In this country named Lavian, civilization is primarily built around a handful of economically powerful cities. Fighting and even war in between the cities is not incredibly rare, though it is much less violent now than it has been historically. While the entirety of the globe has yet to be explored, no one has ever located any foreign country or civilization. Most people do not even comprehend the concept of a foreign country.
Lavian has a complete mix of Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Halfings, Gnomes, Orcs, and several mixed races in between. There are no particular areas where one race is found more commonly than others, and there is really no widespread racial tension. For as long as anyone can recall, the races have been completely integrated with one another.
There exists something of a theocratic government that holds sway with all the cities, but it does not intervene or condemn any fighting and imposes very little on the country in terms of laws, it’s more a spiritual leader than anything else. Most people live in or around the major cities, and though it’s not entirely uncommon to find other, smaller townships, they’re almost always affiliated with a nearby metropolis. This is in part due to the wide array of savage monsters and creatures that roam the wilds, for instance, you’d be hard pressed to find a decent sized cave that wasn’t already occupied by some goblins or a troglodyte.
Just about every person living in Lavian is religious and pays tribute to the five Gods of the Grand Senate through observing the principles of their most favored god or gods. Religion is extremely important in the country of Lavian, and its impact can be seen in every place people have touched.
Lavian has a relatively diverse amount of biomes and habitats, and is surrounded on all sides by the ocean. In the northern area, in the extended territory of Sartaus, it is particularly mountainous, with several lush valleys and forests in the area. In the west, around Flamm, there is a vast and cruel desert with a few but mighty rivers running through them. In the south, surrounding Spicus, there are great plains, both of grain and of dirt. In the east, around the area where Caroph is rumored to be, is a dense, almost impenetrable jungle.
The calendar starts with a holy day known as The Convening, where it is thought that the gods meet in Cura, the realm of the gods, and decide if and how they will intervene in the affairs of mortals that year. Each year, during the month of Krupthor, there is a very heavy rain that causes widespread flooding across the country, and isolates many metropolises from each other, and in fact entire sections of the country are seperated by higher sea levels. This period of flooding usually lasts the majority of Krupthor, and is referred to as the Naumah.
Lavian has 6 months, four of which are composed of 60 days and the other two of 30 days, and a single day that takes place outside of these months, with each day comprising of 24 hours. The cycle of the calendar is as follows:
- The Convening, historically a very calm and mild day.
- Neohaima (Knee-o-hi-ma), 30 day month, the weather warms up and the flora begins to bloom again.
- Alexhor (Al-ex-or), 60 day month, period of increasingly warmer temperatures.
- Krupthor (Crupt-or), 60 day month, during which the Naumah takes place and the temperatures get gradually cooler.
- Palaihaima (Pal-eye-hi-ma), 30 day month, the air gets colder and most of the plants die.
- Peirahor (Pie-ra-or), 60 day month, a cold season with temperatures getting ever colder.
- Agalmahor (A-gal-ma-or), another cold season but with temperatures gradually rising.