Battle mother's are a movement of female warriors in Tameirth
. Due to the nation's harsh life child are very often orphaned, and left to survive on the streets of the towns and cities.
Battle-mother's are often retired female guards or warriors who take the children/teenagers under their wing, instead of settling down and having children of their own. They teach these children both survival and how to handle combat.
There are tow types of battle-mothers, the spontaneous movement of warriors, and the school of battle-mother's which has stricter rules, and a code of conduct.
Battle-mother's take in both males and females and train them, though females are often trained more. Battle-father's are almost unheard of, as the king has decided a man has to pay a fee if he wants to take a child under his wing and that fee is quite high.
School of the battle-mother
The school of the battle-mother is a small village located in the middle of the densest forest in Tameirth. It is guarded by three tree golem, and does not allow males above maturity to enter, if they try they are killed. The grounds are open to all women and children.
The schools guiding principles are discipline, nurture, grit. Women who come to them are trained in their ways and equipped by them. The school has it's own symbol which is a spiraling vine, and a special set of leather and fur armor. Male children are trained by them and upon reaching maturity are tattooed with an enchanted version of the symbol that allows them to enter and exit without being killed.
They are usually sent off to join the military or a town militia and are forbidden form returning until they complete one tour. Women are trained within the village for the same amount of time (4-5 years). Women who complete this training are allowed to wear the armor and are even gifted with a special short blade made from steel, which is bound right beneath their chest.
Tameirth is a wide country that is located to the north, It has the nickname of the green maw
due to it's color and how it looks on a map.*
It is surrounded by rocky mountains on all sides which are hard to cross over even with magical assistance and even harder to fly into with an airship.
It is mostly forest with tall pine-like trees called Shadowbirch
. They have a very medieval/ early middle-age existence due to them being hard to enter / exit. Most if not all exposure to the outside world has been because of lost travelers or gods and powerful adventures who could brave the mountains.
They are governed by a monarchy, but the current Lord (their word for king) has a bill of rights, which has been unaltered for 200 years, though the king has the full power to make any changes he wishes too. While not isolationist they do not like making deals with the outside world due to the fact that because of their position in the world they'd likely need a new diplomat every month.
Wooden homes are the most common, and most towns are craved out of the forests themselves. Stone fortress surround the cities which are often not much more better looking than the towns.
- Named for it's almost black bark color, these trees grow much like pine-trees with a few exceptions. The main one being hat they keep their dark green coloring year round, the other being that the wood's structure is very dense making it ideal for houses and even armor. The third and final is it's very odd resistance to fire, while not supernatural the wood takes a few minutes of exposure to catch fire, and even after exposure it burns very slowly with the exception of it's pines which do not share this resistance. These qualities have forced the king to only allow certain areas or persons to harvest theses trees, least the population deforest the area.
Shadowbirch armor smiths
- Tameirth does not have a large supply of metals, so leather and wooden armor is more common among it's warriors. The most valuable armor is made carefully from Shadowbirch using metal tools which not every smith can afford, thus this armor is very expensive those who know how to craft the armor and craft it well quickly become renown in the lands and are often given permits to cut down Shadowbirch.
Weaponry in Tameirth
Due to the rarity of metal, weaponry in Tameirth has developed in a different way than the rest of the world. Most weapons are made from either wood or bone, with blades often having a wide curve to them or being perfectly straight. Spears and arrows are often built from wood and tipped with bone or stone.
Enchantments are king here when it comes to weapons as they are what gives, some weapons the edge over others. Because of this those who can create enchantments are often prized and celebrated, above other mages.
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edited 15th Feb '12 10:46:36 PM by Vyctorian