Population: 1,114,300 (humans 80%, mustadi 4%, andra 3%, cyclopt 1%)
Religions: The Nine Daughters
Imports: Timber, ore, textiles, animals, livestock
Exports: Livestock, paper, food, books, jewelry
Alignment: Chaotic Good, Lawful Good, Chaotic Neutral
LIFE AND SOCIETY
Krajnarod (KRAHZ-nuh-rahd) is a nation that spreads out from the southern spur of the Sunscrape Mountains, sweeping across the plains next to the Copper Spring Sea (what others call the Bitter Sea).
Bordered to the North by the Kingdom of Nacjaseste, to the south by Soullivaria, and to the west by the remnants of the Bepholan Union, Krajnarod exists on a pivot, a nation used as a central hub for a large amount of trade, as well as a point of contentious diplomacy among several belligerents.
Krajnarod is ruled by the reagent Isonbardus the Harbinger, a distant cousin of the Lourde line currently sitting the throne in Nacjaseste to the north. He has little patience for his distant family and their propensity to skirt the rules of international diplomacy to get what they want, and much of the time taken by his ambassadors involves smoothing arguments between the Lourdes and the surrounding countries.
Krajnarod has superior soil and farming is the greatest industry they have, with collectives and cooperatives vying for the great markets in the hungry places near and far.
The nation’s cavalry is well respected and feared, and a trio of generals have made recent marks on history with victories against several nemeses including a renegade incursion by the Goblin Nations, the aggression of the Bepholan Union, and a foreign excursion successful in blunting Iontia’s attempts to gain a foothold in The Shimmering Wilds.
MAJOR GEOGRAPHICAL FEATURES
Forming the northern border with the Kingdom of Nacjaseste, the tall Sunscrape range marches five hundred miles between the two nations, towering granite mounds that average twelve to fifteen thousand feet in height. The warm winds of coursing from the west spread across the peaks, brining incredible storms and potent floods cascading down the mountain sides during spring and fall. While a boon to the security of the borders for the nearby countries, it is also the source of humanoid incursions and smoldering evil, and the foothills are given wide berth except by the most stalwart of citizens. Giants dwell in the higher and deeper parts, as do monstrous creatures and aberrations, food and sport for the many gnoll and bugbear tribes known to live in the area.
Splitting off from the western border course of the Landsever River, The Ironwash continues its journey down from the mountains across the crumbling foothills and mounds of the Crimson Plain, iron rich lands that bleed their rust color in the river’s water and give it its name. The river continues on through the heartlands of Krajnarod, overflowing twice a year to flood the surrounding plains and drive deep fertile fingers into the soil. Vegetables and even livestock have been known to take on a reddish hue during the heaviest rainfall years, and the ‘redfoods’ such floods bring are sought after as having special properties of health and fertility.
This vast steppe land rises hundreds of feet above the heartlands, an arid oasis amidst the wet farmlands below. Wild herds of horses dwell here, and massive migrations of antelope, rothe and deer flatten grasses that grow as high as a man. Wild cats and wolves stalk prey, and even larger animals gather for the abundant food and water. Evening time sees the setting sun spreading its red light across the plain, from the proud thrusts of the land to the west, across the steppes and mesas split by winding rivers, finally glaring from the mist as the waters tumble down great falls to the heartlands in the east.
This bog covers a vast stretch of land in the northern part of Krajnarod, a great swamp that abuts the foothills of the Sunscrape Mountains. Springs and creeks storm down from the hills into the clay and sandy soil, filling the air with a stagnant stench. Wildlife abounds here, unmoved by the rumors of a cursed history and alleged ruins spread throughout the area of some ancient people who walked here long before humans did.