Velnor is an ancient nation that existed before The Kellian Empire. It’s mountains contain a lot of ore – specifically gold and iron – which made it a rich nation and one that was very much desired by the Kels.
For the most part Velnor’s shores are rocky and very dangerous to land in, making it almost impossible to land an army, so the Kels had to fight for a long time until they conquered the Velnors.
Through out the centuries of occupation, Velnor never forgot it’s identity and pride and constantly rebelled against the empire. The empire sent it’s Draconic armies again and again to subdue them.
Government The high ruler of Velnor is titled the Prince and is actually the richest merchant in Velnor. The title is supposedly hereditary but every few decades one of the other merchants gains enough wealth to buy the army’s loyalty and try and overcast the prince. The prince rules through the other merchants, paying them to employ guards and keep the local justice, though squads of the army also do it in the cities. The merchants, on their part, pay taxes in form of rights of using the ports and the roads.
Population: 90,000 (85% Human, 10% Dwaves, 3% Half Orcs, 2% others). Velnor population divides into three different sectors. The largest sector is the miners and transporters – people who spend most of the years in the mining colonies in the mountains or in the roads and in the winter time come back to the different towns and cities. These people are usually very poor, living a very hard life of work away from home for little money. The second sector is the dwarves. The dwarves have been brought to Velnor in the age of the empire as to help in the mines. After the fall of the empire they have stayed in Velnor and live lives far better than the common people. The dwarves are usually educated as engineers and mining experts. The dwarves are also the trainers in the army and form elite squads. The third sector is the merchants. The merchants are the employers but also act as lords of land, mayors, commanders of the militia and magistrates.