In the early years of recorded history, the race of man united it’s many sovereign entities under the established nation of Salentia. Also known as The First Nation, Salentia marked the beginning of mankind as a united entity that lived and developed in peace and understanding.
But as the Salentian population and her territories grew in rapid quantities, the primitive form of government became obsolete. Decades of exposure to different climates and professions brought misunderstanding and differences within the race of man, eventually creating the demand for a more authoritative and centralised government that could maintain the peace and union. The system that was introduced to meet this demand would now be known as Monarchy.
The First Nation enthroned the Victatious family with the largest amount of members, spreading them throughout the large demesne to ensure a consistent presence and representation of government. Although it created a functional state, it would also mark the beginning of endless political intrigue between various other families and settlements. Peace was never maintained afterwards as conflict only made the differences more prominent than the similarities, borders and beliefs creating a large patchwork of the once unified state. When the monarchy became the unable to remain in power, the Victatious family was dethroned and replaced by a large militaristic family of generals known as the Leventis. They managed to restore the Salentian borders to an extent, maintaining power through brute force and conquest. Due to the political intrigue that was presumably present at the time, the Leventis line of monarchs would consistently ship political dissidents and enemies towards the unknown eastern waters. It was believed that the rather small Salentian realm was the sole residence of mankind, its surrounding waters an endless void of darkness and death.
Many of these exiles would succumb to the waves of the eastern sea, never able to tell the tale. But after a large coalition of dissident families, spearheaded by the original Victatius line, lost many of its battles to reclaim the throne, the entirety of collaborators were to be exiled by the same fashion. Due to a shortage of vessels that were cheaply crafted for the sole purpose of sailing into the void, the reigning monarch Casinus Leventis used his personal coastal fleet to exile the large number of families, including various branches of his own kin.
It is believed that these ships were constructed in a much better way due to their purpose as trade vessels, thus surviving the waves of the eastern seas. It would be this exiled fleet that would slam into the shores of unknown land not many dawns later. The realm that stood before the many exiled was first named “Terra Incognita”, but would later be described as The Second Nation after the settlers enthroned Lazaros Victatius as the new monarch and caretaker of men.
The Grand Conquest
Lazaros proclaimed upon the founding of the Second Nation, that the realm of men knows no borders. In his determination to expand his demesne through exploration and claiming, he established contact with a different kin residing in the far east through educated former aristocrats, that were entitled to a steed.
Socius Desolias and his scholarly explorers approach the Pristana settlement of the “Other Kin”.
Although fairly similar to the exiled Salentians, this new race of men had the skin tone of caramel sweets. Their architecture was more circular but seemingly nomadic in origin. Explorers would first peacefully attempt interactions and study the rather alien civilization, returning with claims such as:
“They are deceitful as they show characteristics of a civilised society, one that mankind would use to nurture a refined understanding of political and artistic practices, yet show no intend of practicing them. Their deluded orientation around their deity eclipses their already abysmal opportunity to progress. They are not worth our time.”
- Socius Desolias, Scholarly Explorer.
Lazaros didn’t have much faith in these foreigners either, occupying his future territory and misusing it on a daily basis. Society at that point had already reached a stage of permanence, most necessary institutions like the military and agriculture were established and Lazaros didn’t have any vocal opposition at the time. The one thing it did lack, was a purpose for its military and Lazaros’ display of authority and progress. There was no enemy among them, so an enemy before them had to be found.
Lazaros and his scholarly explorers that were send to comprehend and prepare the realm for his reign, started to publicly portray the foreigners as the enemy. It was inevitable that the Illegal Occupiers would have to cease their occupation of land, land entitled to Lazaros.
From the Capital of Lazapolis, in the Council of Claimants, a gathering of Scholarly explorers and government aides, Lazaros called for The Grand Conquest. He would cleanse the realm for the sake of mankind, declaring so in The Vicentine Statement:
Lazaros making the Vicentine statement among the scholarly and associates.
“Go my Vicentines, victorious men, tell in triumph to all mankind that by our will Lazapolis shall be the capital of the world. Let us learn to wield the blade, so that our descendents may wield the realm, and that no power that breathes can stand against our rightful claim.”
The Conquest would result into victory, pushing the pseudo-nomadic foreigners far into the unexplored territories and thus conquering their land for Lazaros. This victory would consolidate the name Vicentium for the newly established state, as victory is what founded it.
The First Age
Vicentium thrived after claiming most territories from the other kin. Obtaining massive amounts of wealth and knowledge, and making it their own. Many scholarly explorers became enthroned as Supreme Delegates over lesser settlements, often built on the ruins of the past inhabitants from the ‘Other Kin’.
Lazaros acted selfless when distributing the wealth among his citizens, mostly investing into various institutions of civil orientation. The arts of alchemy and philosophy grew more popular amongst the richer citizens, who then would leave the old militarist practices behind. The military became inevitably obsolete with the lack of a common enemy and the increasing demand for refined arts, and Lazaros was hesitant to accept such societal changes. But he grew old, and with that he became increasingly distant from his own people.
The wealthy citizens, mostly originating from the Scholarly Explorers, felt his absence in politics increasingly. The political framework however depended on a central figure, that Lazaros slowly ceased to be. These citizens therefore decided to cede more privileges and institutions to them and through that, became a whole new class in society, named the Patricians.
The Patricians maintained their influence over society by keeping most wealth and positions within their families, excluding most citizens from the ruling elite. But then the nation was struck with a sudden disappearance of Lazaros, barely twenty years into his reign. With him nowhere to be found, various factions believed in different events. While the Scholarly Explorers claimed that he fled the Empire, the government itself in Lazapolis believed that a higher power has summoned Lazaros before him. In the confusion and dysfunctioning of that time, the Supreme Delegates of various settlements cut contact with the capital, never to be heard of again. The Succession became disputed, with various families forwarding their candidate to the Vicentine throne.
It would be Pascalius Desolias, first son of the Supreme Delegate of the outskirt Pristina settlement, that would use his father’s own army to occupy the Palace and defeat the obsolete and outdated Vicentine army. Pristina after all was bordering the Terra Icognita, thus remained focused on militarist practices.
The Patricians, in fear of losing their consolidated circles, promised Pascalius the throne if they would have more rights and representation within his new government. He accepted , thus becoming the second Basileus of Vicentium.
The Theological Age
As Pascalius ascended the throne, Vicentium was in a dire state. Many settlements surrounding Lazapolis split off and the military was in no shape to reclaim them. Although people had hope in his reign, the energetic Basileus would later be known as Pascalius the Passive.
Pascalius honoring the Vicentine Statement
Due to his promise to the Patricians, his power was significantly limited in comparison to his predecessor. Not only did the Patricians directly control most institutions, he no longer had the entire realm to support him in case of a revolt.
The Patricians used their power well, creating many organisations that would collaborate to maximise profits and knowledge. The sudden surge in refined practices and studies brought a better understanding of administration, sociology and architecture. This advanced many professions such as Alchemy and smithing, which then became more accessible to the commoners that had no say in the political processes of the country, by then named as “Plebs”.
As the Plebs learned new abilities, they sought representation and salvation through different means. As their prospects in life weren’t great, a belief that an excellent afterlife awaited you became significantly popular. The Chantry who praised light and the Lazatians who praised the proclaimed ‘Shepard of Humanity’ Lazaros each became a prominent religion among the Plebs. The theological doctrines pursued more advancement and self-realisation of mankind, thus being the cause of the Theological Age and its blossoming legacy. The Patricians despised it however, considering it a threat to their own authority and stature within society. Various Patrician-oriented circles would ban religion, even though Basileus Pascalius himself became apart of the Chantry.