Montaigne

 

One man’s decadence is another’s routine. Montaigne
shines like a brilliant sapphire from her perch on the
western coast of Théah. She is the center of culture
and fashion and home to the most renowned artists
and fantastic architecture known to mankind.


Until recently, Montaigne and Castille were locked
in a bitter border war. The battles took a serious toll
on Montaigne’s peasant class, but the spoils of war
added to the coffers of the rich.


The land itself is rich, flat farmland. Acres of green
as far as the eye can see. Small farms are common; no
land in Montaigne goes to waste. If it isn’t a pleasure
garden or a building site, it’s being used for agriculture.
Her many rivers provide natural irrigation.


Montaigne consists of vast cities, large towns and
small farms. A man could walk for days and see
nothing besides farmers’ hovels. But when he does
come upon a city, he finds a sprawling affair full of
grand manors and dizzying wealth. These cities are
metropolitan oases, almost entirely separate from the
lands surrounding them.


Where the peasantry of Montaigne struggle daily to
please their landlords and feed themselves, the upper
classes in the cities have no word for “moderation.”
All government and social politics revolve around
Léon Alexandre, l’Empereur of Montaigne. The Sun
King, as some Montaigne poets have called him, is
the center of activity. Ranks of nobles orbit around
him, most notably the dukes who control the various
provinces of Montaigne. He parceled the country into
smaller sections of land, each maintained by a single
duke; this duke may have any number of marquis who
attend to the actual day-to-day affairs of the lands.
Each duke makes regular reports to Léon on the state
of his lands. Invariably, these reports assure him that
everything is perfectly fine. Should any wrinkles in the
great plan occur, they are expected to be worked out
long before they ever reach l’Empereur.


The peasants of Montaigne are simple people. They
have a minimal education, produce large families,
and live quietly respectable lives. Until very recently,
young men of at least fifteen years were conscripted
into the Montaigne military and sent to fight on the
border against Castille. Many came back broken or
not at all. With an entire generation lost to war, most
farmlands must rely on daughters and wives, most of
them widows.

Montaigne

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