Samparidia, The Fallen Empire
Inspiration and Esthetic: Byzantine and Antique Greek in Sampargopolis and shores of Elder Sea, Medieval European in vassal kingdoms inland.
-The self-proclaimed Eternal Empire of Man, found by humans who travelled beyond the Black Curtain.The chronicles name these race Ardaccans. Once very rich and powerful, now a flicker of her former glory remains. (There are other empires in the known world, however the humans and nonhumans of today mean Samparidia when they say “Empire” in this part of the world. Others are called “Old Empires”, since they are assumed to precede Samparidia.)
-The Sigil of the empire is the Iron Phoenix. Conqueror emperors of the old were used to be called Phoenix Ferra.
-Theocratic and militaristic nation with an elected emperor. It was not always so, but in the present day Scions ; 9 aristocratic families active in the Senate, elect the ruler of the empire for life, form one of the families. Each family raises a candidate from her bloodline, cultivating an emperor-to-be since babyhood. All kinds of byzantine politics are applied. Each family is represented by a species of a bird; Hawk, Raven, Owl, Nightingale, Shrike, Albatross, Vulture, Heron and Peacock. The birds symbolize general inclination and temperance of the bloodline. Important and influencial members wear costume-like robes decorated like their family’s sigil bird. A nation of birds, and a phonenix as their sovereign…
-Magic is strictly policed and controlled by the state, unofficial users of magic are considered heretics, witches and demonologists, hunted and burned. Royal Wizards are only official magic users.
-The capitol of the empire is Sampargopolis. A very old city, built on ruins and remains of an older settlement with mysterious former residents.
-Impareon: a general of Samparidian Empire, highest military rank
-Relic Plate: ancient full plate armors of heroes of the empire, with magical properties, fabrication technique forgotten. Usually crafted with Ardacc Iron, material rumored to be brought beyond the Black Curtain. A very few sets remain. Usually owned by old families with militaristic tradition.