Dragon Song Empire Primer #2
Structured Power & Independence
The Dragon Song Empire is divided into various provinces that stem from the lands of the ancient warlords or from expansions the Empire has made. Each of these provinces comes under the rule of an aristocracy whose lords gains their status in various ways, each province having its own traditions. Within those traditions all provinces follow the same hierarchy. From order of highest ranking noble to lowest each contains: Cantons, Melosets, Harmoneths, and Notas. These are responsible for the governing of the province and its goings ons, but must report to the province’s leader, its Arium.
The Arium of a province is chosen by the Empress of the empire only when it is in disagreement or when a province is created, otherwise passage of the station is passed on to the leader’s chosen successor. Such successors, in fact all major decisions, are made by the Arium with aide from their Symphos, a group of five advisors. The Symphos is made up of those who will appeal to different viewpoint depending on their point of view. These advisors include an idealist, an optimist, a pragmatist, a pessimist, and a realist and hold the titles Soprate, Altus, Tenor, Baritus, and Basate respectively.
The Empress of the Dragon Song sits at the ruling top of the Empire making all final decisions regarding the whole of the nation. These choice are not made arbitrarily. Like the Ariums of the provinces the Empress has her own Grand Symphos, who have years of experience in their own provinces and communicate regularly between those who hold the matching role in each province but sit as the Empire’s regard in matters. In times of dire consequence the Ariums of the nation, alongside their Symphos, come to the capital to counsel the Grand Symphos and their Empress. Beyond bureaucracy the Empress is a symbol, for each ruler must travel into the lands of the song dragons and seek their approval. If successful the song is heard throughout the provinces and the Empire is united under its new ruler with the blessings of the dragons who have always shared southwestern Idhomlya with them.
Quiet Temples, Subtle Prayer
Common among the various provinces are their proclivity for humble worship, very much the opposite of Kheprisean tradition. Symbolism is strong within the Dragon Song Empire, it is core to their way of life. It is a part of everything and art is deeply ingrained in in their culture. Religion works its way through this symbolism in a great many ways, various interpretations of the gods and their tenants often represented alongside each other. Temples can be found throughout towns, cities, and rural regions of the Empire virtually hidden for those who are not local but providing a place of respite and worship for any who need it. Additionally, monasteries dedicated to various philosophical belief systems outside religion. The Dragon Song Empire might not advertise their wealth of religious and philosophical culture, but it is one of the greatest assets.
Untouched By Outsiders
There are not as many unique resources as you might expect for such a large region. Certain minerals and foodstuffs unique to the region, of course, but it is more important to recognize the state in which the region exists. As far as any scholar or historian is aware the Empire did not experience any influence by the presence of the Kairellan empire. There are no complexes, ruins, magic, or technology which touched the region. This means there is a great deal to learn of Idhomlya as it exists without the hand of Kairellans. Moreover is the fact that the Dragon Song Empire is as far from the Rift as a nation on Idhomlya can get meaning that void influences are few and far between. As old as the Empire is the lands there are, comparatively, untouched. It holds quite the potential for exploration!