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 +====== Nor ======
  
 +The ancient land of Nor is one of the three countries bordering the Holy City of Karmen. ​ Nor is the only one of the three countries that lies south of Sabron River, and it is a heavily forested region of ancient trees. ​ The nation is run by a fraternal order of monks that also act as lords; the monks tend to rare plants, spices, herbs, medicines, and other valuable items that are supplied to the Holy City and other nations. ​ To the south of Nor are considered plains barbarians who sometimes visit the ancient forests.
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 +===== Rulership =====
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 +The Brotherhood of the Last Forest of Ruthenia maintain the monasteries scattered throughout the region. ​ Each monastery maintains the forests around it, and serves as a fortress for the locals, as well.  The fighting monks of the Brotherhood serve many gods, and spend long years training in the healing, martial, and herbalist arts.  Each monastery'​s abbot serves as a local lord, and all of the abbots convene once every five years to elect a Somdet who oversees the longer term projects of the nation and meets with foreign dignitaries. ​ An official of the Holy City sits in residence at the Monastery of the Pillars of Creation to ensure that Nor maintains its trade in rare items to Karmen.
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 +Unofficially,​ secretly, and without the Holy City or its official being aware, Nor has been infiltrated by operatives of [[gaeleth:​places:​Rakore]] -- sworn enemy of the Holy City and its [[gaeleth:​history:​Inquisition]]. ​ The two operatives, both dark elven twins, act out of the shadows garnering sympathy for Rakore'​s mages and helping to smuggle mages and artifacts out of the Inquisition-held lands and far to the west.
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 +===== Trade =====
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 +Nor has vast replenishing stores of incenses, spices, and medicines. ​ Each monk of Nor is considered a master gardener, and they are also called upon to help maintain the store of knowledge for farms, ranches, and landscapes in the region. ​ They tend to import little, living a somewhat economically impoverished lifestyle rich in books and knowledge. ​ To the south, stretching for thousands of miles, are plains barbarians that often pass through Nor on their way to the Holy City on pilgrimages. ​ Nor thus maintains several major highways and way-stations through the forests and along the Sabrem River (which itself funnels many pilgrims to Karmen).
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 +===== Religion =====
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 +The majority of Nor's monks follow the Harvest God [[gaeleth:​divinities:​Barith]] and the Healing God [[gaeleth:​divinities:​Whalin]]. ​ There are priests to both gods, and others, and the nation is often visited by some of the most senior-ranking members of both churches. ​ The Church of Whalin maintains a strong garrison in the city of Yimir, and the Church of Barith maintains a formidable presence in the border town of Widith.
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