The Kingdom of Mobrin is known for it's great castles. Over the entire span of the kingdom there are 289 castles divided into four separate duchies and two large counties. These six separate areas are: Weston, Sky Forest, Lakeshire, Greenshire, Sutherland and Darfield. Within each region the King holds his power through noble landowners. For control of their lands each noble lord pays a tax to his King. The Crown, the official head of state is located at Castle Darfield.
Most of the land in Mobrin consists of plains and forests. The land is fertile, and populated largely of farmers. In the south, near the Pine Mountains, huge boulders of gold and silver are pulled from the ground daily, making the King of Mobrin a very wealthy man.
Darfield Castle, the royal home of the King and his household, is situated on a cliff overlooking The Great Sea. To the north of Mobrin are the Kingdoms of Laniveer and Jadda. To the far north resides the great clans of The Hills, led by the High Chief of Hammerfell.
There are four duchies and two counties in Mobrin:
Darfield - The Royal Seat, and the main location of the game.
Sutherland - Duchy to the south of Darfield.
Lakeshire - Pleasant location, very beautiful on the edge of a vast lake.
Weston - The Duchy Weston is the home of the world's largest city, also named Weston.
Greenshire - The County of Greenshire is a lush province with rolling hills and small forests.
Sky Forest - Sky Forest is a county in the southwest, nearly covered in forest.
228 years ago, House Kilgour took the throne of Mobrin when the forces of Clagorn Hammerfell invaded the empire with his Kinsmen. Lord Gilmesh Kilgour brought his forces to Crosswynd Castle, laying seige to the glorious seat of the empire. When the dust settled, there were three kingdom's once again, and Gilmesh was named King of Mobrin.
The House of Kilgour has ruled on the throne for 228 years, since the day the Empire collapsed.
The lifestyle of peasants in Mobrin is extremely hard and harsh. Many work as farmers in fields owned by the lords and their lives are controlled by the farming year. Certain jobs have to be done at certain times of the year. Their lives are harsh but there are few rebellions due to a harsh system of law and order.
The peasants are at the bottom and have to obey their local lord to whom they had sworn an oath of obedience. Because they have sworn an oath to their lord, it is taken for granted that they have also sworn a similar oath to the Duke, Count or Baron who owns that lord’s property.
The one thing the peasant has to do in Mobrin is to pay out money in taxes or rent. He has to pay rent for his land to his lord. This was a tax on all of the farm produce he had produced in that year. A peasant could pay in cash or in kind – seeds, equipment, etc.
In Mobrin, women do not generally carry the same rights as men. Women are expected to obey their man, whether it be husband or father. In common households, women are often viewed as inferior, although women have made great strides in improving their standing over the last century. In spite of their lower status, women are still respected as healers and apothecaries.
In many noble households, women carry more rights, and in many of the great houses, the wife of the Lord is considered his equal. Women, however, cannot serve as soldiers, knights, or rangers. This is viewed as a man's place. Though, some women have been used as mercenaries in the past.
Noble women are often used in councils, including those of war. The Kings Council in Darfield has had many women serve, in nearly every position on the council.
For more on culture, visit the culture page.
Depending on the area, Mobrin is known primarily for trade of both raw materials, agriculture, and finished goods. Also mining.
Most people in Mobrin worship the gods and goddesses of the The Light. There are eight gods and goddesses, each with their own responsibilities and desires. In most villages and castles, there are temples, usually dedicated to two or three different gods, though in some instances, huge cathedrals are built to honor all eight gods, and other places there are small shrines to one particular diety.
Everyone worships in their own way, but it often includes song and prayer. Sometimes, nobles will dedicate their gardens to a particular diety, and go pray to him and worship in the garden. They would spend vast amounts of wealth into their garden, to make it as beautiful as possible.
For more information on religion, visit the religion page.
With the pending war there have been more troops sent to Mobrin in preparation.. here is a general break down of it.
— Military Break Down —
Knights — 250 from each faction including non-order knights. (Not all knights would be accepted into prestigious orders right after knighthood ceremony.)
Light Cavalry — About 3-4k strong.
Soldiers — They would make up a good bulk of the army. Roughly 50k strong.
Archers,yeomen — An additional sizeable portion to any army, roughly 30k strong.
Footmen — The majority of all medieval armies were pike/spear men conscripts. Usually farmerboys, and young men looking to make a little coin or even a true name for themselves. Around 110k strong(ish).
Scouts, picketts — Pickett lines advance an army's camp and keep look out for incomings. They usually set small becon fires if they are attacked or notice the enemy. Not many of them, about 5k strong.
These numbers reflect a 200k man army.
It costs a lot of money to keep tens of thousands of soldiers trained and armed.
Not all of these troops, in fact very few are actually in town.