. Following the [[zioth:​place:​river_nessen|River Nessen]], one would pass through much of the [[zioth:​place:​nessenberg|County of Nessenberg]] before disembarking at the [[zioth:​place:​nessenberg_city|Free City of Nessenberg]], which is the last navigable point along the river. Several miles beyond that point are the [[zioth:​place:​river_neraks|Neraks]], a series of low waterfalls that cause the river to widen and calm before it continues south.+Duerstadt lies at the mouth of the Jendes River, one of the longest and widest navigable rivers in the known world, which wends vaguely south while forming the western border of Ostmark. Going down the Jendes, which is a major artery for transportation,​ one would pass on its west banks the Baronies of Freilund and Acher before the River Nessen, a tributary of the Jendes, empties in from the south. Following the River Nessen, one would pass through much of the County of Nessenberg before disembarking at the Free City of Nessenberg, which is the last navigable point along the river. Several miles beyond that point are the Neraks, a series of low waterfalls that cause the river to widen and calm before it continues south.
  
-Following the road southwest from [[zioth:​place:​nessenberg|Nessenberg]], one would leave the Nessen Hills and pass through the [[zioth:​place:​kalzen|Barony of Kalzen]] before finally arriving in the city of [[zioth:​place:​huerten:​huerten_city|Huerten]] from the east.+Following the road southwest from Nessenberg, one would leave the Nessen Hills and pass through the Barony of Kalzen before finally arriving in Huerten ​City from the east.
  
 === Places of interest === === Places of interest ===
-  * The [[.:​huerten|Barony of Huerten]] +  * The Barony of Huerten 
-  * [[.:​duerstadt|Duerstadt]], the capital of Rang+  * Duerstadt, the capital of Rang
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 By Nathan Weismuller (revised by the DM) By Nathan Weismuller (revised by the DM)
  
-The "​Germanic"​ names in Rang are [[zioth:​world:​language|Rouch]]-derived, given names generally coming from a very old dialect whereas surnames are much more modern. The "​fantasy"​ names are [[zioth:​world:​language|Sarnam]]-derived.+The "​Germanic"​ names in Rang are Rouch-derived,​ given names generally coming from a very old dialect whereas surnames are much more modern. The "​fantasy"​ names are Sarnam-derived.
  
-Initially, people'​s names were all derived from Sarnam. When the Rannenoths made their first foothold in 394 in what they would eventually call Rang, they brought their language with them, and required that all peoples in their territorry ​speak the language, on penalty of severe fines. They lacked the means to collect those fines, but nevertheless,​ the infrequent ​appearence ​of Rouch-speaking soldiers, beating and robbing anyone they heard speak Sarnam, helped the usage of Rouch increase. By the time Rang was a kingdom in and of itself, Rouch was the common spoken language. This resulted in the widespread use of Rouch names, and the introduction of surnames.+Initially, people'​s names were all derived from Sarnam. When the Rannenoths made their first foothold in 394 in what they would eventually call Rang, they brought their language with them, and required that all peoples in their territory ​speak the language, on penalty of severe fines. They lacked the means to collect those fines, but nevertheless,​ the infrequent ​appearance ​of Rouch-speaking soldiers, beating and robbing anyone they heard speak Sarnam, helped the usage of Rouch increase. By the time Rang was a kingdom in and of itself, Rouch was the common spoken language. This resulted in the widespread use of Rouch names, and the introduction of surnames.
  
-The language requirement faded over time, and with the spread of [[zioth:​religion:​andritha|Andrithanism]] in early Rang, there was also a spread of encouragement toward Sarnam names, surnames generally being reserved for specific noble families. Rouch names became very uncommon, and even disappeared entirely in some areas. However, the more cosmopolitan areas of Rang, particularly in the north, have started to develop widespread use of surnames over the last two centuries or so as population growth started to render given names insufficient for unambigious identification of individuals. In most places, these names were Rouch, being a practical identifier devised by common people. With the spread of these Rouch surnames, there also started a somewhat greater incidence of usage of Rouch given names, which accelerated as the people of the urban centers started to consider Sarnam names "​old-fashioned"​ and "​provincial"​. Despite this spread of popularity for Rouch names, the upper levels of the Andrithan church continued to hold to Sarnam names. It has become customary (although not actually required) for high-ranking churchmen to assume Sarnam names.+The language requirement faded over time, and with the spread of Andrithanism in early Rang, there was also a spread of encouragement toward Sarnam names, surnames generally being reserved for specific noble families. Rouch names became very uncommon, and even disappeared entirely in some areas. However, the more cosmopolitan areas of Rang, particularly in the north, have started to develop widespread use of surnames over the last two centuries or so as population growth started to render given names insufficient for unambigious identification of individuals. In most places, these names were Rouch, being a practical identifier devised by common people. With the spread of these Rouch surnames, there also started a somewhat greater incidence of usage of Rouch given names, which accelerated as the people of the urban centers started to consider Sarnam names "​old-fashioned"​ and "​provincial"​. Despite this spread of popularity for Rouch names, the upper levels of the Andrithan church continued to hold to Sarnam names. It has become customary (although not actually required) for high-ranking churchmen to assume Sarnam names.
  
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