The region on the northwestern shores of the Median Sea is a collection of thirteen independent duchies known as the Ibridies (IB-rid-eez). The region is in a constant state of flux; borders, alliances, political leaders, and even public opinion seem to change with the wind. The Ibridies’ culture, language, history, and geography are unified, but the duchies themselves are bitterly divided. Social mobility is rapid both upward and downward, and one’s status in society is always tenuous at best. For this reason, the highest are willing to do unwise or terrible things to maintain their position; these radical actions are often the very catalyst that causes the noble’s fall. Courtly intrigue, secret alliances, betrayal, and all manner of duplicity are all too common in the Ibridies. Overt assassinations are rare, but apparently natural deaths have been known to occur under rather questionable-
and rather opportune-circumstances.
Despite the intrigue of the ruling classes, the people of the Ibridies are hard-working, hardy, and jovial. Their music is lively, and they love to dance. They tend to make a sport of everything, from repetitive tasks to courtly scheming (often placing bets on who will depose or betray whom). Villages change hands often enough that they stop paying attention to which duchy they belong to; the common folk of the Ibridies share a bond of brotherhood that extends beyond borders.
The thirteen (current) duchies are Leom, Navar, Mallora, Valens, Galice, Corsice, Manora, Jaem, Algar, Micia, Algetar, Gibralcires, and Canar.