Unraveling the Tapestry
Armenac was found centuries or perhaps millenia ago by gold dragons. They ruled the land from a great aerie. Below this aerie was the capitol of Armenac. The dragons ruled via two advisors, one human and one dragonborn. They acted as a civilian and military advisor, respectively.
During the Dragon Wars, the gold dragons left Armenac. Some see this as them abandoning their people while others saw it a way to spare Armenac from the devastation of war. Regardless of their intent, this action did help prevent Armenac from being too badly affected by the war. Armenac did field armies to support their dragon lords as well as to protect their homeland. These armies largely comprised of dragonborns with additional human troops. Almost the entire dragonborn population joined the military effort and were the bulk of the troops sent out from Armenac.
When the dragons left they crowned the human advisor King Pomponne the First to rule until they returned. After the Dragon Wars, no gold dragons returned to Armenac and the king was left in place. The decimated dragonborn population did return and made efforts to regain lost power, but the new king wished to consolidate his rule and pushed the dragonborn out of power. The dragonborn declared that the humans had broken faith with the dragons and declared an Exodus of the Faithful where essentially all the dragonborn removed themselves from society to retreat to hidden enclaves. Pomponne immediately issued a counter stroke of refocussing the church to the worship of Ioun instead of Bahamut. This caused a great deal of division and disruption in the church as well as the lands in general since the kings right to rule was seen as descending from Bahumut through the gold dragons and this change inadvertently threatened his power. The king relented and today the church reveres both Bahamut and Ioun, but the church has remained a divided place with much intrigue and machinations.
Only the nobility and the church can own land in Armenac. This practice comes from the time when the gold dragons ruled Armenac and claimed ownership of the land. This was then passed to the king who then passed it on to the nobility in order to cement his power.
The current ruler of Armenac is King Pomponne IV d’Armenac (son of Pomponne III), husband to Queen Catherine, and father to Prince Bernard.
Pomponne has ruled over the longest period of peace in Armenac history. He was served by Marquis Vincent Ayers for many years, but has been without adviser for the past few years (since the marquis’ death). Well into old age and with failing health, the king increasingly he lets the prince run the affairs of state, advised by Duke Laurent de Bellomey.
In order of decreasing rank, the noble titles are:
- Duke (provincial lord)
- Marquis (title granted by crown)
- Count (local lord)
- Baron (land holder)
- Knight (title granted by Count or higher)
Ducal names are appended with their provinces (e.g. Duke Laurent de Bellomey). Names of the crown and foreign royalty are appended with their country (e.g., King Pomponne III d’Armenac).
The church plays a strong role in the politics of Armenac since the church is allowed to own land and has a large organization that directly reaches the people. The church venerates both Ioun and Bahamut. It typically holds Ioun above Bahamut, but many individual members of the church disagree with this. The members of the church who disagree tend to believe that one day the dragons will return and reward the faithful.
In order of decreasing rank, the clerical titles of the church are:
- Bishop (provincial leader)
- Pastor (serves laypeople)
People who wish to enter the clergy enter a monastery where they undergo religious training. After this training they becomes Pastors. The church promotes members of the clergy by having a certain number agree to a promotion. The Archbishop himself is decided by a council of all the existing bishops. Because it is possible for a small group of Bishops or Cardinals to promote without the consent of the other Bishops and Cardinals there are many sub-factions and disagreements in the church and council meetings of the Bishops can become very contentious.