The Republic of Tarantis
Ruler: The Guild
Religion: Joshuite / Arin (Contested)
Tarantis is one of the older regions of Kith Kanaan. Until recent memory, Tarantis was a kingdom, ruled by a noble line that extended back generations. About a decade ago, the guilds of Tarantis united, taking economic control of the region, and forced the ruler of Tarantis to hand most of the power of the kingdom to the guilds. With this new-found power and the backing of the Joshuite faith, the nation moved away from the worship of Mana, goddess of Magic, and towards Adonai.
Tarantis has thrived under the Guilds. The nation has become an economic and military power, and has gained rapid ground in the advancement of both the arts and sciences. Tarantis has begun to explore beyond the borders of Kith Kanaan, and has begun trade with Domremy on the main land, and has even found the New World, though the region has caused both theological conflicts, and difficulties with the inhabitants there.
The knights of Tarantis have pledged themselves to the Crown and to the Church, and have yet to succumb to the wealth and influence of the Guilds. Some think it may only be a matter of time however. The knights of Tarantis follow a code of Chivalry, much as Drachen and Anaitha do.
Tarantis Code of Chivalry
- Thou shalt believe all that the Church teaches, and shalt observe all its directions.
- Thou shalt defend the Church.
- Thou shalt respect all weaknesses, and shalt constitute thyself the defender of them.
- Thou shalt love the country in the which thou wast born.
- Thou shalt not recoil before thine enemy.
- Thou shalt make war against the Infidel without cessation, and without mercy.
- Thou shalt perform scrupulously thy feudal duties, if they be not contrary to the laws of Adonai.
- Thou shalt never lie, and shall remain faithful to thy pledged word.
- Thou shalt be generous, and give largess to everyone.
- Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the Right and the Good against Injustice and Evil.
Until about forty years ago, the nation of Tarantis was under Joshuite control. This changed when the avatar of Mana appeared in Tarantis, and her faith was accepted by the royal family. The Arin religion was accepted until approximately fifteen years ago, when the Guilds took over, re-establishing the Joshuite faith as the predominant religion. In recent years, the Shekhina Heresy was discovered, a combination of the teachings of Mana and Maya, blended with the reverence of Shekhina as Adonai’s wife and equal. While the Joshuite faith is the dominant religion, there is still some worship of Mana and the other members of the Arin faith, though the it is not tolerated.
Religion, arts, and sciences are considered of great import in Tarantis. The Joshuite faith has nearly full control in the nation, and funds the art and sciences, in their goal to solve the ‘riddle’ presented to them by Adonai. Those who do not follow the teachings of Adonai are seen as heretics, or at least as pagans. Those cultures which do not push the boundaries of education and the arts are seen as backwards and primitive, and wealth and influence are seen as nearly as important as piety and learning.
Combine the Dutch with the Hanseatic League. Add to this with some of the politics and manoeuvring of the Merchant Princes in Renaissance Italy, and add the British monarchy, and you have a fair assessment of the state of the nation.
Most people have a first and last name, the last name indicating the family the person is descended from. Most last names may be used as first names as well: Lock Keaton for example.
Male: Alvin, Archer, Beckett, Brandon, Chance, Clark, Dalton, Donovan, Edwin, Elmer, Fairfax, Forrest, Gillies, Gordon, Hamilton, Hutton, Indiana, Ivory, Jamar, Jet, Keaton, Kenneth, Knox, Langley, Lock, March, Moore, Nelson, Noble, Odell, Osborn, Penn, Price, Quinian, Radford, Reeves, Sawyer, Shayne, Talbot, Thorn, Upton, Usher, Valiant, Vinson, Wade, Wayne, Yancy, Yardley, Zandall, Zane
Female: Amber, April, Beverley, Blithe, Cadence, Charity, Daisy, Destiny, Ebony, Elle, Faith, Fawn, Godiva, Goldie, Harley, Hope, Imogen, Ivy, Jade, Jewel, Kerry, Kimberley, Lark, Leanne, Meadow, Miracle, Nereida, Nova, Obedience, Patience, Pearl, Rain, Raven, Sable, Serenity, Tawny, Temperance, Unity, Verity, Vienna, Whitney, Willow, Yadira, Zula
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