“We gain what we give.”
– Brelish national motto
Breland is a constitutional monarchy, one of the five nations of central Khorvaire it lies in the southwest of the continent enjoying one of the largest areas of the nations and territories. Breland is a mix of open farmland, woodland and sprawling metropolis, the most famous of which is Sharn. The Lightning Rail originates out of Sharn and from there travels across Breland and out to the other nations of Khorvaire, while House Orien roadways branch out to more remote locations among the countryside.
Breland, one of the Five Nations of Khorvaire, is a land that combines agricultural tradition with modern industrial thinking. It takes its name from Brey, the daughter of King Galifar I.
At the death of the last king of Galifar, Wroann ir’Wynarn governed Breland. Though Wroann was the twin sister of Wrogar of Aundair, she was different from him in every way, and promised to make her country a place where people would be judged by who they were, not what they were born into. With her father’s death, Wroann led Breland to be one of the first aggressors in the Last War. This devotion held with time — many of Wroann’s ideals are still held today.
The previous ruler of Breland, King Boranel ir’Wynarn, ruled from 961 YK until his death in 1000 YK, when he was killed from injuries sustained in the Starpeaks Invasion. Perhaps Breland’s greatest king, Boranel’s death was met with great upset. Three heirs arose as candidates for the throne, including his oldest sons Aejar and Bortan, and his brother, Kor. The Parliament was divided and ultimately nearly collapsed during this time, leading to a succession crisis and eventually, civil war.
Kor’s military experience and large mercenary accompaniment allowed him to claim a large part of Breland, while Aejar was assassinated early on (believed by many to be his brother Bortan’s doing). Bortan held Wroat and Sharn, two of the most important points of control, but the war soon reached a stalemate. To avoid more bloodshed, a treaty was eventually drafted which split Breland in half, giving the western half to Kor, who then founded Korland. A region of land in the east was also given to Eros in exchange for King Zil’dejin’s extensive support for Bortan during the war effort.
Culture & Society
On the whole, Brelish are an industrious and humble people. Brelish culture emphasizes hard work and dedication, and it shows in its society.
Brelish government is unusual in that it is a constitutional monarchy. Voting members of constituencies elect officials to represent them in the parliament, which often butts heads with the power of the throne. The parliament wishes to have complete control, but as yet, the monarchy has not surrendered it. It nearly seized this control during the succession crisis leading up to the Brelish Civil War, but after the war ended it became clear that it was still premature to try and dissolve the monarchy.
Breland has a booming economy due to its focus on trade and industry. Its chief exports are weapons, armor, tools, processed ore, metalwork, manufactured goods, heavy industry. It is also home to the West Khorvaire Trading Company, the largest freelance trade company in Khorvaire not associated with a Dragonmarked House.