The Kingdom of Mythinaan is found on the largely unsettled continent of Drakeshead, and its closest political neighbor is a loose collection of warring colonies and city-states called Zamoria, which lies directly to the east. Zamoria is named for the race of dark elves, the Zamori, who live in its northern mountain range and tend to stay isolated in their nation of Zamostar. Mythinaan, being one of three (or two, depending on who you ask) economic and military superpowers, is often called in to settle conflicts in this territory, which is home to goblin raiders, Dwarven fortresses, Human colonies, and the massive Lechyyan Forest, which is home to some of the most dangerous creatures on the continent.
The Dorian Empire controls almost the entire continent of Maxima and has colonies, allies, and puppet states on every one of the five continents. Mythinaan recently entered into an arms race with the Empire, preparing for an inevitable world war. The continent of Dulindor generally keeps to itself, but the Kingdom of Aedrallis has lately become more involved in world politics since Mythinese forces freed it from occupation by the Empire. Tokai is home to several warlike shoguns, who constantly feud with one another. They have generally peaceful relations with Mythinaan and its allies and despise the Dorian Empire, which is steadily taking control of their lands.
The eastern continent of Sylvantorr is home mostly to elves, but some Dwarves live there as well. Lorr-Tel and Eyinkarr are mostly neutral, as politics go, but Taishen's military tradition and hatred of the eastern dark elves forces it onto Mythinaan's side in major issues. The dark elves once lived in scattered groups in the eastern part of the continent, but have since connected their cave networks into an underground labyrinth dotted by cities both above and below the ground. This "United Republic of the Underlands" pretends to be a democracy, ruled by a Senate, but is actually controlled by several corrupt officials bending to the will of their nation's allies, the Dorians. To the north is the land of Brennia, where Dorian-allied dwarven inventors sell their machines to the highest bidder. Naturally, Doria employs their aid in the war effort.
As for the other question, women have yet to reach true equality, as there are still plenty of patriarchal values in the world, but most nations allow and even encourage them to join the military as soldiers. In Mythinaan, the elite warriors known as Spartans train from a young age to develop their own combat style from scratch, learn the art of fighting with several different weapons, and must survive in extreme and dangerous conditions to even be considered for acceptance into their branch of the military. The percentage of female Spartans is just barely lower than that of males. Some countries have reservations about sending women out as front-line forces, but this is simply the result of sexism. Outside of the military, female warriors still have many options as mercenaries and adventurers.
Question: Tell us a myth of legend from one of your world's cultures. It doesn't have to be long and it could be as vague as you want, but it should have a moral or some other significance that would preserve it for a long amount of time. Do other cultures have variations on the same story? Is it just folklore, or do some people actually believe it? Is it based on true events?
edited 7th Jul '14 10:05:44 PM by ZigtarXamos
The more rules there are to magic, the more ways the author will inevitably have to break them.