Corezo, province of Eyropa [location] [in wiki]

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Corezo, province of Eyropa [location] [in wiki]

Post by Anther » Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:35 pm

Corezo

Corezo is a large province at the southwestern peninsula of Eyropa's main landmass. It shares a single border with Hasele, and is surrounded on the other three sides by water.

It is a significant province within Eyropa due in part to its superior production of large ships, as well as its traditionally politically savvy nobility.

Geography

The land near the coasts of Corezo is pocked with salt plains: traces of old lowland valleys obliterated by the great tidal wave during the Changer's War. The central portion of Corezo is notably highland plains.

The west portion of Corezo is marked largely by mountain ranges and forest. The north-western forests are largely unharvested and unsettled by the Corezans.

The coasts of Corezo have been settled by many coastal villages and ports, made habitable by the combined magics of Darleone and Corezo.

The northern part of Corezo is mostly mountainous. There is an artificial valley in the northwest caused by a power fluctuation in the Changer's War.

There are two major rivers through Corezo: one that empties in the southwest, and another that meanders from the east to the south.

History

The area now known as Corezo was initially settled by humans before the Great Pyramid built, though specific dates are unknown. In prehistoric times it was populated by various tribes of warlike humans. During the earliest settlements, Cro-magnons moved in, and at varying points left, were driven out, or conquered. At the time of 3000 BCE there were three large tribes throughout Corezo, though they remain unnamed and unknown.

Though the Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians attempted to build trading outposts along the coasts, they were largely forced out by the native peoples. What few trading posts they had, though providing excellent revenue, were eventually abandoned before the end of the Changer's War.

By 1000 BCE the native tribal settlements had largely died out but for the aggressive Pherians in the central and eastern part of Corezo and the reclusive Descacidos in the central and north western. A group called Hasennans migrated into Corezo from the north. They were rebuffed by the Pherians, who had developed a shamanistic magic the Hasennans could not penetrate. The Pherians slowly drove the Hasennans out of Corezo. The Hasennans settled in the northern part of today's Corezo and the southern lands of Hasele. The center of Corezo was contested between the Pherians and the Hasennans for an estimation between 10 and 20 years.

During this time the Descacidos retreated from the warring into the northwestern forests and fortified themselves within. The Hasennans tentatively tried to move down through the Descacidos' forests but were rebuffed. As they were occupied with the Pherians, they did not try to trespass upon the Descacidos again. Instead, the Hasennans employed slaves taken from smaller tribes who had developed magic, and the tribal wars ended when the Hasennans took central Corezo for themselves.

The Pherians, having been defeated, appealed their situation to the Daraloen people in the south so that they might form an alliance to push the Hasennans out. The Daraloen people had been transformed by the magic into beings nearly inhuman, and were known to be dangerous. An alliance was established, and after an uneasy time of quiet where both the Hasennans and Pherians regrouped, they went back to war.

After a five year war the Hasennans were driven out, and the Pherians fortified their position by learning some of the Daraloen's form of magic.

Around 900 BCE, the Daraloen became known as elves, and they maintained a distant but friendly allegiance with the Pherians. The Descacidos became elusive, and their forests became legendary places of dread.

After time the remains of the Hasennans trickled south again in trade. Better relations between the Hasennans and Pherians were established, and over time the two people intermingled into a new and separate tribe. Their territory was known as Korazon, and they the Korazons.

At 636 BCE, the Changer's War began. The Daraloen, Hasennans and Pherians retreated into the deepest parts of their territories, terrified and helpless against the battles that raged. A tidal wave from the movement of the continents decimated the coastal lands. The Daraloen were sheltered in Korezon's central and northern territory for the duration. Settlements were razed and land destroyed. The Hasennans to the north were all but wiped out. Food and water were scarce, and many died due to the scarcity. During this time the hidden Descacidos, unknown to the rest of Corezo, slowly mutated into lynx shifters.

The Hasennans and Pherians fractured into smaller tribes, and many of them perished. By the end of the war only the Korazans remained of the three. The Daraloen appealed to the Korazans for help, as their own lands had been ruined, and the Korazans built boats that the Daraloens used to migrate to the islands known today as Darleone.

In the year 2000PW, the Korazans expanded into the old territory of the Descacidos, forced outward into the taboo old land by hunger and thirst. Coastal villages and ports were established. Korazans grew to perfect the art of ship building. However, their people faltered, and with the strange new vegetation they found it difficult to thrive and adapt. By 1900PW the Korazan people were dying out.

In 1800PW the Western Empire overtook Corezo. Hungry, poor, and starving the Korazan people welcomed the occupation. From 1800 to 1700, settlers from the Western Empire taught the native Korazan to harvest the salt from the great salt plains left from the Great Wave. Mineral salts became an export. The Empire utilized the Korazan's shipbuilding ability, and combined knowledge led to the Western Empire having the best navy in the known world.

By 1600 the Korazan people were all but extinct. The mingled descendants of the Empire's settlers and the Korazan named their land Corezo Delatirra, the land of the heart.

The Daraloen, who had become the Darleonians in their seclusion, eventually returned the favor the Korazan had granted them by teaching the Corezans how to handle the magically/toxically altered plants. Large tracts of soil were cleansed by the resulting magics. By 1550, Corezo had established itself as a trade hub, and became a Province of the Western Empire.

The Corezans, stock of the settlers from the northern provinces and the Korazan people, felt they owed the Empire utter loyalty, for without the intervention the Korazans would have withered and died. Too, though, the Corezans also feel deep kinship with the elves from Darleone and to the present day carry a deep tradition of the magical and mystical, no matter how northern views and the Puradynes pressure them.

Economy

Corezo is well known for its exports of fish and fish related products. There are several fishing villages around the coast with small fleets of fishing vessels that catch everything from freshwater to saltwater, bottomfeeders to schoolfishes, sharks to shellfish. They also have a profitable horse and cattle trade carved out of the southwestern Daraloen Plains, previously salt plains, as well as some textiles made from the special taartoz plant discovered after the Changer's War that is used for durable and elegant light cloths. Salts of all variety are still harvested from the great salt plains and sold throughout Eyropa, Thar Shaddin, and the other continents.

Corezo's docks are well known, and a bulk of ships for the Eyropan navy come out of their shipyards. As well, a good majority of trade from Darleone comes through Corezo first. Economically, Corezo is strong, and the majority of citizens experience some form of prosperity (prosperity meaning they are relatively well fed with a few extra bishani, even if they don't own their own land and wind up doing backbreaking labor for the local lords or knights).

Culture

Magic and enchanted items have a strong and rich tradition in Corezo due to the influence of the elves, and it is often expected that notable families have at least one court magician on hand. Magic is openly accepted in the majority of Corezo cities, and the province has become a haven for those persecuted for magical ability or belief.

The people of Corezo tend to be dark haired and dark eyed, with swarthy skin. Corezo citizenry are often very conservative, slow to open to strangers but not above lending a hand where most needed. Corezans tend to be stingy pinchpurses, but on festival days will often celebrate to excess. Corezans are wily and crafty rather than honest and open, and it has been said that a Corezans can outwit a fae in terms of twisting the truth.

Women are viewed as the genteel portion of Corezo, and are expected to keep to domestic tasks. Noblewomen are expected to know some form of militaristic occupation, though it must be genteel. Things such as horsemanship, archery, fencing, or military strategy might be studied by noblewomen, though they are considered outside pursuits and not careers. Men, on the other hand, are taught to be subtly aggressive, to wrestle and sport. Noblemen are expected to know how to lead from a ship's deck, or second to that how to lead a cavalry.

Naval occupations are looked more highly upon than armies. As such, Corezo's militia is very small, though it's said they have an army of spies at each head family's beck and call. Their navy, however, is the pride of Eyropa.

A note on names:

Corezans tend to have two first names, followed by their father's paternal surname, and their mother's paternal surname.

Maria Gonzalez Rodriguez and Philippe Rio Colon would have a child with the last name of Rio Gonzalez. Old or noteworthy families might keep grandparents' last names. If Maria's grandfather's name was de Morua, and Philippe's grandfather's name was Terceiros, a resulting name might appear thus: Antony Tono Terceiros de Morua Rio Gonzalez.

The three head families in Corezo maintain the prefix 'de' in front of the family name (Morua, Balleza, Quijas) to indicate that they are the province. Delegates of Corezo are allowed to add de Corezo as a form of respectful title to their names.

Politics

Corezo is split into three districts named for three powerful Corezan families: Morua, Belleza, and Quijas. While Corezo functions as a province to the Empire, they maintain the districts as a way to easily govern the whole province via the Consular.

Corezo's local government is known to be very loyal to the Empire itself, though some animosity exists with other provinces. The Corezans consider the well being of the whole Empire imperative over any individual provinces. There are rumors that in this pursuit the Corezans employ spies and assassins that while not sanctioned by the Emporer have never been cause enough to bring the Consul up on charges of treason.

In the Council of Provinces, Corezo has two consuls. Inside the province, Corezo is ruled by a small triumverate of three families, each controlling a single district. Each family has a proconsul appointed by the consuls.

Typically consuls are taken from one of the three families, but every so often a distant relative or one of the smaller noble families will get an appointment in.

Consuls are elected each year by the three families.

OOC Notes

Senior consul: Osvaldo Tono de Corezo de Balleza Viduarre
Junior consul: Fermen Abelardus de Corezo Fanego y Colio

Eastern province: Morua (main city Cenciu Morua)
Western Province: Balleza (main city Cenciu Balleza)
Southern Province: Quijas (main city Cenciu Quijas)

The North-Western Forests

While unknown by the Corezans, the northwestern forests of Corezo have been the homeland of lynx shifters for hundreds of years. These shifters are descendants of the ancient Descacidos, and their culture remains largely unknown.

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Re: Corezo, province of Eyropa

Post by Saruna » Tue May 01, 2012 11:55 pm

I've updated this in an attempt to wiki-proof it. Frug, come tell me if it's better for wiki-hood.
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