Xarnan

Xarnan is our neighboring country. It's people are warlike and separatist. Little is known about this country inside its borders as travel within Xarnan is prohibited. However, what facts are known are recorded here.

History

207 PL
Xarnan first became known to Lynvia as an organized nation in the year 207 Pahket Lynvia, when Maritah Xadan gathered the women of her village and declared herself reigning queen. Queen Maritah was a gifted strategist, and with her popularity and genius, the women of that small village recruited or conquered every other tribe and village east of the Zallem River. As the women gained an established army, they began raiding across Lynvian borders for iron and weapons.
209 PL
In 209 PL, the current king of Lynvia, King Alyn, gathered four thousand men armed with swords and bows, with several hundred knights in chain mail, to defend the borders of Lynvia and protect the vital iron mines. The army crossed the Baz River in several hundred boats under cover of night, and engaged the enemy in their camps. The Xarnans fought bravely but were caught off guard and escaped in the dark into the forests of Daedal Korar, or the Province of Lions.
With most of their number dead or dying, the raiding parties fled in the dark back across the Zallem River, and returned less than a month later with an army of several thousand.
Thus began the First War of Korar, which lasted from April 209 to November 209, when it became so bitterly cold the Zallem and Baz Rivers froze over, and an army of ten thousand women marched across and overwhelmed the defenders at the city of Chelith. The Lynvian army fought bravely in the streets, but the Xarnan archers were uncanny in their accuracy and the army was decimated. King Alyn was pierced with many arrows and died of his wounds on the battlefield, having accounted for himself well with more than thirty Xarnans slain around him.

His son Synress became king as soon as the word was brought to him, at the age of fifteen. This teen king mustered every man in Lynvia and marched from Streff Castle to the River Baz, himself on foot as was his men. Farmers with sickles, blacksmiths with hammers, all bent on one purpose - to avenge the death of their beloved king and drive the invaders off Lynvian soil.
When they arrived at Chelith, they found the city burned, the population fled or slaughtered. No Xarnan was found on Lynvian soil, not even their dead. Synress purposed to cross the Zallem, but a rain of deadly flaming arrows set the forest around them on fire, and they were forced to retreat into the Korar Forest. Synress was wounded, and against his wishes he was transported back to Streff to recover. His father's brother Kodan stayed behind as general, to defend the borders. Because of his valiant efforts, he was able to keep Xarnan at bay for the entirety of Synress' reign.
To assist in protecting the borders, Kodan built a massive fortress against the mountain beside the Zallem River. He placed a permanent guard there, and it became the capital of the Daedal Korar.
244 PL
When Synress died, his son Karvath took over. The day after his coronation, he went with a detail of twenty knights to seek peace with Xarnan.
The Treaty of Karvath ended the fighting, and prompted the Xarnans to trade with Lynvia peaceably.

Products

Xarnan trades household items for clothing and food. Xarnan also exports spices and grains.

Government

Queen Maritah began ruling at the age of twenty. She named her two younger sisters Princesses, and when she turned thirty, she retired as Queen and handed the reign over to her sister Nara under condition that she not marry until she retired herself at age thirty.
Maritah immediately married and began having children. The pact she and her sisters made concerning this was ratified into part of the governing documents of Xarnan.
Xarnan is ruled by a queen who serves from the age of at least twenty until she is thirty. At the age of thirty she marries and begins having children. All female descendents are Princesses and eligible to rule. All retired queens are required to marry and have children as God allows.
All Princesses who turn thirty are required to marry and have children.
The princesses vote on an eligible candidate to be queen. No one knows how many princesses are in Xarnan to date, but it is rumored to be over twenty thousand.

Notes

This warlike country is off-limits to Lynvian citizens.