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The Weald was a country west of Darthaca and south of the Cantons and Westria. To the west was Fen Country.

Weald and environs

Facts about the Weald[]

  • The language was called Wealdean.
  • For a list of people from the Weald, see Wealdeans.
  • Their ruler was called the Hallow King.
  • The Cantons were at least partly controlled by the Hallow King during the time of Penric kin Jurald.
  • Two royal free towns, not associated with any particular Earl-ordainer or Archdivine-ordainer, were Red Dike and Martensbridge.

History[]

In the distant past, Audar the Great of Darthaca ruled the Weald, but in the years since then and before the time of The Hallowed Hunt, they regained their independence.

The ruler of the Weald was the hallow king. In the Old Weald before Audar's conquest, the hallow king was elected by the heads of the thirteen strongest kin tribes. At the time of The Hallowed Hunt, the hallow king was elected by the heads of eight great kin houses (earl-ordainers) and five Temple ordainers (archdivine-ordainers), and primogeniture was given greater precedence. Of the Old Weald's thirteen kin groups, three were extinct and two reduced in power by the time of The Hallowed Hunt.

Named kin groups:

Named archdivine-ordainers:

Other kin groups, extinct or with considerably less power were relatively common. Names included:

Geography[]

Named populated places:

Other named features:

Behind the scenes[]

The Weald roughly corresponds to real-world Germany.

Geographical analogies:

I didn't make a map of the Weald, but if you perform the same transmutations on a map of Germany as was done for the Iberian peninsula, you'll have the broad outline. Rivers running south across coastal plains to the (North Sea equivalent) from alpine regions that lie between the Weald and the northern coast. (Beyond which lies the Roknari islands.) Darthaca (France) to the Weald's east, early pagan Poland/Lithuania equivalencies to the west. The parallels are loose, not precise, so don't get too carried away, tho' you can think Lure=Rhine, Stork=Elbe, if you like. The world of Chalion does not seem to have an Italian peninsula nor a former Roman empire as such, however.[1]

References[]

  1. Lois McMaster Bujold in a post to the Bujold mailing list, 18 February 2005, [1]
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