So, I meant to post this yesterday, but I never got around to it. I had a lab in the early part of the afternoon, the the KnoxWrimo’s Kick-off party was in the evening. Its all good though. The party was fun. There was more than double the number of people that showed up last year, and our ML’s have clearly worked very hard at putting events together this year.
The not-quite-pub-crawl-with-books-thing sounds interesting. But anyway…
First up are the notes on Politics, Nobility and the Monarchy:
World Building: Politics, Nobility, and the Monarchy in The Witch Queen’s War
Nobility and the Council of Nobles
The Kingdom of Aiedria is divided into 15 provinces, excluding the capital province. Each province is governed by a Duke or Duchess, appointed by his/her predecessor, though the process is typically through heredity. Each province is then further broken up into regions, overseen by a Baron or Baroness.
The fifteen Dukes and Duchesses make up the Council of Nobles, and advisory council to the Monarch. The council meets four times a year in the capital. In the event of an emergency, the Council may convene more often. The council comes together to vote on laws, the appointment of certain positions such as Admiral and General, and to vote on the declaration of war. For smaller issues, the Council does not need to convene for a vote; a written letter with a Declaration of Opinion will suffice.
Though the Council has the ability to make decisions, the current Monarch reserves the right to overturn any decision made by Council members, though doing so is considered by the general populace as a very unpopular decision.
Aiedria has a hereditary monarchy. Typically, the first child born to the reigning monarch will become successor, given the title of Prince/ss Royale. There is only ever one person with the title Prince/ss Royale. Any other child born to the reigning monarch is given the title Crown Prince/ss. Any child born to a Crown Prince/ss is simply referred to as Prince of Princess. Once the Prince/ss Royale has assumed the throne, his/her successor inherits the Royale title. If the new monarch has no children, the title goes to a younger sibling.
The current Royal Family is the Aryagall line line from the coastal province of Blackwater. The line has held the throne for nearly four centuries and have had many popular rulers, including the late Queen Caiomhe, mother of Eirian, Gwenlyn, and Tiernan.
World Building: Theology and Religion in The Witch Queen’s War
Religion is relatively universal throughout the various countries in the setting. One deity is recognized, known as The Holy Mother. The church is built on a doctrine known as The Canon of Belief. Some Countries are known for being more religious than others. Aiedria is often considered to be quite religious, as its capital is home to the Mother Superioress.
Leading the church is the Mother Superioress, referred to as Lady Superior. The Superioress keeps a council of fifteen, senior priestess, given the title Revered Mother. The head of a single church is a Prioress, and younger priestesses and initiates are referred to as Mother and Sister, respectively.
The Cathedral of the Most Holy Mother, located in the heart of the Capital, is home to the Mother Superioress and the Revered Mothers. Several smaller churches are located throughout the city. Most mid-sized towns will have at least a small cathedral, and possibly one or two smaller churches, depending on size and population of the town. In many smaller towns and villages, documents chronicling birth, death, marriage, and so on are kept within the church.
The Canon of Belief
The Canon of Belief is the doctrine of the Church. It tells the story of The Holy Mother’s battles against the demons and their banishment to the Void.
Thousands of years ago, the people lived in constant fear of demons. Attacks, possession, and slaughter were rampant as demons controlled much of the world.
The fear was endless, until one day a woman appeared. Sword in one hand, staff in the other, She struck down the demons that crossed Her path. It didn’t take long before Her actions drew a crowd, and that crowd drew the attention of a demon lord. But when the demon lord tried to attack the assembled crowd, his magic could not reach them.
The woman, arms raised, spoke to the demon:
“Begone. Your kind has no place here any longer; your magic leaves no mark, your evil gives no control.”
Raising her sword, a great light seemed to shine from within the metal as deity and demon clashed. As the battle wore on, it drew the attention of evermore demons. But the people, inspired by the Woman’s act of bravery, took up their own weapons in Her defense. The battles went on for days, until the ground was stained with the demon’s tainted, blackened blood.
When the last demon was slain, the Woman spoke again to the crowd, now countless in their number.
“Lay down your weapons. No longer will you be tormented by these evil beings. From this day forth, you are my Children, and I shall fight for you always. I will drive the demons back, and into a place from which they cannot escape. A dark place, where their magic can harm no one but themselves.
“But the demons are wise, and they are cunning. They will tempt you. Those who use magic freely beckon them, and they will come. Never let them in. To let them in is to let them out. Never forget these words. For as long as my words are obeyed, you will be safe.”
Once again, everything on here is subject to change once I actually start writing. These are just general ideas that I wanted to get down so that I don’t forget them.