“Glory to the Silver Flame.”
– Thrane national motto
Ruler: Keeper of the Flame Jaela Daran (with Queen Diani ir’Wynarn as a figurehead monarch)
One of the original Five Nations, Thrane is now a nation dominated by theology. Desperate to show the world the light of the Silver Flame, one is more likely to encounter a missionary from Thrane than a farmer.
King Thalin ir’Wynarn, last true monarch of Thrane, died in 914 YK. This was a great tragedy for the nation in the midst of an even greater one: the Last War. Intense internal conflict arose almost overnight, with most of the Thrane people actively rallying against Thalin’s only heir, Dalin, who they believed weak and unworthy of his father’s throne. In the midst of this conflict, the Church of the Silver Flame stepped forward to assume total control.
In 1002 YK, Thrane was attacked by the Second Empty King, an undead abomination called an “atropal,” which descended from the north and wreaked destruction in its path. This event was costly for Thrane, and did a great deal of damage to its infrastructure, populace, and general spirit, but the Church of the Silver Flame was able to repel the monster. This further strengthened the Church’s hold on Thrane.
Society & Culture
The Church’s power is now absolute in Thrane. Though the monarchy still exists, it is only a figurehead position, and the blood regents, like the current Queen Diani ir’Wynarn, have no real power. Many expect the monarchy to dissolve completely on Diani’s death. O
ther religions are tolerated here to an extent, most find themselves oppressed in some way, from the subtle distaste for the Sovereign Host to the outright hatred of most foreign faiths, such as elf religions. The Voice of the Flame passes to its people rules of behaviour, religious rituals and practices, and general guidelines for living life, and its adherents obey without question.
Because the Church of the Silver Flame rules Thrane, the official head of state could be said to be the Keeper of the Flame, Jaela Daran, who interprets the will of the Voice of the Flame on behalf of the Purified.
Thrane’s chief exports are fine crafts, wool, textiles, missionaries, fruit, and livestock.