Once the heart a province of the Old Elven Empire the Holy Dominion is now a mere shadow of its former self but carries on as the homeland of the High Elves of the known lands.
Skin tones among the High Elves range from fair-skinned to bone white. While High Elves who work the fields may develop a tan it's considered "unbecoming" in the higher-ranking castes. Natural hair colors cover a range of light brown, red, blonde and white. It's considered fashionable in some circles to dye their hair colors that wouldn't normally occur among High Elves so colors such as black, blue, and green may be found among those Elves with disposable income. Most of the High Elves have blue, green, or hazel eyes, but violet and red are not unheard of.
Depending on caste and income some residents of the Holy Dominion take part in tattooing and carefully sculpted scarification, usually of delicate intertwining patterns following the spine, forearms and sometimes cheeks.
Children born out of wedlock (as well as the majority of Half-Elves born of High Elven parents) take the name Telpë, the Old Elven word for "Silver."
In the southern lands of the Holy Dominion the villagers tell their children legends of Thaurkirion, a warrior of the Drow so horrible that even they cast him out. Most of the common aspects of the stories include...
Many unusual (or otherwise unexplained events) are attributed to him as a sort of boogeyman that is always lurking.
The citizens of the Holy Dominion follow a five-tiered caste system. Effects of this system vary by region, typically the closer to the city of Kulidair the more weight and importance is placed on caste. In the city itself members of some castes are restricted to certain areas.
The five castes are...
In some places there may be some limited ability to earn (or buy) your offspring a step upwards in the caste system, but in general there is not a great deal of mobility between the castes. Being forced downward in the caste system is a commonly used punishment for criminals.
The Holy Dominion of Egiolin takes its name from the Mage-Queen Egiolin of legend who sacrificed herself to repel the Drow and end the Thirty Days of Darkness. The Holy Dominion was once the portion of the Old Elven Empire that lay within the known lands. Now the Dominion struggles to maintain itself as a sliver of its former glory.
The Holy Dominion is a Feudal nation with a long history of noble families tied to a caste system. The noble families (referred to in the Holy Dominion by the Old Elven term Arnórë) that are able to prove their relationship to the Mage-Queen Egiolin are typically the most influential forces.
The Church of Enelwing is the official state religion of the Holy Dominion. While there are some small shrines devoted to other deities they rarely develop a significant following.
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Formerly the heart of the Old Elven Empire's control over the known lands, Kulidair is a tiered city shaped directly from the natural stone of the Holy Dominion. It was structured as a series of concentric circles and each now holds a different restriction regarding who is allowed access to them. The innermost portion of the city is accessible only to those of the noble castes and those directly in their employ and is where the actual royal keep lies. To the north of the city lies a lake and in the center a huge statue pays homage to Egiolin herself.
A town in the south of the Holy Dominion, Zirazir is responsible for helping to coordinate the various farming communities in the southern valleys. The city is overseen by Arnórë [FARMVILLE] who are tasked by the government in Kulidar with ensuring the citizens of the nation will be fed.
The southern portion of the Holy Dominion is the home of several large fertile valleys which serve as the source of the bulk of the food for the citizens of the city of Kulidair.
General Varharma is the supreme commander of the military of the Holy Dominion. His family (the Arnórë Tirvarda) have held high-ranking military roles since the time of Egiolin herself.