Demons, Devils, and Dragonsbane
Kingdom of Farun
The Kingdom of Farun is a patriarchal monarchy that is centuries of years old. For more accurate history on the founding and formation of Farun, see this page.
Farun spans from the Western Sea to the Eastern Sea. On the North-South axis, it extends from the Mountain Pass to the Grey Mountains and the unexplored Northern Sea.
Farun’s ruler at the end of The Fourth Age was King Valerian Sarilob. He was young and energetic, but inexperienced. His father, Faragrin Sarilob, died when an adventuring party killed him. Faragrin Sarilob married Anna Blair, who was Queen until 1007, when she died of an obscure disease. Anna’s brother, Eric Blair, was the Duke of Belyn. Faragrin’s sister, Jordan Sarilob, married Alder Prevalas, who was appointed Baron of Ar’ginth before his assassination in 1010. Anna and Faragrin had a daughter, Julianne, who took an active political role in support of Farun. Ever since the death of the King, the couple’s son, Valerian, has taken an active role as the new King. The royal family dwindled in size since the start of the Farun Civil War, as Duke Orville Roderick II and Lord Varr (cousins of Faragrin) both died as either direct or indirect results of the conflict.
In the Dark Age timeline, Valerian still rules Farun, and will continue to do so until his death. Since he was ~21 in 1012, he is estimated to live until the end of the century. With the destruction of the Spellfountain and the Exodus of the arcane spellcasters, Valerian was free to turn his attention to the purging of all religions from Farun. By 1030, he established the Church of Humanity, which trains Clerics that do not worship a deity but instead believe in the inherent potential of humanity as the dominant race in a plane that is neither controlled by nor influenced by the deities. This spurred a scientific revolution, where steam power, gunpowder, and clockwork mechanization became commonplace technology (and even airships, to an extent). Farun’s vast mineral resources (due to its reconquering of the Magocracy in 1017) enable it to support large armies and large industries. A network of trains now connects all major cities in Farun.
Farun’s economic policies often vary from ruler to ruler. Sarilob himself is an advocate of laissez-faire economics, and he only imposes taxes to pay for military expenditures. Notorious rulers, such as Roderick and Prevalas, were known for high taxation in addition to legalized gambling, prostitution, and practice of the dark arts. Benevolent monarchs, which are rare as of late in Farun, simply tried to keep the peace in times of crisis and were generally fair rulers. Lord Varr, before his death, was one of Farun’s few benevolent rulers.
Lately, Valerian Sarilob has taken a turn towards totalitarianism in his efforts to crush the Veiled Alliance Resistance Forces. He has dramatically increased military taxes, enforced strict curfews, and imposed further regulations on local store owners in attempts to gather supplies for the war effort. Ironically, propositions by Sarilob’s advisors have led him to relax the strict anti-magic laws. Because mages are needed to fight other mages, Sarilob has reluctantly inclined to allow government officials – and ONLY government officials – to practice the arcane arts. This has given Farun a stronger fighting chance, in addition to weakening the moral cause of the Veiled Alliance.
Farun shares neutral relations with the Theocracy of Jericho. They have an open-immigration policy, as clerics and divine casters are more respected within Farun, and healing is always needed. However, there are several trade restrictions that are enforced by a mobile horseback customs unit; Sarilob does not want a large foreign influence on his market, as he is aware of the dangers of monopolies that are growing within the Theocracy.
Farun has a near-hostile relationship with the Magocracy. There is much sympathy generated within the Magocracy for the Veiled Alliance’s cause. As a matter of fact, many wizards within the Magocracy have crossed the Mardak desert to join forces with the VARF. The Elder Mage and Elder Council of the Magocracy claim no official alliance with the VARF, but they have made no actions to stop mages from crossing the borders to aid the rebellion. Farun is powerless to stop this immigration of insurgents, as the VARF patrols the Mardak frequently and exercises adequate control over the region.
Since the beginning of the Dark Age, Farun has been at war with most of the known world due to Aphnorelthon and the United Nations. Farun conquered the Magocracy in 1017. In 1018, the Holy Covenant formed and declared war on Farun, though Farun was already at war with each of the individual powers that formed the Covenant. In 1020, the Northern Confederacy had solidified its hold over the Dwarven Kingdom and was free to declare war on Farun, out of retribution for the destruction of all arcane magic, which was quite useful for the subterranean-dwelling drow.