Penitential Regency of Readceras

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Penitential Regency of Readceras
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St. Waidwen (2807 - 2808)
Nomadic people
  • 85% Resident
  • 15% Transient
  • 20% Urban
  • 80% Rural
  • Vorlas (purple dye)
  • Corn
  • Corn flour
  • Wool
  • Cotton (minimal)
  • Lumber

The Penitential Regency of Readceras (previously referred to as the Divine Kingdom of Readceras) is an ecclesiastic nation north east to the Free Palatinate of Dyrwood that was formerly a colony of the Aedyr Empire and later an independent theocratic dictatorship. They speak the Aedyran language.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Readceras was established in 2643 AI when the Aedyr Empire sent Eothasian colonists to settle north of the Dyrwood. The colony's main purpose was the cultivation of the dye-producing vorlas plant. The eventual failure of the vorlas cultivation led to a collapse of the Readceran economy, resulting in widespread poverty and civil unrest. The situation took a turn for the worse when promises of supply ships from Aedyr didn't materialize.[2]

A popular religious movement took hold in the countryside. The leader of the movement was a farmer named Waidwen who claimed that the Aedyre god of light, Eothas, had appeared to him in the night and told him to punish the colonial governor for leading the people to ruin. Waidwen's success led to his apparent transformation into a living vessel for Eothas, after which he became the first and only "divine king" of the country. His rule produced a subsequent purge of heretics and followers of other faiths across the nation.

Events related to this purge led to the Saint's War with the Free Palatinate of Dyrwood, the war informally ending 2808 AI, 15 years before the start of Pillars of Eternity, when Waidwen was supposedly destroyed by the massive Godhammer Bomb north of Halgot Citadel (later renamed Godhammer Citadel).[3] [4]

As a result of the conclusion of the Saint's War, Eothas became the most popular god among the people of Readceras. However, the worship of Magran, goddess of war and fire, was banned and heavy penalties put in place for her worship.

  • Readceran virtues: optimism, faith, propriety (proper behavior for your age, sex, and social class), vigilance, discipline.
  • Readceran vices: pessimism, doubt, deviance, rebelliousness, aimlessness.[5]

Ingame Books[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • the timeline of the Saint's War is much closer to "present day" in the game than it was previously mentioned during the kickstarter campaign.[3]

References[edit source]

  1. Pillars of Eternity Guidebook Volume One, page 68-69
  2. Pillars of Eternity Guidebook Volume One, page 63
  3. 3.0 3.1 Forum post by Josh Sawyer
  4. Update #20 with Josh Sawyer
  5. Obsidian forum post by Josh Sawyer