The Farthest Reaches
The Kingdom of Argialla
Kingdom of Argialla
Argialla is a martial kingdom led by a triumvirate of three kings, emulating the three champions who won Argialla freedom from Volun. The kingdom arose from an uprising within the Volun Council, and Argiallans bond over a shared desire to one day take the rest of the continent of Albain from the Volunti.
A relatively recent civilization by Volunti standards, according to legend the country emerged from Volunti in the year 313 I.I. after an uprising by 3 powerful champions. Since then the country has been ruled by 3 kings who rule collectively from a single capital. They are a military minded people who aim to expand their borders beyond their eastern mountains, but generally the kings have found themselves fighting amongst themselves too often to mount a concerted effort.
Though not explicitly stated in their official history,it is widely understood that the Argialla uprising was largely due to discontent over the consumption of natural resources by Volun, as well as racial animosity between the Elves and Gnomes. Elves were increasingly unsatisfied with the Gnomes treatment of nature and hoarding of knowledge in their libraries. The Argiallan government doesn’t proclaim favor to either race, but it is notable that the 3 kings have always consisted of 2 Elves and only 1 Gnome.
Relations between Argialla and Volun are tense at the best of the times, though a stable peace has managed to last for several centuries. This is largely due to the Volun's tireless efforts to preserve the peace (seeing more value in peace then another bloody war) combined with the incompetence of Argialla's leadership. The triumvirate system was instituted to show reverence to the three great leaders who gave Argialla it's freedom, however it's lead to paranoia among the kings, all of whom hoard resources and maintain large personal armies for fear the other two may try to usurp them.