"A land where magic is as common as water and almost as
- Karadess Allin, Arch Bishop of Carrikos
|Proper Name||The Commonwealth of Corvenia|
|Ruler||His Enlightened Authority, Speaker for the High Council Lord Querias Taun, the Renowned Teacher of the Light|
|Demographics||Human 74%, Grum 10%, Elven 6%, Saurian 6%, Avarian 2%, Ogre 1%, Baenite 1%|
|Languages||Corven 70%, Northern 25%, Sauric 5%|
|Capital City||Zesrun (Population: 93,400)|
|National Colors||Blue and white.|
|Natural Resources||Lumber, freshwater swamp fauna and flora, tar sands, bog iron, coal, peat, oysters, yams, ekril, feral hogs and wild ducks.|
|Manufactured Goods and Major Exports||Timber, herbs and spices, oil and tar, forged iron goods, sulfur, leather goods, ekril feathers.|
|Technology Level||Dark Ages|
|Other Religions||Barrinor, Vorkayne, Semorjon, Sarreth, Kael, Mireldokar, Daramis, Farzak, Drenmoragin, Kolo, Erylon, Assytia|
|Approximate Land Area||1,120,000 square kilometers|
|Terrain||Forest, grassland and swamp|
Corvenia is the nation of "natural" wizards. They have been called "psionic" mages, although their power is not psionic in the traditional sense of the word. The corvenians wield raw essence, just as normal wizards do. They only access the power in a different way. Rather than memorizing long spells and spending years studying, corvenains wield magic as an extension of their own minds. The ability to manipulate the magical energy field has developed genetically within corvenians. The corvenians treat magic as an art form, rather than a science of skill. For them, essence is an extension of life. It is for this reason that virtually all corvenians are capable of wielding magic. Those of mixed heritage tend to be less powerful than their true blood cousins.
Corvenia is a land of grassy lands bordered on the west by Cauldron Lake and the Trackless Mire and on the north by the Captured Sea. Southern Corvenia is hilly with numerous small brooks flowing in the Mire.
Because of its proximity to the Trackless Mire, much of western Corvenia is wetlands. Within the Mire, snakes, waterfowl, insects and ebrin are common. There are some reports of a gumric near the center although these are unconfirmed. Corvenians are able to obtain hundreds of useful and edible plants, herbs and flowers from the Trackless Mire. A number of deathgrip trees can also be found in the Mire.
Corvenia formed from a radical splinter group of mages as a direct result of the Sundering and the Great War. This group broke from traditional magical theory with wild proclamations and ideas. They fled during the Great War and founded a tiny nation on the shores of Cauldron Lake. Despite the catastophic landquake and subsequent flooding that resulting in the appearance of the Captured Sea, this nation has managed to survive and prosper, mainly due to their inherent magical ability.
Corvenian government is much like Carrikos. The government and culture are focused on magic. However, instead of a church, a guild of spellcasters is the government. A single council of twelve members has total control. New members are appointed by the council. Membership is three year terms. This council is led by the speaker, Lord Querias Taun.
Magic is used extensively to determine facts, truth, past events, etc. While the corvenians have been called a weak and squeamish people, they tend to favor harsh punishment for heresy against their beliefs on magic. They are especially hard on priests and mages from other nations.
Military consists entirely of battle trained mages. They patrol the city in groups of three called "triads". Triads wear distinctive uniforms and fight with both spells and blades. They also serve as surrogate priests in that they offer counseling and words of wisdom. They frequently use their magic to aid the community in small ways. Every village has at least one triad serving it.
A strong economy exists in magical materials, herbs, fish, etc. Corvenia has limited resources of quarried stone, metals, weapons, armor and imports these items.
Corvenian prostitutes use magic to subtly alter and enhance their appearance. Because of this, their skin is always firm and supple, their makeup is always perfect, their scent is always alluring. They have a reputation for being vastly superior to others and they are highly sought after.
Corvenian dishes take advantage of many of the unique plants and animals of the wetlands of the Trackless Mire. This includes the corvenian sweet grass, tirrania, globjules and turflas. The quintessential corvenian dish is kijara, a rich stew made from beef, sliced yams and sliced turflas (a large, nutty tasting fungi) both of which grow in abundance at the edges of the great swamp.
The Corvenians have a totally different view of magic. To them, magic is an extension of life, as natural as breathing. They all have the gift, young and old, clever and dim. Magic is everywhere in Corvenia, in every facet of society. This very fact is Corvenias weakness. Corvenian magic is too common. It has become weak, shallow and diluted. They rely on their pretty tricks and spells. Perhaps too much so, because Corvenians dont last long in a fight. Corvenians are mostly human although a handful of other races have infiltrated and successfully interbred. They too have the gift of corvenian magic. Corvenian magic is simple to learn for those who have Corvenian blood, but not very powerful for most who learn it. This weak corvenian magic is used commonly in everyday situations - cooking, cleaning, repairs, security, construction and even art. Most corvenians never achieve the kind of sheer power that Carrikos is famous for. This may be due to culture, hereditary or may simple be a limitation of their kind of magic. In any case, most corvenians are not greedy and do not pursue wealth and power. There have been exceptions though.
|Thunder Falls||28,500||This large city sits atop the legendary waterfall for which it is named. The city operating a fleet of ferries that criss cross the lake above the falls, ferrying people, wagons and horses back and forth across the water. This ferry system connects the heavily travelled road that runs from Zesrun to Strathon. Thunder Falls actually has two sections - an upper city atop the falls and a lower city on the banks of the Captured Sea below the Falls.|
|William's Gate||24,800||William's Gate is an agriculatural center and rules over dozens of small farming villages.|
|Round Hill||19,200||This heavily fortified city sits on a large hill overlooking the Trackless Mire and protects all of the villages that lie near and within that swamp.|
|Mire||14,100||Mire is a small city built on a patch of dry land in the Trackless Mire. Some Corvenians feel the pulse of magic in life and so wish to be close to the dense life energy that is found in the swamp. Others seek the rare herbs and plant life that can be gathered only deep in the wetlands.|
|Marsh Hill||12,000||This small walled town is known for defeating an orcish siege in the 14th century with the help of a mage and alchemist named Agmar. Marsh Hill today mines bog iron from the marsh and produces a number of metal products.|
|Bogtown||9,600||Bogtown sits at the mouth of the Koskin River in a deep part of the Trackless Mire.The entire city sits on wooden stilts and platforms built upon ancient stone foundations. Rope bridges connect separate platform "islands" and tree houses to the main town. Narrow rafts specially designed for navigating the bog is the primary method of transportation. The north side of Bogtown forms into several docks that stretch out into the harbor.|
Burcham, Drenth, Elbrun, Feller, Galusa, Harbin, Hyne, Jessel, Kirjath, Marsh Hill, Muck, Riverwood, Sadkin, Shadizar, Shynar, Slagmire
Corvenian towns are connected mostly by dirt roads. For more information, see the Travel and Distance page.
|Typical Travel Time|
|Zesrun - Thunderfalls||Dirt Road||204 km||9 days||7 days||4 days|
|Zesrun - Roundhill||Dirt Road||147 km||7 days||5 days||3 days|
|Zesrun - William's Gate||Dirt Road||300 km||13 days||10 days||6 days|
|Thunder Falls - Stormcliff||Dirt Road||287 km||13 days||10 days||6 days|
|Roundhill - Bogtown||Dirt Road||259 km||11 days||9 days||5 days|
|Bogtown - Thunderfalls||Dirt Road||515 km||22 days||17 days||10 days|
|Roundhill - Mire||Dirt Road||99 km||5 days||4 days||2 days|
|Mire - Marsh||Dirt Road||170 km||8 days||6 days||4 days|
|Thunder Falls - New Castle (Arkalia)||Paved Road||309 km||13 days||9 days||6 days|
|Stormcliff - Malkora (Vorrik)||Dirt Road||438 km||19 days||14 days||8 days|
|Marsh - Agothin (Jannerus)||Dirt Road||469 km||20 days||15 days||9 days|
|Marsh - Ransook||Dirt Road||353 km||15 days||12 days||7 days|
|William's gate - Pethrin||Dirt Road||254 km||11 days||9 days||5 days|
|Bogtown - ruins of Celgorra||Swamp||160 km||13 days||92 days||8 days|
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