Skoiasu

Introduction

Skoiasu is a nation on the southern part of Talaura. It has a warm, wet climate and fertile soil. The geography of the country is defined by the presence of the River Kaura and its coastal borders with The Aspuan.

History

Skoiasu, apart from Jafleaye, is the country with the most complete record of its history. The elves see themselves as chroniclers and as a result, the Skoia archives contain a huge amount of literature dating back several thousand years to the original settlement of the country. Many of the volumes are written in an ancient and nigh-incomprehensible dialect, though the language shares much of its structure and grammar with that of Shabar.

The generally-accepted story is that Skoiasu was gradually settled over time by Elves who had moved westwards with the Shabar horde, but who were fed up with the arid climate and desired a closer connection to the land itself. Contradictory records suggest that the Elvish civilisation was established in the southern marsh and then moved further northwards, though there is not enough historical or archaeological evidence to elevate this theory to true competition with the former.

Government and politics

Skoiasu lacks a great number of permanent settlements but does have a few cities which act as the centres of government. Largely, though, the country is communal, with small groups staking out a territory and sharing resources within. Disputes between these groups is adjudicated by officials from the capital city, Kaurata, but beyond this, the government’s attitude towards politics is particularly laissez-faire. Only when it comes to international trade does the centralised government step in, to monitor the country’s imports and exports. The exception to this is trade with The Aspuan which is generally not interfered with.

Kaurata also houses the country’s national museum and archive, where Elvish scholars work tirelessly to preserve the chronicles of the country’s history.

Economy and industry

Skoiasu exports a lot of food to the other nations: fruits and vegetables; herbs and spices; fish and other meat. The fertile land and wet climate allow for a huge variety of plants to be cultivated, from simple staple crops such as yams and plantains to more vibrant and exciting varieties, and medicinal and hallucinogenic herbs and fungi which are highly valued by the druids of Tesman. Typically, the people of Tesman follow the

Geography and demographics

Skoiasu is characterised by a warm, humid climate and vast areas of dense jungle. The soil is rich and arable, allowing for agriculture in those areas not covered by forest. Much of the country, particularly around the delta of the River Kauraa, is marshland whose brackish water is home to a number of vibrant fish and reptile species. In addition, the jungle is rich with versatile plant and animal species.

The people of Skoiasu have a very spiritual nature. Their animistic religion is very similar to that of Tesman, and the two share many ritualistic practices. The druids of Skoiasu believe in the spirits living in every tree, every animal and even the land and the river itself. They see the land as a community of living things as well as a single entity composed of all its smaller elements. Similarly, they each see themselves as divisible into many smaller spirits affecting many different aspects of their personalities. Though they do not hesitate to use the natural resources presented to them, the Skoia respect the land by using every part of any animal they kill or every plant they pick. Animal hides are used for clothing, boats and temporary housing; bones are used for tools and jewellery; and anything that isn’t used is made into a totem so that a hunter can always remember the kills he has taken.

The country’s national identity comes from the chronicled history housed in the museum at Kaurata. The majority of the nation’s population are Elves but there are also Merfolk and Humans across the land.

Skoiasu

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