The Wheel Turns...
Ghealdan is ruled by a hereditary monarch – currently Queen Alliandre Maritha Kigarin – advised by the Crown High Council, a body of lords and powerful merchants. The Council sees to the day-to-day running of the country and elects a new monarch should the previous line die out. The Council’s power in the kingdom is secondary to that of the monarch, but recently the Council has attempted to bolster its power by abolishing the ruler’s elite military guard. This has been thwarted since the Queen has reconstituted the guard whilst on a period of absence outside the kingdom.
Ghealdan stretches from the Forest of Shadows, also called the Great Blackwood, along the southern banks of the River Manetherendrelle, to the River Eldar in the south, and from the Mountains of Mist in the west to the immense ridge known as Garen’s Wall in the east. Its capital city is Jehannah, located on the banks of the River Boern. Ghealdan is a land of mountains and foothills in the west, the rocky lands along the ridge in the east and large swathes of forest inbetween, such as the Dhallin Forest. Ghealdan is one of the smallest kingdoms in the Westlands.
Fashion and Culture
Ghealdan produces alum and its mines are responsible for much of the wealth of the kingdom. However, Ghealdan is not a rich nation, especially compared to its neighbours, and the mines in the Mountains of Mist are not as productive as those in Andor to the north.
The normal Ghealdanin clothing style is a coat fastened with a double row of wooden buttons. For excise men working at the docks, this is typically a blue coat with chains and a seal on the chest.
During the War of the Hundred Years several attempts were made to refound the kingdom of Dhowlan, which used to share Ghealdan’s borders before the days of Artur Hawkwing. After the failure of the last attempt in FY 1109, Lord Kirin Almeyda, Lady Valera Prosnarin, Lord Cynric Talvaen and Lady Iona Ashmar founded the new kingdom of Ghealdan in its stead. Kirin Almeyda became the first King of Ghealdan and the others formed the Crown High Council to advise him.
Ghealdan’s history has largely been peaceful, despite minor border incidencts with Amadicia and Altara. Ghealdan is not a rich country and its natural resources are not worth the cost of trying to invade the country. However, after the Children of the Light assumed control of Amadicia roughly seventy years ago, they began attempting to bring Ghealdan under their control as well. The Ghealdanin successfully resisted such attempts and the Whitecloaks have chosen not to pursue a full-scale invasion, believing the losses would outweigh any possible benefits.
- Jehannah (Capital)