Book of Avilorn
Or, as more properly designated, The Regic Lands of Costed Malipar
“This country is the paragon of civilization. We have taken the seed of man’s intellect and cultivated a harvest of culture. Music, arts, philosophy, and religion all have their fulfillment within one phrase: Regia Societas Maliparian~Our Royal Union of Malipar”
-Terrestrial Secretary Maurici Lossoude Sturgate-Morrows, Lord Amelian
“In all my travels, I have never met a more disturbed, asinine pack of poncey mountebanks. I will need a lot more mead if you want me to continue to deal with them.”
-Cnigh Galaroth Emrys, in his report to the Sanservian Council
Malipar is a sophisticated society based upon propriety, structure, and reason. They have made numerous technical advances, including superior ship construction, the printing press, and gunpowder. They are interested in creating material goods and social growth. As a society, they have a love of fine clothing, food, wine, and culture. To many Sanservians, Maliparians seem effete and snobby. But without Malipar, the people of the world would be isolated from each other and not enjoy many of the material goods that are now common to all.
Maliparian Society is very structured. Malipar suffers from a widening gap between the upper and lower classes. There is really two cultures of Malipar, nobel and peasantry. Like the nobles, the peasants love their food, ale, fine clothes and culture but have their own music, diet, clothing, and drink. Most peasants have no savings and are always two weeks away from being destitute. But they get by providing the nobles don’t get in their way.
Stefanos Malipar was a sea captain from Kami-Kor. When the Great Plague came, he helped gather the convoy of ships transporting the survivors to the Land of Pulcher (what is now San Servus) in SS -288. The new settlement suffered many hardships and resentment grew. The grandson of Stefanos, Costed Malipar, left the Pulcher settlement in SS-234 and started a new colony in the far west. He named the colony after himself and thus the city and country of Malipar was formed.
Malipar has an official Religion, the Faith, and a very structured Church. All nobles not at sea must attend church and attendance is taken. While there are no other religions in Malipar, many Maliparians respect Dame Fortune and wear her symbols for good luck. The Bishop of Malipar is the head of the church, the Father or Pope of Mother Church.
The Cathedral of St. Frederic in Malipar city is the home of the Bishop. It is Gothic in style with numerous spires and statues of the saints lining the walls. The interior is covered in paintings, murals, dark wood trim and gold leafing. It houses a large collection of relics and artifacts.
Leading into the main chapel is the Hemisphere, the most impressive room of the church. Upon the ceiling is the painting called the Throne of God that is considered the most magnificent painting in the world.
On Eastern side of the Cathedral is the Courtyard and Audite Hill, where the Bishop meets and preaches to the masses. Surrounding the courtyard is a impressive garden.
More about the faith
Academy de Ars Magica
There is very little Magic in Malipar. The people trust more in Philosophy than mysticism. Magic Items are rare and usually kept safely locked away. Magic is controlled by the Academy in Malipar City. There are practitioners outside of the Academy, mostly Alchemists, but the Academy can legally shut down or sanction anyone who wields or produces magic. They can also legally confiscate magic items not held by nobles. This is something they often do.
Shipping and Trade
Trade, exploration, and Shipping are the core of Malipar’s success. At any given time, about 10% of Malipar’s population is at sea and about a quarter of the population work directly with shipping and the ports. Four rival trade companies command the shipping fleets: Maderin-Lorimar Shippers, Tartian Family Traders, Maniancer Class Shippers, and the Virvilian Holding Company. The Virvilian Holding Company is by far the most powerful.
Malipar trade extensively with the world, importing Fieldweed from San Servus, silks and spices from Sudeemia, wood and spices from Andapostahd, and rare materials and spices from their colonies. They like spices. Malipar’s trade empire is so powerful that Sudeemia is now dependant upon it for it’s very survival.
Maliparians have good trade relations with the dwarves of the Veriber Mountains, the only people they trade with upon the land. They trade grain, rare metals, and spices for gems, precious metals, and ale. Maliparians do not really trust Elves, mostly due to concerns about the chastity of their women. Nor do they get along well with the humanoids that live in the Wilds. Malipar has ratified Behadeau’s Plea but Orcs have not integrated into Maliparian society. It really isn’t their sort of thing.
Currency of Malipar