Monday, June 17, 2013


Citizens of Manreia believe that their nation is the cultural, technological, and religious center of Morden. They have the greatest poets, artists, and composers. Aureliano de Acosta's academy and workshop produce endless marvels. The Conclave of Enochian Bishops meets at St. Stephen's Basilica in Manreia's capital city of Palmyria. The citizens also argue that the land's mild year-round climate is a sign of God's favor upon them. Their fields are fertile, their mines are rich, and the sea provides a generous bounty. Manreia's citizens believe that they are the most fortunate and the most accomplished in the world.

The nation's detractors often argue that their successes are due entirely to the modest losses that this region suffered in the war against the Witches. Far from the front lines of the battle, Manreia's citizens contributed technology, soldiers, and assets to the war effort. Even in loss, however, they never suffered the depredations of a direct assault by the Witches' forces. Instead, with a peaceful surrender, they ceded authority to the Witch council, and continue to pay a tithe of goods, soldiers, and raw materials to the Witches. Where the other nations of Morden have struggled to rebuild a society that lost much of its workforce over the decades of war, Manreia has instead simply paid the tithes that they are due.

This is not to say that the war did not damage Manreia. Tens of thousands of her able-bodied young men and women died fighting the Witch armies in other lands. Food that could have gone to feed her citizenry instead fed the survivors in other nations. Manreia's ruling senators readily provided the arms and equipment necessary to keep her army‹ and the armies of her allies‹ actively engaged in the battle against the Witches. In losing the war, all of these goods and soldiers were surrendered to the remaining Witches. Few of the soldiers ever returned home, leaving Manreia's workforce badly depleted. Assets necessary to keep the nation's economy stable and her people fed were long lost. At the same time, refugees from other lands attempted to settle in Morden's cities, viewing the less damaged environs as a welcome change from the shattered architecture of their homelands.

Outsiders have a mixed view of this beautiful country, in large part because of its relative prosperity. Some see this as sign of how little they contributed to the war. They resent that Manreia suffered so little, while their homelands were devastated by the attack of the Witch armies. Many go so far as to insist that all who remain in Manreia are little more than cowards with no honor. Had they truly been loyal to the Enochian faith and their human brethren, then the nation's citizens could have had no choice but to invest every possible resource in the war against the Witches. Most who hold this belief go so far as to directly blame Manreia for losing the war.

Others see Manreia's continued existence as a sign of hope for an eventual revolution against the Witches. These optimists recognize that the nation's current status is the closest thing remaining to what Morden had been like before the war. Some believe that by embracing the grandeur of Manreia, they can use it to reseed the rest of the continent. As the only nation to have survived in good health, these idealists often insist that it be used as the example moving forward. Among Palmyria's slums and the nation's refugee camps, there are many who fled the conquered nations that now pretend to have ancestral ties to Manreia.

Shadows of Civility

Most of Manreia's citizens fail to recognise the dark secret that lurks among the nation's many secret societies and criminal organizations. In spite of its distance from the battlefront, the Blood Witch played a major factor in developing the nation's role in the war. This is because her vampires ‹along with hundreds of Dhampir‹ were sent forth to infiltrate and influence the nation. Even today, few of the normal humans are even aware of the terrible dangers that lurk within their cities. Losses are simply blamed on the tithes that must be paid, and in a sense, the humans that are sacrificed to these banes and Accursed are a tithe to the Witches.

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