Enter the ancient world of
An Age of Empires
Enter the ancient world of
An Age of Empires
Welcome to Aeipathy
An Ancient World RP

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Aeipathy is an original intermediate plus+ historical drama roleplay site, set in the ancient world. We are a community of mature writers and we pride ourselves on creating a culturally and socially diverse setting. While we encourage quality of writing and active participation we do not employ a word count and have no strict activity rules. Our character applications, trackers and plotters are all within profiles and are designed to encourage complex and multi-faceted characters and plotlines. Our world currently consists of 1 Realm, 3 Kingdoms, 60 Provinces and 12 Noble Houses. Plot opportunities include: familial strife, patriotic war, romantic entanglements, political strokes and the daily lives of the ancient civilisations we have created.

Our story also contains elements of myth and fantasy in the inclusion of the deities and Gods of the time being playable characters with the ability to play dice with the lives of mortal men. As time passes, our empire grows, allowing more realms and kingdoms with new people, cultures and languages. The expansion of Aeipathy is down to our members, as we hold votes and debates on how the kingdoms we already have should advance across the lands...
New Event: Rally the Troops
AUG 6TH 2018After the horrific death of his father and brother, the younger son of the late King Zenon has, by default, become reigning monarch of Taengea. While no coronation has been enacted and no time has been allowed for any form of ceremony to mark the occasion, gossip spreads around the capital of Vasiliadon like wild fire. Prince Stephanos has become the new King. After escaping the flames and chaos of the circus, in which The Creed announced their return to the kingdom, the new King has rushed to the Order House in order to secure soldiers to put down the remaining cultists amongst the streets. And yet, almost as quickly as they appeared, the Drowned Ones, followers of the Shade, are disappearing into the approaching night...
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                          on Aug 14, 2018 18:22:36 GMT
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Athenia
Royal Decree
672 BCKing Minas has called to all performers, far and wide, to attend the capital! News has spread of the king's intention to hold an event, dubbed the Feast of Sinners, in the city of Athenia. Many residents are divided in opinion between shock and curiosity at the stories milling through the streets. People and creatures of all shapes and sizes have been entering the capital, inspiring strange looks and suspicious glances as they've been forbidden from practicing their arts until the night of the festival. The King has confirmed that this will all take place on the next Games day and begin with an impressive show in the Arena. Further speculation has been added to the citizens excitement with the rumours that a Taengean nobleman has been admitted to the Royal Palace. Many suspect wedding bells for one of the Xanthos princesses and the capital is thriving on the whispers such a matrimony excites.
Athenia's capital city of the same name stands on the precipice of an impressive cliff face, overlooking the crescent ship harbour below. Post here if your topic does not belong to any of the following locations.
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                           by Selene of Leventi
                          on Aug 15, 2018 4:32:48 GMT
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The Temple of the Gods is a sacred place for pray, reflection and offerings. The clergy templeman who look after the temple live in a small residential wing, each with their own private room consisting only of a bed, a nightstand and an epitaph of their preferred deity. The rest of the temple is open to the public, its impressive columns, halls and statues designed to be stared upon with awe and fear.
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                           by Nicholai of Lands Afar
                          on Aug 11, 2018 1:20:12 GMT
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The royal palace is one of the most impressive structures in the city. With towering columns, grand hallways and expensive cloth draped over every wall and floor, the royal home leaves nothing to be desired in its luxury. The palace holds the residential quarters of the current monarch, his official spouse and their immediate family. Occasionally other relatives will be allowed to live within the royal walls at the monarch's discretion - this is most often true of young females in the family who have no male guardian available. Politicians from the Senate will often visit the king or queen at the palace but not official laws or decisions can be passed in the building - these must be declared in the Senate to be legal.
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                           by Persephone of Xanthos
                          on Aug 15, 2018 9:18:09 GMT
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The dikastírio is the Senate of Athenia. It includes the male monarch of each of the noble families (some of which have royal blood, and some of which do not) as well as the chief politicians of the realm. It is here that decisions in law, trade and war are discussed in an open forum between the senators and the royal monarchs.
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                           by Rafail of Marikas
                          on Aug 10, 2018 0:45:59 GMT
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The Inner Circle is the rich central sphere of the city. In the center, is the royal palace, and around it are the homes of the wealthy and important members of Athenian society. This is likely to include, the other royal families (those who are not currently on the throne), the noble families, the families of the senators and courtiers, and anyone rich enough to own a property in the richest part of town.
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                           by Persephone of Xanthos
                          on Aug 11, 2018 16:49:16 GMT
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The Athenian university is considered to be the best education system in the kingdom. With professors from all of the world and a large financial budget from the current king, it affords some of the greatest learning that you can receive in the ancient world. It holds the biggest library in the kingdom and offers education to any man, and any married noble woman, who can afford the tuition fees.
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The central square is a public stage for events, announcements and open punishments or executions. When not in use for an important ceremony, the square functions as a place for the wealthy to congregate and gossip.
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 Last Post   [Event!] Feast of Sinners
                           by Zephyrus of Aetaea
                          on Aug 5, 2018 13:52:23 GMT
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Those who don't shop at the market may deal directly with traders they prefer. The shops and trader posts that are owned by the merchants and Athenia are all located down one main street. Here, the wealthier patron can look into shop windows and purchase on demand rather than battle the crowds at the local market.
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                           by Emilia of Xanthos
                          on Aug 13, 2018 9:59:25 GMT
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The Outer Circle of the city holds the residences for the less wealthy and fortunate. From decently built, sturdy, plain homes to ramshackle sheds and boxes, the Outer Circle has a wide range of quality in the homes it offers, as well as the people who live there.
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                           by Zephyrus of Aetaea
                          on Aug 11, 2018 8:37:39 GMT
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The agorá is the market. Here, people of the lower classes or the servants of the noble families will trade and purchase goods from the countryside or those imported in from the other realms. A lot of local traders set up their stalls at the agorá most days of the week, but on a sunday the market is full to bursting with sellers and buyers, making it hot and sticky work just getting through the crowds. On quieter days, singers and dancers entertain the shoppers for a coin or two.
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The arena, set into the center of an entertainment colosseum is used for many purposes. Sometimes the sandy floor will be graced by performers and artisans, sometimes by gladiators and combatants. Sometimes chariots race up and down its length. The arcus is a place for entertainment of all sorts.
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                           by Nikasios of Chaossis
                          on Aug 6, 2018 16:48:00 GMT
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The public baths are open to both genders but have separate areas for men and women. Children generally bathe with their mother's until they are old enough to be considered women in the own right, or old enough to be thought of as men and told to switch to the male bathhouse area. Servants keep the bathhouse stocked with towels and soaking oils.
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The city jail is a stone structure with ropes and bars around every exit and window. It is managed by the City Guard and utilised when a member of the public is to stand trial. It is generally at the discretion of the guard in question whether someone is locked within for any other purpose/reason.
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                           by Persephone of Xanthos
                          on Aug 15, 2018 9:27:34 GMT
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Athenia is situated on the island of Ire. The city rests high on the cliff face, while the rest of the provinces and lands stretch out across the island. Neighbouring lands are owned by small fiefdoms and lords who occasionally cause issue with the kingdom.
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Owned by one of the noble families (who tend to live in the capital city) and run by a Baron or Baroness, the provinces are home to the countryside folk who make a living working and residing on the land of their richer kin.
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                           by Cyrus of Karsalis
                          on Aug 15, 2018 3:19:25 GMT
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The cliffside of the island of Ire is a dangerous one and almost impossible to climb. It eventually curves down and around, with one side becoming a safe harbour and the other remaining rocky and dangerous to all ships.
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                           by Persephone of Xanthos
                          on Jul 27, 2018 22:10:19 GMT
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Where shipmen and sailors from all of the kingdom long to stay. The Athenian harbour is one of the grandest and most secure in the Grecian kingdom. This is due to most of Athenia's trade and money coming from the commercial ships that visit the realm and the sea-hauls that are brought into the city by boat.
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                           by Emilia of Xanthos
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Colchis
Royal Decree
672 BCThe great storm has finally passed. While stories of the crown prince's condition still flood the city - from minor injury to the man, in fact, being dead - the citizens are anxious enough for their royal family without the added complication of many months' cargo and supplies being decimated in the harbour. Many estimate that half the Colchian ships docked at the capital have been destroyed and the Kotas King Tython has announced for all families in need to attend the Dikastirio. Aid and support, in the form of food supplies, blankets and clothing and medical aid has been set up in the great hall - a building most civilians have never stepped foot in - and the Queen Yanni, Princess Athanasia and Prince Silas (along with several other nobles) have all been seen, attending to the people and handing out supplies. The Colchian people are thankful to their rulers once more, while so many still whisper about the fate of their eldest son...
The city of Midas is an impressive feat of man that has stood the test of time. Carved from the cliffside rock and able to withstand even the harshest of seasons that batter its face, Midas is the centre of Colchian pride and honour. Post here if your topic does not belong in any of the following locations.
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                           by Head Admin
                          on Jul 26, 2018 9:02:41 GMT
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The location of many a fight or deadly scuffle, this discussion chamber, also known as Great Hall of Midas, is used only for meetings held by the current royal family. Designed to be a forum for thought and opinion, the chamber has gradually become a room in which mental and intellectual warfare is played out. Unlike other kingdoms, Midas has no royal palace and, instead, uses the Great Hall for all courtly/royal functions, while the current ruling family of Colchis remains living in their family home.
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                           by Mihail of Thanasi
                          on Aug 11, 2018 17:36:11 GMT
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The great temple of Midas is buried within the centre of the city, safe from prying eyes and attacking forces. With rooms, crypts, tombs and column-lined halls winding their way into the mountain face, it is often the scene of a private meeting or romantic encounter, despite its divine purposes.
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                           by Euphemia of Midas
                          on Aug 14, 2018 3:19:10 GMT
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The upper levels of the city are home to those who can afford it. As the weather is monsoon-like for nearly half the year and rain water runs downhill, the upper levels are often clean, crisp and full of beautiful architecture designed to keep the wind at bay.
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                           by Vangelis of Kotas
                          on Aug 15, 2018 10:31:23 GMT
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One of the few surfaces of Midas that is on a steady level, the plateía operates as both the central square and the city's marketplace. Official functions are always prepared and announced ahead of time, causing the market to close whenever an execution or ceremony is to be performed for the masses.
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                           by Evras of Kotas
                          on Aug 14, 2018 1:40:57 GMT
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Colchians are skilled weapon makers and leather producers. The merchants are worldly-wise and are intelligent traders with foreign suppliers and shippers. There are many blacksmiths in Midas because of the wind current for steeping fires and it is common knowledge that nearly every official royal sword or armour in the nearby kingdoms was made in Colchis.
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The trade off for inhospitable weather and a city perched on the edge of a cliffside chasm are the hot springs to be found in the mid-levels of the city. Used by both the high and low classes (though they are privately closed when the king wishes it) the hot springs are a relaxing and effective means of cleanliness and many people travel to Midas in order to experience the reported beautifying qualities of the hot spring mud.
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The lower levels of Midas are built sturdy and strong but almost on top of each other. A maze of homes, roads, alleys and walls, the lower city is a labyrinth when not familiar to the walker. This area is mostly home to the workers of the mines or holds slave and servant houses, owned by the noble families who own the people within.
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The Midas jail is reported to be a terrifying please, second only to Hades itself. Supposedly haunted, it has yet to dawn on the scientific minds of the time that the jail is situated deep in the mountain, alongside the mines and beneath the ocean. The noise of the water currents, plus the clanging of the miners and the wind blowing against the rock face outside all create the horrifying noises that have been attributed to the dead souls of the prison.
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Colchis's biggest export is metal and precious ore. In the mines, slaves and free men work side by side to remove the bronze, silver, gold and iron from the land. Skilled mathematicians and designers are on constant watch in the mines to ensure that no-one digs too far towards the sea or in a manner that would weaken the city above.
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Rocky, dangerous and full of small caves that disappear with a rising tide, the Hydra's Teeth is a terrifying strait between the Kirakles islands. With a strong current and hidden rocks, it is an areas to be avoided by all sailors.
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The kingdom of Colchis expands over six islands of differing sizes, known as the Kirakles Isles. Featuring rocky hillsides and dangerous waters, the individuals who live outside of the capital are often skilled sailors and hardy people.
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                           by Thea of Thanasi
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Taengea
City News
672 BCThe king is dead! Shock and grief have ripped through the capital city of Vasiliadon, as the people attempt to come to grips with their new reality. Not only has King Zenon been confirmed as deceased, but the crown prince is also speculated to have been murdered. The culprits of such horrendous crimes are the cultist group identifying themselves as 'The Creed'. Masked terrorists attacked the Taengean circus this week, displaying the king's head and the blood drenched cloak of the crown prince for all to see in gruesome spectacle. After lighting the stadium on fire and disappearing without a trace the rumours are that several of the cultists were captured, nearly a hundred civilians have been killed and that the new king of Taengea, King Stephanos fled the scene after being injured after crashing his chariot. Who knows what the new monarch of the kingdom will do not to repair his image and cement his right to rule in the eyes of his people.
The city of Vasiliádon is considered to be the most beautiful in the Grecian kingdoms. Designed by lovers of art as well as structure, the entire city is built in concentric circles with decorative carvings along every wall. Post here if your topic does not belong in any of the following locations.
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                           by Achilleas of Mikaelidas
                          on Aug 13, 2018 22:14:00 GMT
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The palace of Vasiliádon is the crowning jewel of an already beautiful city. Taking advantage of the smooth land of the island, the palace occupies a huge square foot area, with shallow pools and columned promenades in white marble. Against the temperate and balmy blue sky, it really is a palace of dreams, and is home to the currently ruling noble family.
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                           by Helena of Maliania
                          on Aug 13, 2018 2:27:10 GMT
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A temple that makes the most of its water features in honour of its specific deity, the temple of Poseidon is a cool and airy construction. The Taengeans worship Poseidon specifically because, as myth goes, it was the God of the Sea who created the first horses - a commodity and creature that the Taengean way of life is solidly built around.
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                           by Vangelis of Kotas
                          on Jun 20, 2018 20:51:12 GMT
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No one knows how to throw a party like a Taengean and in thanks for their vineyards and their sweet fruit, the Taengean's make a point to worship and celebrate the God of Wine. An annual festival is held in Vasiliádon for the express purpose of celebrating the God and the temple is decorated with vines of ivy every harvest.
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                           by Alkaios of Skleros
                          on Jul 30, 2018 11:52:59 GMT
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One cannot live in Vasiliádon without worshipping the Goddess of Love and Beauty. The noble houses of Taengea seem, in recent generations to have a propensity for producing beautiful women and many believe this to be due to the blessing of the goddess.
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                           by Nikos of Condos
                          on Jul 28, 2018 6:31:44 GMT
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Instead of a huge, stuffy hall in which to negotiate, the politicians of Vasiliádon prefer to practice their debate and bluster in an open arena forum. The structure sits in the centre of a long spiral pathway. The creator argued that his design was deliberate - in order to give the men plenty of time to consider their points and remove all emotion from their arguments, before arriving at the Arcus itself.
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                           by The Drowned
                          on Jul 26, 2018 17:33:25 GMT
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Home to the wealthier and more luxurious residences in Vasiliádon, the southern quarter of the inner circle of the city is home to the royal and noble families, close to the sea and in view of beautiful sunsets dipping below the horizon.
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                           by Fotios of Leventi
                          on Aug 15, 2018 10:56:20 GMT
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Music and the arts are incredibly important to the Taengeans and, as such, their capital holds the greatest music and arts school in the known realms. Located in the wealthier area of the capital city, the school is exclusive and only open to those who can pay a high tuition for the privilege of attending.
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Open at all times of day for slave-trades, performances and musicians, the central square of the capital is more a central hub of gossip than anything else and operates as a place for courtiers and laymen to mingle and chatter outside of official constraints.
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Home to the less wealthy of the city, the residences occupy the northern area of the city, further away from the pretty sea and closer to the fields in which most of the occupants work. The houses are pretty and robust but the amenities are something to be desired and it is a long daily walk to their workplaces out in the countryside.
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                           by The Drowned
                          on Jul 26, 2018 17:33:36 GMT
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Home to traders and merchants of all kinds, the agorá of Vasiliádon is so large that most sellers refuse to pay the extra cost of a merchant store or shop and, instead simply trade every day from their own market stall.
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                           by Theodora of Leventi
                          on Jul 27, 2018 5:34:19 GMT
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On the outskirts of the city is the circus - the arena of champions. Chariot races are famous and the horses who win them even more so - if anyone wants to gamble or fight in the greatest race of their life - they come to the Vasiliádon Circus.
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                           by Head Admin
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The public baths are divided by gender but also have private rooms for the more wealthy who are interested in further privacy. The eunuchs and slaves who man the baths are also trained in massage and skin treatments to those who pay. All proceeds go to the owner of the baths - the Leventi family.
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                           by Olympia of Leventi
                          on Jul 25, 2018 0:59:05 GMT
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The Order are a private military group that are loyal only to the current monarch of Taengea. They cannot be bought or ordered by any other - no matter their status of nobility - and it is against the code of the Order to take on independent military work. The Order is a guild of men who believe in a brotherhood and unity in honour and serve with their lives.
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                           by Nike of Acaris
                          on Aug 10, 2018 18:41:14 GMT
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Around the city of Vasiliádon is a large wall, winding its way, in a near perfect circle around the outercCircle and The Order's headquarters. There are only one set of gates into the city, manned by an ever-changing group of men from The Order who are, when stationed at the gates, referred to as the Gate Keepers.
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                           by Calliope of Argothia
                          on Jul 17, 2018 10:29:34 GMT
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The countryside surrounding the capital is large, vast and splits between the noble families - who are some of the richest in the Grecian realm. The fields are used to primarily cultivate vines of grapes and fine horses but also to grow the general food stock and requirements of the Taengean people.
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                           by Achilleas of Mikaelidas
                          on Aug 14, 2018 1:53:51 GMT
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The Island of Serenn is known for its beauty, its fine beaches and its calm waters. It is one of the largest isles in the Grecian realm and, as such, utilises its open space and fields for the good for the kingdom.
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                           by Theodora of Leventi
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                           by Cyrus of Karsalis
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