wiki:realms:martoise



Martoise is a Dántaine realm located in the northeastern region of the Sejíre continent, just north of Baungrvuor. Before the Cataclysm, Martoise — along with the rest of the Dántaine area — was a vassal state under the Acrosian Empire, and although it has been a thousand years since the Dántaise realms were united, Martoise remains true to its cultural and religious roots. Bordered on one side by the Déchirét Mountains and on the other by the sea, Martoise is a beautiful land dotted with châteaux, ornate monasteries, and endless fields of lavender.



Realm Information
Current Ruler Jean-Pierre Challant
Founder Unknown
Year of Founding Prehistory
Religion Ántouïsme
Major Races Humans
Capital Lamielle
Demonym Dántaise (or, rarely, Martois)
Language Dántaise



Geography

Martoise is the southernmost Dántaine realm, and lies nestled between the Grey Sea on the east side and the Déchirét Mountains on all other sides. Martoise has a fairly homogenous biome: mainly flat plains with few trees; a consequence of the high winds and high precipitation afforded by its location. The southeasternmost coast of Martoise is covered by thick forest and marked by a sharp transition from warm and humid weather to cool and dry. This is due to its proximity to Le Dos de Dragon, a range of extremely tall mountains that interferes with wind patterns in the south.

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View outdated/legacy maps of Martoise here.

Martoise contains the following locations:

Cities

Havrelée Lavender Valley A walled city nestled against the southern mountains.
Lamielle Eastern Coast The bustling capital city of Martoise.
Mercielles Central Martoise A sprawling city in central Martoise.

Villages

Chamert Northern Coast A northern border town with a historic fort.
Gerbourg Central Martoise A tiny village with an oversized lavender industry.
Lairoux Western Plains The westernmost settlement in the realm.
Poirante Northern Plains The wine-making capital of southern Dántaine.
Sant-Chambert Central Martoise The agricultural provider for the royal family.

Structures

Château Fluvial Déchirét Mountains An abandoned castle hidden deep in the mountains.
Château de Selvilles Central Martoise The grand estate of the Comte du Martoise.
Juillian's Keep Juillian's Lake A historic ruin with strong religious connections.
Le Monastère Northern Mountains The center of all religious activity in the realm.

Martoise is bordered on three sides by the Déchirét Mountains, a range of tectonic mountains that is one of the largest in the known world. The range is generally inhospitable to life due to its climate and extreme slope. The mountains are covered in snow for most of the year, and during the warmest months when they are not, melting causes floods and landslides that make any attempt to traverse the mountains extremely perilous. Despite this, convoys regularly travel between Martoise and southern Sybjyr realms through established routes that have been carved into the mountains by centuries of use. These convoys are dangerous and are often lost. Martoise employs the Mountain Guard to protect these convoys (and border towns) from the elements and from the Mountain Folk, a hostile tribe of people who somehow inhabit the mountains and attack foreigners.

The Déchirét Mountains are home to several peaks above 4,000 meters, including Mont Chimmelle. The range also is home to Le Dos de Dragon, a section of extremely tall mountains to the south of Martoise whose name translates to “The Dragon's Back,” thanks to their resemblance to a spine. In the Sacrésante, Sant Amilaus led an army into Le Dos de Dragon to defeat the dark creatures that lived there.

Juillian's Lake is the largest body of freshwater in Dántaine. Home to a variety of freshwater fish, it also sustains the population of Lamielle, the capital city of Martoise.

The lake is named after Sant Juillian, who, according to scripture, discovered prophetic tapestry on an island in the center of the lake. He used this power to drive back and defeat the forces of Darkness.

Politics

Government

Martoise is an absolute monarchy governed by a single Comte. The title of Comte is hereditary and passed down through the male line. While nobles in court may hold political sway, all major decisions are up to the Comte du Martoise and every citizen of the realm is required to hold fealty to him. In addition, each land-owning citizen and merchant is taxed based on their income; the proceeds of taxes go toward defending the realm and purchasing luxury goods for the ruling family.

The Church

Politics in Martoise (and, indeed, throughout all of Dántaine) is inextricably linked to religion. Although Martoise is technically governed only by the Comte, it is also home to le Moine Principal du Martoise, the regional Principle Monk who governs the Ántouist Church in Martoise. Culturally, the Moine Principal holds as much power as the Comte. Thus, historically, Martoise has in practice been goverened simultaneously by the Comte and the Moine Principal, with the Comte making executive decisions over everyday affairs and the Moine Principal influencing long-term actions when desired. Although this situation is not ideal for the noble family, the cultural strength of the Church makes it impossible to overthrow the Moine Principal. Conversely, the Church has no interest in running the realm politically. Thus, the two rulers typically cooperate and generally act in accordance with the other's wishes.

Culture

Religion

Martoise practices Ántouïsme, a monotheistic Dántaine religion based on the concept of a primordial conflict between order and chaos. As creations of Ántou, the omnipotent god of order, it is humanity’s job to assist the deity in this fight by acting in accordance with the Natural Order, also known as the Bálsante. Religion is deeply interwoven into Dántaine culture and politics; there are very few in the realm who follow any other belief system. Ántouism has also permeated non-religous aspects of culture, influencing things such as the Dántaine calendar.

Fashion

Martois people wear clothing mostly made of sheep’s wool, leather, and hemp. Undergarments and working clothes are generally woven from hemp, often dyed in light colors. Working class men wear a shirt or tunic reaching the mid-thigh, pants, stockings, and leather shoes; working class women sometimes wear the same, but more often wear frocks along with several layers of petticoats.

For formal occasions, working class Martois will wear linen or woolen cloaks over dark-colored clothes. Linen caps are common protection from the sun. During the winter, woolen cloaks and shirts are worn.

Nobles and wealthier Martois wear linen and woolen clothing. Basic work clothes are similar to working class clothing, but higher quality and usually dyed in patterns with expensive colors. Hooded cloaks and linen or felt caps are common; nobles often decorate their caps and cloaks with colored fabric or embroidery. Formal outfits for men are dark linen shirts and vests, dark cloaks, dark woolen pants, woolen stockings, and leather boots. The wealthiest men wear epaulets and embroidered sashes that fasten with ornate brooches. Women wear flared linen dresses, usually in bright colors and with numerous petticoats; woolen stockings; and leather shoes. Outerwear is typically embroidered or at least has a strip of color along its borders. In the winter, woolen or fur coats, hoods, and cloaks are worn.

Men often grow facial hair but it is typically kept short. Working class men keep hair short; women and male nobles often grow their hair to shoulder length, either tying it back or, for women, decoratively styling it. Necklaces and bracelets are popular jewelry, from simple beads on strings to solid golden pendants.

History

Prehistory

Scriptural History

The Dark Ages

The Paix Dántaine

The Crusades

The Modern Era

Economy

Agriculture

Martoise’s main export is bulk agricultural goods. Lavender is the most widely grown crop; wheat is a close second. Martoise also grows smaller amounts of other grains, such as rye and barley. Grains are packed onto large boats which are used to transport the goods in large quantities to other Dántaine and Sybjyr realms. Other agricultural products include pears, apples, grapes, onions, chestnuts, and herbs.

Food Products

Martoise engages in widespread sale of food products, mostly cheeses and wines. The realm produces thousands of pounds of cheese per year, mostly made from goat’s milk, in many varieties that are often flavored with herbs unique to the region. Competition with other Dántaine realms ensures a high quality of cheese.

Martois wine is made from pears, which are grown in specialized orchards and fermented in an ancient, highly secret process. While Martoise does not produce as much wine as other realms, the unique flavor of pears makes this alcohol a valuable commodity and an expensive food item overseas.

In smaller quantities, food products such as cured and salted meats, salted fish, and fermented herbs are also sold.

Trade

Martoise has trade agreements with all of the Dántaine realms. Due to their close proximity, trade caravans are numerous and commonly used; due to the density of the realms, bandits and robbers are rare. Martoise also trades with more distant realms, mostly within the Sybjyr, using boats and rarely caravans to cross the Déchirét Mountains.

Mining

Martoise has a limited mining industry, but it is small compared to other nearby realms. It most exports coal, copper, and silver. Legend has it that the Déchirét Mountains contain large quantities of precious stones, but there has never been an attempt to set up a permanent mining installation there.

Refined Goods & Production

Martoise produces large amounts of woolen textiles. In addition, the use of tapestries and books in prophecy in Dántaine monasteries has led the aforementioned to be a major overseas export. Original tapestries woven by monks can be priced exorbitantly; fake tapestries sometimes have portions cut out of them to make them appear original. Books are also sold due to the high quality of Dántaine paper.

Foreign Relations

Martoise has established relations with all of the Sybjyri Realms, as well as several other nearby nations across the Sea of Storms. While Martoise, and Dántaine as a whole, is mostly ignorant of distant geography, centuries of history have led to complex political and trade relations with its close neighbors.

To view more information, see Martoise Foreign Relations.

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Meta

Martoise currently has two ongoing meta lore series: Alexandre's Notes and Whispers. To access the meta codex, click here.

A list of major characters in Martoise lore can be found here.

Access the entire wiki directory of Martoise here.

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