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Valendia encompasses everything from mountains to desert to fearsome swamp, but the majority of the land is flat plains and gentle hills, made rich for farming by the many rivers that slowly wind across the landscape. In most of Valendia the summers are warm, but not hot, and the winters are cool, but not cold. The western mountain regions have milder summers and cold winters, and the southern provinces are generally drier and warmer throughout the year.
Valendia's vast plains and hills provide plentiful farm and pastureland. Regions of Valendia are famous for their wines, cheeses, and other agricultural products. Years of relative peace and prosperity have made Valendia a center of art and education as well, and the University of Orelia is recognized as one of the finest learning institutions in the world.
Valendia has coasts on two seas, the Dawn Sea to the east and the Sea of Daggers to the southwest. It is otherwise bordered by four other realms, the elven empire of Nimriathon, the ruined dwarven lands of Than Maldur, the mercantile human kingdom Lariath, and the desert wastes of Karnath.
Valendia was founded in the year 845 of the current era (roughly four hundred years ago) when Aethelbard the Wyrmslayer drove out the dragons and united the human kingdoms of the Gulf of Linn under his banner.
Ruler: King Owain III
Population: 9.1 million (majority human)
Military: Small professional military, armoured infantry and cavalry
Wartime levy of light armoured infantry
Other religions tolerated but not welcomed
Magic: Non-Anorite magic rare, viewed with suspicion.