The Farthest Reaches
The Matriarchy of Dumont and her Colonies
Ambition defines the nation of Dumont. Once a small tribe led by an elder council, they now control all of the March and have continued to expand further and further onto the new continent.
For much of their history, the people of Dumont survived on the meager sustenance provided by Lake Aern in the resource-poor March. Food was scarce and the Dumontians had little reason or opportunity to venture beyond the mountains surrounding Lake Aern. Because of this, reaching old age is seen as a rarity and an achievement by Dumontians, and it is these elders who they look to for guidance and leadership. A little over a hundred years ago two major discoveries changed Dumont forever. First, an intrepid minor discovered an ore, deep in the mountain, stronger than any steel they had developed previously. This discovery led to an entire vein, and soon the Dumontian's began processing industrial quantities of the metal they dubbed Harbenite for use in everything from fasteners and household tools to deadly weaponry. Secondly, the Dumontians developed advanced ships capable of sailing the open ocean, in part thanks to capabilitied of Harbenite.
This allowed Dumont to finally expanded beyond the mountains into the rest of the March. As they did their society outgrew the small council of elders by the lake, so new councils were established in townships across the land, all reporting back the original council of Dumont, now called the High Council. Not long after an elder of the High Council, Melusine, emerged with a new vision for Dumont. Styling herself Mistress of the March she presented a vision for a powerful, assertive Dumont, and she began by conquering the territories of the Halfings of the outerlying islands, and eventually, the Isle of the Tief. New land and resources proved a powerful motivator for the people, and thus the line of Mistresses of the March was established.
Today the Mistress of the March leaders her people ever forward into the unknown of the Reach, through the lands they now call Abingdon. However the elder councils remain to steer Dumont, and remind the people of their humble origins.