The Fallen Times
Atfaal Min Saladin
Atfaal Min Saladin
The nation of Atfaal Min Saladin was once the second oldest vassal state of the Homlish Empire. Throughout this relationship they managed to maintain their culture, though they lost their religion during the Inquisition’s purge. To avoid the religious purges of the Homlish Empire, religious figures in the region transformed themselves into experts on the supernatural.
Maintaining their culture had the side benefit of preserving a great deal of knowledge, especially of the supernatural, that would have otherwise been destroyed by the Homlish. Despite this preservation of arcane knowledge they share the Homlish belief humans are superior to others. This is what causes the unusually low number of spell casters within the nation.
Even during the height of the Homlish Empire this nation has always been equally ruled by a queen and a king. These royal members can be husband and wife, father and daughter, brother and sister, queen and noble, etc. They can be any two people so long as one has royal blood, and they are a man and a woman. This is done to get a balanced perspective on governance, and many times the calm head of one ruler has prevented the rash actions of the other, while the initiative of one ruler has spurred the passive one to action.
One such action that was not prevented by both rulers has lead to an ongoing feud between Atfaal Min Saladin and Terre Des Sept. One ruler believed that the Seven Saints were demons seeking to dispose the righteousness of humanity after she was very badly and very publicly embarrassed by the Saint of Love. This belief was not quelled by the other ruler who was afraid of his partner, and also occupied with the fallout of the Empire’s collapse. This lead to a crusade against Terre Des Sept that cost Atfaal Min Saladin greatly. Not only did it deplete the nation’s resources (which it is beginning to recoup), it also gave the nation a reputation of zealotry which is in competition with its reputation of academia set out by its namesake.